Sadaya Hurtte

The class discussion on Industrialization really had my mind going. I never realized how much humans try to grow and build the more they destroy the Earth and the closer we get to human extinction. The textbook defined industrialization as the emergence of machine production based on the use of inanimate power resources. Humans depend on electricity now for everything. We need to charge our phones etc. We are running low on natural resources like oil. So it got me to think that if we do run out of these natural resources then eventually humans would have to restart. Humans would eventually have to go back to the Neolithic lifestyle as hunters and gatherers.
This also makes me think about how long humans were actually here. Yes, scientists have the technology to be able to "tell" the amount of years humans were walking the earth, but in reality nobody really knows because no body living now was alive when the first human was created. Nobody can say for sure when humans first arrived. Nobody really knows that dinosaurs existed. All people really have is an educated guess. Just like when people used to believe the world was flat. Now we believe the world is spherical. What will believe in the future? These educated guesses are the reason why I do not believe in God. Our imagination is many things and ‘great story tellers’ is one of the them.
Technology scares me. The fast evolution of technology scares me. To know that everything we do is being recorded and saved is scary and people are just accepting it because they have "nothing to hide". Nothing to hide is not the point. The point is to keep your privacy "YOUR" privacy. I just don’t want to enter a Totalitarian society where Big Brother is always watching. 1984 by George Orwell instilled that in my head. In this type of society you can’t trust anyone. All of your freedoms are taken away and you are forced to have a blind faith and love toward your leader. There will be no such thing as thinking for ones self, and that is what our society will soon become if we don’t start thinking heavily and reading and limiting our social media time. All humans do now is try to entertain themselves staying in this lazy mindset.

Raymond Truc Socy1101

In Thursday’s class, I found it interesting that one of the topics that a fellow student brought up in class was the fact that we, as a society, are starting to care for one another and should continue to do so in the future. This quickly reminded me of the causes of World War 1. In high school, most people have learned about 4 notorious causes, M.A.I.N. One of them stands for alliances. Yes, one of the very reasons why World War 1 started was because society started to care for one another and it essentially dragged every single country to fight in this horrendous war. I’m not saying that people should not be caring for one another. I’m saying that people should be thoughtful of their decisions when it comes to "caring" for one another. Do you guys agree or disagree with my take on this topic?

Jorge Lata

After reading chapter 2, the sociological terms such as subculture, culture identity and multi-culturalism reminded me a film called “Arranged”. The film is about the social interaction between of an orthodox teacher named Rachel meshenberg and teacher Nasira Khaldi. Both teachers live with their parents in Brooklyn and teach a class together. The film illustrates the complexity of the steps that men or women have to take in the process of arranged marriage. In the beginning of the film, both teachers are confronted by students lack of understanding about the Muslim culture and Jewish culture. The dean of the school also lacks a deep understanding of the traditions of both cultures and tries to make uncomfortable suggestions to them. In the film, Nasira states that her Hijab is an expression of her own beliefs and perception. She also states that many different countries have muslims that speak a different language and certainly have different perception of society. During the arrange marriage process, Rachel struggles to find mr perfect and starts to believe that her culture tradition is not working for her. Moreover, Rachel meets a family relative and begins to explore the American culture. If you would like to learn about the end of the story, I would suggest you to watch the film. The important lesson that I learned from this film was that differences between American cultures and other cultures shape social behavior of a large population in Brooklyn. The history between two different cultures also plays a role in the way people in interact. Do we interact or ignore a person because he or she is not a member of our subculture? What you think about the film?
Lata Jorge
Here is the movie link
 

Steven Woo

In class, we started having a discussion about culture and how important it is. We mention that values as well as norms help shape an individual’s way of thinking, one’s desires, and so on. Culture provides individuals their own sense of identity, their own purpose and their own belonging. This discussion reminded me of an article “Turban-wearing Sikh actor who was barred from boarding plane is still refusing to fly home”. The article is about an Sikh actor, Waris Ahluwalia, who was about to board on the plane to travel from Mexico to New York, however security personnel stopped him. Security didn’t let Ahluwalia board the plane because he refused to take off his turban in public. He mentions that his beard and his turban are a part of him and that it represents his commitment to equality and justice. As a result, he started protesting to protect his values and his beliefs. Lately, there has a been a lot of vandalism with the Sikh Americans “For Silk Americans, the unique markers of religious identity the turban, the beard these markers are associated with the markers of terrorism … People see a Sikh and construe them as the enemy.” Society view their culture as a symbol of terrorism and see them as an enemy to the country. This is ridiculous and unjust how could society just view these people as terrorist when they didn’t do anything. Why is racism such a big issue with Muslim cultures?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/02/08/why-a-sikh-actor-barred-from-boarding-a-plane-because-of-his-turban-is-refusing-to-fly-home/

Lata Jorge

After reading chapter 2, the sociological terms such as subculture, culture identity and multi-culturalism reminded me a film called “Arranged”. The film is about the social interaction between of an orthodox teacher named Rachel meshenberg and teacher Nasira Khaldi. Both teachers live with their parents in Brooklyn and teach a class together. The film illustrates the complexity of the steps that men or women have to take in the process of arranged marriage. In the beginning of the film, both teachers are confronted by students lack of understanding about the Muslim culture and Jewish culture. The dean of the school also lacks a deep understanding of the traditions of both cultures and tries to make uncomfortable suggestions to them. In the film, Nasira states that her Hijab is an expression of her own beliefs and perception. She also states that many different countries have muslims that speak a different language and certainly have different perception of society. During the arrange marriage process, Rachel struggles to find mr perfect and starts to believe that her culture tradition is not working for her. Moreover, Rachel meets a family relative and begins to explore the American culture. If you would like to learn about the end of the story, I would suggest you to watch the film. The important lesson that I learned from this film was that differences between American cultures and other cultures shape social behavior of a large population in Brooklyn. The history between two different cultures also plays a role in the way people in interact. Do we interact or ignore a person because he or she is not a member of our subculture? What you think about the film?

Lata Jorge

Here is the movie link <Arranged marriage>

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Arielle Tornheim

I wanted to bring up the case on the email we were talking about from President Karen Gould, about the unacceptable behavior. The email said that the students were shouting anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist phrases but then as Professor Miller said somebody counteracted it on Facebook and said it never happened and that it was a misunderstanding. I was thinking that I don’t understand why they would send an email about it if it didn’t happen like that. Obviously they must have acted in some sort of disorderly way to get a response like this sent out to all students. Also, things like this has happened before which makes me believe that students will act in such a way. I agree totally that We students should get our voices heard, but there is a different way to do it. Religion and ethnicity should have nothing to do with how the school is run. For people to start shouting to get all Zionists off campus does not make sense, this is America and everyone has a free will to go to school, if you don’t like it then move somewhere else. I was not there so I don’t know if it did really happen but it’s sad that we had to get such an email like this. What do you is a good way to make everyone feel equal on campus?

Sasha Bonilla

Material Goods

Earlier in the week I was reading chapter two of our textbook and came across the section that defined material goods. This section really got my gears going and made me think how the clothing we wear heavily influences our lives and what people think of us. Clothing can be representative of our culture, our religion, conformity to a group, or just our personal expression, but for some reason there is also a norm to what clothing is acceptable depending on the situation/location. As a consumerist society, I believe our values are shifted more towards materialistic things. Why is it that how we dress matters so much to others? And when did certain norms or rules start to apply to clothing? Do you think that this emphasis on clothing/materialism and the prejudgement that comes along with it acts as a barrier to getting to know people?