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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 13 tour to organize displays for the impending fair. He was reported in a front-page editorial by the Overland Times of Ceylon as opposing “spectacular features, such as native dances that are suggestive of low moral tone,” a position “cordially supported by the Asiatic monarchs and governments who are jealous of the good name of their peoples.” 26 Of all the exhibits, great and small, at what was then the largest fair ever staged, the most popular attraction at St. Louis was the Igorot Village on the Philippine Exhibition, where daily tribal dances featured tattooed, nearly naked animists from Luzon’s highest mountains, where Spanish colonialism never penetrated. Celebrated for their consumption of dog stew, the Igorots outdrew Visayans singing the Star Spangled Banner, recreations of the sea battles of Manila Bay and Santiago, and countless other attractions, as Americans streamed to the fair’s far periphery to witness firsthand the atypical “savagery” that came to stand in for the broader Philippine reality for years to come. 27 The man in charge of those staging that aspect of that fair, of course, was Dean Worcester. Ensconced in the Philippines, he managed, by using different tools, to do what Barrett had never been able to do: assert his vision of the imperial domain as the foundation for American popular knowledge of the Philippines. The similarities between Barrett and Worcester are more numerous than their differences. Their shared origins, age, ambition, energy and favorable orientation toward imperial expansion serve as useful control measures against which to measure their aims and tactics in the realm of popular knowledge. To an important extent, circumstance dictated their divergent courses. At the outset, Barrett had warned readers against heeding more conservative advice from a breed of commentator increasingly ubiquitous amid the ever growing news media: “Our commercial interests must not be kept from the conquest

Authors: Vaughan, Christopher.
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Rival Visions: Reportorial Approaches, Audience Preferences, and New Frontiers
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tour to organize displays for the impending fair. He was reported in a front-page editorial
by the Overland Times of Ceylon as opposing “spectacular features, such as native
dances that are suggestive of low moral tone,” a position “cordially supported by the
Asiatic monarchs and governments who are jealous of the good name of their peoples.”
26
Of all the exhibits, great and small, at what was then the largest fair ever staged,
the most popular attraction at St. Louis was the Igorot Village on the Philippine
Exhibition, where daily tribal dances featured tattooed, nearly naked animists from
Luzon’s highest mountains, where Spanish colonialism never penetrated. Celebrated for
their consumption of dog stew, the Igorots outdrew Visayans singing the Star Spangled
Banner, recreations of the sea battles of Manila Bay and Santiago, and countless other
attractions, as Americans streamed to the fair’s far periphery to witness firsthand the
atypical “savagery” that came to stand in for the broader Philippine reality for years to
come.
27
The man in charge of those staging that aspect of that fair, of course, was Dean
Worcester. Ensconced in the Philippines, he managed, by using different tools, to do
what Barrett had never been able to do: assert his vision of the imperial domain as the
foundation for American popular knowledge of the Philippines.
The similarities between Barrett and Worcester are more numerous than their
differences. Their shared origins, age, ambition, energy and favorable orientation toward
imperial expansion serve as useful control measures against which to measure their aims
and tactics in the realm of popular knowledge. To an important extent, circumstance
dictated their divergent courses. At the outset, Barrett had warned readers against heeding
more conservative advice from a breed of commentator increasingly ubiquitous amid the
ever growing news media: “Our commercial interests must not be kept from the conquest


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