Kara Miller Annotations

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What does this image communicate -- topically and/or conceptually? Does the image call to mind particular scholarly arguments?

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 9:29pm

The white/ blank pieces of this image have a certain organization to them and denote an airiness that works with the content. I appreciate the simplicity of the screen shots and the arrangement as well. The part of your work that deals with popular imagery up against the mundane and pedestrian is intriguing. How do we make the point that catastrophic is slow and contamination creeps? Especially in the face of the imagery you point to herein, which does make a spectacle of inevitable collapse. How could we show that contamination endures? Critics of the Anthropocene theories suggest that this view of crisis is blind to the fact that survival and development have always been a crisis for some. Disruptions to the comfortable are typically set in Western and privledged standpoints, while showing doom in the mundane makes the space between power and pollution narrow. I would also add that the photo and the current timeline of the social media posts and news articles shows a constance, a presence, and a criticalness of these issues. How do we reconcile these crucial issues with a balanced approach to apocalyptic narratives. To de-colonize contamination and vulnerability, we must show that toxic crises have existed in deep human history, most notably since industrialization. How is slow-paced toxicity equally as grim as wicked events and disaster?

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