Friday, September 21, 2012

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This video is spin-off of the metaphor we debated in class (Time is Money)

~Applicable concepts and theories from the Language Chapter
~What you found interesting/thought-provoking
~How does this tie in to our discussion on Metaphors We Live By
~What are the takeaways/implications/knowledge issues
~Due Date is Tuesday 9/25/12


  1. Junior Post
    ~Applicable concepts and theories from the Language Chapter

    The concept of labels and stereotypes. Labeling all northern Italians as hard working is just one example, throughout the entire video, he makes stereotypes and labels. He also used several words to persuade us that the culture is changing. He used weasel words such as “many” and etc to persuade us.

    ~What you found interesting/thought-provoking

    I found interesting was my connection to the author we both have foundations. Also was the separation in Italy. I never knew that and I found it very cool.
    Also his thoughts about school, that it is train students to be future oriented. I agree with him. Also I didn't realize that a student drops out of school every nine seconds in the United States.
    The video game stats was crazy, ten thousand hours was believe able, reminded me of Elijah and myself and made me question his theory because that's necessary not true. PORN...speechless
    I completely agree with the power of technology, it does rewire our brain. However I believe we gave technology that power. What I found most interesting was how knowledge still doesn't change our behavior. I do feel the fundamental change in culture, we are all part of it and many people are ignorant to the change.

    ~How does this tie in to our discussion on Metaphors We Live By

    It ties into our discussion because in class we agreed that our many metaphor only applies to certain culture. Like he said in the video between north and south Italy . The north focuses more on the future and working hard while the south focuses on the relaxing and enjoying life. The metaphor time is money you can see applies only to northern Italy . While it doesn't really apply to southern Italy due to how much they undervalue time. They take three hour lunches and have they basically lavish themselves with while the north carry bag lunches and rather work than eat. They are in the same country with two separate cultures and ways of living.

    ~What are the takeaways/implications/knowledge issues

    Some takeaways, I developed a mini claim that my generation is a generation of non readers. A knowledge issue would be the control of technology in our lives. Does it truly rewire a teenagers brain.

  2. Earlier in this chapter we discussed how different factors affected the way in which we gathered and interpreted knowledge; these factors such as age, religion, and childhood environment, all somehow tie into our "time zone perspectives" that were talked about earlier in the clip. For example, one can use religion to have a future-based orientation that makes most of their decisions faith-based and trusting in some higher being for the carrying out of their goals. But at the same time, one can take a factor such as age and see that it can make one more of a present hedonistic that is living for the joy of present attractions such as video games, food, drugs, and forms of sexual pleasure. This time orientation is not just another factor that shapes the way we obtain our knowledge, rather it is THE factor that shapes the way in which we live to acquire this knowledge. The factors previously discussed compliment time orientation. Religion, age, rural or urban backgrounds, childhood environments; things such as these affect our orientation of time, which in turn affects our purpose for life in itself.

    The idea itself is what captivated me while I was watching the video. The idea that each person has a certain way of living that in the long run affects how they see life. This made me contemplate on what my time orientation might be, and while I was thinking I realized that my time orientation varies greatly upon how I feel at the time. When I'm feeling depressed I may be more prone to thinking in the past negative, recollecting the failures that I have went through. It can all be boiled down to our current environments and the outside stimuli that affect us; we define ourselves based upon what we see. The way that we choose to have it affect us however is all based on how we are as a person. I may look at a talented artist and become depressed thinking that I am not as skilled, and instantly become past negative oriented. However, another may look at a talented artist and thing to themselves I must improve to make sure I cannot be beaten, instantly becoming future oriented in the sense that they will plan ahead for future successes. I believe this fickleness of emotion and mindsets is a great knowledge issue. In a few seconds we may look at a situation totally different from how we viewed it before. This uncertainty of the mind and how we truly feel, if we are thinking based on our own thoughts or based on the thoughts of our respective environments, leaves one to question many things about life. How reliable is any information received? How can an opinion or fact be unbiased when told by biased beings? Similar to the plight of Galileo and the teachings of Aristotle, many issues and problems we must solve ourselves.

  3. (continuance of the last post)

    "Time is Money." Time is important, and yet we equalize time with money, meaning we also hold money to be important in our society. The time we use wasting on another activity could be the time we use to make money. Money is the basis of our foundation. Money is what drives us to become more successful. Money is what occupies our time and effort in hopes that we will achieve great amounts of it. Therefore, money is what we use our time to gain. Money is time; time is money. But for which time oriented people? Definitely not the present hedonistic, one that lives for the pleasures of the moment and not for money they hope to receive in the future. America definitely lives by the motto that time is money, even to the point of personal discomfort. As described in the video, future oriented persons in the United States "sacrifice friends, family, and sleep for their success." What is defined as success in America? It would be safe to say that a large part of success is defined by one's yearly income, and the stability of that early income. Therefore, one is more willing to sacrifice time spent with family, friends, and personal enjoyment (take into account the word "time") in order to reach success, in other words in order to reach sufficient and stable income. Money. We sacrifice time in hopes to gain money. This future oriented mindset is the driving force in industrialized America, even if this force drives it to insanity and personal discomfort. These persons plan for the future at the expense of their present, but one thing that they do not realize is that as one makes their present unpleasant, they are making the future of yesterday unpleasant as well. It, in conclusion, is a trap.

  4. I thought the video was very interesting especially its basis of the different time perspectives. The video ties into the discussion about time is money. This actually shows how that is not a universal phrase because past oriented people would definitely disagree. The knowledge issues that came to mind where to what extent does media play a role in time perception and to what extent does scientific evidence justify a claim.

  5. This video was interesting to the point where it had me thinking on the views on money. The language of this video shows how many people think of there money and how they spend it and save it. The metaphor of people saying "Time is Money" can tie in with this video because people use there money and save it and when they are being wasteful they are wasting the time it takes to get the money. The pictures shown in this video made what the guy was saying more clear and easier to understand. When he was talking about great inflation he was saying you don't put money in the bank because you can't trust it and drew the picture of the bed saying trust, which reminded me of the great depression and how people took there money out of the banks and into their mattresses because people trusted there mattresses and the bank was wasting there money.


  6. 1.) Applicable concepts and theories from the Language Chapter include meaning and interpretation. The TOK book discusses how the image theory is criticized because of the interpretations. For instance, the book states that "If meanings are in the mind then we can never be sure that someone else understands the meaning of a word in the same way." This for example may be many issues which may connect with the viewers of this video.
    2.) What I thought interesting about the video is that he gives a broad explanation of how valuable time is and how we waist it. It not only connects to the metaphor that time is money, but also gives a good view of time in the spectrum of life in general and how it impacts us. Something else that I liked is that he also discusses that many teens play a lot of video games and are less involved outside the world of graphics and gaming. This allowed me to think a lot of my time and what I do and don't do efficiently with the time i have throughout my weeks. What seemed provoking is his statement that “If there’s instability in your family, adults can’t keep their promises to you." It may be that his main perspective in this video is how money is time and that in a family without money life unstable, but if we see a deeper meaning to this promises don't always have to connect to the economy of a family and that even through difficult times families learn to cope with situations and make the best out of those situations.
    3.) This connects to our discussion a lot. Many of us would say that money isn't everything when it comes to time and that a lot of people dot live their lives worrying about how money would impact their everyday lives. An example which I stated in class was that not everyone lives off money, what about many indigenous people in the world who live off their beliefs and probably have better survival skills than us today.Something else that he said that would really be a good discussion includes the role of families in their household and how the statistics on sit down dinners have decreased.
    4.)The takeaways include the value of time in not only the perspective of money but also in general, culture plays a big role and impacts our lives (may not be everyone but impacts us in a certain way), and the value of life. The implications include Be more open minded before doing things, for example he says that “to be future oriented you need trust and states that if you have great inflation you don’t put money in the bank.” Another implication includes the influence of the mass media discussed in the language section because it shows that ways in which they write through propaganda affects vastly on how we think and how we are influenced. Another implication is a lot of kids these days know the consequences of many of their actions and they don't change their behavior; behavior is controlled. Some knowledge issues include the interpretation of the things that he says. Many of us many think that his points are correct which in my idea a lot are, but others may think that there are points which seem to lack proof. Another knowledge issue is that not all countries believe that time is money and that this metaphor is only selective in our world, and that we cant say that all humans on earth agree with such metaphor because as he is claiming not everyone has the same mind set.

  7. "Concepts that I recognized in the Language chapter was the definition of language. This video is definitely language because it is creative (the use of cartoons to bring about understanding and meaning), it is intended (the creator wanted the discussion to be comical and easy for viewers to watch), and is rule governed because the words used are gramatically correct and sounds like all the parts of speech are in the right place.
    -What i thought was interesting was the way the cartoons were used in a metaphorical way in order to make it more understandable and enjoyable for me. I understood what was going on because it was graphic and each image was connected to the words that were spoken.

  8. I found it interesting how he related time with whether you think in a future oriented way or a past oriented way. To people who live in a future oriented way, time is money, because they need to get everything done now or it'll affect the plans they had for tomorrow or for their future.
    Some implications was when he assumed that people of certain religions follow the beliefs throughly enough to become a future oriented thinker or past oriented thinker - Jazmine A

  9. Steven Picker Video
    1. Applicable concepts and theories from the Language chapter
    As mentioned in the language chapter, Steven Picker also stated that Language is intended. People say something a certain way depending on how it will benefit them and also put their point across. An example he said was, if you passed the Guacamole that would be awesome versus saying could you please pass me the guacamole. Although both polite the first statement is more intentional and more friendly than the second simple statement
    2. What you found interesting/thought-provoking about what Pinker says
    What I found interesting is what he mentioned about how people don’t usually differ on the facts but the way they are said tends to raise more controversy for example, “ending a pregnancy” versus “killing a fetus” , “invading Iraq” versus “liberating Iraq” and “redistributing wealth” versus “confiscating wealth”. I find it interesting how the different ways each issue was said though the same thing, could affect an individual’s thought process about it differently.
    3. How does this tie in to our seminar on “Metaphors We Live By
    Language can be used metaphorically intentionally or unintentionally as long as it reflects on how we conceptualize ideas and or reality. For example the statement “time is money.”
    4. What are the takeaways/ implications of what Pinker says
    Like he said, language is a collective human creation reflecting human nature and more like a window onto human nature. Also with language one can either choose to pay attention to the particular object in which everything else around it recedes from attention or pay attention to everything else and ignore the particular object.


  10. The secret powers of time

    1. Applicable concepts and theories from the Language Chapter
    There is always more than one way of interpreting a sentence. With the concept of time is money some people are more present hedonistic with the idea where they work, act, live and enjoy for now compared to those who are more future hedonistic/ future oriented where they work now and enjoy later or just keep working.
    2. What you found interesting/thought-provoking
    It’s interesting how some people are past positive and others are past negative and that carries on with how they live their life and how they view things and also how they deal with situations. Some people when it comes to time are more care free than others who are pressed by it.
    3. How does this tie in to our discussion on Metaphors We Live By
    Everyone has their own interpretation of ideas, the way I interpret time is money is not the same way my parents in a whole different situation would interpret it.
    4. What are the takeaways/implications/knowledge issues
    Everything is as simple as just simply understanding and respecting our own time perspectives and that of others.

  11. I also noticed that the use of images in the video helped give deeper understanding. This reminded me how language that is connected to an image has a deeper meaning than ones that do not, such as the word "dog." With the images in the video it also gives people the idea that what the speaker is saying is true because they can use images and examples to support their arguement. - Jazmine A part 2

  12. ?This was really intesrting by the way he was referring to everything (his use of metophors). I didnt kno you can tell how people think by the way people act or where they live. You can tell if someone is past, present, or future orientated buy where they live(south or north. He basically said that if you are future orientated then believe time is money.

  13. Elijah

    The Secret Powers of Time Video
    ~Applicable concepts and theories from the Language Chapter
    This video centered itself around time orientation however the speaker tied language into time orientation. The speaker is from Southern Italy the northern half of Italy is future oriented and the southern half is present hedonistic. The northern half complains that the southern half are lazy and all they can do is have babies. The southern half believes the northern half aren't Italian at all but instead German. While he was on a trip in Sicily he was told that there are no "will be" tenses in the Italian language. Thus time orientation had affected the language.
    ~What you found interesting/thought-provoking
    What I found interesting was the purpose he gave society and school. The speaker said when we were born we were all present hedonistic and that society and school teaches us to be future orientated or past orientated.

  14. 1)This video mentions the stereotype portion of the language chapter. An example of a stereotype was that the northern italians and the southern italians do not generally get along. Then the speaker mentions that he met a poet that said that there is no future tense in the sicilian dialect. This further perpetuates the stereotype that sicilians are lazy and do not plan for the future.
    2) Something that I found interesting was the dropout rate of young people in the U.S being so high. I can understand why a person used to being in their own world might not do a good job in a traditional classroom because they can not controll the class room like they can controll their world.
    3) This ties into the metaphores we live by discussion because he was discussing the value of time. The concept of time being valuable is a metaphor in itself because there is not set price on time around the world it is what we make it worth.
    4)Some takeaways from the video would be to consider the culture of a person when considereing their behavior for example being on time because some cultures have a slower concept of time that others do. Also we should watch the way that we spend our own time because even though we may want to spend it making money sometimes relaxing and passing time with family and friends is priceless.

  15. 1. In terms of language concepts the speaker said that there would be no "will be" tense in Italy. This shows that northern and southern Italy have differnet views based on the time orientation they have.

    2. It was interesting yet not suprising to learn that school try to influence students to be future thinkers. They want students to know the consequences of their actions and to make the best choices for their future lives. Another interesting topic was how technology, espically video games influence our way of knowing and thinking. When people are digitized for long periods of time they have trouble adjusting to analogue settings like school.

    3. This video relates to our discussion on metaphors because time and money are different for certain cultures. One culture like Northern Italy may be future based and put effort into saving up money for their future. The Southern Italians are past orientated so they may put a lower value on money then there counterpart.

    4. A takeway or implication in this video is that technology is "spoiling" our minds. The speaker said that students that spend alot of time focusing on multitasking and technology have trouble focusing on the standard level of learning, the classroom. I think that technology is a great tool for man but like many other things in life should be used in moderation.

    ~Jasmine BW


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