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Sample TOK Presentation
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The Act of Killing (2012)
Director: Joshua Oppenheimer
The "Real" World
The TOK World
Central Knowledge Question
What is the knower's responsibility in shaping collective memory?
Who shapes collective memory?
Unpacking the KQ...
Can individual memories even create a single narrative, or a single "collective memory"?
Shaping Collective Memory during the Great Depression
Responsibility and Collective Memory
A Sample TOK Presentation
"The artist is not dominated by the public's taste; he acts upon it" (Richards 221).
Exposing Indonesia's Cold War Communist Purge. Prod. Anthony Kuhn. National Public Radio. National Public Radio, n.d. Web. 8 Feb. 2014. <http://www.npr.org/2012/04/09/150149910/exposing-indonesias-cold-war-communist-purge>.
Richards, Howard. "The Social Responsibility of the Artist." Ethics 76.3 (1966): 221-24. Print.
"Films about historical atrocities, whether documentaries or not, usually embrace the perspective of the victims, survivors, or resistors" (Scott).
"We introduced America to Americans," stated Roy Stryker.
Roy Stryker and the FSA
A chronicle of the suffering in the South and the West
Shahn, Evans, Rothstein, Lange, Parks
The Objective Truth
The Emotional Truth
Is a shared understanding more meaningful than an individual understanding of past events?
Ultimately, collective memory is individually understood.
A shared narrative of an event can provide a frame of reference but in the end, an emotional connection to the past forms the foundation of a knower's understanding.
The responsibility of the knower is to provide both objective and emotional truth to the consumers of the past.
Knowers have a responsibility for accuracy. But they also must give us
Collective memory is individually understood
, largely through emotion.