ICA Photo Post – You belong here

The you in this piece would refer directly to everyone that would glance on this piece. Because the hurricane drove away a lot of people from new Orleans this message I think is meant to signify that New Orleans is still the home for the people that remain here if they feel that their home is different from what it was before and if it doesn’t feel like their home anymore.

Social Classes – Impacts of social class

Social class can impact a person’s life in many ways. Being of a lower class can mean that they are stuck in a never ending loop of being in a lower class because they are not able to receive the benefits of the higher classes that they would need in order to get out of it. Being part of a lower economic class would also mean lower access to proper healthcare and nutrition and lead to increased health problems when then makes their economic situation even worse than it already was, leaving them stuck deeper and deeper in the hole of their predicament. In addition to the economic problems of being in a lower economic class, being in a lower social has issues as well. There is an increased chance of being stopped by police and an increased level of prejudice in job applications or in the criminal justice system.

Power Abuses – The US Government and Abuses of power

Yes, I believe that the US does abuse its power. The most public example of which is civil forfeiture. Police can use their power as law enforcement officials to seize assets they believe are involved in a crime and the owners of those assets have no or little ability to defend themselves or take steps to regain the items that were taken away from them. Another example is the high level of surveillance implemented to monitor communications. Police have the ability to use Stingray systems in order to monitor the communications of citizens without their consent. Over the years, law enforcement have been gaining more and more power to control citizens without their consent.

Baldwin – UniverCities

Universities, due to their need to house a very large amount of people have engulfed cities that they grow in. States and local cities are very willing to hand out benefits and incentives for universities to build campuses, new shops, and housing in an attempt to bring in more economic growth. The universities, as they expand, will also bring in more jobs as the increasing number of students will bring along extra maintenance as well. However with this growth, people are being displaced as the universities bring in college students with money to spend and push out existing residents. Even here in VCU, the school is buying up much of the property around its campus in order to build up new housing buildings or new schools. The land that the school acquires is transforming the city dominated by the school and its students.

Is Breach morally justifiable

Although I would not agree with the creation of something like breach, I would still argue that its existence is something that is morally justifiable. As with every country, border control is a necessity to ensure that people are not just coming into and leaving the control too freely. Countries don’t want too many good people leaving and too many bad people coming in. And so, because Beszel and Ul Qoma are two distinct cities, a border exists between them. Because of the border, there now has to be something to enforce that border or else they might as well merge together into one big city like the unification want. However, until something like that happens, the border exists and Breach will be there to enforce the separation between the two cities. However, having said that, I am against the methods that are used to ensure that the people in the two cities don’t interact with each other. Punishments are necessary to deter people from crossing over, but to go as far as forbidding any form of interaction between the two cities is far too extreme.

Berlin

If I were living in East Berlin at the time that the wall existed, I most likely would have complied with all of the rules of the government. Because of the intensity of the government in restricting the movement, I would not be willing to risk the lives of myself or my family trying to get out to west Germany. My family and I would likely not have noticed the intentions and actions of the east German government until it was too late and we would not have been able to get out. Even still, once realizing what is happening, I would definitely try to take any legal route out of the country, but as long as all of my and my family’s basic needs are met, I would likely not have that much of a concern about what the east German government is trying to do. If there were starvation and rioting, I would have much larger concerns over trying to get out of the country.

A symbolic ban on ghetto

Regardless of what the intentions of the council members were, the banning of the word ghetto will not be a part of the solution to solving the housing problems that exist in New York. It also will won’t paint over the troubled past. My definition and interpretation of the word ghetto still remains a place of run down buildings and the typical slums that most people would imagine and simply removing it from people’s vocabulary will not do anything to change that.

Spare Parts

Spare Parts, the movie is based on a true story about a group of Latino high school students working together to build a robot to compete in a robotics at University of California. Their struggles were exasperated by the fact that that all four boys were undocumented immigrants, had little support from their high school, and had to compete against much larger colleges (MIT, Cornell, and Virginia Tech). For instance, they only had a budget of $1000 for materials to build their robot in comparison to MIT which had received a grant of $10000. At the competition, the robot they had built clearly and expectedly could not stand to compete with the likes of other schools but even still they were able to put up a respectable showing and were able to win first place in the explorer (beginner) round. The movie’s main point is that even at a disadvantage, determination can accomplish great feats.

The New meaning of mobility

The article, The Meaning of Mobility, discusses what technology has done in shortening the great physical distances between people. Although people can live so far apart from each other or move around so much, the advent of cell phones and location services have made people closer together than ever. I experienced this last year when I discovered Google Maps’s timeline feature which tracks every place that I have been to through the use of location on my phone. It shows the time in the morning every day when I would go to school, the time I left school, and the time and place I’ve spent with my friends. And during the summer when I went to Florida on vacation, it also was able to maintain its all seeing knowledge about my location. The thought of going someplace far away doesn’t worry me about losing the connections and friendships that I currently have.