Australian Story

There was an extremely interesting Australian Story last night on Geoffrey Gurumal Yunupingu. It highlighted how much I have learnt from this course and made me wish that all of Geoffrey’s managers, pr people, etc could take this course too. I was surprised by the lack of understanding of the cultural concepts and values, linguistically and otherwise, which the people surrounding him displayed. I was particularly struck by their embarrassment when he used silence during an on-air interview and their seeming failure to understand his cultural connection to country including the lack of importance of ‘individual fame and celebrity’ so highly regarded within Western culture.

I know that the marking for the blog has been finished but I thought the program might be of interest to others (if anybody reads this) as it will be available on iview on the ABC website for a while.

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