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Instructor: Jeannette Wonder -Leighton
See What I Mean
Have you ever wondered the differences between deaf and hearing cultures? Last week I had a chance to watch "See What I Mean" and this video gave me a humorous and enlightening look at the differences between them. In this movie "See What I Mean", issues such as attitudes toward time, taking time to say goodbye, complain about the use of phones and pagers, sharing information, giving and receiving criticism, and comments on personal appearance are explored and humorously discussed from the point of view of both cultures.
Hearing people are mostly on time whereas deaf people are more flexible with time. In hearing culture, If a party is organized people would come on time and leave at midnight. But in deaf culture, people can come in late and the party usually goes on and on, not necessary to end at midnight. Also, the way people take time to say goodbye are different in both cultures. Hearing people usually leave right away after saying goodbye. In contrast, deaf people are more attached to each other. It really takes time for them to leave. They say goodbye but don't leave yet, instead they keep talking to each other and won't leave until the third or fourth goodbye. Deaf people take longer to say goodbye because they don't have as many chances as hearing people to talk to each other and they prefer face to face communication. In the movie, the actors acted really well demonstrating this different attitude and I really enjoyed watching how amusing their acting was.
The movie also discussed how new technology differently affects on both cultures. When a hearing person and a deaf person talk to each other, it is considered rule if the hearing person interrupts the conversation by talking on the phone with someone else. Similarly, it's rule for the deaf person if he or she texting or replying messages to someone else. Also, language use in email and its meaning are...
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