“Report on a Threatened City” II

“Mass Suicide”: Which “technical device” is criticised? What does the short story say about it?

“Laughter, Functions of, See Above”: What does this section confirm?

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21 Responses to “Report on a Threatened City” II

  1. Emilia Molmenti, Milagros Brascó and Nicolás Araya says:

    “Mass Suicide”: Which “technical device” is criticised? What does the short story say about it? Television is the technical devise being critizised because it is said that it makes people violent while reacting to a normal situation. This is because the T.V. transmitts violent images all the time. The television becomes more violent every time because ”events become familiar and are constantly performed” so to make it more interesting and gaining more viewers they make it even more violent.

    “Laughter, Functions of, See Above”: What does this section confirm?
    This section confirms that human beings have the characteristic of of being apathetic to death and suffering. They show this apathy in laughter.
    Moreover, they don’t experience fear, not a paranoic type of fear but the fear that shows a relevance, an importance to life. ”Fear is not experienced, or not in a way that is useful for protecting society or the individual”

  2. Joaquin+Olaizola says:

    1) The device critiziced by the aliens is the televission. it makes reference to it by saying that it generates violent approval and disapproval on what is presented and the alliens says that humans will always do and act in favour of what is showed in the t.v. it also mentions that people watching the tv release stress accumulated.
    2) This section confirms our incapacity of death fear and that no matter what they do, our species will not care at all about weather we die or not, that is why aliens had to classify their mission as a failure.

  3. Antonia+Flores+Piran says:

    1)the technical advice which is criticized is television, because it says that ir cause violent approval or disapproval it is like a form of catharsis that is a way of relieving the tensions “a sequence of events that may fall outside their formal code of mortality, or be on its border line, will be acted out, causing violent approval or disapproval-it is a form of catharsis”
    2)What this section confirms is that humans do not care. They ignore the signs of impeding death and tragedy and continue with their lives as if nothing happens.”..they knew about the threatened danger and did not care.or behaved as if they did not”

  4. Sebas Borda y Agus Bujevich says:

    1) what is criticized is the TV. Aliens say it is “a form of catharsis” meaning it cleans emotions out of the humans way of living and they also say that it turns humans to be more violent due to the images it shows.
    2)“Laughter, Functions of, See Above” this quote confirms that humans are careless, they dont care about their own health nor others “fear is not experienced, or not in a way that is useful for protecting society or the individual”. Aliens, due to human acts of not wanting to help themselves, give up the chance to help humans because they cant change how they are makeing them abort the mission.
    🙂

  5. Ignacio+Rela says:

    1) the tv is critisied, aliens say that is a way of relieving emotional tensions, a “form of catharsis” also it critises the violence the tv expresses and the range and importance it has to people.
    2)It confirms that the society is not afraid to death and neither to suffer. The fear is not a feeling of that society or at least it is not experienced as a fruitful thing for humans. “This was the thesis the Aliens had about humans. In the end they confirmed that the human beings didn´t consider theyr lives important.” “There is nothing more we can do. This mission must be regarded as a failure”.

  6. Francisca Muller says:

    1) The television is the technical device that is critized by the aliens because it generates violent or “disturbing and unpalatable” between human beings, usually fear, sadness or pity. Also it wants to give the message that human beings will act towards the visual images transmited.
    2)It confirms that the society is not afraid to death and neither to suffer. The fear is not a feeling of that society or at least it is not experienced as a fruitful thing for humans. “This was the thesis the Aliens had about humans. In the end they confirmed that the human beings didn´t consider theyr lives important.” “There is nothing more we can do. This mission must be regarded as a failure”.

  7. Belen Irazusta says:

    a) the telelvision is the technical device that it is criticised. aliens agree that this device creates violent approval and disapproval among people thanks to the pictures or images it shows. finally aliens say that it acts as a “form of catharsis”.
    b) i think that it confirms that people of the society does not care about death and about suffering, they are indifferent. we do not fear anything, and this is what aliens also critized.

  8. Maria Brito Peret says:

    1. The aliens describe the television as a way to clean their emotions; this is called “catharsis”. Generally the emotions are sadness and maybe fear, so the aliens make reference to this fact, because they believe that the images that the television transmits produce violent consequences in humans.

    2. What it confirms is that humans don’t care about their lives, because they are not afraid of dying or suffer “fear is not experienced, or not in a way that is useful for protecting society or the individual”. This is because they don’t know their purpose of living any more. Apart from this, it’s shown that aliens failed on their mission with humans, ““There is nothing more we can do. This mission must be regarded as a failure”.

  9. sofi-teran@hotmail.com says:

    1) The technical device that is criticized is the ´´television´´. Aliens describe this device as ´´a form of catharsis´, which means a purifying cleansing of the emotions, especially pity and fear. The aliens criticized this because they say that it creates a violent approval or disapproval as a consequence to the images that it transmits.
    ´´a sequence of events that may fall outside their formal code of morality, or be on its border line, will be acted out, causing violent approval or disapproval it is a form of catharsis´´
    2) This section confirms that we, human beings , do not care about our life
    ´´fear is not experienced, or not in a way that is useful for protecting society or the individual ´´
    And because aliens confirmed this, they saw them self’s forced to abort their mission since there was nothing else they could do about it

  10. mili+alezzandrini says:

    1) “Mass Suicide”: Which “technical device” is criticised? What does the short story say about it?
    The television is the technical device that is critized by the aliens because it generates violent or “disturbing and unpalatable” between us, humans.
    2)“Laughter, Functions of, See Above”: What does this section confirm?
    what “laugher, functions of, see above confirm is confirms that Fear is not experienced. The fear of death and the suffering.

  11. Lucas says:

    1) the device critiziced by the aliens is the televission. it makes reference to it by saying that it generates violent approval and disapproval on what is presented and the alliens says that humans will always do and act in favour of what is showed in the t.v. it also mentions that people watching the tv release stress accumulated.

    2) this sections confirms that humans don’t experience fear. they don’t know their purpose of living any more and they don’t care about their own existance. moreover, in this section it is shown to the reader that the alliens failed on their mission in our planet.

  12. Agustin Campion says:

    1) the device critiziced by the aliens is the televission. it makes reference to it by saying that it generates violent approval and disapproval on what is presented and the alliens says that humans will always do and act in favour of what is showed in the t.v. it also mentions that people watching the tv release stress accumulated.

    2) this sections confirms that humans don’t experience fear. they don’t know their purpose of living any more and they don’t care about their own existance. moreover, in this section it is shown to the reader that the alliens failed on their mission in our planet.

  13. FranciscoRipoll says:

    “Mass Suicide”: Which “technical device” is criticised? What does the short story say about it?

    1)The technical device criticised on the story by the aliens is the television because it is said that this instrument generates violent approval and disapproval on the people by the use of visual images. And this is a “form of catharsis”, which means it is a way of relieving emotional tensions.

    “Laughter, Functions of, See Above”: What does this section confirm?

    2)It confirms that the society is not afraid to death and neither to suffer. The fear is not a feeling of that society or at least it is not experienced as a fruitful thing for humans. “This was the thesis the Aliens had about humans. In the end they confirmed that the human beings didn´t consider theyr lives important.” “There is nothing more we can do. This mission must be regarded as a failure”.

  14. Francisco José Okecki says:

    1) The alien´s opinion about the television is that it acts as a source of violence, and that creates a dependance that we now have with the TV were we will always do what it is transmitted.
    2) This section confirms our incapacity of death fear and that no matter what they do, our species will not care at all about weather we die or not, that is why aliens had to classify their mission as a failure.

  15. Francisco José Okecki says:

    1) The alien´s opinion about the television is that it acts as a source of violence, and that creates a dependance that we now have with the TV were we will always do what it is transmitted.
    2) This section confirms our incapacity of death fear and that no matter what they do, our species will not care at all about weather we die or not, that is why aliens had to classify their mission as a failure.

  16. Delfina Subirá, María José Tear, Virginia Loza, María Belén Gay & Milagros Zubizarreta. says:

    1) The television is critized by the aliens because it generates violent approval and disapproval because of the visual images it transmits to millions of people. They show unfamiliar ideas to the people forming a “catharsis”.
    2)Our thesis was simple: This society is indifferent to death and suffering. Fear is not experienced, or not in a way that is useful for protecting society or the individual.” This was the thesis the Aliens had about humans. In the end they confirmed that the human beings didn´t consider theyr lives important. “There is nothing more we can do. This mission must be regarded as a failure”.

    • cecilialasa says:

      Good job, girls!
      1) Please, make proper use of punctuation. It’s difficult to follow your ideas.

  17. Juani Lopez Vargas & Fede Tear says:

    1. This section present and detail an ”anxiety reducing” device called Television. This ‘television’ is described as a technical device that enables visual images that are transmitted simultaneously to millions of people. This is criticised because they say that disturbing and unpalatable ideas are put into ritual form and acted out in public to small groups or relayed by this device.

    2. “Laughter, Functions of, See Above” confirms that Fear is not experienced. no one sees facts, in neither games or rituals. hostile messages hide the violent emotion behind the managers of the ritual game. they failed to understand “what is the cause of their defectiveness”. nothing can be compared with Professors Bond and Hunter, because of their ugliness of manner and insentivity to the deeper feelings.

    • cecilialasa says:

      ok, boys… some comments
      1) I’m not sure about what you want to express in the first sentence.
      2) This section confirms that the citizens do not have a genuine concern about their own lives.

  18. Justo Fernandez Vidal says:

    1) The T.V. is criticised, as aliens say that it is a “form of catharsis”, which means it is a way of relieving emotional tensions. The short story says that the T.V. creates a violent approval or disapproval of the mesage that it sends and that us, humans, will always act towards the the “visual images transmitted” through it.
    2) It confirms that our “society is indifferent to death and to suffering”, as fear is not experienced by us and it confirms that the mission the aliens intended to do in our planet ended being a complete failture, as they were “able to achieve nothing.”

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