This I Believe Podcast Ideas:
The most important thing in life is to just keep moving forward
This podcast would delve into depression and problems that I’ve faced or my family has faced.
Blood runs thicker than water
This podcast would talk about the lasting friendships I’ve had over the years and the phrase “Blood runs thicker than water” and how I take its meaning to be in relation to family and friends.
Civic Issues Blog Ideas:
What is Feminism-Why is it taboo, why does it matter and what current events relate back to feminism?
A discussion on different types of sexualities, identities and other orientations and what problems that these people encounter in various locations in our society.
Passion Blog Ideas:
Comedies: Would introduce a new comedian or hilarious movie with each entry to encourage people to laugh a little more. Would include clips and a general run-down on the style of comedy presented.
Great TV Shows: Each entry, I would watch the first few episodes (1-2) of a TV Show and give a review on it with my personal opinion about the setup and how it runs. I would try to watch new TV shows or ones that are not popular so that people are exposed to shows that they may not have heard of before.
I think that one of the most important civic spaces in Adichie’s novel Americanah is the personal blog Ifemelu writes on. This civic space is not an actual space in this situation, but an area in which people can visit without actually setting foot there. I think there is some benefit to this in the same way that the blog benefits Ifemelu; it allows people to express themselves and their opinions without judgement from people they hold close. Many times, people mask or restrain themselves in public because of society’s pressure. And while the internet and more specifically Ifemelu’s blog is not free from this pressure, it does create it’s own society. People usually do not follow that which they do not like so by creating this blog, she has created her own civic space with her own ideals, in this case, commenting on racism and her personal experiences. This allows her and even her followers to lose some of the mask they use to hide themselves since they know that they are in a space that supports the same ideals that they have. The benefit of such a space is that it can unconsciously encourage people to speak up more. In my personal experiences, I’ve found that I speak up more about topics after I’ve been exposed to other people’s opinions on them on the internet because I know that I am not alone. Sometimes, all people need are a little push like knowing other people feel the same way you do in order to advocate for what they believe in. Alternatively, feeling the isolation that nobodoy believes in your ideals can be stifling and make it seem more and more like you should change them in an effort to conform and not be different. Difference scares people.
I think the overall message Adichie is trying to send is that civic spaces are encouraging and satisfying, but in the case of the blog, they only provide encouragement. Yes, Ifemelu has resisted conforming to American ideals but her message doesn’t come across as plainly in public as it does in a blog. In a blog or a civic space, you are usually filled with like-minded people with which you can share your ideas more broadly. In other spaces, people either won’t listen, won’t care to listen or won’t understand because they do not have the some ideals as you do. It is like talking about Buddism in the middle of a mass at Church-the people are more focused in their own civic space that they don’t want to listen to yours. The public is really just a large agglomeration of civic spaces so it is hard to convey civitiy in that place.
I was walking into Willard the other day when I had my first encounter with the Willard Preacher. There, I found a common argument for belief in a religious diety: “Well, you cannot disprove that God exists so he must!” The most annoying part of this argument in terms of logic is that yes, you cannot disprove the existance of any diety. It’s in the nature of a creator that their existance is not falsifiable. But, at the same time, it does not make it accurate to say that if you cannot disprove something, it must exist. Just as easy as it is to say you cannot disprove a diety, you cannot prove it. This is a rheotircal fallacy, however, as in it is not actually a logical argument but seems to be one of the most common arguments I’ve seen in religious arguments, especially used by preachers. But if these types of arguments did not work, the number of people who convert to different religions later in life would have to be much lower, right? I believe that this is an example of the theatrical argument as it is more used to shout at people along the way rather than to be used as a real argument. It only requires a few seconds of logic-driven thought to dismantle such a sorry excuse for an argument, the theatrical sense of it is designed to piss people off and leave them speechless. People are so used to debating their opinions that it is hard for them to admit that what the other side says is correct. I believe that is the point of theatrical arguments-to yell as loudly as you can in an attempt to make the other side flustered and lose their ability to think. That is hardly using logic, that is just an underhanded tactic.