A ‘pornographic gaze’ or a necessary tactic?
Neil Howard, a Research Fellow at the University of Antwerp, wrote in April 2017 that, too often, the media and aid organizations represent young people as ‘victims’. Not only is this sensationalizing, he says, but it misrepresents young people who are actually migrants, seeking better life opportunities rather than to be rescued.
Read the article, ‘When NGOs Save Children Who Don’t Want to be Saved’, and give a brief comment below on what you think (write your full name so I can mark your task properly). Do you agree or disagree? Why or why not? What does he say is the problem with these representations? What might be a counter-argument to his view? How could this view be communicated to journalists and aid workers in a way that would make them listen and change (is it already doing that)?