Traditionally, when people are in unsatisfactory situations, or are unhappy with their lives, they turn to religion. The Communist Party flips the notion of religion as a solace on its head, and preaches that religion is what keeps the lower classes appeased and prevents them from taking down those that oppress them. In Battleship Potemkin, directed by Sergei M. Eisenstein, this Communist ideal and its merits are displayed.
The film takes place during the 1905 Revolution, in which the lower classes rallied together to fight the Czar.… Read the rest here
Students: We’ll be looking at these images later in the semester. But think about how they relate to our discussion of sustainability and modern state practices. What do you notice? What is interesting, surprising, strange, revealing?
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The photo above explains how sustainability is connected not only to the environment of a city but also to it’s social and economic health.Therefore, sustainability is not just an environmental problem that be fixed by powering down electric devices and using methods of transportation that do not harm the environment. Sustainability involves more than just the environment around us. It involves living within the limits of what our planet can afford to give us and distributing its resources with everyone.… Read the rest here
My favorite definition of sustainability that I found was from the Free Dictionary. Sustainability was defined as “to keep in existence, maintain.” This definition was my favorite because it was the most inclusive one I could find. Many other definitions spoke specifically about the environment. While sustainability is most commonly used in reference to the environment and a “green” lifestyle, it can also be used in an economic or cultural sense as well. I will be focusing on the cultural definition of sustainability.… Read the rest here
Sustainability is a word that is thrown around today with increasing frequency but too seldom pinned down and thoroughly defined. In searching for a comprehensive and appropriate definition, I found many attempts too limiting, incomplete in scope. With each consecutive search, more questions arose and the task grew in complexity. I will not be able to define sustainability in entirety today, but I believe there exists essential terminology that cannot and must not be ignored in a conversation on the topic, pillars of the sustainability discussion, if you will.… Read the rest here
Sustainability encompasses so many things: from science, technology and nature down to small things such as recycling, reusable water bottles and turning off lights in empty rooms. The push for sustainability is a call to re-learn how to live within our means on this planet–something we have forgotten. But I see the most important aspect of sustainability in the photo above: teaching the future leaders of the world to be accountable for our environment so that our progress in sustainability efforts can be sustained in the decades to come.… Read the rest here
“An activity is sustainable when all costs are internalized, because if the costs are too high, the activities stop. Low gas prices lead to more Hummers; taxing gas in some fashion to pay for environmental remediation makes sense, and is a pro-sustainability approach. This version of sustainability applies not only to the environment: labor practices are unsustainable if they breed unrest (or revolution) or fail to develop the labor force; additives that extend product shelf life are unsustainable if they diminish human life; corporate presence in a town may be unsustainable if the tax breaks that attracted the facility mean that it is not paying enough to keep the community thriving.”… Read the rest here