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Obits Analysis

The New York Times wrote an obituary for Dith Pran, the “Killing Fields� photographer who died Sunday. The lead was a standard obituary lead with his name, his claim to fame and how old he was when he died.

An obituary differs from a resume because it does not necessarily only have the good accomplishments of a person. An obituary is a reflection of someone’s life—including the details the person may have been less than proud of. Here, there are gruesome details of Pran’s life during the Cambodian genocide that would never be included in a resume. There are also quotes from people who knew Pran in life.