Style Wars

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Destiny Aguilera
January 13, 2011
Style Wars

1. Describe Style Wars as if you were explaining it to a person who has not viewed the film.

The documentary, Style Wars, is basically about the three things that made up the Hip Hop culture in the 1970’s to early 1980’s. The first was graffiti and how the teenagers of the time would use this type of art to express themselves. They would spray paint their names on the sides of buildings and subway trains in New York City. Another way of Hip Hop culture was expressed by a type of dancing called break dancing, and the kids would compete in competitions to see who the best was. Finally, the last form of expression was rap, where the kids would express themselves in the form of words. This documentary shows how teenagers used these three things to express the way they felt, and it also shows how the adults were completely against it.

2. Write about two facts or issues presented in the film that you had not been aware of before.

One thing I did not know was how much the graffiti meant to the artists. I thought the teenagers did it just to, I guess, ‘stick it to the man’, or show that they were above the law. I didn’t know that they saw it as art and took long hours of practicing to get it right. Another thing I didn’t know was that all of the different moves in break dancing had names.

3. Does this film have merit to show to college students? Explain why or why not.

I do not believe it does, unless the film is being shown to college students that are interested in the arts or the history of the arts. I believe this because it was shown to me in my English class and I see no connection with the…...

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