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The Babysitter (Netflix) Essay

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Devaughn Dancil
December, 18, 2018
Final Essay
For this project I chose to analyze a movie on Netflix called The Babysitter. It’s a comedy horror netflix original film. This film has a lot of trivial and also colloquial language used in it which is something you might expect from a movie of this genre.
In short this movie is about a kid named Cole who’s a bit of a lame kid by the social standards that govern everyday teen life. Not only does he feel this way but he also feels not very appreciated by his family either. In fact the only one who seems to be appreciative of him is his attractive babysitter, Bee. All seems well with Bee as she remains to be the only person who Cole can truly be intimate with but as the story progresses we eventually learn Bee is part of a satantic cult in which she sacrifices other humans in order to get what she wants. Eventually Cole finds out and after a night of knocking off each of the cult members to escape his attackers and to ensure his survival he eventually comes face to face with Bee and realizes he doesn’t need her anymore and that she betrayed Cole in order to get close to him. Realizing this he chooses to run her over with a car, killing her.
Now despite the premise, the genre of the movie makes this a very light hearted film saturated with a bunch of satirical references and cultural clichés. First, if you take a look at a lot of these American cultural values you will find that a lot of characters in this story embody these values. For example, the black character (king bach) in the movie lines up with the traditions that he’ll be looked at as the main culprit, or the violent aggressor in the run in they had when Bee killed the police officers. Or with Allison, when she gets shot in the chest she thinks that she all of a sudden gets tremendously devalued, as if her bust size is the only thing that gives her value as a woman.
`Specifically with Allison is that she has a run in with Cole during the latter portion of the film and in the process she Cole get into a sort of deadlock situation. Cole then immediately begins complimenting her and trying to reason with her and convince her of the fact that she still has a lot of redeeming qualities outside of her chest size. The fact that she’s beautiful, and that she has a great and funny personality are things Cole uses to convince her that she has much more value as a woman that crap societal standards albeit his motive being mainly to preserve his own life. I think this scene portrays an example of both politeness theory and linguistic relativity theory. The former in the sense that Cole is taking the focus off his self, in order to make Allison feel like she’s being appreciated and approved of, while eventually leading the viewer to think that Allison and Cole will come to sort of resolution especially when she suggests they can forget all about this. Now she does attack him anyway in a trivial horror movie style of flip, but the idea was still there and it was conveyed pretty well. The latter is being proved because it is because of this being an American movie with English speaking people, with a rhetoric that is supposed to appeal to a Western/American audience that is shaped by Western/ American values is why this embodies that linguistic relativity.
Now the main focus of this movie is on Cole and Bee. During the beginning, Cole is undoubtedly the most comfortable with Bee more than any other person in his circle. I think of we analyze Cole’s world, he embodies a stereotype of the typical kid who feels like an outsider and that it’s hard to find anybody that really understands him. Cole’s world is a microcosm of this commonality that exists in every part of the world. And it’s also a microcosm of the social penetration theory and some of its concepts. For example, use the onion metaphor and the thing that embody its main ideas, such as proxemics. The outer layer represents cole’s public world. This would include strangers, people he doesn’t like or feel any connection too, the kids that bullied cole etc. Next would be the periphery, or the social aspect of his life. People who he shares run of the mill, not deep but shallow connections with, with shallow conversations that lack any deeper substance. Maybe moreso associates than friends. However, his friend Melanie in the beginning sort of embodies this. After that would be his inner layer, or personal space that would be occupied by people he’s more close to than people on a colloquial level. So this would be close friends but Cole doesn’t really have any close friends or people who occupy this space except maybe Melanie. But she’s actually closer than this than Cole even first realizes. So you really could put Cole’s parents in this space because while family tends to occupy the next stage moreso, Cole doesn’t seem to be as close and intimate with his mom and dad as much as he is with this next person. And so we get to the final layer, the core, or the intimate space that is most certainly occupied by none other than Bee herself.
Cole tells her everything, she knows things about him that hasn’t told his parents or even his friend Melanie. Bee protected him from and stood up to the bullies that harassed him in the beginning of the movie. Bee also even reveals things about herself to Cole on a more intimate, yet platonic level so that they have a mutually beneficial relationship. This embodies the stages of social penetration theory and it shows how their interpersonal communication has passed beyond the stage of a shallow relationship toward a more deeper intimate one. There’s a lot of self disclosure between the two, there’s a norm of reciprocity there, certainly more so than any of Cole’s other relationships and it’s one of the reasons why Cole felt betrayed at the end. Even after he runs a car directly onto Bee, their final dialogue before she seemingly dies, implies that the connection they had was real and that while Bee needed Cole in part to fulfill something in her satanic cult, the feelings she had for him were legitimate. She was fond of Cole and Cole also seemingly still felt some of that too. However, Cole decided that he needed to let her go given what she was involved in, and he realized throughout the film that he had someone really close to him the whole time. It was evidenced when Melanie kissed him, that she would be the thing that filled the void Bee would leave Behind without all the extra baggage. And so seemingly at the end of the film, she is the new person the occupies Cole’s Core, his new initimate relationship. And so I think this film does a great job portraying all these ideas and shows us how Cole’s life is directly parallel to our lives.

Devaughn Dancil 
December, 18, 2018
Final Essay
For this project I chose to analyze a movie on Netflix called The Babysitter. It’s a comedy horror netflix original film. This film has a lot of trivial and also colloquial language used in it which is something you might expect from a movie of this genre.
In short this movie is about a kid named Cole who’s a bit of a lame kid by the social standards that govern everyday teen life. Not only does he feel this way but he also feels not very appreciated by his family either. In fact the only one who seems to be appreciative of him is his attractive babysitter, Bee. All seems well with Bee as she remains to be the only person who Cole can truly be intimate with but as the story progresses we eventually learn Bee is part of a satantic cult in which she sacrifices other humans in order to get what she wants. Eventually Cole finds out and after a night of knocking off each of the cult members to escape his attackers and to ensure his survival he eventually comes face to face with Bee and realizes he doesn’t need her anymore and that she betrayed Cole in order to get close to him. Realizing this he chooses to run her over with a car, killing her.
Now despite the premise, the genre of the movie makes this a very light hearted film saturated with a bunch of satirical references and cultural clichés. First, if you take a look at a lot of these American cultural values you will find that a lot of characters in this story embody these values. For example, the black character (king bach) in the movie lines up with the traditions that he’ll be looked at as the main culprit, or the violent aggressor in the run in they had when Bee killed the police officers. Or with Allison, when she gets shot in the chest she thinks that she all of a sudden gets tremendously devalued, as if her bust size is the only thing that gives her value as a woman.
`Specifically with Allison is that she has a run in with Cole during the latter portion of the film and in the process she Cole get into a sort of deadlock situation. Cole then immediately begins complimenting her and trying to reason with her and convince her of the fact that she still has a lot of redeeming qualities outside of her chest size. The fact that she’s beautiful, and that she has a great and funny personality are things Cole uses to convince her that she has much more value as a woman that crap societal standards albeit his motive being mainly to preserve his own life. I think this scene portrays an example of both politeness theory and linguistic relativity theory. The former in the sense that Cole is taking the focus off his self, in order to make Allison feel like she’s being appreciated and approved of, while eventually leading the viewer to think that Allison and Cole will come to sort of resolution especially when she suggests they can forget all about this. Now she does attack him anyway in a trivial horror movie style of flip, but the idea was still there and it was conveyed pretty well. The latter is being proved because it is because of this being an American movie with English speaking people, with a rhetoric that is supposed to appeal to a Western/American audience that is shaped by Western/ American values is why this embodies that linguistic relativity.
Now the main focus of this movie is on Cole and Bee. During the beginning, Cole is undoubtedly the most comfortable with Bee more than any other person in his circle. I think of we analyze Cole’s world, he embodies a stereotype of the typical kid who feels like an outsider and that it’s hard to find anybody that really understands him. Cole’s world is a microcosm of this commonality that exists in every part of the world. And it’s also a microcosm of the social penetration theory and some of its concepts. For example, use the onion metaphor and the thing that embody its main ideas, such as proxemics. The outer layer represents cole’s public world. This would include strangers, people he doesn’t like or feel any connection too, the kids that bullied cole etc. Next would be the periphery, or the social aspect of his life. People who he shares run of the mill, not deep but shallow connections with, with shallow conversations that lack any deeper substance. Maybe more so associates than friends. However, his friend Melanie in the beginning sort of embodies this. After that would be his inner layer, or personal space that would be occupied by people he’s more close to than people on a colloquial level. So this would be close friends but Cole doesn’t really have any close friends or people who occupy this space except maybe Melanie. But she’s actually closer than this than Cole even first realizes. So you really could put Cole’s parents in this space because while family tends to occupy the next stage more so, Cole doesn’t seem to be as close and intimate with his mom and dad as much as he is with this next person. And so we get to the final layer, the core, or the intimate space that is most certainly occupied by none other than Bee herself. 

Cole tells her everything, she knows things about him that hasn’t told his parents or even his friend Melanie. Bee protected him from and stood up to the bullies that harassed him in the beginning of the movie. Bee also even reveals things about herself to Cole on a more intimate, yet platonic level so that they have a mutually beneficial relationship. This embodies the stages of social penetration theory and it shows how their interpersonal communication has passed beyond the stage of a shallow relationship toward a more deeper intimate one. There’s a lot of self disclosure between the two, there’s a norm of reciprocity there, certainly more so than any of Cole’s other relationships and it’s one of the reasons whyCole felt betrayed at the end. Even after he runs a car directly onto Bee, their final dialogue before she seemingly dies, implies that the connection they had was real and that while Bee needed Cole in part to fulfill something in her satanic cult, the feelings she had for him were legitimate. She was fond ofCole and Cole also seemingly still felt some of that too. However, Cole decided that he needed to let her go given what she was involved in, and he realized throughout the film that he had someone really close to him the whole time. It was evidenced when Melanie kissed him, that she would be the thing that filled the void Bee would leave Behind without all the extra baggage. And so seemingly at the end of the film, she is the new person the occupies Cole’s Core, his new intimate relationship. And so I think this film does a great job portraying all these ideas and shows us how Cole’s life is directly parallel to our lives.

Ad Analysis Reflection

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1.Listening to other students perspective changed my perception about media and their messages in the sense that I got to understand that there’s a lot more to these ads than meets the eye. A lot can be unpacked from each of these different ads and there’s a lot of meaning in some media, more than what you have initally thought.

2.The challenges in writing a peer review were that sometimes I just couldn’t find any constructive criticism other than some nitpicks whenever I would come across one that was in my opinion, great. Now that was only a few, like maybe one or two, but still it was there. It was a learning experience in the sense of just recognizing when something met all the qualifications of the assignment.

3.I think in my presentation I just focused specifically on explaining the technical aspects of the product I was analyzing. I did this so I could really help the crowd understand just how this ad was manipulating the average unsuspecting customer. If there’s anything I could say I could have done better was maybe explain it more eloquently and more precisely since the average person doesn’t understand technical things like specs very easily.

Digital Footprint, Privacy, and Beyond

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 I felt like this was a great topic for a blog post. You see the thing about a digital footprint is is that it’s very much a product of how much technology has grown, and how it may have grown a little too much too fast. Digital footprints are essentially us leaving a trace of ourselves in social media. Whether it be a post on instagram, or on Facebook that doesn’t include our 10 second or more stories that will disappear at the end of the day. But even then those aren’t completely gone. Anyone can snap a screenshot, or record any of our stories and instagram doesn’t notify you unlike snapchat. 

And this leads in to the effect this has on our privacy. Because actually even our very presence on certain sites leaves a digital footprint. Everytime we’re looking at something online such as shopping websites are storing our searches in the cache/cookies. That’s why when we go to other websites we see ads for other things we’ve previously looked at. Not to mention it was reported that some of our private messages are turned over to compaines like Facebook, Netflix and Spotify. So actually just being on the internet these days is enough to encroach on our privacy more than we would even think. We’re leaving digital footprints all over the place when we don’t even realize, just by just being on the internet! This article explains this very important concept in consumer data privacy and it’s great. https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2018/07/09/what-is-consumer-data-privacy-and-where-is-it-headed/#7febdbf61bc1

Object Speech Reflection

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In preparing for the presentation, did you learn something about yourself? What? How did the object speech transform your self-perception?

In my particular speech I wouldn’t say I necessarily learned something new, more so that I reminded myself of something I had lost. What I lost is the motivation to truly excel. Not just be average at something or even good. Seeing those medals again reminded me of how good I was at that particular thing, and how much better I was at other things than my peers and how I wasn’t realizing my full potential.  I lacked the motivation to be truly great and be better than others at certain things. A big part of achieving want I want in life is to reestablish a great deal of discipline within myself, as that’s probably the most important thing on my road to greatness.

 

How was the experience of giving written feedback for your peers? Did it change the way you listened to your classmates’ presentations?

The experience of giving feedback to my peers was kind of enlightening in the sense that most times I tend to not pay attention to people mostly, not necessarily through fault of their own, but because my own attention is very short sometimes. But for whatever reason I was pretty focused while doing these exercises and I got to actually provide some thoughtful feedback that I feel would contribute to my classmates that got it.

 

If you were to give an object speech again, would you do anything differently? What and why?

If I gave another object speech I would definitely plan out the speech a little bit better. I think I did a pretty good job in the first 3 minutes but I kind of got lost in my thoughts after that point.

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