My step-brother is a teacher and to shut up his students he gave them a Where’s Wally
But he photoshopped Wally out
One kid asked to stay behind at break so he could find it poor child
Every so often things like this come across by dashboard. And every time, my skin crawls. Not only is this frivolous, this is the very thing that gets imbedded in the idea of teachers. Then we wonder why the culture at large doesn’t respect us. Are your classroom management skills so bad, that you have to resort to this? Are your lessons so devoid of meaning and relevance that you have to create activities that are pitted against the kid to get them to stop talking?
In the study [PDF], [researcher Rik] Pieters followed more than 2,500 Dutch people over six years. For more specificity, the researcher broke materialism down into three categories that have subtle but significant differences. What Pieters calls “acquisition centrality” is pure, unfettered materialism. It’s the consumerism of the shopaholic—an unadulterated love of acquiring and owning possessions. “Possession-defined success” is the desire to keep up with your neighbours, a status-driven urge to make sure you’re not falling behind. And “acquisition in the pursuit of happiness” is exactly what it sounds like: buying with the belief that happiness is just one more Apple product away. It is materialism that “reflects a deficit.” …
He found that, over time, loneliness increased materialism and materialism increased loneliness (though the effects here were much smaller). Consumers can find themselves in a vicious circle, shopping because they’re sad, getting sadder as they shop, shopping some more—a loneliness loop that threatens to end with authorities discovering you alone in your apartment, long since dead, surrounded by a heaps of unopened Amazon boxes.
Surprisingly, however, as Pieters dug down into the different types of materialism, he found that not all materialism makes you miserable. While those who shopped in pursuit of happiness or to attain a particular status predictably increased loneliness over time, the people shopping out of “acquisitive centrality” actually seemed to decrease their loneliness."
(via The Dish)
Fascinating article. I would definitely suggest reading the whole thing. I’m planning on using this essay as a source for character analysis for The Great Gatsby. How are the characters buying into this? What text evidence can you provide from the course of the novel to prove or disprove this idea?
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Noam Chomsky (via noam-chomsky)
This is a great bit from Chomsky.
I’m going to use this to review/ assess Brave New World. The essay will be, what questions should character be asking of the slogans that don’t mean anything.
Good to know.