Sunday, September 22, 2013

Xenophobia In Science Fiction?

What is your definition of xenophobia, and how did the card activity make you think about your definition? What emotions can you assign or connect with the term and concept of xenophobia in Science Fiction? Please use the quote from your card in your response. This blog response is due during class on 9-23-13.

27 comments:

  1. Parker L.
    I believe that xenophobia is the fear of something that is strange or new. The card activity made me think about xenophobia because we all feared what was on our card because it was new and foreign. The emotions of xenophobia in Science Fiction is fear because the definition is fear of something new.

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  2. Xenophobia is defined as being scared of someone or something foreign. The card activity is an example of this because we were all being treated a different way which was a little scary for some people because it was something different but everyone warmed up to the idea and went along with it after some time.

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  3. Xenophobia is the fear of something or someone who is different. The card activity demonstrated how people judge (or ignore in my case) others based on the fact that the card on their head told them to do so. Xenophobia connects to science fiction by introducing totally different species into stories and using that as a basis for the plot

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  4. My definition of xenophobia is the act of not liking foreigners invading native land, and the card activity really made me choose that definition because when I had my card people looked at me in a way as though they didn't like me, like a foreigner.

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  5. Xenophobia is the fear or hatred of strangers/foreigners. The card activity reminded me of this because once someone "Start dancing whenever you talk" and danced the night away, it was strange and rude. We judge people in society too by the way the talk and what they talk about that's different to what we usually talk about. Some emotions that could relate to Xenophobia would be mad, weird-ed out, disgusted in a way.

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  6. My definition of xenophobia is the fear or hatred of new people and change. The card I had during the activity told everyone else to take everything I say as a personal insult. The activity demonstrated xenophobia because no matter what I’d say people would get upset. The xenophobia activity could lead to frustration if it never ended it would make someone crazy.

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  7. Xenophobia is the fear of the unknown, or something new/ unfamiliar. The card activity made me wonder about what the card said on my head, but peoples responses didn't give me enough to project what my card said. It bothered me. The card said "take everything i say as a personal insult!" and this hits close to home with a lot of students because there are many people in the world that think everyone is insulting them or out to get them.

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  8. My definition of xenophobia is fearing the strange and unusual. The card activity applied to xenophobia because you feared your card because it is unknown to you. My card was "argue with me". Based on what everyone said to me, I assumed my card was be rude to me. Emotions that came along with this are worrying, fear, and scared.

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  9. Xenophobia, or the fear of foreign things relate to the card activity because most of the people who began playing stood in one spot not playing the game with anyone. However, after some kids saw Mr. Trotter having a good time playing the game, they felt more confident in themselves and decided it wasnt that scary to play Trotters game. Xenophobia relates to Sci Fi so well because it seems like everyone is scared of a new things like planets or fasrads, but after learning about an object, people become more confident and less scared. SETTER

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  10. Xenophobia is the fear of what is foreign, and to an extension, the unknown in general. My card in the activity was, to listen to what I had to say and repeat it word for word starting with saying I hear what you are saying...

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  11. Xenophobia, is simply, the fear of the unknown. Xenophobia is obvious in not only every day life but also throughout history. The card I had for the activity was "nod at me." I think this related to xenophobia in Science Fiction because it allowed the participants to feel vulnerable. During the activity, I would talk to someone and try to communicate and all they would do was nod at me. This made me feel powerless and unimportant which may be how the victims of xenophobia feel.

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  12. Xenophobia is the fear and/or hatred of beings or things different than what we familiarize with. In the card activity, my card said "Agree with me then disagree with me in the same sentence". The card activity is connected to xenophobia because when you are the victim of something like xenophobia, you don't know why you're receiving such fear/hate. In the card activity, you didn't know why everyone was doing the same thing to you and it was difficult to be accepted. When people were agreeing with me but then disagreeing with me, it felt like they were completely ignoring my ideas and just going with their own. Xenophobia is just like that.

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  13. Xenophiobia- the fear of the unknown or different. After todays activity in class, as well as the beginning of the Xenophobia unit, I think the point of the activity was to demonstrate that often the fear ond ostrization arise from labels. Often these labels can be doled out almost randomly due to one and only a few instances of displaying that steryotype leading to an unfair, but very real, near permanant label. Said label then transforms its wearer into something different, often alien, leading to Xenophobia.

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  14. My definition of xenophobia would be disliking things you do not like or is foreign to you. During the activity during class the sentence in my head was "Every time I talk dance". I personally felt as though they were being weird and I'm sure they were a little uncomfortable as well. There were also cards like "Ignore me". The emotions attached to this activity for xenophobia would have to be felling kind of weird and also loneliness.

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  15. Xenophobia is the hatred of things considered "strange". This hatred is most of the time based off of irrational fear of anything different. My card "agree with me" wasn't necessarily a bad thing, but it was frustrating for people to not have real commentary during conversations. People who have experienced the backlash of xenophobia, for instance like Jewish people during WWI or Native Americans during racial segregation. They must have experience real frustration when trying to engage in conversations with others.

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  16. Xenophobia is the fear of the unknown. The card activity made me think about this definition because you had no idea what your card said, and were worried what peoples reactions would be as they read your card. My card "interrupt me" was confusing because people just cut you off in the middle of talking so I didn't know why they were cutting me off.

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  17. My definition of xenophobia the fear of something or someone foreign. The card activity was not fun for me, as I had a card that said : "Don't look at my face!". Which was horrible because it felt like people did not like me, they made me feel quite strange.

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  18. Xenophobia is the fear of things that are foreign and strangers to us. Everybody displays some sort of xenophobia, it seems like it is just human nature to just become comfortable with what you are used to, and fear things that are different or unknown to us. The flash-card exercise capitalized on this phobia because it takes people (fellow class mates) who I would say are fairly familiar with each other and put some uncomfortable distance between them, making for and awkwardly quiet class. For example, one person had a card that said "ignore me", so they did not even have the chance to interact with everyone else, because of the distance people put between them, over all making them feel like a foreigner to the rest of the class.

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  19. Xenophobia is the fear of new things, people, idea's. It's also the fear of acceptance/judgement. The card activity made me understand that xenophobia is a lot about the fear of being judged negatively by others. The emotions experienced in this card game can be described as "alone-ness" or "being on stage". "Ask My Opinion" was my quote, but it didn't carry a negative connotation.
    -Matt Myers.

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  20. I would define xenophobia as the fear of the unknown or different. The cards and the implications that came with it really reinforced my definition because the people with the cards were dubbed "different" and treated accordingly. Our activity was a good little metaphor for this concept, because it conveys a sort of feeling of being judged, ostracized, or isolated. These sort of emotions come into play a lot with the concept of xenophobia which is why this card game was such an amazing experience, really Trotter, thank you!

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  21. To Me, xenophobia is being afraid of difference, or being considered strange. During the card activity I felt somewhat uncomfortable not knowing why the other students were acting the way they were to me. My quote was "squint your eyes and cross your arms when they are talking". I think that you are how you notice others treat you and that is what may characterizes a person.

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  22. Xenophobia is the fear of foreigners, foreign creation, and basically a fear of anything different from you. When we used the card it kind of showed how if you are different it doesn't always take xenophobia for people to alienate you and make you feel like an outsider. Xenophobia in Science Fiction doesn't really exist because the feeling of alienation is almost put aside and the love for unique and different creatures shines through.

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  23. This activity was an excellent example of xenophobia. Xenophobia is being afraid of something or someone that is different from you. The card activity hammered this point home. It put everyone on the other side of xenophobia and we were scared about what characteristics we had on our card that would potentially separate ourselves from everyone else. It brought to light the experiences that. For example, I had the card, “Accept my ideas.” It was weird to me that people tried to do this or when I had to ignore others, not look at others faces, or danced when people talked. It was a little uncomfortable and brought the feeling that xenophobia is about being uncomfortable and we should not be like that.

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  24. Xenophobia is the fear of people from other countries, or foreign people. What ever the card said people would do that to them, like if someone had ignore me no one would talk to him. These cards made a xenophobia feeling kind of because if somebody has xenophobia they wouldn't want to talk to you they would treat you different. This experience was really cool, and unique it made me realize how foreign people get treated I think it's horrible.

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  25. Tajalik Davis

    Hour 1


    The definition of xenophobia is the fear and dislike of anything foreign especially people. The emotions that connect with xenophobia can be the fear, curiosity and anger when it comes to thinking about life beyond earth. We fear things we don’t know, don’t understand and things that are smart as us. This fear causes us to do stupid things and eventually leads to violence because of the anger we feel about the situation.

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  27. My definition of xenophobia is the fear of something that is different from yourself, that you can't put into terms that you understand. We fear these differences which causes us to become irrational and potentially become violent in our retaliation to this intrusion. When we as humans cannot explain something we tend to fear it, for our culture of the desire of complete knowledge does not allow for the rational thought to believe there is something we cannot understand.

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