(Question 7) There is a vast degree of ways in which our culture’s traditional definitions of “masculinity” can do harm to social relations and people’s well-being. An example of this is shown in the film Tough Guise. Tough Guise presents the issue of violence in America, and how that issue spans beyond simple violence or guns, but instead is an issue of the patriarchy and the cultural norm of “masculinity.” When violence is discussed in America, “real or imaginary,” (Tough Guise Film) it is almost always male violence that is being discussed. However, when the media talks about this violence, it becomes a “youth problem instead of a men’s issue” (Tough Guise Film), and the few times that gender is acknowledged, it is excused as testosterone, or boys will be boys. The reality of this mindset, and the violence that goes along with it, is that the traditional idea of “masculinity” is portrayed through male dominance and aggression, this in turn is presented throughout the violence we see in the media.
Subsequently, throughout Krugman’s entire article about the war on terrorism, he replaces specific words and common propaganda techniques in order to demonstrate his disdain for the fighting against terrorists. Whether they are conservatives supporting war against terrorism or liberals downplaying the dangers of terror, both Coulter and Krugman use propaganda techniques and intentional diction in order to deceive their audience through a single word. A single word that can be manipulated to divide, fight, or unite. A single word that carries overwhelming authority. A single word called
However, whenever hazing involves assaulting the victim, then it goes to another level. A perfect example would be a 13-year-old Georgia student riding a school bus received a “wedgie” during a school hazing incident so painful that his mother took him to the emergency room. The boy was a member of the 2007 Charlton County High School junior varsity golf team. He was riding the bus along with varsity members, who held him upside down. According to a local new report, two older students called the boy to the back of the bus and, in addition to the wedgie, punched the 13-year-old in the groin and stomach — all as a part of an initiation ritual.
Eric Smith was 13 years old, in 1993, when he murdered Derrick Robie, a 4-year-old little boy. Eric reportedly strangled and sodomized Derrick with a small stick. He also dropped large rocks on Derrick 's head. Eric was reported to have been bullied for his looks and had been
In many ways, a pen is much more powerful and much more threatening, than a bullet. George Orwell’s satire, 1984, demonstrates the threat posed to totalitarianism by a well-thought mind defying the system it is constricted by and sharing its new-found knowledge with the masses. The Party has various precautions in place to instill fear and guilt in their unsuspecting people. Raw human impulses and emotions are tainted by Big Brother fueled propaganda. The Party uses a variety of torture to break down the independent mind and recreate it using their own approved beliefs.
Once this connection has been made, Orwell evokes further emotion from the audience choosing descriptive diction in a satirical sense in some situations. Orwell states a satirical aside of “At any moment, so the rumour went, some lonely lunatic in a laboratory might blow civilization to smithereens, as easily as touching off a firework” to emphasize how people have been overreacting to the new technology (Orwell 2). He dismisses the idea that many people have access to the technology. The alliteration of lonely lunatic draws attention and makes the statement stand out as well as the simile comparing the ease of setting off a bomb to a firework. Statements that draw the attention of the audience cause further curiosity of what the author will say, and Orwell uses this attention to polarize the audience as well.
How does the Militarization of Police Affect the People? “Guns not only permit violence; they can stimulate it as well. The finger pulls the trigger, but the trigger may also be pulling the finger.” - Leonard Berkowitz, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of Wisconsin. Leonard Berkowitz studied the aggression that people showed when they were in the presence of a gun or weapon. His research found that the sight of a weapon automatically caused aggression.
Another mass shooting story is the mass shooting of Columbine High School. According to an article posted by Jennifer Rosenberg on about.com, Columbine High School is located in Littleton, Colorado. This incident took place on April 20th of 1999. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris were the two high school aged boys that committed this horrific act. The boys planned to kill hundreds of their peers using guns, knives and bombs.
Psychologists and Pseudo-Scientists have long sought to explain the inborn human desire for self destruction. Selfishness against one’s own benefit, the urge to harm or take on harm for the sake of one’s own security, drinking, smoking, these clearly injurious thoughts and actions seduce individuals by an instinct Freud coins the “Death Drive” (Beyond the Pleasure Principle 30). Moreover, as advances in genetic engineering tear the veil between science fiction and fact, modern critics have questioned how this suicidal drive may push into uncharted frontiers. Such concerns have fostered a fear of unadulterated scientific progress captured within the works of Margaret Atwood. Oryx and Crake, especially, utilizes almost hyperbolic predictions of scientific innovation as evidence of a deeper self-destructive nature, and as justification for fear.
In Florida, the School shooting took place on Feb 14 2018. At Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school Nikolas Cruz a 19 year old man, set off fire alarms to get kids to run in the hallways so he could open fire on the students with an AR-15 assault rifle. In addition, Cruz noxiously killed 17 people and injured over a dozen others. To escape, he dropped his weapon and blended in with the crowd of students, although, Cruz was later captured in Coral Springs at 3:41 p.m.(Farber, "Florida School Shooting Timeline"). Since the 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook there has been 142 school shootings in America.