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Holocaust Museum Reaction

posted Oct 17, 2011, 10:54 AM by Kayla Owens

    While on the Holocaust Museum website, I learned a lot about propaganda and how it affected people during the Holocaust. I really didn't like the posters that were for recruiting children into the Hitler youth because they showed Hiltler as somewhat of a god, and I found it frightening that one person could have that much power. I also didn't like them because I hated the fact that they were recruiting children just so they could train the to be soldiers.
     I really liked how easy the website was. The information was right there for you, and it was laid out in an interesting way. It made you want to learn more about what it was telling you about.
An example of propaganda is:

Pepsi Assembly Response

posted Oct 17, 2011, 9:23 AM by Kayla Owens   [ updated Oct 17, 2011, 9:25 AM ]

    I really liked the Pepsi Assembly, because it tied in a lot of movie clips and music into its video that teens watch and listen to. I think that this makes the video more interesting because teens can relate to it, and they get the point of what the video is trying to say more than if they just had a person talking on it. The Pepsi Assembly's video was also more in-tuned with the audience because it was very fast paced and had a lot going on at all times. It wasn't just a boring documentary because of this and it was easier to stay focused on it. The Pepsi Assembly overall teaches really good lessons in an exciting and interesting way that teens can relate to, and I think that is why the assembly is so successfull.

Response to 9/11 Documentary

posted Sep 16, 2011, 10:46 AM by Kayla Owens

    102 minutes was difficult to watch, but I think it's important that people watch it. People who weren't there don't get a real sense of what happened. They understand the basic facts; the towers were hit, the towers fell, but they don't understand the depth of everything that was going on. This documentary shows exactly what the people there were going through. Yes, there are some scenes that are disturbing, but what happened was disturbing. This documentary doesn't just cut out all the bad parts because it's kind of difficult to see. They show you what happen, everything that happened, and that's why I think it's important.
    I think that during some instances in the documentary the camera people should have stop taking footage. For instance, when people were injuried, I don't think that they should have shot some of those things. The people who were injuried already had enough on there plates, and they didn't need someone sticking a camera into their face on top of everything. I do understand that it's a part of what happened there, but, out of courtesy, I don't think that they needed to capture that.

Remembering 9/11

posted Sep 12, 2011, 10:27 AM by Kayla Owens

    I think that the plans for commemorating 9/11 were, mostly, very good, but some plans were a little tasteless. For instance, selling statues of the twin towers that light up is going a bit too far. People shouldn't just use what happened on 9/11 to get money, even if they do say that they are going to give some of the money to charity. It's just not something that anyone should do. The subject is still too fragile, and trying to get money from it can very easy turn into something disrespectful. People can all make their own decisions about what to do and what not to do for 9/11. They can either see it as something to respect and let pass or they can see it as something to make a profit off of. I don't think that it is right to try and make money off of 9/11 at all. I believe that, for that one day, we just need to remember what happened and the people that it has affected.   

Chapter 1 Reaction

posted Sep 12, 2011, 9:25 AM by Kayla Owens   [ updated Sep 12, 2011, 10:44 AM ]

    After reading chapter 1, I see how far we have come in our communication. What used to seem impossible is now a reality. We used to write letters to communitcate, and they would take days, maybe even weeks to get places. Now, we can send texts or email people, and they'll have it almost instantly. Communication has slowly progressed and taken over. Today, we can't live with out it.
    We have become completely submerged in social websites and texting. We don't know how to live without that instant gratification of information. No one nowadays writes letters or talks on the phone, because they know that they can just send a text message or email to a person instead.
    Our communication has grown and with it we have grown. We now are able to communicate with people all over the world, and, because of this, we know more about what's going in the world. We can see now, through communication, that the world is a huge place, and every one of those places are different and unique.

The Dangers of Blogging

posted Sep 12, 2011, 9:15 AM by Kayla Owens   [ updated Sep 12, 2011, 9:21 AM ]

     Cyberbullying, and teenagers giving out too much information about themselves are some potential dangers of blogging that were dicussed in these texts. Both of these concerns are very legitimate. Teenagers can get into a lot of trouble when they find out that someone has used information they gave out on their blogs to bully them, and they can also have problems when future employers will not hire them because of the comments made on these blogs.
            A danger that wasn't discussed in the text was that blogging can affect a person's ability to socially interact with people in person. Blogging is a great was to express your feelings and interact with people but, if a teenager uses it too much, they start to forget how to be social with people in person. It's much easier to write something in a blog than to actually talk to a person about it.
            Students need to remember to be cautious about their information to practice responsible blogging. They can't give out all their personal information in these blogs, even if they think that only their friends can see. People will always have ways of getting to it, if they really want to. They also have to be able to filter what is alright to put on the internet and what to keep to themselves. They just need to ask themselves, Do I really want people knowing all this? And could this possibly affect something I want to do in the future?
            The class should not be allowed to make rude comments about other people's blogs, even if they disagree with their opinion. They also shouldn't be allowed to put more than their name on their blog. I think these would be appropriate for the class because they'll make sure that everyone feels comfortable about blogging.

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