Ethics and Media Culture

5 Reproducing consciousness: what is Indonesia?

Carol Davis and Nick Rayner





The blue frog slips through the textual undergrowth, a no less impassioned and resonant object when we recognize its origins in mis-recognition and mis-translation. Its affective charge is not diminished under the knowing gaze of rational inquiry. Like the ‘marvels and wonders’ sought by early explorers and travellers, it speaks to an impossible search for discovery and completion conducted with all the baggage of the place from which we have come (Robertson et al. 1994, p. 6).

One of the predominant features of the late twentieth century has been the growth in global communications. We can switch on our television sets or pick ...

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