Micro essay/ macro hack


          Hiroshima, a Japanese City on which our first atomic bomb was dropped, killed about 50% of the 350,000 people estimated to have been there at the time. Aside from deaths, there were many injured people damaged by the bomb, or by its atomic heat rays. This photograph was taken by the U.S. Army about one hour after the dropping of the bomb. I searched for it through the engine source of google images, typing in “bombing of Hiroshima”, which lead me to click on the following url to aquire more information about it: http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/g_l/levine/bombing.htm.             The size of the image is 499 x 348; 63.2 kb; it is a GIF image (.gif). It looks pixelated, it contains many forms of dots on it as if it were scanned and enlarged. However, it is a replica of the original image, which was taken in air about 80km away of the Inland Sea. Even though the image is pixelated, it is clear; the atomic cloud caused by the bomb, “Little Boy”, is seen clearly as well as where it spread. The image was taken to capture the effects of the new, deadly weapon the U.S. had created and used upon humans in war. It portrayed only the truth of what we had done to a city. I chose this image to discuss my topic since it was taken the very day of the drop of the bomb, the accuracy of the cloud created could not be more exact. Many people were injured, and many others died as outcome of this. The topic of my discussion came to mind as I watched a series of “Bones” where a man created his own bombs to attack the U.S. It reminded me of how we were the first to use such a weapon and over the years, enemies have created weapons of their own. Hopefully we never experience what the people in Hiroshima experienced on August 6, 1945.

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