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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 9 States would be encountering if it moved ahead with what was becoming understood as its colonizing mission. 15 Worcester, too, had utilized the press to help shape popular knowledge, capitalizing, as Barrett had, on the spark of interest occasioned by the failed Filipino revolt against Spain in 1896. "Spanish Rule in the Philippines," co-authored with Frank Bourns, appeared in The Cosmopolitan October of 1897, after it had been rejected by The Century because, Worcester claimed, it was "rather too hot, and they are afraid of it". Worcester’s heat ultimately proved a better match for the popular marketplace than Barrett’s cool, but his impact can be traced less readily to his words than to the visual images he brought to the fore with his 1898 rush-job of a book, The Philippine Islands and their People. Published in early October and reprinted in each of the following three months, the picture-packed tome was immediately hailed as the foremost text on the new frontier of global knowledge. 16 Worcester’s claim of expertise did not rest solely on his experience. His eagerness for power and the energy he applied to pursuing it through popular communication made a large difference, as did the close match between his policy stance and orientation toward his subject and that of powerful sponsors and the broader public. Steere, leader of the scientific mission on which Worcester had first encountered the Philippines, urged the United States to restrain itself from seizing territory occupied by such obviously unsuitable inhabitants, asserting that "the Indians themselves are in a state of pupilage, with no experience in self-government, and are in no situation to become citizens, less so than were the Africans in the South after the Civil War." 17 While Worcester shared his old professor’s dim view of Filipino capabilities, he differed over what the disparity

Authors: Vaughan, Christopher.
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Rival Visions: Reportorial Approaches, Audience Preferences, and New Frontiers
9
States would be encountering if it moved ahead with what was becoming understood as
its colonizing mission.
15
Worcester, too, had utilized the press to help shape popular knowledge,
capitalizing, as Barrett had, on the spark of interest occasioned by the failed Filipino
revolt against Spain in 1896. "Spanish Rule in the Philippines," co-authored with Frank
Bourns, appeared in The Cosmopolitan October of 1897, after it had been rejected by The
Century because, Worcester claimed, it was "rather too hot, and they are afraid of it".
Worcester’s heat ultimately proved a better match for the popular marketplace than
Barrett’s cool, but his impact can be traced less readily to his words than to the visual
images he brought to the fore with his 1898 rush-job of a book, The Philippine Islands
and their People. Published in early October and reprinted in each of the following three
months, the picture-packed tome was immediately hailed as the foremost text on the new
frontier of global knowledge.
16
Worcester’s claim of expertise did not rest solely on his experience. His eagerness
for power and the energy he applied to pursuing it through popular communication made
a large difference, as did the close match between his policy stance and orientation
toward his subject and that of powerful sponsors and the broader public. Steere, leader of
the scientific mission on which Worcester had first encountered the Philippines, urged the
United States to restrain itself from seizing territory occupied by such obviously
unsuitable inhabitants, asserting that "the Indians themselves are in a state of pupilage,
with no experience in self-government, and are in no situation to become citizens, less so
than were the Africans in the South after the Civil War."
17
While Worcester shared his
old professor’s dim view of Filipino capabilities, he differed over what the disparity


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