I found this on Rik's blog (Rik's blog itself is a very interesting layered negotiation of voicing in the midst of globalization - but more on that some other time). For more information on this project - see http://www.holymeatballs.org/. In this video, we see an interesting example of how Machinima is being used in education and in efforts to connect children “globally.” Digital literacies taken for granted by children from some privileged layers of society the world over, are now being transferred to children with less privilege through projects of (self) representation and empowerment. While this is a very worthwhile project, I'd be curious to know what sorts of choices are being made in terms narrating human rights violations. Will videos and machinima re-presentations be made only of human rights violations in "Other" regions (developing nations) or will we see narrations of human rights violations against children even from the developed world? In the narration of these stories - is responsibility for the human rights violations going to be located globally or locally? In short, will there be a replay of colonial discourses through uneven story-telling in the name of empowerment? If, as responsible media scholars and producers, our task is to create awareness of discourse produced, then, even as we generate “new” mediated forms of re-presentation of Others within a global internet space we need to examine the choices carefully while weighing the benefits and harms that come from these re-presentations. How do we negotiate voice and agency in global contexts. The key is to examine seriously these issues and to understand how even very well meaning re-presentations of the Other in contexts of globalization can get appropriated in the service of policy that may allow for further exploitation and oppression of such populations. Thus the goal of critique would be to improve on the collaborations and not to shut them down. I am sure I have not covered all the complexities in this brief note, and my intention is not to devalue the work being done by such organizations as those who are trying these innovative ways to generate dialogue, connections and education. However, I want to assert the need to get beyond celebrations of the “new” and to look deeper into what older forms of hegemony and neo-colonialism might be seeping into such projects unintentionally For more -see my blog at http://cyberdiva.org/blog/inmediares/ .