Re: [-empyre-] residing in cyberspace

i was overseas when whale rider was released (& saw it in munich), but i think it was extremely well received at home, by both maori & pakeha. film is a medium that reaches a very wide cross-section of society - much wider than the web - & whale rider is one of a number of excellent nz films that have done a lot for race relations (& social relations in general) in this country.

as for how successful web sites are as accessible cultural media ... that's a pretty broad question! there's web sites & there's web sites ...

h : )

The first time I really got some idea about the nature of Maori culture was when I saw the film Whale Rider and read Witi Ihimaera's book. I don't know how this is seen in New Zealand by the Maori people or by the white population. How racist tensions effect your views, I don't know what the reaction was over there. I only know that it gave me an insight that I found engrossing, hungry for more.

So film and books, DVDs and paperbacks are readily accessible cultural
materials, how do they compare to web sites? How successful are web sites
compared to other media?

Perhaps we have to wait for the web/electronic media to be more accessible,
- a cinematic broadband, more portable - ebooks etc. A cinematic web and a
really hand-friendly sexy ebook device like the iPod. I find the Xbox really
engaging, some games pull me along, others digust me. Net radio works for
me, listening to rebroadcasts of interviews, alt music stations etc.


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