Ashford 2: – Week 1 – Discussion 2
Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses.
The Wild and the Human
What does the film Grizzly Man teach us about the wildness of nature and how human beings ought to relate to it? What, if anything, was the mistake that led to Timothy Treadwell’s death? Did anthropomorphism (i.e., imagining the bears to have human characteristics) contribute to Treadwell’s death? Is nature indifferent to human interests as filmmaker Werner Herzog claims in his narration? Treadwell sees nature wonderful while Herzog sees it as Darwinian and cruel; is one of them correct or is there a third option? In what ways are both Treadwell’s and Herzog’s viewpoints on nature social constructions as Cronon would put it? Cite specific details from the movie to support your claims.
Review your classmates’ posts. As you analyze their examples, consider playing devil’s advocate and attempt to show how their analysis does not capture the essence of the either Treadwell’s or Herzog’s position. If you agree with others, enhance the discussion by including more supporting evidence from the articles or from your own outside research.
Attend discussion on at least four separate days, and post a total of 800 words. There is no required word count for individual posts as long as all your posts together total 800 words. Nor is there a minimum number of posts, but you must post on at least four separate days by Day 7.
Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your discussion.