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propaganda

posted Oct 14, 2011, 7:14 AM by callie whetstone

I really liked this website... Usually when I'm told to research a topic I'm not too thrilled about it but I was pleasantly surprised when I came to this website and I actually wanted to start reading and researching. It was quite interesting and I saw a lot of information and learned a lot. It explained and defined propaganda very well, and it was defined as biased information designed to shape public opinion and behavior. Propaganda has much more importance today than in earlier centuries. With the growth of media literacy and liberal demands, politicians and governments realized how important it is to win over public opinion and molding it through different forms of propaganda and mass persuasion. Although I already knew what propaganda was, this website is very effective in portraying what propaganda is and how it affects and applies to societies all over the world, and also how it affected World War ll. http://www.teacheroz.com/WWIIpropaganda.htm <--- This website has tons of different examples of war propaganda and it's really cool because if you click on one it explains what it was, how it was started, and how it effected a certain war.

transition

posted Oct 14, 2011, 6:43 AM by callie whetstone

Well, compared to now and what we know of course it would be hard to us. But, back then they had no idea what the future of today would be so honestly I would feel the same as I do now.
 
Yes, because we live in a society that pushes science to new limits and horizons, and I think that a few years from now our economy may be so advanced that we will communicate by halograms(like Star Trek!!!!!). Haha. But seriously, yes it will keep advancing because look at the difference between today and five years ago. It will be the same. Science will never end.
 
Yes and no....sometimes we push a little too much and cause damage to our planet and environment but we need the inventions that we have created in order to live the lives we're accustomed to.

pepsi

posted Oct 14, 2011, 6:42 AM by callie whetstone

I think it's really important for PEPSI to sponsor a program like this that will motivate high school students to sit back and actually think about the choices they're making and the consequences that will come along with them. Every year each video that is shown is very eye opening for me and I'm sure for many others. It makes you sad and extremely sympathetic for the people in the stories because the only reason their stories are being told is to prevent things like bullying and texting while driving so teens can be safer. I think PEPSI should keep showing these to us every year because they do make a difference.

Transition

posted Oct 14, 2011, 6:41 AM by callie whetstone

Well, compared to now and what we know of course it would be hard to us. But, back then they had no idea what the future of today would be so honestly I would feel the same as I do now.
 
Yes, because we live in a society that pushes science to new limits and horizons, and I think that a few years from now our economy may be so advanced that we will communicate by halograms(like Star Trek!!!!!). Haha. But seriously, yes it will keep advancing because look at the difference between today and five years ago. It will be the same. Science will never end.
 
Yes and no....sometimes we push a little too much and cause damage to our planet and environment but we need the inventions that we have created in order to live the lives we're accustomed to.

Pepsi Assembly

posted Oct 14, 2011, 6:40 AM by callie whetstone

I think it's really important for PEPSI to sponsor a program like this that will motivate high school students to sit back and actually think about the choices they're making and the consequences that will come along with them. Every year each video that is shown is very eye opening for me and I'm sure for many others. It makes you sad and extremely sympathetic for the people in the stories because the only reason their stories are being told is to prevent things like bullying and texting while driving so teens can be safer. I think PEPSI should keep showing these to us every year because they do make a difference.

Reaction to 911 Video

posted Sep 18, 2011, 9:42 PM by callie whetstone

When watching this video, I realized how little I knew about what exactly happened on September 11, 2001. I obviously was very young when it happened, but  I'm glad I got to see this video so I could learn more about the tragic event that changed our country. The graphic things that were shown really opened my eyes and made me appreciate life so much more. It made me unbelieveably sympathetic for the families that lost loved ones on 9/11 and I'm glad now that I have more knowledge about the event that changed so much in 102 minutes.

Reaction to Survey

posted Aug 31, 2011, 6:31 AM by callie whetstone

I noticed that in the survey the main response to the question about how teens get most of their information through the internet. This shows that the internet has become one the most, if not the most, popular tool in getting information. I also saw that most of the surveyed people used the internet more for social networking. Many of the teens that took the survey said that they barely or do not read the newspaper. I think this isn't the best thing because although we have the internet, the newspaper is more accurate and covers the important topics. Another detail I noticed is that most people, regardless of age, watch television in the evening or nighttime. I also do this, and sometimes it affects my sleeping and the ability to fully focus due to lack of sleep the next day. TV is a great way to get information and entertainment, but I think it should be watched every now and then, not every single night. I also saw that there were many different magazines used by different people. I think it's good to have a big variety.

Blogging: The potential dangers

posted Aug 29, 2011, 7:32 AM by callie whetstone   [ updated Aug 30, 2011, 1:50 PM ]

Some of the potential dangers of blogging on the Internet, especially for young teens, include: Starting or spreading hateful or humiliating rumors, giving out personal information, saying immature things that will be regrettable in the future, insulting someone or a specific group of people intentionally or unintentionally, etc. The two that I think are the most legitimate are giving out your personal information and insulting others in a serious way. If you give out your full name and address, anyone can see that(a blog is public on the Internet). If you are voicing your opinion in a mean and hateful way, you could have law suits filed against you. Some potential dangers that were not mentioned in the texts are the danger of accidentially putting too much personal information out there for everyone to see, or abusing the blogging system to the point where you aren't caring who reads it and someone could become too offended and try to harm you themselves. I think students should keep in mind that blogging is a tool that should be used for educational purposes and a way of expressing your ideas and thoughts in a healthy way. A couple of rules that I think should be inforced are: 1) Don't ever give out information you wouldn't want a complete stranger to have access to and 2) Keep your insulting thoughts and offfensive comments off the Internet.

Mass Communication: A critical approach

posted Aug 29, 2011, 6:44 AM by callie whetstone

I thought this packet really approached the media in a rational way. It explained how different types of media affect society and it gave specific examples of how people reacted to these types of media. This article looked into what the roles and responsibilites of the media accomplish like addressing key information and supplying large audiences with different views of culture. Culture has been evolutionized over time and can be defined as a way of life and it occurs in different parts of the world. The media, particularly the news media, addresses these different cultures and gives information that supplies the cultures with their personal beliefs and preferences.
    The mass media, or the cultural industries, are the channels of communication that produce and distribute cultural products to large numbers of people. I think this is really useful in terms of spreading ideas throughout the world and encouraging mass communication. What really stood out to me in this article was the section on how the power of the media affects everyday life. The impact of these cultural narratives went all the way back to the ancient Greeks. Different classical phiolosophers had varying beliefs about art forms and stories and that affected the way our culture has evolutionized today.
    With the print revolution and the digital and electronic eras, the speed of which literacy spread and was taken in by different audiences drastically increased. The social media became more and more popular, and it changed the way people commuted. I think that it was good that this happened because ideas can become more well known within a short period of time. In the article, some believed that it threatened traditional culture and the way people have real conversations. But I believe it helps society become more comfortable with trying new things and learning about things we would never had even heard about if we didn't have such revolutionized media.  

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