Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: "Social Injustice"

Thursday, February 12, 2009

"Social Injustice"

During the Industrial Revolution minors were being hired to work in dangerous environments such as in mines, glass factories, textiles, agriculture, canneries, home industries, and as newsboys, messengers etc. The reason behind this is, because factory owners thought it would be an advantage to hire young children, so they can work long strenuous hours for low pay. However in 1916 many people that were against this enforced that the child labour law will be passed. Well known whistle blowers like, Jacob Riis and Lewis W. Hines both great photographers literally made this social injustice come to light. However, what is so mind boggling is that in today's society children are still being exploited to do dangerous jobs that only an adult can handle. Although its not as visual it still exists here in the United States and in other countries. What I liked about Hines and Riis is that they were both on a mission and used their talent to get there " Social Photography". A picture is worth a thousands words.


In fact, it is often more effective than reality would have been, because, in
the picture, the non-essential and conflicting interests have been
eliminated. The picture is the language of all nationalities and all ages.
The increase, during recent years, of illustrations in newspapers, books,
exhibits and the like gives ample evidence of this.


Very few people pay attention to this issue at hand, its a major social injustice, because young children only know what they are taught. Right now young girls are being exploited and made into domestic servants http://www.unicef.org/protection/index_childlabour.html. Even such brands that we wear today were caught going against child labour laws like Gap Inc, http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/10/29/gap.labor/. There needs to be an end to this exploitation. Furthermore the media needs to put a buzz out there in society to fight for young children's rights and promote more on foundations like UNICEF ( United Nations Childrens Fund).

1 Comments:

Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good discussion of the evil of child labor. The photography of progressive reformers like Riis and Hine was an important weapon in the fight against child labor.

Cite the source of the quotation in your post clearly for the reader.

2/23/2009 4:49 PM  

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