Birangonas and Baltimore: A Media Experiment
For this media experiment I wanted to see what would come up when googling Baltimore and West Baltimore. After comparing Nayanika Mookherjee’s arguments of the images used to portray Birangonas and the media portrayals of Baltimore, I was curious to see what would happen when I googled these key terms.
Interestingly enough, when I first search “Baltimore” only images of the harbor appear. In the third and fourth suggested searches, however, are “hood” and “riots.” When I search “West Baltimore” you see images of streets, policemen, and the suggested searches are “drug corners,” “projects,” “gangs,” “wire,” and “tattoo.”
When I search “Birangona” and “Birangona woman” the notorious birangona hair photograph by Naibuddin Ahmed, mentioned extensively in Spectral Wound, shows up multiple times. Scenes and posters of the British “Birangona Women of War” play also flood the page.