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IP Call for Response

I am studying about the possibility of having an immigration reform in the United States that would benefit immigrants that are currently here undocumented because i’d like to know why the United States government decides its best not to pass this reform, why the we need it, and how this immigration reform can benefit the United States and actual immigrants in order to help my readers question the opposition there is to this reform

Research Question: Why is it better to have an immigration reform?

This article explains why the United States needs an immigration reform. It explains and answers many question about how not having a reform is harmful and how it is unfair to immigrants. The way immigrants who come here to live a better life are treated is very unfair.  The other article contains  reasons people are against it and why its not better to have a reform but with counterarguments to those statements. Reasons to not have the reform in that article include, it could increase crime rate, american workers would lose jobs to immigrants, and that would it would change the nations identity.

https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/explainers/why-does-us-need-immigration-reform

http://civilliberty.about.com/od/immigrantsrights/tp/Arguments-Against-Immigration-reform.htm

Call for Response:

What are your views on this immigration topic?

Why should we give easier access citizenship for undocumented immigrants?

Is it fair to have people in immigration detention suffer from being away from their family members?

Isn’t it unfair to automatically say that crime rates would increase by legalizing undocumented immigrants as if they are the only responsible ones for crimes committed in the U.S?

 

 

Nugget: Ted Nelson at Mid-term

Education ought to be clear, inviting and enjoyable, without booby-traps, humiliations, condescension or boredom. It ought to teach and reward initiative, curiosity, the habit of self-motivation, intellectual involvement. Students should develop, through practice, abilities to think, argue and disagree intelligently.

I have taken some online classes in different subjects before, and now obviously I am taking this one. My experience with online learning has been mixed: I love the flexibility it provides but I feel most classes are not comparable to face-to-face ones when it comes to expectations and assignments. I don’t know why, but in most classes I’ve taken the students are left kind of “floating around” not really knowing what we are supposed to do. Maybe that’s because it’s harder to understand written instructions versus verbal ones – and also the fact that real-time interactions are not (generally) part of online classes. In this sense, I feel that online classes have “booby-traps” because there’s a lot of room for misunderstandings among the students and instructors.

The good part about online classes is that it teaches you more than the subject itself but also discipline, or “self-motivation” as Nelson calls it. If you don’t sit down and do your homework and readings, nobody is going to know – at least not until you’re late with assignments and failing the class. It’s easy to get distracted when doing homework because you can just open another tab and take a BuzzFeed quiz instead, and your professor is none the wiser. In this case I believe online classes are great for preparing students for their future jobs, where their bosses won’t be monitoring them constantly (hopefully).

I also believe that online classes are great for making students reflect on their language and how they express themselves. It’s a lot easier to sound rude in writing, so when we have discussions on Blackboard or through our blogs, we all need to make sure our point is clear and we are sounding respectful. In a world where text and email are the main forms of communication in offices, communicating effectively in writing is essential. Only by practicing we can learn to “argue and disagree intelligently.”

IP: Call For Responses

I am studying whether or not societies perceptions of beauty, influenced by digital media, impact men and women in their professional paths.

Because I want to find out whether or not societies perception of beauty plays a role in determining if one is qualified for a job.

In order to help my readers understand how great of a role digital media plays on impacting the thoughts and ideas of society as a whole.

Research Question: How does digital media influence societies perceptions of beauty, and how do these ideas impact men and women in daily their life?

According to an article on CNN.com, Attractiveness may influence ones salary and even ones prison sentence. The article mentions that society associates pretty people with being “good” meaning they wouldn’t do bad things. The article also mentions Vivian Diller, a New York-based psychologist and author. While Dillar was working on her Ph.D, she would model on the side. Even she stated that in order to be taken more seriously in class, she would remove all of her makeup beforehand. This comes to show that people who are physically beautiful aren’t taken as seriously as someone who is not.

It is no question that the media has changed societies view on many things, one of them being beauty. Not only do we idolize women and men for their “perfect” looks, we aspire to look like them in order to be considered beautiful. However, due to photo-shop, filters and other editing soft wares he bar for beauty has been set unrealistically high. We are surrounded by images on the media that encourage us to change ourselves to fit the perception of beauty. Media companies are hiring stars to promote products that encourage the idea of change, like waist trainers that will decrease waist size and teeth whiteners because your teeth aren’t white enough. According to the article “The Medically Modified Human” The cosmetic surgery industry in the United States is booming, with profits expected to reach $17.5 billion by 2015. All thanks to the media.

Call for responses:

How has the media influenced your idea of beauty and what have you done to modify your look to fit these ideals?

Has your appearance altered the way other individuals treat you? (positively or negatively in any environment)

Have you treated someone better or worse based of off of their physical appearance? if yes, how so?

 

IP Call for Response

I am studying art

Because I want to find out what is art today? What can be considered as art?

In order to help my reader to have a more clear definition of art and know how to appreciate art.

Research question: How the definition of art changed over time?

 

The first source i found was written by Elizabeth in June 4, 2013 on her blog named “What Art Movement are We in Today?” She addressed three different kinds of art today: digital art, activist art and social art movement . Digital art is sharing art thought the technology we have today. Advertising, commercial or those illustration on the website are all considered as digital art. Activist art is the art has a certain purpose such as changing the society. For example, the Chinese artist ai weiwei. He is not only an artist but an activist who trying to make the country better though his art work. The last one is social art movement. Obviously, it’s called social art because it is for socialize such as those “art” photos on the Instagram.

The second source I found is an article written by Seth Price called “Dispersion“. Honestly, I didn’t fully understand it. It is confused, but there is one paragraph tells me what art is before: “Reflecting on his experience running a gallery in the 1960s, Dan Graham observed: ‘if a work of art wasn’t written about and reproduced in a magazine it would have difficulty attaining the status of ‘art’. It seemed that in order to be defined as having value, that is as ‘art’, a work had only to be exhibited in a gallery and then to be written about and reproduced as a photograph in an art magazine.’ ”

By reading and comparing these two articles, I see how art changed by time. Around 1960s or even before that, art has a strict definition, not everything can be defined as art unless it was written about on the imagine and exhibited in the gallery. However, the definition of art today become more and more broad. One reason is because we now have art works with technology which ancestor did not have. To me it seems like everything in the gallery is art even sometimes you just drop your food on the floor then people will still think it’s art and pretend like “oh yeah i got this idea!” Everything can be defined as art as long as you have a nice interpretation.  Now I’m curious about where the line is for the art, what the purpose for art is and also I want to do more research on the ancient art to figure out the evolution of art.

 

CALL FOR RESPONSES:

  1. What you think art is?
  2. Do you think art can change the society?
  3. Do you think commercial is art as well?
  4. What kind of work do you think that shouldn’t considered as art?
  5. What do you think is art in your daily life?

 

 

IP Call for Response

I am studying parenting in the Internet

because I want to find out how social media and blogs have affected people’s standards and expectations for their roles as parents

 in order to help my readers question the reality of what’s shared by parents online.

Research question: How have parenting standards, expectations and roles been affected by social media and blogs? 

I found these two articles that discuss my research focus: Parenting in a Fakebook and This is How the Mommy Wars Start. The first article touches several topics I’d like to address in my own research. First, I’d like to learn more about how being bombarded with other parents’ “perfect” lives on social media affects parents that are “normal.” I personally have some mothers on my Facebook who only post pictures of their kids that look straight out of a magazine. Some other moms love to “humblebrag” and post about how they had to get up at the crack of dawn for their kids’ competitions but it was worth it because they won.

Another issue I want to learn more about is discussed in both articles: parenting “competitions.” I am under the impression that some parents these days are not content with raising healthy kids – they need to raise the best kids. Perfection really is a very subjective notion, so what one mom thinks is the best approach to, say, discipline, might be what another mom considers completely wrong… And then social media and blogs just turn into this battlefield in which parents defend their ideals for raising children while others bash them because they have a different approach.

Obviously parents just want the best for their children but I wonder what are the consequences of 1) spending so much time online arguing with strangers over their personal choices, 2) oversharing children’s lives online and 3) spreading misinformation to other parents that might have catastrophic consequences, e.g. the recent measles outbreak in California caused by parents who refuse to vaccinate.

CALL FOR RESPONSES:

  • Do you have/follow “perfect” parents on social media, and if so, how do you feel about their posts?
  • What are some concerns you would have, if any, about sharing children’s lives on social media?
  • Can social media and blogs be a positive tool for parents? How so?

IP: Call For Responses

I am studying the invasion of privacy because I want to find out about the tactics behind the U.S government tracking in order to help my readers understand the recording of information.

How does the U.S. government track its citizens?

In this article by USA Today, it discusses how the U.S. government tracked phone calls. It was mentioned that the government had been tracking phone calls to find out about crimes that people committed. The main thing they look out for are leads on drug cartels and distribution. They mention that the DEA does not intercept the phone calls but keep track of incoming and outgoing calls. In my opinion, I can’t trust that statement because they are capable of anything. They can do as much as intercept my computer camera and watch me in my natural habitat.

In this other article, the author talks about multiple ways the government tracks us. The first thing they mention is the NSA (National Security Administration). The NSA is known to collect information from the Internet where they analyze and store data. Another thing on the list that interests me was facial recognition. Many criminals have been found through facial recognition, in which law enforcement looks at security footage and use computer software to clear the image and look for the suspect. This article has more of a variety on how the government tracks us versus the other article that only talk about phone calls specifically.

 

Call for Responses:

What would you do if the government were tracking you?

What can you do to prevent it? Or is it inevitable?

Do you think that technology is a major contributor to the invasion of privacy?

 

IP Call for Response

I am studying rising costs in tuition, because I want to know why we think tuition needs to stop rising and in what way can we change that in order to help my readers question the number of young adults in debt and find other ways to lower the prices of tuition.

Research Question: How do we feel about tuition and its continuously rising costs?

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2013/08/28/the-tuition-is-too-damn-high-part-iii-the-three-reasons-tuition-is-rising/

This first article expresses some very interesting ideas on the cause for tuition to continue rising. After reading this about how much it has increased over the years, it made me question why other countries were able to provide free tuition. I mean, America is over here putting millions of people in debt every year in order for them to further their education, while Germany is abolishing tuition and fees! I do not understand it at all! After reading this article, it made me wonder what other countries do the same thing?  What steps can we take to get in this direction?  Is there anything we can do to change the rising costs, or will they continue to rise despite other countries doing away with it? These articles inspired me to continue researching to see what else I might be able to find.

http://www.attn.com/stories/211/how-does-germany-afford-free-tuition-all-its-citizens

 

 

Call for Responses

Are there any articles you have read that could help me with my research?

How do you feel about tuition rising?

How have the rising costs impacted you and your everyday life?

Do you think that tuition should be cheaper, or even free? Why?