Society and Culture Through Stupidity

Monday, 30 September 2002

my Society and Culture Through Film class is tor­ture. i’m pretty sure i’ve al­ready men­tioned this, but the things peo­ple say about movies in that class wound me. For in­stance:

Girl: I just wanted to say that I think it is in­ter­est­ing how they uh, like, never show the Indians be­ing killed, they just, like fall off their horses.

Professor (Brazilian ac­cent): That is a good point, il­lus­trat­ing the ca­sual at­ti­tude Americans take re­gard­ing the death of their en­e­mies.

Adam’s mind: …or it could be that the lim­i­ta­tions of the Production Code pre­vented film­mak­ers from show­ing death in a more macabre fash­ion un­til the early ‘70s, plus the fact that ‘re­al­is­tic’ spe­cial ef­fects that would en­able closer shots of bat­tle and death did not ex­ist at the time of the mak­ing of this film.

but hell, none of them are film ma­jors. then again, this isn’t a very good ex­am­ple of what a class about Visual Anthropology should be about. not one ethno­graphic piece is on the list. boool­ll­shi’!