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An Invitation to Social Activism: A Brief History of the Earth and Everything in it (ABHOTE)

“Facing the issue of community uprising, the directors choose the cast to fit the roles of third-graders, making them appear child-like while giving them abilities to think maturely. The cast is subtly designed to grip younger audiences’ attention to a politically conscious play, as intended by the original playwright. In addition to the conflict of the children’s possible decisions, the macro-level conflict of ideological divides also drives the metatheatrical performance.”

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First Pinterest Attempt for FNMS231: Slow Cinema and Graduate Programs

Having Fun with Pinterest

The purpose of this Pinterest assignment in FNMS231 (Fall 2016, Wheaton College, MA) is to subvert the most popularly practiced function of this social media platform: sharing life tactics, food, beauty, and crafts based on image thumbnails linked to outside sources, a large majority of users being women. So instead of reposting most commonly seen Pinterest posts for leisure as mentioned above, here, I curated two boards: Digitized Senses: Jia Zhangke and Tsai Ming-liang’s Slow Cinema and Film and Media Studies Graduate Programs.

Pinterest has several major advantages:
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Communication, Perception, and Power and Influence: Misuse of Organizational Behavior in Titicut Follies

            Titicut Follies (Wiseman, 1967) is an observational documentary which shows the mundane scenes of the interaction among the psychiatrists, guards, inmates, nurses, and social workers at Bridgewater State Hospital in the 1960s. The Bridgewater State Hospital functions as a prison for the mentally insane criminals whose activities are all under surveillance. The system normalizes their behavior to torture the inmates mentally and physically. Moreover, they find pleasure in being expected and encouraged to perform harmful tasks which mark their achievements in the professional career. In the prison culture shown at Bridgewater, scenes selected in this essay are examples of issues regarding communication, perception, and power and influence discussed in MGMT 320 Organizational Behavior. The interactions in Titicut Follies contain misuse of organizational behavior intended to build a healthy environment. In this case it only benefits those in power.
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Revisiting Titicut Follies

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The authenticity of Wiseman’s depictions of the Bridgewater prison is out of the question. Inevitably the minor influence of the camera on Wiseman’s subjects is in fact in this case insignificant, because no matter how the subjects dramatize their behavior, they behave in a way that they want to be perceived under social expectations. Wiseman gives no intervention in his silent shooting of the scenes, strong and eye-opening evidence of the interaction among the guards, inmates, interrogators, psychiatrists, nurses, and social workers, which would otherwise not be seen by the public. Wiseman distinguishes his approach from other documentarians of his time by using a mosaic structure beyond objective chronological accounts of events (Grant, 2006). Named after the inmates’ talent show (meaning Taunton River in the Wampanoag language), this documentary is a valuable record of prison culture in its presentation of a valid microcosm of the state institution in its treatment of the mentally insane criminals in the 1960s.
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a book review: economic cultures beyond Wall Street

Regardless of whether you care about the business or finance world or not (maybe you think giant American corporations are so distant from my life), let’s see why you would be interested in reading this essay.

'Our company motto is 'Think globally, but stay the hell in your own cubicle if you know what's good for you'!'

Ho’s book Liquidated: An Ethnography of Wall Street (2009) is not just about the game of bankers played out on business journals every day. Despite the fact that you may be less attuned to industries other than your own, this review uses Liquidated as a springboard to further explore the diversity and commonality of the humanity who interact in a shared space in different cultural spheres. In this book, the corporate culture of Wall Street is where ordinary people holding successful positions make a huge impact on American society and the globalized world. And there are certain similarities that can be drawn from case studies in other parts of the world with economic phenomena less organized or represented than the American corporate finance market, from which the universal and particular economic behaviors are justified in different cultural contexts. Although the maximization of profits is considered a key to explaining economic behavior
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Personhood in the Ghost Drama of Strindberg and Yuan Opera

The early 20th century Swedish society experienced a wave of Antirealist, supernatural and Expressionist practices in literature and theater. August Strindberg, inspired by new philosophies of Freud and Swedenborg, explored themes of human sufferings by means of dreams and fantasy. I chose A Dream Play and Ghost Sonata to analyze his depictions of protagonists who endure human sufferings and recognize the human world as a tragic hell-like space.
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