Battleship Potemkin VS Censorship in high schools

Reactions to the film and how it relates to the contemporary issue of censorship in highschool newspapers

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  2. Thisis one of the very first scenes of the movie where Vakulinchukencourages the soldiers to take a stand after one of their fellow sailors hasbeen unfairly aggressed by one of the officers. Similarly to Vakulinchuk, manystudents have begun to realize that they must take a stand against the unfaircensorship that is taking place in their high school newspapers. Students areno longer being bystanders when it comes to the impediment of their free speech, and are taking action through many forms of socialmedia.
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  4. Herewe see the ship's doctor, Smirnov, inspecting the meat that has been seenunsanitary by the sailors. Rather than worms, the doctor says that the insectsare maggots, and they can be washed off prior to cooking. This inspection bySmirnov, made me think of the inspection that goes on regarding newspapers. Theofficers, who can be seen as teachers or editors in this case, brought inanother form of review, Smirnov, or the administration in the case of myexample, to take another look at the meat, or newspaper in my case. Thereforethis second inspection is similar to what happens in high school newspaperswhen not only teachers are required to edit what is published, but also theadministration.
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  7. Both of theseimages, where we see the angry reaction of the sailors after Smirnov hasdeclared the meat sanitary, is similar to the reaction of students after theyhave been told that they cannot publish their articles. Students, just like thesailors, have had enough of this unfair censorship and impediment of their freespeech.
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    Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 4.12.56 PM
  10. Here we see the crew refusing to eat the borscht, instead choosingbread and water, and canned goods. This boycott by the sailors is similar tothe boycott that is taking place within students. Students are refusing to stoppublishing their articles, no matter how controversial, fighting back, andgetting the administration to acknowledge their rights.
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  12. While cleaning dishes, one of the sailors sees an inscription ona plate, which reads "give us this day our daily bread." Afterconsidering the meaning of this phrase, the sailor smashes the plate expressinghis anger. I think that anger expressed by the sailor over the fact that theyare being mistreated and malnourished, is similar to the frustration and angerseen by high school students. Students are being deprived of their rights, andforced to silence their thoughts, which too is unfair. Just like the sailor hadto take a minute to understand just what the plate meant, I think that high schoolstudents too at first don’t realize the situation at hand, being so used tohaving to follow every direction given by teachers and staff.
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  14. In this scene all those who refuse the meat are judged guilty ofinsubordination and instantly brought to the edge of the bridge. Here we seethe firing squad ready to fire on the sailors. The firing squad made me thinkof the administration that indirectly and metaphorically holds up guns at thestudents. Just like the firing squad is there to keep order and punish thesailors, the administration at schools does almost the same thing, and wants toinvoke fear on the students by punishing them when they try to publish anarticle that the schools sees unfit.
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  16. Vakulinchuk decided to take a stand against the officers is again similar to what studentswhen it comes to the administration.
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    Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 4.19.54 PM
  18. Inthis scene, the captain has just given the order to open fire, but the soldiersin the firing squad lower their guns and instead hesitate. While the firingsquad can be compared to the administration, I also believe that the firingsquad can be seen as the teachers who are put in charge of the newspaper. Whilethese teachers are required to follow what the administration, officers, say,they also do find themselves hesitating when it comes to not giving studentsthe right to publish articles. The teachers are hired with the sole purpose ofeducating students on what it is like to work on a newspaper, and theseteachers know that controversial articles are the ones that most newspapers dochoose to publish. Therefore by not letting students publish controversialarticles, they are not actually giving students a sense of what working onnewspaper actually is, and they are not letting students reach their fullpotential.
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  20. Even though the captain gave the order to open fire, the soldiers inthe firing squad lower their guns and the uprising begins. In my opinion thisis quite accurate to the fight that is going on in regard to the issue ofcensorship in school newspapers, for not only are students fighting thiscensorship but teachers and staff are taking a stand too. There is also thissense of togetherness given off from the soldiers, one that is also obvious ofstudents who are coming together to fight this injustice.
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    Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 4.30.46 PM
  22. In this scenethe Cossacks of theTsar arrive at Odessa and march toward the unarmed crowd with their guns. Thepeople try to escape, but the Cossacks shoot unarmed men, women, and children.The soldiers are depicted, as impersonal, marching and stomping on the victims,while the people of Odessa are dying left and right. This scene is similar tothe issue of censorship in high schools, because school boards andadministrations are threatening students, who too are innocent.
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