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Does everyone view the same piece of knowledge in the same way?

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Anindita Singh

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Transcript of Does everyone view the same piece of knowledge in the same way?

Conclusion Thank you for your attention! And one more thing... Does everyone view the same piece of knowledge in the same way? Precise -- Message is clear-cut and precise.

Quick -- Fast and Efficient.

Flexible -- Different Words can be used to convey a message.

Creative -- Amusing and Entertaining tones and expressions. Why use Language? Advantages & Limitations... Our real life situation Language is used as an expression of one's opinions and ideas Language influences knowledge e.g. propaganda, deception People learn from what they read and hear Language conveys the intention of the user e.g. sarcasm Language when misused will cause misunderstanding South Korea:

#1 National Security Law: "...acts that benefit the enemy."

What is your interpretation? The law does not clearly define what constitutes this act. A 23-year old photographer is indicted of spreading and reposting messages of North Korean* government. *North Korea is in effect South Korea's 'enemy' "Long Live Kim Jong-il!" Posted Web links to North Korea propaganda songs. Since language can easily cause mislcommunication, societal problems might arise.
Such as Lee Kuan Yew in a talk where he asked a girl if she was married or had a boyfriend.
LKY was genuinely concerned about that issue but the way he displayed it caused miscommunication- leading to him being criticized
Even sarcastic and comical use of language also displays connotations, which could also cause problems.
Such as the blogger who posted about the bus of Malay students.
It showed some racial stereotypes and created racial tensions Making Connections Posted on Twitter: He replaced a swarthy North Korean soldier’s face with a downcast version of his own and the soldier’s rifle with a bottle of whisky. Does everyone interpret the same piece of knowledge the same way?

How might the knowledge be shown and interpreted differently if sarcasm is used?

What can affect this different interpretation?

Can sarcasm be obvious to some but taken seriously to others?

What might affect these different ways of looking at words/language? Prompts for discussion 2 American Journalists were arrested
and sentenced to 12 years of hard
labor for questioning North Korea's
Human Rights Practices Ambiguity in language can be interpreted differently by different people, leading to unintended consequences

Language is far from simple and straightforward Limitations Advantages - During Interrogation? “It was humiliating and ludicrous to have to wear a straight face and explain all my jokes to the detectives,” “This is not a national security case; it’s a sad case of the South Korean authorities’ complete failure to understand sarcasm,” North Korean Propaganda
and how Other Countries
View North Korea... - Amnesty International - The Convicted Look at all the political cartoons we have shown
during our presentation. Have you noticed that Kim Jong Il
is always portrayed to be short and plump?
Do you think the cartoonists are trying to convey something ?
Or does it give you a hint on the cartoonists' point of view
on North Korea? Are both states over sensitive?
(South and North Korea) Annotations of political cartoons through
language as a way of Knowing How do other countries view
North Korea? Here are a few examples of
political cartoons ... Annotations of Political Cartoons Mr Park's use of language was being misunderstood as propaganda for North Korea 1st cartoon:
-"Joy to the world", written on the nuclear missile
-"South Koreans have set up christmas trees just across the border to spread their christian propaganda"
-"I find this action very threatening"
(To mock north korea's mindset" 2nd cartoon:
-Use 10 seconds to read the
speech bubbles.
-What do you think the cartoonist
is trying to show about his thoughts
of North Korea's de-nuclearization "scheme" Conotations behind language may appear offensive, esp. racial and religous topics Language containing sensitive vocabulary can trigger disputes easily So how are we able to find the line between saying what you mean and meaning what you say?
Sometimes it could just be that you are joking but have some connotations lying underneath.
Or it could be that the way you say what you mean as a denotation could have connotations that are implied.
How do you try to erase these miscommunications? Making Connections Language is manipulative Propaganda can influence one's knowledge or viewpoint South Korea security was worried that its people become inclined to its enemy, North Korea Language can be a weapon During the MRT breakdown, a reponse made by MP Seng Han Thong triggered displeasure amongst the Malay and Indian community
He said that 'SMRT's unpreparedness also due to Malay and Indian worker's English inefficiency'
This is an example of the misuse of language leading to misunderstanding
Even though MP Seng's was not intentionally targeting the Malay and Indian employees, but his intentions were misinterpreted Making Connections Language is a way of knowing because it conveys the meaning and the intention. However, if language is not explicitly used, conotations can lead to misunderstandings. Ways of knowing- language
Area of Knowledge- history
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