Images as political vehicles (was Forget Deb. Jones)

Lynn Alice writes:

>What about the idea that 'surveillance' via electronic media (television)
>is inevitably coupled with, refracted through, mediated by (or something)
>(theories of ) representation. That is, cameras and screens do not
>transparently present events, (they may also conceal them) but are the
>vehicle for a range of politics, .... save me from my conceptual tangle

Someone brought this up a few weeks ago and I asked them to articulate
further but I heard nothing. This person pointed out how cameras and big
screens (whether in a store or in the baseball stadium) have the effect of
"framing" us as ideal consumers, confirming our subject-images we have of
ourselves as consumers (or something like that). I think this is an example
of what you're getting at, right? I would be interested in hearing more
from the person who proposed this idea: one question I have is: is it the
phenomenological experience of seeing a reproduction of one's image or is
it the knowledge that one is being electronically observed, in other words,
do two-way mirrors also frame us as ideal consumers? If not, what is it
about electronic media which has this political effect?


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