D4TC - Images, Misrepresentation and Impossible Prisons


One of the things that fascinated me about the reading is the concept of representation. Images, icons, visuals and objects. These things which are commonly used to draw attention often are used to great effect to lead individuals to focus on a given topic or issue. However we do face a problem since these things cane abused, causing representation to have misrepresentation.

Something I wanna illustrate for his blog post is based on news articles currently occurring in the internet. Recently a few days ago Facebook and Twitter banded together to crack down fake news. Fake news often brought by bad representation of images and headlines that cause global panic and confusion. Since this is a current issue this is what caught my attention in the first reading.

Issues such as ones happening in other countries outside the US where media outfits use this to a terrible advantage for their own politics and propaganda means. The war on drugs in the Philippines currently use misrepresentation to a terrifying degree as current media outfits are not using their force for good but rather to instead support the highest bidder. So most of the information comes from social media and the individuals who are present, but in order to flush this out , hundreds of fake information overwhelm the truth and confuse the reader to what is entirely going on.

This also can jive with satire news that can often be considered as real news by some individuals who do not think critically when reading the piece. However if satire and real news with misrepresentation are placed side by side together on a feed, the visual communication delivered can be quite terrible if interpreted in the wrong way.

Moving on to the Focault reading The Impossible prison was a write up to accompany an exhibition that involved several artists. The exhibition which focuses on the artists ideas and views of a prison set in a prison the work focused on topics such as confinement, social control and surveillance.

Reading on brought thoughts of parallelism within certain scenarios in our society such as the surveillance system and social control that doesn't occur only in prisons but in schools. This brought out for me a thought experiment which I wanted to dwell on, that if the similarity of these systems in prison happen to us everyday what is the difference of their situation versus ours and do we need to redefine what a prison is on those parameters?

While reflecting on the readings the writers to me feel more like philosophers less artists as their discussions delve on various topics that opens our minds to certain conditions and scenarios of prisons.