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I actually disagree with the second season being a "must watch". I was just discussing the show with a friend after having watched the second season, and we both seemed to agree that these episodes had taken a much different direction than the first season. My guess would be that they are catering to a different audience. Many of the edits were sensationalized in a way I find inappropriate and unnecessary for a nature documentary (panning into a capybara's face while foolish music plays to emphasize his "disbelief", off screen dramatic "crunch" noises of a predator eating prey, etc). There are countless attempts made to "humanize" the behavior of the animals featured on the show, or else project human taboos onto their behavior. Like, since when did we agree that it was acceptable to censor an animal making a kill while hunting? The fuck? It was almost like they were attempting to put together some kind of cohesive action drama hollywood storyline that just doesn't exist in the context of a nature doc or even make sense. Quite frankly, it seems the producers (or whoever the hell is in charge over there) have really dumbed down the series to cater to an audience that I guess we're assuming couldn't possibly sit through a nature doc series without being spoon fed emotions via editing that essentially makes a nature show into some sort of sitcom, with the only thing missing being the laugh track. Anyway, I'm not sure why I'm so bitter about it (lol), I was just so disappointed because I loved the minimalism of the first season so much! I already like watching animals in their natural habitat BBC, I don't need all the extra shit, I just want to see animals being animals, is that too much to ask these days without people projecting their image onto everything? I don't know, I was just disappointed with it overall. But it's not the animals' fault.
https://gem.cid.harvard.edu/files/gem2016/files/hall_blyth_berglof_gem17.pdf : the link to his slides. They helped me understand what he was trying to say a bit better!
- Meanwhile, millennials are poor because they spend too much on food.
God, I wish I didn't contribute to this as much as I do...
Nice. I was thinking the answer was somewhere along these lines, I appreciate you clarifying it for me. I also love to listen to music podcasts, but sometimes the curation can be a little off for the mood I'm going for, or else there's an album or artist that I want to specifically listen to, which brings me back to apple music. Glad there are people like you out there willing to resist this temptation!
what are the privacy benefits of listening to podcasts over streaming music?
I enjoy hearing about other people's experience within AmeriCorps, we all seem to adopt different coping mechanisms, however subtle. It's difficult for me to confront the feeling of being unneeded during the service, especially with so many larger circumstances/institutions controlling the infrastructure of the setting before having even entered it--as you've mentioned.
I'd have to agree with your best friend, it is a muscle. I try and force myself to get through the more difficult spots, and suppress my flight instinct (that seems to switch on more than I have the time for) to more manageable levels. My solution always seems to be to go through the motions and let my emotions seep in later; the only problem I run into is during times when even going that far is too demanding a feat. I wish your friend all the luck by the way, as I'm sure she's dealing with and managing a colorful mix personalities.
In terms of dealing with it, I think you're right. I reached out and got to speak with my supervisor this morning about changing some things around in order for me to be able to look forward to carrying on with my work. They're fairly simple things too, just so damn hard to ask for, precisely because they seem to be so....sentimental. It's an awkward situation, to ask for appreciation. Especially when in the back of my mind I think that maybe no one is appreciating my work because in fact, I'm not doing good work.
This was a good read; thank you
'Classes and lessons' are not the things creating racial biases or causing society to marginalize racial minorities in this country.
In order to move past something, you confront it. You deconstruct, and analyze, and make art about it and shit. Anyone who has gone through anything mildly traumatic will tell you that. You don't bury it and hope that with time, it will disappear. To apply this dead logic to something as complex and nuanced as racial relations in this country is...beyond stupid
- The argument is that future policy should focus not on education about the differences or hardships that black people face
Why the hell not? We are going to deny reality in lieu of preaching the false notion that we all look around and view one another as peers on equal standing? Minimize the hardships black people face in order to make more room for perpetuating a lie that says society is set up in a way that favors them as much as their white neighbor?
- Even as we all accept black people accept more hardships, we will still continue to look at them as if they are different, as if they are a group not a part of the national whole.
...this is kind of the point. You don't change that disparity by denying it. You confront it.