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Rival Visions: Reportorial Approaches, Audience Preferences, and New Frontiers
Unformatted Document Text:  Rival Visions: Reportorial Approaches, Audience Preferences, and New Frontiers 12 be seen, may I be spared from seeing it." 21 But of course Worcester loved witnessing wildness, the more bizarre the better, and his audience joined him. The argument that his interest in the “wild peoples” was motivated primarily by a desire to cordon off their lands and resources for his own exploitation deserves consideration, 22 but Worcester’s papers amply illustrate his intense interest in the marginal groups of the archipelago and their exotic cultural practices. His exploitation of images of Philippine wildness knew no bounds. From posing alongside a bare-breasted Igorot woman in the pages of National Geographic 23 to promoting via lectures and articles the image of the Filipino as savage head-hunter or “wild man,” 24 he struck a popular chord with his race-based fantasies of adventure among sub-humans. As he sought to boost his own image by contrasting it with physically smaller and sartorially bereft “savages,” Worcester found many Americans eager to join him. Millions received an opportunity to do so at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904. Staged as the Louisiana Purchase Exposition to celebrate the centennial of the nation’s largest territorial acquisition, the six-month-long fair drew more than 20 million visitors and excited nationwide attention. The contrast between Barrett and Worcester deserves one more illustration in the context of this occasion, which Filipino leader Manual Quezon later claimed did more than any other event to establish the Filipino imagine the American mind. 25 Barrett had returned home to lecture and write articles about the Philippines and nurse his political career (he became a Republican, turned vehemently anti-Filipino – though never in Worcester’s racist sense – and was with his friend Theodore Roosevelt when news of McKinley’s death reached the vice-president). In 1902, with his Philippine star eclipsed by Worcester, Barrett was dispatched on a world

Authors: Vaughan, Christopher.
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Rival Visions: Reportorial Approaches, Audience Preferences, and New Frontiers
12
be seen, may I be spared from seeing it."
21
But of course Worcester loved witnessing
wildness, the more bizarre the better, and his audience joined him. The argument that his
interest in the “wild peoples” was motivated primarily by a desire to cordon off their
lands and resources for his own exploitation deserves consideration,
22
but Worcester’s
papers amply illustrate his intense interest in the marginal groups of the archipelago and
their exotic cultural practices. His exploitation of images of Philippine wildness knew no
bounds. From posing alongside a bare-breasted Igorot woman in the pages of National
Geographic
23
to promoting via lectures and articles the image of the Filipino as savage
head-hunter or “wild man,”
24
he struck a popular chord with his race-based fantasies of
adventure among sub-humans. As he sought to boost his own image by contrasting it
with physically smaller and sartorially bereft “savages,” Worcester found many
Americans eager to join him.
Millions received an opportunity to do so at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904.
Staged as the Louisiana Purchase Exposition to celebrate the centennial of the nation’s
largest territorial acquisition, the six-month-long fair drew more than 20 million visitors
and excited nationwide attention. The contrast between Barrett and Worcester deserves
one more illustration in the context of this occasion, which Filipino leader Manual
Quezon later claimed did more than any other event to establish the Filipino imagine the
American mind.
25
Barrett had returned home to lecture and write articles about the
Philippines and nurse his political career (he became a Republican, turned vehemently
anti-Filipino – though never in Worcester’s racist sense – and was with his friend
Theodore Roosevelt when news of McKinley’s death reached the vice-president). In
1902, with his Philippine star eclipsed by Worcester, Barrett was dispatched on a world


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