In this scene of the 1997 film Liar Liar, Jim Carrey’s character is forced to go before the executive board of the law firm he works for and give his honest opinion of his superior. The whole premise of the movie is that due to his son’s birthday wish, Carrey cannot tell a lie. This includes the seemingly innocent white lies that people tell on a daily basis. As a result of this, Carrey bares his sincere and painfully honest opinions of everyone in the boardroom. These opinions are obviously offensive and the whole time Carrey wishes he could lie about how he actually feels.
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According to Garfinkel a breaching experiment is an experiment that studies how people react to violations of societal norms. On November 1st, 2011 along with the rest of my class I participated in our own breaching experiment to see how people would react if we wore our Halloween costumes around campus. People have the freedom to take on another identity by “dressing up” as whatever he/she pleases on Halloween. However, technically you can dress up as whatever you please on any day that is not Halloween but will probably be judged if you do. By dressing up the day after Halloween I broke societal norms. As I walked to the Marketplace after class I received a couple stares but no body approached me to ask why I was still in a costume when Halloween was clearly over. When I went inside the MP, it was packed and I found more people staring at me even though my costume did not compare to some of my classmates that went all out. I was extremely uncomfortable and a little embarrassed so I decided to put my headphones on so that no one would approach me. During the rest of the day I actually got a couple compliments from classmates and strangers.
Some of you may recognize this sign at the intersection of Norwalk and Eagle Rock Blvd. I was driving back from Target, trying to think sociologically when I took this photo while driving. In our society there is definitely a stereotype of who goes to a spa to get a facial or massage. It is something distinctly associated with women.