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Nazi Propaganda

posted Oct 14, 2011, 7:02 AM by Nathan Grove

I looked through the propaganda gallery at the site and it was shocking, but nothing I didn't expect. I've seen many WWII movies. It was very interesting to see some of the real people that these movies depicted, such as Joseph Goebbels who poisoned his own children in the movie "Downfall". There were also some interesting color photos of German landmarks. It's strange to think that so many of the German people supported Hitler blindly while a curtian was being pulled over their eyes. The antisemetic propaganda posters and films populating so much of the media was suprising. There also were some genuinely evil people who supported the Nazi regime.

Transition

posted Oct 3, 2011, 7:35 AM by Nathan Grove

I believe that it would be diffucult in some ways for me to switch to a time before post modernism. I don't think it would be nearly as hard if I were born in such an era simply because I was used to the lack of technology. Now that I'm used to it now, It would be more difficult to switch back.
 
I think technology will continue to get better and more advanced. Technology has always advanced through the years, why would it stop now.
 
No, we should not cut back on technology, it makes living easier.

September 11th

posted Sep 16, 2011, 8:02 AM by Jennifer Durbin

I was always very devastated about the 9/11 attack, even as a child. But after watching this documentary I feel almost more connected and closer to the horrors that occurred on that day. I always knew it was a tragic event, but I could never quite visualize the things that were being described. The movie really helped me to understand why it was such a big part of history because much of it was documented by the people of the city. 
    Some of the more shocking parts of the movie really got me thinking. The men and women that would just jump from the building because there was no escape, that really had an effect on me. I'm sure it also did for everyone else. Near the  end of the movie, one man got an amazing shot of the plane flying straight into tower 2. What was it like for the people on that plane? 
    I just can't believe some people could be so heartlessly evil, no matter how much they hate us. It's one thing to kill hundreds of soldiers in battle. But unarmed civilians? I keep thinking of what I would want to do to the people who caused this horrendous sequence of events on innocent lives. I know the whole middle east do not have the same beliefs as these terrorists, so fighting fire with fire would just cause the violence to spread. How can we possibly push reason onto completely unreasonable people? It makes me wonder.

Reaction To Survey

posted Aug 31, 2011, 6:24 AM by Nathan Grove

When analyzing the survey results, I noticed a couple interesting things. The only newspaper people seem to read is The State Journal Register, but the magazinges that are read a completely varied. Also, most of the people who listed it as thier paper were over the age of 40. Younger people seem to get their news from internet websites, and a couple of older people even listed that they didn't use the web at all. ABC and FOX news networks were among the most popular, regardless of age and gender. Also, most people who watch television from 6PM to 10PM, most likely because of school and work. But internet hours are all over the place, some people even access it at school and work from their phones. It seems to be the more popular medium.

Responsible Blogging

posted Aug 30, 2011, 1:17 PM by Nathan Grove

    Blogging is very common among students, mainly kids from the age of 12 to 17. There are many ways to use this feature to positively influence your life. Now kids are learning more about the world and are able to socially network, even with people in other countries. But there are also some dangers of social networking on the internet. Some of these dangers include predators, viruses, and even sending stuff that may ruin one's reputation. There are some guidelines you can follow to avoid these dangers online. For example; don't give out too much personal information. Telling people your name and age shouldn't be much of an issue, but giving out your email, location, and phone number is when it starts getting to be too much. People can use this info to harm you or spam you with unwanted things. Another guideline would be to watch what you say. Believe it or not, but every thing you type on the internet is permanent. Future employers, school staff, and relatives are able to see most of what you type at any given time. It's advised that you don't say anything that might offend someone. These are just a couple examples, so don't think you are perfectly safe now that you're on the web in your cozy home. It's just as unsafe as the real world.

Chapter 1 - Culture

posted Aug 29, 2011, 6:42 AM by Nathan Grove

    Culture can be viewed as many things in general. This was one aspect of the chapter that interested me greatly, the way they defined culture. They classified popular culture against fine art. They seemed to strongly support this viewpoint and I disagree. It is possible to enjoy classical music and hip hop at the same time. Or as they said, "The Beatles and Bach." They strongly seperate these two things, but I see no reason they can't co-exist. There are some forms of culture which are highly misunderstood. Music is a form of expression that deals with sound and voice, while television and movies have to do with visual stimulation. Not many people consider video games to be any form of art or expression like a song or a picture.
 
    Video games are a new form of culture and they deal mainly with an experience. They also have to do a lot with the Electronic and Digital eras. Now I'm not talking about Grand Theft Auto or Call of Duty. Those games are merely for fast entertainment and should be considered low culture. The games I speak of are story-driven, musically mutured, and graphically advanced. For example, Bioshock. In Bioshock your character discovers an underwater city called Rapture created for the idea that society failed. Without a government and laws to support itself, Rapture collapsed on itself and turned into something of a dystopian society. My point being is that many people see games as an immature form of entertainment and nothing more, while they've never heard of the ones I mention.
 
    The digital era is nearly as important as the printing revolution. Now kids as young as eight years old are writing their opinions online to discuss with the world. Before this time, people only started doing this when they got jobs or were in more advanced classes. Now kids do it on their own. I just think it's a really important time.

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