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Inquiry Project Rough Draft

So, I was planning on working on this all day tomorrow until I read turn in by 7 am…oops, so this is what I have so far. At the end, I started just trying to give the main ideas. I plan on adding a lot more like photos, videos, and links. I don’t have much evidence in here yet either, but I thought I was going to have a lot more time tomorrow. If you have any suggestions please let me know! (very) rough draft

Persuasion Map

Inquiry Project persuasion map

I’m writing about the effects of modern photo editing technology these days has on young girls’ self-esteem and body image. When photos for magazines or billboards are edited, they are altered to make whoever is shown on them look better. These photos are sometimes altered so much that it makes the person look completely different from what they do in real life. In some cases, peoples’ bodies are edited so much that they are unrealistic and do not even actually exist in our world today. This puts too much pressure on girls in our society to look perfect, which can lead to numerous self-esteem and health problems. Thus, photo-editing can actually do more harm then good to today’s society and is affecting girls of all ages.

About a week ago  I came up with this outline for my project:

Women are under too much pressure to be perfect

–   1     Inaccurate media representation of women

*photoshopped on magazines

*computer generated bodies

*bodies that do not even really exist

–    2    Girls want to meet societies standards

* judged by looks

*skinny=pretty

*make up, hair, etc

–    3    Science has told us that symmetry=beauty

*symmetrical face= good genes

*photo editors often edit to make bodies and faces symmetric even if it’s unrealistic

–    4    Too high of standards for men because of inaccurate media

*men see photoshopped unrealistic girls and expect women to really look like that

*unaware of the altering of photos

I’ve decided to change my reasons to :

-inaccurate media representation of women

-too much pressure from society to be perfect

-negative effects on self-esteem have led to numerous health related problems

Concept Experience #5

When I read the article “The Case for the End of the Modern Zoo”, many things stood out to me. To begin with, I originally thought that the author was going to argue about why zoos are good since he stated that he liked zoos in the beginning. As I got reading the article, I realized that he wasn’t necessarily taking a stance, as much as he was stating both sides of the argument. It seemed as though he was actually making us aware of the issues rather than give an opinion of them. Even though the author himself may not trying to argue for or against zoos, the reader will can establish a side based on the evidence that the author gives. Depending on whether the reader supports the evidence given can determine whether or not they are against zoos. Since the author gives so much information about both sides, it makes this a stronger argument since there is so much to consider. The way the author jumps around from talking about one side to talking about the other also strengthens the argument because you may think you’re for zoos one minute, but as you keep reading you may start to feel as though you are against them. This cycle could keep repeating as you’re reading through the article.

For my inquiry project, the platform I am using is wordpress. I am using this because it is easy to use, and I am familiar with it. It allows me to easily type out my ideas and share them with everyone else. I also like it because I can edit my post after it is published in case I left something out or wanted to add something. Having people give feedback on your thoughts and ideas is also a plus. It helps me improve my work and think about ideas that I have not thought of before.

Reading & Writing About Logic and Argumentation

I decided to read the essay called “A Case for the End of the Modern Zoo”.

In this essay, the main thesis or claim that the author is making is  that he himself is not against zoo’s, but there are many people that are against them, and if some improvements are made with zoos, the animals may be happier and people’s thoughts on them may be more positive.

The subclaims that the author makes in this essay to support this are when he talks about the cases, attacks, and illnesses relating to the animals in the zoo and the ways that these events/illnesses could have been prevented or helped.

The evidence that the author uses is mostly primary describing an individual and an event. He also uses secondary sources where he describes a study or case as well as peer reviewed evidence. I believe the evidence that he uses is credible.

One of the strategies the author uses is emotional appeal to animal lovers by telling unfortunate stories and events that animals in zoos and the people working at the zoos have gone through. He also includes information on how there are ways to help with these issues so hopefully it may change some of the negative feelings towards zoos. Another strategy he uses is giving his opinion before he starts explaining so you know where he stands with this topic before he starts discussing it.

I think the author does make a logical argument because he gives the positives and negatives of zoos so you can see it from both sides. There did not seem to be any logical fallacies.

I overall found the argument somewhat persuasive since I do not think that the author had a strong opinion towards a certain side.

Nugget #6

“Considering children as the users radiates a compelling
excitement when viewed from a number of different
perspectives. First, the children really can write programs
that do serious things. Their programs use symbols to stand
for objects, contain loops and recursions, require a fair
amount of visualization of alternative strategies before a
tactic is chosen, and involve interactive discovery and
removal of “bugs” in their ideas.
Second, the kids love it! The interactive nature of the
dialogue, the fact that they are in control, the feeling that
they are doing real things rather than playing with toys or
working out “assigned” problems, the pictorial and auditory
nature of their results, all contribute to a tremendous sense
of accomplishment to their experience. Their attention
spans are measured in hours rather than minutes.”

This passage particularly appealed to me because it made me think about kids these days compared to kids about 10 years ago. Due to all of the technological advancements, kids these days are getting involved with technology younger and younger. I believe that there are many pros to this as well as some cons.

thumbs up computer kid gif

Kids these days who get a feel for technology like ipads or ipods at a young age usually are only on the devices to play games. These simple games may not seem like much, but while these kids are playing these games, they are actually developing hand-eye coordination that will benefit them when they are trying to learn to do other things like using scissors.

It also can teach kids cause and effect. For example, when they are using a computer and click on a particular icon, it results in something happening. They can get familiar with technology at a younger age and begin doing more advanced things like creating a blog and learning how to write and type.

gina gif

There are also some cons to kids using these technologies at such a young age. Our generation is losing social abilities due to all of the social networks these days, and most of them weren’t even around when we were kids. When the young kids of this generation are starting even younger on social networks, this is preventing them from social interactions at an even younger age which means that when they are older, they will most likely be worse than our generation.

Another con may be that they don’t get enough hands on experiences. On an ipad, there are unlimited things to do, whether it’s playing a virtual piano or cutting things with virtual scissors. These activities that are available to do on these devices give kids no experience with them in real life. Playing a piano and using scissors on an ipad will give them no help with performing these activities in real life.

One last con is that using these technologies tend to make kids inactive. Yes, they may be keeping their brain active, but like everyone else kids need exercise. Advanced technologies these days are taking that away and causing health problems among many kids and adults as well.

I also found this video that shows just how well some kids can use technology.

Inquiry Project research Day 4

So, I’ve been trying to figure out how I’m going to organize this and what I am going to include in the project. This is what I’ve come up with so far, but I’m having trouble deciding.

“How has modern photo editing technology changed the nature of issues for young women around self-esteem and/or body image?”.

Women are under too much pressure to be perfect

–   1     Inaccurate media representation of women

*photoshopped on magazines

*computer generated bodies

*bodies that do not even really exist

–    2    Girls want to meet societies standards

* judged by looks

*skinny=pretty

*make up, hair, etc

–    3    Science has told us that symmetry=beauty

*symmetrical face= good genes

*photo editors often edit to make bodies and faces symmetric even if it’s unrealistic

–    4    Too high of standards for men because of inaccurate media

*men see photoshopped unrealistic girls and expect women to really look like that

*unaware of the altering of photos

I found many great sources that are going to help with my project.
One source that I came across fits perfectly with my topic and discusses how photos are digitally retouched and take away from physical beauty.

Another source I found was a study done to see how ethnically diverse women dealt with the white’s society’s obsession with being skinny, and whether or not it affected their body image.

A third source I found that I think would fit into my paper would be a study I found that actually looked at pregnant womens’ body image due to magazine covers.

A fourth source I found talked about how showing eating disorders on the covers of magazines (anorexic women) can pressure younger girls to look like that since they have a pretty (photoshopped) face.

Another source I found conducted a study to see how women perceive real beauty these days, which I think is important to understand because how women perceive beauty has changed a lot over the years.

 

Day 3 of Inquiry Project Research

Just some interesting information I found relating to my topic..

When younger girls are exposed to photos of women that are manipulated so much to the point where they are no longer realistic looking, this puts stress on the girls to try and look like they do. Photo editing software these days even allows you to edit out collar bones and hips, so when young girls see pictures like this, they are looking at something that is too perfect to even exist. The sad thing is that most of them don’t even know that what they are looking at is not what that person actually looks like. I also found out that sometimes the only real part of a person in a photo is their face. The store H&M actually uses computer generated bodies for their models. The only part of the model that is real is her head. So, when young girls are trying to look like these models, they have no idea that what they are looking at is not even an actual person.

I came across this video, and I never realized how much photo editing could do.

Inquiry Project reflection #2

As I was researching my question for my inquiry project that I have started on, I came across a study that was done to examine the relationship between exposure to the internet and concern of body image in younger girls. In this study a sample of 1,087 girls from ages 13-15 were given a questionnaire relating to internet consumption and body image concerns. Nearly all of them had access to the internet at their house and had a Facebook, Myspace and/or some other type of social media. The results in this study showed that the body image of the girls was negatively affected for those who used social networking sites.

I also found another study done that examined the role of peer and media influence on body satisfaction and self-esteem in young girls. In this study, the method involved interviews of the young girls while they were asked yes or no questions. The result of this study was similar to the previous one I found, and the ideal look of being thin leads to low self-esteem problems among young girls today.

I think these studies I found can help support the topic of my Inquiry Project.

 

Inquiry Project reflection

Last week I had decided that I wanted to do my project on something relating to the pressure girls have to be perfect. Since technology plays a large role in this, I decided that the perfect question for my project would be…

“How has modern photo editing technology changed the nature of issues for young women around self-esteem and/or body image?”. This topic is very interesting to me, and I think it would be a good topic to write about since it is something I can relate to.

For my paper I intend to explain:

*the photo editing technology in our world today and the things that it can do (advertising)

*the risks of the pressure to be “perfect”

*how men can sometimes add to this pressure to be perfect

*how the effect society has on young women and their looks

*the impossible expectations

*eating disorders/depression

*the science behind it