Hey Bill, I've refrained from responding to this thread because you asked for responses "from those who look at news pictures, but don't take them."
But I stumbled across an article today in the NYT that I think expands on some of the points from the one you posted, or at least makes certain points in your article clearer for me. I read the article you linked to and it raised a number of questions that I did not know how to answer. Still don't, but when I read this piece in the NYT, it felt like it was along the lines of what you posted. Still confused, but starting to see more clearly what your article was referring to.