25 thoughts on “The Dead Poets Society: Why we (don't) study the humanities

  1. I honestly disagreed with the part of the poem being missed interpreted. Because poems like all other art are up to the reader to feel. That’s the beauty of art. We can come up with a feeling that we feel when we here it.

  2. I was so excited to see your jean brodie reference. I would love a review with a full breakdown.

  3. One can't help but wonder how a single idea (DPS) can spawn so many misreadings/misinterpretations.

  4. You use a lot of big words to fool the intellectual plebes, but in reality, ARE advocating Fascism.

  5. Is not art and poetry the the freedom to express ones self, and others to interpret that way they wish? I find this video patronizing, and takes away from the message the film tries to convey which is an extremity positive one. We all need to seize the day. Just because it does not fit into your version of the truth, does not change the impact and meaning of this masterpiece for others.

  6. You neglect to provide the hope and drive to carry on. A simple message this film provides, with some reference to literature that most would ignore and not peruse without having a movie like this. It is not all about absolutes, it is about encouraging people to explore. It might not be entirely factually correct, but is based off a real experience from a person that experienced something and a meaning that may have not been intended. It has help many people have the courage to stand up in life and give it a go. What is wrong with any of that?

  7. I really like your video essays, I hope you'll continue to work on this because … well, I'll dare to name it … revolutionary, maybe? Using the tool that stops us froom thinking and questioning too much… also brainwashing sometimes, to open our eyes and analyze. Something we need to do.

  8. i really love the emphasis at the end on "how to read" that lights up the distinction between reading as the act and reading as the intention.

  9. There are certain films that are considered classics that are beyond and above any critisism. One of those films is Dead Poets Society. I really respect and admire the fact that Ms. Margarita G dares to criticly dissect it. Mind you, she doesn't it's a bad film, just a "simple one". I think that is a good point.

  10. … you have successfully once again shown me a facet of a movie I didn't really think of with a powerful video essay. Thanks.

  11. As an aside:::: I have heard that another not-great thing about the DPS film is that it only presents older poetry while the beat revolution was set in the same time and is completely ignored by Keeting. Haven't fact-checked that myself though.

  12. It's weird how we tend to separate science from the humanities because they've always been closely linked. Scientists do the exact same thing humanitarians do. They explore the world and disregard the status quo in favor of gaining knowledge and deeper understanding. We may see science as the pet of conformity but scientists are pretty punk rock. They introduce radical ideas and go against the norm. We think of all the great scientists as people who always have been praised by the masses and taken seriously, but in their days they were the odd ones out and it often wasn't until long after their deaths that they gained respect and recognition

  13. I think this video correctly points out the flaws of this movie if we closely analyse it, putting forward today's political climate and the impact of social media which tends to polarize people with certain emotional push buttons.
    But devil lies in the details, with the rising rate of college drop outs in America at that time because of its existentially challenged education system which felt rather meaningless. This film correctly points out the flawed hierarchical structure of academia and the relationship between a teacher and student.

  14. I did not care for poetry in high school. The humanities at University got in my way when I had no time and less money while struggling to remain in school. I needed my precious time and money to get on with Physics, Chemistry, and Maths. I was in my 40’s before I realized I enjoyed poetry and to make it even more challenging as I am impatient and accelerate on the down-slope side of life. I started my new adventure with French poets … in French to support concurrently my efforts to learn a new language through the beauty of French poetry. I would read and feel its meaning … fumbling to put those feelings in my own words while learning its structure and vocabulary on the go, searching later for a proper analysis by first language speakers of French. American and British poets came second. I like some of the romantics and many of the symbolists in two languages. I am having fun … even tried to write a little, great fun. PS: I kept my day job in a research chemical lab. Now I am retired and filling my remaining time with prose and doing some math and Physics so I won’t forget what I did when I was young.

  15. I'm training to be a medical doctor with a heart of a humanistic scientist. I completely agree with you that you need to analysis and critically think about a subject such as, one time when I was studying anthropology in SFSU there was a lecture with multiple doctorates. I agreed with the lecturer's argument until the lecturer said "Sociality has changed by technology. Technology has killed sociality completely." I was horrified that the lecturer destroyed her whole argument within 5 seconds. Raise my hand then spoke "I agree with you that sociality has changed by technology, but disagree with you that technology has killed sociality completely because read in anthropological article about a town in Japan found a rebirth by technology." In seconds, the lecturer was shocked and speechless and the chair of the anthropology department gave me a dirty disapproving look by what I said, but didn't care because lost a lot of respect for him days earlier, so raved in his angry with glee.

  16. That last part is precise!!! I fully agree on that, humanities is such a great tool nowadays that everything we see is so manipulated to the extent of being not authentic. People shouldn’t take humanities as joke now cause we are already living in a society that propaganda is striving no matter what ideology it carries and it’s very dangerous to the fragile minds of people

  17. I think your analysis is correct, but I think you're wrong in thinking that that's something the film did without noticing, I believe that a good bunch of it is actually intentional. Notice how at the end of the film they show how he skipped over several other movements and stuck only to Romanticism, which makes complete sense because what we see is the impact of a romantic view on life on an impressionable youth. Keating is not the ideal teacher, he is the perfect teacher to prove this point though.

  18. Well, I've never thought this is good a teacher, because he tells his students how to live, being non-conformists is a value in itself. A good teacher gives his subject and enable the students how to use knowledge and tasks.

    Furthermore he or she gives an example on how to behave as a descent individual. This teaching-style to provoce admiration for the teacher on the basis "every teaching bevor me was nothing – I'll show you know how it goes" is really seductive and can create a psychological split within the students mind.

  19. These are children, much like those today who are just eating what their parents tell them, what the one radio program or website tells them. Keating actually encourages them to disagree, even with him. Calling it simple is also a reach. Just because there was no cliffhanger or clear devil's advocate, does not mean it didn't call upon the viewer to think. So what if it spoke of conviction and took a stance. Since when did teetering upon the various permutations of interpretation come to be the meaning of objectivity? It's just a different viewpoint. The ripping of the introduction scene, is like the ripping of a news pundit- more interested in the showmanship of critique than the health of the critique itself. Dubbing oneself an expert by applying mathematics and discrete values to qualify a form of art (which is Keating's issue with the book) only serves to blindly and without historical and contextual consideration, to shred that art to pieces until you are left with nothing but opinions masquerading as nuance and innovation…it as though by trying to be outside of the box, this review just collapsed itself back into one.

  20. I understand the criticism of the film. However, when the film came out I was about 11 years old. Watching it as a youth encouraged me to read , write, and be interested in the arts and humanities. I ended up going to university to study both English and Fine Arts, which was against the wishes of my dad who thought it was useless. I embraced the passion that the film illustrated towards poetry and the arts. I think this is especially relevant today when so much of education and curriculum is focused on math, science, and technology. Not to mention the lack of human connection and passion I think we encounter because of cell phones and technology.

  21. 7:45 "the film, is above all, about the value of non-conformity" ….. where in the world do you reach that conclusion from? That is a very naive, narrow-minded, and/or utterly misguided summing up of what this film's true message and theme was. I'd ask you now that some time has passed since you made this video, looking back at that assessment, would you like to make a correction? The analysis and arugments made throughout the rest of the video was sound overall, but that one enormous error broke the flow and made it difficult to appreciate what came after it, however unfortunate that may be.

  22. I am very sorry I didn't know that Hollywood Actor Robbin Williams wrote his own scripts. I thought Hollywood employed people called scriptwriters! Bula, Bula !

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