Truths Obscured by Language Hyosang Ahn -- Group Members: Angela Zhang, Diana Omomehin, Eduardo Gonzalez -- Date: Feb 27, 2017 - March 3, 2017 -- Badge Title: WOK Badge: Language

2/27/17 (3rd WOK Planning - Language)

This time it took longer to plan for the presentation because it was difficult to understand the meaning of obscurity in language. We finalized that language is one of the ways that cause knowledge itself to be obscured.

We decided to present in different style than conducting interviews from previous presentations. We will make a different recounts on a well-known historical event. We chose to work on the Boston Massacre because it is one of the examples where the significance of the event was conveyed differently among different societies.

Knowledge Question: Are truths obscured by the language in which we express them?

3/1/17 (3rd WOK Presentation / Reflection)

After the presentation, I have learned that it is impossible to not to show personal bias at all while writing a factual information. We have compared and contrasted each members’ account to the Boston Massacre. Because the characteristics in language of each members’ story differed, distinct personal views are naturally illustrated. I also realized that language is a significantly dependent factor to other WOKs; for example, sense perception and reason help form the characteristics of an individual’s language.

We have decided to create another activity to offer an easier interpretation. We are going to make a Mad-Libs themed the Boston Massacre. The audience will form two groups, and each group will receive a copy of the Mad-Lib with different titles explaining the perspective of the writer of the anecdote: American and British.

3/3/17 (3rd WOK Presentation Redo)

There was a purpose for audience’s engagement, but we also have felt the new accomplishment for learning more theories. The American and British press had different usage in language, so the fact is obscured by them. Therefore, we can agree that language has power to make the knowledge abstract.

Above work displays my version of an address to the Boston Massacre. The underlined words and phrases implies the neutral or euphemistic characteristics in my language. However, making the language euphemistic does not make it absolutely free from bias because listeners may react to the language in different directions.

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