Sept112012 S2: Movement & Voice
After reading Elizabeth Ellsworth's introduction, I got stuck on how much the word and concept of movement seems to be a recurring theme in the readings we've been doing.
To bring up the comparison between Smith and Ellsworth, Smith's Fires in the Mirror argues that identities and people have the propensity and should be encouraged to move. Doing so can give people the change to make tensions productive by allowing the opposing sides to experience the other in some form and to, perhaps, "[build] bridges between places." (xxxix). What's more, Ellsworth, borrowing terms commonly used within film studies, often speaks of how 'fixed' the education system is in one particular way of understanding learning. Instead, she tries to "...make possible and thinkable questions that I believe can set into motion ways of thinking and teaching that have otherwise become rigis, solidified, stuck, and sloganized. What both then advocate for is to understand individuals as dynamic, not static beings, and if this is the case, we must engage them in a way that complies and takes advantage of this facet of human beings, and by extension, we must choose to view them in a variety of lenses and modes of address.
I think we would be hard-pressed to find someone who genuinely disagreed with the idea that humans are creatures who are stagnant, singularly dimensioned, etc. So I want to bring these two readings back into the context of our class and our focus of voice and merely emphasize how much we now tend to metaphorically understand voice to be a dynamic force rather than one that is flat. In other words, voice in whatever form has the power to "moves you", voice can take on a variety of forms that have different paces and rhythms to them, voice is in a way, motion itself.
The more I write, I admittedly still don't know why I find this to be such a compelling or important aspect of people's voice. Perhaps it pertains to how we should keep in mind that someone voicing something should not mean the "be-all-end-all" of who they are--rather, we should keep in mind they are dynamic and allowed to move in different directions and can voice different things. Perhaps there might be something missing or problematic in saying that humans and their voices are always moving.
I've lost steam.