The Post 2004 Tsunami Media: Voices for Science and the Humane

Dr. Geoffrey W. Lummis
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Since "911", the global media has been preoccupied with the war on terror, in Afghanistan, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Bali, Egypt, Gaza, Israel, Pakistan, Russia, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. The commercial media consistently offers an intense coverage of active nihilism, from which a mass audience constructs a mythopoeic fear. In addition, a multitude, of online sites offers even more graphic details of the extremes of incomprehensible carnage and insights into human suffrage. However, after December 26, 2004 both the free-to-air and online media demonstrated a capacity to galvanise the global community to secure humane outcomes, as well as underscore the essential role of online scientific literacy.

In this article, the writer explores three themes associated with the media and the 2004 tsunami. Firstly, the writer will explore the role of the online media in facilitating transpersonal global awareness. The second part will explore the role of the Internet in facilitating scientific literacy. Finally, the writer will provide international and Australian examples, which emphasise the level of philanthropic engagement.

Keywords: 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, Transpersonal Globalisation, Phenomenal Fields of Experience, The Role of the Mythopoeic, Online Science, Trends: Online Giving, Media as an Agency for the Humane, Kerry Packer: Cricket, Wave Aid, Australia Unites: Reach Out to Asia, The Role of the Bloggers and Aid, Life-World: Banda Aceh, Scientific Literacy, Online Aid, Australian Indonesian Relations
Stream: Philosophy, Ethics, Consciousness, Globalisation, Cyberspace, Technology
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Post 2004 Tsunami Media, The

Dr. Geoffrey W. Lummis

Senior Lecturer, School of Education
Art & Science Education, Edith Cowan University

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

• Sixth generation Australian.
• Childhood (Perth) played and explored the coastal bushlands (late 1950's - 1960’s.
• Summers- surfing and watching cricket. Winters- Australian Rules Football.
• Studied: Churchlands Teachers College; Curtin University; University of Western Australia and
Murdoch University.
M Ed UWA (1986) -A n Epistemological Justification for Polysensory Education
Ph D Murdoch (2001) Aesthetic Solidarity and Ethical Holism: Towards and Ecopedagogy in
Western Australia

• 1977 -1985 Educ Dept of W A as a primary & visual arts teacher and curriculum writer.
• Since 1986 training visual artists, visual arts teachers and science/technology teachers ECU.
• 1993/94 University of Massachusetts
• Interests - globalisation and environmental ethics-Philosophy of Aesthetics & Science
• Studio interests- ceramics, sculpture and architecture

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