Re: Your Thoughts?
- That, and http://www.platosallegory.com
But I also got a great childhood charge (flashback?) over Super-duper-man! Thanks!
Re: Your Thoughts?
Posted by: "Lynch, Brian M" blynch@... bdlqvcc
Date: Thu Apr 22, 2010 1:14 pm ((PDT))
Just as an aside, in the last two links of the YouTube videos I’ve indexed through the webpage link below, I tried a feature in YouTube that seems to work nicely. I found the spot in the video I wanted the link to open to, and noted its time (the first one was 4 minutes into the video); then I tacked on the following to the end of the YouTube video address #t=04m00s and when someone clicks on the youtube link I have shared it opens the video at 4min 00seconds. The second one opens at #t=05m45s
From: SACC-L@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SACC-L@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Lynch, Brian M
Sent: Thursday, April 22, 2010 3:58 PM
Subject: [SACC-L] Your Thoughts?
In a cultural anthropology course, I often introduce the concept of
culture by referring to culture as "like a good stage magician." I have
been struck in fact by the way that culture defines reality for us like
an illusionist, by directing our attention to "reality" in a certain
way, and away from other aspects of "reality" that don't fit the
In this context I have often used the example of how David Copperfield
(the illusionist) can make us see things that we know, intellectually,
are impossible. And his walking through the Great Wall of China is an
example that has often come to mind. This illusion is further linked,
for me, to experiences as a child around the superhero abilities of
Superman. I remember especially, long before David Copperfiled, the
episode of Superman where he 1)discovered he could somehow rearrange his
molecules so that he could pass through solid objects (even when
...gasp!...he couldn't knock them down!) 2)discovered that maybe, just
maybe, if he was interrupted in the process, he might get permanently
blended into the wall. Whether knowingly or not, Copperfield plays on
such anxieties, and creates an effective illusion counter to all
I'm always looking to go beyond this analogy in exploring the power of
culture with students.... anyone else have ideas in such a direction?
The following is a kind of index page I created for this approach to
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