Monday, December 16, 2013

Issues with Instagram

I think people put far to much effort into depicting their lives through social media. So many people want their otherwise average existences to appear interesting and exciting, so they work hard to get perfect shots of vacations, pets, activities and themselves. And after all, what use is any of it? Nobody is going to see those pictures and say, hey, I want to be friends with that person. Nobody is going to look at your latest food picture and want to offer you a job or a meaningful life. No, it's useless, quite frankly. Instead of making somebody feel good about themselves, it causes them to over anylize their life, searching for meaning and worth in the form of material objects to show off.
There are many things wrong with looking forward to events just to post photos afterward. Instead of living in the moment and appreciating their life as it is, an individual just wants to rush in to get that perfect shot. Afterward, they will feel I satisfied and wonder why. If a person just wants to somehow show off to people, saying they have it better, then they actually won't, because they are spending their time attempting to show people rather then enjoying themselves.
I agree that people shouldn't post trophies or expensive things. I think people should use Instagram for posting artistic photos, of nature, things not normally seen, art. Not food or airlines or other ways of making others feel useless.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Opening moment.

Recent data has suggested that about twenty percent of stars in the Milky Way have a planet that 
is roughly earth sized and orbits in the habitable zone. This zone is the distance from the star where
 liquid water can exist, meaning that twenty percent of the stars in our galaxy could have life. This 
has enormous implications. One hundred billion stars exist in our galaxy, meaning twenty billion 
could potentially have life bearing planets. Despite that many more things are required for life to 
succeed on a planet as we know it, such as a magnetosphere, this still means that there could be 
billions of planets out there that are habitable. In terms of ourselves, this can spur future space 
Exploration, along with proving to people that life almost certainly exist off of our planet. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Curing death

The benefits of the breakthroughs necessary to promote longer lifespans are almost impossibly huge. To extend aging, it will be necessary to develop a way to stop or even reverse body degeneration. Being able to stop the natural aging of cells or certain body parts, or reverse said aging, would mean we could potentially cure any injury or degenerative disease. Learning to control aging would require a massively improved understanding of the inner workings of cells, and would result in drastically improved medicines for a plethora of diseases and injuries.

That being said, the question of whether or not this technology should be made available is a difficult one. An issue the author failed to address is overpopulation. With the population rising rapidly, and possibly having already overshot earths carrying capacity, do we truly need more people? Of course, the morality of this question is difficult, but necessary. We would not only lose jobs for young people, but space for them as well. I cannot offer an opinion, merely point out the necessity of considering this factor. The other issues, in regards to jobs and health care, appear to be ignoring several realities. Any increase in aging would result in an incredible increase of medicine and treatments, and would make them cheaper as well. Medicare would not rise drastically, as care itself would be cheaper with these new technologies, yet another factor the author failed to note. Also, millions of jobs could be created with this technology, as any other new discovery. Whole new industries could spring up, focused around these treatments and care for the elderly. While not perhaps filling the gap necessary for every young person, it would certainly help. 
All of this being said, I believe that the benefits outweight the costs. However, I do not believe this technology would truly be available to everyone, only the rich for some time. This would lead to a large class divide and a new sociological phenomenon that would have to be carefully watched. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

First Impressions 

What are your first impressions of Truman Capote? Is he likeable? Why/why not? How is your first impression of him affected by knowing that he was a real person?

My first impression of capote in the movie was that he was rather likeable. He appeared socially awkward with a good heart, and I warmed to him. He didnt seem manipulative in the least, only kind and happy. Later, however, my opinions changed as I saw him lie repeatedly to his subject in jail. He lied easily and rather intelligently, making me think perhaps my other impressions of him were based on falsehoods. This is of course largely affected knowing he actually exists, as his easy lies may have been due to a talented actor. Of course, the action itself is most likely true. Anyways, from the movie I recieved the impression he is manipulative but emotional and goodhearted, and I believe these things must be true in their basic form as any movie based on real life will strive to have an accurate character. 

Friday, November 8, 2013

How should the NFL treat bullying?

Harshly. Sports team are, despite opinions to the contrary, a working environment. People come to pursue their dreams, earn a living, and find their way to fame and fortune. It is a job, a dynamically different one from an office to be sure, but a job and a career nonetheless. This is where bullying comes into consideration. In any career environment, bullying and harassment are treated with a zero tolerance policy. It is not acceptable to bully another individual at your job. It shouldn't be in the NFL, as football is a job. That's one reason. Another is the simple fact that the NFL is a role model for many younger people. If the players exhibit a culture of bullying, homophobia and machismo, then younger people on teams will be strongly influenced in those directions. If for nothing else, bullying should be treated seriously in the NFL because those people who look up to the players should not be seeing a culture of bullying. When these two issues come into consideration, it's obvious that the NFL should take bullying with the utmost seriousness.

How important is the intention/reaction?

When considering any case of bullying, a careful balance between intentions and reactions is necessary. On one hand, a person intending to do little harm to someone may hurt someone anyway and might need to be punished. However, it is important to consider the honesty of the reaction. Certainly if one feels uncomfortable, actions need to be taken. One can also fake discomfort rather easily, and claiming to be bullied has benefits for people who don't particularly mind lying or hurting others. In this case, however, I think Martin was honest. The perpetrator may not have meant harm, but he still caused a great deal of discomfort, as evidenced from many different witnesses.

When do pranks cross the line?

Pranks cross the line when they become overly hurtful or antagonistic. One incident, which wasn't meant to be hurtful, is not truly bullying in my mind. Everyone makes mistakes and should not be punished for a one time incident. However, anything repeated or directly intended to be hurtful is a case of bullying and should be treated very seriously.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

On school monitoring of Internet usage off campus

This, to put it lightly, is a contentious issue. The freedoms of speech in regards to a students ability to say what they wish and have freedom of expression is in jeopardy, that much is certain. However, in light of certain arrests made after students posted threatening messages, and online bullying, many would agree that some measures need to be taken. I would agree with that, however, these measures need to have extremely strict guidelines to prevent an Indiana-esque event from occurring again. It is quite possible for a middle ground to be reached. For instance, perhaps a search for certain violent keywords is necessary, or an anonymous reporting facility where students who feel threatened or bullied can show faculty said threatening messages or posts. I do not believe a constant monitoring is necessary or even preferable, for students need to feel free from their schools away from school. It is already hard enough for many to contend with the oppressive feeling of the school day, I could only imagine the reaction if suddenly almost all aspects of a students life could be monitored and affected by the school. So, in light of this, I would recommend a distinct middle ground be reached, where students still feel safe posting their opinions and faculty can rest assured that they are able to take notice when a student is being threatened or bullied

Monday, October 28, 2013

Opening moment

 The article is about a recent discovery that may have uncovered the reason why animals need sleep.
This is extremely important for several reasons. It is a huge breakthrough in the field of neuroscience. 
It could also lead to further understanding of insomnia and other sleep related illnesses. 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Twitter bio

Dog person, sailboat person, lake person, ocean person. People person, theater person, guitar person, art person, writing person, anime. Likes food. Spanish, elk and Iceland, Australia.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

What makes a good interview?

Far and away the most important component of a good interview is the questions. The questions are what makes the person reveal things about themselves that other people find interesting, or expose their real personality. The questions themselves need to be carefully designed, constructed to dig deeper than the person might want to reveal. Questions need to be open ended as well. A yes or no question will bring the interview nowhere fast, while a more interesting, open ended question such as: what is your favorite memory of such and such? Invite long, personal stories and interesting reponses.

Monday, September 16, 2013

What does journalism mean to me?

Journalism, to me, is the act of giving the public information. Whether it be information about a person, a place, or some event, it is the idea of information or ideas being free in their purest form, that of the article. The informational article.
To me personally, the area of journalism I want to focus on is the exposé. The act of uncovering information that is protected, that people deserve to know. Not personality profiles, not what a movie star had for breakfast, but company secrets, environmental destruction, governmental lies. The trade of secrets, the reveal of the curtain so all the world can see the truth.
Of course, I'm getting rather ahead of myself. I will most likely not be revealing in depth secrets during my time in journalism. Even so, I want to understand the people who have. The people who have stuck their necks out, at great personal risk, to take a chance at doing something right. Revealing information the public needs to hear.
Journalism, to me, is not personality profiles or telivision reviews. Those are mere offshoots of a form of revelatory writing. To me, being a true journalist is discovering, uncovering, or clarifying that which should be known by people who need to know it. The truth.