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The same approach is at work in the two Animal Planet documentaries. Documentaries create the illusion of authenticity, but they are bound by institutional and cultural contexts. Since the interviewer is invisible, these interviews create the illusion as if the interviewees were speaking directly to the audience. These are testimonies by people who have made experiences the audience cannot quite understand; testimonies which produce authenticity, as the bear attacks become anchored in material reality.
Clearly, this bear is a monster hungry for human meat.
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The camera is constantly shaking, trying to visually capture the chaos and the brutality of the attack in question. The bear repeatedly opens his mouth and recurrently growls, while human screams are practically omnipresent. Crucially, while the first-person perspective at first might suggest identification with the bear whose body viewers are invited to inhabit, the exact opposite is the case. The human viewers, presumably sitting in front of their TV sets in the safety of their homes, look at the television representations of bears looking at prey, thereby creating the illusion of mastering the situation.
Tellingly, the photographs display horrifying wounds, which seek to engage viewers affectively by drawing their attention to their own organic existences.
No scholar seems as competent to discuss the encounter with a large predator as early feminist ecocritic Val Plumwood. Even though Plumwood had commented on the implications of anthropocentrism for more than a decade when the crocodile attacked her, her thoughts were deeply entrenched in the very discourses she had critiqued. If the bear were to decide to move toward you, your fragile human body would not stand much of a chance, and the corporeal encounter would also come down to a binary—live or die. Drawing on horror aesthetics, these documentaries affect viewers; they make their bodies flinch and respond in other corporeal ways in an attempt to reproduce the monstrous force of these animals through the televisual encounter with them.
This dimension is intricately interrelated with the media. Our understanding of and for an actual encounter with a wild animal is lost. The question is, of course, whether only a nearly fatal encounter with a predator can allow us to grasp the entangled nature of life on this planet. Aaltola, Elisa. Acampora, Ralph R. Pittsburgh: U of Pittsburgh P, Agamben, Giorgio.
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