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BoingBoing gave me a very enticing headline: Floating toxic plastic garbage island twice the size of Texas. The article pointed to at the San Francisco Chronicle calls it “continent-size”. And yet, there are no pictures. I’m thinking it wouldn’t be hard to come up with at least one photograph of something that incredibly huge – larger than a good number of countries – but instead the Chronicle includes a couple pictures of things that are not the subject of the article. Maybe they think that showing random pictures of trash in the ocean is good enough to get the point across. Maybe they think these pictures gain viewer sympathy. To me, these pictures only induce skepticism. How am I supposed to believe such an incredible tale as there being a gigantic island of floating trash, if you can’t produce a picture of the trash? How am I supposed to believe somebody who’s telling me about something they’ve evidently never seen?

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