Blog 9

Prompt: Using the information from pages 197-215 of our book to guide you, choose a book, story, movie, video game, poem, song, or T.V. show to analyze or evaluate. Your post should be 250-350 words in length, and should include one outside source.

The poem I chose is called There’s A Man In The Woods by Jacob Streilein. It tells a tale of what happened to a teacher who was fired after a child, who is a troublemaker, had told a fib about a man in the woods, and the consequences of what happens after the rumors go too far.

The story starts when the teacher was employed and enjoyed his job of watching over the kids as they picked the flowers off of a bush near the woods, but one selfish kid, Sid, hated that he had to share the flowers with his fellow students. So to scare them away he told the teacher he saw a man in the woods, then the rumors spread throughout the school like wildfire. Soon enough the parents heard the rumors and became concerned for the safety of their children, and they blamed the teacher for not doing anything about it. The school board had no other choice but to fire the teacher. After being fired the teacher tried to get another job but he couldn’t because of his slandered reputation. The teacher turned to drugs and alcohol to fight away the pain and of the stress.  Soon he realizes that he could play along to Sid’s imagination and by the end of the poem he himself is the man in the woods.

The moral of the story is that one person’s selfish actions can cause strife in another person’s life and how society can become paranoid because of a rumor.

Streilein,Jacob. There’s a Man in the Woods. 2017. Genius, https://genius.com/Jacob-streilein-theres-a-man-in-the-woods-annotated. Accessed May 2006.

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Blog 8

Prompt: Using your annotated sources from prompts 6 and 7, write a 300-500 word blog post defending the position opposing the one you are taking in essay 2. In addition to meeting the minimum word count, your response should be grammatically correct, be organized appropriately, and be focused on one main idea. It should also include a qualified thesis statement, and a works cited page.

Many people today in society has a cell phone, laptop, or some sort of internet device. With technology developing as fast as it is, there are many consequences to the use of technology. Teens and adults alike are dealing with cyberbullies and the harm that their words can do. Even though this is a serious issue to today’s society, many people do not understand the importance of the psychological damage cyberbullies can do.  

In the opposing article written by Dan Olweus, he states that “cyberbullying made in the media and elsewhere are greatly exaggerated and have little empirical scientific support” (Olweus,2012). Dan Olweus, during his studies, figured out that when you look closely into cyberbullying scientifically it has not been given the recognition it should have. Dan Owleus’s article about cyberbullying has had many schools participate in the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP). While in the OBPP students were asked to participate in the Olweus Bullying Questionnaire (OBQ). Even though the students had taken the OBQ, the results showed that the student population of cyberbullying is close to the same as cyberbullying nationally.  

After the students completed a revised version of the OBQ, students have made their definition of cyberbullying. Even though we count cyberbullying as one person using their popularity, or power, to make another person feel bad about themselves. “we don’t call it bullying when the teasing is done in a friendly and playful way. Also, it is not bullying when two students of about the same strength or power argue or fight” (Owleus, 2012).  

Dan’s article is well written with many results of his questionnaire to back up his information about cyberbullying, and I agree with his statement that cyberbullying can be exaggerated but it should not be ignored. I also like the addition of the graphs to show the statistics. 

Olweus D. “Cyberbullying: An Overrated Phenomenon?” European Journal of    Developmental Psychology, vol. 9, no. 5, 2012, pp. 520–538., doi:10.1080/17405629.2012.682358.

Blog 7

Prompt: This week, I want you to post one of your annotated citations from the proposal and annotated bibliography assignment. Specifically, it should be an opposing viewpoint that you plan to argue against in your second essay. You will be using this source again for a future blog post, so try to pick one that you are fairly certain will appear in your persuasive paper.

 

Olweus D. “Cyberbullying: An Overrated Phenomenon?” European Journal of    Developmental Psychology, vol. 9, no. 5, 2012, pp. 520–538., doi:10.1080/17405629.2012.682358.

Blog 6

Prompt: This week, I want you to post one of your annotated citations from the proposal and annotated bibliography assignment. Specifically, it should be a source that will be supporting your claims in essay two, and not an opposing viewpoint. You will be using this source again for a future blog post, so try to pick one that you are fairly certain will appear in your persuasive paper.

 

Johnston, Pattie, et al. “Motivations behind ‘bullies then offenders’ versus ‘pure bullies’:     further suggestions for anti-bully education and practice.” Education, vol. 134, no. 3, 2014, p. 316+. Opposing Viewpoints in Context, link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A371193109/OVIC?u=imcpl45138&xid=da4dcf68. Accessed 11 Oct. 2017.  

Blog 5

Prompt #5:  Select one subject that you’d like to learn more about, and then come up with 7-10 questions to guide your research.

For my subject I choose cyberbullying and the question are:

  1. How can cyberbully be defined?
  2. How can cyberbullying be explained?
  3. How can cyberbullying be interpreted?
  4. What are my opinions about cyberbullying?
  5. What might cause cyberbullying?
  6. What can cyberbullying be compared with?
  7. Are there other ways to think about cyberbullying?

Blog 4

Prompt 4 : Select one subject from the list below that you’d like to learn more about. Then, write a brief paragraph explaining any general thoughts or preconceived notions you have on that subject.

The subject I choose is school dress codes, because this topic has interested me before. Personally I’m not a fan of certian dress codes for school because of how exaggerated they can be. Yes, I’m aware that not all clothes are appropriate to wear during the school day. Although I doubt that seeing someone’s collar bone, shoulders, or even just a bit above the knee will distract a person from learning. Clothing is a type of expression for people, and with strict dress codes it’s like you’re taking away someone’s identity.

Blog 3

 

Prompt #3: Compare and/or contrast two movies you’ve recently viewed.

 

When I was younger I loved watching the classic Disney movies, my favorite Disney movie was Beauty and the Beast. Years later I was excited to hear that they made a reversion of my favorite Disney classic. So, my friends and I got together and we went to the movies and enjoyed the Disney remake.

It was clear that the animation of the two movies were different since the 2017 version of Beauty and the Beast was live action and the 1991 version was 2d animation. I felt like the 2017 version gave the characters more depth and a better backstory to the characters. In the 1991 version you only know that Belle’s mom died, but you don’t know how she died. In the 2017 version you learned that Belle’s mom died of the black death which gave an excellent background of the character.

I also felt like I enjoyed the 2017 version a lot more than the 1991 version because of the characters and the emotions the actors put into them, and the songs that they had created for the movie. It was during the scene when Belle left the Beast to go to her father, I nearly cried because of the song that the Beast sang while he watched the person who could’ve broken the spell walk away. I also nearly cried when Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, and Lumiere were singing Days in the Sun which was about them reminiscing about when they were human and missing being human.

I was happy to have watched both versions of the movies because it made me feel happy watching them. I do think that both of these movies were great and I would see both again in a heartbeat, no questions asked