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Hoagies' Blog Hop: Gifted in Pop Culture
in popular culture, positive & negative. Why are your favorite role
models? Least favorite? Resources? What would you rather see?
From Good Will Hunting to Meet the Robinsons, Doogie Howser to
Scorpion, gifted individuals have appeared in pop culture in many
ways over the years. Some gifties are stereotypical, like
Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory, while others are more down to
earth or "real." Who are your favorites? Who haven't you
discovered yet? Join us on a tour of Pop Culture, with a
Don't miss our previous Blog Hops,
Blog Hop: The "G" Word and
Blog Hop: Summer Reading.
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Giftedness in the Media by
Adventures of Hahn
- Sadly, the portrayal of gifted individuals in popular media is not always
correct or positive. Rather, the media tends to reinforce stereotypes and
send the message that the highly gifted are not normal. Gifted individuals
or geniuses in pop culture have an unbelievably high IQ, exaggerated
behavior or personality traits, elicit conversation, interests in obscure
topics, rattle off statistics and calculations, play chess, read thick
books, seem blunt and insensitive, some level of arrogance, emotionally
detached, logical-minded, etc… The media’s insistence on reinforcing
stereotypes is not helping how the gifted are perceived by others. Instead,
people are sometimes describing gifted children based on which TV character
they think the child is more like...
Books for Gifted Children by Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley,
My Little Poppies
- I love it when I stumble upon a book that speaks to me. It is a
wonderful feeling when you step into a book that feels like home. These
books feel like old friends, safe and comfortable. As a bibliophile and
homeschooling mom, I want my children to experience this phenomenon.
Gifted children are outliers. They think outside of that proverbial box.
They are unique and all too often misunderstood.
There is a safety in books that can be life-altering in the early years. The
right book can make you feel whole, understood, valued...
Einstein, the Big Bang, and Scorpion by Linda Wallin,
Living with Geniuses
- Just because a person has a high IQ, they do not necessarily lack social
graces. There can be some difficulties adjusting to others, as a friend told
me twenty years ago. Her son’s IQ approached 190, and he would complete
assignments that did not fulfill the teacher’s requirements. She would
patiently explain to him why he should change it, and he would patiently
explain to her why it had to be done his way...
I needed to know about being a smart kid, I learned from 80's movies by Jen,
- 3. Get a mentor to guide you
Maybe your mentor can artfully sculpt a bonsai tree and catch flies with
chopsticks like Mr. Miyagi. Maybe he invented a time machine like Doc Brown.
Your mentor needs have the intellect and ability to guide you through
"G" in Popular Culture ~ or ~ How to Be a Gifted Elder by
Joy Navan, ongiftedelders
- Now I am an elder. I thought when I retired, I was supposed to quilt, and
travel occasionally. I thought I would be leaving everything else that
defined me behind - wife, mother, professional. What a surprise! I
am still gifted as an elder and must find my way in this strange new
world. Thankfully, there are role models like my mentor, Annemarie Roeper,
and others who teach us how to be a gifted elder...
Profiling the Gifted in Popular Culture by
- From Sheldon to Rachel, Matilda to Ender, we are enthralled with gifted
characters. We are fascinated by the complexity of their thoughts, their
unique and amazing abilities, their unusual reactions to situations, their
character flaws and how they overcome difficulties. Do they serve us well as
we seek to understand more and educate about giftedness? As with any
caricature as characters often tend to be, storylines can highlight some
qualities of the gifted experience but ultimately fail in capturing the
by Jo on Sprite's Site
- What messages are being given to television viewers about giftedness and
Are the depictions accurate? Do they make viewers like and feel empathy with
What are the consequences if they do not?...
2 continues where
- “I believe it also depends on perspective” said Intellectual. “Things can
look very different when viewed from a different angle. And that is true of
the TV audiences too. How they understand and interpret what they see will
depend on their background and viewpoint. And how people act toward gifted
people after viewing will also differ.”
Using Pop Culture References to Explain Giftedness
by Lisa on Raising Wizards
- Sometimes it's hard to explain what giftedness really is, and how it makes
children feel. Luckily, a good example can really pave the way for a great
discussion. Here, we've compiled all of our favorite posts that use pop
culture references to describe elements of giftedness. Feel free to steal
some ideas next time you need to explain giftedness to someone!...
Gilmore Girls and Two Faces of Giftedness by
- ...re-watching a favorite episode, it hit me that one thing I have never
seen addressed is the giftedness of two of the characters and the contrasts
in how it is manifested.
Rory is a teenager who would be considered “gifted” by most traditional
definitions of the word. She craves knowledge and grasps concepts easily. As
her grandfather put it, “This girl could name the state capitals at 3,
recite the periodic table at 4, (and) discuss Schopenhauer's influence on
Nietzsche when she was 10.” Rory clearly has an advanced ability....
Gifted in Pop Culture: Role Models Required by Carolyn K.,
Hoagies' Nibbles and Bits
- One thing our kids want and need to watch and read are stories where they
find others "like them." Other gifted kids, passionate about real-world
issues. Other gifted kids, with strong interests and sometimes stronger
fears. Other gifted kids who work hard and play hard. Gifted kids, as all
kids, need books and movies with role models who they can identify with.
They need to know they are Not Alone!
It's Been a While... by
- Chocky was a science fiction novel by John Wyndham, and it was
adapted into a TV series in the mid 1980s, when I was a child. I like the
book and the original series, but two subsequent follow up series -
Chocky's Children and Chocky's Challenge spoke to me more,
because of the presence of one character in particular. Her name was
Albertine - and she'd named after Albert Einstein. Albertine was only a kid
- a girl of about 13, I think - and she was a genius...
Gifted Characters In Korean And Japanese Dramas by
- The Korean Wave, known as Hallyu, has been sweeping Asia and the rest of
the world in terms of entertainment for years, and there is no sign of
abating. With East Asian countries placing strong emphasis on academics and
other areas such as music, it is no wonder that some of the lead characters
in dramas are gifted...
Ann Grahl, Supporting Gifted
- Think of the pop stars we’ve witnessed go from America’s darlings to
targets for trolls and critics alike.
As a gifted young adult friend recently observed, “You think it’s tough
growing up gifted. Just imagine growing up gifted under a magnifying glass.”
Popular gifted performers of all stripes face challenges similar to those
that less-well-known gifted young people face....
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September 01, 2016