Week 7, Task 2: Seeing the world

SECTION 1

Consider this week’s lecture presentations by Erna and Dick and view Indigenous World Views vs Western World Views (237 130 Stream in Wk 7. Section).

Reflect on the questions below and draft some brief responses.

1. What is your own worldview? And where might those world view ideas have come from?

My personal views on the world have come from my upbringing, as I was grown up taught to take only what I need, and to lead a sustainable lifestyle. I believe that the world needs to become more sustainable and uses resources wisely for the better of the next generations to come, but however, this is going to be extremely hard to do with all the people in the world who are so invested in money that they will do whatever they can (carry on with unsustainable practices) to gain more.

2. How do you think your world view shapes the way you see yourself, others and the world?

I see myself as one that tries my best in this generation and society to do the best for the planet, I think my view on the world has a massive roll on the way that I look at myself and those around me. “The world belongs to humanity, not this leader or that king or prince or religious leader. The world belongs to humanity” -Dalai Lama

3. How might you connect world view, ideology, identity, and a personal perspective, and/or differentiate between them?

Our personal perspectives are our main connection to the world view, ideology and identity as you gain your perspective through growing up, experiences, gender, knowledge, religion, culture etc and then this then contributes to ideologies that you may follow, your personal world view and your identity that you associate with.

4. You get your sense of belonging in relation to others who share a set of values, beliefs and ways of being in the world, can you identify some aspects of that collective world view that marginalise or subordinate other world views.

An example of this could be, as dominant, being religious and/or following some kind of god, where this in some instances outweighs the marginalised worldview of not following any kind of godly figure or religion.

5. If your world view is the dominant and/or the most widely accepted and unchallenged world view what might it be like if your world view became the marginalised, un-noticed, or a disregarded world view?

If this happened, I would most likely be pressured into thinking about considering the more dominant world view, and try and understand why these people hold their perspectives. If so many people are following a world view so that it becomes dominant, it must be worth looking into.

6. How might the dominant worldview see you and expect you to live out your life?

The dominant worldview might also consider why I think about the world in the way that I do, but what is the ‘right’ or ‘correct’ way of looking at the world? I may not have the most dominant worldview but I hold my perspectives for a reason and that reason is the output of my personal perspectives.

7. Return to the Sheilagh Walker text ‘Writing From the Gut: Kia tau the rangimarie’ (from wk 1 & 3) as she offers a worldview and perspective on academia. Now, what would you say about worldview or her argument?

I feel like Sheilagh Walker is very invested in equality and everyone being educated equally to her needs, where through her writing she shows a lot of anger towards this subject.

8. What might Mirzoeffs world view be?

Mirzoeff speaks about the world in the broader sense, you can tell through his readings that he analyzes and critically think about a lot of parts of the world, why people how perspectives, and why people do what they do. From this, you can tell that he thinks of the world as an equal place, where everyone has a voice.

9. What would you say if you were to argue that one’s world view has a part to play in the construction of a visual text and reading a visual text differently?

  • People all hold different perspective, which is ultimately controlled by their upbringing, experiences, religion, knowledge etc.
  • People’s perspectives alter the way that they interpret and understand things
  • Things including visual texts can give different meanings to people with different perspectives or knowledge on the subject.
  • an example of this is how someone that has grown up in a third world country, and someone that has grown up in a western first world country, will both look at a painting differently- whether it be the symbolism of the painting, the colours or the subject matter.

SECTION 2

In a 100-250 word paragraph for a Blog Post discuss how a visual text can be constructed and read differently considering ‘world view’, ‘ideology’, and ‘the myth of photographic truth’.

You might want to refer to the questions below as prompts for a draft of your paragraph, and you can refer to visual texts.

1. How might ‘world view’, ‘ideology’, and ‘the myth of photographic truth’ relate to each other?

2. How might they be considered when critically evaluating the producer of a visual text?

3. How might the ideas be considered when critically evaluating the audience of a visual text?

4. How might a visual text represent, affirm, normalise, and promote a dominant worldview? (Cite all source material–in-text citations and bibliographic citations: MLA captions; MLA in-text referencing for online sources, lecture presentations, video presentation).

Personal perspectives can be altered by education, experiences, religion, culture, gender, age etc. These perspectives alter how people look and understand the world, and how they interact with it. These perspectives and worldviews can have massive effects on how people portray a visual text through the evaluation on the producer, audience, placement, subject matter, symbolism and underlying meaning as everyone will hold different opinions on these when they critically evaluate the visual text. Visual texts that refer to a dominant worldview would be more likely interpreted in the same way by several different people, this is because people with common worldviews will have the same understanding of the underlying factors of the visual text. Compared to a more marginalised worldview which will lead to a larger vary of interpretations by the audience.

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