We swim in a sea of data … and the sea level is rising rapidly. Tens of millions of connected people, billions of sensors, trillions of transactions now work to create unimaginable amounts of information. Human-created information is only part of the story, a relatively shrinking part. The projected growth of data from all kinds of sources is staggering — to the point where some worry that in the foreseeable future our digital systems of storage and dissemination will not be able to keep up with the simple act of finding places to keep the data and move it around to all those who are interested in it.
In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Screen Text and Institutional Context: The gap in language proficiency gestures to a cultural and social rupture that has taken place in the interceding generation.
The generational ruptures experienced by Indigenous peoples under colonialism are well-known: As a part of this process, boarding school and residential school systems were created and separated Indigenous children from their families and communities, forcing children to adopt colonial settler values and cultural practices.
These schools sought to eradicate Indigenous languages in particular, often using corporeal punishment to prevent students from speaking their traditional languages. This crux is the central motif for both films, through which they investigate the applications of the cinematic apparatus for connecting Indigenous people to their communities and cultural heritage.
Their methods for engaging and representing these topics are, however, very different, drawing from frameworks for undertaking Indigenous research that emerged from distinct historical periods and national contexts. Made twenty years later, Cry Rock engages with debates in Indigenous studies about the relationship between oral narrative traditions and the media used to record them, questioning the impact that recording technologies have on oral narratives and their survival.
By doing so, the film intervenes in assumptions that the cinematic apparatus can function as an extension of oral traditions, a discourse promoted by the NFB, raising the possibility that recording technologies actually hasten their erosion.
Cry Rock ultimately explores oral narratives as a mode of understanding that is intrinsically tied to specific geographical places and relies on a direct relationship between storyteller and listener, which media technologies cannot replicate.
Bringing together Navajo Talking Picture and Cry Rock is in part a means by which to argue that analyses of the thematic similarities between media texts should be attentive to institutional contexts that Indigenous media practitioners navigate in their work, an approach that draws on precedent studies of minority media by Chon Noriega and Jun Okada Their work on Chicano cinema and Asian American film and video, respectively, has sought to understand minority cinemas not as pre-given, identity-based categories, but as areas of production debated and shaped through various social forces, including state policy, political movements, developments in media technologies, and institutional funding structures and policies.
At stake are the terms through which minority media are conceptualized, as Noriega argues, as identity-based cinematic "genres": You are not currently authenticated. View freely available titles:In In the Absence of the Sacred, Jerry Mander uses nuclear energy to illustrate this point: Based on such an analysis we might have modified the Internet before introducing it (while retaining the benefits as much as possible), limited its use once it was introduced, and monitored from the start its harmful effects.
In “Keepers of the. Screen Text and Institutional Context: Indigenous Film Production and Academic Research Theory Seminar" focused on technologies and their effects on Indigenous peoples, including readings from Jerry Mander's In the Absence of the Sacred: Snapshots of the "Our World" website were located through the Internet Archive .
See Jerry Mander’s great page about whether we would have let the car drive our evolution as much as it did had we known the consequences back then (in his book In the Absence of the Sacred). So the best-intentioned of humans will try to use Big Data to solve Big Problems, but are unlikely to do well at it.
INCONVENIENT TRUTHS "You can either be informed and be your own rulers, or you can be ignorant and have someone else, who is not ignorant, rule over you.". A more general and popular read on a sacred note is In the Absence of the Sacred: The Failure of Technology & the Survival of the Indian Nations by Jerry Mander.
Again, here is one source: In the Absence of the Sacred by Jerry Mander.
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