FRAMING THE GLOBAL FUTURE BY IGNORING ALTERNATIVES
COMMENTARY ARCHIVES, 20 Mar 2009
Unfreezing Categories as a Vital Necessity
Images as indicators
In preparation for the much-heralded, key meeting of the G20 Group in London (March 2009), two striking images were produced. The negatives are reproduced below:
· The Financial Times identified a set of 50 people "whose position, skills and contacts allow them to define the debate over what should happen" (Fifty who will frame a way forward, 11 March 2009)
· The meeting of the G-20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (Horsham, 15 March 2009) gave rise to a communique that will be the key text for the discussions at the G20 Summit (London, 2 April 2009)
What is so striking about these images? Both have the traditional predominance of "white males". But to clarify further, of the 50 identified by the Financial Times, 5 are women (blurred out in white). Of the 46 present at the G20 Finance Meeting, 2 are women (blurred out in black). This treatment might have been rendered even more striking by blurring out the women using white, and the "non-whites" using black.
Despite the confusion and obfuscation over who actually had any responsibility for the financial crisis and the management of its evolution, there is a significant consensus that a failure of regulatory overview has been a key factor. It is therefore reasonable to ask:
· what proportion of those identified in either image were complicit in some way in this regulatory failure?
· with what capacities and new insights will those so involved be responding to the challenge of the crisis of the financial system — and the credibility crunch with which it is now associated?
· what proportion of the global population are not "white males" — but have had their livelihoods and future security rendered highly problematic by the those who have failed in their regulatory capacity?
· how is it that the insights of non-males — presumably some 50% of the world population — are represented by only 7% of those identified in the above images?
The focus of the argument here is not on the questionable representation of "non-whites" and "women" — old issues as yet unresolved.
PLEASE CONTINUE READING IN THE ORIGINAL – LAETUS IN PRAESENS
This article originally appeared on Transcend Media Service (TMS) on 20 Mar 2009.
Anticopyright: Editorials and articles originated on TMS may be freely reprinted, disseminated, translated and used as background material, provided an acknowledgement and link to the source, TMS: FRAMING THE GLOBAL FUTURE BY IGNORING ALTERNATIVES, is included. Thank you.
This work is licensed under a CC BY-NC 4.0 License.
Click here to go to the current weekly digest or pick another article: