The movie Crash is a combination of many different systems, theories, and cultures. This movie was not just about car crashes, it was about the culture and values around that idea. A quote from the movie that really stuck in my mind was: “you brush past people, people bump into you. In L.A., nobody touches you. We’re always behind this metal and glass. I think we miss that touch so much, that we crash into each other, just so we can feel something”. (Crash) This is a perfect quote on how we as humans deal with life, people, and our own experiences. Physical characteristics and racial differences may be interpreted as two distinguishing traits that separate us, but I think that is what keeps us apart. The crash in this movie is not only physical, but also a symbolic crash between cultures and values. There are several intertwined lives and personal relationships with a common point of prejudice involving ethical issues. Racial discrimination develops as a snowball, and the film shows us how prejudice is the most central issue. When drawing out the map I focused more on the different cultures and how they connected and differed in different systems.
The focal system of this map was the city of Los Angeles. This is a city with a cultural mix of every nationality. This system has open boundaries, in that fact that is has such a wide variety of people and that anyone can live there. On the other hand the linkages and connections through these different communities were usually closed boundaries with low energy flow. Throughout the focal system of the city there were the different racial groups portrayed. Racial profiling was seen extremely harshly in this movie. People are classified on how they look and where they are from, and are stereotyped because of that. The characters in Crash show the humanity attitudes based on their actions, sometimes negative, sometimes admirable.
The structural functionalism theory focused on the idea that...