Synthesis Quiz

1.Beneath Mulholland is similar to See you in Disneyland are similar because it is an illustration of how both places are a fantasy in some ways. Mulholland road offers a getaway, almost like an escape. A beautiful view, as well as peace and serenity. The famous Hollywood is not only a landmark, but a symbol of dreams, and what could be. It all supports the idea that someone can travel to this place and become “somebody”. Very much similar to Disneyland, I find that the “landmark” or symbol that keeps the notion alive of having all your dreams coming true would be the castle. Not only is it the main focal point in the entire park, but all Disney movies have this logo, of a shooting star over a magnificent castle, right before the story of an average person’s dreams coming to life. Almost beckoning its audience, “If you come here, then your dreams too, will come true.” The Hollywood sign, is Disney’s castle.

However, the are unfortunate realities involving these two different places. Mulholland road offers a blissful feeling, but there is another side to this seemingly perfect road which is just dirt, gravel, and a violent jolting surface . There are no homes, no human interaction. It might as well be a wasteland for things to come and die. Then there is the LA Water Department, which came to be through greed and a controversial scandal, yet still successful. In comparison to Disneyland, a seemingly perfect place to be, there is a false reality as well. The amount of work, dedication, and strict rules the employees must comply to, is known to be very excessive. The smallest detail that we as consumers probably do not notice, means a great deal to the people who run Disneyland. So much so that if we were to be on the other side of things, working for the land of Disney, we might have different opinions than we do now.

2.  To be postmodern, is to reintroduce classic art, architecture, literature, and more. Los Angeles can be seen to follow postmodernism, breaking away from modernism and exploring more traditional elements. The different cities with various cultures help this notion, because places like Little Tokyo and china Town hold on to their cultural roots, and allow other to take part in sharing this experience. Another example of postmodernism LA would  be from a reading that supports this claim. Edward Soja’s Taking apart LA . The particular section I am referring to is when Soja speaks on is the set up of Los Angeles. The map of LA is resembles a Panopticon prison, and this unique design dates back to the late 18th century.

The “everywhereness” that Soja mentions means that Los Angeles is with all of us, and we are all in LA. Los Angeles is merely a collection or a collage of various cultures from around the globe. If one were to travel to La, they might find something they can connect with on a level that could only be obtained while at home. It takes old traditions, and makes them relevant again.

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