Friday, August 30, 2019

(Advanced) The Problem of Fame


When you are famous....

What are you safe from?

What don't you have to do?

What will be taken seriously?

What will become the focus of other's efforts?


Where does desire for fame originate?

What does "adulation" mean?


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The ______ of a few people will always _______ painfully with the ________ of the ____.


Fame makes people more, not less, _____________. because it _____ them ______ to _________________.


What does the minor celebrity have to regularly face?

Far from __________ them adequately for their disease , fame _________ it exponentially.

Strangers ____ their negative opinions in detail.

Famous people _____ far more quickly.


What is a badge of honour in some quarters?

What will lodge in people's minds?

What are celebrities ineligible for?


How does the speaker sum fame up?

Do you agree with this?

What are famous people seeking according to the speaker?

What is the desire for fame a sign of in society?

Do you agree?

What is the erroneous belief behind the desire for fame?


Have you felt the desire for fame?

Is it true that many famous people are insecure or even ill in some respect? Can you think of exceptions?

Would it be hard to develop and mature as a person when you are n the spotlight?

Is the desire for recognition the same has the desire for fame? What if you really are talented?

Is it erroneous to seek to be appreciated more widely than by close friends and family?

Is fame always harmful and destructive? Who has dealt with fame admirably, made somethng positive out of it?

How many types of fame are there?


Write a paragraph or two about the different forms that fame can take (giving examples) and what you think about these forms of fame.

The Problem of Fame

(NZ Culture) Te Ao Maori: Powhiri, Wharenui

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Obama's Powhiri

Tangata Whenua
The Challenge
Ngati Whatua

LEADER:  Ā, tōia mai,
CHORUS: Te waka!
LEADER:  Ki te urunga,
CHORUS: Te waka!
LEADER:  Ki te moenga,
CHORUS: Te waka!

ALL:      Ki te takoto rungai,
          Takoto ai,
          Te waka! Hi!     Ah, drag it here

The canoe!
To the entry
The canoe!
To the berth
The canoe!

Up to the resting place,
Set it down.

The canoe! Yeah!

toia mai haka powhiri

Ka mate, ka mate! ka ora! ka ora!
Ka mate! ka mate! ka ora! ka ora!
Tēnei te tangata pūhuruhuru
Nāna nei i tiki mai whakawhiti te rā
Ā, upane! ka upane!
Ā, upane, ka upane, whiti te ra!

'Tis death! 'tis death! (or: I may die) ’Tis life! ‘tis life! (or: I may live)
’Tis death! ‘tis death! ’Tis life! ‘tis life!
This is the hairy man
Who summons the sun and makes it shine
A step upward, another step upward!
A step upward, another... the Sun shines!

3:00 - 3:45

The Wharenui

A Wharenui is a representation a ________

Koruru: _______
Maihi: _______
Raparapa: ________
Tahuhu: _________
Poutokomanawa: __________
Heke: _________

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Tukutuku panels bound for New York

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Kaperua design
This pattern represents things doubled.

From the Tai Rawhiti
Koiri Design
This pattern means to flourish.

From Aotearoa.
Mangopare Design
This design comes from the hammerhead shark and represents strength and power.

From Mataatua, Tuhoe.
Mangotipi design
This design comes from the white pointer shark.

From Ngati Kahungunu
Ngaru Design
This design represents the cutting of the waves when the waka travelled.

From Pare Hauraki
Patiki Design
The design represents the Patiki or flounder. It is a symbol of hospitality. Another version of this design can be found in the Tukutuku section of the slide show.

From Te Arawa
Puhoro Design
This design represents speed, swiftness and agility.

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Northern Sky

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Southern sky
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The nine stars of Matariki

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Te Waka o Rangi

Dr Rangi Matamua on Matariki

(Doctor Rangi Matamua (Tuhoe), is a senior lecturer based in the School of Māori and Pacific Development at Waikato University.)

Te Iwa o Matariki


18:48 - 23:35


23:35 25:15

1. Why is Tupuaarangi above Tupuaanuku?

2. Why is Waitii above Waitaa?

3. What are Waipunarani and Ururangi above everything else?

4. What is special about Pohutukawa and Riwaterangi?

Monday, August 26, 2019

(Advanced) Optimism and Pessimism

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Your ideal day.

Your ideal night.

Your ideal job.

Your ideal you.

Your ideal love life. 

Pessimistic or optimistic?

cheering, comforting, cynical, nihilist, nihilistic, desperate, discouraging, disheartening, inauspicious, unlikely, unpromising, bleak, cheerless, idealist, romantic, utopian, visionary

cheerful, cheery, chipper, sunny, fatalistic, hopeful, optimistic, Panglossian, Pollyanna, Pollyannaish (also Pollyannish), rose-colored, rosy, upbeat, comfortless, depressing, desolate, positive dismal, dreary, funereal, gloomy, morose, saturnine, sepulchral, somber (or sombre), sullen, grim, contrary, reassuring, favorable, hostile, negative, auspicious, bright, encouraging, fair, golden, heartening, likely, promising, propitious

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listen from 20.11 - 20.56

1. Would you describe Alain's comments on compromise in love optimistic or pessimistic?

listen from 20.56 - 22.00

2. What is Kierkegaard - an optimist, a pessimist, a realist or a nihilist?

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14.58 - 18.28

3. Watch the speech and discuss it.


An American Orwell for the age of Trump, Roy Scranton faces the unpleasant facts of our day with fierce insight and honesty. We’re Doomed. Now What?penetrates to the very heart of our time.

Our moment is one of alarming and bewildering change—the breakup of the post-1945 global order, a multispecies mass extinction, and the beginning of the end of civilization as we know it. Not one of us is innocent, not one of us is safe. Now what?

Listen from 7.26 - 8.56
1. What can religion and spirituality teach us about solving the biggest threat to human survival?

Discuss the quote below:
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200 Countries 200 Years

Language Focus

Have you ever imagined an ideal world? The genre of dystopia – the ‘not good place’– has captured the imaginations of artists and audiences alike for centuries. But why do we bother with all this pessimism? Alex Gendler explains how dystopias act as cautionary tales – not about some particular government or technology, but the very idea that humanity can be molded into an ideal shape.


How to recognize a dystopia

Check you know the answers to these questions.

Who ruled Plato's Republic?

Who coined the word "Utopia"?

What is one of the earliest examples of dystopian literature? Which groups of society did the book satirise?

What keeps people happy in Brave New World?

What were the two common promises of modern utopian political movements?

Which novel influenced the novel 1984?

What is the movie Dr Strangelove about?

What does The Handmaid's Tale warn us about?

What anxieties have more recent dystopian fictions explored?

What do dystopian visions all have in common apart from pessimism?

If you’ve watched the news or followed politics, chances are you’ve heard the term Orwellian thrown around in one context or another. But have you ever stopped to think about what it really means, or why it’s used so often? Noah Tavlin dissects the term.

Watch and takes notes. The share your understanding with a partner using the video with the sound off.


What "Orwellian" really means

What does it say in general about the word "orwellian"? It's common use.

What do you learn about Orwell's life?

What did Orwell believe about language?

What is Orwellian language?

What happens at the ministries of love, truth, peace etc?

What are joy camps?

What is newspeak?

What are thought crimes?

Why is the word "orwellian"n sometimes itself an "orwellian" word?

The term Kafkaesque has entered the vernacular to describe unnecessarily complicated and frustrating experiences, especially with bureaucracy. But does standing in a long line to fill out confusing paperwork really capture the richness of Kafka’s vision? Beyond the word’s casual use, what makes something "Kafkaesque"?

Before watching

Who is Poseidon?

Do you ever feel that life is absurd?

Have you ever been to Prague?

Have you ever had bad experiences with bureaucracy?

Have you ever worked in bureaucracy?

What are bureaucrats like? Write down some adjectives - positive and negative...


What makes something "Kafkaesque"?

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