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Transcript of Stereotype Game
Students will volunteer themselves to play the Guessing game. One student at a time will stand in front of the classroom, holding a piece of paper by their forehead. On that paper, a certain race, ethnicity, or thing will be written. The student is not allowed to look at the paper. The student must ask questions to the class about the generally known aspects of the particular race or ethnicity on the paper. Using these reactions, the student may then guess what race, ethnicity or thing is on the paper.
Did you guys use stereotypes to describe the race? If so, why?
If you were to describe someone of this race with the exact same stereotypes outside of this activity, would your actions be acceptable to society?
Do you think it’s okay to be use stereotypes while being funny at the same time?
by Mitchell Wong, Sarah Thornburg, and Dante Tam
Q. Question 3- 2010
In his 2004 book, Status Anxiety, Alain de Botton argues that the chief aim of humorists is not merely to entertain but “to convey with impunity messages that might be dangerous or impossible to state directly.” Because society allows humorists to say things that other people cannot or will not say, de Botton sees humorists as serving a vital function in society.
Think about the implications of de Botton’s view of the role of humorists (cartoonists, stand-up comics, satirical writers, hosts of television programs, etc.). Then write an essay that defends, challenges, or qualifies de Bottons’s claim about the vital role of humorists. Use specific, appropriate evidence to develop your position.
The Guessing Game
Why do you think that the interviewer “adopts” a political view opposite of his interviewee?
If this interview were conducted by a reputable news source such as The New York Times or NBC, do you think Don Yelton would have said what he said?
Don Yelton later resigned after this interview was published. Do you think that this interview offered insight to the public about the GOP agenda? Why or why not?
If some reputable think tank or university published a study linking new voting laws to restrictions on Democratic voters, would it have the same effect on the public as this video? Would it be more or less comprehensible to the common American?
Who do you think Don Quixote was trying to be? Did he do a good job at imitating that particular occupation?
What do the consequences of Don Quixote’s actions say about this particular occupation?
Does this passage put this occupation in a good or bad light? Why?
Do you think Cervantes was merely trying to be funny while writing Don Quixote? Or do you think there's some underlying message underneath all of the humor?
The author first presents the British government as honorable. What flaws does the King describe about the system?
The King says, “I cannot but conclude the bulk of your natives to be the most pernicious race of little odious vermin that nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth”. How would you react if the King was referring to Americans?
In today's society, how do you think the average American would react to radical challenges to our government if
Is humor important if you wanted to introduce a controversial topic to a conversation? How would the conversation go if you did not use humor? Would it be less acceptable or more acceptable with humor?
Do you agree that humor is necessary for minority groups to control stereotypes rather than be controlled by these stereotypes? Why or why not?
Aside from humorists, who else would suggest such topics of conversation to the public? How do you think they would be received by the public?