The music video “Prayer Of The Refugee” by Rise Against depicts the realities of exploited manual laborers. The workers, namely minorities, children, and women, manufacture goods that become available later in American stores. The final moments of the video reveal two possible realities, that all of the products were made in America or were made in foreign countries and only claim to be made in America. Either interpretation easily prompts viewers to reconsider and address such realities. For example, viewers are inclined to think about the process of manufactured goods and those who made them. Secondly, viewers are also urged to consider what life must be like for the laborers and their motivation for enduring the stress that their work encompasses. The video can therefore be related back to the political psychology that Ardila discusses in Political Psychology: The Latin American Perspective, because the laborers must obviously have reasons for taking on such jobs, whether it be resulting from political and social unrest or economic turmoil.

The Goonies: Motivation!

December 11, 2011

In the film, The Goonies, the protagonists, a group of children, are motivated to find a way to save their homes from being foreclosed by the father of their enemy, Troy Perkins. They fear being separated and fear that their parents do not have the means to protect themselves from this fate. As a result, they embark on an adventure to find a lost treasure in order to raise the funds needed to prevent their homes from being taken away. The changes in the economic situation and what one may even consider to be social causes prompt the group to seek alternative solutions to their dilemma. Their efforts clearly embody the qualities of what Ardila argues to be political psychology.

Resident Evil: Apocalypse

December 11, 2011

Here’s another trailer that depicts a group that becomes affected by greater political and social factors. In the film, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, the protagonists strive for survival against humans that have become infected by a virus and have essentially become zombies. The zombies, of course, have got a craving for human flesh and the protagonists are forced to fight them off in an epic battle for their lives. Because their requests for help goes unheard from the authorities, the protagonists are thus forced to act on instinct and to the best of their judgment, though their actions are direct responses to their current situation, fighting for survival against hungry zombies.

In this scene of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Hamlet excitedly welcomes the players who will be performing a play (within a play) at the castle. Hamlet intends to utilize this new resource as a means of addressing his current dilemma of whether or not the ghost of his father told the truth about his death and if it would be morally right for Hamlet to avenge his death. Hamlet decides to experiment with players by having them act out the murder of his father in order to see if it will evoke a response from the new King Claudius. In experimenting with the players, Hamlet comes to use this medium to confront the issues of his current state. If we were to relate this to Latin American writers and literature, we can identify that Latin American writers experiment with literature to combat their social, political, and economic constraints.

The trailer for the film, Coraline, establishes the two realities that the protagonist Coraline Jones travels between. The first reality we learn is that of her actual life, in which she is often unhappy because her parents do not pay enough attention to her. Sensing that Coraline yearned for acceptance and love, her other mother, essentially an alternate version of her own mother, lured her into an alternate reality in which her immediate dreams came true. Coraline, traveling back and forth between these two realities begins to realize that her other mother has other intentions and must decide which reality she wants to dominate her existence. The two realities can easily be related to Sesshu Foster’s Atomik Aztex, in which Zenzotli often finds himself struggling between his own existence between his two realities and which reality dominates over the other.