Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Spinning The Truth

Recently, I went and saw the film "The Master." This was a great film, in my opinion. Some say it has to do with the religion of Scientology, but I took it with a gain of salt and from what I gathered from it was a film about spinning the truth. This film resembled another film that I just watched from Visual Literacy - "Wag the Dog." Each film's plot was to spin around ideas that will make large groups of people believe the unbelievable. Overall, these two films can not be compared to one another because of their motives, but to break it down into simple terms the main characters in each film was just pulling garbage from their minds and spinning it into a great idea or event. I encourage everyone to watch these films and compare the actions of the main characters.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Wag The Dog

This film is indeed a dark comedy. In my opinion the main message of this film is that "spinning" stories and lying continuously will only get the best of you and more than likely you will get caught. In the movie there were several instances where the three main characters were trying to get a new idea to the media and something would go wrong with it and they would have to alter it to make it believable to the American citizens. For example, the scene with "Old Shoe" at the gas station. The "American hero" who was returning home from being help captive ends up being shot by the small business owner. This example leads the main characters to change the story and to come up with something even better for the media to share with the nation. 

If any group of individuals were to be offended by this film I think it would be those who are associated with the government. I think this select group of people would be offended because they could argue that not all government officials are guilty of spinning the truth or lying to cover up their mistakes. 

Visually, this film is great. Each "act," as the producer would refer to in the film, is done in some sort of visual fashion for the American people to see. For example, the young girl, Tracy, is running away from bombs while trying to save herself and her kitten. 

Overall, I enjoyed this film. It was different from any other film I have watched. It sort of opened my eyes to how people go to desperate lengths to cover their mistakes, even if their mistakes are not true.  

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Visuals in Education

I am currently enrolled in a course named Algebraic Thinking for Elementary Teachers, and in this past unit we have been studying qualitative graphs. Visual representations in any mathematics class is a great aid for students. Visuals allow students to create connections with numbers in the context of the unit. Qualitative graphs are graphs that do not show much numeral information and the person reading the graph has to work off of the information within the graph - the lines.
For example, the graph below could be a case of a child swinging on a swing. The only information we know is that the y-axis is the distance from the ground and that the x-axis is the time elapsed. By using the curves of the lines, students can be confident that this graph does indeed show the case of a child on a swing. As time progresses the distance increases, however, the distance on the way back down stays constant (due to the fixed height of the swing). As we can see from this specific example, visuals are important in all areas of life and education. Using visuals can help problem solve and make connections to other critical details.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Creative Thinking In Children

Creative thinking in children is amazing! They captivate their own version of the world and express it in ways almost unimaginable to adults. I have two cousins who are four years old and only months apart. My cousin's daughter, Cori Jane, and my husband's cousin's daughter, Isabelle. These two girls are extraordinary - maybe that is a bit bias considering they are family - but in any event it is true! These two girls love to play pretend and have such creative minds.

Cori loves to play "house." She will serve meals to her guests, do her clean up chores, and be a loving momma to her baby dolls. Izzy loves to play with electronics, particually, cell phones. She will play with her mom's phone (that is shut off and I'm surprised she has not figured out how to turn it back on!) and play pretend on it. She will call important people in her life and play make-believe games. In my opinion, this is a great sense of creative thinking. For young children to build up a world of there own from their own real-life experiences.  

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Crash - Movie Review

In the film Crash there is a strong message. My interpretation of the film's message is that of that of good morals - the golden rule. If all people treated each other the way they would want to be treated crime and violence would cease to exist, thus making this world more peaceful. A perfect example from the film to support my message is at the end when Peter is shot only because the police officer giving him a ride thought that he was pulling out a gun, when in fact he was only going to show the cop the religious symbol of St. Christopher that they both had. Peter and the cop where of different races but had similar views on religion. However, before Peter and the officer both thought that they were very different and strange.

In my opinion, I believe that this film has situational depictions of minorities in Los Angeles and around the world. Not all races are going to act violently toward others all the time. Depending on the background of the people - where they grew up, their household values - all play a major role whether a person is violent or hateful of others.

Some of the viewers who are of the minorities portrayed in this film may be offended by its depiction of their race. Like stated before, not all are violent or rude to others of different races.

Visually, this film offered a lot. Body language was a certain thing I was looking out for in this movie. It is amazing how nonverbal language can tell a lot about what is happening and how others feel about it.

Overall, this movie was a good film. It highlighted the issues that many cities face with racism and culture. The main message (like stated before) is to treat others the way you would want to be treated. If everyone thought this way the world would be much safer and happier place to live.