Archive | February, 2012
15 Feb

I think this also has a lot to do with technology and why it’s constantly changing. Once company or person is always trying to one up the other and it just turns into, “who can get more people on board?” Like nowadays, everyone has an IPhone and if you don’t have an IPhone you’re kind of seen as lesser than everyone else in a way. Recently, Facebook changed it’s layout to one that reminds me of Myspace, which I’ve heard many mixed reactions about. I honestly think it’s too much, but in a month or two, I bet I’ll end up liking it. Change is a part of everyday life and it has to be incorporated into all aspects of life to keep things moving.

Travel Japan

If you’re going to travel abroad, it is probably a good idea to research the cultural differences between your own country and the country you wish to travel to.  Seeing that Americans tend to assume the rest of the world changes to fulfill their needs, they can sometimes draw a lot of attention.  Anyway, that is not my focus.  My point is to discuss some basic cultural differences, tangible and intangible.

Prior to flying to Japan I read various books and took classes that prepared me for the differences between America and Japan(preparing to limit culture shock).  The two countries are quite similar from the exterior, but when you peel back a few layers the two can be polar opposites.

For example, shoes are removed before you enter a persons house.  However, this is not only restricted to houses.  Schools, restaurants, and other public places require you to remove your…

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The Shallows takes on India

9 Feb

Carr argues that the internet has changed the way our brains processes information and has altered our minds to think in a way that doesn’t absorb all information. We can no longer just sit down and read a book because the way the internet has molded our brain, we can’t think in depth or keep our minds focused.

In class, we watched two clips of films based on India culture. I think we can apply Carr’s argument to films based off of these two films.  In The River, it’s a slow paced film with just the pure culture, no special effects or real action to catch ones attention. In Carr’s argument, I feel as if The River represents the book. It’s hard fro our minds to absorb it because we’re so used to fast paced and just ‘scanning’ the information, not really taking it all in. The Slumdog Millionaire represents the internet, it gives us everything we want.

I see The River as something we really have to watch, think about and allow our minds to process, where in Slumdog Millionaire, it gives us everything quick and fast, so we don’t have to really think about what’s going on, it basically does the thinking for us, just like the internet. Although both films are about Indian culture, the approach the films took really make a difference in how our minds perceive them.