Modern Persuasion (2020)
Speaking from someone who has seen so many terrible Austen adaptations this was actually good. The script is funny. Alicia is charming. The whole cast made me laugh. It includes basically everything from the book in a modern setting. A hidden gem of 2020
Modern Persuasion (2020)
Persuasion was released in the United States on July 8, 2022, before its streaming release on July 15, 2022, by Netflix. The film received generally negative reviews criticizing the film's modernization of the source material and the main protagonist Anne Elliott breaking the fourth wall by interacting with the audience.
Back in 1995, in the midst of cinema's brief fixation with Jane Austen, director Roger Michell made the definitive film of "Persuasion": as literate and elegant as it was underestimated upon release. That same year, Amy Heckerling set the bar for modernized Austen adaptations with her lithely funny and era-defining "Emma" riff "Clueless." A quarter-century later, the straightforwardly titled "Modern Persuasion" falls some way short of either benchmark. Refashioning Austen's bittersweet final novel about love surmounting prickly English class politics as a peppy romantic comedy of missed connections among the moneyed New York media set, Alex Appel and Jonathan Lisecki's film is both too innocuous and too flatly imagined to stir much feeling either way.
The 'modern day' working girl patter of this script kept me wondering how long this movie been gathering dust in a can on the shelf of some Toronto warehouseThe performances are pretty good but the script and direction, which somehow manage to make the Austen plot seem plodding, have all the hallmarks of a five year old Canadian Lifetime movie.I can't believe I paid to rent this.
An introduction to the techniques of classical rhetoric both as a practical skill and as a philosophical approach to civic persuasion. Reading will consist of theoretical discussions of the proper means and ends of persuasion, along with exercises from Greek and Roman manuals of rhetoric. The goals of the course are: acquiring a historically informed understanding of the philosophical and ethical problems these techniques raised in their times; mastering the main classical techniques for persuasive reading, writing, speaking, and image-making; applying these principles to the analysis of a wide range of modern forms of persuasion.
150 History of Modern Africa (1 course) This course will explore the history of sub-Saharan Africa from roughly 1700 to the present, focusing on the forces that have shaped modern Africa, including the slave trade; the rise of Islam, economy, society, and culture under European colonialism; African independence movements; and South Africa under apartheid. Throughout the course, emphasis will be placed on the role Africans played in shaping their own destinies. This course counts toward the African Studies minor. GLOBL, HIPHI, Offered annually.
175 History of Pre-Modern East Asia (1 course) Examination of pre-modern East Asia (to 1644) with emphasis on: East Asian philosophical and spiritual traditions and how these traditions affected the development of East Asian civilizations; the contribution East Asia played in the development of European and world history; and to challenge Euro-centric perspectives that often view East Asia civilizations as static. Some particular themes include how Confucianism created a self-regulated society, how Chinese civilization was able to maintain cultural continuity for 3000 years, the role of the Mongols in the making of the modern world, and Japanese samurai culture. This course uses several East Asian films. This course counts toward the Japanese Studies major/minor. GLOBL, HIPHI, Fall semester.
218 Scandinavia to 1800 (1 course) This course surveys the history of Scandinavia from the earliest evidence of human presence to about 1800. Particular emphasis is placed on the Vikings, the turmoil and troubles of the Middle Ages, the emergence of early modern dynastic states in Denmark and Sweden, Sweden and its Baltic empire in the 17th century, and struggles between change and continuity in the 18th century. HIPHI, Fall semester, odd years.
220 Western Christianity in the Middle Ages (1 course) In the millennium before the Reformation, the Christian church based in Rome was the most powerful institution and promoted the dominant belief system in western Europe. Its influence was felt virtually everywhere and by everyone. This course examines its core doctrines and interpretation of the Bible during the Middle Ages, its jurisdictional claims over both spiritual and secular matters, and the wide range of devotional practices that emerged in European society. Also considered are the impact of the Reformation on medieval Christianity and the legacy of medieval Christianity in the modern world. THEOL, Offered occasionally.
The Internet has enabled new technologies of persuasion to go even further. Those seeking to influence others can collect and use data about targeted audiences to create personalized messaging. Tracking the websites a person visits, the searches they make online, and what they engage with on social media, persuasion technologies enable those who have access to such tools to better understand audiences and deliver more tailored messaging where audiences are likely to see it most. This information can be combined with data about other activities, such as offline shopping habits, the places a person visits, and the insurance they buy, to create a profile of them that can be used to develop persuasive messaging that is aimed at provoking a specific response.
The power dynamics of persuasive technologies are changing. Access to tools and technologies of persuasion is not egalitarian. Many require large amounts of both personal data and computation power, turning modern persuasion into an arms race where the better resourced will be better placed to influence audiences. 041b061a72