Breaking Cinema was a documentary podcast project I developed between 2014-2016 and which now forms a component of my Creative Technologies Sandbox.
My vision for Breaking Cinema had been to do something experimental, educational and entertaining that would break new ground with the discussion of cinema.
But, for the longest time, I struggled to figure out its specific focus and to develop it beyond being a podcast where a group of people sat around discussing film topics that had been covered a million times before.
I knew that the focus of the podcast was connected to my personal values so I decided to write down a list of statements that defined my personal beliefs and what I saw as the over-arching focus of the podcast.
I have been thinking about this list a lot lately, not just because I am now writing up the components for the Creative Technologies Sandbox final project, but also because I have been reflecting on my personal values in the write up for my education philosophy that forms a component of my Education Innovation final project.
Ultimately, I abandoned developing Breaking Cinema in 2016, but, looking back at the list the helped me find its focus, it is clear to see that its focus still permeates in the philosophy of my MTA Portfolio and ibuiltmyown.education.
What follows are the twenty concise points I collected together to help myself and the other project members to understand the specific focus of the Breaking Cinema podcast…
1) The bigger picture
3) “Human beings are very complicated things. They live in several dimensions at once, not just one. And if they try to live just in one, they warp themselves horribly.”- Olaf Stapledon, Four Encounters, 1983
4) Five-dimensional thinking a.k.a. lateral thinking
5) Film history, analysis, criticism and appreciation can take care of themselves
6) Holistic = transdisciplinary
7) “The world we perceive is an artificially constructed environment whose character and properties are as much a result of unconscious mental processing as they are a product of real data.” – Subliminal: The New Unconscious and What it Teaches Us, 2014:50
8) Willful blindness a.k.a. the art of ignoring reality
10) “I am not a good man and I’m not bad man. You know what I am… I am… an idiot! With a box and a screwdriver, passing through, helping out, learning.” – The Doctor, Doctor Who: Death in Heaven, 2014
11) Homo sapiens are the best and the worst thing about the planet Earth
12) “[In the future], the Internet will disappear… you won’t even sense it, it will be part of your presence all the time.” – Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google
13) Engaging with content is anything but passive
14) “All of us want to bury our heads in the sand when taxes are due, when we have bad habits we know we should change, or when the cars starts to make that strange sound. Ignore it and it will go away – that’s what we think and hope. It’s more than just wishful thinking. In burying our heads in the sand, we are trying to pretend the threat doesn’t exist and that we don’t have to change. We are also trying hard to avoid conflict: if the threat’s not there, I don’t have to fight it. A preference for the status quo, combined with an aversion to conflict, compel us to turn a blind eye to problems and conflicts we just don’t want to deal with.” – Margaret Heffernan, Wilful Blindness, 2012:211
16) “Until eight weeks old, every fetal brain looks female – female is nature’s default gender setting” – Louann Brizendine, The Female Brain, 2006:36
18) ‘Listen’ – if you re-arrange the letters it becomes ‘silent’
19) “my mind was filled with one thought, one conception, one purpose. So much has been done, exclaimed the soul of Frankenstein, – more, far more, will I achieve; treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation.” – Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, 2003:49