I’d like you to make a comment that answers any of the following questions. When you do, try to link your ideas with a concrete example that we could all understand (from Streetcar or any other source).
Do individuals construct their own reality or have it shaped by an external force?
Does what you do and don’t know determine your reality?
Who has the power to constuct reality?
The Insight English for Year 12 2007 book gives the following to get you started:
“Powerful people in a community such as the wealthy, media masters and politicians, have more opportunity to shape the world than those with little wealth and power. As a result, powerful people are foten the community’s decision makers, shaping and influencing what we accept as reality. In society, there are varying degrees of coercion involved in this process. The media can be seen as a subtle manipulator of reality, often presenting a world that taps into people’s fantasies and desires. Politicians also determine reality in the way they talk about the ‘issues’. Reality may be shaped by wide public debate that permits the existence of multiple viewpoints or it may be shaped by a narrow interpretation of the issues that excludes multiple viewpoints. Those individuals or groups whose voices are loudest and most persistent can be said to determine the version fo reality that is understood as the ‘truth’.”