November 25

History of a Controversy Contract

History of a Public Controversy Project

We (Stacie, Kyle, Carly, Julia, Shannon, and KiKi) are going to be completing our public controversy video about Greek life. We are going to be focusing on the culture that Greek life fosters among young people, focusing in on the aspect of moral judgement verses law abiding in the Greek community.  In doing this we will also address the Timothy Piazza scandal and how PSU was punished as well as how money can influence the punishments and how the PSU punishment influenced Greek life around the country.

Thesis: The Greek community has been a large aspect of college life, supplying students with wonderful memories and ideals.  However, with a growing trend of law breaking acts being completed by these groups it calls into question are these groups doing the right thing by following their moral rather than the law. And how can money help them continue their ways without getting in trouble.

Who is doing what?

Role Member of Group
Video editor Kiki, Kyle
Voice Over Stacie, Julia
Image/video collector Carly, Shannon
Researcher-moral judgement Stacie
Researcher-law abiding Kyle
Researcher-PSU scandal Carly
Researcher-impact around country on Greek Life Shannon
Researcher-money impact Kiki
Researcher-Greek tradition Julia

 

The following people agree to this document: Stacie, Kyle, Shannon, Julia, Carly, Kiki

 

October 26

TED TALK OUTLINE

  1. Introduction
    1. Disney princesses have transition to the modern women teaching children that they can strive for the dreams
    2. Talk about first time at Disney-wanting to be these people
      1. Whether we knew what they stood for or not
    3. Shift to modern feminism-pacific
      1. “destabilizing” men’s standard of society with the belief of universal womanhood
        1. Distinct genders
        2. Sexuality
          1. Revealing clothing
        3. Strong and empowered women
          1. Women can create their own definition of beauty and role in society
  • Equality among multicultural women
    1. Ethnicity
    2. Class
    3. Sexual orientation- https://www.pacificu.edu/about-us/news-events/four-waves-feminism
  1. Modern Disney Princesses
    1. Young children look up to these people as role models-they are realistic models of good women in society
      1. Merida- https://www.bustle.com/articles/107099-fact-merida-from-brave-is-disneys-most-feminist-princess
        1. Shows how forced stereotypes can influence a relationship
          1. Not every person is meant for the same womanly role
        2. When something went wrong she did not let someone else fix the problem
          1. She went and fixed it
        3. No relationship
        4. Refused the makeover for her coronation
      2. Tiana-bustle
        1. Comes from a life where she has to work two jobs to achieve here dream
          1. Economic independence
          2. Stability in a job
            1. Wants to own a restaurant
          3. Names the restaurant after herself
            1. Knows her worth
          4. Women of color
            1. Feminism in this generation has also to do with disparity among different ethnicities
              1. This focuses on someone of minority struggling achieving their dreams
  • Puts on sexy outfit and does not care what anybody thinks
    1. Eyebrow raise
  1. Frees herself from the trap that her powers put her in
    1. Does not need a man’s helps
    2. Accepts who she is

 

  1. Rapunzel-bustle
    1. Runs away from the life she is terrified off
    2. Knows she is worth more than that life
    3. Self-defense-not afraid to hit others to protect herself
    4. Makes her life happen
      1. Does not need Flynn to achieve her dream
        1. She was already in the process of making it happen when he came along
          1. it is not a problem that she found love, but it was not a central theme in the movie.
        2. The real world
          1. Not everyone can be royalty-need to be the best they can be
            1. Fulfill our fantasies-achieve our dreams
            2. Why now?
              1. After Hillary Clinton won the DNC nomination female empowerment was at an all-time high
                1. Women felt like they could do anything
                  1. When she lost many women felt like there was a setback in the advancement of women-feminism
                    1. Donald Trump has been filmed saying anti-feminist things
                  2. This is should not prevent anyone from anything
                    1. We need to continue to encourage young girls to strive for their dreams
                      1. Backgrounds do not define how far someone can go-princesses express this message
                    2. Malala
                      1. Grew up under Taliban
                        1. Shot in the head
                          1. Continued to preach for education
                            1. Now at Oxford
                          2. Simone Biles
                            1. Gymnastics
                              1. Grew up in foster system
                                1. Was adopted by her grandparents whom she now calls mom and dad
                              2. Maryam Mirzakhani
                                1. STEM
                                  1. Breast cancer spread to the bones
                                    1. Still pursued her dreams-achieved the fields medal in math
                                      1. Dying cannot stop her
                                      2. From Iran-while she was given awards any time you grow up in a country that is not a pro equality for gender there are hardships
                                    2. Proving background does not define you-able to do whatever you want
                                  2. What does this mean for the future
                                    1. We need these people because they are the future
                                      1. When we limit the ability of those not born into privilege you are limited the ability
                                      2. Invest in stem
                                        1. No matter the background-these people will one day save your lives
  • Invest in entertainment
    1. Arts/sports/movies
      1. One day when you are exhausted and tired-you will need someone to entertain you
    2. They are our future
      1. We need them to know that they can do whatever they want
        1. Lead by example
      2. Conclusion
        1. Disney has adopted its princesses to represent the modern women showing that although royalty may not be possible, they teach people to try to achieve their dreams
          1. While it is fun to fantasize our fanaticize can be through achieving our dreams
            1. For me one day I will be wearing a lab coat saving millions of people
              1. It all started with the inspiration of one doctor inspiring me to pursue my dreams as a little girl
October 19

Paradigm Shift Essay

Introduction: Every girl dreams of growing up and becoming a princess, living their happily ever after lives.  But do they really know what this means.  The princess that a modern person would want to be does not correspond with the princess of the 1950s and a person who believes in a traditional lifestyle may not want to be a modern princess.

Thesis: As the feminism movement grew throughout history, Disney began to adjust its princesses along with it.  One can see that there are three categories of Disney princesses depending on the social climate. A beginning stage, a transition stage and a modern up to date stage where women a equal to men.

  1. 1930s
    1. 3% of women had jobs
      1. Continued into the 1940s
      2. Cheaper labor
  • Poor working conditions for women
  1. People believed women should be married
    1. Place in the home
    2. Mother’s worked when husband’s wages could not support them
    3. Do what the wife wants (Working Women in the 1930s – U.S. History in Context)
  2. The original Disney princess reflected society
    1. Snow White
      1. Looks for a man to marry
      2. Blue dress-represented femininity in the day
  • Stay at home-clean the house of the seven dwarfs
  1. Magic mirror
    1. Who is the fairest of them all
      1. beauty is what defines a woman
        1. her worth
      2. Cinderella
        1. Marriage the ultimate goal
          1. Escape from lives that they had before
        2. She performs housewifely duties
          1. Consequences if they are not done
  • Beauty-what women are valued for
    1. Love at first sight with the prince
      1. He does not look at anything but her looks
    2. Has to look perfect for the ball
  1. Sleeping beauty
    1. Gifts
      1. Gift of song
      2. Gift of beauty
        1. Necessary skills for a women to possess
      3. She does not have much of a purpose in the movie
        1. Is used as an object
          1. Not a feminist role
        2. Feminism in the 1960s-1980s
          1. What did women want
            1. More job opportunities
            2. More pay-higher wage
  • Wanted to get out of the house-not do house hold jobs
    1. Wanted to prove that they can do other things
  1. Opponents of this
    1. Did not want to disrupt gender role
    2. Did not want unisex bathrooms mandated
  • Military conscription-men were liable for military service
  1. Unconstitutional alimony laws
  1. Disney’s response to this
    1. Ariel and Belle are very similar-WBEZ
      1. Explore
        1. Belle-read books
        2. Ariel-go on adventures with Flounder
      2. Independent
        1. Take care of themselves
          1. Belle does not fit in with the environment so she does her own thing
          2. Ariel goes and explores on her own without the knowledge of others
            1. Makes her own decisions-Ursula
  • When they found their men they lost their drive in life-submissive role in society
    1. Belle
      1. Pretty girl falls for abusive man
        1. Unable to escape at first until she falls for him
      2. Ariel
        1. Has to give something up to be with the man she wants too
          1. Changes her life for him (for a part)\
        2. Jasmine
          1. More athletic body type
          2. Running away from the palace-exert her independence
  • Sexualizing women
    1. Outfit
      1. Ethnic outfit-makes people think that this is not the purpose
    2. Proves that it is still a man’s world

Fulfilling the women’s role to natural fulfillment of a young woman’s dream as continually defined by men

  1. Pocahontas
    1. Athleticism-strong woman
    2. Independence
      1. Lets John Smith go back to England without her
        1. Partial independence because she does not leave because she does not want to
          1. She says her tribe needs her-not completely an unclouded decision
        2. It is also a coincidence that there is not a biracial couple in the movie
          1. Against traditional marriage roles
        3. Mulan
          1. Physically fights
          2. Progressive-breaking gender norms
            1. The whole movie focuses on the problems with this
              1. Men should protecting the women and children in the community
  • Independence
    1. Makes her own decisions to join the army
      1. Cuts her hair off
    2. Saves China by were own RISK TAKING and thinking
  1. Shift to modern feminism-pacific
    1. “destabilizing” men’s standard of society with the belief of universal womanhood
      1. Distinct genders
      2. Sexuality
        1. Revealing clothing
      3. Strong and empowered women
        1. Women can create their own definition of beauty and role in society
  • Equality among multicultural women
    1. Ethnicity
    2. Class
    3. Sexual orientation- https://www.pacificu.edu/about-us/news-events/four-waves-feminism
  1. Modern Disney Princesses
    1. Merida- https://www.bustle.com/articles/107099-fact-merida-from-brave-is-disneys-most-feminist-princess
      1. Shows how forced stereotypes can influence a relationship
        1. Not every person is meant for the same womanly role
      2. When something went wrong she did not let someone else fix the problem
        1. She went and fixed it
  • No relationship
  1. Refused the makeover for her coronation
  1. Tiana-bustle
    1. Comes from a life where she has to work two jobs to achieve here dream
      1. Economic independence
      2. Stability in a job
        1. Wants to own a restaurant
      3. Names the restaurant after herself
        1. Knows her worth
      4. Women of color
        1. Feminism in this generation has also to do with disparity among different ethnicities
          1. This focuses on someone of minority struggling achieving their dreams
        2. Elsa- http://www.thefeministwire.com/2014/10/slamming-door-analysis-elsa-frozen/
          1. Opportunity to make mistakes
          2. Love of sister rather than suitor
          3. Does not make her in to be more powerful than she is
            1. Humanizes her
              1. Dhows her mental health issues-coronation
              2. Does not need to be the perfect person-LET IT GO
                1. Puts on sexy outfit and does not care what anybody thinks
                  1. Eyebrow raise
                2. Frees herself from the trap that her powers put her in
                  1. Does not need a man’s helps
                  2. Accepts who she is

 

  1. Rapunzel-bustle
    1. Runs away from the life she is terrified off
    2. Knows she is worth more than that life
  • Self-defense-not afraid to hit others to protect herself
  • Makes her life happen
    1. Does not need Flynn to achieve her dream
      1. She was already in the process of making it happen when he came along
        1. It is not a problem that she found love, but it was not a central theme in the movie.

Conclusion

  1. As the feminism movement grew throughout history, Disney began to adjust its princesses along with it. One can see that there are three categories of Disney princesses depending on the social climate. A beginning stage, a transition stage and a modern up to date stage where women a equal to men.
October 11

A Picture is a Thousand Words

Addario’s photographs are amazing as they have the uncanny ability to capture the emotion of the seen.   On pages 186 there is an image depicting a young women surrounded by the blue sky.  This picture stuck me as in the midst of a wonderful sunny day a women is upset and crying, while staring at the camera.  It reminds us that although we may think that everything is wonderful it is not.  We take for granted the fact that we can walk outside and enjoy the heat without worrying about how it will alter the day.  This woman has to worry about providing water and food for her family, something that is not a luxury in her life.  This photo reminds us that just because it is a nice day and beautiful environment that everything is wonderful in someone’s life.  The other picture that stood out to me was on page 276 one sees a picture of American Soldiers crying over the loss of their peer who is in a coffin covered with the American flag.  This picture is very powerful to me because the picture captures the feelings that I have every time I stand for the National Anthem.  I remember the people that have died for my freedom and the life that I have.  Viewing this picture also struck me because it reminded me that in all the chaos surrounding the NFL with the national anthem we need to remember those who have fallen while protecting the country.  The emotions of the soldiers depicted just that and remind us what the flag means.

I can incorporate photos and videos into my blog to help it come alive.  Therefore, I will pick pictures that directly relate to my blog.  That way the people can physically visualize what I am saying, because sometimes it is hard to see the ideas that a person is writing.  They need a physical copy to understand.

October 4

Rough Draft of Civic Artifact Paper

Is There Really More to Bricks than Clay, Mud, and A Couple of Other Things?

The brick has been used for thousands of years, helping to build various structures that we use every day.  In this sense, the purpose the brick serves in the material world is undeniable.  But, when we look at bricks through a different lens, a figurative lens, they serve the community in a whole new way. When viewing the brick a figurative lens, we see the brick as a teacher.  It teaches us the importance of following one’s dreams and teamwork to achieve success.  And while when we view a brick, we see our future, it also represents and enlightens us on the importance of persistence no matter the obstacle in the way.

“Follow Yellow Brick Road”~ The Wizard of Oz

Growing up the Wizard of Oz was a staple in everyone’s movie diet, because let’s face it who does not enjoy hearing Judy Garland sing “Somewhere over the Rainbow.”  And while that is a fantastic song, an even better one is “Follow the Yellow Brick Road/You’re Off to See the Wizard.” This song is sung as Dorothy begins her journey to meet the wizard who will help her fulfill her dream of going home. These bricks make up the path of her journey, each brick being a step. This “Yellow Brick Road” represents the fact that one must follow their own path one step at a time.  This physical path that was present in the movie is present in our everyday lives.  Brick paths are things that we figuratively build every day for ourselves.  Each step in the path represents one more step that we must take to achieve our dreams.  There are often multiple directions that one can build their paths, some will be more difficult than others.   For those who take the easy path, they walk brick by brick, step by step until they reach their goal.   Those who take the hard path may encounter challenges that they may have not seen coming.  Sometimes, there are twists and turns with changes in elevation.  When it comes to changes in elevations climb the stairs. A brick staircase is the same as a brick path; they both help you reach your goal.   However, if they stick on the path, like Dorothy did, anything is possible.

“Together We Will Succeed”

We stand on bricks every day and they help to hold us up, helping us to achieve success. When one brick is missing the whole structure can crumble.  Similar to the brick when a civilization removes one of its key values, teamwork, it cannot succeed.  The beliefs that hold nations together are equivalent to bricks that support structures.  One of the essential bricks to a society is the belief that teamwork produces higher quality results than working solo.  If one cannot simply see this, they can look at the history of brick usage to determine the importance of teamwork.  Although buildings were often built by torched slaves, these people did not make the building blocks of these buildings alone; they worked together so that there was less punishment for an individual.  And while I am not encouraging slavery, I am encouraging the teamwork that these people put into their work build a successful building.  When we look at these buildings, like the Pyramids and the Colosseum we see magnificence.   These attractions that bring in millions of dollars to each country’s economy, the incomes are direct results of the teamwork of others.  Showing, with teamwork, people can help society progress and succeed.  This belief is needs to be shared among people today.  October 2, 2017, we witnessed the deadliest shooting on American soil in modern history. We need to be coming together to make America a better place, not dividing it apart.  Therefore, we, many different bricks, must come together to form a rock solid foundation, that supports the country and helps it improve.  When people are not all onboard with an idea, a compromise needs to be made, because when the foundation is not stable, success crumbles. We need a solid foundation in order for buildings to stand up straight, the same thing must happen when it comes to social issues, people must unite together to unite change and inspire success.

Bricks being used as a symbol for teamwork are instilled in children at a young age.  As one looks at the image to the right they see four adorable children playing with Legos, play bricks.  The children are learning that by working together they can create a tall, strong, successful tower.  This helps to instill the belief in children that if they work successfully with others, they can achieve something great, like a big brick (Lego) tower.  When children learn this belief at a young age, they will act on this belief in society, helping to build a united people.

Bricks help to teach people the important of teamwork from a young age promote success, and when this does not happen everything will crumble.

Hitting the Brick Wall-Not as Big a Deal as Previously Thought

I guarantee that all of you reading this paper have driven yourself into a brick wall before, hoping it would crumble, so you could solve a problem. However, it does not budge at all and you think you will die before you get through the wall.  Let’s face it we have all been there.  However, does something good come from this?  When we hit the wall over and over again there is a reason.  There is a challenge in the way and we need to overcome it. The issue when comes to brick walls in the way and people keep ramming the car into the wall, not looking for a solution from another direction.  In this sense the brick wall represents the tendency for people to not be critical problem solvers because they think their approach is always the right one.  This is a common problem in society; people often think there is an easy solution.  We have seen this on a national platform a lot this past year when it comes to issues like health care.  The Republican Party keeps trying to drive the bill through the wall hoping eventually that it will pass.  Instead they should realize that the wall will not budge, and they need to look at the problem critically and look for another way past the wall.  A different approach such as collaboration across with the Democrats may help them solve the problem, allowing them to drive around the wall. Thus, this brick wall represents the need to approach problems from many angles with collaboration, and not continuously bang your car into the wall because you think eventually your way will work.

This Brick is Weighing Me Down 

When one looks at the brick wall they may see the individual bricks that make up the wall instead of a collection of bricks.  Each one of these can pose a grand challenge to a person.  While a brick may feel light to someone when they pick it up for a quick second, imagine carrying it around for a long time. It weighs one down and causes them to move slower. When one is overthinking something their mind functions at a slower pace and they cannot get their work done as quickly as they would like.  Therefore, the brick represents the overthinking that takes place in the mind of most humans.  It weighs them down similar to a brick.   It is our civic duty to remove this brick from our minds in order to succeed and function as active members of society.

Bricks…AKA Great Teachers

Bricks remind and teach us the importance of striving to achieve our dreams, work as team, think critically and clear our minds.  So next time you see a brick, remember that is much more than a mix of clay and other nuance materials.

 

***There will be pictures throughout this***

 

 

October 4

The Luck Keeps Coming

In Lyndsey Addario’s novel “It’s What I Do” she addresses a conflict of balance between her personal and professional life, thus the way that she works and lives.  The basic premise of these conflicts can be transferred into the reality television show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” 

Image result for lynsey addario

On pages 267 and 268 of “It’s What I Do” Addario discusses the struggle between a dangerous lifestyle in a war zone verses a peaceful lifestyle in a safe environment.   After Addario is in a deadly car accident that leaves her severely injured, she discusses in the novel the fact that maybe her lifestyle and her ability to survive is luck and that luck may someday run out.  However, she decides that a car accident can happen anywhere, so she continues her work.  She makes this conflict relatable to the audience by discussing how the struggle transferred into her personal life.  It was not just an internal conflict but rather one that was influenced by her friends.  Addario’s friends did not understand how important her career was to her and instead wanted her to focus on settling down.  Many people have passions that consume their lives and have others pressuring them to do other things.  I think that Addario’s passion depicts to others that they are not alone in these situations.

In my personal life, I do not feel like I am pressured to do anything, career wise, that I do not want to do.  My parents and friends are very supportive of my life goals.  However, as I am writing about reality television for my passion blog, I have encountered some snickering about its value.  I think that when one watches these television shows many focus on the drama between the performers/actors/real life individuals.  But there is so much more to these television shows.  For example, in my next blog which will be focusing on the Kardashians I will discussing how some of the Kardashian’s have left their significant others because of their lack of support for their dreams.  While some may say that they only achieved success because of their name, which is partially true, it takes a lot of hard work to maintain the success.

Image result for kardashians

While Addario and the Kardashians have much different life paths, they both have a common goal of achieving success.  In the end they both need to focus on what is important to them achieve their dreams in life.

September 20

Civic Artifact Speech Outline

Stacie Kerbel

9/20/2017

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  1.  Introduction
    1. (Open door and let it swing closed) What you have all witnessed is something that we witness every day, the opening and closing of a door. This door, a big, heavy metal door, represents so much more than an entrance.  There is a reason that a door has hinges.  It allows it to swing open and close depending on the situation occurring at a given time.
    2. Thesis
      1. The door calls upon us as individuals to open the door to welcome and embrace new people, as well as help everyone achieve success. It also calls upon us as individuals to sometimes close the door, allowing one to have privacy and reflect about their days without the interference of others.
    3. Transition One
      1. When I begin a story I like to start at the beginning, so that is how we are going to frame the story of the door. We are going to  open the door, hold the door, and then shut the door.
    4. Topic Number One: Opening the Door
      1. The first step opening the door is the process of creating new opportunities for ourselves.
        1. First generation college students
          1. Personal example-my mom’s developmental students-RACC
            1. Many are older student returning to school/or are really poor students wanting to make their lives better through obtaining a college education-want to make a difference in the world-they are usually in developmental classes
          2. Women in powerful positions
            1. Hidden figures
            2. HRC-presidential bid
          3. These people have all opened the door for themselves, creating paths that they may or may not have seen coming, but have definitely changed their and societies lives for the better.
        2. Transition Number 2
          1. The people that have sparked changed in society have done so in a way that has held the door open for more people to walk through and experience new opportunities.
        3. Topic Number Two: Holding the Door Open
          1. Some people are not as fortunate as us, and need help achieving their dreams. They may have come from underprivileged areas and different areas in need. It is our civic duty to help these people succeed and not slam the door in their face.
            1. Refugees
              1. History-we did this in the past-WWII
              2. Illegal immigrants
            2. Underprivileged children
              1. Personal example-BBBS
                1. Helping them get to a level where they will succeed
              2. It is our job to make sure that these people all have the same opportunities and the way to do this is to hold the door open for them, not shutting them out from anything. Once they are able to have the same opportunities (job/education wise) as us,
            3. Transition Number 3
              1. After a long day of holding the door open for other people, the door shuts and we have time for ourselves.
            4. Topic Number 4: Shutting the Door
              1. We all need a little time for ourselves to decompress and destress, because face it our lives are very stressful. It is important to do this as we need to be leaders in society
              2. When people are over tired and stressed they feel like they are unable to do this preventing society from advancing.
              3. Therefore, it is our civic duty to shut the door and take some time for ourselves without the world hovering over us.
              4. Do this by reading some books, hanging with friends, going outside, or if you are me watching reality television.
            5. Transition Number 4
              1. These are all activities involved in our last step, closing the door. And while for some this may be the most relaxing part of the process, we cannot remember our other civic duties.
            6. Conclusion
              1. We walk through the doors every single day, opening them, holding them and closing them. And while we see this as a nuance task, this process serves a greater purpose.  The door calls us to create new opportunities for ourselves, help other people succeed, and allow for us to have privacy and time alone.
September 14

Stream of Conciousness

Throughout Addario’s autobiography she uses rhetorical devices such as sentence structure and organization to help make her story more compelling or vivid.  These same rhetorical devices can be transferred into my passion blog to make it more exciting. 

On pages 116-117, Addario reveals the correspondence that she has with he one of her editors describing what she needs before she enters a war zone.  Addario’s sentence structure is very visual and grabs the reader’s attention.  The first thing that one can notice is the extended use of commas and parentheses.  The commas help to show her nervousness about the situation as it is a stream of consciousness.  Addario’s continued thoughts help her to cope with her new situation. One can see that Addario is nervous about this entire situation by reading what she writes in parentheses. Addario is unsure about what will be dangerous could be flying towards her, but is putting on a brave face saying that she is only afraid of heavy objects.  That is why she is not too sure what will be coming toward her as she states “guess that would mean ceramic plates”.  She also talks in a parenthetical phrase about how she is tired and just wants to get the planning over.  Addario is stressed about the planning, and therefore, is ranting about wanting to have the event pass stating “sorry if this is too much info for you….get this planning over with…” The other important rhetorical device is organization.  Addario writes this section by building each paragraph with more in detail than the next.  She is explaining what she actually knows she needs to document about the trip.  In a sense this is her realizing what she is about to photograph.  The building of detail after detail show the stress she is experiencing.

While my blog is pretty care free, because reality television is made for relaxation.  However, I can use sentence structure to highlight an idea.  For example, a short sentence in the midst of long sentences can reflect and important idea and vice versa.  I can organize my paragraphs in a similar fashion as Addario does to entice the reader.  I can also organize my paragraph chronologically or topically to entertain the reader and have the reader focus on certain ideas. For example in my next post  will discuss The Bachelor.  I will divide the paragraphs based on topics, the Bachelor, the Bachelorette, and Bachelor in Paradise.  My excitement for the show will be show in short sentences, while I will have longer sentences about things that I did not like that happened in the show.  This will be similar to how Addario expressed her stress in a stream of consciousness.

RhetoricaImage result for the bachelorl devices help to show the reader what they are truly thinking about.  They can show emotion and explain the environment people are experiencing, allowing the reader feel as though he were in conversation with the speaker in the book/blog.

September 7

Igniting the Passion

The novel “It’s what I do” depicts the passion of war photographer Lyndsey Addario.  Throughout the novel one learns of Addario’s different trials and tribulations as a war photographer.  Everyone on earth has a passion, photography is Addario’s passion, and it’s what ignites the fire or passion within her.

One section of the story flashes back to a story of Addario speaking with her Nana.  It discusses the passion that her Nana and her lover, Sal, shared.  Sal ended up marrying her Nana’s friend and the three individuals all remained friends for years.  After Nana’s friend Eleanor died, Sal kissed Nana and it was just as passionate as when they were dating many years ago.  However, after this interaction their relationship became tense and this did not happen again.  The passion between these two lovers is the same way that Addario feels about war photography, and unlike her Nana she does not want to miss out on any part of it.  Addario includes this story to relate her passion to love, something that is easier for people understand.

While I cannot relate to having a passion for war photography, I can relate to being very passionate about something.  Reality television is a part of my existence.  I go into a trance where I can forget about all the problems in the world.  I can go back to my first time watching reality television like it was yesterday, watching “Dance Moms” on loop laughing about all the ridiculousness that occurring and laughing about it.  I think what is magical about “trash” television is can be extremely relaxing and entertaining, but it also teaches people important lessons that may aid them in the trials and tribulations of life.  Therefore, much like the war photImage result for the bachelorography of Addario and the kiss from Sal to Nana, reality television is my passion and is something that I love to watch.

August 31

It’s What I Do…

I am passionate about many things in my life.  Two of my most intense passions are obsessing over dogs, specifically my dog, and watching reality television.  I believe either of these ideas would make for an entertaining blog.

Ever since I could speak I would ask my parents to open our home to a second dog, because one was never enough, as I’m obsessed with dogs. The dream of owning two dogs at the same time never happened.  Approximately three years ago my very intelligent dog passed away and in May 2015, my family adopted in a cognitively impaired dog.  We named him Biscuit, after Biscuit in the children’s books.  Like Biscuit in the children’s books, my dog enjoys going on various adventures.  Therefore I think that it would be so fun to blog about my dog’s life and his weird antics, as I am passionate about all dogs, but especially mine.

The other passion that I have in my life is “trash television.”  I find that when one is a very academic person they need brain breaks.  For many people this can be exercise, reading, hanging out with friends, or all of the above.  While to some people reality television may seem mind numbing, but I find it relaxing.  Some of my favorite relaxing television shows include The Bachelor and its spinoffs, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, WAGS and its spin-offs, Second Wives Club, and Dance Moms.  While many of these “reality” television shows draw criticism for being scripted, they are still successful.  The other idea that I have for my blog is to assess what makes these television shows successful and why so many people enjoy following them. 

I am a very passionate person, and love dogs, especially mine, and reality television, thus I would love to blog about one of my passions.