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Posts tagged ‘media’

Downing the Brown: When two tribes go to war

Representations of Māori in the media: "The processes of colonization attack us in our most sensitive areas: in the way we perceive ourselves blind to the way those perceptions have been constructed for us initially" ~ Spokane poet and scholar, Gloria Bird, 1993

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Frankenstein Science: The Creation of the Warrior Gene

It may seem a stretch linking Shelley's Frankenstein to an exploration of 'the warrior gene' 5 years on, nevertheless the links are clear and unmistakable...

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Occupy Wall Street & Tame Iti: The power of the image

Don't panic! Tame Iti isn't occupying Wall Street (unless Wall St have their sights on te Urewera for some sort of mining project, wouldn't surprise me) - there's a method to my madness...

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Young, damaged gangsters like child soldiers, says MP

Its a bastard when you're trying to write a post on how media re-presentations of black/brown males draw on, circulate and actually create a vital figure in the public imagination - the angry black man...

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Racism and the media – exploring the said/unsaid

The role of philosophy is not to discover that which is hidden, but to make appear that which we do not perceive because it is so near
- Michel Foucault

Brilliant thinker that Foucault is (and I do particularly like this quote), I think the greatest appeal of these words is that they remind me of the admonishments of our kuia and kaumatua on the marae - it's not what's said you should pay attention to, its what's not said that says the most*. Ironically. Focussing on the hidden, the invisibilised, the unspoken is thus an intense preoccupation for me, and carries over into my wary perusal of the media...

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King, Obama, Wright and how quickly they forget

Those of us who have been following the American elections with interest for some time now will remember the infamous Rev Jeremiah Wright who's fiery sermons (edited to cause maximum television-viewer angst of course) almost cost Obama the Democratic Party nomination and the chance to run for US president. Having carefully selected Wright's most divisive statements, the media proceeded to play them ad nauseum for weeks, particularly - and no surprise here, on Fox. Not for their rhetorical value mind...

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