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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Digital Storytelling Proposal

As time has gone on social media has become an integral part of our everyday lives. On social media we share images and thoughts to create an aggregation of stories that make up our lives.  Posting photos on Instagram have replaced the photo book which probably sits packed away somewhere in our homes.

When we go to look for a photo we search our social media profiles. We approach conversations saying, “did you see the photo I uploaded yesterday?”

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Is my (media) space really reality?

You know, our parents are right, it is a small world, and it continues to keep getting smaller. But where do I sit in this increasingly small world?

The world we know of today is made up of  multiple media spaces that flow freely, connecting people and sharing stories. Every morning I wake up to a similar routine. I see some friends, take a short trip to Europe, talk to family members in different countries, dance at music festivals and watch the lives of others. This is all before 10 am, and I am still in bed. Life within the 21st Century doesn’t seem so hard does it? Continue reading “Is my (media) space really reality?”


Lecture Stories pt.2

Reflecting on ‘Lecture Stories pt. 1’, I found that it was hard to recall specific lectures but easier to link specific lectures to specific moments within the lecturers personal history.  One specific comment that struck me was the idea of being in a ‘two body position’ where one is physically visible, whilst too thinking entirely separate to themselves.

This got me thinking about the students within a lecture theatre whom look visible within the lecture, but are mindlessly somewhere else. This week, this thought occurred to me when I was seated behind another student who–like most students–had her laptop out, ready to take notes on the lecture. However, the screen flashed with scenes of the latest Game of Thrones episode. She was visibly present within the lecture whilst being mindlessly absent. I often wonder how lecturers feel about lecturing toward a sea of laptops whilst competing with the attention of students who might be drawn to other websites or their phones. Does this impact their teaching style or create a drive to look for alternate methods to keep students attentive?

Now I ask you, explain to me how you feel about lecturing to a sea of laptops, left in the unknown as to how the technology is being used (for the lecture or for other uses)?

If you’re a lecturer and would like to take part of this online discussion about your experiences comment below and find a link here to my Project Information and the intentions of my research.