Athropology And The Other: Mediation Through Digital Storytelling

Link to the essay here!

A very important part of this project is one of reflexivity and discovery. I, being one who has truly come up from the “Working Class”, not having even earned a High School Diploma when I enrolled at Goldenwest College at age 42–I am currently 50. The interesting thing I have found after taking this course, Visual Research Methods, is that I am becoming acutely aware of what is meant by the term “otherness”–we have become the other to the once Colonized, not just at home, but globally!

I initially set out to do a “Digital Storytelling” project, of which my Inglewood story is the beginning–I plan on continuing on with that project. What I was unaware of was that by telling my story, I have moved my self into that space of otherness–that is, as a member of the globalized-postcolonial world we are now experiencing. Once empowered, does it even make sense to put “your” story in the hands of a so-called expert? This is one area that I see where Cultural Studies breaks from Anthropology, Sociology, and the other social sciences, as well as the humanities, in a quite contentious way. Digital Storytelling is but one tool in the age of new media that can help bridge the transnational divide globalization  has created between the “other” and the “researcher”.

As for CLST 355, this was a great class and I will be looking much deeper into the area of media studies in the future! Everyone have a great summer!!!

Published in: on May 8, 2010 at 08:24  Comments (2)  

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  1. Yes, otherness is relative! Go to Africa, and the white person is different. Speak for yourself, as yourself, via Anthropology or grad school and the white American man’s authority shifts. Give people media and new voices dominate. And yet things hold, too, don;t they? But permanently, how long, with what changes, that’s what we can work on and attend to.

  2. Amen! Once again, if nothing else, in this class I have learned to be more “reflexive” and “reflective”. My number one soap box in anthropology is “racism”, “sexism”, “gender-ism”, and all the other “…isms” that have been festering within the global, patriarchal, white western culture that has dominated the globe for thousands of years now, culminating in the colonial and post-colonial eras of the past two centuries. By looking at ones self from the anthropological perspective, one is certainly able to see how “WE ALL” fit into the puzzle of globalization, and not just from the position as an authority in the “Ivory Tower”. It is time for people to wake up!

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