Conformity is gradually oppressing the world in which we live in. This ideal is prominently illustrated in the film Pleasantville which is directed, and produced by Gary Ross. Pleasantville is a great demonstration of the dangers of abiding by society’s expectations, and the freedoms that come with rebelling to these expectations and embracing change. Gary Ross uses several literary techniques such as; colour (symbolism), and character development to indicate the lack of creativity, and originality in society. Throughout the film, Ross illustrates how obstructive conformity can be to society, and how rewarding rebelling to societal norms can be for not only self growth, but societal advancement as well.
Neal Gabler defines entertainment in his book Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality as a damaging power which is able to “ruin” society (Gabler, 1998). However, according to Longman Dictionary, entertainment refers to “things such as films, television, performances etc that are intended to amuse or interest people”; to be more objective, it “entails communication via external stimuli, which reaches a generally passive audience and gives some portion of that audience pleasure” (Bates & Ferri, 2010). The contradiction of these definitions shows that entertainment makes both negative and positive influences on society, so it is not entertainment itself, but the way how it is used by human beings has the capacity to “ruin” or improve
Due to increasing over-dependence on technology, many people struggle with being better social beings. This dependence has caused a greater prevalence of loneliness and alienation. Webster’s Dictionary defines society as, “an enduring and cooperating social group whose members have developed, organized patterns of relationships through interaction with one another and technology defined as, “a manner of accomplishing a task especially using technical processes, methods, or knowledge”. Technology helps shape our society in both positive and negative outcomes.
Carr’s thesis is well written, because it identifies the rhetorical strategies at work. Carr’s article uses etho’s, patho’s, and especially logo’s to persuade the reader that the internet has negative influence on society. The rhetorical situation in Carr’s article is his reasoning that Google is making us stupid. So by relating to the audience using etho’s, by mentioning people’s brains for patho’s, and by persuading the audience to believe his stand with research to back it up using logo’s.
The ideology of a Janus face in society represents the good and bad that comes through each element of life; it is known to be defined as deliberate deceitfulness by pretending one series of feelings and acting under the influence of another. Frankenstein shows the Janus face of transplant technology. Advancements in technology can bring the sensations of fear and agitation into the lives of all that it impacts, however, these steady progressions paved the pathway for the ability to save lives of innocent individuals. The valued attributes of the good face can be observed in the individual scene of Frankenstein where revenge is explained as the instigator on the conflict involving Frankenstein and his creation. The revenge inflicted on Victor
Evil actions are usually committed out of ignorance. Literature has a huge impact on society. It allows readers to see humans through tragedies, romance, moments of heroism and moments of cowardice. The novel,
Why do people become corrupted when they acquire power? Upon examining the force that power holds over people, I’ve come to conclude that it can be narrowed down to these few factors: The knowledge of power, itself, is destructive. It affects freedom of choice, and that knowledge, such as foreboding, is unjust because of the lack of control the person has about the situation (and the resulting destruction of a person it creates). Although there are differences between “Macbeth” and “Flowers for Algernon”, such as the roles of the supporting characters in the protagonists’ destruction and the purpose of their symbols, they are similar in the evolution of the protagonists in plot, their themes and the characteristics of their respective literary periods.
These traits illustrate a destructive element in mankind in the society of the story. Being arrogant is one of the few traits a human may possess, that will eventually result in society to fall apart. To be arrogant is to be unpleasantly proud and behaving as if you are more important than, or know more than other people. In Alice Walker’s The Color Purple portrays a character
Nicolas Carr, an author and researcher, insinuates that people who use computers and the internet are becoming more shallow human beings and that this technological tool, despite its advantages that are applauded by many, is harming society as a whole. Carr has discussed these thoughts in his book The Shallows, on television in an interview with Stephen Colbert, and in an article in The Atlantic entitled “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” While Carr believes that the internet has its place and that it has been extremely helpful to him as a researcher and writer, he also believes that the internet encourages multitasking and boosts superficiality. I share these same thoughts with Carr. While the internet has been extremely helpful in producing a more efficient and fast-paced environment, it has at the same time produced challenges and weaknesses in our society, like multitasking and frivolity.
The responder can develop a superior knowledge of dystopian societies through the comparison of Victor Kelleher’s novel ‘Taronga’ and Neil burgers Film ‘Divergent’, as both can be perceived as instable tales. This reveals the destruction of society’s values by one individual; they are compelled to confront the brutality, fear, and misuse of power that results.
I agree, there really is this sense of false dichotomy in American politics. Conservitive v. Liberal, Democratic v. Republican, Christians v. Non Christians, these false dilemmas are devicive and stiffle the advancement of society. Worse yet, hoards of people and businesses are deffinately benefiting from perpetuating these types of false dichotomies. Great post, I appreciate your
Theodore J. Kaczynski once said, “Our society tends to regard as a sickness any mode of thought or behavior that is inconvenient for the system and this is plausible because when an individual doesn 't fit into the system it causes pain to the individual as well as problems for the system. Thus the manipulation of an individual to adjust him to the system is seen as a cure for a sickness and therefore as good.” How does a society get affected when citizens feel marginalized? Throughout the shocking read Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, John expresses the difference between the past and present with marginalization. The two main characters George a small, wiry, quick-witted man and Lennie a large, lumbering childlike man both dream of owning