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Langton, M., 'The Politics of Aboriginal Representation', In: Well I

Heard it on the Radio and I saw it on the Television, Australian Film

Commission, North Sydney, 1993, pp. 23-43

This citation articulates the limitations of Aboriginal representations

in various works of media anticipated by an, '...absence of critical theory

and knowledge of..' (Para 2) Aboriginal fundamentals; heavily resulting

in stereotypical views. Langton outlines the consequences illustrated in

the, 'act of making the other invisible', which remains prevalent due to

the, 'ideological framework', such a portrayal provides to understanding

Indigenous characterization. Through the author's reference to Kaplans

articles, the reader is exposed to the requirement for cultural

connectives and Western appreciation through conveying, 'political' and

'aesthetic' issues, relevant to Indigenous Australians within media. The

author implores the placement of Indigenous Australians in communal

associations within the film industry, whilst identifying the Western

assumption of the 'undifferentiated other' producing the juvenile

presumption that being Aboriginal gives increased comprehension and

therefore increased representation.

Therefore, Langdon encourages the

need to draw upon Aboriginal and Western views and well as those of a

historical nature. This text was useful in identifying various concerns

and avenues for advancement in regards to Aboriginal representation

within the media. (148 words)