When an individual hankers for conformity to societal expectations, they question their characteristics with fear of judgment. Often an individual to societal standards will stifle creativity and individuality to pursue personal desires. The dominance of conformity with leave that person unsatisfied and hinder a meaningful life. The individual will face challenges to successfully achieving their desire and year for individuality, however, once they come to the realization, they realize the essential part of their life comes from those desires. This is visible in the film Pleasantville where two high school siblings are put into the utopian society where everything remains pleasant and individuals lack a creative lifestyle. Gary Ross uses many features to reveal the harmful and toxic destruction of a conforming society. In Pleasantville, the audience is exposed to an alternate reality of the mid-1900’s, where patriarchal hierarchy is visible. In the film Pleasantville, director Gary Ross illustrates that when an individual comes to term with their identity, ones initial desire to conform dissipates, with expulsion from society, leading them to acknowledge their characteristics.
The public leader I have chosen is a businessman, investor, tv personality, author, and philanthropist, Mark Cuban. Mr. Cuban is well known for starting up his own business MicroSolutions, after being fired for meeting with a potential client and not opening the store. After selling MicroSolutions, he went on to build and sale Audionet and Broadcast.com for 5.7 billion dollars. From those earnings he bought the majority stake of the Dallas Maverick basketball franchise and became a staple on the NBC television show Shark Tank.
Pleasantville is a movie about two siblings who find their true colors with the help of others. David and Jennifer fight all the time, and when they fought over the TV remote it broke. Out of nowhere a TV repairman gives them a special remote, allowing them to be teleported into David’s favorite show Pleasantville. Pleasantville takes place in the 50s and is a black and white program. There everyone is happy, life is simple, and there are no conflicts. David and Jennifer become Bud and Mary Sue in the sitcom, and their parents and friends become the other characters in the show. Bud tries his best to make sure the show goes as it normally would, but Mary Sue has other plans. She shows the other teens different ways to show affection for each
During Barack Obama’s Presidency” is how change effects the society as a whole. In the novel, John was brought from the Reservation to the World State and shocked all the conditioned people. John was brought to the new world and his presence shook the entire community as this was the first time the people had met someone from the outside. Brining in John made everyone focus a lot of attention on him fascinating over him and how strange he was. John also brought new ideas that the people had been conditioned not to think of. He referred to his life before telling Lenina that “in Malpais people get married” having never heard of this before Lenina was shocked and confused (191). John also brought the ideas of mothers and fathers, this being something the society had looked down
Children in the age range thirteen to fifteen are often transitioning through a critical time of their lives. They frequently look to others as a cicerone on how they themselves should act. In the novel, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Melinda Sordino calls the cops on an end-of-summer party at which she was raped. The novel depicts Melinda’s excursion as to how she copes with the heart-wrenching events that have affected her momentously as well as creating “[a] frightening and sobering look at the cruelty and viciousness that pervade much of contemporary high school life.” (Kirkus Reviews, Pointer Review). The tragic event along with the rejection of her friends took a rather large toll on Melinda Sordino, in which, at one point, she stops
Change occurs every day involuntarily. When people encounter change they are limited to only two points of views on it, negatively or positively. Some may react by panicking and going into denial whereas others may try to adapt to it and make the best out of the situation. It can affect one’s life drastically depending on the situation and how they portray it. In the movie “Rivers and Tides” and the story “Metamorphosis,” and the passage, “Simplexity”, change is initially portrayed as positive, but after a series of events it becomes overthrown by negativity. Overall, change is portrayed negatively by the authors.
In today’s society, change has learned to be accepted. An example of the movie’s theme that relates to today’s society would be every time a new president is elected. Just like citizens in the movie were used to their everyday lives, in today’s society, people can get used to having a certain president, and feel as if change in one is odd and different. Regardless though, things change and people change. This is the same as in Pleasantville, because in the society things had changed and so had its people, but regardless of it’s citizens opinion on the conflict, things in the city and it’s people had changed over time. Change must be accepted in order to make progress, or progress is not at all possible. The world would still be living in yesterday’s life, but would be living it today. Another example to relatable to most would be someone change over the years. As someone close to that certain individual gets used to their characteristics, one may get used to that person. But changes overtime occur regardless of their emotions towards that change. “The dead leave their shadows, an echo of the space within which once they lived. They haunt us, never fading or growing older as we do. The loss we grieve is not just their futures but our own” (Palen). Change must be accepted, and understand it is to come.
Authentic Leadership is a complex process that is tough to describe, there are three main definitions along with two approaches to this leadership style. The first definition describes a focus on the leader and their internal processes, the second is relational and created by leaders and followers together, and the last describes the unfixed nurturing of a leader or the constant development of a leader (Northouse, 2016, p.196). The two approaches concerned with this approach are practical and theoretical, in this philosophy, a theoretical approach is emphasized in this philosophy. The practical approach discusses essential qualities and characteristics whereas the theoretical approach is based on the behavior of leaders; which can be more validly
Pepon Osorio is a sculptor and installation artist of Puerto Rican descent that creates artwork which are testimonial to his life. Osorio’s parents discouraged him from pursuing a formal education in the arts because “being an artist is not going to do it.” As a result, Osorio majored in sociology and became a social worker in New York City in which he constantly connected with the community around him. Although being a social worker was not his true calling, what he did as an artist was not so different from his social work. “As a social worker, going and visiting homes, moving from here and there, realizing that the impact was very similar in many different ways. Obviously, the art has a much greater extent of interpretation, and I wasn’t
President Kennedy’s moon speech at Rice University came at a time of high uncertainty regarding technology and the threat of war. Kennedy’s emotive speech aimed to lift and inspire those who feared the worst and to encourage the population to grow and achieve their greatest potential. The ‘moon speech’ will be analysed by uncovering key components of the speech that created a lasting impression on the authors of this report. It is important to firstly explore and identify the traits and attributes of leadership exhibited by President Kennedy in this speech. Additionally, a discussion amongst group members will be necessary to ascertain how and why this speech was inspiring, and whether this speech could be considered as the greatest speech
Blacks moved into white neighborhoods, thinking the value of their new home would stay the same or increase, as it had previously for whites in the neighborhood. Instead, their neighborhood value declined because they had moved into it.
Pleasantville was an ideal society with no evil and since it didn’t know how to respond to change and lashed out when change occurred. The entire situation can be summed up in two words “It’s unpleasant”. This created a revolt, splitting the town. Alternatively, on Pleasant Street Miss. Strangeworth was creating a Dystopia with her nasty letters. Even she noted that the townspeople seemed different since she began sending the letters. Upon discovering that she was the one plaguing the town, a letter was sent to her; much like the ones she had been sending. It read: “Look at what used to be your roses”. This obviously implied that her roses were destroyed, for which nobody consoled her. It can be assumed that the whole town knew why the roses were destroyed and stood together in the revenge. Residents of Pleasant Street came together to end the Dystopia they were living in, while Pleasantville was divided and chaotic creating a
Every now and then the art world is struck by a wave of change that leaves a strong impression, which can last for a long time. Visual arts saw the rise of impressionism and cubism, surrealism and realism took literature to an opposite direction, and film has evolved over the years through cultural and artistic development such as expressionism, auteurism and film noir (House, p.61). The 1940s and post World War II gave rise to a new style of American film, these films appeared pessimistic and dark in mood, theme, and subject. The world created within these films were portrayed as corrupt, hopeless, lacked human sympathy, and “a world where women with a past and men with no future spent eternal nights in one-room walk-ups surrounded by the
The painter, the photographer, and the sculptor create their joy as if they are a child with a box of crayons. Forged in creativity, their piece growing closer to their heart and the viewers. Art heals, art helps, and art teaches. Without it, we are not human but with it, we can create galaxies. Art’s beneficial impact on communities is evident through effective health treatment, adaptive education, and economic gain.
Frequently referred to as a managerial approach to leadership, the transactional leadership style is centered on improving efficiencies within an organization or team (McShane & Von Glinow, 2015). Leaders practicing the transactional approach focus on the details of the step by step processes and workflows using a reward and punishment system to encourage workgroup production (Dartey-Baah, 2015). As errors and inconsistent results are part of the expected norm, transactional leaders succumb to the belief that employees require ongoing monitoring and supervision to ensure compliance with the expected work practices. When used with an experienced high performing staff, the constant supervision and punitive nature of the transactional leadership style can be counterproductive, causing a decrease in production and satisfaction among some groups. In contrast, when used with newly formed production units, the transactional style has been known to improve employee engagement and response (Breevaart et al., 2014).