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Discussion 1 of 2

Watch the 20-minute short film “Plastic Bag.”

As you watch, evaluate how the film demonstrates elements from (at least two other units in) this course. For example, are there mythic elements? How are images used as art? What is the story and can you relate to it? Does the film offer a moral dilemma? How does music function in the film? How is happiness addressed?

The reply should explain how the unit concepts are present in the film and what we can learn from the analysis of film via other Humanities fields. Be specific. Make the connections clear to the reader.


So very good

Email Edward Jackson

9/24/2011 2:10:33 PM







For example, are there mythic elements?
The mythical elements are really the plastic bag searching for his maker; very much like humans who have passed down stories of their makers…which eventually evolved into religion.

How are images used as art?
Images are used as serene landscapes, peaceful underwater scenes, and vacant cities (no people to be found) have a certain beauty to them.

What is the story and can you relate to it?
The story is about a plastic bag…who meets his maker, then loses his maker, and the quest to find his lost maker. By the end of the story, the plastic bag goes in search of lost love.

I think many people can relate to the question of our maker. We use religion and spirituality to define the rules and path to finding our “maker.” As far as love is concerned, it is an undeniable human adoration that each of us seek after and that we all can relate to.




Does the film offer a moral dilemma?
There are a few moral dilemmas.

One dilemma is when the plastic bag is being used for tasks…it is happy. But then starts being used less and less, and becomes discontent; eventually it ends up in the landfill and the maker is nowhere to be found. So the plastic bag must either stay in the landfill or go searching the vast human wastelands for its maker --- it goes searching.

The second dilemma is wrapped around the idea that the plastic bag could stay in the vortex, where everything is bliss, or it could go searching for the lost love – a red plastic bag. It goes to search for lost love.

The third dilemma is the plastic bag wishes that it could die…or exist no more. It wonders why its maker did not make it biodegradable.

And finally, the reader is left with a dilemma of whether to use plastic or paper when bagging groceries.

How does music function in the film?
The music functions in the film by guiding the viewer through the high points and low points throughout the 20 minute film. Music can definitely add to a movie by providing us with audible cues about what’s happening visually on the screen. So it was no surprise that this short film also employed such a strategy.

How is happiness addressed?
Happiness is addressed several times. At the beginning it’s happy to have a use…and to be with its maker. Cheering on its maker at games, being used by its maker for general house tasks, and comforting its maker with ice. Then it’s happy with a red plastic bag (a found love).

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Eddie Jackson
GOK - Liberal Studies/Philosophy Major
http://eddiejackson.net







RE: The Plastic Bag

Email Edward Jackson

9/25/2011 3:48:08 PM







It is ironic I think that the plastic bag wishes it could die in the end....I know the author is really meaning paper or plastic as the real dilemma, but if you relate it directly to humans, even though we do die, we are seeking, or forever hopeful that we will find immortality. We want to live forever and the plastic bag wishes its maker would have created it so it could die, I just find that interesting.

I particularly liked your comment on humans being needed or having a sense of purpose. I know it's what I seek, purpose.

Anyway, great post!

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Eddie Jackson
GOK - Liberal Studies/Philosophy Major
http://eddiejackson.net






RE: Question 1 of 1

Email Edward Jackson

9/25/2011 4:03:42 PM







It's funny you should mention a world without humans at all. I completely agree that our days, as a species, are limited here on earth. Even it's a few thousand years into the future, it's still limited. I think it will be just like the plastic bag drifting through cities with no humans. That's one reason why I believe space travel is so important.

But, back to the film. I think the author of the film really means to give us insight into choosing paper or plastic at the grocery store. And like you said, it's an environmental film. So I wonder if the viewer will be inspired enough to select paper over plastic the next time they're at the grocery store?

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Eddie Jackson
GOK - Liberal Studies/Philosophy Major
http://eddiejackson.net







Discussion 2 of 2

You have been hired as a film critic. Choose a movie you have seen that either reinforces stereotypes about groups of people, or works to break down those stereotypes. For example, what is the film’s portrayal of soldiers, nurses, minority groups, or members of certain religions? You do not need to discuss these groups, but use this as a list to get you thinking. Take a critical view and discuss what evidence is presented that leads us to conclusions about one group of people in the film. It may be helpful to refer to “Notes on Critical Viewing” at the end of this week’s reading.

Write a brief review of this movie, including a summary of the plot, discussion of the treatment of groups in the film, an assessment of the overall message, and a star rating (1 out of 5, with 1 meaning “Do not watch this film” and 5 meaning the film is “strongly recommended). There is not a set length, but you must give the reader a clear understanding of your point, the connections, and what you believe they communicate.

In your post, provide a link for the film you’ve chosen, such as Internet Movie Database, where your classmates can read more about the film.





American History X

Email Edward Jackson

9/25/2011 2:36:56 PM







Let start by saying this is a five star movie, and I would recommend it to anyone.

My movie is 1998 movie, American History X. The movie is about a neo-Nazi skinhead, Derek Vinyard being played by Edward Norton, which is a leader among his kind. He is the stereotypical white supremacist in that he’s covered with swastikas and other hate and racist related ink. He pretty much lives, eats and breathes the ideology of the large group of racists that he is a part of; that’s until he gets thrown into prison where he is doing time for a hate crime he committed. Derek gets in quick with the neo-Nazis that are already in the prison system.

Things start happening and he begins to see that the group he so dearly loves really doesn’t believe in anything, and he starts to question them. This leads to Derek getting beat up and raped by the very same people that he trusted with his life. So he separates from the group, and just finishes serving his time as an outcast. When he finally gets out of prison, his main goal is to save his younger brother from the neo-Nazi's indoctrination.

In the end, his younger brother dies sadly. The movie is about prejudice, racism, and extreme ideology that is meant to exclude people that aren’t like you. It does a great job of addressing the superficiality of extremist’s belief systems. We are all human and are brother and sisters. Skin color and culture should not divide us.

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Eddie Jackson
GOK - Liberal Studies/Philosophy Major
http://eddiejackson.net










RE: Question 2 02 2

Email Edward Jackson

9/25/2011 4:23:26 PM







I absolutely loved this movie! You brought back some good memories about “Men of Honor.” I remember watching it thinking “if I fell on hard times that I also could achieve and overcome,” just because I saw this movie…about a man overcoming many obstacles along his honorable path, including losing both his legs.

Your description of the movie is right on the button. It makes me hopeful that men in America will be inspired by this movie, and also seek such honor.


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Eddie Jackson
GOK - Liberal Studies/Philosophy Major
http://eddiejackson.net







RE: My movie

Email Edward Jackson

9/25/2011 4:37:01 PM







I have also seen this movie and I must a agree, it's a great 80's movie, a cult classic. I think the director really shows the different personality types of the students that are in high school, and how each of them had a set of unique problems, but in the end they come together. I think that's what it's really about...about humans (even though they may be different) can come together (and that we are not so different from one another).

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Eddie Jackson
GOK - Liberal Studies/Philosophy Major
http://eddiejackson.net






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