First, read through this blog entry by Jayson Gaddis and watch the video that is posted as part of his blog entry. Setting aside the hidden infomercial aspects of his post, do you feel that he has a valid point in saying that modern man is incapable of fully embracing what it means to be a man because of a lack of rite of passage ceremonies? The live blog about this will begin at 1:45.
In addition, please watch the short film Tough Guise: Violence, Media & the Crisis in Masculinity and be prepared to include it as part of the class discussion. (With thanks to Amanda R for the heads up on it!)