Cell Unit – Assignment Example

In the video, David Bolinsky, a medical illustrator presented the events that actually happen inside a cell—the same contents of Yougraj’s video. He emphasized the importance of accurately visualizing the functions of the cell components. To achieve this end, he and a team composed of Harvard students created a short film showing the role of these elements constituting a cell. According to Bolinsky, the film was created to visually supplement the textual information that students have accumulated. He theorized that after seeing the film, “students would have an internalized view of what a cell really is, in all its truth and beauty.” He added that through the mental images created, students’ imaginations and “passions would be sparked.” Thus, they would be able to vigorously pursue their research, “make new discoveries and find out how really life works.” The film was about the so called “machines that power the inside of the cells.” These machines interact with each other by passing information. This interaction causes various events to take place inside a cell. Cells will die and no life can be created without these machines. Hence, knowledge on the workings of these machines would help one to have control on his or her health and provide practical means with what to do with the future generation. Also, one could use such wisdom to discover more truths and more beauty about cells (Bolinsky).
The two video clips both illustrated the journey that happens inside a cell. What distinguished one from the other was the visual presentation. The cellular structures shown were almost the same, but the colors used were different. This assignment has taught me the importance of mental images. Specifically, visual presentations of cells should be designed in such a way that it would awaken one’s mind to discover and learn more about molecular activities.
Works Cited
Bolinsky, David. “Fantastic Voyage Inside a Cell.” TEDtalksDirector. YouTube, 24 July
2007. Web. 21 June 2010. .
Yougraj. “Inside the Cell.” YouTube. YouTube, 5 July 2009. Web. 21 June 2010.
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