Modern Griot- Blog Assignment 1

18 Feb

Preserving History

A griot is a West African story-teller that uses the oral tradition (story telling) to preserve history or tradition. Many are musicians, singers, and poets. In Farenheit 451 the professors that Montag meets toward the end of the book serve as griots (in their own right); as they will retell the stories/ information from the books that have memorized.

For this assignment consider some of the issues that we have discussed in lab and lecture ie..resistance, literacy, as they relate to World, American, or personal history. Either create or find an image (still or video) or piece of sound that tells a story that you wish to preserve. Please be sure to describe the significance of the piece of media.

Please respond to this post by: Sunday,  February 24, 2013 12:00 pm. Be sure to respond to atleast two other posts and or comments.

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8 Responses to “Modern Griot- Blog Assignment 1”

  1. Evelyn Almonte February 24, 2013 at 12:26 am #

    NYPD OFFICER A TRUE HERO
    On a very chilly November 14, 2012, Officer Lawrence DePrimo spotted a homeless man on 42nd Street wearing no shoes. Without hesitating he headed to a Sketchers store and bought the homeless man a $100 pair of shoes. The media learned about this extraordinary act of kindness from the person who took the picture of the officer knealing down by the unfortunate man’s side. The picture went viral and I thought to myself here is the good part of “Today’s Media.” I also learned that we don’t have to wait for someone else to supply a need – we can be the hands of God! The lesson learned from Officer DePrimo makes him a true living Hero.

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  2. cl293 February 24, 2013 at 2:25 am #

    Cynthia Liriano Changed History

    We all know her as the first lady of civil rights. Rosa Parks, she changed the world outcome because of one thing she did that. She become an icon and someone everyone looks up too.  It all started when she did not want to give up her seat on the bus for a white person. She did not care what was going to happen to her. It become something very surprising  during that time because no one ever refuse to give up their seats. It was all over the newspaper, radio and television. The media portray her as a rebellion but she did what  was right to her and not caring what anyone else thought. After that day it change history completely we do not have to be given assign seats base on our color of our skins. We should seat no where we want. I think that Rosa Parks started that for everyone.

  3. serracanca February 24, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

    SERRA CANCA

    IMAGE:

    This is a photo of room in a Russian orphanage– cramped, these children, under the wings of the government, lean on each other more than any of the caretakers who are payed to watch over them. Many American families, all at different points in the process of adopting a child, were turned away by Russia, seemingly in simple spite sparked by the domestic and not-so-domestic socio-political decisions of the American government. This image is one of those who are in the middle of a struggle between big-wig politicians; smooth talkers. This is a picture of the unknown and forgotten who will suffer the most for who said what. This, to me, is a tale of humanity– those who have the least power and control; the ones with nothing… will, ultimately, pay the biggest price.

  4. khalidvetro February 24, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    In class one day, we discussed when or how graffiti becomes art. What makes it become art. When is it accepted by the public. What exactly makes it a crime. Presentation is key. I got this pic from a website forum about NYC subway graffiti art and as I went down the page, I found many contrasting views on the same subject. This train car was one of the featured subjects. One person found it to be of world class art amazed by its incentive and complexity. Another person found it to be disgusting. One thing is for sure. As much as it is a crime, some will find it to be art, while some will find it rather distasteful. Nevertheless, it is a visual spectacle that cud end up being photographed and sold as art.

    http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3142&page=4

  5. khalidvetro February 24, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    In class one day, we discussed when or how graffiti becomes art. What makes it become art. When is it accepted by the public. What exactly makes it a crime. Presentation is key. I got this pic from a website forum about NYC subway graffiti art and as I went down the page, I found many contrasting views on the same subject. This train car was one of the featured subjects. One person found it to be of world class art amazed by its incentive and complexity. Another person found it to be disgusting. One thing is for sure. As much as it is a crime, some will find it to be art, while some will find it rather distasteful. Nevertheless, it is a visual spectacle that cud end up being photographed and sold as art.

    http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3142&page=4

  6. anthonybynum February 25, 2013 at 1:48 am #

    GUN VIOLENCE THE TRUE STORY
    In recent years our country has experienced several tragedies involving gun violence in schools, public areas, and private housing. Of these one of the most recent, the Sandy Brook Elementary shooting has posed a valid, but in my opinion, misguided view of the larger issue at hand involving guns and the media is to blame. Let me start by saying that in no way, shape, or form is this blog meant to be-little or pacify the horrific event that occurred on December 14. My condolences go out to all of the family friends and relatives involved in the tragedy, however the media has taken this opportunity to focus on a small aspect of a larger issue. In this particular instance a high power assault rifle was used to commit the murders and the media has run with this. The topics in which they focus most are “Are these high powered rifles necessary”, “Does anyone need a magazine that can hold 30+ rounds of firepower?” Understandably noted these issues are important too review but let us not forget about the Columbine massacre in which the assailants used concealable pistols. There are also the VA Tech shooting, Fort Hood shooting, Tucson Shooting and Aurora Theater shooting. All of these events involved hand guns of much lower caliber and magazine capacity than an assault rifle. On a whole the media should use this tragedy to address gun violence as a whole, not focus only on the weapon used in this particular incident. According to Wikipedia 358 murders were committed in 2010 with rifles. a staggering 6,009 were committed using hand guns, almost 20x’s the amount of rifles. The power of the media has kept the issue fresh in our minds, and has even caused the President of the United States to create a platform in which he will devote much of his second term to revamping gun laws, I just hope that the entire issue is reviewed, not solely what the media decides to make relevant.

  7. stefanievponce February 26, 2013 at 1:26 am #

    The image of the three firefighters raising an American flag in the middle of the ruins of the World Trace Center is one that has been seen around the world, and one that I will never forget. I believe the events occurred on September 11, 2001 are crucial to American history, and should be re-told to future generations. As a New Yorker who experienced the madness of this day first-hand, this tragedy has also become part of my personal history. I believe the solidarity between New Yorkers was also an important outcome from this tragedy, because it changed the way New Yorkers were often perceived as, and showed how we could come together. This image correctly represents the feeling of hope that followed the tragedy, to rebuild a stronger nation, from the debris.

  8. nquinto1 March 19, 2013 at 3:23 am #

    I remember running into this image a few years ago. I immediately went to search for it upon reading the blog assignment. It is an image of a young adult Caucasian demonstrator putting a flower in the barrel of a soldier’s gun. When I first found this picture I was taken and overwhelmed. It made a profound impression on myself and remains etched permanently into my mind. The image I later learned was a photo taken during the Vietnam War in one of the student protests. I then realized that in my first viewing of this photo I did not even think to research its history or background. It was perfectly by itself without any caption or explanation. Quite frankly the photo had more power and meaning without the background context. Why- I asked myself- did this photo seem to be better off without the background. It is because it is an image containing inside the boundaries of its black and white pixels an idea powerful and vivid enough to call forth emotions within the viewer immediately. Such are the qualities of timeless photos in history. They are in essence the captured moment of the human spirit in all its flaws, perpetuated eternally into the confines of the history books.

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