Unit 1 essay - Minority Report society has developed a...

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Unformatted text preview: Minority Report society has developed a system of ‘precrime.’ is police that use psychics that they call “precogs” who can see future crimes before they occur, allowing the police to arrest those that are believed to commit a crime in the future but have not committed one yet. These precrime police and precogs are two subcultures within this society. This creates a world without murder because the guilty are punished before the crime is committed based on the technologies allowing them to see into the future. In this society there is a constant surveillance watch on citizen movements and daily activities through retinal scanners throughout the city. These retinal scans as well as iRobot’s and spiders that are equipped with body heat sensors so individuals can be tracked are all examples of material cultures. The greatest value of this culture is that killing is bad and not killing or stopping killings is good. The only counterculture from the movie are those that continue to premeditate murder knowing that they can and will be caught from it. In order to help them not be caught by the precog police these individuals have eye surgery this way retina scans with not register them as the person that premeditated a murder. Technology, surveillance and the precogs all represent symbols of safety in the community. So long as all of these things are working properly the society will be a safe place. With the technology and retinal scans everywhere the mass media is better geared towards every individual, during the movie while on the train we see an electronic newspaper update with the most pertinent news available. Also while in the shopping mall due to the retinal scans the advertisements are geared towards what that individual buys more of. John portrays anticipatory socialization once he is defined a criminal by the precogs. He runs even though being told not to as “everybody runs.” Through being a precrime cop he has learned what the criminals do and has begun to take on that role in anticipation of being “chased” by the precrime unit. Upon entering this next society it is quickly notice that food or game is one of the largest symbols of life. While hunting game is considered illegal and one can get into trouble for it by the peacekeepers, those that keep the law, they are hungry too so they overlook it most days. Their culture is full of trade, trading game for soup, wax, lard, shoelaces, etc. The norm of a typical day the roads are full of miners going to work. Most of their nails and clothes covered in coal dust, as district twelve is known for mining coal, part of their material culture. Another norm that we observe is during the reaping everyone wears their best clothing and looks their best. A subculture of this society depends on where you live in the district, those less off live in the Seam. When these children come of age they typically have their name in the reaping bucket more times as they need to help their families by getting them more food. Those that live in the Apothecary are another subculture, these families are better off, as in have no need to hunt for food, and their children will be “safer” when they come of age for the reaping. The farther you live from the capitol the more socially devalued you are, being district 12 is the farthest from the capitol, those that live there are seen as more worthless and poor. During the process of preparing for the hunger games, Katniss is not very willing to trust others as she has never been able to trust anyone but Gale to help her in district 12. She knows that she is going to be fighting for her life and is worried to let anyone help or know her strengths as they will use her strengths against her. The only way to better herself and her odds at survival however are to socialize with others that are in the games and create a team of sorts, to learn from one another. ...
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