A Lonely Fishtank

Over the years many captivating and extraordinary documentaries have been released that have shown the struggles and desperation of how the human race treats its food.  These films have been brought out to make a connection, a change or even the fact of just bringing back knowledge to the plate. Though people do not realise the extent and dramatic experiences people surface from the butcher houses that it brings them to question why they eat meat or how they treat animals entirely. Such films are Historical life of the Chicken, Food, Inc. Forks over knives plus many more.

A documentary that was released back in 2013, known as Blackfish drove the protesters to a whole new level to bring down Sea Worlds programs of Orca breeding completely by this year. (The Orcas that are currently at Sea Worlds now will be left there until they pass for safety reasons) The reason why Blackfish brought so much success was because of the whole hearted story it brought about the young Orca called Tilikum which was an emotionally unstable and dangerous Orca. (To watch the film it is currently on Netflix)

The Orca brings forth human qualities that keeps the audience more connected towards the story besides many piles of information stacked upon themselves. It was so moving and full on that I even cried during the end of it because we are the human race that should not take something out of its home and played into another for entertainment.  I believe within the evidence, the cases that were made pushed people to stop going and within the article this year it showed an impact to their stocks and shows.

An interesting connection between the documentaries of Blackfish compared to others is the way it was presented, it had its research and evidence to provide it. An example being the fact of the Trainers and how some needed to train other Orcas differently for them to do a trick such as staving them. Along with the fact that some trainers were not sure what they were doing or even the knowledge of looking up the Orca they were training. I found a key towards this and people within their occupation as a lot of people either do not have the knowledge or understanding of how to kill an animal humanly.

This is evident in an article I saw a few years back called, ‘a Bloody Business’ by the four corners when the cows were treated cruel and the workers were charged for their disturbing acts. (Be warned not for the light hearted if you watch the clip)

The sad part now is that the Orca, Tilikum from the Blackfish film is dying due to all the actions and shows plus becoming the main breeding Orca is just terrible plus that have pushed him, 35 years old and very large into a small tank. Due to his sickness that have pushed him to not even move. It is inhuman and horrifying to see this. I believe everyone should question and think about the animals that are on this earth because they were here first. I am not saying to turn vegan or vegetarian because I know a lot of them and that is why I began watching a lot of these documentaries but no just watch what you eat and how these animals are treated.

Mark Lewis, 22, January 2001, ‘The National History of the Chicken,’ IMDB, Viewed 1st April 2016

Food Inc, Viewed 1st April 2016

Forks over Knives, Viewed 30th March 2016

Netflix, viewed 29th March 2016

Blackfish, Dogwoof, Viewed 30th March 2016

Ameena Schelling, 1st April 2016, The Dodo, SeaWorld Breeding Ban Reason, viewed 1st April 2016 https://www.thedodo.com/seaworld-breeding-ban-reason-1702760044.html

Sarah Ferguson, 30th May 2011, Four Corners, ‘A bloody business,’ viewed 29th March 2016

‘Tilikum: SeaWorld says killer whale featured in Blackfish documentary ‘deteriorating,’ 10th March 2016, News ABC, viewed 29th March 2016


Think before you Judge

After BCM310 this week I began to think about all the shows I have encountered over the years that hit the topic of suffering and poverty porn completely. If we could relate the topic of suffering within the world in photos I believe we can also have a similar line towards seeing the suffering of others through videos. This is not just including reality shows such as Jackass and MXC (which bring humour and disgust to the screen) but videos that you would come across from historical events such as 9/11 (Falling People) and even natural events such as Tsunamis. (Boxing Day)

Please be careful this is graphic.

With more people being intrigued by all the events around the world at the moment their first thing they want to do is either record or take a photo of the event. We as the pawns seem to find this information so easily with social media that we all seem to chuck it around without really thinking about the consequences of this piece. Whether it be heart breaking or painful to watch people seem to want to keep sharing it, trolling and commenting with sometimes pushing it further.

E.g. The reality show ‘Struggle Street’ began making the view that MT Druitt seemed to all look the same as the show itself built on drugs and poverty. It created an uprise of voices to question the view of how the media had shown the show to begin with but they did it within the way they wanted to get more views. Making people judge and question the people and stability of that community. A video I had found within the many showed that Ashley’s family was given food from the team during the show. Video Below.

Yet we forget to think about the old times of how amusement was made. In the roman times people were thrown into the arena to sort out their problems with the one still standing being the winner.  Even though in this circumstance most were murders and thieves yet a lot were slaves. These murderous games caught the crowd’s attention even though they weren’t chucked in themselves.

‘You may object that the victims committed robbery or were murderers. So what? Even if they deserved to suffer, what’s your compulsion to watch their sufferings? ‘Kill him’, they shout, ‘Beat him, burn him’. Why is he too timid to fight? Why is he so frightened to kill? Why so reluctant to die? They have to whip him to make him accept his wounds.’ Source

We need to question ourselves when watching or viewing something or even sharing it for that matter. Such questions should be raised as, should I be watching this? Should I be sharing this? What is behind the image or video? Should I be judging this? People need to take a step away from a video or image because it can depict the time, event or place however not all is seen to believe. Look deeper first.

2016, ‘The boxing day tsunami facts and figures’, BCOM (Bolton Council of Mosques), viewed 12 March 2016

Keith Hopkins, ‘Murderous Games: Gladiatorial Contests in Ancient Rome,’ Volume 33 issue 6, History Today, Viewed 13 March 2016

Matt Young,12 September 2013, ‘The story behind the most powerful image of 9/11: the Falling Man,’ News, Viewed 13 March 2016