Mr. Eure | Brewster High School
Throwing Metaphorical Rocks
November 30, 2012Posted by on
We started with this set of essential questions:
- Why do many Americans love horror films?
- What do cinematic violence and the business of fear teach us about our society?
- To what extent is the last decade’s trend of so-called “torture porn” a sign of depravity?
- If “torture porn” is no longer earning as much at the box office, have we grown a conscience, or are we simplydesensitized?
- To what extent are the creators of cinematic violence ethically responsible to society?
- To what extent can we agree on the definition of obscenity or profanity?
We added these in class on Wednesday and Thursday:
- In a high school setting, is it enough to censor the profanity in an argument replete with it? Should the profanity be left uncensored?
- What about violent imagery or sexual analogies?
- In general, to what extent should the material we read be modified for content?
And we’ve annotated and discussed how Rowles writes. Use any or all of that to augment our in-class discussion in the comments section of this post. Keep in mind the optional assignment given to you on Friday, as well: Contact Rowles through email with serious, articulate, and intelligent questions about his argument (e.g., his central claims, his style, how he feels about the article five years later). If you choose to write him, remember to use your school email, and take care to edit your work before sending it.