Critical Reflection Paper
Q. What does Mullen mean by the “sound byte culture in which we live”? How does this affect our perception of the world around us? What are some examples of this from Little Buddha? If she is correct, why do we seem so accepting of these fictions? Critical reflection:
Mullen’s article “Orientalist commercializations: Tibetan Buddhism in American Popular Film” reflects upon how Tibetan Buddhism has remained under the limelight of American media and film industry for some time. Tibetan history, culture and religion have gained huge popularity all over the world in a very short span of time through the American films. oHowever, Mullen argues that the views presented in these Hollywood films regarding the Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan history, culture and religion are extremely limited, short-sighted and even misleading. Mullen argues that these American movies did not portray a true picture of the Tibetan society and culture and instead depict their own particular views of Tibetan Buddhism and culture. According to Mullen, the basic reason for presentation such misleading views and ideas regarding the Tibetan culture and religion is the s prevailing sound byte culture in America. The term sound byte generally refers to the little pieces of information or messages extracted from a long piece of document simplifying the whole document. It also refers to the short clips of speeches or images extracted out of long speeches providing a gist of what the speaker was trying to say. Sound bytes are phrases and sentences which summarize the whole information contained in the lengthy documents, thus, saving a lot of time of the readers. In this regard, Mullen argues that the modern day and age is the age of sound byte culture where people share small and simplified pieces of information in the form of quotes, rapid series of images and simple stories instead of sharing complete documents. According to Mullen, people in America have accustomed...
Cited: Mullen, Eve L. "Orientalist commercializations: Tibetan Buddhism in American popular film." Journal of Religion and Film 2.2 (1998).
Lopez Jr, Donald Sewell. "New age orientalism: the case of Tibet." Tricycle: The Buddhist Journal 3 (1994): 36-43.
Little Buddha. Dir. Bernardo Bertolucci. USA, 1994.
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