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Friday, May 05, 2006

Corporate Cowan



Fuck.
I fixed a spelling error and lost all the witty remarks I had made earlier about being all corporate and shit...
Will revise some other time.

Also - David Byrne talks about some interesting issues of photography and copywrite if anyone is curious.
Very interesting stuff.

7 comments:

limbolo said...

Thanks for pointing out Mr. Byrne's Journals. Loads of interesting stuff there.
I've always heard that tribesmen take a dim view of photography. Stealing the soul and all that. They have a point.
I recently attempted to take a snap of a bouncer outside a strip club. He told me "photography is not permitted, my friend." It was the "my friend" that let me know I wasn't going to get away with any monkey business. So I tried to take a snap of an old dog squatting on the pavement outside the pub next door. A guy immediately berated me as a "fucking tourist" for such invasion of privacy. I decided to let sleeping dogs lie and skulked away with my tail between my legs.

Elliot said...

Pleasure Neil.
There's about a year and a halfs worth in there.
An extremely thoughtful individual.

Australian Aboriginies do not mind being photographed, but they have issues with seeing photographs of
deceased family members.
Anything on the tv that may have pictures of deceased native folks is preceeded by a warning to those who it may concern.

limbolo said...

How interesting...
Don't they worry that if they have a snap taken now they might show up as a deceased family member later?
What's the problem actually? - Does seeing the image of the deceased bring him back from the dead?

Elliot said...

To be honest I am not 100% sure.
I think it's bad luck of the highest degree.
I have a friend who lived in the Territory for years and am sure will know.
I'll consult her some time soon.
FYI - the warning is usually something like WARNING: "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the following program may contain images and voices of deceased persons".

You can read more about it here:
here

Elliot said...

Upon further discussions with my lovely friend Robyn: it is also considered bad to say the name of someone who has died.
She related the story of a community in which there was Jeff the older and Jeff the younger (Jeff wasn't his name, I'm just using if for the purposes of the tale).
Jeff the older died, and Jeff the younger could no longer be called Jeff - they created a nickname for him.
Robyn suggested that it was possible he could never use his birth name ever again.

limbolo said...

Perhaps he could be called Jeff.

Elliot said...

They called him "Boy" actually.

 
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