Apathy vs. Activism

Short stop animation film (>1 min) using Russian dolls to examine the possible core root of apathy and how to start over to rebuild ourselves from apathetic beings to peaceful activists

Previously i had vlogged about Love vs. Fear and had a short blog post about apathy

I have discussed the topic of being neutral and/or apathy within the Deaf community with many great souls. Most seem to attribute it to “learned helplessness” via many oppressive mechanisms (black listing, fear of being labeled a trouble maker, Deaf community so small, etc)

This short film is just a quick attempt to give visual representation to the conceptualization of apathy. I have encouraged many of my friends who have brilliant ASL to make a vlog with their very sophisticated analysis of apathy within the Deaf community. fingers crossed they will do so soon

to see a few favorites:
Joey Baer’s What would you do?Staying Neutral
David Eberwein’s Deaf POWER Militants: Top Five Myths
Ella Mae Lentz’s In and Out and Moving On

Im sure im missing many others – pls add in comment section and ill go back and amend this posting

My apologies to any professional stop animator – this short film is a quick and fast attempt using my imac camera and imovie – a real camcorder and better lighting would have ensured a much better film but in a hurry – biggest sorry


patti durr

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jean Boutcher
    Dec 16, 2007 @ 21:57:21

    There is a peculiar irony amongst some people in society.
    For example, if we fight for a worthy cause in a peaceful way, we would be falsely accused of being anarchic. We do not know
    how to be apathetic when we very clearly see a wrong picture
    out there. I have been to a number of anti-Iraq war, anti-poverty, anti-genocide in Darfur. Linguist Noam Chomsky
    has participated with us. No one has called us anarchists.
    Never would I ever cower. We fight to right the wrong. It would be against my principle if I let the intimidators control me and others. Never! Ever! I guess it is a genetic thing from my ancestors who fought in the American Revolution against King George III.

  2. Ella Lentz
    Dec 17, 2007 @ 02:59:45

    Cool! more vlogs, YES! Also, more brilliant Deafhood FILMS like this and others!!

  3. Candace A McCullough
    Dec 17, 2007 @ 09:21:00

    Exactly!!! We need to see more activism. That is why as a parent I try to
    encourage my daughter to feel free to speak up when she sees things that are
    not right. I do find it very interesting that some people interpret
    speaking up as very threatening and are very quick to label activists as
    troublemakers. For years, Deaf people have been taught to be QUIET. Change
    has to being with each of us!

  4. DE
    Dec 17, 2007 @ 10:02:36

    An excellent resource— your short film!! I like the idea of stripping down to our core and rebuilding with love, etc.

    What’s so terrible about speaking out? What’s so terrible about being pro-Deaf rights?

    Oh that’s right- it means loss of income for many audists. So– it’s a terrible thing if we stand up together!! The worst!!!

    Therefore, they impose their deficit thinking and audism on us, the community- pitting us against each other. Keeping ourselves busy AND poor while they proceed to work on their stock dividends. Nice.

    SPEAK UP NOW!!! No more FEAR!



  5. pdurr
    Dec 18, 2007 @ 09:14:47

    thanks for all ur comments

    how can we direct our attention and focus at systematic oppression

    how can we foster unity

    i tend to want to be at the level of activism but at times look to my right and my left and see i am standing alone

    i have forgotten the key element after self love and love for others – UNITY

    no we will never have everyone on the same page – nor should we seek to – there is usually a bit of wisdom in some dissent – but we definitely need to do much more unity / community / collectivism before we can move on to empowerment and activism



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