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CAT 1: Media Seductions Global Media and Public Outrage. Elizabeth Losh http:// losh.ucsd.edu. How’s My Driving?. Don’t forget to complete the CAPE survey!. Science Studies. How is CAT 2 different from CAT 1?. Even more writing intensive
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Special Guest Professor Gerald Doppelt
Getting beyond simple pro and con positions
Is it really just about free speech vs. religious tolerance?
How do we understand Rushdie’s ideas about “imaginary homelands”?
Thinking some more about media about media
How do we think about media and deceit?
Understanding the Iago story: narratives of temptation
Understanding “blasphemy” in context
‘When you’ve fallen from the sky, been abandoned by your friend, suffered police brutality, metamorphosed into a goat, lost your work as well as your wife, learned the power of hatred and regained human shape, what is there left to do but, as you would no doubt phrase it, demand your rights?’ (416)
195 “the avatar of a chimerical archangel”
207 “the chimera of renewal”
311 “the effort of raising him . . . fully persuaded her that he was no chimera.”
382 “chimeras of form, lionheadedgoatbodiedserpenttailed impossibilities”
420 “a chimera with roots”
477 “a garden of dense intertwined chimeras”
Tabloids (422) -- earlier we hear about “papers full of kinky sex and death” (354)
Gibreel as a medium “scrawl his name in Gibreel’s flesh” (448)
Art cinema vs. Indian cinema (454)
Television cameras capturing the Club Hot Wax raid (469-470) “A camera requires law, order, the thin blue line.”
“Film instead of human beings” (527)
“A book is a product of a pact with the Devil” (474)
After that, when he sat at the Prophet’s feet, writing down rules rules rules, he began, surreptitiously, to change things.
‘Little things at first. If Mahound recited a verse in which God was described as all-hearing, all-knowing, I would write, all-knowing, all-wise. Here’s the point: Mahound did not notice the alterations. So there I was, actually writing the Book, or rewriting, anyway polluting the word of God with my own profane language.’ (379-380)
People write to tell lies. (398)
Chamcha’s telephone calls 457-461
‘The archangel sings to me,’ she admitted, ‘ to the tune of popular hit songs.’ (512)
Useful and well-timed revelations (377)
“worth the total output of any other dramatist” (412)
“the enigma of Iago” (439)
“that’s a fable” (481)
Why do variations of the word “blasphemy” keep appearing?
Inversions of brothel and religious space (394, 396)
How did images in one Danish newspaper affect the world?
How do political
Caused controversy for the National Endowment for the Arts
Arguing against Samuel Huntington’s 1993 “Clash of Civilizations” argument in an October 4, 2001 article in The Nation
The basic paradigm of West versus the rest (the cold war opposition reformulated) remained untouched, and this is what has persisted, often insidiously and implicitly, in discussion since the terrible events of September 11. The carefully planned and horrendous, pathologically motivated suicide attack and mass slaughter by a small group of deranged militants has been turned into proof of Huntington's thesis.
The fundamentalist believes that we believe in nothing. In his world-view, he has his absolute certainties, while we are sunk in sybaritic indulgences. To prove him wrong, we must first know that he is wrong. We must agree on what matters: kissing in public places, bacon sandwiches, disagreement, cutting-edge fashion, literature, generosity, water, a more equitable distribution of the world's resources, movies, music, freedom of thought, beauty, love. These will be our weapons. Not by making war, but by the unafraid way we choose to live shall we defeat them.
The terrorist wraps himself in the world's grievances to cloak his true motives. Whatever the killers were trying to achieve, it seems improbable that building a better world was part of it. The fundamentalist seeks to bring down a great deal more than buildings. Such people are against, to offer just a brief list, freedom of speech, a multi-party political system, universal adult suffrage, accountable government, Jews, homosexuals, women's rights, pluralism, secularism, short skirts, dancing, beardlessness, evolution theory, sex. These are tyrants, not Muslims. .
“how different bits of the world join up”
His was a generation that believed in skipping life’s boring, troublesome, unlikable bits, going fast-forward from one action-packed climax to the next. (416)
. . . what a leveler this remote-control gizmo was, a Procrustean bed for the twentieth century; it chopped down the heavyweight and stretched the slight (419)
No wonder we are unable to remain focused on anything for very long; no wonder we invent remote-control channel-hopping devices. If we turned these instruments upon ourselves we’d discover more channels than a cable or satellite mogul ever dreamed of (534)