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Reactions & Meditations Upon Death
To start, the paper must commence with acknowledgement that there are many beliefs and traditions surrounding the cessation of the physical body. This is a topic of great discussion and emotion in all of human history. This is a topic upon which humans reflect constantly, across culture, country, language, time and distance. In the West, there is a diversity of beliefs, but the predominant beliefs by most citizens are Judeo-Christian in foundation. People in the West react to death in the same ways they react to grief (as in the seven stages of grief[footnoteRef:0]) and the ways people react to substance addiction/abuse rehabilitation. That is to say the tradition in the West is to react to death the ways they react to grief in general and the ways they react to participation in a twelve-step program[footnoteRef:1]. The paper will discuss some patterns in thinking…
eaction to Part I and Part II: Beautiful Boy
Stay up late
According to David Sheff's memoir of his son's addiction entitled Beautiful Boy, "I tried everything I could to prevent my son's fall into meth addiction. It would have been no easier to have seen him strung out on heroin or cocaine, but as every parent of a meth addict comes to learn, this drug has a unique, horrific quality…He was a trailblazer with meth, too, addicted years before politicians denounced the drug as the worst yet to hit the nation. In the United States, at least twelve million people have tried meth, and it is estimated that more than one and a half million are addicted to it" (Sheff 2008:9-10). From his father's perspective, his son was an angelic child who was given every advantage. Nic's addiction was inexplicable to Shaffer, yet also an extension of…
Sheff, D. (2010). Beautiful boy. New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2008.
Personal Reaction to BUCK Documentary
BUCK is a documentary that focuses on telling the real-life story of Dan Brannaman, who is commonly known as Buck throughout the film. Buck is a cowboy with seemingly magical capability to calm uncontrollable horses and travels the country 40 weeks out annually to host different four-day horse clinics. Through this film, Cindy Meehl provides a clumsy but seemingly uncannily story that focuses on the life, philosophy, and career of Buck, the real-life "horse whisperer." As reflected in the documentary, Buck Brannaman has a unique means of communicating with horses, which is an unconventional training style that makes him a legend in the horse world. Consequently, this documentary is a richly textured and visually captivating film that depicts Buck's growth from abusive childhood to a relatively successful approach and career in transforming the lives of many horses.
Buck's empathy for horses is rooted in his…
Edelstein, David. "Buck': A Horse Whisperer Wrangles His Dark Past." NPR - Movie Review.
NPR, 17 June 2011. Web. 16 Oct. 2015. .
Harris, Paul. "The Moving True Story of Buck Brannaman, Robert Redford's Horse Whisperer,
Is a Surprise Hit at the American Box Office." The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited, 26 June 2011. Web. 16 Oct. 2015. .
Schindler's List is an Oscar-winning movie about World War Two. The movie won Best Picture and several other major awards. The basic premise is the true story of a factory owner, Oskar Schindler, who saves Jews from the Nazis. He employed them in his factories, which makes them important in the war effort for Nazi Germany. This is what saves them from being deported from Krakow to one of the death camps. Schindler must also continually bribe the Nazis in order to save the factory workers from death.
Schindler's List is a powerful film. The first reactions to it are immediate and visceral. First, we today are fairly insulated from such atrocities, and they seem scarcely imaginable, yet the reality is that this what our grandparents and great-grandparents lived through. There is a real human side to the story, especially to see how Schindler changes over the course of…
There are a lot of books and movies about drug addiction and the toll it takes on a person and on their family. Many of these are fiction or biographies about another person. Nic Sheff's book Tweak is his autobiographical account of how he grew up in a household which allowed him to become dependent on drugs and alcohol, although the parents were not directly involved, and how it impacted his adult choices. Further it shows the lie that a lot of addicts tell themselves; namely, that they are in control of their actions and that they can quit their drug of choice whenever they want to. In reality, an addict always has the chance and indeed the likelihood of relapsing unless they go about overcoming their addiction in the proper way. This book is very powerful because it shows how a child's development and what their parents do…
Sheff, N. (2009). Tweak, growing up on methamphetamines. Atheneum.
However, even in such capitalist contexts as the United States, the single largest population of employees is actually commissioned to public agencies and works. The chapter by Pynes & Lafferty in discussion here delineates how regulatory oversight is employed to protect the balance between the right of workers to defend their interests and the need to ensure that public functions such as firefighting, community nursing, sanitation and policing remain constantly in place even as labor disputes are resolved.
For the reader, this provides an illuminating discussion on the exceptions to labor rights that are specific to those working in the public service. Often, Pynes & Lafferty indicate, there are limitations in place that are designed to restrict certain groups of public employees from striking. Moreover, we learn from this chapter that at the state level, public unions attempting to strike against these limitations risk being fined or reprimanded. Consequences for…
Hannaway, J. (2006). Collective Bargaining in Education. Harvard Educational Publishing Group.
Pynes, J.E. & Lafferty, J.M. (1993). Local Government Labor Relations. Quorom Books.
The film handles the subject of diversity very well, staying with the most important component of diversity i.e. race. The film doesn't use stereotypes in the typical fashion. It gives us a new picture of a young black man who is highly educated. "By making the black man an eminently qualified and desirable suitor at the top of a professional class to which only the smallest minority of blacks could possibly belong, and by locating the narrative in the exclusive domain of the wealthiest stratum of white society, the film reduces the social dimensions of racial conflict to that of mere contrasts of skin color…" (Ed Guerrero) it also gives a refreshing new look to the face of young Americans who are not so biased. But it doesn't effectively use stereotypes in the form of Matt Drayton and John's father to show how older generation viewed race. Media plays an…
Ed Guerrero. Framing Blackness: The African-American Image in Film. Temple University Press. 1993
Quotes from "Guess who's coming to Dinner." Retrieved online from http://www.allsubs.org/search-movie-quotes/Guess/
The brevity of the coronation description and its essential blandness -- there is little sense of the lavishness of the ceremony -- further reinforces the importance of Arthur's more humbled background. Merlin is also conspicuously absent from the coronation scene, removing the supernatural element of Arthur's rise to the throne and crown that is otherwise instrumental in much of the story. Arthur is shown not as singled out in this scene so much as he is surrounded by other nobles of a similar position, and though they are paying him obeisance and apologizing for the delay in bringing Arthur to the throne, there is a sense of collective endeavor and almost equality in this scene that makes it quite odd for the scene of Arthur's true ascension to power. The list of officers that Arthur creates immediately following his coronation really emphasizes this last point, making it clear that Arthur…
Given the choice between abiding by unjust laws and freedom, any person would have chosen freedom; given the choice between being killed for learning how to read or being killed for escaping to freedom, anyone would have been morally justified in killing another to prevent that. It would have been nothing less than self-defense in a period of time when even the most advanced government and legal system available could not recognize obviously immoral laws.
Prior to watching this documentary, I knew only that the northern states were free and that the southern states relied on slave labor for the cotton trade. I had no idea that the amount of cotton produced by slave labor in America was actually the main source of cotton used by textile mills in Europe. I was also unaware that even in the northern states relied less directly (but just as surely) on the profits…
Similarly, human beings are all members of the same species and differ only in superficial physiological adaptations and inherited characteristics based on where their ancestors lived. In principle, it makes no more sense to treat people differently based on their skin color than it would to treat them differently based strictly on their eye color.
The material about the history and development of urban housing in the U.S. explains how discriminatory housing practices throughout the 20th century made it difficult for minorities (especially people of color) to achieve similar social and economic status even long after legal changes prohibited housing discrimination. First, discriminatory housing practices lasted much longer than they should have because many communities simply found ways of ignoring the law more subtly. More importantly, the documentary explained that, to a great extent, much of the current (continuing) economic disparity between whites and blacks in the U.S. is a…
BP's eaction And Strategy Of Change:
The safety history of British oil giant, BP, has been the subject of increased examination by various sectors such as the U.S. Congress in relation to the recent blow up that contributed to the death of 11 people. The United States Congress carried out various hearings regarding BP's recent safety history because of the explosion that left more than 10 workers dead. One of the major issues in the hearings has been the evidence of BP's violation of its safety standards that continue to pose numerous safety risks to its workers and various people across various regions. The recent fatal explosion was brought by oil spill, which was due to the infringement of the occupational safety standards and regulations.
While the incident elicited significant concerns across the globe, the British oil giant continued to state its unprecedented reaction to the unprecedented environmental disaster. However,…
BP and Sustainability n.d., How BP is Changing, BP and Sustainability, viewed 12 February
Macalister, T 2010, BP Chief Tony Hayward to Outline Strategy that Restores Firm's Fortunes,
The Guardian, viewed 12 February 2013,
00 on January 28th, 2008. From there it has rebounded partially, to a close of $91.27 on March 28, 2008. The perform of the FedEx Kinko's unit is partially to blame for the deterioration of the company's share price.
The expected synergies have not materialized. FedEx has incorporated full shipping services into the Kinko's stores, but the impact of that has been hampered by a number of factors. It was seen by some analysts at the time of the merger that Kinko's did not complement FedEx's core businesses well, and it appears that in the years following the merger this was borne out. For example, employee turnover at Kinko's is higher than at other FedEx units, and this has hampered service levels. There is also the lingering issue of culture clash between the Kinko's unit at the mother company. The old Kinko's culture has never been integrated into FedEx, exacerbating…
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Chris M. Sullivan and Deborah I. Bybee's article "Reducing Violence Using Community-Based Advocacy for Women With Abusive Partners" is focused on providing readers with a complex understanding of what causes domestic violence and of how women can be instructed with regard to strategies that they can use with the purpose of preventing their husbands from abusing them. The community-based advocacy intervention discussed in the article dealt with 278 women who were abused by their concubines. Advocates focused on providing women with the information needed for them to understand that their condition is critical and that they have to get actively involved in preventing their husbands from beating them. The experiment resulted in women who were provided with education reporting less abuse cases and generally appearing to feel better about themselves.
The experiment is essential in demonstrating that battered women can actually turn to advocates in an…
Psychological Reactions: Parents of Children With Life Threatening Illness
This article review will look at a research study that was conducted to determine more precisely what were the effects on parents who were recently given a diagnosis relative to their child that was potentially life threatening. As one might imagine, this can be a stressful situation for any parent. While a reaction that was based on acute stress might seem to be common sense, the research set out to study the phenomena in a systematic way.
At four weeks following a child's diagnosis of a serious illness, 49 -- 54% of parents met DSM-IV criteria for acute stress disorder, across a number of illness groups, whereas 15 -- 27% of parents were in the moderate/severe range for depression and anxiety, and 25 -- 31% for stress. Results from this study demonstrate that rates and severity of these psychological…
Beautiful Boy eaction: Part III
Whatever" of David Sheff's book Beautiful Boy addresses the author's attempt to get his son, Nic, into a treatment program. Nic's hostility towards his father is palpable, as is David's helplessness in the situation. Nic, though a boy by many societal standards, is an adult and David's power to compel him into a treatment program is incomplete. Furthermore, Nic's medical condition, as assessed by the addiction rehabilitation counselor at the Oakland ehab, is severe. Not only is he using a greater amount of drugs than many drug abusers much older than he is, but he is engaging in a dangerous practice of combining drugs. Furthermore, she says that the program is not right for Nic because he is proud of his hardcore status, resistant to treatment, and in denial about the severity of his problem. She offers David other resources, but does not seem to…
Sheff, D. (2008). Beautiful boy: A father's journey through his son's addiction. New York:
Houghton Mifflin Company.
Q3. Explain the role of an Indian band leader (known as sachem or sagamore). How did he gain and keep his position? What were his duties and how did the value of reciprocity function in his relationship with the band? Explain who pnieses and powwows were.
The sagamore or sachem's primary duties were to mediate between clans and to engage in inter-tribal diplomacy. Anything that required greater coordination efforts beyond that of families or clans, such as large-scale hunting, was the sachem's responsibility. The European observers were often horrified that the sachem's position depended upon the collective will of the people, versus that of European monarchs, the latter of whom ruled by force and heredity, Some sagamores did claim to have shamanistic powers that caused them to be more "dreaded" (Salisbury 44). However, most sagamores depended upon counsels of pnieses and powwows, which were made up of other members of…
Glasser's, Awad's, and Kim's study analyzes how four newspapers have written from different points-of-view relating to the same event. Two of the newspapers have written professionally, without attempting to influence the readers in any way. In contrast, the other two newspapers have written so that the public would get a wrong idea of the incident. Just as in the present case, it is normal for media services from within a local community to write differently than bigger, more specialized, media services. The journalists from the two newspapers which have distorted reality and have written the articles from their own points-of-view belong to the community involved in the incident discussed. The respective journalists have turned an ordinary conflict (between the officials and their community over the building of a mall) into a cry for help from a community presumably discriminated for years.
It is of no relevance whether or not the…
Glasser, T.L. & Awad I. & Kim J.W. (2009). The Claims of Multiculturalism and Journalism's Promise of Diversity. Journal of Communication, 59: 57-58.
hen he conducts an experiment that goes awry and he becomes blue, furry, and fanged, he no longer looks like a person. However, his very essence, his mind, his capability for speech and all of his basic bodily functions are still the same as any other persons are. Moreover, McCoy maintains his humanity by continuing to work with Xavier to defeat the mutants led by Shaw who desire to kill humanity. In doing so, McCoy proves that regardless of how he looks, he still is contending for the side of humanity because up until the end of the movie, he looks like other people (for the most part). His dedication to the side of humanity in the face of adversity demonstrates that mutants who do not look like people still in fact is a person.
The example of Hank McCoy also proves that regular people can treat mutants that do…
Bradshaw, Peter. "X-Men: First Class -- Review." Guardian. 2011. Web. http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/jun/02/x-men-first-class-review
Ebert, Roger. "X-Men: First Class." www.suntimes.com. 2011. Web. http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110602/REVIEWS/110609997
Alcohol vs. coffee: Literary reaction
"The sweet Poison of the Treacherous Grape/....Drowning our very Reason and our Souls." The 18th century marked the beginning of what would come to be known as the neoclassical era of art and literature. It was the era of satire, marked by a belief in reason over emotion, an age which prized what was artificial, man-made and constructed over what was natural and instinctive. It was also the era of coffee and the coffee house. In this poem, coffee is celebrated as a beverage that sharpens the intellect, rather than dulls it like alcohol, the 'poison' that drowns reason. Throughout the poem, a dichotomy of coffee vs. alcohol is created. The values of the Age of Enlightenment are exemplified in this contrast, as well as many of the literary features of the era, including rhyming couplets, metrical verse, and poems that 'say' what they mean…
Adolescents' Emotional Adjustment
School Organization and Adolescents' Emotional Adjustment
att's article explores the connection between school organization and adolescents' mental health. There is a commonly held belief that adolescents receive a superior educational and interpersonal experience in private schools and small schools. att cites studies by Coleman and others that have given support to the perceived superiority of private schools. Coleman's findings in support of private schools did not however address mental health, but were instead limited to academic achievement.
att's questions "Are private schools better not only for academic achievement but for mental health? Are small schools associated with broad indicators of emotional well-being?" (2003, p.345) form the basis for her study. att's study addresses these issues by examining three indicators of adolescents' emotional adjustment: depression, suicide attempts and violent dispositions.
att's study analyzed data collected by the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent health, which surveyed health-related…
Watt, T.T. (2003). Are small schools better for adolescents' emotional adjustment? Sociology of Education, 76(4), 344-367.
It would seem that younger teachers might relate better to students, but this does not seem to be the case. The Hispanic students noted that teachers often gave them the answers, but did not explain how to arrive at the answers. It seems there is a wall between students and teachers that grows the longer the teacher is in the educational system, and that gives students a definite disadvantage. I am not sure how to conquer this, but it is clear it needs to be addressed and managed for educational opportunities to be effective and legitimate for all students, regardless of their background and youth culture.
It is not surprising that families play a vital role in the culture of youth, but it is surprising that family, and educating educators how to effectively deal with and include families in the process, is so lacking, especially as the student progresses through…
Tozer, Steven E., Senese, Guy, and Violas, Paul C. School and Society: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, 5th Edition. Columbus, OH: McGraw-Hill, 2006.
The results will be analyzed and compared with reference to the two hypotheses.
The results of the experiment were statistically significant with respect to all three experimental hypotheses and all three experimental hypotheses were confirmed. Specifically, (1) reaction times were shorter in the second sequence of each sequence set, averaging a .040/second difference as between the first and second random sequences and averaging .080/sec difference as between the first and second fixed-interval sequences; (2) reaction times were shorter in connection with regular or fixed-interval sequences than in connection with random-interval sequences by an average of .064 as between the first random sequences and the first fixed-interval sequences, and by an average of 0.80 as between the second random sequence and the second fixed-interval sequences; and (3) the differential increased by an average time of .024 as between the first trials and the second trials of random/fixed-sequence measurements.
Gerrig, R. And Zimbardo, P. (2009). Psychology and Life. New York: Allyn & Bacon.
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al., 1993; Forman & Dickinson, 2003). Though nitric oxide is not involved in as many individual processes as hydrogen peroxide, or at least a lower number of processes have been identified in current research, its presence in too great an abundance can disrupt proper signaling and trigger alternative signaling pathways other than those normally utilized in redox signaling (Forman & Dickinson, 2003). These redox signaling pathways have the potential to promote the continued production of reactive oxygen species rather than contributing to the continued progression of the optimal redox signaling cascade, in which the production of O, H2O2, and other reactive oxygen species would be signaled to cease and normal intercellular environments would resume (Forman & Dickinson, 2003).
Research into the complexities of redox signaling in wound response and its implications for the healing process remains ongoing, and many current findings are still the product of a great deal…
Nitric oxide (NO) is involved in redox signaling in ways somewhat similar to hydrogen peroxide (H2O2); both are purposefully produced toxic elements used to cleanse wound areas of infectious agents and used to signal other healing processes to start, while at the same time becoming dangerous in and of themselves if not properly regulated (Nunoshiba et. al., 1993; Forman & Dickinson, 2003). Though nitric oxide is not involved in as many individual processes as hydrogen peroxide, or at least a lower number of processes have been identified in current research, its presence in too great an abundance can disrupt proper signaling and trigger alternative signaling pathways other than those normally utilized in redox signaling (Forman & Dickinson, 2003). These redox signaling pathways have the potential to promote the continued production of reactive oxygen species rather than contributing to the continued progression of the optimal redox signaling cascade, in which the production of NO, H2O2, and other reactive oxygen species would be signaled to cease and normal intercellular environments would resume (Forman & Dickinson, 2003).
Research into the complexities of redox signaling in wound response and its implications for the healing process remains ongoing, and many current findings are still the product of a great deal of conjecture. Still, enormous advancements have been made in this area of biochemical knowledge. As redox signaling and other aspects of wound healing are better understood, more effective methods for dealing with infections and slow healing times can be developed, and many in the world will truly experience better living through chemistry in a very direct way.
tfinal - tinitial = 32.4oC - 25.5oC = 6.9oC
q = mc-t
= 100 grams X 4.184 JX 6.9oC
The enthalpy in the vessel that has not expanded is higher.
As such, the vessel that has not expanded has a higher temperature.
951.9= kJ/mole Chapter 4
=1039.9 kJ/mole Chapter 4
The potential energy for both Chapter 3 and H. is actually higher than Chapter 4 because of the fact that atoms in a chemical bond are more stable than individually separated atoms. The fact that there is a need to use energy to separate the two atoms in the bond adds to the potential energy of the second choice, the Chapter 3 molecule and a H. atom formed. If that bond would be converted, that energy needed to break the bond could actually then be used to do work.
The one with more kinetic energy is the…
Product Recalls: Reaction
Every now and then, I will turn on the morning news and hear that there has been a product recall for something I consider vaguely absurd, such as a product that can possibly cause harm if it is misused in some extraordinary fashion. However, I have also heard about product recalls in which there are serious questions about the safety of the product. An excellent example of this occurred several years ago, when some Mattel toys were found to contain harmful substances like lead that could injure a small child if swallowed, which is a common occurrence when children play with toys. Given the bad publicity which can ensue if a company's product results in an injury or the death of a user, being aggressive about instituting product recalls, versus taking a 'wait and see' approach, seems to be the superior strategy.
The Dell and Pinto instances…
Violating a Folkway
The norm that I have chosen to break is to discuss a subject that is related to politics and religion, which are two subjects that people tend to avoid discussing in polite society. This is a folkway that has consistently been brought to my attention in the past: at my work, our team leader has told us that two things he never talks about with clients are politics and religion, and while he may have strong views about both, he makes it a point to avoid these topics as they can quickly lead to tension in a relationship. On a separate occasion, my mother-in-law also made this point when at a family dinner she noted that the two subjects that are not allowed at the dinner table are politics and religion. I could also add "money" to this folkway as, according to Folkways Nowadays, the three things…
Atkins, Audrey. (2015). Money. Politics. Religion. FolkwaysNowadays. Retrieved from http://folkwaysnowadays.com/2015/06/29/money-politics-religion/
Cole, D. (2015). Republican Party Animal. WA: Feral House.
ape is an anti-social phenomenon that needs to be dealt with extreme care since it not only has drastic effects on the victim but also on the colleagues, peers, family members and community people in their proximity. This is a book reaction paper on "Lucky" written by Alice Sebold, in which she recounts her experiences of the rape and her journey to recovery after that. The further sections of the paper would discuss her tragic encounter and her dilemmas in the efforts to counter the debilitating effects, and eventually overcome them, which is a lesson for all.
Issues to be Addressed
eaction to Ms. Sebold's Journey After ape
The short-term after-effects of Sebold's rape include shock, physical problems, soreness, and difficulty in walking. The long-term effects are disbelief, shame, guilt, depression, fear, anger, and sexual problem such as diseases or infections caused by forced sexual harassment, relationship problems, and flashbacks…
Chivers-Wilson, K.A. (2006). Sexual assault and post-traumatic stress disorder: A review of the biological, psychological and sociological factors and treatment. McGrill Journal of Medicine, 9. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2323517/
Gagnon, C.M. (2015, February 17). Life after rape: 5 keys to growth and healing for women. Good Therapy.org. Retrieved from http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/life-after-rape-5 - keys-to-growth-and-healing-for-women-0217155
Joyful Heart Foundation. (n.d.). Effects of sexual assault and rape. Retrieved from http://www.joyfulheartfoundation.org/learn/sexual-assault-rape/effects-sexual-assault- and-rape
Pennsylvania Center of the Book. (n.d.). Alice Sebold. Retrieved from http://pabook2.libraries.psu.edu/palitmap/bios/Sebold__Alice.html
The Empire was really a large number of conquests, held together based on military alliances. This fact would actually come to be one of the reasons for the Incan downfall. The Incans had a rather sophisticated government, broken up into govered territories and an orderly kingdom, a system of mathematics, advanced pottery and textile expertise, and stone temples that were so expertly constructed that even today (without mortar) many are still standing.
Part 3 -- Challenges of the landscape of the Incan territory -- the basic challenge of the Incan landscape was that they settled in a mountainous terrain, not really very good for farming. They created terraces that took advantage of what little good soil their was, used irrigation, and developed the potato as their basic food crop. In addition, they had a vast transportation network based on human runners. This helped keep the empire more cohesive.
There is a common media slogan for local news: "if it bleeds, it leads." This has nothing to do with support of a law-and-order strategy, although such stories might reinforce such ideas. Rather "bleeding" headlines are due to the desire to draw the public's attention with a gruesome story that seems interesting, although this can cause the public to see the streets as more crime-ridden than they actually are, or crime as a minority-based problem, if the images they see are disproportionately of criminals of a specific ethnic group on screen. Similarly, much to the dismay of some conservatives, because it makes "a good story," the media also love to fan the flames of health scares and medical horror stories that increase public pressure for more regulation of drugs, medical procedures, and health insurance. And much to the dismay of ideologues on the left and right, stories about sex, entertainment,…
The cliche that the media has a liberal bias runs so deep that an entire, openly biased news network has used it as a clever marketing technique: Fox News has made its slogan "fair and balanced" despite the fact that it is entirely populated with right-wing pundits like Bill O'Reilly, with the only occasional token liberal to fan conservative flames of outrage on air. Even liberals often do not argue against this premise that the media has a liberal bias, despite the presence of such pundits as George Will, Pat Buchanan, Charles Krauthammer, and of course Bill O'Reilly in print and on air. The mere existence of a liberal is decried as "bias," as in the case of the presence of Nobel-prize winning economist Paul Krugman on the pages of the New York Times editorial pages, despite the counterweight of the equally conservative Wall Street Journal editorial page in the court of public opinion (Alterman 2003, p.2).
In his 2003 article, "What liberal media," Eric Alterman for the Nation suggests that in fact the media is quite balanced. However, an alternative perspective might be that the media is quite good at "selling its product." Fox's technique of right-wing outrage sells its product, and has cornered a lucrative niche for the network. There is a common media slogan for local news: "if it bleeds, it leads." This has nothing to do with support of a law-and-order strategy, although such stories might reinforce such ideas. Rather "bleeding" headlines are due to the desire to draw the public's attention with a gruesome story that seems interesting, although this can cause the public to see the streets as more crime-ridden than they actually are, or crime as a minority-based problem, if the images they see are disproportionately of criminals of a specific ethnic group on screen. Similarly, much to the dismay of some conservatives, because it makes "a good story," the media also love to fan the flames of health scares and medical horror stories that increase public pressure for more regulation of drugs, medical procedures, and health insurance. And much to the dismay of ideologues on the left and right, stories about sex, entertainment, sports, and the weather, are more likely to be covered than stories about international politics, human rights, medicine, and environmentalism. Bias is usually in favor of selling the product and effective marketing the news product in the commercial media, more than an underlying ideological agenda.
present this article in a scholarly fashion, which lends credibility to the authors -- an issue that is extremely crucial considering their audience. hile Germano et al. cite nearly no evidence for their argument, Lehr's article is packed with research regarding not only how students see revision and the writing process, but also about how teachers can address the problem. The information is specific, pointing to certain grade levels, activities, etc.
A closer look at these two articles, then, reveals that they have more similarities than differences. In fact, the only major difference between the two is the audience and factual information contained in the articles. In addition, these differences are warranted given the articles' different purposes. Germano et al.' s article can almost be seen as an extension of Lehr's -- encouraging professionals to take the same advice that they give their students. In fact, it is expressly because…
Germano William et al. "Revision as Writing, Writing as Revision." Modern Language
Association. 2007. 15 May 2009.
Lehr, Fran. "Revision in the Writing Process." B. NET. n.d. 15 May 2009.
Gideon is not a man one necessarily finds admirable, given his past life of crime. But simply because someone does not personally approve of a defendant, does not mean that the defendant should be found guilty because of their lack of legal expertise. Just because someone is poor, or has committed a crime in the past, does not mean that they should be denied their rights. They should be viewed in the same way the law as someone who is wealthy, and to make a case in the adversarial system of justice requires the legal knowledge of an attorney.
The book paints a picture of America that is, at least in terms of its temperament, much more liberal than it is today. The U.S. Supreme Court under Chief Justice arren was far more open-minded about the idea of expanding defendant's rights. Even many of the states supported the idea of…
Lewis, Anthony. Gideon's Trumpet. New York: Vintage, 1989.
It is not right, but it is the truth. That is the hardest part of learning about black history, I think.
Final Journal think that taking this class has given me a much broader idea of African-American history and what the black people have had to do to get along in America. Their ancestors did not ask to come here, and they did not ask to become enslaved. Blacks did not wake up one day and choose the color of their skin. It should not matter what color a person's skin is, but it does. This class has helped me understand that blacks have had to struggle for an eternity, and that their struggle is not over yet.
Probably the biggest thing I got out of this class was the black heritage, and how proud blacks should be of their history. They have risen up from despair and they have…
Experience and Reaction: Different Views on the Physiology and Psychology of the Negative
There are many different explanations for the way in which thoughts are formed, impressions are made, and perceptions are shaped, and though the modern era has provided an abundance of objective observation and experimentation in the area this has not settled the issue. Far from it, in fact; if anything, the growth of reliable research and evidence in this area has contributed to a divergence of theories that, at least in some aspects, currently appear to be mutually exclusive. The theories of psychologists and neuroscientists at times seem especially opposed to each other, and it will require deeper investigations and the uncovering of more substantial evidence to truly bring many of these well-founded theories in line with each other.
An excellent case in point of the apparent divergence of psychology and neuroscience when it comes…
eye of the beholder: Reaction to Duchamp's "The Creative Act"
According to Marcel Duchamp's essay "The Creative Act," because of the mysterious nature of the creative process to outsiders, the act of creation is much-misunderstood. The work of an artist has often been described as that of a 'medium,' but suggesting that the creation of art is supernatural, Duchamp believes, undercuts the conscious nature of the creative process. Duchamp suggests that the heart of a living, suffering human being is actually very separate from the objective eye of the artist. Art is not only created in a fit of passion, it does have a conscious intention. However, the artist is not always aware of the effect his or her art will have upon spectators.
Duchamp also engages with the question of what is art. Purely and simply, it is the spectator -- and history (posterity) -- who decides who is…
Duchamp, Marcel. "The Creative Act." From Robert Lebel, Marcel Duchamp, Grove
Press, New York, 1959, pp. 77-78
Actions & Reactions in Extreme Scenarios
The fictional situation that the paper will write about will be the following: I am visiting New York City for vacation. I want to see the sights, eat great food from around world, consume a lot of art, and interact with many different cultures. While I am in the middle of my trip, I am on the New York City Mass Transit Authority (NYC MTA), when a fight erupts among other rides while the train is moving between stations underground.
The fight begins as a simple misunderstanding on the platform at the station. Riders await the next express train to arrive on the tracks. One rider stands next to a garbage can when another rider approaches to dispose of the garbage and misses, hitting the other commuter. The commuter who missed the can is intoxicated and tries to apologize, but ends up angering the…
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Persepolis is a book that tells the story of Marjane Satrapi and is entitled as the story of a childhood. The author of the book was born on the edge of the Caspian Sea in Iran and grew up in Tehran. During her stay in Tehran, Satrapi studied at the Lycee Francais and left for Vienna and later Strasbourg for studies in decorative arts. The book tells the story of her youth in Iran in the 1970s and 80s, especially with regards to life through the Islamic evolution and the Iraqi war. In telling the story about Satrapi's childhood, the book explains the author's once outrageous and ordinary childhood, which is also characterized with extraordinary, unimaginable, and loving family. Notably, the story of Marjane Satrapi in Persepolis contains two major revolutions with different reactions. The first revolution is regarding the overthrows of the Shah while the…
Satrapi, M. (n.d.). Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Summary. Retrieved June 26, 2014, from http://www.gradesaver.com/persepolis-the-story-of-a-childhood/study-guide/short-summary
orld ar I: "The Great ar"
The historical record shows that orld ar I, the "ar to End All ars," did not end war, but rather set the stage for an even greater global conflagration a generation later. This paper reviews the relevant literature to assess the relative importance of diplomacy, imperialism, and nationalism in causing the Great ar (1914-1918), as well as to identify the major players leading Europe to war. An analysis of why this "unwanted war" was greeted with such joy is followed by an assessment of whether this enthusiastic reaction to the outbreak of war was the consequence of domestic tension or simple patriotism and whether the victors' positions after the war reflect their wartime experiences. Finally, a summary of the research and important findings concerning the Great ar are presented in the conclusion.
Relative Importance of Diplomacy, Imperialism and Nationalism in Causing the Great ar…
Olmsted, Kathryn S. Real Enemies: Conspiracy Theories and American Democracy, World War I to 9/11. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. Print.
"The Great War." (2015). The History Channel. Web.
"WWI Casualties and Death Tables." (2015). PBS. Web.
Hossenlopp v. Cannon. The case in question pertains to negligence as it pertains to dog bites and the implications that these events can have on owners when it comes to legal liability. Further, there was a differing state-to-state standard about whether it mattered or not if the owner of the dog had prior knowledge of the dog engaging in aggressive behavior. While it mattered in South Carolina as to whether prior knowledge of viciousness existed, this was not the case in California and the latter was the standard employed in the Hossenlopp case.
Hossenlopp v. Cannon Case Brief
The facts of the Hossonlopp/Cannon case are quite simple. Indeed, a review of the case brief on Find A Case reveals that not even the Cannons really disagreed with the basic facts of the case. What occurred is that a young boy by the name of Hossenlopp was being watched by a…
Harris, A. (2015). McDonald's Obesity Case Can't Proceed as Group Suit. Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 22 June 2015, from http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2010-10-27/mcdonald-s-obesity-case-judge-rejects-bid-for-group-suit-status
Harvard. (2015). Dash.harvard.edu. Retrieved 22 June 2015, from http://dash.harvard.edu/bitstream/handle/1/8852143/Benloulou05.pdf?sequence=1
SANTORA, M. (2015). Teenagers' Suit Says McDonald's Made Them Obese. Nytimes.com. Retrieved 22 June 2015, from http://www.nytimes.com/2002/11/21/nyregion/teenagers-suit-says-mcdonald-s-made-them-obese.html
University of Houston. (2015). Pelman v. McDonald's and the Fast Food Craze, Health Law & Policy Institute. Law.uh.edu. Retrieved 22 June 2015, from https://www.law.uh.edu/healthlaw/perspectives/Obesity/040322Pelman.html
"("Shameful Treachery") the paper then stated that they must "wait for the evidence before formally charging Spain with the shameful treachery, which all the world is ready to suspect her." ("Shameful Treachery") in the end the Journal advocated for a military response to what it believed was Spanish aggression, and stated that peace needed to be imposed on Cuba by American forces. The newspaper also recommended that the United States government immediately recognize the independence of Cuba and the American ship Vesuvius be recalled from duty with Spain.
hile one newspaper, the Times, called for calm and an understanding of the facts before acting, the Journal attempted to stoke the fires of war. The Times' investigation of the facts so far indicated that the government of Spain was unlikely to be responsible for the destruction of the Maine, and that it was most likely an accident. And while the Journal…
"Suspended Judgment': A Times Editorial on the Maine Disaster." Editorial.
New York Times 17 February 1898. Web. 10 June 2013.
"Shameful Treachery': Hearst's Journal Blames Spain." Editorial. New York
Descartes Mechanical Philosophy and Leibniz reaction to it. It has 7 sources.
ubstance and form
There must be something out of which change takes place." Aristotle thinks that this "out of which" is what we call matter. For Aristotle everything is composed of form and matter. Consider the example of a statue of a doll made of lump of clay, the clay is what Aristotle calls the matter and the shape of doll that it has is called its form. The result is a compound object made of matter and form, the statue of a doll. till Form and matter are not sufficient to explain change; the statue was first made of clay, which was not first a statue. The contrast between the opposite is not between the statue and the clay [Aristotle, The Physics, 2003]. The contrast is between the non-statues, the lump of clay and the statue. In…
Burnham, Douglas. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) Metaphysics, Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2001at: http://www.utm.edu/research/iep/l/leib-met.htm
Scott, David, Leibniz's Model Of Creation And His Doctrine Of Substance, 1998 at http://www.mun.ca/animus/1998vol3/scott3.htm
Kemerling, Garth. Rene Descartes (1596-1650), Philosophy Pages, 2002 at http://www.philosophypages.com/ph/desc.htm
Author not available, Philosophy 22 Lecture Notes: Leibniz, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Entries accessed on 24-3-2003 at http://www-philosophy.ucdavis.edu/phi022/leiblec.htm
But perhaps the most dramatic deviation between the fan fiction and the actual Potter books is the seriousness and lack of humor in the fan fiction. The Harry Potter novels were notable for their magic candy, broomsticks, spells and other forms of levity that lightened some of the serious issues pertaining to death, curses, prophesy, and an emerging adult awareness of the characters. Rowling often used a very ironic tone in the dialogue and in her authorial voice. This Potter fan fiction has a modernist, almost Hemingway-like style as it quickly moves from year to year in somber, spare sentences, talking about Harry's grief regarding his circumstances and the death which magic has caused. Harry is clearly finding himself as a person, and the focus of the fan fiction is more internal than external.
It is difficult to imagine Rowling's books having had such a hold upon the imagination of…
Suitesamba. "Scars." Archiveofourown.org. 2007. [15 Apr 2013]
Ludwig Van Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 in D Major
This paper will concentrate on New York Philharmonic Orchestra's execution of Ludwig Van Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 in D Major, David Geffen Hall, known in the past as Avery Fisher Hall. This arrangement was performed on April 8, 2016 in New York's City's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts by the orchestra. The conductor for this performance piece was David Robertson.
Beethoven is seen as a transitional figure between the Classical and Romantic periods of musical history. Most importantly, his work is different from those of any earlier arranger through his formation of huge, expanded architectonic structures described by the broad advancement of musical material, topics, and themes. Beethoven did this by "modulation" or "adjustment" in the sentiment of the home key, through an assortment of keys or consonant locales; a favorite technique by the deaf master (Huscher).
Foundation of Symphony…
Gibbs, Christopher. Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 in D Major. 6 June 2006. Web. 27 April 2016
Huscher, Phillip. "Ludwig Van Beethoven; Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36." 2008. Web. 26 April 2016
Munteanu, Iulian. Beethoven's Symphony No. 2. 2004-2014. Web. 26 April 2016
chronic and ongoing diseases and disorders have become an epidemic in the United States. It is also without a doubt that the treatment and mitigation of thos diseases and disorders is something that must be a primary focus of family practice. Even better, though, than properly treating the disorders when they emerge is helping to prevent them in the first place. After all, so many of the disorders and diseases in question are created by poor lifestyle choices. The diseases and disorders in question include diabetes, heart disease and many forms of cancer. While genetics and environmental factors have an effect on the emergence and aggravation of diseases and disorders, lifestyle choices are quite often the difference between quality of life and lack thereof.
One major roadblock when it comes to lifestyle choices is teaching people and making it stick. Within the family practice realm, things are made more…
Perusse, R., Kailimang, L., & Krell, M. (2009). Closing the Obesity Achievement Gap:
Evidence-Based Practices that School Counselors Can Help Implement. Journal Of
School Counseling, 7(23),
Rappange, D. R., Brouwer, W. B., Hoogenveen, R. T., & Van Baal, P. H. (2009). Healthcare
Henry Purcell - Abdelazer Suite: II. Rondeau
This is piece from the late 1600's. It is the second part of a larger set of music. As indicated in the title, the wider set of pieces is called Abdelazer. The piece is entirely French by nature. The Rondeau in particular, including this one, has two "halves" where there is a refrain that is prominently featured. The work was written by Henry Purcell. He lived in the latter half of the 1600's. Given his French roots, it's obvious where that part of his music came from. As for the piece itself, the video shows smooth yet crisp notes that start off the piece. The entire orchestra is involved. Only strings are in play...violins, violas and cellos. The piece is not very long as the video is not even two minutes long. Very obvious that the different instruments are playing…
Business Terminology in Health Care
The Health Care Industry, idealistically is a large conglomeration of helping individuals and organizations who's sole purpose is to help people become more healthy, be that through prevention of disease or treatment of disease. Yet, it is known among nearly all health care professionals and almost all people who have ever been treated in the health care industry, even in the most minor way, which includes nearly all of the population, that the "Health Care Industry" is just that, an industry. This industry is governed by profit and loss just as any other; possibly even more so in the sense that the more loss there is the less people can be helped.
Over the past fifty years, as technology expands and costs rise there has been a noticeable change in health care delivery, for better and for worse most would say.
Change in the United…
2001 International Conference and Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design and Construction "Shaping the business of health care" Feb2001 Health Facilities
Management 14/2 PG. 12-13.
CDC Report "Average hospital stays shorter" June 2003 Case Management Advisor, 14/6 pg. S1.
L. Chordas "Risky business: health-care risk managers are focusing more on the business side of organizations and assuming more responsibility for insurance." April 2004
Obsession with something, or with the idea of something, is what "The Book of Sand" by Jorge Borges is about. The man who buys the infinite book becomes haunted with the idea that something can exist with no beginning and no end. In order to put his mind at ease; to quiet the constant thoughts that run through his brain when he tries to sleep, he must pass the book on, much as it was originally passed to him. Because he was unable to grasp the idea of the book, and therefore allow the book to exist, he was unable to rest while the book was in his possession.
In our world today, that is so technology driven, and full of certainty, the thought that something can exist without having a "starting point" is mind-boggling. Even as the man is examining the book for the first time, he feels the…
reason than his critique of Plato, Popper provides much food for thought about political philosophy, and especially the political philosophies underlying American society and government. So much modern critical theory and political philosophy is rooted in Plato that it is easy to take for granted that much of what is said in The Republic and other texts needs to be scrutinized. Plato was brilliant but not sacrosanct. I appreciate that Popper urges his readers to criticize Plato and cease believing Plato to be a sacred text. Criticizing Plato actually fulfills Plato's very own objective in his writings, which is to stimulate dialogue and discussion, promote open-mindedness, and encourage critical thought rather than blind faith. What else is the cave analogy if not an urging to readers to step outside the shadow world of falsehood and into the light of truth?
Ironically, Popper champions Plato by critiquing his arguments. Popper is…
Michael Wood’s “Iraq: The Cradle of Civilization” offers fascinating insight into human civilization, through a narrative of the story of Iraq. Tracing Iraq from the cradle of civilization to its current state of devastation, Wood warns viewers to learn from the mistakes of the past instead of continuing to repeat them. In addition to its overarching message, “Iraq: The Cradle of Civilization” includes some incredible details about the cultural diversity within Iraq and how current customs reveal cultural continuity with the past. Some of the most amazing examples of diversity include the Mandean people, who have cultural practices that are vestiges of Christian times such as a wedding ceremony that includes a full-immersion baptism in a river they refer to as the “Jordan,” even though it is the Euphrates. There is also the Yazidi people, who worship Satan but are not what a European or American would call a Satan…
American colonies can be divided into those in New England, those in the middle region of the country, and those in the South. The histories of each section were different, and though all were basically British by the time of the American Revolution, other European nations had founded or developed different parts of the New orld. New England was developed by the British and the Dutch; the South was settled by the British, Spanish, and French at different times. The image of the Puritans of New England has become emblematic of the colonial era for most Americans, though, and historian Michael Zuckerman describes the life of a community in Puritan New England in the eighteenth century in his book Peaceable Kingdoms (1970), pointing out the importance of the town meeting and other influences of the community as a whole that kept the peace and served as government, police power, and…
Zuckerman, Michael. Peaceable Kingdoms: New England Towns in the Eighteenth Century. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1970.
I must say I was particularly impressed by your Politics. It was an interesting read precisely because it commented on the basic nature of man -- man is a political animal; of society, communities and the concept of the City. Living the modern world, the concept of "the City" has always confused me because modern urban settings seem so inhuman sometimes -- so immersed in modern materialism or consumerism, in richness and wealth and extravagance (the comforts), everything that seems to bury humanity underneath. Or, the opposite is the case -- cities are dens of violence and crime and people are afraid to leave their homes out of fear. Neither extreme seems good -- so I enjoyed reading about your take on what it means to be a City and how this is a good way to organize society.
What I particularly liked was that you…
Socratic dialogue allows us as readers to engage with Plato's text and the many diverse issues the philosopher raises in The Republic. Of the books contained in The Republic, the most engaging proved to be Books 5 and 7. Book 5 presents one of the earliest recorded feminist arguments, and Book 7 puts us in direct contact with one of the most famous philosophical analogies of all time: that of the cave. I was more surprised to encounter the former than the latter, but both offer rich fruit for discussion. Moreover, I completely agree with Plato's assessment of the fundamental value and function of education.
In a rare display of humor, Plato, through Socrates, points out one of the drawbacks of coeducational gymnasiums: " the most ridiculous thing of all will be the sight of women naked in the palaestra, exercising with the men, especially when they are no longer…
Tensions between the united states. And north korea are escalating once again, following president trump’s landmark tour of asia. President trump is calling on all nations to work together to prevent north korea’s nuclear program from reaching completion. A new report indicates that no matter how many deterrents are put in place, north korea is continuing its push to extend its missile-launching abilities.
Satellite imagery collected by a news outlet “38 north” shows that north korea’s attempt to deploy its first operational ballistic missile submarine could be successful in the near future.
In another news article conducted by roberta valencia for newsweek reports that the u.S. Intelligence chas confirmed that if completed, the north korean submarine, at more than 2000 tons, will be “the largest vessel ever constructed for the north korean navy since the najin-class frigates”.
The fact that the us president has called for all nations to aid…
The play, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf” was staged at South Carolina State University in 2013. Ntzoke Shange's play blends the finesse of performance art with the subtlety of poetry to communicate heady political and social concerns. The title of the play immediately alerts audiences to the weighty matters that will unfold on stage. Through the play, seven women tell their stories one by one, without interruptions, making “For Colored Girls” somewhat unconventional in its lack of an overarching plot. Each woman is named after one of the seven colors of the rainbow, symbolizing individuality amid diversity, and the importance of diversity as the defining feature of beauty, hope, and wisdom. Delivering their stories as monologues prevents the encroachment of hegemonic masculinity or racism onto their lives; the women take back their power through the art of storytelling. “For Colored Girls” is about…
Consumer Behavior: Samsung Curved Smart TV Product
Samsung is regarded as one of the most innovative and successful companies in the Information Technology industry because of its production of high-quality technological products that are affordable to many customers across the globe, especially in developing countries. The company has achieved tremendous success through the production of diverse technological products based on market needs and consumer demand. As part of its objective of maintaining its dominance in the IT industry and market, the company launched curved smart TV product for its premium market. The introduction of this product was fueled by its innovative practices and goals as well as the steady growth of its premium market in various market segments across the globe. Moreover, the introduction of the new curved smart TV product by Samsung was driven by the current trend of curved televisions. The ability of Samsung to achieve its objective…
Denison, Caleb. "Samsung UN65HU9000 Review." Digital Trends. Designtechnica Corporation, 17 July 2014. Web. 16 Apr. 2015. .
The Jakara Post. "Samsung Aims to Maintain Dominance with New Curved TV." Jakarta Post. PT. Niskala Media Tenggara, 3 Oct. 2014. Web. 16 Apr. 2015. .
Lee, Se Y. "Samsung Electronics Seeks Fresh Start with New TVs after Tough 2014." Reuters. Thomson Reuters, 05 Jan. 2015. Web. 16 Apr. 2015. .
beyond just the presentation of facts in the When Kids Get Life video, and asked the deeper questions, "Why do they do it? Why do teens commit heinous crimes?" Until we understand these deeper issues, it will be impossible to truly or meaningfully address the issue of how to punish or treat these adolescents.
I also appreciate your willingness to share your thought processes. For example, you said that your views changed from what you learned in the course and through encountering materials like When Kids Get Life. Like you, I have also learned a lot and have changed my views. There are no easy answers. As you mention, protecting society is a primary concern and cannot be ignored. Incarceration does protect society theoretically, but as you noted, rates of juvenile offending are actually increasing. The public is not necessarily better off with the current programs. Incarceration alone is not…
Bikel, O. (Director). (2007). When kids get life [Documentary]. United States: WGBH Educational Foundation: FRONTLINE.
Montes, E. (2015). When kids get life: Essay.
Reacting to the Fate of the German Energiewende
In contrast to the United States, many European nations have made substantial investments in green energy. Germany is one of the most committed of all EU countries to ensuring there is a source of clean, green power for future generations. Yet the organization German Energiewende unfortunately met with a sad fate, despite what seemed like a promising business model of developing so-called Q-cells to satisfy the nation’s energy needs. According to McKillop (2013), the company grew complacent from receiving heavy subsidies from German federal and local government. Despite interest from private investors at first, this was not enough to sustain the organization. It eventually was forced to file for bankruptcy. The company is a cautionary tale about the fact that green energy must have a sustainable environmental model to fulfill its promises within a relatively constrained time period. Although it can take…
tephen Austin (1793-1836) is known as the Father of Texas because he was instrumental in leading the second and ultimately successful colonization of the region by U.. settlers. His name is on a number of streets, schools, parks, and Texas tate facilities. Based on the text, though, and the way that historical figures tend to become more mythic as their legend grows, I wondered about different points-of-view surround Austin and even the legality and morality of the Texas annexation.
I was surprised that initially Austin was reluctant to accept his Father's empresarial grant after he died, having to be persuaded by his mother. The situation, it seemed, was quite complex. Mexico granted land parcels under one government, and then changed the rules under another. I was also surprised that Austin supported anta Anna, who would ultimately become his enemy. Essentially, if one takes off the myth, it appears…
Haley, J. (2006). Passionate Nation: The Epic History of Texas. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Haynes, et.al. (2002). Major Problems in Texas History. New York: Houghton Mifflin.
discovery that a New York Times reporter had been plagiarizing and exaggerating stories. Entitled, "More Reporting By Times riter Called Suspect, this ashington Post article was on of the earliest to address the fiasco occurring at the New York Times.
My original reaction to the story was of shock -- to hear that plagiarism had occurred, especially at the New York Times, seemed so unprofessional as to raise doubts about the legitimacy of the claim. The New York Times, after all, is arguably the most prestigious in the United States, maybe even the world. The best writers and editors from around the country make up this newspaper that has been in circulation for decades. The fact that blatant plagiarism and story exaggeration had occurred, and that it was missed by the editors, made me second-guess the true legitimacy and accuracy of the New York Times.
The evidence against the writer,…
Kurtz, Howard. "More Reporting By Times Writer Called Suspect." Washington
Post. 8 May 2003. Accessed 29 July 2003.
What he found, in contrast to Europe, was that the American social ethic was not based on aristocracy, and in fact Americans seemed to have a deep-seated fear and loathing of European titles (at least the middle and common classes). Instead, Americanism was based on a system in which hard work and money-making (e.g. aggressive capitalism) was the dominant ethic of the time. In this period of radical change and development, he perceived that the common (free) person never deferred to elites and where one was rewarded for being a greedy individualist. He writes: "Among a democratic people, where there is no hereditary wealth, every man works to earn a living… Labor is held in honor; the prejudice is not against but in its favor" (Ibid., 398).
What is also interesting is that, at times, no matter how unbiased a historical or sociological account portends, what is excluded is often…
Letters on American Slavery. (2006, June 5). Retrieved September 2010, from Anti-Slavery Literature: http://antislavery.eserver.org/tracts/lettersonamericanslavery/lettersonamericanslavery.html
Damrosch, L. (2010). Tocqueville's Discovery of America. New York: Farrar, Sraus, and Giroux.
de Tocqueville, A. (2007). Democracy in America. Stilwell, KS: Digireads Books.
Psychology of Fear Management
One true tale of horrific prison abuse comes from Abu Ghraib, where guards tortured and psychologically damaged a number of prisoners. In talking about the issues and atrocities that occurred there, the Stanford Prison Experiment was mentioned. The takeaway was how the experiment can and should always serve as a reminder that people can change very drastically when they are put in a particular situation. Most of the guards at Abu Ghraib did not have any past disciplinary problems, anger issues, or other concerns that would have made them unfit for the job they were doing. They were, as much as anyone can be, "normal." Despite that, they tortured and harmed other people, because they had the opportunity to treat others as though they were "less than." It is not possible to say whether every person who had this opportunity would do the same thing, but…