Corrections to the First Draft of History

Authored by: Raqs Media Collective

The Routledge Companion to Media and Risk

Print publication date:  March  2020
Online publication date:  February  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138638938
eBook ISBN: 9781315637501
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315637501-21

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Abstract

In ‘The Sound of A Silent Letter’ Raqs Media Collective offer a meditation on how our understanding of the world hinges on the ability to navigate between certainty and doubt. Taking the measure of what one knows — against an estimate of what one does not, or cannot, know — is like the sounding of a silent letter in a noisy word. Raqs’ contribution takes its cues from the history of reading and learning languages in the South Asian subcontinent, gesturing specifically to an early primer English primer for Indian students. If Journalism is the “first draft of history,” then the “corrections” that these images carry ask their readers to account again for our times.

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