There's 0 (Yes, ZERO) days left till 2012—the rumored year of doom. But before this world ends, as promised by both the Mayans and Harold Camping, let's take a look back at life in 2011. A year marked by both rebellion and peace, as well as by creation and destruction, 2011 was a full year. Around the world, people took charge and governments were transformed: in the Middle East, there was the Arab Spring and in the US, there was Occupy Wall Street. And don't forget, both the U.S. Congress and the natural world were dysfunctional—in NY, there was an earthquake and hurricane in one week. But the key underlining theme this year was that people--truly anybody, GOP Candidates and everyday humans—were making NOISE for their beliefs. Sound (and the lack of sound) were what made 2011. See for yourself...
Are you looking for something special for that special someone? Did you forget about it until, literally now... Did these presents not work? Then, no problem. Hear are six new ideas!!!!!
"If you examine an ear carefully - any ear, whether Van Gogh's or not - you'll see that it is designed much like a labyrinth. In that labyrinth I got lost. And I was never to find my way out again." -- Van Gogh's Ear by Moacyr Scliar
Example per Mad Men
The other day, I was watching an old episode of Mad Men when I noticed that the mock-up drawing that one of the character was doing for a meeting with Western Union was a derogatory stereotype of a person who is deaf/hoh. (The drawing is on the right. Click it for enlargement.) It reminded of the 2009 advertising campaign for the movie I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell where those who are deaf/hoh were portrayed as weak and vulnerable. Click "Read More" to learn about this campaign's shocking slogans ...
Did you think that the wackiest "ear"-art was the ear-shaped couch by John Baldessari? Well, you're in for a surprise—below are 3 pieces that take the meaning of e-art to a whole new level:
Did you have a nice Thanksgiving? Did you end up watching Football? (Clarification: That is American Football!) I did, briefly, but ended up watching the National Dog Show on TV. I couldn't help it 'cause the dogs were just too cute. :)
For those of you who chose to watch Football, here's something interesting: Apparently, the football players at UOregon love studying ASL!!!!!
“Wait a minute…lemme get this straight--you have a hearing loss,” a middle-aged woman demanded of me last week, “How come you don’t look like you do?” Startled, I was immediately taken aback. How could I possibly answer this question? After all, what does a person who is deaf or hard of hearing even look like?
Did she believe that I was supposed to be blonde, not brunette, in order to highlight my dark hearing aids? Are my ears supposed to protrude so far out that everyone can easily see my tiny aids? Should I be signing, not speaking? Or is my speech supposed to be so strongly accented that it’s obvious I have some form of hearing loss?
Although her question was both ignorant and rude, it represents one of many common misconceptions about hearing loss. There are so many false ideas floating around about what a person who is deaf or has a hearing loss is like or can do. Apparently, the condition includes being old, uneducated, and unable to speak. The picture seems to be of a person severely limited by their disability. So, I want to address a few of the most common and bizarre stereotypes that I have encountered: