Diversity of Language

Have you ever thought about language? Language is a way to communicate, either spoken or written, through the use of words in a structured and conventional way. Of course there are many different languages out in the world. Take the show Doctor Who for example; the Doctor and his companion travels to many places and every time, there is always a different language that they speak. However thanks to the TARLES (the time machine) the machine translate the language so that the companion can understand their language. Unfortunately though, life isn’t as easy as it is in Doctor Who, language is something that everyone struggles due to the amount of languages out in the world. This barrier of language causes miscommunication between people and is why their is such a huge diversity between people in general.

In my opinion, I believe schools in general should focus more about language than anything. There has been many cases where due to an misunderstanding, leads to a conflict that shouldn’t had happened in the first place. While its true that there are far too many languages in general to learn, at least learning the top most common language in the world, like english for example, can open many doors that hasn’t been open before. In todays society, language is a basic skill that everyone is expected to learn so it shouldn’t hurt to learn some more and besides, it’s never too late to learn a language and their culture.

 

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Doctor Who Identity #2

The last post done from yours truly, it was about identities of the characters from Doctor Who and how a lonely Dalek (the last species of their kind) was lost as to who he should be; what his identity is. A recent episode I’ve watch however, reminded me of the episode Dalek once more and the identity about Dalek’s in general. The two episodes: Dalek and The Parting of Ways, both relate to one another of the struggle of identity.

From the episode of “The Parting of Ways” we discovered that the Dalek race has lived through the Time War thanks for the help of the Dalek Emperor. He then explains that by mixing dead human bodies with the little pieces left of the Dalek’s he was able to revive the Dalek race little by little. This little information is interesting because like Rose pointed out “wouldn’t that make the Dalek’s part human?” The Emperor denies this statement by getting rid of anything related to humans through the years that the Dalek’s control the human race.

As we know, its possible for Dalek’s to become part human because that’s what happened to a Dalek as he absorb a part of Rose’s DNA. We also know however, that this can drive a Dalek crazy in a whole other level; crazy to the point that a Dalek would commit suicide. This type of craziness can be seen as the Dalek’s tries to get rid anything human related. Even the Doctor points this out by stating the fact that the Dalek’s hates the stink of humanity, to the point that they hate their own existence. This is why they get rid anything human related, that way they’re not reminded that the Daleks are part human.

The Dalek’s tries anything possible to avoid their true identity despite their intelligence. The emperor has a mind set that they are pure Dalek’s and that he is God. Just the fact that he believes that he’s a God is prove that he’s part human more than he believes. The belief of a God in general, is a human believe that the Dalek’s didn’t had before. Basically, the Emperor and the Dalek’s in general are contradicting themselves to think that their not part human.

Media and Entertainment: Corrupting Societal Perspectives

Our modern world is full of misconceptions. Many of these result from false depictions created by various forms of media and entertainment. While there are many forms of media and entertainment that do provide truthful ideas, too many others tend to distort images of the truth. Other forms, like films and television shows, understand that their ideas can be fictional and useful at the same time; however, many individuals watching these may not recognize the difference between fictional information and overall themes.

In today’s society, many news stations share information containing overwhelming amounts of bias. This often relates back to the political orientation of the specific station. Unfortunately, most stations fail to separate their own bias from the news they are providing to their viewers. This slight distortion of the truth can cause many individuals to interpret information falsely, ultimately leading to misconceptions about what may actually be occurring in society. I believe that news stations must change how they share information to society. They must attempt to eliminate bias in order to help fix societal misconceptions.

While news stations often have the largest impact on changing societal viewpoints, movies also play a major role in influencing how people perceive the world. Films tend to display ideas in very dramatic and convincing ways; this is great for capturing an audience’s attention, but often causes issues as well. Some individuals who watch movies fail to separate the ideas and information portrayed within the movie from reality in our own world. This leads to more problems with misconceptions. People in society need to understand that most films are made simply to entertain or share specific messages and ideas to audiences. Films may provide audiences with aspects of culture and perspectives within a certain time period, but usually do not share entirely factual and accurate accounts of events that occurred. People can easily misinterpret this information when watching a film. People must recognize this situation beforehand to prevent it from occurring.

Television shows, like Doctor Who, typically have the same influence on individuals as movies. However, another problem is that it is also easy to misinterpret the overall message of a show, when looking at it through one’s own biased perceptions. By comparing a show only to personal experiences or opinions, it is easy to categorize the show as good or bad without watching it entirely or understanding it fully. A simple way to solve this problem is to reinforce the idea that one’s own opinion is very limited.

Overall, media and entertainment both have an enormous potential for providing truthful knowledge to audiences; however, this is limited by many factors. From biased opinions in news to misinterpretations of films and shows, misconceptions are very easily formed in our modern society. A similar message to my other discussions, but again very relevant to this post, it will always be important to look outside of one’s own perspective in order to successfully identify the truth.

Don’t Blink

The episode Blink really grabbed my attention and I continued to think about it even after I was done watching it. I am easily frightened and I don’t like watching scary movie and it’s safe to say that I was definitely frightened during this episode. Regardless of the fear I felt, I feel this was the best Doctor Who episode I have watched yet. I loved how they used the weeping angels as the so called “bad guys” in this episode and I really liked sally. I would love if she became one of the Doctor’s companions. I thought this episode had a lot of interesting aspects to it. I liked how well developed the angels were. I think the writers did a tremendous job picking them and using them to instill fear considering that angels are often seen as protective. I also loved how after you are touched by an angel you go to the past. I really enjoyed how Sally and Cathy’s brother were constantly on a hunt for clues and hints as to how to save the Doctor. I thought it was very interesting how the letter delivered to Sally at the beginning of the episode was from Cathy who got touched by an angel and sent into the past. I am a little confused how Billy was sent into the past also but came back to present day much younger than Cathy. This episode really reminds me of Percy Jackson The Lightning Thief.

This episode reminds me of the scene in Percy Jackson when Medusa is chasing Percy and his friends. In that movie, they are not supposed to look at Medusa or they will turn to stone and will be frozen in time. Whereas in this episode of Doctor Who they cannot take their eyes off the stones or they will be sent to the past. Although there are many differences between the two I can’t help but think that the writers of Doctor Who and the writers of Percy Jackson had similar influences when writing these scenes. Another similarity between the two is that the angels cover their eyes because they cannot stand to look at each other and Medusa often wore sunglasses when she was not planning on turning someone to stone. In the end, they killed Medusa but continued to use her to turn other things into stone if they were ever in trouble. In contrast to this the Doctor purposely made the angels look at each other killing them and disabling all their powers forever.

Team Rose

As someone who was new to Doctor Who until this year, I didn’t think I would so quickly turn into one of those fan girls, but I have. One of the opinions I have realized that follows that is the favoritism of the companions. Although I have only seen three main companions, I have an opinion on who is my favorite and why. Although I have a favorite, it doesn’t mean that I do not also like other companions. In my opinion so far, Rose is my favorite companion. Not that I don’t like Martha a lot or appreciate what Donna brought to the table, but Rose has a special place in my heart. Maybe it is because she was my first companion, maybe it is because I love how even though she was an ‘average girl’ she could outsmart the Doctor and think of things he wouldn’t have, or maybe even because I adored the way she and the Doctor slowly fell for each other. Rose had passion, she was witty and sassy, she was smart, but most of all, she was brave. I am sure there will be other companions that I might come to like more than her, but I think she is a tough first to beat.

Doctor Who and His Enemies

In The Doctors universe he faces many an alien as he travels through time most of which are very friendly but there are others who are sinister and evil. Of the enemies The Doctor faces in his travels none are more frightening then the Daleks and the Cybermen. Both of whom instill terror in The Doctor every time he comes face to face with one. More interesting though is the reaction of the Daleks and Cybermen.

The Daleks believe themselves to be the highest and most evolved race in existence void of any feelings and bread purely for the destruction of other races. But all of what the Daleks might want you to think is not what it seems even though they say they have removed emotions there encounters with The Doctor show otherwise. The only true emotion is one of the most primal emotions fear no matter how advance they become they are still afraid.

Now let’s look at the Cybermen a less advanced race built on humans whose goal lies close by that of the Daleks, to conquer the universe. Just like the Daleks their emotions have been suppressed to try and be a more superior being. The two-significant difference between the two races is one that the Daleks are bread into their superiority complex where as the Cybermen are forced into it. With the Cybermen if the person being controlled although has a strong enough will they can overcome the programing and have free will such as in “Doomsday”. The second difference is in how they want to conquer the universe. Daleks would prefer if the entire universe were dead and the only beings left were themselves but the Cybermen would rather assimilate others into being Cybermen.

When the Cybermen and the Daleks meet for the first time in “Doomsday” the most interesting thing that I found was how the Cybermen offered to a line with the Daleks, but they refused even though if they joined forces they would have been an unstoppable force. With their two races being so similar it seems only natural that they would join forces for the common bad so to speak.

With all this talk about the Daleks and the Cybermen I almost forgot about The Doctor. In “Doomsday” one of the Cybermen comments to The Doctor about how his emotions weaken him, yet The Doctor always ends up conquers evil in the end. This idea that The Doctors emotions make him stronger is not lost though on the cult of Skaro or at least on Dalek Sec. Later in the series we find that the Daleks are now trying to become more human under the leadership of Dalek Sec to continue their race which The Doctor complements them on because they are no longer fixated on killing but more on the preservation of life until they kill Dalek Sec. This is a big shift for the Daleks they are learning that for them to be as strong as The Doctor they may need to become more like him and we see that they are not always about killing they can evolve.

Diversity in Doctor Who???

The Doctor is always played by a white male always from somewhere in Britain, or is he? This year the BBC announced that the Doctor will in fact be a woman! What!? That couldn’t be announced unless the BBC is just trying harder at being politically correct, right? Turns out that’s not the only reason why they have finally cast a woman as the Doctor. The show announced that Steven Moffat the head writer and executive producer is stepping down and Chris Chibnall will be filling in his rather large shoes.

Classic who never explored a lot of diversity, yes, there was some but there were also episodes in the show that still anger people of today. For instance, the episode The Talons of Weng Chiang was to be color blind casting however they cast white actors to play the Chinese and they all were the bad guys in the stereotypical ninja way. The BBC fell into the hole that most shows and movies do by using only one part of the entire culture.  

Starting in the New Who there became a sort of ‘era’ of Russell T Davies who managed to include a lot of diversity. He had interracial couples to start off as well as some sexual diversity. Davies also cast Christopher Eccleston as the ninth doctor who grew up in the norther part of Britain and was got to keep his accent to start the show off as appealing to the lower classes of the British population. However, even though he showed he could be diverse the interracial couples never lasted they ended up marrying someone of the same color. But the main point is that he had multiple couples and diversity factors, right?

For series 5 and on Steven Moffat took over as executive producer and head writer. Moffat never included as much diversity by always having straight, white women as the companions. He did have different regions of the United Kingdom represented because Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) is Scottish and then Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswin Oswald) is English. Moffat began to introduce some new and some of the same concepts that maybe Timelords don’t need to stay within a single gender or race. For example, he had Melody Pond who regenerated into a younger black woman and then into River Song. Later the Master regenerated into a woman (Missy). This just leads me to believe that maybe Moffat didn’t know how to include diversity in Doctor Who until he gained a larger experience as head writer.

I cannot wait to see which direction Chibnall takes the female doctor on the show while watching as a fan and for aspects of diversity.