“Old Dog” Extra Credit

Old Dog

The international film “Old Dog,” started out with a young oriental man driving through a small town with a dog leashed to his motorcycle. He’s driving through town in an attempt to sell this dog to make extra money. The young man felt as if this would be a smart idea since the dog was getting up there in age. However, when the old man who raised the dog since it was a pup finds out that his dog was sold, he goes on a mission to help get it back. The entire story is about getting the dog back, and preventing the dog from being stolen by merchants trying to obtain the dog for profit reasons. This battle goes on throughout the entire movie until the final scene that truly struck me by surprise. The final scene showed the old man, spending quality time with the dog out in the middle of a field on his property. After several minutes of quality time with the dog, the old man takes the dog to the fence and hangs it by its leash, killing the dog. The old man then walks back through the field as the movie ends.

When looking at the culture aspect of this film, it was very interesting. The entire movie seemed to have a poor/rural style too it. I believe this based on the clothing all the characters were wearing, that seemed to be a little on the rag side of clothing. They also used small motor cycles, bikes, and walking as their main sources of transportation. It was a big indicator of the type of area in which they lived. The town also seemed very basic in nature; there were no big shops or stores. However, even though their culture seemed to be secluded, the scenes outside the town were very pretty. The farm style settings with rolling hills and dirt roads were very peaceful.

When looking at the flow of the movie, I was rather disappointed. As a member of our American society, I am used to movies of all genres that are fast paced. In this case the movie was very slow and hard to stay concentrated on. Also, in most American films, you see a clear climax to the film followed by falling actions and a conclusion. In “Old Dog,” everything seemed to be on the same level with a couple of minor rises along the way. I felt as if this was the case right up until the very end when the man put the old dog down.


HW #8

The Economy and Sports

Whether we realize it or not, sports in the United States today has given us more than anyone can begin to imagine. However, sports are not just fun and games. Those of us who are athletically gifted have used sports as way to help further our education. According to CBS news, roughly one million dollars is given away every year in the form of athletic scholarships. These scholarships have given students the chance to compete at a high level, while also giving them the ability to receive a higher education.

Although most college athletes are extremely talented, once their four years are up it is usually the last time they will compete at that high of a level. There are some exceptional athletes that use college sports to propel themselves into a career, playing the sport they love. Some professional athletes don’t have other skills, and may even be unemployed if it wasn’t for their professional careers.

As we know, our economy can be very fragile at times, and along with pro athletes, sports has supplied countless Americans with a way to earn money. Sports in America have created more jobs than people realize. For example, the arena wouldn’t function without the people who help you park before the game, or the people inside that you buy those overpriced drinks from. We have the always popular TV channel ESPN, which has branched into many other versions including ESPN2, and ESPN the U. Sports created the jobs for all those individuals, ones that we see on TV, and the ones behind the scenes that make every Sportscenter possible.

In the Middle Eastern country of Turkey, they have many sports throughout their country. Their national sport is “Football,” or as we call it soccer. They also enjoy other sports such as kiteboarding, basketball, hunting, golfing, skiing, and windboarding just to name a few. When you are at a young age in Turkey, historically you would find that only the higher economic status individuals have access to sports. The “equality” in sports is something that we here in the United States have valued for many years The progression of their sports, specifically “Football,” has led to more outside interest in their country and teams. Specifically, the training camps that are held in Turkey have brought in extreme amounts of money, upwards of thirty million dollars.

Relating to the economy, like the United States, Turkey as a state shows special interest in their youth becoming involved in sports. The funding of large sports centers, have allowed citizens of all ages to become more active while enjoying the entertainment of sports. Professional football progressed through the years to become the still ever growing Turkish national sport it is today. This booming sport helps bolster the economy within the country, employing citizens just like back here in the United States. It’s an example of sports creating jobs, for all the workers it takes to keep the football fields up and running.

HW #7 Part 2








HW # 7 Arranging a Marriage

1. In the Indian lifestyle that is discribed in the story, the advantages for marriage are actually quite convincing. One of these advantages is the fact that people don’t have to spend time worrying about looking attractive to the opposite sex, and getting themselves all worked up about finding a significant other. Since their parents do the job for them, it really takes away from the negative parts of dating.

2. When arranging a marriage in India, the most important thing to look at is the family in which the spouce comes from. Indian parents are always concerned about how ones family might impact their child, and their child’s future. Along with that, there are the obvious things like looks, education, and the future that will be provided for future generations.

1. Although it would save alot of trouble having my parents arrange my marriage, it is deffinately not something i would be okay with. I feel it is an adventure worth taking, although there may be ups and downs, putting the time into it is part of what makes finding someone so special. It may be key in Indian culture, but that lifestyle is not for me.

2. My parents met while working together running group homes for troubled youth. I’m not sure there were any circumstances besides their love for each other. They’ve been by together ever since, and are what I believe a great marriage should be.

3. In India they are pressured to stay together because of their families hard work in putting them together. This is like in America where even though it wasn’t our parents putting the relationship together, it was alot of hard work. Not to mention, families today still have presure to keep marriages together. This may be for religous purposes, or just making your own parents proud.

HW #3

1. One topic that is usually rude to talk about is deffinately income. Americans usually concider it part of their privacy and tend to keep that to only close friends or family. I think this is because most Americans are affraid that their income maybe low or lower than another person and don’t want to be looked down upon. Another personal topic in some cases can be their relationship with their spouce. Alot of Americans today end up becoming seperated thus the topic can be one that is followed by pain or anger. A final topic that tends to be rude is relgion. Someones relgion can be a very personal topic. If were to ask about someones relgion i think it could offend them fairly easily and put a bad vibe in the conversation.

2. Care of the elderly in the United State is very different. Here in the United States I see alot of families that feel as if care of the elderly is a burden. This is usually because we are such an independent nation that most families are miles apart and it requires much travel to take good care of our elders. As for Buddhist philosophy, they focus mainly on restraint and moderation. This is the exact opposite of American culture where we thrive on the theory “give me more, and more, and more,” from money, to objects, to food.

3.I think just growing up in my family has givin me a great deal of individulism. They have always preached to be my own person, and from a young age have givin me the freedom to become whoever I want to be. Some societies may more strict in who you should become or what is respectable to become, but that’s never been apart of my life.

Assignment #1

  1. In TV and the movies I’ve seen, it seems as if Americans would be depicted as people like Tom Cruise, or Charlie Sheen. By that I mean we are flashy people who tend to be all about themselves, with little concern for others. Also, on TV you see these real exciting, and crazy scenes that is supposed to be American life. This of course is not really how life in America is. I think movies and TV shows like to gives us this” big time” image because as a kid growing up, a lot of people probably want that type of life. The life of success, making a lot of money, with day to day excitement I guess is supposed to attract people to our country. It seems to me as if they want people to want to be Americans.
  2. The pamphlet depicts that Americans value their time greatly. “Time is money,” is a common phrase used in American society. I’m thinking a lot of Americans view their time as valuable, because we as a whole always seem to have something next on our plates. Like for example, we have to finish our work quickly, so we can hurry to get dinner, so we can go home and relax for the night before doing it all over again tomorrow.
  3. In the pamphlet it says that Americans don’t like to be interrupted because it is believed that it’s courteous not to do so. I agree. In most typical scenarios allowing all parties to say their part, usually allows conversations to go smoothly. Although, as we all know, this doesn’t always go as planned.
  4.   “However, differences based on social status may be more difficult to perceive than in many places and do not always have obvious effects on student life.” I find this sentence interesting because it’s something you don’t always think about. I definitely agree with it, and it really kind of makes you wonder what types of backgrounds the people you see every day actually have.