Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The power of words

Thanks to blogger great James Ure for this:

While the meaning of the film may seem forthright, I do think it is worth a a good bit of chin-scratch pondering.

And, of course, because of the focus of this blog [Homelessness!], and the sometimes-spiked writing style of this blogger [perhaps], a man sitting by a sign hoping to get money is of particular interest.

The "negative" response I have to this film is that it seems to support an "advertising" sensibility and emotional manipulation as opposed to a very straightforward appeal.

Must everything have a sub-rosa element that works on us outside our direct awareness?

On the other hand, it is good for us to be socially aware of each other and to comprehend "the other's" experience.

It is also true that there are times when we must be more aggressive in how we say something to get to the deeper truth of things. Powerful words and powerful connotations are sometimes not only better but quite necessary.



Blogger Buddhist_philosopher said...

I just responded to your comments at my post on this: http://americanbuddhist.blogspot.com/2011/04/power-of-words.html

I see we were thinking along *mostly* the same lines :)

April 20, 2011 at 4:40 PM  

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