Society

Cancel Culture

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  • What are some examples of people being canceled (in Korea and elsewhere)?
  • Which ones do you think were deserved?  Which ones were not?
  • Cancellation can be temporary or permanent and can range from ‘losing fans’ to going to jail’.  Other consequences include getting ‘deplatformed’,  losing a job, and social ostracism.  
  • What do you think is appropriate response to…
    • using racist or sexist language in private?
    • using racist or sexist language in public?
    • cheating, bullying, or serious misbehavior during high school?
    • DUI?  DUI and causing a serous accident?
    • taking drugs? selling drugs? (does which drug matter?)
    • engaging in prostitution?
    • other?
  • When this happens to famous people, it’s called being cancelled’. This happens in everyday life as well and can involve becoming an outcast or getting a ‘reputation’ for something deserved or not.
    Can you think of examples of this from your own experiences?
  • What are the positive and negative effects this can have on society?
  • Do you think cancel culture is healthy? What are some other ways you can hold people accountable for their actions?
  • When do you think someone should be canceled versus giving them another chance to prove that they learned from their mistake?
  • Do you think we can or should separate the art from the artist?  If the artist did something terrible, is it OK to still enjoy their art? Is it OK to listen to a Michael Jackson song, watch a Woodie Allen movie, or

How ‘iGen’ Is Different From Any Other Generation

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Read one of the articles, go over vocabulary, and discuss the discussion questions. 

  1. In what ways do you think your generation is different from previous generations?
  2. What don’t the older generations understand about your generation?
  3. What bothers, confuses, and/or frustrates you about older generations?
  4. How do attitudes differ about:  work, play,  love, money?
  5. What are the key national and global events that have shaped your generation?
  6. What skills do you have that they don’t and vica versa?
  7. In what ways do you envy previous generations? In what ways do you feel bad for them?
  8. What message of gratitude and/or scolding would you give to earlier generations?
  9. When have you experienced a ‘generation gap’ with friends or family?
  10. What are your earliest memories of using a computer, smartphone, and other tech?
  11. On average, how much time do you spend on your phone in a day? a year?
    What would you be doing with that time if you weren’t on your phone?
  12. How many texts did you send yesterday?
  13. How much do you check and care about the sns feedback you get?
  14. How much would someone have to pay you to NOT use any electronic device for a month?
  15. How does screen time affect your mood or health?
  16. Have you (or anyone you know) experienced digital addiction?
  17. How, if at all, do you think iGen men and women use their phones differently?
  18. Do you think that the rise in mental health issues is caused by smartphones? Why or why not?
  19. Does this article also apply to the  Millenials and iGens in South Korea? How so and/or why not?
  20. Do you agree that iGen is less optimistic, independent and self-confident than the previous generations?  If so, why is that?
  21. Why do you think iGen’ers go to college to get a job rather than to get an “education”?
  22. Do you think a university education is worth the time and money?
  23.  Is Individualism different from being selfish? How so?
  24. How can iGen’ers help older generations adapt to the modern world (e.g. fast food kiosks)
  25. What does iGen growing up slowly have to do with spending their entire adolescence with smartphones?  Other than smartphones, what factors have shaped iGen?
  26. Why is iGen more interested in safety and tolerance than other generations?
  27. Do you agree that your upbringing has been more protected and slow to approach adulthood?
  28. How does iGen's knowledge of, and experience with smartphones and technology give an advantage over other generations?
  29. If the tech advances have made today's kids less happy, what would be the proper solution?
  30. Do you prefer to drive yourself or have someone be your ‘chauffeur’? 
  31.  How do you and your parents define or measure happiness differently?
  32. Why does our generations want a good job when we graduate from college? Didn’t previous generations also want to get good jobs?
  33. How will future generations will be defined? Will they continue to be less independent and happy? 
  34.  In what ways are iGen’ers more (or less) connected socially and globally?

Transgender Issues

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Each participant chooses one of the selected articles (or finds their own) and spends 10 minutes reading it.  Group meets after that to share the main points and discuss their opinions. Write down any useful vocabulary

10 minutes: read articles

20 minutes: share and discuss articles

20 minutes: record general discussion

 

  1. How do you feel about transgender issues?
  2. Has your opinion changed over time?
  3. Is your opinion different from your parents or grandparents?
  4. Do you think transgender athelete should be able to compete with their preferred gender? serve in the military and government? be teachers?
  5. Do you see gender as binary or on a spectrum?
  6. Are gender preference and identity a matter of DNA or choice?

 

Social Media & The Social Credit System

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Watch the first 15 minutes of  The Black Mirror: Nosedive
Go over vocabulary and use discussion questions to talk about the episode. 

  1. Which social networking sites do you use? Why those? or why don’t you use any?
  2. On which sites and apps do you rate things or give feedback?
  3. How do you decide whether to like, heart, or thumbs up something?
  4. Do you think ‘personal ratings’ are a good idea? Why or why not?
  5. What about as part of the gig economy or service sites like Uber?
  6. What information are you comfortable posting publicly? with sns contacts?
  7. What motivates you to post things online? What do you post?
  8. Does using SNS result in any stress, self-doubt, or insecurities?
  9. Do you have friends that are primarily ‘online friends’?
  10. What have been the most meaningful experiences you’ve had online?
  11. What have been some of the worst experiences you’ve had online?
  12. How much do you notice or care about who and how much people respond to your posts?
  13. How do you feel about interacting with your parents and other family members online?
  14. Is there any difference between the ‘real you’ and ‘social media’ you?
  15. Do you know people whose real lives are very different from the life they show online?
  16. What are the advantages and disadvantages of a system like the one shown in Black Mirror?