Thursday, January 29, 2015

Zombie 101

A university course on Zombies found some interesting psychology and human anthropology lessons by studying its students. In a classroom of over 300 students there was laughter at the original "Day of the Living Dead", a film that at the time was considered the most scary horror film ever made, and which somewhat accurately represented what Zombies are, if they exist. The Haitian Zombie's are or were drug induced slow moving followers and/or dead who came back to life, rotting body parts falling apart and with a thirst for human meat and blood. The same students were awed and silent during a modern Zombie film with fast moving Zombies who looked and acted as if they were hyper-alive, counter to the legends and beliefs that gave rise to the Zombie tradition..

Zombies of the 1950s to 70's were popular as part of the fear and paranoia that existed with the slow crawl of communism and the ever present threat of a nuclear attack. Today's zombies,  and in fact the turnover in politics and of television programming, reflects an impatience with whatever is current and the need for fast change, accelerated by computers, cell phones and a feeling of unrest at what is to come.
So this Halloween we offer more on the Zombie legends.

8 Things Everyone Needs To Know About Zombies

1. They Are Everywhere 
Across many cultures around the world, there is a concern that the dead could return to walk among the living. Sometimes these ghouls are merely tricksters who are having fun at our expense; other times they are vengeful creatures who were treated poorly in life and are exacting revenge. Perhaps it's a mother who died in childbirth. But there are very few places in the world where you won't find them.
2. Most Will Eat You If You Get Too Close
These days, zombies are basically understood to be ghouls who consume the living. In fact, a large proportion of those who study zombies argue that they are basically a metaphor for consumption. George Romero's Dawn of the Dead famously suggested this, showing zombies wandering through a mall in a strangely similar way to when they were humans. So if zombies represent how we are when we are at our worst (say, the morning after Thanksgiving outside an electronics store that is practically giving flat-screen televisions away), we should be very afraid.
3. Zombies Don't Always Attack The Living
In some cultures, including much of the African and Caribbean traditions from which the word "zombie" originated, zombies are more mindless servants that do the (more often bad, but sometimes quite neutral) bidding of a zombie keeper who has possessed them. In such cases, zombies tend to represent particular kinds of slave or labor relationships.
4. A Zombie Attack Is Probably The Worst Thing That Can Happen To You
The reason zombies are so terrifying to us is because they represent one of our greatest fears: a loss of our autonomy, our ability to control our bodies and minds. It is fitting that these monsters have been largely represented as rotting corpses, because that's literally what they do to human beings: They decompose us individually and assimilate us into a giant, undifferentiated horde, just like the Borg in Star Trek (which essentially was one, roving, intergalactic zombie).
5. Of All The Undead Things You Could Become, Zombies Are The Worst
As opposed to vampires, which are often represented as seductive, youthful superhuman creatures (or more recently as overly emotive teenagers), zombies are almost always cursed with an irreversible, less-than-attractive subhumanity in the single-minded pursuit of some task or thing (such as flesh or brains). With only a few imaginative exceptions, zombies cannot love, laugh or live freely.
6. They Have Become Fast — Because Our World Is Fast
Zombies, like LOLcats videos, have gone viral; and when things go viral, they move fast. As the themes of zombie films have shifted from Cold War worries about the slow chemical effects of radiological exposure (the source of zombie outbreaks in films like Night of the Living Dead) to terrorism-era fears about rapid bacteriological exposure (for example, in 28 Days Later orResident Evil), the zombies have similarly accelerated. The more rapid our lives, communications, transportation and technology, the more quickly threats to them are experienced.
7. Oh, Yes, Zombies Are Real
Scientists have discovered and manufactured bacteria, viruses and parasites that have zombie-inducing qualities. And stem cell and nanotechnology research offer real possibilities for the reanimation of tissue. There is also significant debate as to whether zombie neurotoxins exist; there is a whole branch of pharmacology devoted to determining whether such compounds can be found in nature.
8. You May Have Already Been Bitten
The digital age is beginning to fundamentally change the ways in which human beings interact with each other. Immersion into our smart phones and our second lives in virtual worlds offer novel and exciting experiences, but also erode the lived, bodily dimensions of our humanity. The impact of technology on society is hardly new, but it certainly has accelerated in the past 20 years. So given the recent explosion of the undead in popular culture, one should wonder whether all of this might be suggesting an imminent zombie apocalypse? Or, perhaps, we are already in the thick of it.

FIRST published 10/30/2012

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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Jillian's Notes

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Public Speaking: Getting Started

(Ignore chapters as they refer to a previous edition of a specific text book and may not be the testable material for any given class. This is a guideline and for additional information, not required material for any single course.)

Do not print this unless you really feel you need to. Read it first on-line to help prepare for and understand course material and assignments. 

For week # 1…

Prepare your first speech.

Take notes in class or if you are not a note taker, refer to the following document.

Education is repetition, delivered for a variety of learning styles and needs.

Unit notes will include repetition and redundancy within them, often expanding or explaining in different ways as they progress.

You should consider that in an oral presentation you may need to repeat concepts in different ways, reinforce concepts at different places within the speech, and summarize things you may already have said.

Do not be afraid of repeating yourself, or of the frequent repetition you may find in these unit notes. Education is repetition. We learn by repeat exposure (and my helping others, so please feel free to form study groups).

These unit notes are provided as an on-line supplement to lecture, text, experience and other course materials. They review, enhance, expand and explain concepts and issues in an outline format that extends beyond the material in the textbook. They are meant to be read, scanned, looked-up or ignored depending on your learning style and what you wish to gain from this course.

The material in these unit notes represent a collection of concepts and explanations from numerous textbooks, the experience of the instructor and answers to questions asked by previous students. This has been assembled to assist you in fully understanding the concepts of the course. Feel free to ask questions, point out corrections or add to this material.

If there is material in these notes not covered in a way you can remember and understand in the text or in lecture, feel free to ask specific questions to the instructor.

These unit notes are provided to assist you with speeches, on the examinations, and in your general understanding of the concepts of the course as you move forward in life. These will assist, however the unit notes do not replace the text.

You will be bombarded with information early in the term. This is to allow you to do better on your speeches and to take the time to reinforce and understand the material when you take the exams, apply the concepts in class and remember them for future course work in other areas of study. The second half of the term will be dominated with your speeches. Believe it or not, most students find themselves enjoying the course long before the end of the semester.

There is a great volume of material in the text, these notes and handouts. In addition you will need to learn to do comprehensive college level research.

This course requires reading, searching, thinking and practicing, if you wish to gain a satisfactory grade and earn the three college credits.

There is a reason this course is required for many majors and most major universities. You need a functional knowledge of communication and public speaking to advance in your education.

Read all the way though, then return to study what you may not understand or need to reinforce from your own perspective.

There is repetition within these notes, as well as within the text and lecture.

Repetition within your speeches may also be a positive force, as education is repetition. Most people require multiple exposures to ideas, concepts, facts, beliefs and information to retain, process and put these concepts to use.

There will be many pages of handouts available. How you use them is up to you. They are there to assist in your success in this course and use of the concepts or your own profit, pleasure and understanding of the world around you, future courses and in interaction with others.

I am here for you.

Art Lynch

Nevada State

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