Studies in Genre (Winter 2016)

Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by SRZaouali on April 4, 2016
Emmanuel Jal claims that the key to change everything is education. He suggests that we are killing a whole generation of Sudanese by only giving them food. Therefore, he says that he is willing to die for the right to education because he knows what it can do. What do you think about Emmanuel Jal’s point of view on education? Do you think that by giving Sudanese access to education we can empower them? 

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Yassine on April 4, 2016
Emmanuel Jal said that music can change the way you think about yourself as well as your surroundings. He also affirmed that he only ate one meal per day and that even though he was suffering of starvation, music was able to help him during this rough period. How can music really change the way you perceive your surroundings and do you agree with what Emmanuel said about music?

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by EDion on April 1, 2016
Emma McCune went to great lengths in order to save many child soldiers from the rebel army. What do you think motivates someone to take on such a big responsibility?

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by M.Martins on April 1, 2016
When Emmanuel Jal escaped from the rebel army along with 400 others, many began to starve to death. If you were in his shoes and faced with starvation, what means would you have taken to survive?

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Sarmista Das on April 1, 2016
The prevalence of child soldiers is a tragic phenomenon that spans different warring nations.  Watch and respond to the following video by a former Sudanese child soldier named Emmanuel Jal.  

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by THuang on March 30, 2016
In the first episode of "Love, Hate & Propaganda", the documentary discussed about the fact that President Bush kept Saddam Hussein as a president of Iraq and that later on, claimed that Iraq was in possession of a weapon of mass destruction when there was no evidence of its existence. Do you believe that there a a link between the two facts? Why was he so certain about the weapon's existence and what was his motive behind his choice of keeping Saddam in power? 

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by M.Martins on March 28, 2016
The documentary "Love, Hate & Propaganda: The War on Terror" discusses Osama bin Laden and his involvement in a militant organization. Based on the information given in the documentary and your knowledge regarding extremism, how do you think Osama bin Laden developed his beliefs which made him an extremist?

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by williamtetreault on March 28, 2016
The episode of "Love, Hate & Propaganda" presents the manipulation of the American government through the use of media. It seems as if the Americans were the only one to fall for the lies of its government. In a similar context do you believe we are subject to this sort of manipulation of the media and what are the impact of such innocence?

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by EDion on March 26, 2016
During the first Gulf War, journalist Kenneth Jarecke took real and shocking pictures of war. His goal was to show them to the citizens of America in order for them to realize that "war is ugly". Why do you think people should see pictures like this in the media? Or why do you believe these images should stay where they come from?

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by claudiacoursol16 on March 26, 2016
According to Pat Tillman, the reasons behind Bush's attacks were not really justified. From your own perspective as an outsider of this war, what do you believe is the main reason for the American president to fight agaisnt the East? Is it a question of revenge, a desire for power or an attempt to have control over their resources? 

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Sarmista Das on March 23, 2016
1. Watch Part 1 of the CBC documentary “Love, Hate & Propaganda: War on Terror” (45 minutes) available here: http://www.cbc.ca/lovehatepropagandawaronterror/2012/05/episode-1.html  

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by williamtetreault on March 16, 2016
  According to the New Oxford American Dictionary extremism is defined by “the holding of extreme political or religious views; fanaticism: the dangers of religious extremism.” This definition doesn’t correspond exactly with my previous understanding of the term. According to me extremism may apply to various fields and should not be limited to religion and politics. I believe the term refers to abusive and unjustified actions.    

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by RemiLeroux on March 16, 2016
 The Merrian-Webster online dictionary defines "extremism" as the "belief in and the support for ideas that are very far from what most people consider correct or reasonable". Before being aware of this definition, I believed that extremism was only associated with extreme religious beliefs. Now that I know this definition, I know that extremism is associated with any extreme idea, whether its nature is religious or not.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by MarH on March 16, 2016
According to the online dictionary, Merriam-Webster, the definition of extremism is the "belief in and support for ideas that are very far from what most people consider correct or reasonable". This definition suggests that the proposed ideas are so radical and strict that most people would be opposed to it or would not agree with it.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by THuang on March 16, 2016
According to Cambridge Dictionaries Online, extremism is "the fact of someone having beliefs that most people think are unreasonable and unacceptable". Before searching up the definition, I thought extremism was, as the name itself mentions, a movement containing extreme situations such as terrorist attacks. As I read the definition, I learned that extremism is related to politics and religion. An example of extremism in the actuality is the suicide bombings in Paris. The terrorists claimed before they died that they have done so to worship their God.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Emma Desautels on March 16, 2016
  According to dictionary.com, extremism is “a tendency or disposition to go to extremes or an instance of going to extremes, especially in political matters”. Acknowledging this definition, it confirms my idea that this word is related generally to people or groups that reach certain limits to claim a political idea. Thus, I am curious to discover if there are actual limits to their extremity?  

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by kathrynd on March 16, 2016
According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, the definition of “extremism” is a “belief in and support for ideas that are very far from what most people consider correct or reasonable”. This definition confirms my understanding of extremism. I thought that it was doing an action, or many, based on a certain belief, taken to an extreme. Which is, in other words, the definition given by the Meriam-Webster definition. Most of the time, this word is related to extreme actions related to religious belief. However, this definition is not just about that.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by madeleine.pepiot on March 15, 2016
According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, “extremism” is defined as “belief in and support for ideas that are very far from what most people consider correct or reasonable”.  This definition provides me with more clarity now.  I had a general understanding of what extremism is; however, this definition gives me a more concrete understanding of the fact that extremism can be applied to almost all ideas and beliefs that people may have, and not just those being of religious roots.  

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by SRZaouali on March 15, 2016
According to the Cambridge Dictionaries Online, extremism is “the fact of someone having beliefs that most people think are unreasonable and unacceptable”. This definition clarifies my initial assumptions that extremism was defined as a movement based on religious or political beliefs. However, the choice of the words “unreasonable and unacceptable” is ambiguous. In fact, what one considers “unreasonable and unacceptable” can be perceived as quite the opposite for someone else.  

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by A_Krauth on March 15, 2016
According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, the meaning of the word extremism is as follows; "belief in and support for ideas that are very far from what most people consider correct or reasonable." The definition provided by Merriam-Webster confirms my original understanding of the word extremism. I considered it to mean a radical stance or belief in a certain point of view or idea that is usually considered acceptable by most people.  

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1 year 1 month ago

I strongly agree with Emmanuel Jal, I believe education is the key to help people in poverty. Giving food or goods to places like Sudan is a temporary solution to a permanent problem, as he said people need tools to create themselves the life and the revolution Sudan needs, and i firmly believe that education is the main tool to help people build a future for themselves.

1 year 1 month ago

Emma Mccune is brave, has a caring heart and is altruistic. It is obvious that helping people is her greatest pleasure in life. This is what motivated her to help an innocent helpless child; to free him from his years as a child soldier and eternal misery. Little by little, people like Mccune are trying to help as much as they can to end war in general, and she has done her part which is saving a life.

1 year 1 month ago

I believe that some people have the need to make a difference in the world. Emma McCune was one of them. Her sensibility towards the child soldiers' situation was her motivation. She probably felt that she had to do something in order to give them a chance of a better life. They were born in a war environment and they were used to kill people. Saving some of them was her way of fighting this war.

1 year 1 month ago

When a war child make it to adulthood, it have many repercussions. A child that was taking at a young age to learn violence and to kill people, will only know that. Therefore, when he will be face with a problem later on, he will solve his problems with what he knows: violence. Also, since he was fighting a war during the period he was supposed to go to school, he miss on the time where you can learn the most. In the future, his education will be less than the other children, or he would even never go to school.

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1 year 1 month ago

The documentary showed several gruesome images of the events that took place in Sudan. Were you aware of the problems that are/were occurring in Africa? Why do you think that the media does not focus on these issues?

1 year 1 month ago

Motivation, for people like Emma Mccune, just come from who she is. She wanted these children to have a better life; a life that did not include war. McCune could not stand knowing these children would grow up in war. Her compassion is probably what motivated her the most. It also helped that she could travel to physically help.

1 year 1 month ago

I think that people like Emma McCune, who save strangers' lives thousands of miles away from their home, are people who are more sensitive towards war children. They imagine how it would feel like if this war child would be a loved one and how they would do anything to save them from their misery. As Emmanuel sang in his video, there are more Emma's out there, but not everyone could afford to travel thousands of miles to physically demonstrate their emotions.

1 year 1 month ago

I think that those two forms of art allow people to express their profound emotions and thoughts freely. The performance that Emmanuel Jal made, for instance, allow him to deliver his story in a way where he can feel heard by others and he is able to accept his past to seek forward. Moreover, music and poetry create images that allow other people to rely and feel the situation being told. For Jal, music was like a therapy that has a powerful impact on his mind, soul and spirit. Music allowed him to get over is past as a child soldier since this form of art makes people happy. Thus, this way to transmit a message is, for Jal and surely for many others, inspiring and delivering.

1 year 1 month ago

Frankly, yes, I believe his view is correct. In my current Sociology of Education class, we've actually been discussing things very, very similar over the past week. Education is the key to getting people in poor conditions into better ones and allowing them to make progress for themselves, fend for themselves, etcetera. So long as it is done properly and the education is not undermined, it can allow a population to truly grow and flourish. It deserves attention, focus, and care.

1 year 1 month ago

If I ever was in a situation where I had no access to food, food that we would normally eat everyday and are used to, I would not turn to cannibalism as I could never have the interest to eat another human being as it makes me disgusted. I would search for anything else to eat in the wild that we would not eat on a day to day business. Mind you, there are people who get desperate for meet especially when food is scarce and therefore turn to cannibalism, but I could never do that. It makes me sick thinking about it.

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