Week 15 Discussion

Over the past semester, what did you find most interesting, and what was least interesting, about the course?

I found the blogs to be quiet interesting.  We are given the chance to see other people’s views on concepts we’ve talked/read about and try to make sense of it.  This can either make it harder or easier to understand though, depending on how the author or blogger worded their definition and what kind of examples they gave.

I found the discussion questions to be quiet interesting too, but I didn’t like them as much since we had to think a little harder, in my opinion.

Week 14 Discussion Question

What rights and responsibilities do you have to protect your privacy on the Internet?

To be honest, I think most if not all of this responsibility falls upon yourself, and not the government or anyone else.  If you do not want something seen on the internet, do not post or let other people get a hold of it; it’s as simple as that.  However, if you would want to protect your privacy on the internet, it’s another matter.  I personally don’t think you can do much about it though because I don’t believe there are any laws in place protecting a person’s internet privacy.  The police can basically check your phone logs, and use GPS on your mobile at anytime they want, so I believe it accumulates to the same thing with internet rights and privacy.  The internet is such a big place though, and it would be kind of hard to specifically track one person down on the internet in my opinion.  Such as in our earlier debate one group was talking about the cyber bullying taking place on facebook.  I don’t think it was right for the people to be bullying the girl, and the site should’ve blocked the images and stopped the bullying though, I mean, they own the website… they should’ve been able to at least do something to stop that if they noticed.  It is a different story if the website had not noticed anything though, I mean Facebook is an international site.  I also don’t really know how the whole Facebook thing works either–is there someone monitering the site to stop bad posts and images?  Is there someone who moniters “predators?”… However, I think people put too much responsiblity on the government/companies.  I mean, aside from internet supervision, do you really think the government isn’t doing anything about all the murders, rapes, thefts, and crimes?  The government doesn’t have enough power to stop all the bad things from happening; but we, the people, somehow think the government should be able to stop each and every bad thing that’s happening.  The government is made up of people just like us, what makes us think they are so different that they can stop all the hurt and bad things from happening?  I am sorry that I diverged from the topic at hand by the way.

Week 13 Concept

Exogenous Vs. Indigenous Media Productions


Exogenous media are media from outside of a certain place, where as indigenous media are from within that certain place.  These types of media can be separated simply into world news vs. local news.  This article, http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/26/world/cnnheroes-prison-children/index.html?hpt=wo_t5,is a story from outside the U.S.  It is about children growing up inside prison with their parent, because the child does not have any other family members to take care of them.  Although it is an exogenous media, we can easily relate to the feelings the story was supposed to convey.  This article, http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/26/angus-t-jones-of-two-and-a-half-men-my-show-is-filth/?hpt=hp_t3, is about the character Jake from the U.S. television show “Two and a Half Men.”  It is about how Jones, who plays Jake, regards the show as filth and asks viewers to stop watching it.  It is indigenous because it is a show from the United States.

Week 13 Discussion Question

Based on your media log, and the kind of media you use on a regular basis, what are your responsibilities in using media?

My main source of media would be from the computer.  Some responsibilities I have to follow would be the dorm/lab rules, such as no pornography, no food or drink in the labs, general rules like that.  I also need to follow rules such as no illegal downloading of music, movies, etc., and no propagation of viruses, trojans, etc.

Week 12 Concept Definition

First Amendment Rights: 2001 U.S. Patriot Act

The Patriot Act was signed on October 26, 2001 in response to the 2001 terrorist attacks.  It broadened the government’s laws and restrictions related to national security.  Personally I felt there was nothing wrong with this.  It is natural of humans to change accordingly to their present state of life, and during that time period the government was worried about more terrorist attacks on US territory.  This article from ABC, http://abcnews.go.com/US/PollVault/story?id=833703#.UKv7y4anLTpshows the public’s majority of support for the Patriot Act, but they are against some more personal security lifts on the FBI.

Week 12 Discussion

To what extent have your CJ105 concept definitions relied on copying definitions from Wikipedia and other Internet sources – is that plagiarism?

I have not actually used the internet for any of my definitions.  The concepts given to us are unique and most cannot be found on the internet easily.  I use the CJ105 book and then think about examples and other prior knowledge I have about the concept after I have read the book and incorporate it into my definition.  I personally think there is no such thing as plagiarism… the dictionary definition is:  the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own.  This would be easy to overcome since, of course, most of the information one has learned was taught by someone else, however, if the source is not stated the audience/readers would obviously think that the author/person’s thoughts were original; so I feel it is a mater of perspective because the author/person knows they learned it from someone/somewhere else but they do not necessarily/have to state that fact.  Personally I feel that the whole thought of plagiarism is quiet stupid and makes no sense… I think people are making a big deal out of nothing.

Week 11 Discussion

How is political speech expressed in social media? Provide some examples that you have seen, or been involved in.

Well, since my artifact presentation was this week and it was on the political freedoms outside of the United States, I have seen quiet a bit of how political speech is expressed in social media.  One of my main focuses of poltical freedom was the use of blogs in China.  Since the Chinese government would monitor the internet, bloggers would use satire and other means to evade the government’s attention.  In the U.S. though, the government doesn’t necessarily monitor political speech on the internet, and there is alot of it on Youtube.  Mainly political expressions on Youtube are video responses or comments to a political video.  Facebook is also a social media where political speech is expressed.  One of my friends wrote on Facebook: “In 4 years, I hope some of you people realize the mistake you made.  When our medical field’s professions are ruined by obamacare and the whole economy is down the toilet,” after the Presidential Election, and he got a political discussion started with his friends who saw his post.