Students will analyze their communication artifact for their project.
The Insignificance of Being an Ant:
The animated film’s main character was neurotic drone ant Z-4195 (or “Z”/Zee) (voice of Woody Allen), living in a conformist, totalitarian ant society, without any individuality. In his opening monologue, he complained about his insignificant life during therapy to his psychologist (Paul Mazursky), who concluded their discussion with the statement that Zee had made a break-through: (“Yes, Z, you are insignificant”):
“All my life, I’ve lived and worked in the big city, which now that I think of it, is kind of a problem since I always feel uncomfortable around crowds. I mean it, I-I have this fear of enclosed spaces. I-I-I, everything makes me feel trapped all the time. You know, I always tell myself, there’s gotta be something better out there, but maybe I think too much.
I-I-I think everything must go back to the fact that I had a very anxious childhood. You know, my, my mother never had time for me. You know, when you’re – when you’re the middle child in a family of five million, you don’t get any attention. I mean, how’s it possible?
And I’ve always had these, these abandonment issues, which plagued me. My father was basically a drone like I’ve said, and, you know, the guy flew away when I was just a larva. And my job, don’t get me started on, ’cause it really annoys me. I was not cut out to be a worker, I’ll tell you right now. I-I-I feel physically inadequate. I, I, my whole life I’ve never, I’ve neverbeen able to lift more than ten times my own body weight, and, and when you get down to it, handling dirt is, you know, ewwww, is not my idea of a rewarding career. It’s this whole gung-ho super-organism thing that, that, that I – you know, I can’t get, I try but I can’t get it. I mean you know, what is it, I’m supposed to do everything for the colony, and, and what about my needs? What about me? I mean, I gotta believe there’s someplace out there that’s better than this! Otherwise, I will just curl up in a larval position and weep! The whole system makes me feel – insignificant!”