This years Pepsi Assembly was my first compared to everyone one else in the class who have at least seen a previous one, so I didn't know what to expect. I liked how they used scenes from movies and music that is popular to get points across. By using media that I am interested in, they kept my attention and I knew what they were trying to say. Everyone at the assembly was quiet and attentive, partially because of the cardinal code; partially because they media that was used.
Personally, I am a very sensitive person. I treat situations as if they happened to me; even if they had nothing to do with me. When the World Trade Towers were hit, I was still living in Las Vegas at the time on a military base. I didn't know it had happened until the military base opened up again about a week later when i saw pictures on news magazines in the Commissary. I was only seven at the time. I had watched this same documentary only a couple years ago for the first time; I was speechless. I didn't know what to say or think ... or even feel for that matter. I went completely numb the first time I saw the footage, and seeing the people fall or jump. My mind went blank when I saw the second plane hit, and everyone's reactions. I couldn't fathom how the people on the video could even feel anything besides sick or flabbergasted. I couldn't understand how they could be so angry; and I still don't really.
I think it's a good thing that we have this kind of footage of 9/11. It give us something solid to hold onto, even if we weren't there to actually experience it. It also gives us something to show younger generations about how through tradgety, our country came together to fight back.
From the texts, I learned that some of the potential dangers from blogging include harming others, opening the door for sexual predators, and harming your future. I think all of these concerns are legitimate because when you post things on the internet, EVERYONE can see what you have said; thus opening the door to arguments and things like that. Some dangers that were not mentioned in the articles include trolls (online bullies), pictures and text can be leaked and spread quickly. Students should keep in mind while they blog that what they say on the internet can be viewed by all, no matter the privacy settings they set on sites like Facebook. That doesn't stop people from copying and pasting what you've said to share it with the world. Some rules that I think would be appropriate for the class to follow would be to have the blogs monitored weekly if not more often, and to keep personal information (like names and places, etc.) off of the blogs.
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