Post 8: Brainstorming possibilities for a design practice

Throughout the semester my research and understanding about the issue has grown a lot compare to the beginning of this semester. Through different activities in class and self-research at home I was able to see more micro issues and found the topic that I am interested in, which is awareness of public about this issue, most particularly in regard to the negative exposure of this issue on media that is altered by the government, so what we see is not what is actually happening in Nauru or in Germany.

Brainstorming session:

The brainstorming session with classmates we focus on the attitudes towards refugees. The map reveal mostly negative aspects such as fear, racism, selfishness and boundaries contrasting with generosity, empathy, compassion and acceptance. This strengthen my thoughts about the idea of government manipulating the media to shape what we think.

Defining the problem statement:

After that I decided to focus on the awareness of public about this issue, most particularly in regard to the negative exposure of this issue on media that is altered by the government, and used a series of framing questions to shapes mu problem statement.
Who does the problem effect?
Firstly, the manipulation of media shaped the publics perception of the issue, it affects the future of the refugees and asylum seekers who want to seek a new life, also affects refugees and asylum seekers that is in Australia. Secondly, it affects our thoughts towards the refugees and asylum seekers in Australia, which increase the rate of racism in Australia.
What are the boundaries of the problem?
The low awareness of the public due to lack of media access, because most Australian populations are old people they mostly use TV as their new source, Which is manipulated by the government. Also another boundary are different Australian policies. The most significant boundary of the issue are the government it self.
When does the problem occur? When does it need to be fixed?
The media publish their news on line and broadcast the TV news nation wide. This issue needs to be addressed by the government immediately, so people will know the truth either the public give the negative feedbacks or positive feedback toward the refugess and asylum seekers.
Where is the problem occurring?

The government

Why is it important that the problem is fixed What impact does it have on all stakeholders?
From my perspective the false information that government provide us about this issue is very unethical, not just to us also towards refugees and asylum seeker that are suffering. From the government perspective fixing the problem will gain public trust again, also lower the rate of racism.
Summary of 5 possibilities:
1. Show positive aspect of refugees and asylum seekers to the public.
2. Campaign that involves the Australian public and the refugees and asylum seekers that live in Australia
3. compare and contrast the amount of negative and positive aspect of refugees and asylum seekers on the media.
4. Focus on how news react to the issue
5. Compare lifestyles and situation to evoke a sense of empathy.
My proposal will be build upon 2nd and 5th possibility list above. Create a campaign in communities around Australia involves the refugees in Australia and the Australian public. By creating the condition and different scene of what refugee have been through, so the public can compare themselves to evoke a sense of empathy. Also by interacting with real refugees and see what kind of person they really are, Australian public will be more open to this issue, ans stop the negative information spreading around the public. At the end of the event refugees and the public can have some meal together to enhance the bond, and understand each other.
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