"See What I Mean" Video Report! Essay

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Hai-Tue T. Ton MLL 1901-01 Instructor: Jeannette Wonder -Leighton See What I Mean Have you ever wondered the differences between deaf and hearing cultures? Last week I had a chance to watch "See What I Mean" and this video gave me a humorous and enlightening look at the differences between them. In this movie "See What I Mean", issues such as attitudes toward time, taking time to say goodbye, complain about the use of phones and pagers, sharing information, giving and receiving criticism, and comments on personal appearance are explored and humorously discussed from the point of view of both cultures. Hearing people are mostly on time whereas deaf people are more flexible with time. In hearing culture, If a party is organized…show more content…
After the letter she wrote "Hugies XOXO" which simply meant friendship but to her co-worker, which was a hearing person, it meant something else more than friendship and the situation became awkward when he brought flowers to her office. I really enjoyed this part of the movie when the female worker saw her co-worker brought her flowers to make a move on her. Moreover, the movie discussed the way deaf people and hearing people criticize and. Deaf people are more straight up on giving feedbacks. They use "Direct Approach" to criticize which means they go straight to the point and not worry of hurting the other's feeling. This is because in deaf culture, people believe they should be frank and clear in order to show that they care. In contrast, hearing culture uses "Sandwich Approach" to criticize. This means they will start with a positive point first then the negative and finally end with a positive point. They do this because they don't want their friends to feel bad about his wrong or unqualified work. In my opinions I think that both cultures have their points and actually I prefer the "sandwich approach". However, I sometimes use the "direct approach" with my closest friends. Also, the movie showed that comments on personal appearance are different in deaf culture and hearing culture. And again, on this topic, deaf people are also more straight up. If they see their friends look fat they will tell them right away to
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