Light Humor on the Dark Topic of Incarceration

Not entirely related to the first week's readings, but injecting some humor into tough subjects can sometimes segway into thoughtful conversation. In my experience, anyway
Not entirely related to the first week’s readings, but injecting some humor into tough subjects can sometimes segway into thoughtful conversation. In my experience, anyway
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4 thoughts on “Light Humor on the Dark Topic of Incarceration

  1. Depending on which way you want to go… we could discuss if such images perpetuate prison stereotypes, or if they help bring the topic of prison into the mainstream. Depending on how philosophical you want to get, we could also consider the zebra as a racial or “other-ed” metaphor.

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  2. I think there are many people who have seen old photos or movies where all the prisoners are in these types of jumpsuits and make the association pretty quickly without much thought. But it also suggest an out of sight out of mind experience, wherein people aren’t really thinking about what the people in the pictures go through, how they’re treated, or what happens when they are released. Images like these can spark conversation over how long and how many times people have seen these images to make the association and give them the opportunity to discuss what it really means to have to wear the stripes.

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