English for Tutors (Winter 2016)

Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Thierry_Judge on March 28, 2016
The definition of “extremism” that I found was from the Oxford Dictionaries. It stated that extremism was: “The holding of extreme political or religious views; fanaticism”. I had a few problems with this definition for two main reasons. The first was the fact that more than just political or religious views can be considered extreme and the second, the biggest problem, was that defining the word “extremism” with the word “extreme” did not make any sense to me. It makes the definition very vague and unclear.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Sarmista Das on March 18, 2016
After viewing the film Facing Extremism (http://www.visiontv.ca/facing-extremism/), post a reponse that addresses your understanding of "extremism." In this response, you should include a discussion of the definition of extremism you found for the last NewsActivist assignment.  An example of a post might be this: Initially, when I read the Dictionary.com definition of "extremism," I found that __.  I thought this definition was too broad because ___.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Thierry_Judge on March 14, 2016
The definition of “extremism” that I found was from the Oxford Dictionaries. It stated that extremism was: “The holding of extreme political or religious views; fanaticism”. Before reading the definition I knew that defining the word extremism would be hard because it is an intangible and relative term. No precise definition can be given because everybody can have a different, but still valid definition for the word. I think that the Oxford Dictionaries definition has some flaws. However, I think that extremism is a term that applies to more than politics and religion.

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1 year 2 months ago

The migrant crisis is indeed an issue that is putting a lot of pressure on the nations surrounding Syria, like Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey who have themselves allowed millions of refugee with a safer home, at least a refuge. It is absolutely self-centered of the European and Persian Gulf countries to refuse access to the millions of fleeing for safety. Although the migrant crisis represents the largest amount of migrant population since World War II, the entire flow of migrants since 2011 represent merely 0.55% of the entire European population and such asking the world to reorganize and accept to provide shelter is not an inconceivable thing. If a poor countries can intake 25% of it's population in migrant, Europe, the States, Canada and other wealthy countries can certainly lend their hand to tackle this issue of global responsibility.

1 year 2 months ago

The first definition that I found was from the online Merriam-Webster dictionary. It defined "extremism" as the "belief in and support for ideas that are very far from what most people consider correct or reasonable." I thought that this definition was way too broad mainly because it did not consider the cultural or social context of these beliefs or reason behind the support of these ideas. After watching the film "Facing Extremism", I find myself tending to think that extremism refers to radicalized religion or discrimination. When basing myself only on that movie, I have no reason to believe that everything that is extremist is bad and should be condemned. I believe that the movie did not present extremism in a world-wide accurate way; it only represented the american or western view of extremism. Good values pushed to the extreme are not always destructive. Of course, in the case of the muslim man that murdered his three daughters and their aunt in the name of honour is certainly a condemnable action. However, I once read about a man who gave away his kidney to a complete stranger, even though he had a wife and children and that they could need it one day. That, in my opinion, is extreme selflessness, but it is not the kind of extreme that we hear of.

1 year 2 months ago

Initially, when I read the Meriam-Webster definition of “extremism”, I found that extremism was defined as ideas deviated from what people believe as “correct or reasonable”. This definition suggests that extremism is somewhat erroneous and irrational. This definition cannot be satisfactory to all people because it does clarify the criterion defining correctness and rationality. However, this definition is enough comprehensive to give people an idea of what extremism looks like. To further our understanding of this word, we would need to place this concept in a wider temporal and cultural context. For example, after watching the movie “Facing Extremism”, I understood that extremism, in the 21st century, more particularly suggests ideologies based on racial, religious and gender discrimination which incite hatred, prejudices and violence.

1 year 2 months ago

At first, when I read the Merriam-Webster definition of "extremism," I found that their definition of extremism, "belief in and support for ideas that are very far from what most people consider correct or reasonable" did not really get in depth into what extremism really is. This definition was too broad because it doesn't really give you an actual goo answer as to what extremism is. It only scratches the surface of the real world problem of extremism. Even with this definition of extremism, i was still confused as to what extremism actually was. After watching the film Facing Extremism, I can see that extremism is a lot more present than i could have ever imagined. There is a lot more extremism out there than just terrorists. There are also different types of actions when it comes to extremism and different people act upon it in different ways. For example, the man who was part of the skinheads became a skinhead because he was looking for a family and affection. When he was with his group of friends beating someone up he felt like he finally had a family. In the other hand, the father who killed his daughters was acting because he believed that was the right thing to do. He believed that he was serving his God by killing his daughters who were bringing shame to the family. With that in mind, I still believe extremism is a broad and complex thing. everyone has their own ideas of what extremism is and isn't. For me, killing your own daughters because they were bringing shame to their family is a form of extremism. But it might not be a form of extremism for someone who thinks differently and has different values than me. Therefore, the definition from the dictionary is not wrong; it just isn't complete either.

1 year 2 months ago

The extremism movie we saw in class was very choking. Initially I though extremism was a very broad concept; subjective to who may judge the actions. Nevertheless, the documentary showed how hate and fear would be the main causes of extremist behaviours. The documentary might have been a little bias in the framing of extremism. Extremism was showed to be very common and violent behaviors. The main aspect expressed in the documentary was the cruelty and the indifference created by the "othering". It was quite interesting to observe how the victims would be forgiving. Most of them would simply not hold to feelings like hate and anger, while the people committing the crimes would be the most suffering people. The extremist actors would leave in constant anger and fear. They would leave in a horrible world of conspiracy through which they needed to always “fight for their survival” not trusting anyone who wasn’t like them. However, the most beautiful thing showed in the documentary was the kind and compassionate actions done towards the victims and the bullies. Those actions would transform the hatred of people one small step at the time. It would convert terrorists into kind, virtuous and peaceful people. Overall, my definition of extremism remained quite the same, the only difference being that the cruelty of people had no limits. In the same way the virtue in people was an amazing and should not be underestimated.

1 year 2 months ago

The extremism movie we saw in class was very choking. Initially I though extremism was a very broad concept; subjective to who may judge the actions. Nevertheless, the documentary showed how hate and fear would be the main causes of extremist behaviours. The documentary might have been a little bias in the framing of extremism. Extremism was showed to be very common and violent behaviors. The main aspect expressed in the documentary was the cruelty and the indifference created by the "othering". It was quite interesting to observe how the victims would be forgiving. Most of them would simply not hold to feelings like hate and anger, while the people committing the crimes would be the most suffering people. The extremist actors would leave in constant anger and fear. They would leave in a horrible world of conspiracy through which they needed to always “fight for their survival” not trusting anyone who wasn’t like them. However, the most beautiful thing showed in the documentary was the kind and compassionate actions done towards the victims and the bullies. Those actions would transform the hatred of people one small step at the time. It would convert terrorists into kind, virtuous and peaceful people. Overall, my definition of extremism remained quite the same, the only difference being that the cruelty of people had no limits. In the same way the virtue in people was an amazing and should not be underestimated.

1 year 2 months ago

The extremism movie we saw in class was very choking. Initially I though extremism was a very broad concept; subjective to who may judge the actions. Nevertheless, the documentary showed how hate and fear would be the main causes of extremist behaviours. The documentary might have been a little bias in the framing of extremism. Extremism was showed to be very common and violent behaviors. The main aspect expressed in the documentary was the cruelty and the indifference created by the "othering". It was quite interesting to observe how the victims would be forgiving. Most of them would simply not hold to feelings like hate and anger, while the people committing the crimes would be the most suffering people. The extremist actors would leave in constant anger and fear. They would leave in a horrible world of conspiracy through which they needed to always “fight for their survival” not trusting anyone who wasn’t like them. However, the most beautiful thing showed in the documentary was the kind and compassionate actions done towards the victims and the bullies. Those actions would transform the hatred of people one small step at the time. It would convert terrorists into kind, virtuous and peaceful people. Overall, my definition of extremism remained quite the same, the only difference being that the cruelty of people had no limits. In the same way the virtue in people was an amazing and should not be underestimated.

1 year 2 months ago

The extremism movie we saw in class was very choking. Initially I though extremism was a very broad concept; subjective to who may judge the actions. Nevertheless, the documentary showed how hate and fear would be the main causes of extremist behaviours. The documentary might have been a little bias in the framing of extremism. Extremism was showed to be very common and violent behaviors. The main aspect expressed in the documentary was the cruelty and the indifference created by the "othering". It was quite interesting to observe how the victims would be forgiving. Most of them would simply not hold to feelings like hate and anger, while the people committing the crimes would be the most suffering people. The extremist actors would leave in constant anger and fear. They would leave in a horrible world of conspiracy through which they needed to always “fight for their survival” not trusting anyone who wasn’t like them. However, the most beautiful thing showed in the documentary was the kind and compassionate actions done towards the victims and the bullies. Those actions would transform the hatred of people one small step at the time. It would convert terrorists into kind, virtuous and peaceful people. Overall, my definition of extremism remained quite the same, the only difference being that the cruelty of people had no limits. In the same way the virtue in people was an amazing and should not be underestimated.

1 year 2 months ago

The extremism movie we saw in class was very choking. Initially I though extremism was a very broad concept; subjective to who may judge the actions. Nevertheless, the documentary showed how hate and fear would be the main causes of extremist behaviours. The documentary might have been a little bias in the framing of extremism. Extremism was showed to be very common and violent behaviors. The main aspect expressed in the documentary was the cruelty and the indifference created by the "othering". It was quite interesting to observe how the victims would be forgiving. Most of them would simply not hold to feelings like hate and anger, while the people committing the crimes would be the most suffering people. The extremist actors would leave in constant anger and fear. They would leave in a horrible world of conspiracy through which they needed to always “fight for their survival” not trusting anyone who wasn’t like them. However, the most beautiful thing showed in the documentary was the kind and compassionate actions done towards the victims and the bullies. Those actions would transform the hatred of people one small step at the time. It would convert terrorists into kind, virtuous and peaceful people. Overall, my definition of extremism remained quite the same, the only difference being that the cruelty of people had no limits. In the same way the virtue in people was an amazing and should not be underestimated.

1 year 2 months ago

The extremism movie we saw in class was very choking. Initially I though extremism was a very broad concept; subjective to who may judge the actions. Nevertheless, the documentary showed how hate and fear would be the main causes of extremist behaviours. The documentary might have been a little bias in the framing of extremism. Extremism was showed to be very common and violent behaviors. The main aspect expressed in the documentary was the cruelty and the indifference created by the "othering". It was quite interesting to observe how the victims would be forgiving. Most of them would simply not hold to feelings like hate and anger, while the people committing the crimes would be the most suffering people. The extremist actors would leave in constant anger and fear. They would leave in a horrible world of conspiracy through which they needed to always “fight for their survival” not trusting anyone who wasn’t like them. However, the most beautiful thing showed in the documentary was the kind and compassionate actions done towards the victims and the bullies. Those actions would transform the hatred of people one small step at the time. It would convert terrorists into kind, virtuous and peaceful people. Overall, my definition of extremism remained quite the same, the only difference being that the cruelty of people had no limits. In the same way the virtue in people was an amazing and should not be underestimated.

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