Blog 4: Point of View & Attachment of Meaning, “The Sins of My Father (aka. Cartel)” Cross-Post

Original Post

Instructions

In reference to the movie we watched this week, Sins of My Father, pick a victim’s point-of-view (POV) regarding the film, and address the attachment of meanings per this film for the chosen victim. Remember, there are many different kinds of victim’s portrayed in the film and pertaining to the issue of drug cartel terrorism.

Think beyond the main characters or the obvious, especially if they are already taken. Police, community, media, family members, financial institutions, film-makers, global institutions…

Then, in reference to Global Communication, Chapter 9 “Frames of Reference,” use the theoretical argument about attachment of meanings (essentially the whole chapter) as your contextual framework for your brief, yet concise, discussion of the film, the victim and meanings associated within this mix. (The mix: communication theory, issue, victim and meaning.)

First come, first-served. I would prefer you all to choose different victims and different aspects of meaning related to the film’s communication efforts regarding drug-cartel terrorism. You can even pull in links to current mediated stories as this is an ongoing issue.

Take time to research your POV and how you will comment touching on all three aspects of this comment. Your communication counts too!

My Response

Sins of My Father illustrates the direct narrative documentary film style. The family provided archival photographs and footage to document the outrageous life of Pablo Escobar. This point of view is seen through the Colombian kingpin’s son, Juan Pablo; who changed his name to Sebastian Marroquin. Using the direct narrative, Marroquin connects with the audience showing his values and beliefs are separate from his father and his past. Others are interviewed but his point of view is the most interesting and powerful.

What puts the power in his story is his wanting or needing forgiveness for his father’s sins. The south American culture follows the patriarchal social system where men have the greatest authority. Instead of following in his father’s footsteps, he has been an instrument of peace. Marroquin reached out to the son’s of two men that his father ordered assassinations of; former Justice Minister Rodrigo Lara Bonilla and presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galan.

Beside these men, many unnamed victims gave up their lives by just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. According to Time, Escobar cost Colombia the lives of an Attorney General, a Justice Minister, three presidential candidates, more than 200 judges, 30 kidnapping victims, dozens of journalists and perhaps 1,000 police officers (Retrieved from “Tales of the Drug Lord’s Son”, TIME. Retrieved on March 9, 2014).

I believe the Colombian Society as a whole is victim of Escobar. When he entered politics and was challenged by honest men, he killed them. It was believed he had influenced a constitutional change to fit his needs. But the biggest influence was on the poor. He worked hard to cultivate his Robin Hood image, and frequently distributed money to the poor through housing projects and other civic activities, built sports arena, hospitals, schools and churches (Retrieved from Pablo Escobar on Wikipedia on March 16, 2014). This brought Escobar “Hero Worship” from the poor and their protection of him. Escobar brought unsurpassed violence and a government that could be bought. Even though Escobar helped the people of Columbia, his legacy is rooted using and abusing his power that made him one of the richest men in the world. Unfortunately, the average Columbian’s frame of reference of Escobar is that of a man that supported the people.

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GLOBAL ISSUES IN A DIGITAL SOCIETY Blog 2 Cross-Post

In my graduate course, Global Issues in a Digital Society, we are studying  mediated terrorism, historical and current, including cyber-terrorism as our global issue theme. 

The professor posed the following issue for the post.

Blog 2: Across the Universe of Revolution & Civil Disobedience…

Pick a scene from Across The Universe that ties into The Weathermen Underground regarding civil disobedience from this time period 1960s to 1970s…discuss briefly creativity versus historical context using terminology and rules from your Writing About Film text.

Across the Universe

The Weathermen Underground

This my post:

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February 18, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Merriam-Webster defines Revolution as : the usually violent attempt by many people to end the rule of one government and start a new one. The late 1960s and early 1970s was a period of revolution around the globe. In the United States, poverty, unemployment, racism and the Vietnam War have led to mass civil disobedience.

Across the Universe is a musical narrative that incorporates the time period music of the Beatles to provide creative context to the storyline. The two main characters, Jude and Lucy, come from two different socioeconomic backgrounds. She came from a privileged, old-money family. He came from a single-mom household in Liverpool, England. This results in them not seeing eye-to-eye about current events.

Lucy’s last line in the washateria scene was: “Maybe when bombs go off here, people will listen.”

Judd express his opinion at SDS. Office about the revolution during this song. He calmly sings to Lucy then gets violent. The workers are hostile towards him while the he continues to belt out the lyrics. This change  seen in The Weather Underground , which i will discuss. Lucy does not understand why he did that. After being thrown out, he sees the news about Martin Luther King’s assassination while walking by a television store. He looks disgusted

The Weathermen Underground provides a factual account of the time period. The Student for a Democratic Society was the largest anti-war faction. The 1969 SDS Annual Convention saw a radical change in pacifism ideology to revolutionist.

Todd Giltin, president of the SDS, watched the Weathermen take over the organization and lead it until it consumed itself. The Black Panthers publicly denounced the Weather Underground as “child’s play and scatterbrains”. I see this relating to the lyrics:You say you got a real solution, Well you know, We’d all love to see the plan…..”

Revolution Lyrics
Author: John Lennon; Lead vocal: John Lennon
You say you want a revolution
Well you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it’s evolution
Well you know
We all want to change the world
But when you talk about destruction
Don’t you know you can count me out
Don’t you know it’s gonna be alright
Alright Alright

You say you got a real solution
Well you know
We’d all love to see the plan
You ask me for a contribution
Well you know
We’re doing what we can
But when you want money for people with minds that hate
All I can tell you is brother you have to wait
Don’t you know it’s gonna be alright
Alright Alright

You say you’ll change the constitution
Well you know
We all want to change your head
You tell me it’s the institution
Well you know
You better free your mind instead
But if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao
You ain’t going to make it with anyone anyhow
Don’t you know know it’s gonna be alright
Alright Alright

Credits
Recorded: July 10, 1968 at Abbey Road, London, England with overdubs added July 11-12, 1968
John Lennon – lead vocal, lead guitar
Paul McCartney – bass guitar, organ
George Harrison – lead guitar
Ringo Starr – drums
Nicky Hopkins – piano

Revolution. (n.d.). Merriam-Webster.com. Retrieved February 18, 2014, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/revolution

Revolution Lyrics. (n.d.). http://www.dmbeatles.com/song.php? song=213

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