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Humanities Core- Notes on The Cold War and the Manchurian Canidate

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These notes cover the first two lectures taught by professor Szalay. The notes discuss the Cold War and the Manchurian Canidate
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Humanities Core- The Cold War/The Manchurian Canidate
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French Revolution­ Access to that war is mediated through print and newspaper  It was a world war because it saw no boundaries and limits  Cold war­ Media becomes a theatre of war. War is fought on the media    Mediation­ filtered from particular point of view. Things never come to us in some absolute  clarity. We only experience the world through intermediaries.   what we saw was immediate, but it was limited    1. Why describe the Cold War as a time of “anxiety” as opposed to other words?  As opposed to other words, anxiety is negative, severe, broad, and pervasive. Other words that  could have been used is worried, fear, panic, and nervous. We used the word anxiety because  it's more serious and it's more broad. Anxiety could also be potentially debilitating. Pervasive  has to do with total war, where the war is everywhere.   States were constantly in fear of other states increasing their national security, such as nuclear  proliferation. There were two main ideas that were spreading: communism and capitalism.  There is no war like it's kind. It’s a precedent. People are scared that their neighbor is a  communist  2. How does the mediation of war affect our attitudes towards it?  Mediation is forms of representation. Not all bias is bad. Good bias is Because things are  filtered from a particular point of view, our attitudes are determined by that point of view. We  don't get to see things as they actually are, and as a result our attitudes is shaped by  intermediaries. The mediation of war is experienced by other people. It’s their attitudes.  Because it’s not our experiences, we are more inclined to follow those attitudes    Rough draft due next Wednesday  “that x that turns anybody who is subjected to it into a thing” It dehumanizes them, it limits or  completely takes away their agency. The Weil essay is not the only secondary source, you need  something else. You can find a scholarly such as something in the Cold War or a secondary  source about movies, film techniques, film at the time of the Cold War, film theory.    Fraternity­ The brotherhood of soldiers     In all of the questions, use Weil’s definition of force: “that x that turns anybody who is subjected  to it into a thing”   a phenomenon that turns people into things. A phenomena that restricts or destroys a person’s  agency    Fraternity and Motherhood  Brotherhood is the band of soldiers. His brotherhood takes away his agency. Motherhood  shapes you. They tell you what to do. His mother told him to kill his girlfriend’s dad and his  girlfriend.         Authority and testimony  Authority implies power. Authority controls individuals, including his thoughts, memory, and  actions. HIs girlfriend unintentional brainwashes him. She wears the card costume We can say  authority is not dependent on an individual person. Testimony can be biased and selective that  portrays a particular point of view  The senator’s wife controls him, even though he is the one who should be influencing his state.      Eleanor Shaw Scene:  You can feel the presence of the camera and you feel as though your presence is identified with  Raymond. Crucial to her plan is  bullet and speech. speech is military equipment that will have  an extreme effect.   The Implication of this scene:  Media is a new kind of arena for fighting in war. Media is a weapon in war.    McCarthy’s “Lincoln Day Speech” of February 9,   Lincoln keeps showing up this movie. This implies something about assassination and  conspiracy.    The Role of Consumerism and Media  Johnny Iceland kept changing amount of communist. In this scene,  Heinz ketchup is present.  This indication of consumerism dictates the number of communists.    Historical Contingency  the opposite of inevitability. War is an example of war with many causes. A cultural text, such as  the Manchurian Candidate, has many causes for its making.  Forget multiplicity of causes. Forget historical contingency. Things happen because conflict  between good and evil, right from wrong. We receive simple solutions to this binary. The person  directing the conspiracy is an agent. He wields a kind of control. They are placeholder for what  we don't have. Our participation gives us license to be the enemy we are scared of because this  gives us agency to control    Agency​ .  Human spirit is modified with its relation to force. Human agency can control their own fate, but  remember there is force. Greek gods were personification of force. Conspiracy by definition  requires more than one person to plan. It's a collective human agency. it makes things  recognizable to us. Raymond’s agency? he is a vessel through which forces act. He is a  medium for someone else’s agency.    Questions to consider concerning agency  ● What kind of agency is capitalism? what kind of agency is force? Who posses the  agency in this film? Who is the one who is actually pulling the trigger?    Ideology:  Ideology is things that compel your body  Richard Condon said the movie is about “all american brainwashing”        ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­    Seminar  1. Explain the 2 possible interpretations of the film from lecture  ● The movie says communism is bad  ● All Americans are brainwashed by Capitalism  ● These are examples of ideologies­ An ideology is how we view things(orientalism,  communism, capitalism, languages of meaning. Things that compel your body­ agency  or how we use our bodies. thinking about stuff affects bodies  Communism  Collective  Equality  Collective  Limited Freedom    Capitalism  Freedom of Choice: leads to becoming materialistic and other downsides  Individualism  Greed  Competition  2. What role does authorial intent play in our interpretations  What the author intended what the text or film to mean     


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