Crisis/Media’, the fourth publication in the Sarai Reader series, examines issues of global crises – (war, civil conflict, terrorism and state terror, the deep instabilities of everyday life, technologies of surveillance and political life, threats to the freedom of expression) – and critically analyses the representation of these crises in the media. Are the crises in the media also instances of crises of the media? Have current forms of media practice lost the ability to articulate questions of conflict and contention, other than in terms of crises? Can media practitioners evolve forms of practice that are not beholden to the idea of Crisis? The Sarai brings together several distinguished critical voices, as well as new, emerging writers from all over the world (and especially from South Asia) to attend to ideas, situations, contexts and dillemmas related to crises and the media. Authors include : Arundhati Roy, Ranjit Hoskote, Taslima Nasrin, Geert Lovink, Soenke Zehle, Nandita Haksar, Toby Miller, Martin Shaw, Ravi Vasudevan, Shahid Amin, Ivo Skoric, Nancy Adajania, Raqs Media Collective, Nitin Govil, Ranjani Mazumdar, Shohini Ghosh and others.TABLE OF CONTENTS OF SARAI READER 04: CRISIS/MEDIA Introduction APPROACHING CRISIS Bearing Inconvenient Witness: Notes in Pro/Confessional Mode – Ranjit Hoskote Peace is War: The Collateral Damage of Breaking News – Arundhati Roy Financialization, Emotionalization and Other Ugly Concepts – Toby Miller Interventionist Media in Times of Crisis – Soenke Zehle Western Wars and Peace Activism: Social Movements in Global Mass-Mediated Politics – Martin Shaw IMAGE DISTURBANCE Let us Become Children! Training, Simulations and Kids – Kristian Lukic What is to be Done? – Bhrigupati Singh Disreputable and Illegal Publics: Cinematic Allegories in Times of Crisis – Ravi Vasudevan Protesting Capitalist Globalization on Video – Oliver Ressler Barcelona Pictures – Sasja Barentsen From One Crisis to the Next: The Fate of Political Art in India – Nancy Adajania On Representing the Musalman – Shahid Amin Machines Made to Measure: On the Technologies of Identity and the Manufacture of Difference – Raqs Media Collective CRISIS MEDIA – CASE STUDIES Media Representations of the Kargil War and the Gujarat Riots – Subarno Chatterji Small Town News – Taran N. Khan ‘Out of the Box’: Telelvisual Representations of North East India -Daisy Hasan Lost in Transit: Narratives and Myths of The Crash of Egypt Air Flight 990 in Egyptian and American Newspapers – Mahmoud Eid Of Nasty Pictures and ‘Nice Guys’: The Surreality of Online Hindutva – Christiane Brosius Media Looking Beyond Crisis? The Urdu/Pakistani Press in New York after 9/11 – Rehan Ansari Tried by The Media: The S A R Geelani Trial – Nandita Haksar TRUTH/TESTIMONY ‘I Saw it on CNN so it Must be True…Wrong !’ – Craig Etcheson Refugee Camps – Amy West Readers vs. Viewers – Ivo Skoric Cracks in the Urban Frame: The Visual Politics of 9/11 – Ranjani Mazumdar Truth Telling, Gujarat and the Law – Arvind Narrain CAUTION: REPORTERS AT WORK Massacres and the Media: A Field Reporter Looks Back on Gujarat 2002 – Darshan Desai The Everyday Life of a Srinagar Correspondent: Reporting from Kashmir – Muzamil Jaleel A Reporter in Prison – Iftikhar Gilani Covering Kashmir: The Datelines of Despair – Basharat Peer Mumbai(Dongri)-Gujarat-Mumbai-Kashmir: Pages from my Diary – Zainab Bawa WAR CORRESPONDENCES: FIRST PERSON PLURAL Thoughts on Afghanistan in Five Parts – Meena Nanji On Experiencing Afghanistan – Daphne Meijer The Afghan eXplorer – The Computing Culture Group – MIT Media Lab Waiting: Entries from a Filmmaker’s Diary in and around Tel Aviv – Anna Faroqhi Last Email from the Gaza Strip – Rachel Corrie Guerrila News Network’s Digital Documentaries: Interview with Stephen Marshall – Geert Lovink Synchronicities: Baghdad/Delhi – Anand Vivek Taneja Portrait of a Day in Baghdad – Paul Chan Diary of a News Cameraman: Baghdad, July 2003 – Shakeb Ahmed Rescued Pages of War-Sense – Tarun Bhartiya DEEP INSTABILITIES Politics in the Picture: Witnessing Environmental Crises in the Media – Sanjay Kak The Toxic Times of India: The Plastic Monster and a State of Emergency – Ravi Agarwal Remembering SARS in Beijing: The Nationalist Appropriation of an Epidemic – Sanjay Sharma Evictions – Projections: Watching Dharmendra in Suburban Lagos – Hansa Thapliyal Mediated Guilt: The Illusion of Participation in Delhi’s Social Welfare Advertisements – Omar Kutty Journey through a Disaster: A Filmmaker’s Account of the Gujarat Earthquake, 2001 – Batul Mukhtiar CYBERMOHALLA STREET LOGS LOG OO1, 20th October, 2003 – Dakshinpuri Cybermohalla Media Lab INFORMATION = POLITICS P2P: Power to the People – Janko Röttgers War in the Age of Pirate Reproduction – Nitin Govil Floss and the ‘Crisis’: Foreigner in a Free Land? – Martin Hardie Introducing AIDC as a Tool for Data Surveillance – Beatriz Da Costa + Jamieson Schulte + Brooke Singer Anagrams of Orderly Discorder (For the New Global Order) – Geoff Cox, Joasia Krysa + Adrian Ward The Tools and Tactics of A Festival: Looking Back at N5M4 – David Garcia The Revenge of Low-tech: Autolabs, Telecentros and Tactical Media in São Paulo – Ricardo Rosas CONTESTING CENSORSHIP Reasonable Restrictions and Unreasonable Speech – Lawrence Liang ‘The Whole Constitution Goes for Six’: Legislative Privileges and the Media – Sudhir Krishnaswamy Censorship Myths and Imagined Harms – Shohini Ghosh Homeless Everywhere: Writing in Exile –Taslima Nasreen ALT/OPTION Manifesto Against Labour – Gruppe Krisis Digital Declaration – Infossil Corrective Notes on Contributors Acknowledgements
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