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December 3, 2009 at 5:17 am (Uncategorized)

Wikipedia has lost any credibility it once had in most, if not all academic circles. As Wikipedia is open to edits and entries from any general person regardless of academic achievements or studies at all, it is impossible to tell whether or not any particular article was written by a very well-educated, well awarded professor in possession of multiple professional and academic degrees, or if it was a thirteen-year-old publishing the article to Wikipedia on his iPhone on a bus ride home from school. Wikipedia advertises itself as a credible source, and it is not surprising that people treat it as such. I personally have used Wikipedia for a number of projects just to gain some background information on the topic. Ultimately this harmed me more than helped me, many of the dates for the project I was working on were listed incorrectly and because I did not double check with any other resources (my mistake, clearly) I received a low grade for the presentation. I am sure that this is a story that plenty of other people can relate to, or at least understand how easily such a mistake can be made. After all, Wikipedia’s slogan is “The Free Encyclopedia”, and it’s offered in nineteen different languages, and in most countries across the globe. When people read the slogan, and the title, “Wikipedia,” people assume that it is the truth, as would be seen in an actual, peer reviewed and well-researched encyclopedia Britannica, or a World Book encyclopedia as would be found in a full published set.

An example of the problems of Wikipedia can be seen in simply the quantity of some articles over others. For instance, a search of “Star Wars” yields a significantly longer article than that of “Victorian Literature. The “Star Wars” article consists of twenty-eight pages, whereas the article focusing on Victorian Literature is just barely eleven pages. This is because people are more likely to write articles about what interests them. While I am sure there is no shortage of Victorian Literature enthusiasts, there is practically a star wars cult evident in American and some European cultures, and some people do consider themselves of the religion “Jedi.”

This video and satirical article show the humor in the idea of a reference that anyone can write, alter, and edit information that is  fictional, is still presented as fact, and as credible evidence.

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INF: Research Question

November 10, 2009 at 5:20 pm (Uncategorized)

I am considering researching and writing about opinion ads, such as those against or for certain controversial issues.  An example of one of these on TV today are ads concerning Healthcare.  However, the ads that i am interested in are those that concern issues such as Gay marriage.   I would like to question whether these ads are ethically or morally correct, as they are attempting to alter others opinions on a mass scale.  I come across a problem in this in that i would need to have a definition of what is morally and ethically correct.

This is an interesting topic for me because I am very interested in why people make these advertisements.  I find it shocking that any one could be so confident in the correctness of their own views, that they could feel absolutely correct in producing an ad on a controversial issue across an entire nation, and not feel completely rude.  Pushing opinions on to other people is not only rude, but destructive to most people, including those that do the pushing.  It can make those who produce these ads seem arrogant, self centered, and self righteous, and it opens them up to attack from those who disagree.

I have absolutely no clue what a potential title for this paper could be, thats something i am completely unable to do until the paper is done.

What i know:

“The Gathering Storm”  was highly controversial and resulted in multiple parodies mocking the organization that produced it

There are some limits on what can be shown on public television(nudity, swear words)

For most ads, if you have the money to pay for t on TV, you can have it on TV, regardless of content(capitalism)

What i dont:

If this question has been brought up before

How much this topic is related to censorship

How to define ethically and morally correct  without seeming arrogant and superior.

 

 

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Myth of the Boring Topic

November 3, 2009 at 5:54 pm (Uncategorized)

CD: Should illegal downloading of music be illegal?

Card Deck: Should online gambling be illegal?

Business Card: Is the use of business cards in today’s culture environmentally unfriendly?

Film: Should camera companies continue to produce film using cameras in order to employ more people?

Lighter: Should anyone of any age be able to buy smoking and drug paraphenalia?

Menu: Should unhealthy and incredibly fattening food continue to be served in American society where obesity is such a huge problem?

Canadian Coin: Should passing from the United States into Canada, and opposite be easier?

 

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FW 8: Hot Topic

November 3, 2009 at 5:17 pm (Uncategorized)

Religion aggravates me to no end.  I don’t understand it at all, i have absolutely no clue how people can be actively involved in any organized religion.  I find that i have significantly more respect for the people who say that they have had serious doubts concerning their faith, but returned to the church, than the people who i feel blindly follow their own religious leaders.  I find that most religions are corrupt, over idealized, and complex to a point that it makes no point at all.

The fact that i know many sects of the christian faith are responsible for the destruction of many other culture’s religions based on the fact that they were “saving” the “savages” only furthers my troubles with religion.

Because there is so much centuries old conflict between so many of the world’s biggest religions also furthers my disgust.  I feel that religion should be personal, and in no way a cause for public discussion.

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FW 8: Halloween Costume

October 22, 2009 at 4:22 pm (Uncategorized)

I actually don’t remember many of my costumes.  I was Jasmine from Aladdin one year, which i thought was really fun i think, but i was absolutely freezing.  My brother always had the best costumes, he was the pillsbury dough boy one year, and a lego man another year, i don’t really know why he got the good costumes, but i was definitely jealous.  I dont know what i will be this year, still working on that, and i’m pretty sure i’m far behind the times, as every one else i’ve talked to has definite plans already.

pumpkin

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FW 7: Grown up Job

October 20, 2009 at 4:42 pm (Uncategorized)

This is the reason i am at a Liberal Arts college.  I have absolutely no idea.  i have toyed with ideas of becoming a teacher, but i really have no idea whether thats because i’m constantly surrounded by teachers, as both my parents are, and their second spouses are as well, or that its i just have no idea what else i would do.  Its just the idea that i keep coming back to, but then arises the problem of what would i teach? I hate history, i’m terrible at math and science, and writing is too fluid and flexible for me, i could teach literature, but that involves writing as well.   I also have a problem with patience, so i would have trouble with elementary schoolers, and, on top of that i have a feeling that once i have kids of my own, i’m not going to want to spend all day with some one else’s.  So that leaves middle school and high shool, i was not really a fan of Middle schoolers when i was one, and i cant see that changing now that i’m not one, which means high school i guess, which brings me back around to the original problem of what would i teach?

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FW 6: Favorite Toy as a Kid

October 15, 2009 at 4:08 pm (Uncategorized)

As my sister and i were so close in age (only 18 months difference) we grew up as playmates.  We “played house” with our American Girl dolls for years.  We had so much fun, and our stories almost always had something to do with being orphans, or running away from the orphanage, the four of us, me, my sister Leslie, her doll Molly, and my doll Charlotte.  We played probably far too long with our dolls, long past any of my friends did, or admitted they did.  Though in recent years when i talk to my current friends, and ask them about this it seems that just about every one played with their dolls just as long as i did.

American Girl Doll

American Girl Doll

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FW5: Five Things

October 6, 2009 at 4:05 pm (Uncategorized)

Five things that i cannot live without:

I have no idea. i’m pretty low maintenance in terms of material objects.

My watch might be one of my five things. I am constantly checking the time, and i always have atleast three pieces of technology with me that tell the time.

I wouldnt want to live without my computer, but i could certainly deal without it, especially if no one else had one either

Books- i love books, as long as they are good books, i read books that i loved the first time over and over again.  I have read Night by Elie Wiesel atleast 6 times.

Alot of my objects i realize now are completely dependent on if other people have them as well, such as my phone, computer, iPod, i often only use those devices because other people that i spend time with are, and its a good way to fill up the time when all my friends are completely absorbed in their “five things”

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INF: Bordo

September 29, 2009 at 4:13 pm (Uncategorized)

It is impossible to avoid the images of the idealized human body in today’s society.  Watching TV, we are ambushed by advertisements that, by having women flaunt their good looks, force us to wonder and think about the fact that we might also need this product to make ourself look like that, and feel like that.  We are told that that is how we will be happy, and thats one of the only ways to be happy as a woman.  Even advertisement campaigns such as Hanes with more real women, and the Dove evolution video ring false, as it is, at the most basic level, an advertisement designed to make you buy more products that are unnecessary.  Just using a philosophy of advertisement designed to decieve you in a different way.

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FW 4: Favorite Food as a Kid

September 24, 2009 at 4:05 pm (Uncategorized)

My favorite food as as a kid was mashed potatoes.  I loved them, probably because they were fun to play with and i could eat them by myself.  I don’t actually remember liking them so much, its what my family tells me, and i still do love them, but they are probably not my favorite food.  Then i moved on to spaggettios, which i still think about eating from time to time, but every time i cook them, i am amazed by just how much they smell like vomit.  its revolting, and its a stench that just never goes away, once you realize that spaggettios smell like barf, its game over, never again can they be enjoyed as they used to be.  I also loved Macaroni and cheese.  I still love macaroni and cheese, but now i eat easy mac for pure simplicity.

potatoesmacandcheese

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