I believe Wikipedia, to be an extremely useful website that should be used when doing any sort of research, however, you should never use Wikipedia as a source. The reason why is because most of the information on the website was written by an anonymous source with potentially no background on the subject. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t use Wikipedia to find sources. Instead of using Wikipedia as a source, you can go the reference list of a page and use those sources. Those sources that are listed in the reference list tend to be more trustworthy and credible. I think Wikipedia should be used at the beginning of doing research because the pages give a general overview of the topic which is very helpful when you’re trying to organize your research.
The topic I chose to do some research on is Capital punishment also known as the death penalty. I believe the death penalty shouldn’t be used in general for a few reasons. The main reason being that in my opinion, the death penalty in a way is ‘taking the easy way out’ because the criminals aren’t really serving their time for the crimes they have done. To me, I think keeping criminals alive and making them serve their sentence is much more rewarding than having a criminal die because when they’re alive you know they are suffering, not as much as the victim or the families of victims but suffering none the less. I think after having done some research on Wikipedia, that we must take this information with a grain of salt.
-The first source that was Washington Post which explained why college rankings shouldn’t matter anymore. The author goes onto explaining how schools are ranked in a constantly changing system. For example, the author mentions that in 2013 the way school was graded was based on “the weight of output measures that signal how well a school educates its students. However, most people exactly know what kind of information or misinterpret the rankings themselves. Moreover, not that the ranking itself doesn’t directly rank the quality of the education.
– The second source used was an article done by Huffington Post. This article touches on the pros and cons of college rankings in general. To point out the major con the author brings up is that all college rankings have different priorities in mind when performing calculations to rank the schools. For example, as stated by the author the tier list done by U.S News uses alumni giving rate as 5% of its calculation, while the tier list done by Forbes takes career success heavily into account. So the ranking systems themselves are flawed because they don’t only focus on the quality of education but are warped by slight variations depending on where you get your source.
Puri, I. (2016, November 17). How Much Do College Rankings Matter? Retrieved March 05, 2018, from https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/how-much-do-college-rankings-matter_us_582e00b8e4b08c963e343c31
Strauss, V. (2013, September 10). Why U.S. News college rankings shouldn’t matter to anyone. Retrieved March 05, 2018, from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2013/09/10/why-u-s-news-college-rankings-shouldnt-matter-to-anyone/?utm_term=.6bea8ad2c7e9
Group Members: Jenna, Cooper, Alejandro
- No, because it’s common knowledge
- Yes, she assumed she didn’t have to cite a source because everyone in her class was using the same source when the situation is still necessary.
- No, because she discussed the matter with the teacher beforehand and got his approval.<——WRONG. Yes, because it’s a sperate document even if it’s your own work and even if you got a teachers approval you still need to site.
- Yes, anything that sounds that like it’s from the internet is most likely from the internet so double check all your sources.
- Yes, you still need to site paraphrasing because you are still using someone else’s idea.
The only situation where I would consider myself being tokenized is a frequent situation that happened when I was living in Venezuela. In my high school, I was the only American student amongst my classmates which were mostly Venezuelan people. Moreover, due to the countries brainwashing, people believed that the U.S is the cause of all the strife in Venezuelan. So there were a few students who would constantly pick or bully me because I was American because they thought I deserved to feel bad for what was going on in Venezuela.
The question of first impressions or judgment based on appearance is a very interesting one to answer. For me, the first that comes to my head is that people are assuming my race. That I’m your typical white American man when in reality I’m a Venezuelan. However as much as we complain at the end of the day, we all are silently judging others only on looks and superficial details. The reason why that is is that from a young age we are taught stereotypes and taught how to categorize or group people based on superficial details.
For this audio, I have quite a few ideas to make this as optimal as can be. First off, let’s talk about the topic. As of now the topic I plan to use is; Essentially I’m going to re-tell an experience I had when I was living in Venezuela. My experience was how the color of my skin immediately made me an outsider and or a target for bullying and crime. In Venezuela, people have the tendency to have a hard time accepting those who are different. Because of this for the 6 and half years I lived in Venezuela, anytime I went out in public I would always get stared at or laughed at because I looked different. Moreover, whenever I went out in public I always had a target painted on my back because the criminals associated white people to being rich or from America which meant I was worth more if I was kidnapped and held for ransom or to simply kill me because I was the person responsible for all the grief that’s in Venezuela. I would say that this audio essay topic develops the idea of racial and cultural identity. This internal and external conflict that has been going on my whole life has been the source of many situations I have encountered such as this one. Bringing up the debate on how skin color doesn’t equate to race or culture by any means is one of the many sources of the creation of stereotypes that are “assigned” to cultures based on looks, attitude, personality etc.
I would say the main learning experience one could get from this situation would be, no matter how dark and grim a situation might seem, you need to find some sort of light to keep yourself balanced. As in, you need to find some sort of positive in any situation because if you constantly think negatively, you won’t be able to grow nor be able to enjoy life. However, if you keep a positive mindset, do activities you enjoy to keep your mind occupied, you will start to notice that ‘darkness’ dissipate and life will start to look a lot less grim. This also can show the audience that this sort of behavior is still happening in many parts of the world and how racial discrimination can occur or be shown in several ways.
For this audio, I have quite a few ideas to make this as optimal as can be. First off, let’s talk about the topic. As of now the topic I plan to use is; Essentially I’m going to re-tell an experience I had when I was living in Venezuela. My experience was how the color of my skin immediately made me an outsider and or a target for bullying and crime. In Venezuela, people have the tendency to have a hard time accepting those who are different. Because of this for the 6 and half years I lived over there, anytime I went out in public I would always get stared at or laughed at because I looked different. Moreover, whenever I went out in public I always had a target painted on my back because the criminals associated white people to being rich or from America which meant I was worth more if I was kidnapped and held for ransom or to simply kill me because I was the person responsible for all the grief that’s happening in Venezuela. Now that the topic has been discussed let’s discuss the special effects or ideas that I have to make this audio essay more interesting. For music, I plan to start the essay with a sad latin music and have it fade to the background and have it play while I’m telling my story, and it will pick up again once I have finished telling my story and will continue for a few seconds afterward.
Outline Audio essay:
- Topic: Not being accepted in Venezuela, and being mistreated as well as put under threat because of the way I look.
- Music: (Insert sad music choice here)
- Sound effects: When laughing is mentioned insert the sound of people laughing, when, kidnap is mentioned insert sound of screaming.
- Discuss what It was like living under those circumstances.
- Discuss what threats were presented when in public
- Discuss what psychological pressure and strain experienced.
- Discuss how this all impacted me while living there, and living away from there.
- Mention the strain it put on those around me like my friends as well as my family.
- Mention the strain this kind of behavior had at school.
Answers to questions about first audio essay:
This is essay is looking for us to recount a compelling experience that has to do with facing issues of identity, culture, and racial stereotypes. While recounting this experience we are also supposed to incorporate a mix of separate bits of audio such as music or environmental sounds to further enhance the impact of our story. I feel like the composing and creation process will be very interesting and entertaining because we have a lot of room to be creative with the audio we use. Overall, I would say the few strengths I have with this type of essay is that I’ve had past experience editing audio for projects in the past. Moreover, I enjoy editing media as well as “voice acting”, in other words making silly voices that I use to represent people. I would say my major challenge for this essay would be my lack of organization as well as my difficulty with planning out this essay. My issue with major projects such as this one is that I tend to start the project without a plan and where my brain leads me. Moreover, the idea of making a script for this project somewhat worries because, when I recount my life experiences I usually don’t fully remember what happened so I tend to remember as I progress with the story. However, writing out these events in my life will be tough because I’ve gone through a lot of issues regarding this topic in my life. The only question I really have is how creative can we be with this topic essay. Along with, if the majority of the audio track should be us talking, or more us using editing to enhance the experience.
This paragraph will summarize the points made in Juan Rodriguez’s writing for February the 5:
I enjoyed reading Juan’s write up for today because it shared similar views that I expressed in my writing as well. For his first paragraph, Juan discusses Cadogan’s descriptions of walking in different parts of his life. Moreover, Juan also decided to write about how the author felt at during each of these walks. From one side we have the fear of being harmed by criminals, however, on the other, you have the fear that someone might assault you only because of racial tension. Juan also mentions how real these problems are and what kind of precautions the author needed to take to ensure his safety. Juan also compares both the readings in terms of topic and discuss how entertainment was used in the reading of “Scenes and Un-Scenes: Class Dismissed.”
Meaning of name assignment:
Personally, I’m not very familiar with why my parents decided to give me the name Alejandro, however, after a bit of research I found out that Alejandro or Alexander was a popular name used in Greece, which means Defender, or protector of mankind. The most notable person with this name was Alexander the Great. I’ve never been embarrassed by my name, however, the reason why I usually shorten my name to Al, is because it tends to be easier to pronounce as well as when I’m at a restaurant making a reservation they always spell my name incorrectly which after a while becomes frustrating. I’ve never changed my name to anything else other than Al, however, at birth, my parents were deciding between the names Alejandro or Mario. The reason being that my great father who was loved by my entire family was named Mario. Again, after a bit of research, I found out that Mario is a Latin name which means hammer, attributed to Mars, the Roman god of war. However, in this era, the most commonly known person by the name of Mario is the famous video game character.