“We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.”- Alan W. Watts
Encouraging Critical Thought
Get Perspective was established in 2011 as space to counteract dominate media narratives and critique mass cultural images. It was created with the aim of offering a critical perspective on culture and encouraging intellectual debate. Get Perspective was conceived out of a personal desire to engage critically with the world at a time that lacked the diverse Black voices and perspectives that now fill our media landscapes. Of course, this is not to say that the (British and global) media’s problem with race has been resolved, but that the rise in Black and POC media platforms relieves Get Perspective (somewhat) of its original ambitions.
With Get Perspective managed and authored exclusively by it’s founder, Cheraine Donalea Scott, the content published on the site can be seen to reflect a personal and intellectual journey to “get a perspective.” While the blog’s core aim remains the same —to offer a critical perspective and encourage debate— the content and writing style has evolved over time.
Get Perspective, now, offers a more scholarly analysis of contemporay culture, with a particular interest in Black life and cultural performance in Britain. It also endeavors to demystify the walls around academic knowledge making it more open and accessible by sharing essays, (book) reviews, interviews and critiques collated in the process of research and learning. Additionally, other incarnations of Get Perspective can be found on social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr, each offering content that diverges slightly from that found on this site but it’s core aim remaining the same.
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