Friday, September 26, 2014

How Friendly Are You?

The video I chose is an instructional video shown in the 1940's. Other instructional films like these called Coronet Instruction Films were shown in school to educate kids on basic societal interactions. The video I chose was a video on how to be a good friend, how to make friends, and what are the consequences of being a good friend. The star of the video is a character named Ray, who had to rethink what it meant to be a good friend. Ray learned from his big brother that being a good friend is showing common decency, no matter the cost at your own expense.

The video is useful to our modern information society because it gives us insight into the ways lessons were taught in the mid 19th century. Although today's videos have much better acting and quality, the video is similar to our educational standards in society. The video has a clear educational purpose, similar to the videos used in school today.

link to video.

I liked the video. It was interesting seeing a vintage video. Also, it has some valuable words of wisdom to live by. Friendship is a two way street.


  1. Jack, this video was really interesting! I really enjoyed learning about the values that were taught in the mid 19th century about friendship. It was eye opening to see how much they stressed how much fun it was to be a friend and how much you should be a respectful friend. Nice connection to the modern information society!

  2. I thought this was a very entertaining video on friendship. The style and message had me thinking back to shows like Leave it to Beaver telling a story but also teaching life lessons. Obviously this was done in a much lower quality and more obvious way as a way of educating and not for entertainment.

  3. I really liked the video you choose. It was interesting to see how principles of friendship and how to act as a decent person were presented in the 1950's. I'm curious the context in which this video was used, as it is pretty dry and uninteresting. However, this video does a good job of laying out the basics of how to maintain social relationships. I think that there are some striking differences between this video and our current way of learning these ideas. It's interesting to see that these principles are now slipped into current television shows. I thought of when the youtube video "Don't Bite your Friends" became a funny internet sensation. It is a segment of a children's show that points out the very basic learned behavior--don't bite your friends. Nowadays, we don't have to show as many strictly educational videos to the youth because basic principles of how to act are ingrained in our media.