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from February, 2019, in the aftermath of Californian wildfires: "Despite all the pictures of devastation circulating online with each new wildfire, we face the insufficiency of the image. Frozen and flattened, images of fire present a misleading visual field of aesthetic contemplation. Framed and objectified, they offer only a privileged sort of distanced voyeurism, a reassuring domination of disaster, ...Read More
"The new bushfire recovery agency must use a similar strategy. This would acknowledge both the historical experiences of Aboriginal people and our inherent strengths as communities that have not only survived, but remain connected to our homelands. In this way, perhaps the bushfire crisis might have some positive longer-term outcomes, ...Read More
"...it’s hard to convey the intensity of living in the middle of a long-running disaster. The world narrows. Your ability to think critically evaporates. New daily rituals emerge – wake up, check the fire warnings, check the air quality reading. Get out of bed, check the air purifier. Next, wash brown smoky water out of clothing or animals that have left the sanctuary of the house for any period of time. ...Read More
Australia has become so politically cynical, after so many prime ministers' ability to govern was interrupted by the Murdoch media gossip pulp mill. In being distracted away from electoral politics, we surrender our political will to corporate entities that decide according to the """implicitly fair""" market. It's telling how racist ...Read More
The practice of online disinformation finds a new target in the Australian Bush fires. "“Australia suddenly appears to be getting swamped by mis/disinformation as a result of this environmental catastrophe, and we are suffering the consequences in terms of hyped up polarisation and an increased difficulty and inability for citizens to discern truth,”"
"The fires have been raging for weeks, destroying 2.2m hectares of bush, over 700 homes, killing several people, and an uncountable amount of animal life, but it is the poor visibility in Sydney, the terrible air rated magnitudes worse than ‘hazardous’ that dominates media attention. Photos of a vanishing Sydney ...Read More