Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Stanford Prison Experiment

The Stanford Prison Experiment was a very shocking and disturbing experiment that went out of hand. Several psychology students where acting as prisoners and guards in a prison like environment. The guards were unable to strike of physically harm the prisoners but, just after a few days a prisoner was hit (The Stanford Prison Experiment a film by Kyle Patrick). Keep in mind these guards had no formal training and the prisoners where far from criminals. I think this can be closely related to mob mentality due to how the guards have acted during the experiment. Despite what the guards have been instructed to do they as a group where triumphed by evil and lost all humanity. When it comes down to the bottom line even if good people are put in an evil place; evil will triumph. An example of a similar situation in The Lord of the Flies is contained in chapter 9 when the mob kills Simon and rolls him off a cliff. This example of mob mentality is surprisingly similar to The Stanford Prison Experiment because of the boys actions and environment. In both situations relatively innocent people are put in and uncivilized evil situation and then they both proceed to act out of savagery to hurt others. These two situations show that good people in bad places are able to become bad as well.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

LOTF Mob Mentality Positive vs. Negative

In The Lord of the Flies by William Golding examples of mob mentality both positive and negative are prevalent in chapter 7. An excellent example of negative mob mentality in chapter 7 was the acting incident of hunting and killing the boar. Ralph began the drama by showing how he threw his spear at the boar. Robert joined in by imitating the boar by snarling at Ralph. Robert further escalated the situation by rushing at the hunters and squealing. The boys began laughing and joining in on the action by poking and jabbing at Robert like they would to a boar. Ralph shouted, "Make a ring" (Golding 114) and then all hell broke loose. Robert yelped in mock terror of the boar then in real pain from the boys spears. "Ow! Stop it! Your're hurting!" (Golding 114) said Robert. They restrained Robert and Ralph ordered them to, "Kill him! Kill him!" (Golding 114). This savage act of mob mentality escalated even more as the mob truly began to hurt Robert.

I don't think there are many examples of mob mentality in a positive manner. The only instance of positive mob mentality that I can think of is hunting towards the beginning of the book. The mob of hunters are working together to do good by hunting for food. All other hunting trips after that are nothing but, brutal and savage.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

LOTF Ch. #6 Figurative Language

In the book Lord of the Flies by William Golding he includes many forms of figurative language. There is a plethora of examples just in chapter 6 and the one I have picked is, "A column of spray wetted them" (Golding 106). This wonderful example of figurative language in the form of imagery truly allows the reader to visualize the image created by the words. Golding uses this imagery to do just that. You are transported to the cliff along with Ralph and Jack; you can almost feel the cool mountain water jetting into your face. This creative used of words on Golding's part truly sets the scene for the characters and places you in their shoes (or not, granted they aren't wearing shoes anymore).

A creative gif. of the quote is shown here:

I believe that this short clip helps the reader fully appreciate Golding's imagery. The water balloon is like the "column" and the rest is quite... obvious.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Can you teach people empathy?

"Empathy is a quality that is integral to most people's lives - and yet the modern world makes it easy to lose sight of the feelings of others. But almost everyone can learn to develop this crucial personality trait, says Roman Krznaric," (BBC Magazine). This is one opinion that I can agree with and that I believe makes most sense. The quote, "98% of people have the ability to empathize wired into their brains," (BBC Magazine) shows exactly how I think empathy comes about in someones life. This shows that empathy isn't necessarily taught, but already know or "wired" into ones brain like an instinct. I belive that no, people can not be taught how to have empathy for someone else. Frankly they there is no need because they already have an internal sence of it from birth. If anything you are nurturing ones sense of empathy not teaching them it.

In a short youtube video John Green talks about empathy as being a teachable consept. I think that john Green is slightly off with this because like I said before to teach someone empathy is to actually teaching, but shaping or moveing it in the right direction. John Green also says that empathy is introduced through experience, people and books or stories. I agree with John in that these are all great ways to introduce empathy, but I also believe that what is really happening is they are "unlocking" a door in your brain to your instinctive empathetic traits.

In the end I believe that no, you can not be taught empathy because it has always been inside you sinse the day you were born.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Mental illness article

In the article, Mental Illness San Cliches, by Susan Brink there is one passage that I find most important. In the second paragraph the article hits hard with the realization of how mentally ill people are stereo typically characterized. Fictional characters in television are distorting views on mental illness through media. These characters are helping to support usually untrue misconceptions that the mentally ill were and still are, "portrayed as homicidal maniacs, evil seductresses and assorted buffoons" (Brink 1). This makes this passage possibly the most important in the article because it goes to show how powerful the media is. These characters are exposing the world to the negative extremes of mental illness which is a major offence and title placed on the mentally ill that are most likely not part of the extremes. What it boils down to is that lies are being fed to millions of people about the mentally ill which are not accurate representations of who they really are.


Mental illness, long taboo or distorted by the media, is making its way into the fictional lives of television characters. Once, mentally ill people were commonly portrayed as homicidal maniacs, evil seductresses and assorted buffoons. Sometimes, they are still. But they are also lawyers, doctors, mobsters and detectives -- not always lovable folks, but increasingly understandable human beings.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Suli breaks Video

Suli's message is that we cant compare everyone to society because everyone is different and everyone learns in different ways. There may be a majority of one way of learning or thinking, but the minority does not fall under that category. Therefor an "exam" cannot properly gauge how much one really understands. I agree with this because I can relate to not understanding through a certain kind of learning. Not doing good on and exam shouldn't  effect your dreams and goals as long as they aren't to far fetched. Making mistakes because you didn't completely understand  or because you made a silly mistake shouldn't govern you life in the future. Although this is so there are limits, you may need to do bad on the "exam" to realize that this is not the carrier path you should take. In conclusion I agree with Suli to an extent of what is is saying.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Life for a 1930's teen

In 1930's Nazi Germany life for many teenagers was lived under great pressure. The Hitler Youth was a very popular organization used to throw propaganda into everything a teen could possibly absorb. Thousands of teens had already joined the Hitler Youth and many younger kids would join because all their friends had. For some kids it wasn't hard to join this "boy scout" like community, but for others it was a fight between themselves and their parents. Everyone was "happy" and "cheerful" in this group, but some kid's parents may have told them that it was just a cover up for what the real purpose was, brainwashing. It was a real struggle between the parents and the rest of the "world." The parents also had to be careful because the tables could flip and then a kid could even turn them in. There was a lot for a young German teen to take into consideration; Friends, family, right, wrong, loyalty and the right thing to do. What was the right thing to do? That was what made it difficult. The pressure was building and many decision had to be made.