Friday, November 16, 2012

Class Reflection 11/14

We left off class on Wednesday with many people still wanting to participate, me included.  Last comment made was that the US should only intervene when the nations well being is at stake. I personally completely disagree. Why? It's simple: the war currently going on in Iraq.  What is the point of the U.S. still being there since 2003 when the person who was supposedly in charge of Al Qaeda and leading the terrorist attacks was killed? Is this really the nations way of protecting us from future attacks?

During the class discussion there were two things that came to mind in relation to the video and the readings. First the fact that humor is used when it comes to stereotypes.  Jeff Dunham is a ventriloquist who has one of his dolls as Achmed The Dead Terrorist. Here is a clip of one of his standups:

Although this is funny it does show that comedy is used to make fun of certain stereotypes. At about 7 minutes they speak about being a "suicide bomber".

Another thing is the movie Borat. I did not finish watching this movie but the way the main character, Borat Sagdiyev, a journalist from Kazakhstan, was portrayed was disturbing. He was portrayed as a dumb man who came to America to cover a story but then focused on wanting to find Pamela Anderson and marrying her.

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