POST 3: Mapping the participants (human and non – human) and constructing an image archive

One massive problem I was faced with at the beginning of the semester was not being put in a group with an issue that I had already started working towards. At the beginning of the semester I was originally researching marriage equality, particularly focusing on government superiority and the presence of religion. After focusing my first two blog posts on marriage equality, I was notified that I was in a group dealing with the issue on refugees and asylum seekers. With the inability to change topics as well as a lack of communication, I came to the decision that I had to stick with researching this issue and focusing on a micro-topic within it. I had no problem changing topics, but it did set me back 3 weeks into my studies for the semester.

With this sudden mishap, I restarted my research into another topic. Through all my research, I was really interested in the idea of public perception. Without falling too much behind in my work, I researched the issue generically while concentrating on digital media trends to gain a sense of clarity in what my issue was facing on a daily basis. Without refugees actually having access to this form of information, I feel that it was an engaging topic to be researching. To further progress in my ‘refugee and asylum seekers’ research, a task performed in class time allowed a more depth understanding into my issues into tangible and non-tangible stakeholders. When mapping these participants, I automatically came to the realisation that we were only mapping out as many stakeholders as possible.14182288_1210416299020871_1077208037_n

The image shows more than 150 participants that was all affected/affecting my issue. It was a very mixed list to begin with, but it allowed me to understand every entity that’s involved within my issue. I set out to map as many as possible for a clear starting point into my research, while hopefully catching up on a whole other bunch of research for the remainder of the semester. As shown, these stakeholders aren’t very organised as such, but I was able to come up with a summary of the exercise:
 – The exercise was very helpful in the way that it allowed me to understand every aspect of the issue.

 – The majority of my mapping involved a lot of emphasis on the government and the media. These to me, are the two most important factors to consider, and a feel that this was the perfect starting point for my research.

As I noticed that these trends were beginning to unfold, I started to refine my list of stakeholders to allow myself to focus on a particular segment of my issue. In this case, it was the effects of government enforcement and digital media presence that fuelled me to further engage. As I started to refine this list into possible parties, I began to understand the importance of each stakeholder/participant that would have any affect on my issue at all. Two conclusions were drawn from this analysis:

– The idea of public perception, filtered through media and the government, is vague and doesn’t allow for much change. However while having a public voice is still apparent, it doesn’t seem necessary for the government or the media to be constantly engaging and monitoring what is being said.
– The government’s presence on social media is only reiterating the services they currently run and the issues they face. It seems that they only post and display information that is only going to get a good reception from the public in terms of how exposed the story is going to be, not by how the public is reacting to the post.

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This image is all about making a statement for refugees. It’s emphasising the fact that even though refugees can be segregated and not be treated the way they would like, the representation of refugees and asylum seekers is very active. This doesn’t differ from my research, but adds on to an archive of imagery.

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This cartoon imagery is the perfect example of European law for refugees and how it’s affecting households around the continent. It used clever imagery to portray it’s message, even though it’s displaying a reality of European acceptance of refugees and asylum seekers. This supports my research as I attempt to look further into the effects and how that supports my view of public perception.

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This image is a strong example of refugee life and how they envision their lives in Australia, opposed to the realities of living like a prisoner. The bright colour accentuates that glimmer of hope that asylum seekers will be able to receive adequate facilities. Once again, my view on public perception is highlighted in this imagery.

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This is a work by Sebastian Onufszak called ‘Hands of Tolerance’ where it emphasises the realities of mixed cultures coming together join forces of toleration from refugee and asylum seeker laws. With it’s strong imagery, the text’s legibility is shown through the emphasise of the lettering. My topic os not about toleration, but is a very useful image when discussing what we, as the Australian public, think of approaches like this.

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This image seems to be subjected straight to the refugee, encouraging them to create their own world. Despite their mishaps and desperation to seek asylum, there is always going to be a world that they can support, they just have to be willing enough to live in it. This image supports my issue more than what I first thought. Because it has more of a self acceptance approach, it supports my views but doesn’t explain them.

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This is a very powerful image, posted by Dr. Omer Faruk Harman, which essentially is a controversial caricature of living standards that refugees are put through. This image faces the realities of being a refugee attempting to seek asylum and essentially demonstrates how refugees are trying to survive once they reach the shore. Because they are regularly rejected from their destination, this is how the world is treated them afterwards. It’s a reality made simple. This applies to my topic in every aspect.

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This next image is just a simple illustration of, what seems like a summed up situation on how most countries accept refugees. In Australia, refugees are also publicly known as a prisoner. Technically, refugees commit an international crime, by illegally leaving their country of origin in hope that they reach another country away from danger. While their intentions are right, this image displays how each party is treated as well as their attitude for each other. This applies to my research as this perception is growing everyday.

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This image portrays only the sheer emotion of refugees. This image is all about the emotion and reaction of the image: The emotion the person in the image is showing, and how we look at the image as the Australian public. As a member of this public, as well as undertaking this research task, I prefer not to comment on what emotion I think this refugee is showcasing. It’s just the presence of emotion alone that allows this image to be a perfect reference to my issue.

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This poster is all about helping out where we can, despite the fact that refugees decide to travel here illegally. While there is so much criticism around the issue of refugees and asylum seekers, this poster denies all the negativity and just purely focuses on how everyone’s contribution will make a difference. The colour theme in the poster as well starts to combine the elements of seeking asylum and travelling by boat, with an array of arms helping this boat get across the shore. This image shows hope, but unfortunately enough only showcases the idea of hope, which is why this is a crucial reference to my research.

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This was an images designed by the Cross Border Collective, where they emphasise their point that the boundaries that laws enforce on refugees is strangling their way of life. They tend to reiterate the point that its the boundaries that is enforced that’s splitting up the human race as a whole, rather than trying to protect the country. The idea of rights and equality is very apparent in this image and serves a meaning into how this public perception is the cause of the hardship that refugees have to face on a daily basis.

 

Peter Andreacchio (11768381)

 

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