Poverty Porn: Who’s story are we telling?

Poverty porn is a well-established trope in media-studies circles. Violent deaths. Bone-chilling rapes. Diseases that leave bodies ravaged and mutilated. Hunger that is evident in the rib cages of small children. These ubiquitous images practically define today’s perception of humanitarian work.” (Meikle, 2013)

Within western society, there has been an over-saturation of images across the media that advertise poverty within third-world countries. However, when I used to see images of poverty, I didn’t recognise it as poverty porn, until now.

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Camden residents prepare to enjoy a safe yet fun Halloween

Children all over Camden are preparing to put on their scariest costumes this Halloween.

The NSW State Police have reminded trick-or-treaters to have fun but remember to stay safe during this year’s festivities.

Chief Superintendent Brad Shephard released guidelines last Friday to ensure that children and their parents are well informed about the best ways to participate in Halloween activities over the weekend.

“With the increasing popularity of children participating in ‘trick or treating’ activities, it is safest for children to remain in groups and only approach houses in daylight,” Chief Superintendant Shepherd said.

“Younger children should always be supervised by a parent, carer or responsible adult at all times.

“It is important to recognise that not everyone celebrates Halloween each year – so it is best to stick to houses with decorations on their properties.”

More homes than ever within the Camden area have set up haunted houses to create an all sensory experience for trick-or-treaters.

Local haunted house owner, Tony Kennedy says that even though he is looking for that wow-factor, he has made sure that his hand-made props are safe for children to interact with.

“With the electric chair that I built, I used a sander as the motor which sends vibrations through the chair—to make it feel somewhat real, but without the electrocution,” Mr Kennedy said.

However, Mr  Kennedy does recommend that children proceed with caution as they enter his ‘chop shop’ at the rear of his property as it is not suitable for children who scare

“It has feet hanging from the roof, fingers in jars and props that come to life when people enter the shed,” he said.

Despite the safety precautions taken by some residents to ensure their set ups are child-friendly, some parents believe that it is not safe enough.

Mother of two, Kirsty Fairbairn believes that its dangerous for young children to roam the streets at night with the looming threat of stranger danger.

“You don’t know who’s out there,” she said.

“My kids could walk to the front door and something terrible could happen.”

With Halloween customs calling trick-or-treaters to approach a stranger’s door to collect lollies, NSW State Police stress the importance of children being aware of their surroundings whilst remembering to never enter into someone’s home, even if invited in.



The regulation of cartoons in my house

As children we all remember those little rules that our parents would set for us that we didn’t quite understand. Like, why we needed to be in bed by 8pm when our cousins are still at our house or why we can’t have chocolate after brushing our teeth at night.

One rule that was enforced upon my brother and I when we were growing up was: No Cartoon Network. Cartoon Network is a television channel that had mostly cartoons like  Johnny Bravo, DragonBall Z, Yu-Gi-Oh and The Powerpuff Girls.

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Whats Hidden–The Hidden lives of a Fathers children

The ability to be a part of your children’s life is a right no father should have to live without. This harsh fate is the case for many father’s around the world as divorce—increasingly common—reduces a parent’s relationship with their kids to a simple piece of paper ruled by the courts. This was not the case for 37 year old Scott Whittle.

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The Tale of Two Cities

Home. For many home is a place of safety, love and wholeness, for my father Antonino Lombardo, home is a grey area, not here, nor there but simultaneously both. When forced to retreat to a poverty stricken country to seek refugee for imminent bankruptcy, he was inevitably leaving a piece of himself behind; his children, his lifestyle.

Arriving in the Philippines, life as he knew it was turned upside down as he was faced with slums with which ‘The Daily Mail’ deem as some of the poorest in the world”. Although, as time went on, calling two different cities home has broadened his appreciation of the little things in life.

Read more here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3148193/Beneath-poverty-line-Children-Philippines-risk-lives-sifting-floating-rubbish-filthy-rivers-material-sell-survive.html


Pretty Little Liars, well they are definitely little– (week 1 revised)

Violence, lies and deception—all current themes that are weaved throughout ‘adult’ programming. Except, it isn’t just restricted to the adult viewership, these same themes are too interwoven into teen and tween drama. However, it is a matter of encoding and decoding the messages within that directly impact the ‘gullible’ audience. Or do they?

In just one year, one thousand murders, rapes and assaults are viewed by adolescence through television shows—thus desensitizing the individual to real life violence. (Dworjan.T, 2015)

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