my thoughts on our ever-changing political world

Reflection February 13, 2011

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Seminars: I love the seminars, and I think they are a great place to share our opinions and questions in an intimate setting. My group only has about 5 or 6 people, which makes it a great setting for discussion. We all have time to share our opinions and no one is overwhelmed by the size of a large class. I am not shy at all, but sometimes I find myself not speaking up because I am unsure if I truly understand the topic. One of the goals I’m making for myself is to be able to be just as open in the regular class as I am in seminars, because I believe that in classes the more you put out is the more you will receive in terms of learning.


Beyond the Text

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This picture really speaks to me. It’s a picture of a woman crying, holding the flag, celebrating the resignation of Mubarak. There isn’t much I can say about this picture other than it shows raw emotion and how happy she was that she started to cry. The Egyptians have been so inspiring with these protests, and to see them get what they wanted is so powerful.


Media & Question

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Minor Story – “Inmate says B.C. jail removed teeth without consent, now won’t provide dentures”

This story really angered me. It’s about a man in jail who doesn’t speak a lot of English. He had 10 teeth and dentures when he entered jail, and he was put under anaesthetic and had his teeth removed. He now can’t eat anything except soup and milk, and they will not approve his request for new dentures.

How they can get away with this appalls me. I would like to know the reason behind taking his teeth, and whether or not it was health related. I hope to find out more about this story and I hope that they do indeed supply him with new dentures.

Major Story – “As Mubarak departs, questions about what comes next”

Mubarak has left. What an amazing feat for the people of Egypt. As one man says, “This is the greatest day in the history of Egypt”. This article is questioning what will happen to Egypt now. Will it come under military rule? What is the army’s plan? It is said that the army understands the mission ahead of it is civilian rule. The article says that there may be trouble on Saturday “yesterday”, as the protestors say they are staying until the state of emergency laws are lifted, but the army won’t lift them until the protestors clear the square.

This leads to my question: what WILL happen to Egypt? It’s an optimistic view, but I feel that after all they have gone through with these protests and how strong they have become as a unit, I don’t think they are going to settle for another ruler that they aren’t happy with. I think people are now realizing that Egypt is a force to be reckoned with, and they won’t give up without a fight.


Classmate’s Blogs

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It was really interesting to take a look at what other people are doing in the class and how they have their blogs laid out. The blogs I commented on were:

Nicholle Carpentier’s- her “Beyond the text” picture of the American flag with the logos of big corporations replacing the stars was really interesting. It goes to show what is the focus of people nowadays.

Briana Hartley’s- she had an article about the dolphin slaughters in Japan. I’ve heard of this through the years but never knew any hard facts or truths, and this article that she found was very intense. I agree strongly with her opinion that this story needs to be more mainstream.

Brad Tierney’s- his article about “Gay Bashing in Kenya and America” really stuck out to me. I believe that homophobia comes from ignorance, and I agree with his views that those priests who say that being gay is immoral have that opinion to themselves and it is not the opinion of the whole church.

Peter LaMarre’s- his post about Television and Identity was really great. I always find myself questioning why myself and others watch shows about other people’s lives when we have our own to live. He also had really interesting art that related to his post.

Likda Morash’s – she has a picture of an Egyptian soccer player kicking Mubarak out. I love the message of the picture, it’s so inspiring as she says to see the progress that the Egyptians have made.


Reflection February 6, 2011

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I thought the most interesting part of Dr. Adamsons lecture was how much government plays a role in our life, yet a lot of us still don’t take an interest. I hadn’t really ever thought about how much the government is involved without life. They decide basically everything that is in our life, from our food to our media. I am not registered to vote, but I am going to register next time I am home. I used to say I was just going to vote Liberal because at the time I liked the leader the best, but I am actually going to research what they believe in and what they stand for. I think that it’s really important for my generation to start caring so we can shape our world.


Research Quest – Al Jazeera

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I have been looking at a few sites to try to figure out why Al Jazeera isn’t played in the States, and the conclusion I have come to is that Al Jazeera hasn’t sugar-coated any news story. They show what is happening, even if it is violent, and that can be a bad thing for America. It showed coverage of the war in Afghanistan after 9/11, and that caused a lot of problems because it was showing what the USA wanted to be show. I think that with the style of journalism that Al Jazeera uses, it is a threat to America. Not allowing it to be shown is a real disadvantage for Americans who want to be connected to the world and have up to date information about these conflicts. Thank goodness for the online video streams, so it is still accessible.

Jasmine Revolution: Al Jazeera was a breath of fresh air when it came to covering the Jasmine Revolution, as the US news channels were basically ignoring it and focusing on things happening on their own soil. Al Jazeera had full coverage o the story, and with this media attention to it, enabled the revolution to have a huge support base. Without Al Jazeera, the support may not have been there.

BBC and Al Jazeera: I was very interested to find out the connection between these two, and why Al Jazeera is staffed with some former BBC staff. I found out that BBC had a channel called BBC Arabic Television. There were many problems with the backing of this program, and eventually it was done with. Many of the staff felt like it was unfair to deny Arabs of their own show that was modeled for their culture, so Al Jazeera was born. The staff was mainly senor staff from BBC Arabic Television, and the rest is history, Al Jazeera is a hit!

I think it’s great that they persisted, because I can only imagine how frustrating it would be to have to look at the news through the eyes of other cultures. Al Jazeera has only been brought to my attention this year but I think it’s an excellent news source, and a reliable one at that.


Question of the Week

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This week we were supposed to ask a question that could be presented to Dr Adamson about the media.

Without media, would any protests or organizations have any standing?

The reason I ask is because if you think about it, if a group of people protest for something but no one knows about it, would it still have an impact on the world? Would it have even happened in the first place? Of course the protests or organizations may make a difference, but if they have no standing behind them, how far can their cause go? I know that media can sometimes play a negative role in the world, but in my opinion, only with media coverage can a real cause be made.