In this article, I’m going to talk about how literature and films can make people more aware of social inequality. Social inequalities are situations where people in a society, do not have equal social status and can be caused by different skin color, religion, sex etc.
To illustrate this phenomenon, I’m going to use the movie “The blind side” and the book “The book thief” which are both based true stories/events. “The blind side” is an American drama-film made by John Lee Hancock, based by the book “The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game” by Michael Lewis. ‘The storyline features Michael Oher, an offensive lineman who plays for the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL. The film follows Oher from his impoverished upbringing, through his years at Wingate Christian School (a fictional representation of Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, Tennessee), his adoption by Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, to his position as one of the most highly coveted prospects in college football, then finally becoming a first round pick in the NFL by the Baltimore Ravens.’ It’s a strong story about a homeless boy, Michael Oher, with no bright future or what so ever, becomes one the greatest American football player of all time. Besides from presenting this amazing story, the movie also presents the social inequality between the American slum and lots of Afro-American citizens’ life compared to wealthier citizens (middle- and upper class) in America as it is today.
“The book thief” however, is a story about the young girl Liesel Meminger’s life through the WW II, living with her rather poor foster parents in Himmel Street, Munich. During the hard years, Liesel experience lots of exciting but also frightening things, though the most noteworthy part of her life must be during the time her foster parents hides the Jew Max Vandeberg in their basement. Though the story and its characters isn’t based on a true story, it is however based on the German citizens life during the WW II and the author describes the conditions of living during the war in a fantastic way. The story also describes the social inequality between how our way of living during the WW II and nowadays lifes, while it also presented the inequality between the poor and the rich germans – and of course, the Jews.
These are two great examples of how social inquality can be presented through movies and litterature, and I think we will see more great examples like these on that in the future.
We didn’t have to do much this Tuesday, but I‘ve wrote some new material for our class’ in-depth project, where wrote about the benefits of using new technology for school work, and I’ve also started to read ‘the book thief’.
This was me this morning, it’s bloody cold!
I’ve chosen to read ‘The book thief’ written by Mark Zusak, which was ‘The New York Times’ best selling book when it first came out. I’m really excited!
The popular social photo service Instagram has had much to contend with at the moment, and now it seems there’s more to come.
Recently, a new service called The Beat, made from Rutgers Social Media Information Labs, connects geotagged photos uploaded to Instagram with Google Maps Street View feature. The result is a frightening accurate location based service, which tells you exactly where a picture is taken, allowing you to rotate around the camera, so you can scout around the area.
The service is totally legal, and you can see where pictures have been taken just seconds after it have been uploaded, and should probably be a reminder on what you will publish in the future.
Just wanted to share some YouTube videos featuring new cool Iphone and Ipad gadgets which you probably never knew exist! Be sure to check them out:
Every year, Norway sends a Christmas tree to England to show their friendship and gratitude for Britain’s assistance during World War II. The tree, which is usually 20 to 25 m in height and about 60 years old, is then shipped free-of-charge across the North Sea to Immingham by DFDS Tor Line. A special crew is contracted to haul it from the docks to Trafalgar Square and place it on a specific space which is allocated every year to the tree, and it takes hours to put it up.
During the war in 1940, King Haakon VII escaped to Britain and a Norwegian exile government was set up in London. Among the Norwegian king and other Norwegians, London came to represent the spirit of freedom during the tough years during the war. It was actually three trees which were brought in 1943 (which was the start of the tradition), as a token from the Norwegian underground fighters to show their gratefulness (because they were supplied by the Britains). The trees were meant for the Norwegian king, the Norwegian embassy and one for display at Trafalgar Square.
The tree has become a symbol of the close and warm relationship between the people of Britain and Norway. Norwegians are also happy and proud of this token, and the famous Christmas tree seems to have become a big part of Christmas for Londoners.
The ceremony of switching on the lights takes place in the early evening on the first Thursday in December. After the switching, there is always a band playing and a choir singing Christmas carols as the Lord Mayor of Westminster arrives with his party. The floodlighting of the nearby National Gallery is specially dimmed for the occasion. At the flick of a switch the Christmas tree comes alive, turning into a twinkling mass of lights. In line with Norwegian tradition the lights are all white; electrical bulbs being the twenty first-century equivalent of candlelight.