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December 18, 2018

"toxic fringes, removable subjects"

 

"toxic fringes, removable subjects"

My sense is that the image shows how, while land becomes toxic, instead of considering the removal of the underlying environmental problem, what is thought of as a solution is the incorporation of “removable subjects” or individuals seen “disposable” to this toxic area.

December 14, 2018
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What does it mean to characterize people or behavior as "toxic"?

This image makes me curious about the capacity and limits of toxicity as an analytical category applied to people. Characterize sunshine-based California boosterism as a "toxic" effort to claim exclusive land rights makes me think of Lisa Park and David Pellow's critique of "nativist environmentalism" in Aspen (The Slums of Aspen, 2011). There, they show how the characterization of Hispanic immigrants as "toxic" by some white Aspen residents and government officials has functioned as a means of perpetuating privilege and exclusion.

Park and Pellow's argument gives me pause when it comes to arguments that lean on the characterization of people as toxic. Characterizing sunshine-boosters as toxic people inverts the rhetoric that Park and Pellow critique in a manner that is arguably consistent with their critical project. On the other hand, of the various angles one might take in critical analysis of the people and behaviors depicted in this image, what does one gain and lose by adopting the language of toxicity?

December 9, 2018

This image was useful for an exploration of the concept of permeability in relation to visuality and "toxicity." I would be interested in seeing how the "ethnographic message" of this image is connected to the author's own research and interests in self-visualizing narrative making by veterans. 

December 7, 2018
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Contained mess.

December 6, 2018
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Toxic Legacies.

December 6, 2018
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Post-abstinence.

Spreading the good word.

The new New Testament.

December 5, 2018
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Sterile Ethics ->Toxic Politics

December 5, 2018

Two opposite phrases were most manifest in her caption: “friendly community engagement” and “extent of police powers.” While the left picture illustrates a bunch of police officers with a smile during their community engagement activities, the right image shows the real state of the power of LASPD that can possibly threaten the safety of the student body. 

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