Please read the follow webpage: http://www.ratical.org/many_worlds/onlyDifferent.html. You can skip the intro box and the part where the person is giving a review of Will Roscoe's The Zuni Man Woman. You should be reading from "the following excerpts" all the way up to the footnotes. As you read look for the questions bulleted below. I would like you to answer these in complete sentences in a Google Document. You should practice using evidence from the reading to support your answer.
To practice reading informational texts--particularly pieces written at the college level
To support our answers with facts from the texts
What were the male and female gender roles in Zuni society like?
What was life like for Zuni women? (Try to practice using our vocabulary from this and past units.)
Who was We'Wha?
What is a berdache?
How did Europeans react to them?
How did the Zuni regard them?
Reflect: What does looking at Zuni gender relations reveal about gender in Western society?
Missing Links” describes 9/11 as a terrorist attack that the Jewish population
committed in the effort to obtain and sustain an Isreali state. The article places this within a larger
pattern of terrorist activity that Jews use to place blame on rival groups,
such as Muslims.
any sections stick out as being biased (and possibly ethnocentric)? Cite them here:
post-its on chart
any sections stick out as being objective (displaying cultural relativism)? Cite
post-its on chart (none)
how would you characterize your news article?
Is it objective as a news article should be, or does it contain inherent
clearly objective sections
Some historical events have such an
impact that the news never truly stops covering them. However, even with time passing between the
event and new articles on it, depictions of the events do not always get more
objective. One can find numerous
examples related to 911. One such
example is the anonymous article “911 Missing Links.” It describes 9/11 as a
terrorist attack that the Jewish population committed in the effort to obtain
and sustain an Isreali state. The
article places this within a larger pattern of terrorist activity that Jews use
to place blame on rival groups, such as Muslims. Both this content of the article as well as
the diction used to describe it illustrate the numerous biases of the news
“911 Missing Links” focuses on the
supposed terrorist activities of Jews to an extreme. From the very beginning of the piece, the
unknown author blatantly forces the idea that Jews are a dangerous people: “Jews
have been using terrorism, specifically of the false-flag variety, to achieve
their political ends for a very long time.”
Not only does the article have tunnel vision on this terrorist activity,
but it takes it one step further. It
claims that some of this activity was carried out in disguise as though it came
from another group of people. In
particular, it makes this claim about the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. As the article states, “Pointing fingers at
Bin Ladin is extremely indicative that he is the brains behind the attack. Bin Laden served as an ideal patsy and
fall-guy for Israel’s 9/11 hit.” Seeing
this one-sided content and the way that the author expands upon it makes it
clear that the author may have an agenda against Jewish people.
Along with the content, “911 Missing
Links” contains very strong word choice throughout the majority of the
writing. Not only is the word choice
very strong, it is quite negative. In
one sentence, we can see the Jewish population described as “sadistic,” “terrorists,”
and making others “feel [their] wrath.”
Neither is such a concentration of negative eponyms limited to this one
sentence, it is woven into the fabric of the entire article, providing it with
a negative leaning. Diction also
contributes to the negative leaning of the article, in that it helps to convey an
overly- emotional—sometimes verging on passionate—tone. For example, at one point in the article, the
anonymous author writes, “All you need is two eyes that can see and a brain
that works to understand that those buildings were demolished with explosives
and thus it had to be an ‘inside job.’” Not
only does the wording here suggest again that terrorist attacks like 911 were
the work of the Jews, it draws in the reader with the use of the second-person
pronoun you and the suggestion that one would be stupid to come to any
conclusion other than that presented in the article.
News articles are pieces of writing
meant to convey information, to help the public become more informed about
their topic of choice. As such, from an
ethical standpoint, they should be objective.
They should present the facts and nothing more. When the content of an article becomes one-sided
and presented with negative-leaning diction, it is taking a far leap from what
a news article is supposed to be. “911
Missing Links” is a case in point of this leap.
Its biased painting of the Jewish people as a “sadistic” “terrorist”
group is so forced that even without a general knowledge of history, it would
be difficult to accept its claims as factual.
I want you to take a look at all of the notes that we wrote, and I want you to write a paragraph. In this paragraph, you are going to be writing about what matters about these observations. What values are evident in this space? To whom do these values belong? What is a school day like here? Why? (You do not need to answer all of these questions in your paragraph. These are just to help you get thinking.) As you answer, be aware that you should be writing this response as though you are writing to someone unfamiliar with PES and possibly American schooling. (Kind of like how Ehrenreich wrote for people unfamiliar with low-wage jobs in America.)
Journal: Why would paying attention to register be useful for anthropologists?
Viewing: "10 Ways to Annoy Someone in a Different Culture" and HSBC Commercials
Explanation of ad project
Choose a country and a product for your ad. You may want to look at the links in the last blog post to see if your country is featured in any of them. (Or you could do a quick Google search of your own for information, but you will have time on Monday to work on the planning questions in class.)
I found these with a simple Google search of "what x means in different cultures." Remember to keep in mind good research practice and cross reference the information that you find as few of these sites are likely to be from strictly educational sites.
Directions: Copy and paste the form below into a new Google Doc. Please title the Google Doc "News Article Analysis." Answer the questions included for an article of your choosing that focuses on culture. You will be turning these answers into a 1-page, focused analysis to hand in on Tuesday.