|1. We’re digging back 2500 years for two terms from the Classic Greek philosopher Aristotle: ‘zoe,’ or animal life and the biological existence, and ‘bios,’ or the political life and the social existence (208). What binaries have we studied that remind you of these concepts? Nealon & Giroux suggest that the “way you describe or understand something like ‘life itself’ inexorably changes what that ‘life’ is” (209). How does the manner in which you think about life in general dictate how you live your life? Explain and exemplify, please.||0|
|2. Nealon & Giroux write that how we live is “subject to external practices of power” (213). These power relationships are what Foucault refers to as ‘biopower,’ meaning that we don’t so much ‘live’ our lives as we do ‘negotiate’ them. Four Foucault, that means behaving within socially-prescribed, normative ways—that it’s who you are, not what you do, that dictates your role in life, acceptance by others, and thus the power you wield (or not). Do you agree with this assessment? Why or why not? Provide concrete examples to demonstrate your perspective.|
|November 18: You Are What You Consume||3. If, as the saying goes, “you are what you eat,” then aren’t you also what you consume in terms of material goods? That’s the concept behind the term ‘prosumer’ (224). What you wear, what you read, what you drive, what you spend money on—these consumptive practices ‘produce’ (that’s the ‘pro-‘) you. So, how are you ‘produced’ through your own particular consumptive habits? Who have you become because of your consumptive lifestyle?|
|November 18: Learning a Life ‘Lesson’||4. In Toni Cade Bambara’s “The Lesson,” we see a retired school teacher offer instruction about life to inner-city children:
then after these done within the two days you still have u til we’d at 11pm to respond to What I send you to respond to but soonest I post it to you you do it though please.