MY TAKE ON THE ARTICLES 8
MyTake on the Articles
MyTake on the Articles
Inthis article, the author Moreno (2014) speaks against the negativitygiven to the scientists as well as science in most of the Sci-Fimovies. The writer is quite convinced that the negative imagetrickles down to the society and has with no doubt affected thepeople’s perspective of the science, something which I totallyagree with. This is particularly true because in most of thescientific movies, scientists usually experiment in procedures thatusually go out of hand as shown in the movie spider-man. In mostcases people do not agree with science because they do not understandit (Moreno, 2014). Hollywood scientific movies do not help much ineliminating the misunderstanding. Unfortunately to most people,movies are the closest way they get to view science at work. “Peoplehardly trust what they don’t understand” is quite a truestatement in the article. When people hardly give their childrenimmunization or believe in global change in climate anymore (Moreno,2014) is a sad phenomenon that Hollywood movies have totallybrainwashed most people’s belief in science.
Morenouses an undoubted argument and backs it with proof from a study doneby the Discovery Magazine on more 1000 horror movies between theyears 1931 to 1984. The results showed that only 1% of the moviesportray scientists as heroes (Moreno, 2014). In the entertainmentindustry, people usually like the evil and scary stuff. This could bethe reason behind the display of negativity on the scientists and thescience in general. It is however unfortunate that the viewers areyoung people who could be the future scientists. The display ofscientists as an uncoordinated lot who are socially awkward orarrogant does very little to inspire the young people to take thecareer.
Morenooffers great evidence to support his argument. Science is portrayedas the root of all evils in most movies. In most movies, scienceresults to a situation that goes out of hand and this, the articleclaims causes people to lose trust in science.
Inthe movie, “Do no harm” a physician takes on his time to invent adrug that helps a successful doctor to deal with his doublepersonality. Although the project was quite a success the physicianwanted more than just an achievement. At one point he almost soldthe identity of his patient to a group of business people who weregreatly interested in buying out his formula. This movie is apersonal experience that shows that scientists are brought out in abad light in most sci-fi movies. It portrayed the scientist as agreedy person who could trade the trust of his patient for money.Moreno however confirms that , the stuff on the movies have nothingin common with the real scientists.
DanielRaphael (2014) speaks on a controversial subject of prostitution inthe United States which to date it is still illegal. He notesironically that despite the trade being against the law, it does notnecessarily phase it out. Sixty thousands arrests a year is thenumber of people caught performing the trade. Nevertheless he notesthat, majority of American public is still against legalizing thetrade according to the polls. He notes that a few people would gladlyembrace legalizing the adultery rather than view it as something tobe ashamed of as seen in the main character of “The Scarletletter”. Daniel portrays prostitution as one of the oldest tradesin the world which is present in all the countries. The difference isin how the government regulates it. I agree with him partially inthat the law cannot enforce a moral on the people especially thosewho have consented to do so allowing the vice however may blow theissue out of proportions.
Danielclaims that making prostitution illegal allows for all manner oftreatments for those who practice it under-ground. It allows forunder-age women to be mishandled and harassed. They probably havenowhere to report the issue because it is illegal. Legalizingprostitution may not necessarily eliminate the mishandling of thosewho practice it instead it will bring forth a million cases ofmishandling and harassment yet those who get involved with it do sowillingly.
Asthe article articulated, the American public may not be ready toembrace prostitution as a legal way of earning a living. The authorquotes a philosopher John Stuart who states that the governmentcannot make laws that control morals and that people should beallowed to do what they think of as long as they are not imposing onothers. In my view, legalizing prostitution is against the generalgood of the public. If the government cannot be able to legislatemorals, then it cannot be able to manage it fully once it’slegalized.
Inthe article, Raphael states that a few people would not want to arguewith legalizing of adultery he later states that people should notban an act just because the majority of people find it immoral. Ithink his view is based on what the minority of people want. As muchas there are a numerous immoral people in America who would readilyembrace prostitution, there is an even larger number who view the actas immoral and would not want it passed to their next generations.
Ihave seen people engaging in prostitution in order to make the endsmeet. According to them, it is their last option to earn a living.David backs this up by stating that prostitution should be formalizedas a mode of employment. Unemployment issues cannot be solved bylegalizing prostitution and allowing everyone who is desperate toearn their money through it. Instead, creativity, innovativeness andentrepreneurship should be what everyone is seeking for the good ofthe society as a whole.
AkashNikolas (2014) take on the Disney’s animated film, Frozen isarguing against the assumption that Disney has on the character ofthe prince charming to young girls. The movie is about a princecharming who later turned out to be an evil one. The parents haveraised concerns on the movie claiming that the villain introductionwas quite devastating for the young girls to handle. Hisdisappointment is however based on the fact that Frozen has taken anassumption of thinking that the prince charming fantasy was not agood idea for the girls and has decided to introduce them to a morereal view of the prince charming.
Akashbacks his evidence by stating that the same way boys are introducedto adulthood by watching superhero films, girls are introduced toadulthood by being shown to aspire for the good guys in life. Theauthor recognizes that parents are not afraid that boys will startclimbing walls after watching superman films yet they assume thatgirls will follow through the fantasy without differentiating fromthe reality. It’s a sad reality that I agree with because ithappens in not only the Disney’s prince charming animations but inother movies as well that portray some form of prince charmingstreak.
Thewell backed up article shows that critics and scholars give comicmovies more seriousness than they do to the “prince charming based”kind of films. Mostly because the latter are more inclined to girlsthus are ruled out to be of no ultimate importance. The irony is thatthe girl’s fantasy films are more likely to take place in a realworld than a boy’s fantasy film (Akash, 2014). It is not good toassume that girls cannot differentiate between a fantasy and areality. It is even worse when the film makers think that the princecharming fantasy has given girls the wrong view in life. Thelingering question is whether it would be more preferable for girlsto have a villain fantasy rather than the ideal good man fantasy. Asmuch as the reality is that there are few if any prince charming whocan meet the qualifications in the films it is unfair to banish thePrince Charming idol completely. After all the boys are stillwatching Spiderman yet they cannot climb walls or emit magical powersto kill villains (Akash, 2014).
TarunWadhwa seems less than pleased in his article citing the treatmentthat was given to a PR executive in a big IT company after she postedracist materials on the internet. Although Justice Sacco may havebrought it all upon herself she may not have deserved the treatmentthat was given to her afterwards through the angry-internet mob.Tarun explains that, that’s the life in today’s world peoplehave seen the rise and fall of celebrities in big details by thepaparazzi. In their own way, they are creating their own forms ofcelebrities and creating ways to see them fall for the sake ofentertainment. Justice posted the materials then boarded the planewhich means that she was not in position to defend her-self all thewhile. Once the material reached the CNN website and the New YorkTimes it marked the end of her career. Her pleas fell on deaf earsas thousands sent her reprimanding messages.
Theauthor voices what is now the new way that people have developed toentertain themselves this is especially the case for popular peoplewho have much more to lose than the ordinary people. This means moredrama and more entertainment for them. The Sacco issue is evidenceenough that she was a mere object of amusement yet her life probablyturned upside-down after the incident (Akash, 2014).
Itis unfortunate that Sacco case was picked yet there are moreoffensive materials on the internet every day. The mob on theinternet simply pursued after her to entertain them-selves ratherthan to serve justice.
Thereare very many cases of people who like Sacco, their lives havechanged drastically due to a comment they made that did not pleasemost people. Entertainment is sought in the most drastic ways. Justto be on the safe side though, if one has a lot to lose, they shouldsteer clear from controversial statements.
AkashN. (Jan 2014). Does Prince Charming Really Need to Be Reinvented?.Theatlantic.com.Retrieved 17thJune 2014 fromhttp://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/01/does-prince-charming-really-need-to-be-reinvented/282908/
RaphaelD. (2013). Legalize Prostitution .huffingtonpost.com.Retrieved17thJune 2014 fromhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-raphael/legalize-prostitution_1_b_4251956.html
MorenoC.(2014). Hollywood`s War on Science. Huffingtonpost.com.Retrieved17thJune 2014 fromhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-raphael/legalize-prostitution_1_b_4251956.html
WadhwaT (2013). Tarun Wadhwa: Justine Sacco, Internet Justice, And theDangers of a Righteous Mob. forbes.com.Retrieved 17thJune 2014 fromhttp://www.forbes.com/sites/tarunwadhwa/2013/12/23/justine-sacco-internet-justice-and-the-dangers-of-a-righteous-mob/