SOC344 2018 Tut11 – Mon 14.30pm

For this week, you need to watch the video/photo montage compilation and post a comment or tweet. Let’s see what you’ve learned, and what you think others have learned and expressed, about how emotions and bodies are experienced, constructed, and managed in society.

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18 Comments on SOC344 2018 Tut11 – Mon 14.30pm

Alannah Talevski said : Guest Report 9 months ago

The video compilation for the topic Love and Intimacy in Late Modernity was formatted in mostly in question and answer format in order to gather qualitative data. Each video depicted an individual’s experience with the topics of love and intimacy, giving a general representation on society’s views on these concepts. For example, the second video displayed different generational groups and their views on the concepts of love and intimacy. One of the questions addressed whether marriage should be one’s ultimate goal in life, and the respondents each had a different answer and this was shown to be similar throughout generational groups. The older generations believed that marriage should be or was one’s ultimate goal in life, however newer generations believed that it should not be. Another question asked if the respondents believed in sex before marriage, and again different views were shown based on generational groups. Older generations believed marriage should occur before sex, and newer generations believed that sex is a common thing to do before marriage. These answers demonstrate the changing perceptions of the concepts of love and intimacy throughout the years. The other videos in the compilation also addressed this, especially the third clip which mentioned that the ‘olden days’ found it controversial to address topics such as sex and intimacy, whereas these conversations are more common throughout younger generations and modern society. The video compilation has showed me the ways in which love and intimacy have changed throughout time, it is evident that through increasing technologies and growing acceptance of loves and couple types which are considered outside from ‘traditional’ have impacted the way in which love and intimacy is expressed in late modernity.

jewel schwarz said : Guest Report 9 months ago

After watching the weekly compilations of all of the videos it is clear to see that there were many different take aways from the topics. Within each week various groups chose to specifically look at different aspects of the topic. This can be seen in the ‘Deviance, Stigma and Sneaky Thrills’ video, in which the first group focused on deviance, the second on stigma and third on sneaky thrills. While each of these videos specifically focused on part of the chapter I do think the first was a bit lacking. In that it referred to deviance as a crime, yes, we did discuss how some deviant acts are criminal I don’t think that this was an accurate statement or depiction. I think if they were to follow Katz idea of ‘seduction of crime’ you could better see that there is a correlation but that deviance in not criminal. When looking at the ‘civilized bodies, complex emotions’ video I think they all did a good job. All three videos were similar in that they exemplified either the correct or inappropriate action within our society. It seems that all of the videos looked at Wouter’s and the context of formalization. The way in which our society has created acceptable actions such as sleeping with clothes on (as in the video) and unacceptable like talking on the phone in the library. They show how are society disciplines our behavior and conditions us to act accordingly. The video ‘Status Competition and Body Modification’ was interesting because one of the interviewees discussed her views on body modification and beauty and they aligned with the views of Heyes (2006). In which it discusses how people change their body to match how they feel on the inside. For example, she had tattoos this was a representation of her identity through art on her body. I thought this interview style was very powerful and effective for this topic. Overall the videos did a good job at visually conveying the themes we have learned over the course. #S344UOW18 #Tut11 #Mon1430

Georgia Higgins said : Guest Report 9 months ago

How do we distinguish between complex and simple emotions? Are they dependant upon one another? Does an individual need to be placed in a particular social setting, in order to competently understand the difference between their simple and complex emotions? Throughout analytically reviewing the compilation video for topic 2 – “Civilised Bodies, Complex Emotions”, it is apparent that individuals generally have a thorough understanding when distinguishing the difference between their complex and simple emotions. In most cases, individuals mentioned within their interviews that they felt as though their complex emotions were situational and brought upon due to particular events taking place within their lives. For example, multiple individuals felt anxious – a complex emotion, due to university assignments, stress or upcoming exams. Other individuals felt happy/relaxed and this was generally brought upon during the start of a day, not long after waking up. I tend to agree with the majority of interviewed participants in regards to the situational prevalence of their simple and complex emotions. As a representative netball player, I tend to obtain feelings full of adrenaline or nervousness prior to competing every week. From the moment I begin my game, these emotions exert from my body. However, for the small amount of time that they are present, my body is inhibited with complex emotions, making it slightly more difficult for me to make sense of these emotions and therefore, release them. Charles Darwin’s third emotional function “Emotions are an overflow of thought”, epitomizes the complex emotions felt throughout the interviews and within my personal life. If individuals begin to comprehend this function, they may have a greater ability to control their emotions and move forward when experiencing them across all walks of life. #S344UOW18 #Tut11 #Mon1430

Claire Teale said : Guest Report 9 months ago

From viewing the video compilation, particularly for week 10 on Happiness and Reflexivity, it is apparent that our emotions are constructed and impacted by the society we interact with. I think the reason that this particular compilation stood out to me so much was that whilst it used important material from the reading it also had used examples I could personally relate to. In regards to the video that used personal photos to explore happiness and its many dimensions, I was still able to reflect and see it from a larger picture, even though those photos had nothing to do with myself. As a body that exists within the same society as those in the photomontage, I was able to see myself in what they were presenting and be able to relate to it. The clips demonstrated how emotions, particularly happiness, is not just internalised, but is experienced through others and with others. The video compilation also touched on how emotional gratification can be achieved through meeting the needs of yourself, or doing things that make one feel “happy”, like going outside or a trip to the beach. The photomontage touched on how achieving milestones, like celebrating birthdays or getting married brought happiness for themselves. These activities have become socially accepted as being something that is a happy or joyful event, and is something worth celebration. Even though I genuinely believe that these things did bring happiness to those individuals presented, it can also be seen as a way that as bodies in society, individuals act out traditional events and occasions, like getting married, to achieve happiness, which it may or may not happen. Thinking of myself as a body in society, I can now see how my emotions are internalised and experienced inwardly, but that they are also constantly being influenced, controlled and constructed by the society that I live in. #S344UOW18 #tut11 #mon1430

Daniel Izatt said : Guest Report 9 months ago

The first video on topic 2 the mind body split does a good job at disguising the deference between emotions and the idea rationality and logics, it clearly identifies that rationality and logic are a way processing scenarios through a thought process without emotions. With emotions being viewed as an initial instinctive response to a situation with emotion decision making leading an impulsive decisions, it shows a contrast of individual interpretations of emotions in regards to decision making along with how it can affect their lives. They note that emotions can be either beneficial or detrimental particularly in regards to things such as relationships. The video for topic 4 of love and intimacy in late modernity, the first part shows how court ship in the late modernity has changed through the advancement of technology such as Tinder with the first video sharing the benefits of the using the app through the a personal shared by an individual of a successful love found on Tinder. The third video makes a great contrasting analysis of courtship through the use of interviews which highlights a change in generations around the ideas and concepts of courtship, commitment in the form of marriage, gender roles and things such as sex before and after marriage, jealousy in the relationship and the complex emotions of love both emotionally and physically. These two video montages highlight the concepts of emotions in society particularly in the form of distinguishing the difference between emotions and thought processes such as rationality and logic, which can linked to thinks such as love and intimacy in modernity. Also love and intimacy in late modernity has changed through generational change and technological change have affected particularly the idea of courtship in late modernity. #S344UOW18 #Tut11 #Mon1430

Zhuqin Feng said : Guest Report 9 months ago

Hi Rachel, Keisha, Ursula, Dylan, Liam, Rebecca, Chelsea, Allie, Lauren, Abey and Amy. Thanks for posting your last blogs on time. All of you have done a great jobs in showing what the themes the video montages expressed and captured. Some of you have done good reflections on your personal experiences linking to what they have learned and found from the video montages. However, it seems many of you haven't link your comments to the course material and theories that you have learned from this subject. I would also like to encourage you to comment on the theme/concept that some video montages didn't capture. Additionally, be careful about the length of blog (Appox. word count = 300 words). Liam and Abey, your blogs are a bit short. Dylan, Rebecca, Chelsea, and Lauren, your blogs are a bit long.

Rachel Fatimawoods said : Guest Report 9 months ago

From viewing the video complication put together for all weeks across the subject, it is strongly portrayed the different interpretations of each group of such themes and values. As importantly, as individuals both experience and feel different emotions and reactions in a different manner, as each emotion is felt and experienced differently for everyone. It is evident from the short clips that everyone has a different and slightly alternative way when looking at the exact same themes and topics. The topics explored through the clips involved theoretical components as well as the integration and implications of these components in modern society. From all clips viewed, it was evident that some were more focused on essential reading while some focused more on the lecture content provided. Those clips that engaged both were the most effective. From topic two a photo montage is used exploring the expected manners within western society compared to uncivilised, therefore further showing the change in society over time. Topic 4 videos demonstrated the use of technology and dating (Furst, 2010), highlighting the use of the dating app tinder, vs a traditional approach. It also explores the types of actions within relationships before marriage and within marriage. Topic 5 videos expressed society’s views and expectations on beauty, it also explores the concept of envy and admiration. From topic 6, the videos shown how crime is reflected as societal deviance, and how fearful thrills arise from such behaviour. It also looks at the racial and sexuality stigma (Hage, 2009). Topic 7 looked at modern angst, loneliness and medicalisation, as well as the social impacts of loneliness. One slide show with voice over strongly summarises the topic well providing a concise summary of all three themes of that week. The final topic in week 8 regarding happiness shows how happiness is embedded into our daily lives and the impacts at all life ages regarding happiness. Overall from the collected videos it is successfully shown that there is a unique connection between our bodies, emotions and how social constructs have been developed. #S344UOW18 #Tut11 #Mon1430

Keisha said : Guest Report 9 months ago

When watching the video in relation to week sevens topic ‘Body Modification and Status Competition’ I found it interesting that the majority of the conversation centered around plastic surgery and the majority of the images and the individuals shown were female. This to me identifies that females feel a pressure (that males do not) to conform to how society expects an individual to look and therefore those females that do not meet these expectations are not treated in the same regard. The more conforming an individual looks, the higher the chances are that they will be treated with respect and can overcome the limitations of status. From a young age I have changed the way I look through the use of piercings and tattoos however I chose this path to be different from those around me. For around six months after I had gotten my first few tattoos I hid them from my mother as I knew she would react negatively towards not only them but also myself. I saw these tattoos as my first step towards becoming my own person and on Friday after many months of weighing up the risks I am having my first cosmetic procedure completed. I am choosing to have a cosmetic procedure done to like what was discussed in the video, enhance my ‘natural beauty’. I do not feel that my choice to partake in cosmetic surgery should give individuals the right to express their opinions. Listening to the video I become quite frustrated with the opinions on body modification in relation to stretchers and implants. The speaker was expressing how she found these types of body modifications disgusting and she doesn’t understand why an individual would want to participate in it. I find this opinion very narrow minded. Although an individual may not fit into your perspective of what defines beauty does not mean that what they are doing to their own body should disgust you because at the end of the day, their decision has no effect on your life and is not harming you. After completing this course and especially this topic I hope that we as students can begin to realise that it honestly isn’t what is on the outside that counts but rather your personality and how you treat people.

Ursula Jones said : Guest Report 9 months ago

When looking at the video compilation for topic 4, love and intimacy in late modernity, many themes and concepts were explored. The videos were most commonly interviews with the format being a question asked and then an individual answering. Interviewee’s answered questions with reference to their own personal thoughts and feelings regarding the topic. Interviews are useful to gain detailed information about a person’s perceptions. However, an interviewee may be uncomfortable talking to the interviewer and this can impact the truthfulness of their answers. The video’s explored how love and intimacy is experienced within today’s society. This can be seen when discussing meeting a partner online, through homosexual relationships and transgender individuals. I believe that these are all great examples of how love and intimacy has developed within late modernity. However, a lot of assumptions were made regarding relationships in the past. I believe that these videos would be improved and strengthened immensely by interviewing, in depth, a member of an older generation. This was seen slightly in the second video which provided an insight into the opinions and experiences of older age individuals. A theme that was mentioned throughout the video compilation was physical relationships. The interviewees mentioned a greater freedom and liberation around sex which has had an impact overall on love and intimacy. The third video mentioned how there is less of a stigma around sex and that people can discuss their sexual experiences with their friends, rather than it all being ‘behind closed doors’. The third video also mentioned the changes regarding music and music videos. Claiming that woman being shown as being more “open and expressive” (26.14) promotes their ability to have sexual relationships without commitments this therefore has an influence on the relationships of today. Overall the videos explored many themes however I believe a larger array of topics could have been addressed when looking at love and intimacy in late modernity.

Dylan Le said : Guest Report 9 months ago

Emotions are largely neglected in the fled of sociology as it is considered more of a psychological field rather than a social phenomenon. After all, emotions are personal to some certain extent. However, when watching the video compilations, it can be drawn that emotions and rationality are tightly bound together and heavily influenced human’s daily life. Thus, the significance of emotions in the study of society. The second video discussed emotion management that put emotional expression in the context or socially acceptable conduct that high light the importance of decision making, taking into account our personal emotions. To further expand the idea, the third video touches upon the ‘civilised body, complex emotions’ topic, which shows how much societal changes has been influencing human’s reaction that solidify expectation of mannerisms. Then, the fourth video goes deeper into ‘love and intimacy in late modernity’, how technology has such a large impact on how we as human express love in a different way than how we were in the past (Furst 2010). It is very interesting how the videos have gathered views from different perspectives, which provide a more detailed picture of ‘modern love’. Topic 6 ‘consumption, status and body modification’ dives into the difference between envy and admiration and how it can differ just based on the situation alone. Especially in the era of social media where context and information can be deluded through mass sharing and whistle blowing, humans are quick to jump to conclusion instead of trying to look at things through different lenses. It also exposes the cosmetic surgery industry and how it manipulates people emotions to give a false sense of confidence/emotional satisfaction. Topic 7 explores visible stigma and how it affects the minorities (sexual, gender, race, etc.,)by showing interview videos that provide deeper understanding of the complex issue, how should stigma be dealt with, how do we overcome visible as well as invisible stigma in this day and age are the questions that need to be answer by none other than sociologists. “Modern angst, loneliness and medicalisation’ videos describe the reality that humans are facing every single day by showing statistics of people suffering from negative emotions and possible reasonings for such (the increasing impersonal interaction that further enhanced by modernity). Last but not least, ‘Happiness and reflexivity’ compilation of videos put ages and happiness into a chart and draw a correlation between them really put social perception of happiness in a different light. It proves that happiness is not experienced the same way by every single people. Overall, it further illustrates how complex emotions and vary depending on people social backgrounds. In a way, you can say that, emotions are also a product of social construction/perception of reality.

Liam Marsh said : Guest Report 9 months ago

I thought that the video compilation on the topic of love and intimacy in late modernity did a great job in capturing the way that love, intimacy and dating overall has changed over the course of time. The first video told the story of a young couple who met through dating app tinder that lead to their dating and engagement. The qualitative interview across generations worked really well in giving insight into the way different generations view relationships in the past and now. There were another two videos that shared the story of a couple in a same sex relationship and a transgender individual, which gave insight into the way that which the view and acceptance of relationships, intimacy and sexuality have changed over time. The interview with Alex, the young man who is married, shows the way in which stereotypes still exist around males wanting sex and females wanting intimacy but Alex also commented that both women and men are both more open to exploring their sexuality which is an example of the plastic sexuality and pure relationship that Jamieson (1999) refers to in review of Giddens transformation of intimacy. Overall the videos on this topic did extremely well to capture the way that love and intimacy has changed over time and the way in which we participate in this in the modern day.

Rebecca Teodoro said : Guest Report 9 months ago

For “The Mind Body Split’ (6.03) successfully explored Barbalet critique of the duality between bodily feelings and rational thinking. They emphasize the interconnect between the body and mind and the power in which it can have on an individual's life through interesting interviews which were conducted clearly and effectively. All the videos are “Civilized Bodies, Complex Emotions” approached the topic in a different way. The interviews (1.00) successfully explored the notion of how the body and mind can be influenced by a range of emotions through retribution, consent and control as well as showing the effects of how basic emotions can progress out of differing social conditions making them more complex. ‘Love and Intimacy in Late Modernity’ showed a great combination of heterosexual and homosexual couple emphasising this idea of the ‘pure relationship’. I do believe that the ideal notion of plastic sexuality and the external pressures of society that can deconstruct the relationship and an individual's identity thus leading them to seek validation somewhere else wasn’t touch upon as much as it potentially could have been, as it is a striving factor for a pure relationship upon plastic sexuality couples. In ‘Status Competition and Body Modification’ the videos conveyed a great insight into how society places expectations on individuals in society and places pressure on what is deemed acceptable on how we should look. (2.10) emphasized this idea of plastic surgery and how it is used to modify the body while dealing with emotions such as satisfaction, disgust, contempt and envy in relation to ourselves and those around us. ‘Deviance, Stigma and Sneaky Thrills’ showed us a great view from both those who show differences both noticeably and unnoticeably. The humor in the first video juxtaposing with the seriousness of the second video was a great contrast with similar issues, based on differing perspectives can be so different yet still extremely effective. In ‘Modern Angst Loneliness and Medicalization’ emphasized the common prevalence of mental health issues in today's society and the possible misuse of medicalization and brought to question the need to draw the line at where enough is enough. Lastly ‘Happiness and Reflexivity’ emphasized the notion that happiness can stem from several varying aspects in individuals lives. What one individual holds value to may not be the same as another yet fulfills the same sense of happiness within oneself. Age also seemed to play a huge role in how ‘happy’ an individual was which was interesting that generational gaps and life circumstances could play such a huge role. #S344UOW18 #Tut11 #Mon1430

Chelsea Swan said : Guest Report 9 months ago

The first group of videos encapsulated the mind/body spilt well. Clip two suggested that when a situation is difficult it can be hard to have control over your emotions. I agree. Also, clip two did well to include the critical and radical approach to situations with a real life example. Clip three showcased that emotions can override reason though, it depends on the situation and person. Which I think is really important to consider. Though, the clips did not seem include the conventional approach, where reason and emotion are separate entities (Barbalet 1998). The second group of videos did a great job of highlighting important themes of civilised bodies and complex emotions. The first clip provided an emphasis on manners, with the do’s and don’ts in society. It was a great way to capture manners in the 21st centaury. The third clip also articulated this idea in an effective way with live reactions to bad manners in public. The second clip demonstrated a consensus that emotions that are integrated are more complex and emotions such as happiness are simple. Which corresponds to Kemper’s (1978) idea that complex emotions are born out of social combinations of simpler emotions. In relation to ‘love and intimacy in late modernity’ the films captured the themes well. The first clip showcased how in contemporary society, dating apps such as tinder are used to find love. Clip two, three and four highlighted differing opinions on love, sex, and intimacy among different age groups which was great. Though, these ideas could have included Giddens (1991) idea of plastic sexuality and Illouz idea (2012) of commitment phobia to accentuate modern ideas. The forth group of videos highlighted consumption, status and body modification effectively. Clip one emphasised the difference between envy and admiration which was great. It also provided opinions that the body is not reflective of the soul which is interesting. It demonstrated the disgust associated with some body modification but things like tattoos are more socially accepted in society. Clip two emphasised how social media influences people to achieve the ‘perfect body’. Overall these clips captured themes in the topic well. The fifth group of videos articulated deviance and sneaky thrills. The second clip was very well done. The interviews accentuated that people are treated differently based on the colour of their skin or their sexual preference. They also incorporated the term micro aggressions; which I believe is not spoken about enough. The first and last clip provided examples of deviant behaviour in a humorous way which was great. Though, they could have incorporated some opinions of others. The sixth group of videos captured the themes of modern angst, loneliness and medicalisation well. The first clip provided facts on depression and anxiety which is important. The second clip provided an example of prescription medication being used to treat every illness. Which showcases that social causes of illness are not being looked at. The third clip showcased that loneliness is more prevalent in contemporary society but could have included Franklin’s (2016) idea of an individualised society as being one of the reasons. The last clip emphasised Sennett’s (2000) idea of cities without connection which was great. The last group of videos took the interview approach asking individuals about happiness which was effective. The common themes addressed correlate with Bartram’s (2012) ideas on what determines happiness in society. For example, financial security, employment, significant other etc. Though, the last clip emphasised the Easterlin Paradox, it could have been articulated more between both clips; as it is important to acknowledge.

Allie Sims @AllieSoc said : Guest Report 9 months ago

In the video compilations people have approached the concepts in different ways. This means that sometimes there are common themes, and sometimes people have decided to go in a completely different direction. There was combination of video ideas, from interviews to skits to photo compilations so it is difficult to sometimes find a common theme but there is some things that come across. Over all of the video sections there is a common theme of the four core emotions, happiness, sadness, anger and fear, which we discussed early on in the semester. However some of the film compilations do focus more on other emotions, these are all based in the four emotions. The first few weeks focus more on the theoretical components of this subject while the later weeks explore how these theoretical concepts work in society. One of the best videos both for its entertainment value and its interpretation of the themes for that week was a skit in topic 3 in which the group did things considered rude, such as answer their phone in the quiet section of the library. This skit represented a number of theories, both from the lecture and from the readings, and it demonstrated the different emotions people feel when acts that are considered rude or uncivilised are committed. Some of the videos for topic three were about manners, and what was considered appropriate. However other videos focussed on the idea explored in the lecture about simple and complex emotions. This was similar across all the weeks, some focussed on the lecture material while others focussed on the readings. One of the topics that had the most variation was topic 4. Some people chose to do very in-depth interviews with people about their own experiences with love and relationships, while others chose to do broader videos focussing on the theories and on a broader range of people. This is similar in all topics. #S344UOW18 #Tut11 #Mon1430

Lauren Wightman said : Guest Report 9 months ago

The Topic 2 interviews revealed there is still a general tendency for people to assume emotions can not be involved in the process of rational decision making, as they make us impulsive or animalistic. As such, for the most part, I believe they failed to capture the idea that our thoughts are not separate from our bodies, as our emotions or our feelings dictate our perceptions and functionality in any given environment. For Topic 3, the videos outlined bad manners and other’s reactions to them which I thought was very useful in displaying how our bodies and bodily comportment is regulated through our relationships – both human and non-human, which is a recurring theme in this subject. For Topic 4, the comparison of older generations with younger generations thoughts on topics such as men as the breadwinners, significance of marriage in contemporary society, and if jealousy is beneficial, really highlighted the concept of individualization as well as the more flexible nature of ‘love’ today. The Topic 6 video’s highlighted the idea that if we are ‘good’ people on the inside, we should also look ‘good’ on the outside. This topic explores again how our relationships, both human (emotions such as envy/admiration) as well as non-human (class, social media, or the normalizing gaze), regulate our bodies and our emotions. Although how do we know who someone is through a mere glimpse of them or their lives? This ties in with Topic 7, with many videos detailing that of visible and invisible stigma. Other videos on this topic detailed the seductive nature of crime as well as the thrill in being able to deceive others and avoid stigma. The Topic 9 videos highlighted the increasing prevalence of loneliness and medicalisation in contemporary society, but as another interview highlighted, does it only seem more prevalent because we are more accepting and willing to talk about it? The Topic 10 videos displayed that whilst social interactions might be something that might make people happy, interviewee’s also recognized its potential detrimental effect. As we as humans tend to base how we see ourselves and our well-being off of the scale of society and how well others are doing, not dissimilar to Topic 6. As such, in comparing the videos across all topics I believe they all make critical points on not only how emotions and bodies have changed but also how we understand them, following changes in society. To conclude, the body is experienced, constructed and managed not just individually through our emotions but also socially through norms, and institutions. #S344UOW18 #Tut11 #Mon1430

Abey Hatzantonis said : Guest Report 9 months ago

In the very first video shown for topic 9, I think it was done well in how it was described just how much mental health illnesses effect individuals and how loneliness has grown and become linked to mental health in modern day society. This is important as loneliness in individuals is felt more presently now than in previous times and that loneliness is more about feeling emotionally removed from others rather than being physically removed. In response to the compilation of videos regarding topic nine, I believe that the second video shown did very well in simply depicting how some doctors simply prescribe medicine individuals suffering from a mental illness rather than finding the cause or root of the problem. Overall I believe the videos for the topic of modern angst, loneliness and medicalisation all showed they had an understanding of the topic and the focus of each video was different, showing how each group interpreted the topic content. In response to the happiness and reflexivity topic, the picture compilation shown between 5min 26 secs to 8min 40 seconds greatly displays all the different aspects of an individual’s life that may make them happy. The video shown after picture compilation was also very well done is it showed how other individuals view happiness and what they believe makes individuals happy. Overall both videos highlight that happiness is a complicated emotions and differs from individual to individual, and therefore happiness is shown to be individualised. #S344UOW18 #Tut11 #Mon1430

Abey Hatzantonis said : Guest Report 9 months ago

In the very first video shown for topic 9, I think it was done well in how it was described just how much mental health illnesses effect individuals and how loneliness has grown and become linked to mental health in modern day society. This is important as loneliness in individuals is felt more presently now than in previous times and that loneliness is more about feeling emotionally removed from others rather than being physically removed. In response to the compilation of videos regarding topic nine, I believe that the second video shown did very well in simply depicting how some doctors simply prescribe medicine individuals suffering from a mental illness rather than finding the cause or root of the problem. Overall I believe the videos for the topic of modern angst, loneliness and medicalisation all showed they had an understanding of the topic and the focus of each video was different, showing how each group interpreted the topic content. In response to the happiness and reflexivity topic, the picture compilation shown between 5min 26 secs to 8min 40 seconds greatly displays all the different aspects of an individual’s life that may make them happy. The video shown after picture compilation was also very well done is it showed how other individuals view happiness and what they believe makes individuals happy. Overall both videos highlight that happiness is a complicated emotions and differs from individual to individual, and therefore happiness is shown to be individualised. #S344UOW18 #Tut11 #Mon1430

Amy Garrill said : Guest Report 9 months ago

In response to the compilation of videos regarding love and intimacy in late modernity, I believe that the third and fourth videos, in the form of interviews provided the greatest detail and insight into issues relating to the topic. While the other videos were interesting, the personal reports fell short of addressing key topics involved with love and intimacy in late modernity, in particular emotions, and concepts such as pure relationship and plastic sexuality. It was interesting to me that social media has become the more common platform for commencing and maintaining relationships in modern day society. Facebook messenger and online dating apps such as tinder require little effort and allow individuals to talk to others in the comfort of their own home. Conversely, the third video displays older generations who attained relationships through shared public outings. Another idea that was represented throughout was that marriage is still seen as a significant form of commitment. Although in current day society, the means of divorce are more readily available, marriage was still depicted as an end goal in most of the videos. However, video three presented different generational views on marriage, displaying a change in ideals. Modern society has seen a shift from sexual rigidity towards plastic sexuality, and sexual freedom for all genders. The fourth video acknowledges the notion that previously, men wanted more sex and women wanted more intimacy reiterating the idea that men have commitment phobias in relationships (Illouz, 2012). This video also notes that women have gained more independence and autonomy in their sexual relations, leading to a decreased want for intimacy and an increased want for casual sex. The notion of plastic sexuality was the key theme displayed in the last video through the use of an individual who is transgender. Through this, the greater array of sexual freedom in late modernity can be noted, however I don’t believe that it covered a broad spectrum of ideas regarding love and intimacy in late modernity. #S344UOW18 #Tut11 #Mon1430

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