In the Ted Talk given by Hetain Patel, Hetain uses the stereotypes of his physical appearance to his advantage against the audience in order to help establish his theme of the Ted Talk, which is perception. He begins the Ted Talk speaking in Chinese mandarin, while a translator sits beside him and translates what he is saying to the audience. About a minute into the ted talk the translator reveals that Hetain was born and raised near Manchester England and that he is actually repeating the same paragraph of Chinese mandarin each time he is speaking to the audience. He actually knows English but he chose to speak in mandarin so he could “avoid any assumptions made about him due to his northern accent.” Basically wanted to avoid others using
In America, people are changing their views on aging and the elderly. Some of the reasons that the attitudes are changing could be due to more elderly people are remaining in the work place longer, as opposed to retiring early. Riffkin (2014). And there is the fact that we baby boomers are living longer. Even though the U.S. only ranks 53rd with a life expectancy of 79. That’s an increase of one year since 2010. (“The World: Life Expectancy” 2016)
Interesting. She started off by showing a picture of a baby, and asking what would most people say is going on in the babies’ head. She said thirty years ago that most people would say not very much but after many years of research developmental psychologist have learned that babies are capable of thinking very complexly and can even think like some of the most brilliant scientist in the world. The first sort of experiment they did was with fifteen-month-old babies and they would give them broccoli or gold fish crackers. They would say yum about the broccoli and then ask the baby to hand them whichever one they wanted and they would hand the one the person said they liked. They did the same test when they are three months older and the babies would hand them the crackers, because everyone likes crackers more than vegetables. The fact that they could learn so much in a short period of time begs the question how can they learn so much?
When the twin towers were destroyed in New York City by the terrorist group led by Osama Bin Laden, a Country filled with panic, sadness, and anger was left behind. Thousands of innocent civilians were killed, and the families of the fallen suffered greatly. People demanded answers, and wanted justice. People also felt unsafe, and were unaware if it was reasonable to expect another attack. President George Walker Bush prepares a speech for congress to discuss the events that took place, and the plans that will take place because of these events. The objectives of the speech Bush was trying to accomplish were informing the nation what had happed on September 11th, he then noted that it was not Muslins to be blamed for the attack, the challenges that lie ahead, and our plan for the “War on Terror.” The President uses the canons of rhetoric to execute a speech that met his audience’s needs.
The aging population is the fastest growing population in our nation. By the year 2030, it is estimated that approximately 61 million people will be between the ages 65 -85 and 9 million individuals will be ages 85 and older (Ouchida &Lachs, 2015). Perceptions of the elderly have slightly changed for the better in recent years, but biases and discrimination are still very widespread in our society today. “Ageism” is a phrase coined by Robert Butler in 1969 and implies a preconception, prejudice, and discrimination against older adults and can come in many forms.
Community is built of two main elements. First, community requires communal caring. Members need to put themselves in positions where they are able to relate to other members and does everything “within reasonable limits of self-sacrifice” (65). The second is communal reciprocity. Individuals will serve other members of the community, not for exchange of goods, but to provide generosity and support. These elements of community appear in the lives of all individuals, even the most capitalist ones. Humans are entirely capable of these.
To someone in their 20s, all the elderly might seem the same. However, there are differences between the young old, middle old, old-old, centenarians, and super-centenarians that I feel are important. For example, the young old are still relatively young at 65 and are healthy enough to be employed and involved in their community. The article, “Old Age Does Not Begin Until 74” by Sarah Knapton says, “…65-year-olds today are healthier, less dependent on others and more mentally agile than ever before…”, conceptions of age are changing due to the change in life expectancy. The article mentions that old age should not be measured by age, instead by how much longer the person has to live. Old age was completely different before, such as when life expectancy in the 1900s was 47 years old. Life expectancy in 2016 is 78 years old, so it makes sense to change old age as life expectancy
“You have eight months to live” that statement may elicit fear into a normal patient sitting in their doctors’ office. Or perhaps it becomes a death sentence for that particular person. Yet, for Stephen Jay Gould it became a motivator. Stephen Jay Gould, a Paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and historian of science, was diagnosed with abdominal mesothelioma in 1982. When he was told his life expectancy was eight months he did what most would not; he looked at the statistics. Gould was not an average patient suffering from cancer. He had training in statistics and a remarkable attitude. He was also one of the most influential authors of his generation so, naturally, he wrote an article about his battle. Gould’s article brought up an endearing point: the median is not the message. Well then, what is the point? Let’s see if we can get a clearer answer on the message.
He first mentioned that the advantage were “to be able to share my stories and years of experiences to younger, upcoming generations”. His willingness to share his wisdom with everyone was clearly portrayed in his eyes. “Old age is a time when we are likely to come face-to-face with questions about ultimate meaning. In fact, it was only in the 20th century that a sizable proportion of the population survived to experience old age, and it is therefore natural that, in our time, the meaning of old age has become an issue (Moody, 27)” The author of Aging: Concepts and Controversies, Moody, has a contradicting idea with that of Mr. John Evans’s. Mr. John described one of the unique properties of us humans is that we, are the only species that look after the elderly.
Communities are affected, and in a sense defined by, forces that affect community members and their space. The forces can range from outside organizations such as the government and large corporations … These components of the community vary infinitely, and thus no two communities are the same; even a given community is not the same over time (Cnaan & Milofsky, p. 1)