tris burns

director - TV and video, Freelance
Manchester, United Kingdom

About tris

Languages

English, French, Spanish

Areas of Expertise

Media - TV

An idea worth spreading

scepticism is a useful tool with which to deal with authority and self belief is essential. i firmly believe that you must know all the rules to be able to break them effectively. always be prepared to listen to new ideas, there is no shame in admitting you have been wrong and changing direction and remember that so many important discoveries have come from accidents or just plain luck.

Comments & conversations

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tris burns
Posted over 3 years ago
Does truth change?
In as much as everything is a perception and subjective then it must change. Certainly over time it changes significantly, what was true for those who have gone before is not what is true for us, and our truth will be different to what will be true for those to come. There seems to me to be an arrogance inherent in those who are alive that what they hold as true is definitive, when it is only a matter of time until it all comes crashing down, take the discoveries of what is in the sky or deep in the oceans, or what exists on a nano level, is it true that the Higgs Boson particle exists, almost.... Mind you it is all a matter of semantics and philosophy, if i lie to you and you believe it, it's true for you, isn't it? It's always true that genocide is wrong, isn't it? It should be... Anyway it's certainly true for me that questions like this should be kicked around. Tris
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tris burns
Posted over 3 years ago
Does punctuation and spelling still matter?
Did you hear about the punctuation graffiti artists in America? I don't know if they are still active but I sincerely hope so, who bravely took it upon themselves to covertly correct public signage, particularly the abuse of the apostrophe. They were or are called The Typo Eradication Advancement League. Fanbloodytastic to mongrelise an adjective. I saw a Melvyn Bragg Channel 4 documentary about the english language where he said the greatest survivor story of all time is the language that came from a small Scandinavian race called the Angles, I think they may have been Danes but I could be wrong. Certainly in the UK the work of William Tyndale seems cruelly neglected in comparison to Caxton, and as for that harlot King James, well, as Sonny Boy Williamson once said, "donchoo start me talkin'...well I could talk all nite..." English became dominant through its ability to shape shift, evolve and stay one step ahead of the others. There's a funny TED talk by I can't remember who, shame on me, but the French have a society for the upkeep of their language and it is full of old farts who are so far behind the times they can only be ridiculed. They are hopelessly elitist and should be mocked, if gently so. TTFN Tigger said that
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tris burns
Posted over 3 years ago
Does punctuation and spelling still matter?
Spot on with this Ecaterina, and what a great name. I'm not that uptight about much stuff, I think, but spelling and grammar, or the lack of one and misuse of the other, do make me seethe with rage. I have recently started to learn how to teach and the inability to spell of some 17 year old kids is frightening, but what I find even more worrying is how rarely they are being corrected. One is a direct consequence of the other. I'm guilty of texting with all the usual abbreviations and phonic spellings but I also firmly believe that language is fluid and constantly evolving and there is space for both to coexist. It's just that they are not mutually exclusive and the trends for texting come underneath the need for correct spelling and grammar on a list of priorities. Anyway the reasons I think they do matter, and matter greatly, is firstly that they just do and secondly, they are indicative of how education in general is faring and how much attention to detail is being undertaken, and lastly they are, I believe, indicative of how much reading is being done (and life without literature in all its forms would be horribly barren). That's my contribution for what it's worth. Kind regards Tris
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tris burns
Posted over 3 years ago
How can today's youth get involved and help initiate change in the world?
hey well done, i'm 45 and ive just spent the last four days immersed, if not obsessed or addicted to TED talks, its life changing stuff, i'm studying again to become a teacher and this content has made me feel its all worthwhile. i hope you dont mind an old git like me passing comment, I grew up as a punk rocker in the UK and the spirit of you can make a change, you're an individual, don't listen to authority seems alive in TED regardless of age, have you listened to Bunker Roy about Barefoot Colleges? stunning stuff... i think its important to start locally so think about what you buy and how you consume, think about what you wear, eat and how you deal with waste in your own life first. Then check out the next step, you may well find the answers to what you can do are directly linked to the actions above... by being aware of the moral choices inherent in these actions you'll find the types of action you need to follow will be the causes you want to help. are you at school, college, are you a scientist or an artist? a techie or a poet? a designer or a sculptor? an engineer or a musician? the pathway for you might be in conducting experiments or sending messages...i might sound vague but i don't think the point is to tell you what to do, if you care you'll find a way...just think of what you are good at and what you care about and how to merge the two. then go online and do the research good luck tris