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Making Sense of Indigenous ⬄ Colonial Encounters: New Zealand’s Treaty of Waitangi in a Digital Age

School of Communication, Journalism & Marketing, Massey University, Auckland 0745, New Zealand
Laws 2021, 10(2), 45; https://doi.org/10.3390/laws10020045
Received: 22 March 2021 / Revised: 3 May 2021 / Accepted: 24 May 2021 / Published: 4 June 2021
This article explores how we interpret, write history, and make sense in a digital age. The study takes place at the intersection of three disciplines: Media and Communication Studies, Postcolonial Theory, and Law. This exploration is conducted in and through an examination of attempts to make sense of “official,” “legal” documents” that emerged out of indigenous ⬄ colonial encounters during the 19th century in New Zealand. Subsequently, this paper focuses on McKenzie’s seminal study of the New Zealand’s Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and Jones and Hoskins’ study of The Second New Zealand Land Deed. These two studies are then interfaced with and considered in light of a recent governmental review of New Zealand’s ICT sector, infrastructure and markets. Here, the focus is on Regulating communications for the future: Review of the Telecommunications Act 2001, and the Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Amendment Bill. This article finds that in a digital age—a world of deep fakes and total manipulability of mediated or recorded space—the hermeneut is required to enter and negotiate a (constrained) creative relationship: as an artisan, architect, or artist, with an interpretative context and/or medium. View Full-Text
Keywords: media and communication studies; postcolonial theory; law; space; interpretation; digital; treaty of Waitangi media and communication studies; postcolonial theory; law; space; interpretation; digital; treaty of Waitangi
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Chrystall, A.B. Making Sense of Indigenous ⬄ Colonial Encounters: New Zealand’s Treaty of Waitangi in a Digital Age. Laws 2021, 10, 45. https://doi.org/10.3390/laws10020045

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Chrystall AB. Making Sense of Indigenous ⬄ Colonial Encounters: New Zealand’s Treaty of Waitangi in a Digital Age. Laws. 2021; 10(2):45. https://doi.org/10.3390/laws10020045

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Chrystall, Andrew B. 2021. "Making Sense of Indigenous ⬄ Colonial Encounters: New Zealand’s Treaty of Waitangi in a Digital Age" Laws 10, no. 2: 45. https://doi.org/10.3390/laws10020045

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