Friday, November 02, 2007

Perception in Crash

Give an example of how perception was used as a way of knowing by a specific character in Crash. What knowledge issues affected how they percieved the world around? Explain.

9 comments:

CaitlinCeara said...

The little girl was told by her father that she was protected bythe cape. For a little girl anything that your parents tell you is accepted as truth. She percieves that she will be protected, so she risks her life. She doesn't know that it is a huge risk, but even a little girl knows that if her parents are screaming "no" something is wrong.

Stitches said...

Perception was used as a way of knowing by every character in Crash. Because someone that they saw fit a stereotype, they automatically assumed that they knew everthing about that person. An example would be the character of Sandra Bullock, especially early in the movie. When she and Brendon Fraiser are walking down the sidewalk to their car and they get jumped by the two black car thieves, she unconciously drew closer to Brendon Fraiser, because she thought she would be jumped. She didnt know anything about those two men, other than the fact that they were black, but because of that they were automatically dangerous.

KellyR. said...

An example of how perception was used as a way of knowing by a specific character in Crash was when the young policeman saw the young guy that he was giving the ride to was going to shot him because he was getting his gun out. The POK's with are the unknown bias. He doesn't even know the man but he assumes that he would shot he because he was black.

Dani said...

The one that really struck me was the persian? man who had such a language barrier, and therefore several major consequences follwed.
I also thought that Camerons change of dialect was really interesting; how he could change it to fit the situation and how aware of it he was within the film he was working on

Dani said...

sorry i just realized my last post should have gone in the one above....

AmyLM said...

One part of the movie where perception is used is when the two black guys who like to steal cars see the black escalade, driven by Cameron, and assume that a white person is driving it. They were so surprised to see that it was actually a black man behind the wheel, and chaos then ensued. They were relying solely on a preconcieved stereotype, that only rich white people drive escalades, and therefore they were led to a misconception.

penguin said...

I would like to add to what amylm said. The car that the two guys steal in the movie and then attempt to steal from Cameron is a Lincoln Navigator. You are correct that this car is more likely to be owned by a white person. If the car were an Escalade there would exist some very different connotations. It would be interesting to see if Anthony and Peter would have tried to steal Cameron's car if it were an Escalade. I also think that my personal bias is a huge knowledge issue. I am going off of experience and am not hoping to offend anyone.

-Graham P

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