Third Cinema and Politicized Art Summary Post

Hi all!

I have finished writing my paper and have turned it in! Overall, I am happy with how the project turned out. I settled on the title “Lessons From Third Cinema,” as the common thread between the various moving parts of the project, I realized, was discerning what lessons could be taken from the ideological claims and methodological recommendations of the Third Cinema project, ranging from my inquiry into aesthetics regarding politicized art to very practical considerations about the effects of creating art via collaboration as opposed to on an individual basis. I was happy to explore all of the aspects of Third Cinema that initially intrigued me when I read about them in class.

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Final Post: How’s William and Mary doing?

The final product for my research project was initially going to be an ideal study abroad program that could be used as a guideline to improve current William and Mary programs. The only problem with developing an ideal study abroad program is that it will not always be feasible for implementation.

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A Bookmark (and Conclusion) to Marketing in Big Pharma

I finished my report! This report took a lot longer than expected because of technical difficulties with RefWorks, but it’s done, and my concluding thoughts are included throughout this post! My research report was organized into eight sections sandwiched between my introduction and conclusion. Included are sections relating to the history of pharmaceutical marketing and corresponding legislation, effective marketing techniques, target audiences, and how pharmaceutical marketing tactics affect the consumer and doctor. Additionally, I analyzed both benefits and detriments of pharmaceutical marketing. I ultimately concluded that the current pharmaceutical business model is not sustainable, and the unethical marketing techniques that are commonly used are hurting the industry by turning away doctors and potential customers from treatment options. The industry as a whole must focus more on the consumer, allowing for flexible pricing schemes and providing personalized care. In addition, more money must be invested into research and development, with a focus on collaboration, to ensure generations of pharmaceutical success and a loyal customer base.

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Conclusion

Sorry for the late post I completely forgot we had to do a conclusion, but anyway…

Finishing my research and paper I found the theory of sexual selection was heavily criticized from its origin due to misunderstandings of its mechanisms (especially mate choice) that stemmed sexism (male biologists didn’t like the suggestion that females chose their mate by judging the males). Due to this sexual selection was never considered as an explanation for behaviors that seemed counterproductive for survival. Behaviors such as sports, art, and large-game hunting (seem during prehistoric times as an altruistic activity as the meat was shared among the tribe) can generally be best described as sexually selected behaviors (hunting is kinda both) as they benefit reproductive efforts more than they benefit survival efforts. What is confusing is that these behaviors begin to appear before sexual maturity and continue even after mating occurs. Why?  There is plenty of correlational evidence that shows happiness is derived by engaging in these activities.  I argue that happiness works to motivate individuals to engage in these behaviors which leads them to become talented enough to draw in a mate. I admit causational studies, which is hard to design and enact for this question, are needed to solidify this argument. Another possible reason for early and continued engagement in these activities could be Zahavi’s concept of “social prestige” where animals engage in actions that seem unnecessary or detrimental in order to earn themselves respect within their group which also brings about the respect of the potential mates in the group.

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