Play-Acting table Topics Shattering Paradigms & Stereotypes

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Actor Clint Eastwood (Dirty Harry, Good, bad and Ugly movies) is also famous for running for Mayor of Monterey to change the cities anti-golf course policy. This is called entryism, the doctrine of joining a group specifically to change its policies.

  • Question: You are the character Dirty Harry. In his voice, explain how would you practice entryism to change minds and hearts of a particular group?

Movies/shows we love vs movies we avoid can indicate personal stereotypes eg., love stories, romance, horror.

  • Question: You are a cartoon character (eg., Donald Duck, Goofy, Mickey Mouse, Tweety)

Name and describe a movie you resisted but enjoyed so much it proved fatal to your paradigm and you became a fan of that genre of movies.

A paradigm shift is a fatal event that leads to death of a stereotype. With Social Media, the unfamiliar world is just a click away, yet people naturally gravitate to the comfort of familiarity.

  • Question: You are a Miss Universe Beauty Contestant, explain the importance of trying to understand the unfamiliar?

Bias doesn't make us 'bad' it makes us human. The brain profiles and forms stereotypes based upon what it has learned so far through experience.

  • Question: In your best rendition of Scooby Doo, how can talking to strangers help shatter learned paradigms?

Irish Poet Wm Butler Yeats said: "There are no strangers here; only friends you haven't met yet."

  • Question: if this is true, explain in your best Irish brogue (accent) why people continue to resist talking to strangers?

“Life without knowledge is death in disguise...” - Talib Kweli American hip-hop artist.

"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing." - Socrates

  • Question: You are a rapper, ya'all. Explain how are these two statements are identical?

Einstein famously said: "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them."

  • Question: You are a chicken, flap your wings and explain what he meant.

Fatal stereotypes become embedded in our brains often without our conscious awareness.

The key to change is not to subtract the old but to add new information/experiences and let the mix stew and brew.

  • Question: You are Blackbeard the Pirate: Describe one a fatal stereotype where you made a complete 180 degree reversal.

Your new neighbor doesn't speak a word of English. Eager to communicate you buy a translation guide. You smile and say "Welcome to the neighborhood" but the book translates "Turnips grow mightily in my nose" and the neighbor laugh out loud. The harder you try to communicate the harder he laughs.

  • Question: What would you do?

Compiled by Pat Kelley 9/9/2018 Table Topics questions