Articles about distraction
The earliest historians used words and drawings for underscoring any particular, observable, social condition. Photojournalist Jacob Riis, in battling social inequity, used the adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” as a weapon. He turned history’s best technological advance in visual media – photography – into a bludgeon fomenting reform.
The story of Islam, for those open-minded enough to explore it as a purely historical narrative, is as riveting as anything found in the classic collection of fantasy tales, The 1,001 Nights. And, much like The 1,001 Nights, Islam has its Scheherazade.
Ruth Ellis, the last woman executed in Britain before it abolished capital punishment, was a bleached-blonde party-girl. Her crime, shooting her lowlife boyfriend to death was, was not very interesting or unique. The only reason Ruth Ellis' execution is remembered today is simply this: she was pretty. And pretty people make for better copy.