Apr. 8th, 2007

Music Meme

Apr. 8th, 2007 10:11 am
chaiya: (dvn attacks fangirl!)
Via [livejournal.com profile] hope_persists:

Randomly list your top 10 favorite artists without looking at the quiz below...
1 Edie Carey
2 Anne Heaton
3 Ani DiFranco
4 Emm Gryner
5 Eddie From Ohio
6 Ellis
7 Rachael Sage
8 Groovelily
9 We're About 9
10 Richard Shindell

Music quiz! How can I resist? )

What's interesting to me is that I decided not to list Moxy Fruvous or DaVinci's Notebook, even though they're both dear to my heart, because they're no longer together. Their breaking up has moved them down on my list of favorite performers, because concerts are how I become a fan of most musicians. I guess I like that personal connection. Likewise, I think Paul & Storm and Jonathan Coulton are gaining ground since I saw them live a few months ago, and I'm hopefully seeing them again this month.
chaiya: (thoughtful)
We talked today about the history of oralism, particularly in Europe & America. I've also been reading When the Mind Hears by Harlan Lane, which is a sort of history of the Deaf. (I am a slow reader, but this is a very worthwhile book, thus far.)

Did folks know that, up until the 1960s or 1970s, manual language was legally prohibited to be used in schools to educate the deaf? This decree was made in the 1880s or therabouts, and it took nearly 100 years to reverse. The Deaf children who went to school were supposed to muddle along by lip reading. Because oral speech was the only acceptable, civilized, Human method of communication.

This blows my mind. In the Dark Ages, folks thought that those who couldn't speak were comparable to "dumb animals," because speech was supposedly what separates man from beast. But in my lifetime this was still a prevalent idea? Hell's bells!

I began taking this class because I thought it would be neat, because I wanted to know signs to teach to small children as I coo over them, etc. I also thought it would be fun to take with [livejournal.com profile] hakamadare, because now we have our own nonsequitur ASL jokes, and we can use it as a shorthand or as a private language when the need arises.

I want to continue taking the next levels of this class, however, because I want to support Deaf culture, because I want to be able to communicate with those who are Deaf and therefore would likely have more difficulty learning my language than I learning theirs. I want to go see Deaf poetry performances. I want to encourage folks to sign with me. I want to promote ASL as a nifty and useful language for those who have a hard time learning foreign tongues (which definitely describes me).

Mostly, I think I want to not be a Stupid American who can't conceive of any way but her own.

And I fear that having this desire actually does mean that I'm a Stupid American, after all.

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