Food Inc

•April 29, 2010 • 1 Comment

check this film out if your brave…you might never buy food in a supermarket again…..

this ones for a-train…i didnt want you to get lonely in digital outerspace…

see you in the real world…

gapminder.org

•March 25, 2010 • 1 Comment

gapminderworld, UN, people, interesting.

Donorschoose.org

•March 25, 2010 • 1 Comment

tu peux recevoir l’argent vole de les peuple par les grande boites pour eux pas payer leur taxe, et un plus ca donne une bonne image pour le entreprise…si tu est encore interese?

music with a French twist

•March 25, 2010 • Leave a Comment

sorry Julia, two in one weekend, sup read #4

•March 21, 2010 • 4 Comments

I was so close to finishing the book and I could not help it.  Sorry Julia for the onslaught of digital reflection. The book concludes with Mead’s continued analysis of American culture to Samoan.  It is easy to agree with Margaret Mead’s insights.  She dives across many spectrums of adolescent development and the dynamic unique to our culture’s road of individual autonomy.  She writes of the economic autonomy being essential to the freedom of choice in America.  She speaks about the scares of puritan culture that still leave their marks on mainstream American culture.  This puritan psychology is still delicately navigated by teens as they deal with the freedoms provided by such American, or western for that matter, technological devices such as birth control.  She speaks of class lines being radically defined despite myths of an American dream that died with end of access to cheap land.  The end of the frontier did not kill the mentality that remains in this county.  These are all her words and her arguments are concise and compelling.

It is funny; this is the only county I have ever spent time in where the idea of class is almost completely ignored by the media and mainstream culture.  This book only further begs the question of the longevity of the American experiment in it current state.  Mead, on numerous occasions, ponders if our diversity can truly lead to a common democratic vision.  It is a good question, but I feel if state sovereignty was given it constitutional protection this could be another story altogether.   Diversity can be an excellent thing if different groups are allowed the freedom to develop the communities they choose to create.  The banking, corporate, military industrial complex, and minority land owners have historically done their best to destroy local autonomy at every turn.  In this world of neo-feudalism, I fear it will be continuously difficult for an adolescent to truly actualize their own road to autonomy in a community collaborated outlet.  We do not have the access to land nor the extended family support necessary to offer the freedom and support one finds in Samoan culture.

Time will tell, and Mead has offered some interesting insight into the matter.  I would speculate that Mead would agree with the following statement; Samoan culture has a better chance for standing the test of time in a peaceful coexistent environment supportive of childhood development, than our own.

Hey Julia, sup reading, # 3.

•March 20, 2010 • 2 Comments

Post #3

The book’s spiral continues.  Margaret Mead seems to highly value the Samoan culture.  She is hard pressed to find criticisms and individual who do not integrate peacefully and happily into society.  Individuals who are seen as bad, their outcasts, pale in comparison to American culture.  In an unexpected twist, after giving the majority of the bock over to simply observing Samoan culture she starts a pretty thorough comparison to American mainstream culture.  She has a far share of criticisms, of which many are easy to agree with.  She appears to be relatively objective in her analysis able to see how certain ideas of Samoa might be incorporated into our culture but speculates their consequences with intelligent insight.  I am curious to read other works of hers.  Her picture of Samoan culture is one where kids grow up when they want, and how they want, as long as they contribute at their appropriate level of physical development.  As early as kid can move around he or she is running errands and contributing to food gathering and maintaining lodging, clothing, and other necessities for the village.  

Education is often motivated by curiosity or desire to master a skill.  Having this wisdom brings prestige and possibly the hope of impressing a speculative partner.  Birth, death, and sex are all open subjects to all ages and gender.  Only prestige and reputation normally govern discretion.  Their hierarchy is mostly ceremonial and often interlocking. 

Another detail that is interesting to imagine in a child’s development being radically altered is the relative ease a child, or youth, can live with relatives.  This is done without any social stigma or judgment upon the parents.  If discipline becomes excessive an open door is always available as long as the youngster contributes to the work of the household.  The author speculates, and I would agree, that this economic freedom encourages individual freedom as long as you willing to work with the confines of the surrogate family’s structure.  This micro-nomadic life style, as well as a tropic climate, contributes to a stress free childhood, and likewise, and family life.  I like this book.

Sorry Julia, just trying to get ahead during break, sup read #2

•March 7, 2010 • 2 Comments

Post #2 It has been an interesting book that I have heard about for a long time. Margaret Mead’s, Coming of Age in Samoa. I am almost half way done with the blessing of a relative break for spring break. It keeps its circular narrative going strong. It’s only apparent structure is vaguely following the childhood development of both girls and boys in Samoa. But it jumps around to various topics. This very interesting book does not fit a traditional novel or non-fiction format. There are many different characters introduced, and quickly the authors moves on to tell another’s tale. It works. I enjoy it but it makes it difficult to follow the questions of the assignment. As far as what I predict will happen next, I imagine it will continue to follow the birth, childhood, adolescent, marriage, old age, and eventually death of a Samoan.
It is a complex culture. It is an interesting mix of freedom and yet relative hierarchy. The economic system is one of relative independence so a strong ruler does not appear to heavily influence an individual’s liberty. If anything one’s family unit has the most influence of one’s destiny. Adolescents actually appear to have to most freedom of anyone in their society. It is in stark comparison to our culture of curfew, legally enforced schooling, restricted alcohol and tobacco use, limited access to economic resources, and yet a mandatory draft into the military if deemed necessary. The novel makes adolescents appear to have more liberty in the Samoan culture.
There were also some interesting footnotes in relevance to the European influence on Samoan culture. Apparently before the contact with European culture, rape was not an issue. Sexuality is expressed with relative ease, but after the influence of an outside culture the Samoans have begun to see that phenomenon become slightly present in their lives.
Another interesting footnote was the fact that males rarely sought after a bride on their own. They often counted upon a friend to act as a romantic diplomat. That cracked me up, but I could see the benefits of that kind of tradition. But one had to be careful, because at times the diplomat became the Don Juan in quick romantic Coup d’Etat.