In English Class, the entire tenth grade students had chosen a topic of their own that they are personally interested in, through a creatively done poster that was presented through various types of media, such as articles, songs, movies, and social media. This event was held on June 8th, 2016 and both in Mr.Kew and Ms.Barbour’s English classes. The purpose of this particular event was for the tenth graders to share their own work to each other, and discussing new ideas or observations that could be found from their conversation. (and how social media delivers specific topic in different ways that impact how we discern things)
“Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair Magazine Cover” by Mimi
I have chosen three of the students’ posters by the topics that I was intrigued by, including Mimi’s poster on Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Cover about Caitlyn’s sex change. Mimi talked about both positive and negative reactions by the media about this particular topic, such as memes, editorials, articles, tweets, and youtube videos. They all either had insulting or supporting/praising comments about the originally Olympic Star (and a reality tv star), Bruce Jenner who later came out as a transgender woman at the age of 66. The supporting side of this controversy is from other celebrities and transgender people (among a lot more) through twitter, posting positive and grateful things about her coming out. However, there were also negative posts coming from transgender people who did not view Caitlyn Jenner as a good representation of their community, causing quite a stir about how she was known for being part of the infamous reality tv show.
“Positive Body Image in the Media” by Lia
Another poster was on how the media had developed with its view on body image, with advertisements including more diversity in models that are presented who have different body types. Lia had focused on how magazine articles, print advertisements, commercials, and tweets have been spreading positivity for people (mostly girls) to love their body and helping with people who struggle with the issue of anorexia.
One specific type of media that had caught my eye was Dove’s Positive Body Image Campaign, which is a print advertisement with different types of women posing for the brand’s advertisement, titled, “The Perfect Real Body”. This also seems to be in response to Victoria Secret’s advertisement, titled “The Perfect Body” that pictures thin and tall models that could have a negative impact on people
who struggle with body image and view this advertisement, feeling even more self-conscious about themselves.
A lot of response to Victoria’s Secret’s advertisement came from young women, sharing their own thoughts on this controversy.
“Cultural Appropriation” by Aysha
The last poster that I will be talking about is how people (especially teenagers) perceive other people’s culture, taking features or things from people from different culture, and turning it into their own ‘trend’. Aysha talked about how there is a line between cultural appropriation and cultural exchange, meaning that there is a certain extent to people taking different things to their own style, just as Amandla Sternberg (young American actress) discussed in a Youtube video.
“Wide-eyed and Ready, following the Unseen Path.” Cultural Appropriation and Traveling Abroad. Web. 09 June 2016.
“Victoria’s Secret ‘Perfect Body’ Ads Draw Criticism.” Huffington Post Canada. 30 Oct. 2014. Web. 17 June 2016.
Cote, Amara. “Let’s Talk About…: Dove’s “Choose Beautiful” Campaign, “Real Beautiful” and Controversy.” Call Me Mars. 07 Apr. 2015. Web. 10 June 2016.
Ghosh, Shona. “Brands including Dove Jump on Victoria’s Secret Perfect Body Backlash.” US Home. 4 Nov. 2014. Web. 10 June 2016.
Medine, Leandra. “Caitlyn Jenner Introduces Herself on the Cover of Vanity Fair – Man Repeller.” Man Repeller. 01 June 2015. Web. 10 June 2016.
今年の夏、少し難しい漢字と単語を練習したいと思います。来年の higher japanese クラスのために、学校始めたら時間がないので早く覚えて理解したいです。あとは、日本語の文法や構文を練習して上達したいです。
The “Skid Row Cancer Study”, or otherwise known as the “Bowery Series” was conducted in 1951 by a urologist from Columbia University, named Dr. Perry Hudson. He had conducted the experiment on more than 1,200 alcoholic men from a homeless shelter in New York, in which he had agreed to an exchange of few days of clean beds and free three set meals for operating medical procedures on them. (Kolata) The medical procedure was an open surgical biopsy of their prostates to examine cancer cells, and Perry Hudson had mostly concentrated on homeless, alcoholic, mentally/physically damaged men. (Aronowitz)
The purpose of this experiment was to investigate further on prostate cancer’s diagnosis, prevention, and treatment. Dr. Hudson wanted to determine whether prostate cancer was a common disease and get a better understanding of the disease’s natural history. In addition, he had also tried to prove that prostate cancer can be caught at an early age and also be cured. (Aronowitz)
This particular experiment was quite unethical because the conductor hadn’t told the 1,200 men about the entire side effects of being in the experiment, even though there were very dangerous health risks to having their prostates and testicles cut off.
The side effects, including a huge risk of heart attacks and strokes and loss of muscle tone and stamina, weren’t disclosed to the participants. And they had basically went in blindly to the operation as Perry Hudson had got them to have a physical examination, prostatic massage, urine and blood test, abdomen x-rays, etc. (Kolata, Aronowitz)
There was a clear motive for doing this experiment, which was to find a cure for prostate cancer, however, it wasn’t much of an urgent or of importance compared to figuring out a solution to other issues, as urologists believe that prostate cancer caused no harm to any men. He did bring back a few helpful findings from the experiment, such as that prostate cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed diseases for men and they is a way of curing it. (Aronowitz)
Although Dr. Hudson had received consent from all of the participants, as they had voluntarily signed up for it, they were more likely not willing to actually be a part of the experiment. However, due to the powerlessness of the participants, since they mostly signed up due to free foods service, it seems as though Perry Hudson had taken advantage of the homeless men who were desperate to get the free services. (Kolata)
Although this experiment is very harmful and dangerous, if this were to be made an ethical experiment as much as possible, the conductor would need to have a properly planned out process to doing the experiment. Good prior knowledge and supporting scientific evidence of what the outcome would look like after conducting an experiment on the participant, and also make them aware of (mention) what they are. Also, instead of trying to take advantage of homeless or alcoholic participants, it might not cause discomfort if the conductor asks every man to be part of their experiment.
They should then inform all of the potential risks and consequences that would occur to the participants, before any of them sign up or agree to be part of the experiment.
Aronowitz, Robert. “Screening” for Prostate Cancer in New York’s Skid Row:
History and Implications.” American Journal of Public Health. Jan.
2014. Web. 21 Apr. 2016.
Cook, Michael. “Another Unethical Study – This Time in NY’s Bowery.”
BioEdge. 19 Oct. 13. Web. 20 Apr. 2016.
Kolata, Gina. “Decades Later, Condemnation for a Skid Row Cancer Study.”
The New York Times. 17 Oct. 2013. Web. 20 Apr. 2016.
a) Please embed your selected monologue that you wish to be graded. The Key Areas will be a reflection of your monologue performance.
I decided to perform a piece from the play, “April’s Fool” by David Burton particularly because it consists of very interesting and engrossing character connections that lead up to a devastating event. It had also been a bit of a different play than the ones I’ve seen before, because all of the occurrence are set in the past, and the present is the family and friends of the ‘main character’ talking about what had happened to the ‘main character’ during an interview. The monologue I chose truly and clearly showed the character’s motives and emotions that had been building up inside her, which the audience had not seen up until this scene. As she opens up her feelings during this monologue, the audience’s view of this character could be adjusted or changed. Especially in the scene that I had done, which is the ending where my character’s son, Kristjan had been lying unconscious on a hospital bed due to what people thought he had overdosed on drugs, the audience could perceive my character’s reaction to the incident, which is important to identifying the type of character she is.
I decided to portray my character, Helena Terauds as a broken mother of a messed up child. Throughout the play, while she had been concerned and busy with the situation of her son’s illicit drug use, she had also been struggling with her own problems, such as suffering from low self-esteem and issues that concern her other family member. It shows how much of a loving and caring mother she is, even during their tough times.
I believe that vocally, my performance had been quite effective, as it had been powerful and suitable in different stages of the character’s emotions: distress, guilt, confusion, sadness, and frustration. I also had a steady pace in my speech, with slight pauses in between appropriate times, and it hadn’t been rushed. However, in terms of physicality, I believe that some parts could be improved, such as when my character was upset and breaks down. As I was supposed to approach the bed quickly, and physically fall down on the floor naturally, and not articulated or sudden.
Some awkward parts where I had gotten up in between when I had talked, such as where I got up from the chair to walk up to the front of the stage, could have had more flow to it if I had done it differently. Adding to my last suggestion, during the performance, I had forgotten to do more different movements other than waving my hands, such as messing up my hair to show frustration. I believe it lacked some variation of body movements I could’ve done in the monologue. Also, my vocals could be more effective and give more of my character’s emotional impression if it had been more shaky and had more of a sob or a cry in it.
For my staging, the main props including the hospital bed, the chair, and some of the flowers on a coffee table were all set around stage right, giving the illusion of the audience from the outside, watching the relationship and its closeness between my character Helena and her son who had been lying on the bed. So when there were scenes that Helena had been more personal about her feelings, I was able to march right up to downstage left from stage right, making it easier for the audience’s eyes to travel. As for gestures, the wavering of my hands and pointing to my character’s son as I was talking about him had delivered my character’s emotions effectively to the audience.
My Performance: https://vimeo.com/album/3861030/video/159771478
b) Please also select another student’s monologue and write a short critique on what key approaches in characterisation were effective.
I chose Megan’s monologue from the play, “My Name is Rachel Cory”, and she had played a character called Rachel. The movements during her recital of the character’s interests and had been very effective, such as writing notes in her journal from time to time, and various hand gestures that make the audience visualise what she was talking about. As well as her tone and the rise and the low of her voice while doing so, had been very powerful and plausible.
Megan’s Performance: https://vimeo.com/160046483
In Japanese class, we had to read a Japanese folktale called, Warashibe Choja, and analyse a specific section based on what you wanted to focus on. Our group decided to focus on the strength of using old/ancient language and Onomatopoeia in a story.
Compared to my other spoken tasks, I feel as if I hadn’t done my best qualified job. It was overall adequate and satisfactory, but I believe it could’ve been better if I had explained more of what I thought about how the ancient words had an effect in the folktale in detail.
At the beginning of starting this task, we separated our parts equally and done our own job. This technique had been quite effective and whenever we did not understand something, we helped each other out successfully.
As I had suggested the roles that we do at the start of the task, and everyone else in my group had agreed, this shows a bit of my role in leadership. Overall, our collaboration worked out great, and we had put about an equal amount of effort from each of the group members.
Topic: Devising from Image/Text/Object/Music
During a last few drama class, we have done a series of activities involving a meaningful picture that we need to analyze. First and foremost, we need to figure out what is represented in the picture, how we feel about the picture (emotions), and come up with a one sentence story that relates to the topic/idea/theme of that picture. We have also done this process with various other things, such as text, object, music, etc.
However, in a more recent class, we have taken this activity to the next level. We would perform the one-sentence situations by one specific kind of form from mime, expressive movement, freeze frame, dialogue/scene acting, monologue acting, puppetry, and mask. We also had to include smooth transitions in between scenes, with either movement, words, music, symbol, framing or narrator. We could also have chosen a particular style of the entire scene, with melodrama, realism, or non-realism.
During class, we divided into small groups and analyzed the black and white picture we were given. The picture had a man standing near the rails of a modern looking train station, with another guy sitting behind him on a bench. The emotions we endured from looking at this photo were loneliness, isolation, sorrow, misery, and condolence. We then created a short story which we had to perform in front of our class.
However, I believe that we need to work harder on the transitions in in-between scenes. It needs to be smoother, with the components of either movement, music, narrator, etc.
Devising forms from a certain object could be useful whenever they are in need of showing some kind of symbol or a theme to the the audience.
At our last drama class, we began discussing the types of staging and how we could incorporate them in different performances/events. These are some of the major types of possible staging for the set design:
The stage is set in the center of the audience. All the seats surround the stage (with or without higher floors), creating more of an intimate atmosphere. People mostly use this type of staging when they want to get some audience involved in an activity.
Is the most used type of staging in drama; the audience is seated only on one side facing the stage. The seats are usually arranged at a low height. (No second or third floors)
A stage with two sides of seats. Usually what people would call a “cat walk” stage. The staging is mostly used for fashion runways for models to walk down the stage.
A stage with three sides of audience facing the stage. Has more of an intimate atmosphere than In-the-round staging with the utility of back stage. The use of having a back stage will make better entrance for the performers, such as having an easy access to changing costumes or characters.
Do the benefits of hosting a major tournament outweigh the costs?
The 19th FIFA World Cup was held in South Africa on June 11th, 2o1o. The benefits of having a major event like the Olympic would be having the attention of the country/city that is being held could lead to economic benefits such as attracting tourists and business investments. It would achieve a huge recognition, making a big difference of the perception for South Africa. Several years of planning and investment will also help create jobs and can revitalize depressed cities. The Olympics consist tons of visitors, athletes and media, making them more to spend money into the local economy. However, this injection of money will only be short-term and make little overall impact on the wider economy. One of the major disadvantages of holding a huge event would be the major cost. They had built five stadiums for the tournament and upgraded the other five existent stadiums, costing 8.4 billion Rands. (about $1 billion) They had also decided to improve the transportation in the city, costing them to pay much more. Major sporting events would also need higher levels of security. This is both costly and can restrict freedom of movement of local citizens during games. Not only that, the costs of Olympics have a tendency to rise over time and be much greater than expected, and just after using the whole stadium for about a month, many facilities built for the Olympics can never be used again. Although having an international event where the whole community come together as a whole, and working together is a huge deal, there are other consequential and urgent issues that could be fixed with all the money that goes into the ceremony/tournament.