GRAND TORINO

  1. What was your impression of the movie?

My impression is that Mr. Kowalski is a mourning man who puts up a harsh mask to cover up is sorrow and PTSD from the Korean war and for losing his wife. They presented Mr.Kowalski as a cold man who wants nothing to do with his new neighbors who are asian immigrants. After he catches one of the sons of the neighbors trying to steal is Ford Torino he really starts to hate them, but when the gang wants to revenge the son who got caught stealing Mr.Kowalski´s car, he stands up for him with a rifle and scare the gang away. After that he earns respect from the asian immigrant family and he starts helping their kids to get jobs. This plot was kind of easy to anticipate, but well appreciated.

2. Is this movie about multiculturalism – in your opinion? Why/why not?

Yes, in my opinion it is. They show quite clearly in the movie that Mr.Kowalski is from a quite white and religious family, while the immigrant neighbors are buddhist and asians. This shows that even though they live so close to each other they have different cultures, beliefs, norms, traditions and religions.

3. What negative sides of multiculturism are shown in the film?

Well, first of all you can clearly see that both sides make negative assumptions about eachother. Kowalski still can´t forget about the korean war and generalise them around that. The neigbors thinks Kowalski is a racist and wonder why he still lives in a coloured neighbourhood. You can also see that the different races living in that area don´t want anything to do with eachother. Black people keeps to themselves, hispanics keeps to themselves, asians keeps to themselves and the caucasians keeps to themselves. That shows that each «group» think their side or group is better than the other. Thoughts like that makes multicultural societies to seperate from eachother instead of unite and live in harmony.

4. How can a multicultural state face these challenges?

Education. Education is the biggest and the most efficient way of fixing these negatives. Giving each group an education about each other together will make them more united. Areas that are the most separated from each other should get more economical and educational support from the state. Poverty and desperation takes a huge part in the separation from each racial «group»

5. What positive sides of multiculturalism are shown in the film?

I have talked a lot about how different races tent to group up with each other in multicultural societies, but when they do actually gets at peace with each other and live in harmony it gets quite beautiful. People, for example Mr.Kowalski gets more open minded, accepting and gets a new perspective about life and love. People will be able to get new friends with a bigger varierity of religions, ethnicities, cultures, norms and traditions, and of course forming friendships and relationships with people they would never talk to if they where separated.

6. How can a multicultural state strengthen these benefits?

As said, trough education and economical support. The reasons is stated in the answer of nr.4

What will happen if Joe Biden wins the election? (draft)

Joe Biden, former Vice President (2008-2016) for the Democrats is running for president at the 2020 election. They will announce the results of the election tomorrow (November 3rd) With his side he have chosen Kamala Harris as his Vice president candidate for the Democrats. Before the election they have publicly announced their plans they want to achieve those four years the Democratic party will be running for president. I´ve made a short list of things they wish to achieve if they win (not everything on the official list)

  1. Free rapid COVID-19 testing for all
  2. Premium-free healthcare for low-income families
  3. Cancel 10 000$ in debt for all students because of COVID-19
  4. 5 million clean energy jobs for tech and manufacturing
  5. Eliminate carbon pollution from electricity by 2035
  6. Restore DOJ oversight in police misconduct
  7. Equal pay for women
  8. 15$ federal minimum wage
  9. Protect access to birth control

Spotlight

In the story told by the film, what is the main conflict and how is it resolved?

The main «conflict» in the movie is to find information and people to interview to get even more information about a new article they are writing. They want to write about a really taboo and vulnerable case, sexual abuse towards young male church members. All abused by pedophilic priests and such. While investigating to find important information they have a problem with finding victims of the abuse that actually dare to tell their story. All of them are heavily traumatized, and in reality they just want to leave this dark memory and past behind them. Eventually, some victims are brave enough to step forward and tell about their horrible traumas. I think they stepped forward because the journalists writing the article told them about the importance about this topic. That their stories could save lives and help people who are experiencing the same things at this very moment.

What particulary appealed to you in the cinematic presentation of the film?

I really enjoyed that they used actors and actresses I love, but I don´t think that´s really relevant to this. Another thing I really appreciated was the good acting and the believable stories the victims told. It rather felt like I was following them around as a spirit almost instead of watching a movie with mediocre acting and a bad storyline. It felt so real.

Lost in media Landscape, question nr.16

The direct definition of «media literate» is that this practice allow people to critically evaluate, access, create or manipulate a media. Nowadays, we are too good at getting information and not be critical or look for a correct source. I see plenty examples of that everyday, within myself and others. An example is that a couple days ago I was scrolling on the app tiktok, then a video popped up saying something about Chris Brown lying to Taylor Swift about his sexual status, so he could trick her into doing things. The first thought I had was «wow, what an asshole» but then I started to think more critically and ask myself where they got this information. I looked in the comments of the tiktok and all I saw was people believing this information and not thinking critically at all. After some research I found out that Taylor Swift and Chris Brown have never even dated and this claim is probably fake news. That just shows how easy it is to manipulate a big media, and how bad we are at practicing media literacy.

Here in Norway they are trying more and more to learn us that we should be more critical when reading news, and that we should check information of reliable sources. We also need to learn more how to be more social on the medias without resorting to arguments and not get so mad so quickly. Because thats something I experience very often, even when I wrote this. When I or others ask critical questions, many people get super defensive and rude very quickly, and I also experience from the other side that people don´t want to listen because their mind is already set on something they think is correct or legitimate. This is something all countries should start practising, we would prevent a lot of unnecessary rumours and conflics.

About me

Hello, my name is Tilde Uggedal and this is my first blog post… so Im pretty nervous.

I don´t really have much to tell about myself because I would consider myself as a boring person. Well, i can start with telling you that Im in the class 2ST2, and this is my second year at Fagerlia. I really like it at this school. It´s pretty far away from where I live, but it´s okay. Im from Valderøya and I live there with my dad. When Im at my mom`s I live in Ålesund sentrum, but I prefer staying at my dad´s because all my Norwegian family lives there. My mom is from Sweden, thats why I specify my families nationalities. My swedish side of the family lives in Kalmar or Öland. I usually visit them during the summer, and I celebrate Christmas there every other Christmas. This year Im supposed to celebrate it in Sweden, but we are not so sure that is possible because of Covid-19. I have an older brother named Kristoffer and I used to have a dog until February this year. Hobbe, my dog sadly passed away after spending 12 years of his life with me and my family. I love him very much and I miss him every day.

In my free time I just usually lay in my bed and watch series, but when I actually want to do something I usually draw. I really love drawing, and I would say Im pretty good at it. I also like to cook and bake, because I enjoy eating so why wouldn´t I like cooking. I don´t hang out with friends super often because they are always busy, but we hang out every now and then. I got my first job in December, and I like it there. Not the most fun job, but I enjoy getting my paycheck every month. Makes me feel more independent.

The reason I chose international english is because I really enjoy the subject (English) and I use english a lot when I talk to internet friends. Plus it sounded like a lot of fun! My expectations to this subject is that my english will improve verbally and that my vocabulary will improve.

I want to learn more about goal nr.13, climate action. Global warming and climate change is a big, important and relevant topic for all of us and I would enjoy learning more about it and learn more about what WE can do to help make a change.

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

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You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

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The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

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You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

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Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus your own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus your own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.

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