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November 27, 2012 / compassioninpolitics

Answering disaster porn critique–why its a terrible argument

Mueller and Mueller are the answer to disaster porn. They are the authors…but they point out its limits as a thesis.

There are also empirical examples where crisis images = political change & awareness. The crisis images mobilized action rather than quieting it.
1. Environmental movement. Rachel Carlsons books, but also Al Gore and others.
2. Civil rights act of 1964 was a result of images on TV of African Americans being brutalized by cops
3. Concern about nuclear weapons was driven by images of nuclear weapons, articles about it, and documentaries about the dangers of nuclear weapons created political pressure to move away.
4. Three mile island disaster images killed the creation of new nuclear power plants in the US. The Japanese disaster did it again–worldwide–or at least prevented its rise.
5. Womens rights & rape, etc… proceeded in the same fashion versus oppression and violence.
6. Animal rights images–images of factory farms contributes to the knowledge of their practices.
7. I’m sure you can think of other reasons & other historical transformations.

How specifically does your aff or the images of your aff take a bite out of power, capitalism, globalization, or bureaucracy?

The alternative is silence and suppression. I’m sure they have some spin on this–but given the genericness of most of these links…thats what the alt almost has to be (at least disaster porn wise).

The disaster porn argument has multiple internal contradictions with their argument (ie they portray images of capitalism being bad) they also portray images in their disads which link to the argument. There are multiple ways to implicate this argument.

Also, all of these are ways in which power shifted from those in power.

Also, you might want to at least find the perm card from D & G….assuming thats what you’re trying to answer. Its pretty good….and perhaps even works with other Ks too.

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