Thursday, January 21, 2016

Scott Price Introduction and Journal Two

Hello everyone, and welcome to my first blog post.
As you probably already know, since you clicked on the link that brought you here, my name is Scott Price.
The fun fact that was shared about me in class was that I liked music, movies and video games, which is true on all accounts.
I really enjoy alternative rock, but I like pretty much every genre of music, with my personal mood usually determining what I am listening to at any given moment. Some of my all time favorite bands are Radiohead, The Strokes, and Tame Impala, although they are only a few of the bands I listen to.
I like movies, despite having seen not nearly enough of them, but my favorite director is Quentin Tarantino, which probably says a lot about the kind of movies that I like.
As for what my favorite video games are, I play quite a few so it would be hard to pick a single one. I play a lot of League of Legends, and several games on Steam, and have an active voice chat channel, so if anyone is ever feeling bored and wants to play a few games, message me and I will tell you my usernames and such.

I believe that the best way to learn about culture is to experience it firsthand. While someone could easily research a cultural idea, I do not think that you can truly understand a culture without experiencing it yourself. Often times, a cultural idea only makes sense in the context of the society that it exists in. For example, the Hippie movement that took place in the 1960's would seem, at first glance, to be about thousands of young adults deciding to listen to psychedelic rock and experiment with drugs, when in reality, it was a backlash against the more popular culture of the '60's, founded in anti-war sentiment (although the drugs and music were definitely a part of it.) In the essay by Lorraine Ali, this belief that experiencing the culture is the only way to understand is echoed, when Ali writes, "My father's world only started to seem real to me when I visited Iraq". Ali had heard stories of her father's childhood throughout her life, but she was unable to really understand what his life was like until she visited the place where he grew up as a child.

1 comment:

  1. Actually experiencing a culture is the best way to understand it, but experiencing it may also give insight to how you view yourself and your own culture. Instead of looking at their way of life from the outside, you experience it from the inside and may end up looking at your own ways from a new perspective. (sort of "hippie dippie" but that's what came to mind.

    Ps. Quentin Tarantino is an awesome director


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