Ethics for Creative Arts Students (Hawkins, Winter 2014)

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Humanities 345-BMF-LA

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by Moonie on February 19, 2014
Maximo Caminero, a Miami painter, destroyed a priceless Han dynasty vase as a means of protesting the Pérez Art museum's lack of attention and support towards local artists. The vase, worth more than $1m and said to be at least 2,000 years old, was part of an exhibition curated by the Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei. Caminero said in an interview that he thought the ancient urn was nothing more than a common clay pot you could find at Home Depot. He was charged with criminal mischief which could lead to a penalty of up to five years in jail, which brings forth an interesting question.

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by on February 18, 2014
As an artist myself, I know the feeling I get when I see my work put up on the walls of the Champlain art gallery to be exhibited. Even though it's just my fellow students, when I see people looking at my work, it is a feeling of pride, and that is something every artist should have the chance to experience once in a while. Galleries are a place for the public to admire and appreciate artists' artwork and for buyers to find pieces for their art collection. However, "Great art needs an audience" is an article that addresses the rapid growth of art fairs and online buying in the art market.

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by Rebecca Hamilton on February 18, 2014
In summer of 2013, the federal government drastically hiked preexisting international touring fees. Venues welcoming foreign artists must now pay a grand total of $425 per band member/musician, as well as any other crew member on board (i.e. tour managers). $275 out of the $425 goes toward a non-refundable application fee and the rest towards a $150 permit (required for each crew member). If an application is rejected, venues must pay the fees once more to grant access to international touring guests until the application is accepted.

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by M.McGirr on February 18, 2014
As an animal lover, I found it shocking that the Copenhagen Zoo had decided to euthanize a young and healthy giraffe on February 9. Their claim it was because Marius the giraffe had common genetics which could result in inbreeding. It might be a growing trend in Zoos across the globe as genetic research increases. Should healthy zoo animals be euthanized to prevent inbreeding?

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by emilie_d on February 18, 2014
As a child, I used to watch a lot of animation movies like Disney  and these movies have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. The violence that is present in some of them has never really bothered me and my parents never saw the need to restrict me from watching these movies because they were G-rated. However, times have changed and the PG rating was introduced. Now, it is almost impossible for a movie to be rated as general and the slightest little bad joke or violence will put it in the requiring parental guidance category.

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by Fred B-L on February 18, 2014
Not long ago, a blog post was written about the famous chinese artist Ai Weiwei. He is known for his bold actions, like being imprisoned in 2011 for 81 days because of his political activism. More recently - this weekend, a south Florida artist named Maximo Caminero smashed a vase worth $1 million dollars belonging to Ai Weiwei's exhibit at the Perez Art Museum in Miami. Caminero picked up one of the coloured vases and when told to put it back into place by the security guard, he immediately smashed it on the floor. 

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by elizabethpetel on February 18, 2014
In the article of Lisa Miller, Is Ethical Parenting Possible?, it talks about how in parenthood there is no moral and it is very interesting to know that parents will do anything, wether it's wrong or bad, for their child to have a better life. Being godmother of a 2weeks old child makes me realize that even though I'm not his mother, I still feel very protective over him, and I can't imagine how my sister feels. That's why I chose this topic because I could see my sister relate to most of the things in this article.

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by Davidchabot11 on February 17, 2014
As a student in creative arts who have always been interested by the advertising world, designs, marketing etc. I feel concerned about the controversy of the fur industry. Every day, thousands of animals suffer more than someone could ever imagine just because some designers decided in the name of art and fashion to use their skin and fur as materials.

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by Valery Bergevin on February 17, 2014
I came across this article and found it interesting since I’m currently in the Digital Imaging and Studio Arts program. I chose this topic because I’ve always been fascinated by graffiti. In 2012, Toronto had negative opinions towards graffiti. As they saw some graffiti in the streets, they create an official five-member Graffiti Panel. This Panel was made up of five different city staffers which all had backgrounds in the arts, urban design, architecture and other disciplines. This Graffiti Panel had their first session on November 2nd.

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by J_Morin04 on February 17, 2014
  I chose an article that talks about painting because I do sail some of my works to people who ask me specific demands. I was wondering how famous artists could sail their artworks so expensively. I found this article that was published in 2013, about an artist named Jean-Michel Basquiat. He sold his most recent painting at 48,8 million dollars that was first estimated between 25 and 35 million dollars. The question is, do you think this painting is worth $48,8 million?

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by ashleyhogan on February 17, 2014
Just last week on the news, a new story was brought out about a 33 year old man who was arrested in edmonton for having bought a piece of art, without knowing that the piece had actually been stolen. He payed the man 1,400$ , and has now learned that the value of this piece is actually worth 1,2 million dollars. The piece had gone missing from Montreals museum of fine arts 3 years back, in 2011. The man claims that he did not know that the art piece was stolen and will need to face a court date. The actual person who stole the piece though, remains missing.

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by Davidchabot11 on February 17, 2014
  Is it All right for children to be on Social Networks? Should there be an Age minimum?

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by Ariane17 on February 16, 2014
For many years, people have been concerned about the fate of the music industry as more and more internet users download or stream songs illegally.  Since the arrival of Netflix and similar services, it is the movie industry that is being targeted.  When I came across the article linked below, it made me reflect on the way Netflix is starting to revolutionize the film industry and its economy.  My family and I use the service and enjoy it. Should Netflix and similar services exist?

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by Marion Lequient on February 15, 2014

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by ashleyhogan on February 12, 2014
Cellphones are used by the majority of the population everywhere. This handy device allows us to do all kinds of different things; search the web, talk on the phone, text,  theres a gps, play games, etc. Each person has different things in their cellphones, it can even be seen as being very personal, since we use them so often. But what if I told you that all of that personal information you thought you had in your cellphone could be seen by someone elses eyes, without you even knowing? 

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by J_Morin04 on February 6, 2014
Instagram is an online photo-sharing application where you can publically share photos or videos with other users. It is a fast, simple and fun way to share your pictured life with friends. Over 100 million people are active on Instagram and many of them created an addiction to this social network.

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by Moonie on January 30, 2014
Scientists have always used animals in order to test the limits of man. In this case they tested whether they were able to launch a living organism into space and bring it back alive in one piece. Past experiments along the way have always ranged between being successful or ending with either injury or death. Back in December 2013, Iran reportedly sent a monkey into space who was later returned safely to earth after reaching a height of 72 miles. This claim of a technological breakthrough was done with the aim in mind of one day sending one of their own astronauts into space.

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by Valery Bergevin on January 30, 2014
As I was doing some research, I came across the article ‘’New cosmetic test uses protozoa instead of rabbits.’’ U.K. researchers have recently found a new way to determine the safety of beauty products. Instead of using animals as their guinea pigs, scientists now use protozoa which are single-celled organisms. According to Dr.David Montagnes, a Canadian ecologist who is involved in the Liverpool mascara testing project, the new test reduces the use of rabbits, is cheaper and more reliable than the traditional test that was developed more than 60 years ago.

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by MelinaGlicakis on January 30, 2014
Towards the end of January 2014, a deadly fire occurred at a nursing home in L’Isle Verte, Quebec. The death toll is still rising, as some were confirmed dead, and others are still missing. A man that worked at the nursing home claims that the fire was started by an elderly man as he was smoking a cigarette indoors, after the nurse told him he could not go out after 11pm. This tragedy raises some questions, like should there be security or nurses watching the patients at all times? Or should there be guards outside the rooms of some patient’s as well?

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Just like you Valery, I have always been fascinated by graffiti. As creative arts students, we have some opportunities to talk about it and to study it more than other students. Since I am very young, I keep asking myself questions about graffiti; who are the unknown artists, what does these graffiti mean, how did they came up with the ideas, how much time did they spent working on these graffiti, what did they used, etc. To answer the first question "Should we see graffiti as art or vandalism?" I think it depends on the graffiti, its location, and its meaning. A totally agree with what you said about having an agreement with the owner of the building before doing graffiti on it, wether it is appropriate or not, and if it does not offend anybody. Some of the graffiti are amazing and artistic but a major part of the graffiti, here in Quebec, are simple words or drawing that many people can do. For graffiti to be considered as art, I believe it has to be artistically beautiful and meaningful. I believe others are considered vandalism. The people doing vandalism are people that often need attention, want to be rebel, or has nothing to do except trying to be good in arts. Graffiti on important buildings, such as the Empire State Building, the Montreal Olympic Stadium, and churches for example, are unacceptable. Artists who plan on doing graffiti on these types of buildings should definitely ask the permission of the owner of the building before doing their graffiti on it. I believe real and talented artists will do so. I think to say wether a certain graffiti is art or vandalism, people have to see it before judging; they are all different. Again, it depends on the location and the artistic talent and meaning it has on the graffiti. To answer your second ethical second "Should graffiti be legal?" I believe I would bring up the same points as the other questions. It should be legal if the artists have the permission of the building owner, if it is appropriate, and if it does not offend anybody. Many people see graffiti as vandalism either because they do not understand the work or sometimes these people are simply not interested in art. As a Creative Arts student who is fascinated by graffiti since a young age, I believe that graffiti should not be judged, should be legal, appropriate, and artistically beautiful. I also think that it depends on the graffiti if it is art or vandalism.
I suggest this worth reading article because it is mainly about graffiti. It contains interesting and historical informations about graffiti art. It also talks about graffiti art exhibitions. Amazing graffiti examples from New Yorkers artists are also presented.

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As a student who has a lot of interest in fashion and animals, this article's title really caught my attention. Interesting points are mentioned in this blog, some which I did not know about such as the way the animals are being treated and the methods used to kill. Because animals shouldn't suffer, I also believe that it is our job to protect the ones who are weaker than us. People that wear or use real fur do not think about how the animals are being treated and killed because of the popularity and their interest on the several brands using real fur, for example Canada Goose and Parajumpers jackets. Everytime I see a person wearing a jacket with real fur, or boots etc, I always see or imagine a dead animal replacing the fur. It is cruel and I don't understand the carelessness of some people about animal rights. As Emilie said, faux-fur industry is a good solution to this problem. It also keeps us warm, it is animal friendly, and it is less expansive. I also believe that the number one solution would be that the government should make real fur illegal. With this law, maybe the fashion industry would realize how bad it is to use real fur and that faux-fur can also be warm and pretty on fashion runways or on jackets and boots. I also liked the point David brought up about loosing jobs if people or fashion industries would stop using real fur. I believe it is an invalid argument because faux-fur would bring up other job opportunities and more.
I suggest this article because it talks about Grouse Montain not reordering jackets using real fur, which I think is fantastic and it also brings up the Canada Goose and Parajumpers jackets I mentioned.

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Like you, I also enjoy watching my favourite artists perform live. It is so much more of a different experience than to just listen to them on your phone with headphones on. That is why when I saw your article, it piqued my interest. It saddens me to hear that the government has raised the international touring fees.
Of course they are allow to do so, they're the government after all. Even though I disagree with their decision, I don't believe they are discouraging our society's arts and culture scene. If anything, they are trying to promote local artists by limiting foreign ones by raising the fees.
However, as I mentioned before, I'm against the implementation of these fees. I believe that international bands will be less likely to tour in Canada. Even if they do, tickets will be more expensive than they already are. Furthermore, there is a possibility that people will have to travel out of the country just to see their favourites artists perform live.
I think the only people that benefit from these fees are Canadian artists. As you stated, small venues that want to do business with international artists and lesser known artists trying to attain a bigger fan base are discouraged by these higher costs. Furthermore, employers of venues and ticket holders have to pay extra in order to have international artists perform. Clearly, this is just one of Canada's many attempts to preserve its local artists and music culture.
Here's a suggestion for further reading on another one of their attempts:

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Disney movies have always been a big part of my childhood. Heck, I still love those movies even today! I used to and still do sing along to those songs (on my MP3 now), and I must admit that I had never realized that the ratings had changed in such a drastic way. And I who've been wanting to see the new 'Frozen' movie, I hadn't even heard of the controversial rating! But enough of that. Personally, I don't think we should change the MPAA ratings for older children movies just because some people have become rather anal about them. Many children grew up with those old movies and if they were rated G at the time and the kids weren't negatively affected by them, then the rating shouldn't be changed just because of some parent's (nonsensical) fears towards their children's delicate sensibilities. I'm afraid that people are only going to realize that these ratings have gone too far off base when Winnie the Pooh movies end up rated PG! As for whether we should restrict children from watching movies based on the changing MPAA rating? I don't think we should. These movies teach children wonderful values and life lessons, and they shouldn't be kept away from these movies and the opportunity to learn from them just because a few people decided that G ratings could only be for baby movies. Parents should be the ones looking over the movie and deciding whether their children are old enough to watch them, no one else. Concerning the argument that violence and rude humour in children's movies could negatively affect kids, I find it ridiculous. These movies are “children movies”, they're specifically tailored for children and the amount of violence/death/gore or whatever that can be found in it is generally minimal and usually artfully shown, with shadows and sounds instead of graphic images (I'm thinking Scar getting mauled by the Hyenas at the end of The Lion King). They have more chances of witnessing worse things in daily life than what they do in these movies. Furthermore, the children should (normally) focus more on the story's meaning and the values vehiculated than they would on the potential violence or questionable humour. All in all, these movies shouldn't be kept away from children because of misplaced ratings.

And for anyone who wants to read more about rating problems (not related to animated children's movies this time), here is another article to view:

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I chose to comment on this article because I am also a godmother of a beautiful two year old child and I related to the author's story. Being protective as always been something normal and instinctive for a parent, especially for a mother. In response to the question that has been raised in the article, I would say that parents do not know the limits because they could do everything for their children. In favor to the argument raised by the student, I think that the author is totally right when she says that a parent's love is unconditional. I do agree that the majority of the parents would do anything for their children. This article makes me think of the movie ''Prisoners'' because the story is basically about a father who tortures a pretending guilt from abusing and kidnapping her daughter. All this to say, it is clear that some parents could do things that are wrong in honour to their child. In addition,we could question ourselves by asking:'' do parents should be forgiven by the court if they would do something bad but their argument is because it was for the protection of their child?'' I think that when you love someone, you could do anything extreme for this person, but it is unforgivable if you end up breaking the laws (killing for example). To answer the other question of the article, I think that people do not overexagerate when it comes to their children. It is normal for a human to feel the need to protect their own kids and as a empathic person, I can understand what the parent feels and I know that if they do something bad, it was not for bad reasons, but for the love of their child. Another article linked to the first one that is interesting is the following one that talks about the rules of society applying unequally to everyone.


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I totally agree with you! It is true that the world is constantly evolving and that film producer should always be looking for new ways to make profit. I find it's also a great subject since Netflix is really popular. Should the film industry find new innovative ways to compete with Neflix or even try to shut it down? Do you think Netflix is a good thing or not? Even if there are a lot of movies on Netflix, not all the movies are on it. I don't think personally that the film industry is suffering from Netflix because you can always buy the movie you want or you can rent it too if it's not on Netflix. But if the film industry really think that Netflix is a 'enemy' for them, then yes they should try to find a way to compete with Netflix. Should Netflix and similar services exist? Yes since, as you said earlier, it only costs 8$/month, which is really not expensive when you can watch a big variety of movies the amount of times you want, and a lot of people can take advantage of it. I even use Netflix myself and I find it's really great! I think that people feel less bad watching movies on Netflix since they pay for it, it's not as if they would download it illegally, as you said earlier. I did research and found an article that says that Netflix has a program, for 5$, called "Browse Endlessly". "[It's] an option that gives you access Netflix's wide array of programming, but without the stress of having to chose what to watch." Netflix is always impressing us!

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Thank you Emilie for your pertinent answer and participation!
I'm glad that you agree with me and that you defend animal rights! There should be more people thinking like you!
As you said, the faux-fur is a great alternative and should replace the real fur industry!

Thank you for the other article I'll read it :)

7 years 9 months ago

As a creative arts student who has a great interest in fashion but is also very concerned about animal rights, I find this situation very unfortunate. I strongly believe that it is our role to protect those who are weaker than us which is why I defend animal rights every time I have an opportunity to do so. In fact, as you mentioned, humans are the most powerful organisms on earth and this is why I believe that we should not take advantage of animals that are powerless against us. Also, I believe that the fur industry should be banned and considered illegal because with new technologies, there are other alternatives than cutting up animals for their fur. For example, the faux-fur industry is a very good alternative which is animal friendly. In fact, I am a proud owner of a faux-fur coat and it still keeps me warm and is a lot less expensive than a real fur coat. Furthermore, I really like the argument you brought up about animals feeling pain and fear. I believe it is a very pertinent point and the quote you used really emphasized the point you were trying to make.
For further reading, I suggest this article that talks about the market of faux-fur and how even though it is a great alternative, sometimes it is best to avoid fur because it can sometimes be mislabelled.

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Living in a society where everyone feels the need to be 'perfect', it is hard for the youth to accept themselves for who they are. Girls starve themselves to be skinny and cover their faces up with make-up, while guys take steroids in order to appear buff. They do not realize that the perfect body they are trying to achieve is nothing but a Photoshop scam fed to them by the media. I know what it is like to look at magazine covers and say, "I wish I looked like that." But the truth is, most celebrities don't even look like themselves in ads or cover pictures.
Therefore, should young adults spend so much attention on their appearance in order to please society's idea of beauty? As you may have concluded, the answer is no. Everyone should be able to embrace themselves for who they truly are. The definition of beauty is different for everyone and we should not let the media tell us we are not beautiful because we don't look a certain way.
To answer your previous question, no, it is not possible for anyone to achieve the perfect body (according to the media) because it doesn't exist. As mentioned above, the media uses Photoshop to edit pictures so that models are skinnier and posters boys are more chiselled. So why are people trying to achieve something that is not real?
Although it is true that the use of steroids have gone up, I don't believe that all young adults are willing to sacrifice their health for their physical appearance. I am not saying that they don't care about how they look, but that they seem to care about both nowadays. A lot of young individuals are starting to the gym in order to stay in good shape, appearance and health wise. Even though some people may take the easy way out with steroids, some are willingly to work hard in order to attain the 'perfect' body they so desperately desire.
Here is an old but still relevant article about the use of Photoshop in the media that may be of interest to you:

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I use the Netflix service as well and I am not always satisfied with its choice of movies. I was particularly interested by your article because I love to listen to movies and I like to follow what is going on in the movie industry. I think that films are so important in people’s cultural identity, because they are so relatable to everyone as watching them often doesn’t require as much effort as reading a book for example. To answer to your last questions, I think that Netflix is part of the film industry and that, in this way, they could not compete with one another. The producers that choose to let their movies into Netflix do it because they think it is what is best for their profits.

An alternative question that could be raised relating to the subject is whether we should use only Netflix, and therefore encourage the Hollywood movie industry rather than encouraging local and international film makers. Netflix has a very limited range of international movies and when I say that, I think of all the French or Canadian movies that cannot be found in Netflix. I believe that Netflix is too limited to be any threat to the movies that you cannot find on there. Personally, I have access to Netflix, but I often prefer to go to rent a movie at the Superclub Vidéotron, or go to the cinema. I think that this system has still a long way to go before we start worrying about film makers’ loss of profit on its behalf.

I think that we should more worry about piracy and the threat it poses to the movie industry today. It is too easy nowadays to download a movie illegally. I think that this is a deliberate violation of private property and people need to understand that. Here is an article about Senator Dodd’s (CEO and Chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc.) speech about piracy.

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