Saturday, September 27, 2014

TODAY, THE TRUTH FOUND ME....

This week, we will begin exploring another section of Part I, Language in Cultural Context:  Language and Identity.

With each generation, it seems  discovering and defining who you are as an individual, and maintaining uniqueness and individuality within our communities becomes more and more challenging.  Often, as we go about our daily lives, we are forced to wear masks.  These masks reflect more of what we believe OTHER people expect us to be rather than who we truly are.  Most of us have many masks in our "wardrobe," and we are flipping through them so often during the days, weeks, and months, we eventually lose track of who we TRULY are underneath it all.

Who we are as individuals may be determined and defined by a myriad of different factors, depending on our beliefs and world views.  What is YOUR truth?

You don't need to answer that here.  Instead, watch this very unique short film about Identity.  Then, write a synopsis of the film:  what is it about?  What is the message?  What did you as the viewer take from it?
(Art work:  by Michelle Robb)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikGVWEvUzNM

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  1. That video was quite touching, inspiring, and amazing. I loved how at the end of the video she came back to her real self. I also liked how that talked about Plato Allegory of the cave. Where people grow up a certain way and live that way until someone is enlightened and then they enlighten others. The message of the video was very clear. The message was to come back to your true self hiding underneath all of the fake masks and personalities you have been wearing and once you come back to yourself and realize you can, then it is your responsibility to lead people back to themselves as well. As a viewer, I was very inspired to make sure I am staying myself and not trying to be somebody I am not. And if I am being more than who I truly am, then I need to lay that down an encourage others to do so as well. I feel like I get caught up in the world and trying to be someone that everyone will like and I often lose myself in the mix, but I am truly inspired to be myself and that's it.

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    1. That is all you should ever be inspired to be. :)

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  2. This video is very powerful, it has many different points of views in the story.
    It shows how society today tries to portray what "beautiful actually looks like"; how people can be two faced (when the girl took off her mask and had another one underneath), and most important how we hide ourselves to be someone who we aren't. I like how every group of friends had different masks because everyone is different and that shows how we define a certain group of people.

    In the beginning of the video I thought it was very powerful because it showed that the dad left her and her mom all alone when she was little. That is a life changing moment in anyones life, if it were to happen.
    When the teacher was giving his lesson everyone seemed very sad and not themselves. That captured the imagine of not being who they truly are very well.

    The message that this is trying to convey is that everyone has different personalities and her taking off the mask shows that she had the courage to show who she really is despite what anyone says/thinks and she is trying to leave the past behind her. The mask is the cave everyone is hiding underneath on so nobody will see who they really are. When the mask broke I thought it was her breaking point where she needed to come out of her 'shell' (comfort zone)

    This really spoke to me, I loved how it has different stories but it all connected to one. This film is very inspiring and I think it should be something that needs to be shared with others.

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  3. Beautiful synopsis, Soleil! I actually missed the part about her dad until I watched it again and noticed it in her drawings. Good catch on the details!

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  5. Living in a world where this video is the truth is kind of upsetting. People definitely feel a need to escape from their true selves to blend and "fit in" with the people around them. When the girl's mask broke, I took it as her true self was showing and it terrified her; as it would terrify anyone. One of the things I took notice to was a girl in the video that took off one mask and revealed yet another one underneath that matched those of the group's she was entering. I found this very interesting, because I have literally seen people do this in real life. I'm guilty of it from time to time, as well. You feel the need to act differently in front of separate people in your life. This derives from an underlying need within yourself to be accepted no matter where you are; so you create separate personalities. It's kind of funny actually...how we can be ourselves when we are alone, but reality is where we lose who we are. This video definitely provides a powerful message that rings true to our society today and how we can regain control. Although, I did notice how everyone's mask was different and unique (if they weren't in a group). This is because no matter who we are trying to be, it will always be just another version of ourselves...whether we like that version or not. It really does take one person showing us how superficial we are being to take notice of it, because honestly, I don't think any of us knows we are doing it until it's brought to our attention.

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    1. Really profound post. I loved what you said about the crack in her mask terrifying her--because her "true self" was showing. I had not thought of that.

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  6. This video was kind of creepy. I feel the director might have given it this effect to show that sameness isn't what we should strive for. It reminds me of The Giver. They lived their whole lives the same. Purposefully being that way so no one else would get hurt by it but by doing that they were hurting themselves. Once Jonas saw these memories and new there was and could be more to the world no one could stop him from being himself and helping his loved ones find themselves as well.

    This girl in the video had a mask on but even her mask was different from those around her. There were all these groups who would all have red masks or yellow or green. And then there was her. She was alone anyway so when she was able to take her mask off what did it matter if she was still alone. She would get to be who she was. That is all that should matter.

    The most powerful, eye opening part of the video for me was when a random schoolgirl had on a purple mask walking down the hall and as she approached a group with red masks, she took the purple off and had a red one on underneath. I found that so profound. It is so realistic. A lot of times we have our different groups of people we associate with and just like with our language we change depending on who we are with. Family, school friends, teachers, church leaders, we are almost trained to be different around these people. While to a certain extent that should be how it is it shouldn't be so defined that we are change a mask to please different people.

    One of my favorite quotes is by Dr. Seuss and he said "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."

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    1. Love Dr. Seuss. He and CS Lewis can say the simplest things, but they are so deep they really cut to the heart. I like the observation you made about The Giver...yes, it did have that feel. The sort of "dystopia" that we head towards today of sameness. Great connection.

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  7. I watched this short film a while ago, along with the one called "Plastic". I completely relate to these videos because I feel like everyone, including me, puts on a mask and changes who they are to feel a sense of acceptance. I think this video is about how everyone strives for acceptance even though none of us is truly accepted. At the end, or beginning, we learn that eventually everyone gets tired of being who they're not and takes off their mask. Pretending who you aren't is a tiring task and, shown through the video, we eventually have the courage to take off the mask. I think the message is to be who you are because "No one can be a better you than you."(Shaliene Woodley)

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    1. Great quote. Yes, we are ALL guilty of it. I think you will discover that the older you get, the less you care what others think and you can just be you. It is liberating. :)

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  8. This is crazy because i actually started writing a novel in 8th grade called "Masks". I have always been so frustrated with people, as well as myself, about the fact that we all are not showing exactly who we are to each other. When your mask breaks in your group, or COMMUNITY like the girls did, people close off and become fearful of un-acceptance which acceptance is what we really desire.

    When we take part in a particular community we wear different masks and even with different people we act different. I believe the only time we take off all of our hidden masks is when we are alone, but I don't believe it is possible to not where at least half a mask in any community, because almost everyone needs acceptance.

    When the girl goes to a whole new group she has to change the color of her mask. This is because she wants to be like the same people she is hanging around at the time, it will keep happening forcing her to change her mask constantly. Showing yourself to everyone in person is very difficult and when people say "Be yourself" it is nearly close to impossible to do for most people.

    "We all crave acceptance from everyone but ourselves" - a quote from my 8th grade novel.

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    1. Yes! It is our need for external acceptance that is so debilitating at times. I think of Mother Theresa whenever I feel insecure about "what someone else might be thinking." It is a long quote she had (it's on my wall) about how basically no matter what you do, someone might accuse you of ulterior motives or insincerity, but be nice anyway. At the end of the quote she says, "In the end, it was never about you and them anyway." ;) Of course, this alludes to her religious convictions that she is not here to please people, she is here to please her Maker. But what a lovely thought, regardless of your religious stance? My mother always told me, "What other people think of you is none of your business." Just now at my age am I getting how true that is!
      Keep writing that novel...I'd like to read it!

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  9. In the film, each one of the masks worn by students represents a specific personality. Some of them represent the same quality, while others display different emotions. This young woman taking off the mask shows her no longer hiding her true self behind a false personality which is sometimes adapted for the survival in high school due to a social hierarchy. It's a theme used a multitude of times with a reoccurring message: "Be yourself."

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  10. What an interesting way to portray our society as if we are all hiding in some obvious shape or form. The masks are made aware to everyone. Everyone in this video understands the points of the masks. To hide from our true selves. And did anyone notice the girl who switches her mask off to blend in with a different group of red masks. This clicked to me as people who do not wish to act themselves around others. We often see people today that we can label as “Two-faced” which is someone who acts one way towards a situation, and then have a totally different personality during something else.

    By the way, a big connection I made during this short film, was that during my second time watching it just to understand every single detail going on that I may have missed, is that not only are they talking about the cave allegory that Mr. Hiatt so lovingly etched into our brains sophomore year, but that the main character’s mask is entirely different than anyone else’s! Of course she is the “Enlightened” or “Chosen” one in this video, but I had to step back and think about what made this one student different than anyone else in this film? Not really anything. Yes, her mask was different, but anyone else that was in this video did have the power to stand up for what they truly believed should be going on in a “functional” society.

    Nothing was really stopping them except for the fact that everyone else was accepting that this was just how the way things were. “This is what Beautiful looks like” “We act like this” “Our masks look like this”. This is no different than how the average teenage mind may work. Even just people in general if we take a step back.

    And ah, the chess metaphor. I LOVE how the teacher is explaining how YOU yes YOU can take the advantage of a situation and manipulate your brain to how you think “normal” should be. To be quite honest, I am somewhat terrified of how a majority of people I associate with just let life happen. Even if it’s something we do not agree with or believe in, if we just let ourselves be pacifists, we’re not going to get anything accomplished in this world. I would rather be ostracized and ridiculed for having a different mind set, and doing something about my life, than be a lifeless zombie walking around and pretending that I’m a carbon copy of a group I brand myself as.

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    1. VERY deep analysis. Great job, my fellow Post-Structuralist! ;) I love specifically your observations about the girl's place in the Cave allegory. Did you also notice what he said about how in society the Powerful use the less powerful as "pawns?" (well, that is the allusion). I caught that more clearly the second watch, too.

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  11. For me this film was pretty touching. Now a day it is hard not to wear a mask. To be yourself when the whole world judges you. I loved all the little things put into it to contribute to the bigger picture. One that stood out a lot for me was when the girl changed masks when she went to another group. Its crazy how many people say one thing then go do another, how they can act like one person to your face then turn around a become a completely different person. The message to this film was to take off the “mask”. Be yourself and stop trying to be what everyone wants you to be. As the viewer I took this video pretty hard mostly because of how much I can relate to it. Life can be hard, and being an outsider from everyone can make life so much harder. As people we choose to just change who we are around the world so we don’t become a ostrichsized. I loved the whole meaning to this video, how at the end it showed the girl taking the mask off and becoming who she is. How we should be who we are and stop trying to pretend to satisfy others and focus on satisfying yourself.

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    1. EXACTLY!! And how free she looked...how relaxed! I love what you said about this because we have had this talk in Romeo and Juliet rehearsals. At first, Romeo and Juliet (the people playing them) were so afraid to let go and get lost in the stage romance. They were afraid of what the audience will say, would they laugh? Make fun of them? They LOVE the play we are trying to produce, but they are imprisoned by the fear of other people's opinions.
      Just over the past couple weeks, I have seen Romeo, and now Juliet, too, letting go of that fear. The look of pure surrender and freedom in their face made me shed a few tears of happiness. :)

      Take off the mask. It's SO worth it in the end.

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  12. I thought the video was very interesting and I actually thought it was really neat how they did the whole thing with the masks and how the lessons being taught in the classes could be related to the message of the play. The first teacher brought up the allegory in the cave and I thought it was neat how you could look at everyone in the mask like how the people in the allegory were trapped in a cave. All they had ever known was how to put on a fake mask and pretend to be someone that they aren’t. I also thought of the more important chess pieces as society and social groups in general and how the pawns are everyone in masks being slaves of society and being someone who they aren’t to make the more important people happy. I also liked how the light in the video got brighter when the girl took her mask off and how she actually seemed really happy after she took her mask off even though everyone else thought she was crazy. This can be connected to the allegory of the cave again because she was freed from the mask (or the cave) and she sees how the world is more beautiful if you just be yourself.

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    1. You noticed the look of bliss on her face, too. :) That is also what struck a chord with me.

      I loved the integration of the Allegory of the Cave and the Chess pieces, too. It really added to the story. The masks "trap" us. In the end, by removing her mask, the girl found freedom. Such a wonderful thing.

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  13. I found the video to be very profound in how it portrayed so many aspects of human nature in such simple terms. The masks both represented human emotions and the hiding of one's true self, but also the facade of anonymity we all share. Because of how uncomfortable we are with our true selves, we often throw up "shells" of how we are supposed to act instead of giving our true response to our environment, and I believe the director did a great job of showing this. I also found it interesting how the writer pulled in Plato's Cave Allegory. This further expands on the idea of being trapped by our own "masks". One final thing I found very interesting from the film was the scene where the girl's mask breaks. For me, this represents how even the simplest thing can "shatter" our perceptions of ourselves and the people around us. In some cases, it may be as simple as accidentally tripping on someone else, but for that girl, it forced her to reconsider herself. It made her see who she truly was, and that is sometimes enough to change others as well (as the video showed).

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    1. Okay, first of all this quote: "the facade of anonymity we all share" would just be gorgeous on a mural of masquerade masks somewhere. Does anyone else see that? Great phrase!! Yes. Sometimes, shattering our perceptions of ourselves is the place where we finally find the freedom of truth. I loved how you pointed out that this "place" can be literally stumbled upon by accident or coincidence.

      Of course, I don't believe in coincidence. ;)

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  15. When I first heard about this video I thought it would be extremely "creepy" like my friends described it to be. However, I thought that the sudden creepy movements and actions helped emphasize her confusion and need for action. The video as you mentioned is about identity. I believe the main message is that we all have a "shared" identity and that we are all too afraid to show that we do have separate identities. I thought it was very smart and interesting how the creators of the videos used the teacher teaching the students about certain subjects to highlight the message. I also noticed in the video how the pictures the protagonist created were possibly about her childhood and how even her parents didn't have faces(her role models). One of the lessons that the teacher taught about was the allegory of the cave and how once one is freed it is then their job to free the others. Another lesson highlighted was the rules of chess (rules of life) in which the pawns are meant to be taken advantage of. I also noticed that beauty was seen as a yellow mask from the poster. I thought it was smart of the creators to have the protagonists mask be intricate and beautiful in contrast to cultural norm. The people also switched masks to fit in to certain groups which I feel isn't always a bad thing because one needs to at least a sense of belonging. I think the authors exaggerated this to get their point across. I noticed in the end how the girl decided to take off her mask and show her true self. She walked out and across the school showing her freedom and difference (as if to be an example to help free others from their cave).

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    1. Once again, I am very taken by how articulate you are in your posts. You have a great "writer's mind," as you notice those details. :)
      I always got creeped out when I would hear the catch phrase "There is no I in team." Something in my soul just discerned that as uncomfortable. Dangerous. While teamwork is important, the thing that MAKES teamwork successful is the joining of several "I's" with their unique gifts and talents.
      Celebrating the "I" is important. I love your last statement pointing out the "freedom" that there is to be different...to be the one to light the way to Individual and Independence (which, as it just so happens, adds up to FOUR I's!) ;)

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  16. At first, this video was extremely confusing for me. I couldn't tell exactly what was happening and the movements seemed to be random. As is often the case with such videos, everything came together at the end of the video.

    The video shows a girl removing a mask, and smiling, and then goes back to show the events leading up to it. Throughout the day, there are many groups of people wearing the same mask who are talking among themselves. A class is shown being taught Plato's Allegory of the Cave, which has symbolic significance in relation to the message of the video. Oddly, the girl is shown wearing a mask that does not match anyone else's, and she is constantly being shown to be alone. This indicates that her mask is pointless, and not doing anything for her benefit. The masks are not physically present in the real world, but represent the different personalities that we take on depending on our situation. We see many different people wearing the same mask, and changing masks to fit the group they are with. This is also true of life, as we act differently in different situations, being louder or quieter, bolder or subtler, and so on. Ultimately, the main character ends up breaking her mask accidentally, and discovers that she likes the way she is without it. Her mask hadn't fit with anyone else's in the first place, and it hadn't been doing anything for her. She was trapped and not gaining anything, only hiding herself and being restricted. This is similar to the people trapped in the cave from Plato's Allegory of the Cave which was presented earlier in the video. The cave was not helping those within it, but heavily restricting them. Yet it was all they had ever known, and they were not going to leave it. When one of the prisoners was finally released and forced to go to the surface, they were at first blinded by the sun and terrified. However, they came to love everything they saw in their new world of freedom, and felt it was their duty to go back and to tell everyone else of the world that waited for them. In the video, the girl's mask is accidentally broken, not intentionally. But once she realizes that she likes herself without it, she goes out to spread that truth to the rest of the people. The others are shocked by her lack of a mask, and as with the Allegory of the Cave, we are not told what ends up happening, because that is not the important part. The important part is the realization that we can be our true selves, and not be restricted and trapped in a way that does nothing but harm us.

    -Duncan Robinson

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    1. GREAT points. I especially love how you pointed out in the end that the realization that we can be our true selves is the important part...not whether or not the others believed her. In the end, it wasn't about "them," anyway. :)

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  17. The video put an interesting perspective to the idea of not knowing who you are, but I think the main thing in this video is nobody truly knows who they are. At the end of the day, we're all still wearing masks. For the popular girls wearing the yellow masks, even though they knew where they belonged they were still covering up a part of them. In my opinion, everyone feels this way. Between balancing multiple portions of your life, you feel like your a thousand different people and with that you lose track of who you are. It's scary but it's also common.
    Although one thing the video didn't show was the teachers never wore masks either. No matter who you are, youth or adult sometimes we need to wear different masks. The teacher who was teaching the classroom might've been going through a similar identity crisis. I believe losing yourself can happen at any age. It seems like a bigger deal when you're younger but as you grow up, we get involved in many things and invested in other people to the point where we don't realize just how many different people we've become.
    To me, the main message of the video was "Be yourself because everybody else is taken." Her mask was already different than everybody else's and such as other girls in the video, she couldn't put on a new mask to blend in to another crowd. She was born to stand out. In a way though, we all are born to stand out.
    We all have our own unique personality and we all enjoy more than just one thing. It's safer to stay with your own group. It's easier to stay the same. It's challenging to allow yourself to be different.

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    1. Love what you said about being born to stand out. We ALL are here for a purpose that is unique and cannot be filled by ANYONE else. If we are wearing a mask, and pretending to be what we are not, who will fill that purpose?
      I noticed, too, on my second watch that the teachers aren't wearing a mask. While I do believe (from personal experience) that as we get older, we don't care as much about what others think, I agree with you that we don't lose insecurity. Its a crazy, judgmental world out there. Great post!

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  18. This video was about identity and how high school students struggle with trying to figure that out. The masks represented a certain group or community within the school. The main character had a different mask than all the others, I also found her drawings quite interesting, she showed her struggles through art. During the lesson on the cave allegory, I immediately thought that the cave was us, and the people inside trying to get out was the part of us that we don't necessarily show at all times. When the girl walked past the poster about what being beautiful looks like I automatically thought that wasn't true, her mask was more beautiful than the other girls, and yet society made her think otherwise just because she was different. When she finally did take off her mask and realized that she was okay without it, it was very symbolic of her to throw it on the ground, making it official that she didn't need it, she was going to be herself and that was good. I really enjoyed this video and I thank you for sharing it with us (:

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    1. You are welcome! This really struck me: "I immediately thought that the cave was us, and the people inside trying to get out was the part of us that we don't necessarily show at all times." That is a very interesting and unique take on an old allegory. Loved that you shared that, because I learned from it, as well!

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  19. This short film is speaking to the teenager population becasuse in a high school setting there are always kids who stand out, or are different. What I found interesting was the sign that said "This is what beautiful looks like", and then there was a group of girls standing around the sign that wore that same mask, I thought of the Plastics from Mean Girls. The message this film is trying to portray is that your image doesn't matter and to stay true to yourself under the pressure of the kids around you. As seen in the video there were groups of kids who wore the same masks and one part showed a girl taking one off to show she had more then one group of friends. I believe the message of this film was to stay true to yourself and not limit yourself to one particular group of people, take a risk in being different. As a viewer I found it most interesting the types of mask chosen because the color scheme in a way matched the groups personality. I say the group has one personality because that particular group all wears the same mask meaning they are either similar or exactly alike and the girl with the white elegant mask was the only one who wore that mask making her an individual. From the beginning of the video she cared about what others thought about her, by the end of the video she didn't care, she just wanted to be herself.

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    1. OOOO!! I really like what you noticed about the color choices!! Such a great point. Her mask was white (innocence) and the red masks (bold) seem to be those of the jocks. Great catch, Aly!

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  20. I found the short film to be... somewhat lackluster. While the message was… profound, I suppose, Kalhil Adames chose to portray it in a very unoriginal way; masks have been done so many times, it’s become a common term: put on a mask to hide our true selves, blah blah blah. To me, it’s not special. I think it’s beautifully done, but it has no effect on me, because of how often I’ve seen it. However, even though the basic idea was one that has been recited many different times in many different ways, The video does explore some new territory. Somewhere around the two and a half minute mark, the somewhat tubby girl pulls off her mask- only to reveal another mask. One that shows her conformity to a different social group. This shows that not only do people change over time, they change depending on what people they’re around.

    Another aspect of this video I particularly liked was the fact that everyone had a mask. When I was a Freshman, my entire grade was made to do a short essay on the video “You Are Not Special”. I reference this video a lot; it’s very applicable. In a lot of cases, regarding books and movies, anyway, the protagonist has some aspect of him or her to show how he/she has broken through the mold society has made for him/her.This video recognizes that, in their own ways, everyone masks things about themselves; that doesn’t make them special. Of course, in the end, I don’t think the director could help himself… The conformist girl who was actually different all along broke through the mold. But in the entire school, the entire country, the entire world… you can’t believe she’s the only one.

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    1. While I agree, the mask theme is done A LOT, the fact that Adames brings in other elements...the Cave allegory, the commentary about chess (we are all pawns) and how that seemed to resonate and eventually influence the girl's decision to remove her mask and take that "walk outside of the cave" was a stroke of creative brilliance. Maybe she's not the only one, but she becomes the character of focus in this story.

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  21. This short film was about how teens hide themselves behind masks. They are afraid to be themselves. Society has created a way on how every teen girl should look or how every teenage boy should look. For example, there was a group of teenage girls around a poster about how beautiful is supposed to look. Every girl in the circle had the same mask on. They all wanted to look exactly like how the poster said beautiful would should be. I feel like the girls in the circle are insecure about how they look. They are afraid of being bullied or being different because they do not look like how beautiful is supposed to be. As the viewer I was confused in the beginning of the video. I was not sure what was happening or what we were supposed to notice. Her movements were very random. I feel like this is when people around you are trying to make you into someone you aren't. I like how in the end of the video, she takes of her mask and walks around, fearless. While everyone else is behind their mask watching her.

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    1. I loved the end, too...like she is "walking out of the cave." I like how you really focused on the yellow mask part of the film. Young women particularly are "told" by society in MANY ways how we are supposed to look, and what beautiful looks like (as if it has some formula). It is crushing to the spirit, isn't it?

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  22. The video was about 'identity' and how is viewed as now in society. By looking, dressing, or acting a certain way in order to fit in. The main character in this video was shy, sad, and hurt by the way her body language was showing. Throughout the video she's just looking around at people and analyzing how different she is from all of them. At the end of the video she looks in the mirror and takes off her mask showing that she's not afraid to be herself anymore. The message is that everyone is different in their own unique way, and you shouldn't be afraid to show it. You are one of a kind. As a viewer, i thought this was literal, because everyone has a 'mask' from the moment they step foot out the door. Society expects so much from one person that behind walls anyone may be crying, going through depression, having suicidal thoughts, or problems at home that once they get to school or work that 'mask' automatically comes on making the world think that nothing is wrong with you until you have that breaking point of being tired of being someone you're not. Everyone was born an original, therefore we should NOT live life as a copy.

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    1. This is my favorite post Amanda, because I feel like I now see you more truly. :) GREAT points are made here...very deep ones. I love that you pointed out body language here (SO important in acting and in creating a scene) and that you added that what people see is a copy --it's what we think people want to see. Behind the mask, there may be tears. Great analysis.

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  23. The video was showing peoples identities and how we see each other as people. It clearly shows that we as people act differently to conform with what we think others would like to see us as. At the end of the video you can see the main girls mask break when she falls, and that seems like it is symbolizing the moment that she realized that she doesn't have to be like everyone else, and she can finally take off the mask and show her true personality. It shows that she is not afraid of what people will think of her and that is the message that the video wants to send to everyone, to help them become their own person.

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  24. In the begining of the video you immideatley see that the theme is masks. We all wear masks, to fit in or even to stand out. This girl in the video is struggling with her idenity as well as her fear of what others think of her. I love the seen of the girl in the masks sheds hers just to reveal another. I have seen this so many times, not people taking off a mask but people switching idenities to fit in with a certain group. That is my biggest pet peeve ever. Fake people, and others making fun of individuals that are just being themselves. You should be comfortable with who you are. The video in class today talked about theres too many "I's" or "me's". I disagree in a way. There is not enough, even though we tend to focus on ourselves we do not focus on our true selves but rather the self. we have created that others except.

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    1. I agree that we need more I (individuality--as you see above, I always was creeped out by the saying "there is no I in Team") but I think the second video is trying to point out our need to understand or identify with and be compassionate towards others. By being ourselves first, we can accomplish that...but ONLY if we take off our masks first. :)

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  25. The video is about how people all wear masks because that is what is expected of us. Everyone was shown wearing masks and matching theirs with what group they were hanging out with. They had to fit in and make sure that they weren't standing out in any way. The girl was all alone though, her mask different from all the others and not sitting or hanging out with anyone. She was an outcast while still trying to conform. She realized that the masks are only there for the people around you. Everyone was wearing the masks to fit in, and she even saw at one point someone changing their masks to fit in with another group. They were only conforming because others expected it. So the girl took off her mask and felt free because trying to conform is exhausting, especially when she didn't even have a specific group to hang out with. She realized that she didn't have to hide her true self. She could be who she wanted and not conform to expectations. As a viewer I think that we should take away from the video that we should be true to ourselves, and not try to do something that only hurts ourselves in the end and doesn't help us in any way. We should love ourselves because it's our life and trying to live our lives because of expectations of others is pointless and hurtful. Love yourself and let your personality shine.

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    1. So agree that conforming, while it may feel "safe" is so exhausting! There is a freedom in letting go of trying to please everyone else.

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  26. The video was relatively.. creepy, in a way for me. I don't feel comfortable thinking about everyone wearing a mask like that and it can be very intimidating in a way that you don't really know who is really behind that mask. This is why I don't entirely trust people as well. There's a lot of aspects of our society that has everyone acting like drones because of the problems and hatred coming out of being different. This video further validates this due to the girl being very different in the way of her mask, which i thought was actually beautifully designed, unlike the rest of them that were just flat colors.. this video reminds me of how iv'e always felt out of place most of the time because i am obviously different from quite a few people. I have similarities, but i don't follow popular trends and such and i'm less tolerant and kind, but i'm less tolerant in areas dealing with people spreading rumors and also talking about peoples lives without permission and such. I did notice that the cave allegory was brought up as well. I had a hard time understanding that story when i first read it last year in government. I liked how they brought it into the video. I noticed a poster about the girls in the yellow masks being the beautiful one's. This is something i have to deal with quite a bit in my life, because for most of my life my appearance has been put down, which it effects my self esteem now. It sucks. And i feel sorry for anyone that has to go through it and has it worse off then i did because being called names and such just isn't something that you want to have to go through during your life and it can leave you wondering what you ever did to deserve the treatment you are receiving..

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  27. This short film is about exactly what it is called, identity. The girl in the movie was brave enough to stand out of the crowd of masks and be seen for her true face. She didn't hide behind it or change it just to fit in like the others, instead she got rid of it so that they could see her for who she truly is. They showed the literal meaning of a two-faced person. We need to shed our masks and not be afraid to be who we were born to be. If we all fit in, then what's so special about us? We need to ban the masks and the different faces and just stick to our own.

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  28. This short film was about identity, as its properly titled. Throughout most of the film the girl wore a mask as did everyone around her. Everyone hid themselves behind their masks or fake personas, but at the end the girl became brave and she took off her mask and showed her true self. The message behind this film is to not get caught up in hiding yourself. It's meant to show that it's okay to be who you really are. I really enjoyed this film. In the beginning it was a little confusing but at the end it all came full circle and I understood it. I thought it was very intriguing and inspirational. I think most of us spend a lot of our time trying to hide our true selves but it can be exhausting. As this film showed we shouldn't be so afraid to do that because as the saying goes those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.

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  29. This video was very powerful! Your identity in this sense consists roughly of what makes you unique as an individual and different from others. Personally, I think it is good that everyone has their own personality because if we didn't this world would be boring. It is interesting that people think it is better to hide their identity then let it shine through. I also thought it was interesting how there were some individuals with the same colored masks. Maybe the different colored masks signify communities in the school environment. As the viewer, this video makes me want to make sure that I stay true to my identity. The message of this video is truly inspiring because it shows that you do not have to be two-faced for someone to like you.

    P.S I found this quote that I though directly related to the video....
    The quote is, "Everyone being different is what is really beautiful. If we were all the same, it would be boring" said by Tila Tequila.

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  30. As everyone else has stated above me, this video is supposed to comment on the fact that as people we all wear masks, never show our true selves, and basically live behind false identities. I understand the whole pint, and I'm sure it's touching to most people. But for me, I feel like that's just been repeated over and over. As if it's some profound new concept, that is breaking ground. Its not. I've been through enough in my life to know when someone has a "mask" up. I will try to get it off. But some people have to hide themselves, because they'll get hurt. I don't think putting up walls is bad, which is what masks are. As long as you don't build them too high.

    I just know, that I would like to live in a world where we didn't have to claim that everyone was wearing a mask, or building tall walls, I would like to believe I live in a place where more often than not, people are open, and are who they say they are. I want to believe we are better than this. That we've gotten beyond this. Because there's so much more, then claiming we are never ourselves, and always have so many masks. Because your mask can be you, and that is okay. People are different people when they are around different people. Its natural. I don't act the same around myself, compared to with other people.

    Really, tonight, and on this matter, I have nothing profound to say. People are just people, and they act differently, and that's normal, that's fine. That shouldn't be looked down upon, really.

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  31. To be honest this video kind of creeped me out haha. The message that this short film is trying to say is that everyone has their own kind of masks on, but it only took one brave girl to change the way people thought of themselves. I think everyone has different masks that they wear to fit it or for whatever reason. It sad to think that people in our society dont feel like they would be accepted to just be themselves. It only to one girl to stand up and take her mask off and it changed the way everyone else viewed things. Change starts with you, be yourself and take off your masks, thats what I got personally from this short film.

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  32. (published with two responses because the character limit decided to be a jerk tonight |:)

    Rather than take the time to explain what I saw in the video you shared (in depth, since I'll still make brief mentions of it throughout my response), I'd rather skip to the part where I talk about how it made me feel. (I'm under the impression I may lose points for not answering the first two questions, however my writing bug didn't feel like touching them when everyone else has.)

    Brilliant use of figurative conception, really. I've often used the mask analogy for myself, for multiple reasons; first being that I never quite had a constant sense of identity to begin with. My entire teenage life has been nothing but irregular behavior, contradicting beliefs and ever-changing interests coming and going in sporadic phases — sometimes lingering and other times loosing their ability to maintain their significance. This could be due to the fact that I'm gifted, or maybe, I have borderline personality disorder (which would make sense, but I digress). I don't quite know the actual reasons behind this but both of those seem satisfactory reasons for me, and they're the ones I often give because they're so relevant to me and my daily conduct and feelings — although I do believe I need proper clarification for this from a professional who knows what they're talking about.

    Secondly, I feel as though I'm always trying to monitor myself and the things I say for the sake of other people. It's a double-edged sword, really. If I don't say what I want to say and I'm passive-aggressive and the like, I don't feel as though I'm being true to myself and what I'm actually thinking because I'm having to sugarcoat things so other people will actually take the time to listen. They develop a warped conception of me and think of me highly and don't have the capacity to get frustrated with things, and when I do it's shocking to them. However, when I am blunt and honest about things, it's really easy for people to interpret me as being rude and uncalled for, so I end up hurting those around me and think to myself — is it really worth it?

    Despite so, I've developed an uncanny sense of abrasiveness in my speech and the way I address certain instances; I think after a while I just stopped caring. That piece of my mask has long since chipped away — it's the interests and things people associate with me that are confusing, things I was never able to really figure out myself. Other people can't vouch for me, either. If I don't know who I am (when it comes to what I like), how are other people supposed to know?

    I behave differently around different people which is another aspect of the crumbling mask I wear (and I use crumbling because my work against it is slowly starting to make it erode); who doesn't? Everyone would be lying if they said they didn't at least acknowledge acceptance.

    That girl in the video seemed miserable. She was alone throughout its entirety, and isolated from everyone else simply because her mask was different.

    ... Because her identity clashed with everyone else's.

    She didn't have the ability to shift her mask like some people and blend in with a corresponding group, a community with the same mask — she was only capable of keeping her own mask on and just relying on survival and not socialization. (The video has a negative connotation though; some people don't mind isolating themselves — but I think I'll address this some other time, seeing as it doesn't really fit into what I'm trying to say.)

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    1. I used to behave this way. I was angry with the world and grew more disinterested in it with every passing day and I wouldn't make an effort to speak to anyone I felt wasn't necessary to even properly address. I don't know where this irrational anger came from and I have no idea why I even thought the way I did. It wasn't until I was older when I learned how to actually look at things for the beauty that was hidden beneath the surface and not just scratch at it, thinking i'll be happy with the little nick I made during my pathetic exploration.

      This fits well with the mask analogy. You're not going to be happy with what you have until you look underneath — reveal the diamond within the rough.

      I can relate so much to this, or I at least understand what it's trying to address. We're all dressed-up, fake people in a materialistic world. We lost value in our true selves because we felt as though pleasing other people would give us more satisfaction in life; this couldn't be any more sad. I don't know what disappoints me more — that notion alone, or the fact that I was just like that at some point. I tried so hard to please everyone around me that I almost forgot who I was; I couldn't account for my own personal opinions and sensations because they were almost nonexistent.

      The idea of not having anything to call my own terrifies me.

      I still wear remnants of a mask and I always will, not out of desire but out of a genuine lack of understanding when it comes to my interests and behavior. That doesn't mean I'm going to stop trying to figure out who I am.

      All I ever really wanted was a definite sense of identity and I hope that one day, I'm able to establish one.

      There's more that I wanted to address but I think it's best I cut off before this turns into a novel.

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    2. Okay, there are two statements here that I REALLY love, because they got to my soul: "It wasn't until I was older when I learned how to actually look at things for the beauty that was hidden beneath the surface and not just scratch at it, thinking i'll be happy with the little nick I made during my pathetic exploration." Trust me. You are right. You WILL be happy with the nick you made. It taught you something about you, and it taught you something about the world. You will be better for that lesson. The hero always has scars. As long as he is still standing, it is a sign of triumph in battle, not a defeat.

      Here is the second great one: "I still wear remnants of a mask and I always will, not out of desire but out of a genuine lack of understanding when it comes to my interests and behavior. That doesn't mean I'm going to stop trying to figure out who I am." NEVER stop. The mask might need to be removed in layers, not all at once. Maybe that was what the director was alluding to with the nick in her mask. It's a slow burn. You will establish who you are, but it will be in layers. Don't feel badly about needing to "censor" yourself at times. Sometimes, NOT sharing what we feel in the moment we feel it is just wisdom in a situation. It's learning when silence is golden, and when it's time to stand up for what we believe (even if we're standing alone) that help us really define our beliefs, which is the heart of who we are. :)

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  33. Everyone is different, we all know that but do we all believe it? Many people change certain aspects of who they are to fit in wearing a mask of sorts with that group, or others put on a mask every time they leave the house and no one has seen underneath the mask. The video wants us to let go of our masks and embrace who we truly are. Even if all we've ever wanted to do was keep that mask in place, the video tells us to take it off and enjoy the freedom it gives you. This girl's mask looks very different from others in the video, as hers has multiple designs all over it most of the others only have one or two designs and none of them are unique. Taking off her mask seems to lift a burden off of her shoulder and impresses the people around her as well. Maybe some of people need their masks, as they wake up every morning and hate what they see, or maybe that is a function of the society that raised them? depends on who you ask, and who is asking the question...

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    1. Love that you brought up the fact that some people NEED that mask. They would rather enjoy the prison they know than pursue the risk of freedom.

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  34. This video really hit home for me. The biggest message it delivered for me was that your identity makes up who you are, and you lose sight of that trying to blend with a crowd. The mask you wear, per say, may not be who you are, what your beliefs are, or the truth inside you; but you when you wear it to blend with society, you allow society to define you, and not embrace your makeup of who you are.

    To see the term of "hiding who you are behind a mask" in a literal sense throughout the video, was kind of creepy and eye opening all at once. It displayed how we let society label who we are in a very visual way. In life, it's difficult to tell when someone is being true to themselves, or changing who they are to fit societies "standards". To see the actual grouping in the video through a representation with the mask puts it in front of me just how manipulating society is to group us into these clans. It's frustrating. In the video, like Josh also mentioned, for the girl it seems like such a burden to have to carry that mask that isn't truly even her. The relief of taking it off was huge.

    For one, I do think it would be so much easier if everyone lifted their own masks and would be comfortable with who they are, not allowing society to shape them so much. But, the reality is, it is so difficult to do that when society already has this "standard" and sort of regulation of how you need to be. I'm just trying to conclude with the idea that I understand we should embrace who we are, and not let society define our identity. And I am completely for it! To be honest, I would love to be 100% comfortable in my own skin and show the world I am as well. I just wish reality made that easier.

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    1. Yes...so true. Do you ever stop and wonder, where does this "standard," this "formula for beauty" come from? Ironically, I believe it initially comes from people who stood out at first, and now we all want to be like them. It just seems there is this hole in all of us we are desperately trying to fill. We think "if I'm like them, the ones everyone loves, I will be fulfilled." Sadly, that is not the case.

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  35. Well, I'm not going to lie. This video was a little disturbing, but very truthful.

    It seems like a world where everyone is fake. A fake community. Everyone wants to blend in and be accepted. That's where the mask come in. These instruments are used to hide the truth, to give a false perception. The young girl is hiding under a mask. She observes everyone around her. Not one of them (except the teachers) are genuine. However, something click for her. As she staggered to the bathroom, a part of her mask chips off. Eventually, she has enough courage to show her true self. Everyone is amazed.

    I think the message is clear in the video. So much of our society is fake. We hide behind mask to hide ourselves. We are ashamed or afraid of being judged and its this fear that drives us to do things that seem absolutely crazy to people on the outside.

    As a reader, I can totally see this happening today in our lives. We just want to be liked. So, if that means altering ourselves to fit a perfect mold for others, so be it. Its such a flawed system. A sad system.

    One question still remains. What was the driving force that made the girl take her mask off? I think that it was because she saw a glimpse of her true self under the chip in her mask. She realized that her mask wasn't doing its job anymore. I wasn't hiding herself. So, she took it off. It was a brave move and I admire her for doing that.

    This video was a real eye opener. I hope that I never hide under a mask. I hope I never get to a point that I am such a "people pleaser" that I change myself for their sake. Imagine a world where nobody felt judged. We would be so much closer as human beings.

    “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
    -Dr. Seuss

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    1. Such a sweet Seuss quote!! LOVE that one!
      Here is what I love about YOUR words--very powerful: "We just want to be liked. So, if that means altering ourselves to fit a perfect mold for others, so be it. Its such a flawed system. A sad system."
      That gave me chills. It is a sad system. You will see soon enough, but something about the way you wrote this reminded me of the author Markus Zusak. You show that you see it really is a system that rips little pieces from us. That is very sad, indeed.

      I also love this: "One question still remains. What was the driving force that made the girl take her mask off? I think that it was because she saw a glimpse of her true self under the chip in her mask. She realized that her mask wasn't doing its job anymore. I wasn't hiding herself. So, she took it off. It was a brave move and I admire her for doing that." We seem to admire those who take risks and stand out. Maybe the answer is instead of imitating them, we let ourselves be INSPIRED by them, and go out and dream, create, and become the "Me" we are supposed to be.

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  36. This video was very touching and everyone can relate to it. Everyone wears masks whether it is at work, school, or even at home. Even I wear a mask to hide what my real personality is. The video was about a girl who wears a mask just like everyone else at her school. Eventually, by the end of the video she takes off her mask to reveal her true personality. I think that her personality was she loved to draw, because she is seen with a drawing notebook many times throughout the video. I also think this is why her mask is decorated and colorful, and no one else's is. The message of the video is to take off your mask and be yourself. Don't let what the world thinks is right change who you really are.

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  37. The short film is about the way people hide who they truly are, whether it’s to fit in or out of fear. I believe the message is that you can never be truly happy living a lie. In the film, the mask the girl wore had a sad expression. So did she when her face was visible, but when she discarded the mask she finally smiled. As they say, the truth will set you free. As a viewer, I interpreted it to be inspirational in that it encourages you to be your true self instead of hiding behind whatever masks you’ve created to protect yourself from others.

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