Photo essay, M James

656 views
517 views

Published on

Photo Essay for ENGL 214

Published in: Education
0 Comments
0 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Views
Total views
656
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
0
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
6
Comments
0
Likes
0
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide
  • From the moment we walk into kindergarten we are descended upon…
  • …by the dogs of society to label our intelligence.
  • I know, kid. It sucks. But unfortunately that’s not all. After…
  • …those kids are labeled as ‘smart’…
  • They are further split
  • Into two more groups
  • One of the groups will be considered weird or eccentric like Albert Einstein,
  • Steve Urkel
  • And the infamous Napoleon Dynamite.
  • Then you have the other group. The successful group with people like Mark Zuckerburg, the founder of Facebook…
  • And Steve Jobs, the creator of the apple company and all of its technologically innovated gadgets.
  • Spock, well he’s just an awesome combination of both.
  • But what does it actually mean to be smart?
  • Is it simply being a geek or a nerd?
  • Does smart mean that you have to be good with computers
  • or score well on multiple choice tests?
  • The dictionary definition defines smart as
  • Very good at learning or thinking about things and showing intelligence or good judgment. There’s also the smart attitude but that’s besides the point. Let’s move on…
  • Standardized tests using multiple choice questions measure whether kids are advanced or not but that’s not really what being smart is.
  • Memorization and organizational skills help bring out our intelligence but that’s not it either.
  • So if it’s not a simple dictionary definition, it it can’t be measured by tedious or memorization and organization, then what is it?
  • Someone who is smart, truly smart, fulfills three requirments.
  • The first is that they have to think comprehensively.
  • The second is that they have to back up their opinions with evidence.
  • And the third is that they have to strive for knowledge.
  • So why exactly is that hard to define? Mostly its because of the stereotypes from pop culture that have blurred the lines of what it actually means to be smart.
  • Take this guy for example. He is a classic geek, nerd, smart person, whatever title you want to label him with, the effect is still the same.
  • First you have the glasses, huge and thickly rimmed.
  • Notice the tape holding those glasses together. It’s probably the result of some hulking bully who picked on him.
  • Then you have the unfortunate acne problem
  • Suspenders to hold up his presumably high waisted pants and finally a love for all things computerized.
  • Not to mention the classic pens in the shirt pocket,
  • Along with the unfortunate ink bleed.
  • Steve Urkel was the epitomy of the stereotypical nerd-slash-geek-slash-smart person.
  • As was Napoleon Dynamite. But did that mean that these two stereotypes were smart?
  • I’m gonna say no.
  • Before it was cool to be smart like Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs, it was a curse to be proficient in anything. It wasn’t until the 80s that a cultural shift occurred, changing the way society viewed geeks and nerds as smart people.
  • The 80s were about more than just big hair
  • Pro-feminists like Madonna
  • And the debut of USA for Africa song “We are the World”, it was a major shift for the smart kids.
  • A picture like this, where the nerd, not the jock, ended up with the girl was a completely foreign concept. That is, until the debut of…
  • “Revenge of the Nerds” which was released in 1984.
  • After that, came the ABC/CBS sitcom “Family Matters” with the famously annoying and nerdy Steve Urkel who became a character to laugh with instead of pick on.
  • Social conventions started to shift away from picking on kids because they were smart to praising them.
  • Like Good Will Hunting in 1997 that starred Matt Damon as the closet smart guy who was too good for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • But it wasn’t until about 10 years later that some of the biggest shifts in pop culture occurred, changing our perceptions of what it means to be a geek versus being smart.
  • One of those changes was “The Big Bang Theory” in 2007, a sitcom dedicated entirely around geeks who were also considered smart.
  • As their AD put it, Smart is the new sexy.
  • Then came “Glee” in 2009, another show dedicated to the plight of geeks and nerds in today’s society. Exposing the correlation between being a geek and being a loser brought millions of supporters…
  • To proudly show their “Geek” side in support of the show. Now we start to witness smart and nerdy spill into other parts of cultural media.
  • Like Cosmo, the woman’s magazine centered on women’s issues, careers, sex and relationships.
  • The November 2013 issue of the magazine for example did an article…
  • …encouraging women to date nerds because of the benefits that would expose their own nerdy side.
  • Now that being smart lost some of its social…
  • …depravity, a new issue surfaced with smart kids.
  • There was a pressure for kids to perform well on tests in order to be considered smart.
  • All with the goal of being able to compare them to other country’s standards.
  • Because what good is the US unless we’re number 1?
  • And that has led to Standardized testing to become a very controversial subject
  • ….along with other tests like the Intelligence Quotient, or IQ,
  • Because just like the stereotypes of geeks and nerds in pop culture, those two tests don’t encompass what it truly means to be smart.
  • If you think he looks frustrated with the system,
  • Let’s go back to this kid and ask how she feels about it.
  • So what was it that makes us truly smart?
  • We have to have the ability to think comprehensively.
  • We also have to back up our claims using evidence.
  • And we have to constantly strive to know more than what we already do.
  • But that certainly doesn’t mean we can’t be geeks sometimes,
  • Or nerds…
  • Or a bit of both.
  • So if you want to avoid this…
  • Because it will lead to this…
  • Remember what it actually means to be smart.
  • Photo essay, M James

    1. 1. To Be Smart:
    2. 2. To Be Smart:  Think comprehensively.
    3. 3. To Be Smart:  Think comprehensively.  Use analytical evidence.
    4. 4. To Be Smart:  Think comprehensively.  Use analytical evidence.  Strive for knowledge.
    5. 5. Stereotyp es
    6. 6. ……………?
    7. 7. Idiot!!
    8. 8. Cultural Shi ft
    9. 9. ♪♬♪We Are the World ♫♪♬
    10. 10. 10 Years Later…
    11. 11. 10 Years Later…
    12. 12. 10 Years Later…
    13. 13. 10 Years Later…
    14. 14. 10 Years Later…
    15. 15. 10 Years Later…
    16. 16. I Want You to be Smart
    17. 17. To Be Smart:
    18. 18. To Be Smart:  Think comprehensively.
    19. 19. To Be Smart:  Think comprehensively.  Use analytical evidence.
    20. 20. To Be Smart:  Think comprehensively.  Use analytical evidence.  Strive for knowledge.
    21. 21. References American Flag [Photograph]. (2012). Retrieved March 4, 2014, from: http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2012/08/the-two-american-flags The Big Bang Theory [Photograph]. (2007). Retrieved March 3, 2014, from: http://www.hoodedutilitarian.com/2011/01/one-brain-to-rule-them-all/ Bowie, D. (1971). Changes. On Hunky Dory [CD]. London: RCA Records. (1972). Cosmopolitan Logo [Photograph]. (2013) Retrieved March 3, 2014, from: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cosmopolitan_logo.jpg Dog [Photograph]. (2012). Retrieved March 2, 2014, from: http://www.tohlejokes.com/offbeat/angry-animals/ Early Madonna [Photograph]. (2014). Retrieved March 3, 2014, from: http://makeupbycherylh.com/80s-makeup/ Easy IQ Test [Photograph]. Retrieved March 3, 2014, from: http://www.cage8.com/trends/dk/jan-2014/iq-test.html Glee [Photograph]. (2010). Retrieved March 3, 2014, from: http://www.examiner.com/article/musical-series-s-massive-success-gets-even-bigger
    22. 22. Glee Season 2 Slushie Wallpaper [Photograph]. (2010). Retrieved March 4, 2014, from: http://glee.wikia.com/wiki/File:Glee_season_2_slushie_wallpaper.jpg Henle, M. (Photographer). (2012). [Untitled photograph of small girl crying], Retrieved March 3, 2014, from:http ://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Family/Modern-Parenthood/2012/0817/Kindergarten-Successful-first-day-of-school-separatio I Want You [Photograph]. (2012). Retrieved March 4, 2014, from: http://scifundchallenge.org/blog/2012/04/05/scifund-group-video-be-part-of-it/ Mark Zuckerberg at the 37th G8 Summit in Deauville [Photograph]. (2011). Retrieved March 3, 2014, from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Zuckerberg Miranda Kerr Cosmopolitan USA [Photograph]. (2013). Retrieved March 3, 2014, from: http://fashionscansremastered.net/2013/09/28/miranda-kerr-cosmopolitan-usa-november-2013/ Napoleon Dynamite [Photograph]. Retrieved March 2, 2014, from: http://popbitch.com/home/2010/11/30/top-10-movie-geeks-and-one-new-contender/ A Photo of Napoleon Dynamite Himself [Photograph]. (2008). Retrieved March, 2, 2014, from: http://www.moviefanatic.com/gallery/napoleon-dynamite-movie-still/
    23. 23. Promio Ad for We are the World [Photograph]. Retrieved March 3, 2014, from: http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/michael-jackson/images/35810865/title/promio-ad-world-photo Revenge of the Nerds [Photograph]. (1984). Retrieved March 3, 2014, from: http://www.imdb.com/media/rm2237962496/tt0088000 Scene from the Movie Napoleon Dynamite [Photograph]. (2012). Retrieved March 3, 2014, from: http://dailycaller.com/2012/10/22/study-the-popular-kids-out-earn-their-less-popular-peers/ Spock Leonard Nimoy Star Trek TOS [Photograph]. Retrieved March 3, 2014, from: http://joekent.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/my-star-trek-episode-vacation-in-anarchy/ Steve Urkel Family Matters [Photograph]. (2013). Retrieved March 3, 2014, from: http://www.thegeektwins.com/2013/01/7-nerdiest-fictional-nerds-of-all-time.html#.UxQL8V6pp8M Summer of Sin: Revenge of the Nerds [Photograph]. (2008). Retrieved March 3, 2014, from: http://www.lonelyreviewer.com/2008/06/17/summer-of-sin-revenge-of-the-nerds/ Taking Tests for Children [Photograph]. Retrieved March 3, 2014, from: http://tremendousinc.com/reruns/ You Don’t Have to be an Einstein [Photograph]. Retrieved March 2, 2014, from: http://www.copyblogger.com/internet-marketing/
    24. 24. [Untitled photograph of Albert Einstein sticking his tongue out]. Retrieved March 2, 2014, from: http://bigthink.com/the-voice-of-big-think/why-intelligent-people-do-weird-things [Untitled photograph of The Big Bang Theory cast]. (2013). Retrieved March 3, 2014, from:http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/01/tv-ratings-the-big-bang-theory-and-scandal-hit-series-highs-yetagain-thursday.html [Untitled photograph of boy and locker]. (2013). Retrieved March 3, 2014, from: http://www.soundonsight.org/freaks-and-geeks-kim-kelly-is-my-friend-review/ [Untitled photograph of boy taking a test]. (2009). Retrieved March 3, 2014, from: http://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/808427/standardized-test-anxiety [Untitled photograph of four kids]. (2013). Retrieved March 3, 2014, from: http://www.csnlg.com/blog/is-special-education-right-for-your-child/ [Untitled photograph of kids taking a test]. (2013). Retrieved March 3, 2014, from: http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/21809/20130417/why-some-north-country-parents-wantkids-to-boycott-state-tests
    25. 25. [Untitled photograph of Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting]. (2013). Retrieved March 3, 2014, from: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/celebrity/news/reasons-to-date-nerds [Untitled photo of pencil and scantron]. (2013). Retrieved March 3, 2014, from: http://toddneff.com/2013/03/ [Untitled photograph of Steve Jobs]. Retrieved March 3, 2014, from: http://www.crunchbase.com/person/steve-jobs

    ×