Use of the Image of the ChildPresentation Transcript
Use of the Image of the Child Haiti Media Studies Project Gillian Good
How and to what affect to these images circulate? Online news sources Blogs and vlogs (video blogs) Printed newspapers TV news reports and internet video Radio broadcasts All of these forms of media are prevalent in society, some with instant access to hundreds of stories and videos.
What do we understand about Haiti from these images? The children in Haiti are suffering. Not only do they have an already large population of orphans, there are restavecs, socially accepted child laborers. Haiti is the poorest North American country with a corrupt government that fell apart after the earthquake. People from all over the world are flocking to Haiti to help, especially to look after the orphaned and newly orphaned children.
Why are we moved by these images?
We are moved
By these images because they show these children emotional, injured, and alone.
In terms of Walter Benjamin’s article, we can think of the aura
The sense of aura is lost on film, and images like this that flood the media
Mechanically reproduced, and broadcast almost immediately
The “aura” The aura is the sense of awe and reverence one sees while viewing a unique work of art Benjamin charges the mechanical reproduction of photography and video with the decline of the aura within traditional artwork This has to do with the imaginary encounter between the the viewer and the image. With all of the media coming out of Haiti, the viewer or reader must question what they are experiencing, and try to put it in context.
Withering Aura With mass consumption and production of images, the aura of these photographs and videos wither. They are unlike traditional forms of art, as they are easily accessed, and do not give the viewer time to contemplate and think about what they are seeing. Instead, the images overwhelm the reader or viewer, in a never ending stream of images. Benjamin says that the withering of this aura is a complicated historical development, that this ease of access could encourage critical attitude towards them.