November 2020 TOK Essay Prescribed Title #2 RLE – Photographer of China’s cultural revolution

Article: Li Zhensheng: Photographer of China’s cultural revolution https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-53174079 Li Zhensheng realized that he could photograph the Chinese Cultural Revolution if he pretended to take the role of a state-friendly photographer. As a result, he was able to take thousands of sensitive photographs of the Cultural Revolution that he would Read more…

November 2020 TOK Essay Prescribed Title #5 RLE – Japanese pronunciation and coronavirus theory

Article: https://blog.gaijinpot.com/tbs-news-explains-japan-has-fewer-covid-19-cases-thanks-to-japanese-pronunciation/ A Japanese media outlet has given a reason for Japan’s low number of coronavirus compared to other countries. According to TBS, Japanese pronunciation expels less air (and therefore corona virus particles). The broadcast had a very basic and very unscientific test of the theory. Obviously, there are a Read more…

November 2020 TOK Essay Prescribed Title #6 RLE – Scott McCloud and comics

Scott McCloud is an very successful and well-known cartoonist. One of his comic books is Understanding Comics, a non-fiction text that “explains the inner workings of the medium and examines many aspects of visual communication.” http://scottmccloud.com/2-print/1-uc/ Given his background, it is easy to argue that McCloud’s Understanding Comics is “reliable Read more…

November 2020 TOK Essay Prescribed Title #3 RLE – graphic novel adaptation

Article: “How Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale became a vivid graphic novel” https://www.macleans.ca/culture/books/how-margaret-atwoods-the-handmaids-tale-became-a-vivid-graphic-novel/ Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale has fairly recently been republished in the form of a graphic novel. The language of the quite dense novel has been pared down to a fraction of the original. The “What if” Read more…