Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
what is real beauty? the reason i choose this essay was because i had agreed with the authors stance in this essay which was people dont know the real meaning about beauty. what stuck out to me was how much was how the author had said that people usually Photoshop people to make them more beautiful during campaigns. another thing i had notice was how the author says that people like to have natural beauty but in reality that is completely false because most people are having plastic surgery to make themselves more beautiful in my opinion the thesis was "is beauty really the only thing people care about." one direct quote that the author used that ties into her thesis was "like the rest of the genetic lottery, beauity is unfair. everyone falls short of perfection, but some are luckier than others. real confidence requires self-knowledge" the reason i choose this quote was because i think this quote was the authors thesis. one question i would as to the class is "what does beauty really mean"
Question: By having seperate schools for boys and girls, would it really be equal?
I want to start off by saying that Deborah Tannen wrote her essay on a very interesting topic. Out of all the times I've spent in class, I've never really thought about the communication skills and the differences between different genders, races, and ages. She lays out her thesis clearly in paragraph two by saying, "One facet of this is conversational style: how different regional, ethnic, and class backgrounds, as well as age and gender, result in different ways of using language to communicate." She concentrates on the gender aspect of communication the most because that one has the most variation. In most cases, the men are the overpowering communicators who like to control the conversation by always contributing. On the other hand, women can play that role too; however, out of most cases, the women are far less talkative than the men. In my opinion, I don't think gender should affect a person's contribution to a discussion. I think it is solely based on confidence and whether the person is shy to speak to a large audience. Can this be the reason we have not yet seen a female as President of the United States? Although there are other factors into that equation, the things Tannen talks about are most certainly an affect. I really like the final paragraph of the essay which said, "The goal of complete equal opportunity in class may not be attainable, but realizing that one monolithic classroom-participation structure is not equal opportunity is itself a powerful motivation to find more-diverse methods to serve diverse students--and every classroom is diverse." I completely agree with Tannen because in all of my years spent in classrooms, I contributed to the diversity and witnessed how being a foreigner could create differences in interpretation. Plus i know most people that come from my country to learn in the US are often extremely shy and prefer not to contribute to discussions. I think Tannen did a great job addressing an issue that often passes over our heads.
Monday, February 20, 2012
The communication essay by Deborah Tannen stuck out to me the most to me because it brought up many different points. It talked about how men and women communicate. Some people believe that when the two genders are separated they learn a lot better but research shows that when the genders are together they learn a better. All my life I've been in classes with a mix of boys and girls and I don't think it had any impact on me as a student. I never really thought about it until I read this essay. There was one thing that I wasn't too sure about in the essay. "Yet speaking in a classroom is more congenial to boys' language experience than to girls', since it entails putting oneself forward in front of a large group of people". What she is saying is that boys work better in larger groups rather than girls. From her study she thinks that if the two sexes were separated they could learn and do better in schools.
Friday, February 17, 2012
When most women think about beauty, all they do is try to put as much make up on as they can. When I read the essay that talks about this situation, I suddenly realized that the true beauty of a women is her character and not they way she dresses. For me, that thought has always been a factor of what I see about women. I see men treat women like they are objects and not human beings. What struck me most about the evidence of the essay is that Tannen and Postrel try to give examples of what happened to their lives and other women that face the same issue when it comes to beauty. The thesis of the essay is that a women's beauty does not show what type of person she is, but what does is her character.
When reading The Truth About Beauty, Virginia Postrel describes how some people were blessed with good looks and others who are not as fortunate. In most advertisements you see women that are drop dead gorgeous. What people don’t know is that underneath all that caked on make-up, is just another woman. So how can hiding what you really look like be beautiful? I believe that being beautiful starts within. Women who are confident with themselves and aren’t afraid to show who they really are, is what I believe to be beautiful. But with many advertisements, it makes it hard for some females to be confident while seeing what is portrayed as beautiful. Even though it’s not your typical commercial, Dove’s commercial containing women of all sizes, helps people see that there is no such thing as perfection and that not all women are stick thin. In the beginning of the commercial they say, “ Every girl deserves to feel beautiful just the way she is,” which is true, everyone has feeling and just because one girl isn’t as beautiful on the outside as the rest, should not be treated like leper. There is nothing wrong with a girl eating a BIG, FAT, JUICY BURGER.
As I read The Truth About Beauty by Virginia Postrel, I was not really all the shocked to read about the fact that what is considered to be beautiful in ads is not really the whole truth. Many companies have been criticized lately for the amount of photo-shopping they do to a photo. One example of was a Ralph Lauren campaign in which they made the model in the ad look unnaturally skinny through all the photo-shopping. What we see everyday and are told is beautiful is unrealistic. I think the thesis of this piece of writing was how distorted America's perception of beauty is through what advertising calls "beauty". The thing that struck me the most in this essay was the information about Dove's Evolution video. I think this shows just how false a lot of what American's are told is true beauty everyday is not real. I think a good quote to describe just how fake beauty is in ads is shown when Postrel writes, "Next comes the digital transformation, as a designer points-and-clicks on the model's photo, giving her a longer, slimmer neck, a slightly narrower upper face, fuller lips, bigger eyes, and more space between her eyebrows and eyes". I think it is really sad that the advertising world and Hollywood change the appearance of people to make them appear to be the perfect woman and make every other average American female feel like they can't measure up to a false beauty. What is more important to you, a beautiful personality or appearance?
When I started to read this article I thought it would be about how every woman is beautiful and how the media has warped that perception. Little did i know this was an article about how beauty is a scientific fact. There is such things that humans look for to show a good mate like symmetry and soft girly features. In a Dove campaign they took a beautiful girl and altered her appearance to show what the media does. the surprising part is that the article shows how they just made a pretty face more beautiful , which shows how the media has given us unrealistic standards. This article argues that there is such a thing as pretty and ugly people.
I think this articles thesis is that there is a harsh reality and there is a scientific fact of beauty; it also states how the media gives us unreal standards for beauty. "there's only one problem: Beauty exists, and it's unevenly distributed. Our eyes and brains pretty consistently like some human forms better than others." Not Everyone is beautiful it is a cold fact, but most every human has flaws and everyone wishes they could be different some how.
Do you think there is such thing as "every woman is beautiful" even with all the scientific evidence?
Thursday, February 16, 2012
In reading this essay it made me think a lot. I thought of the questions she had done research on and what I would prefer. The evidence showed that girls preferred to work in small groups and felt it was easier to speak up. It showed that boys liked to work in bigger groups and have their work criticized. Her thesis was that boys and girls learn differently yet teachers normally teach one way.
In the short film we saw in class today several things struck me as people were uprooted. In a country that as poverty it is difficult to live, even know picking up trash is not enough to buy food and other things needed to live. Families that are up rooted they have family on their mind first. These family members that are separated it is hard for them to communicate if someone is alive, unless having a cell phone making communication easier. Also simple tattoos can have identified family members that were separated for a long period of time. “43,000,000 people have lost some or all their family members do to the killings taking place.
There was a time in my life where I did have to move when I was very young. But, it was not out of state of course. It was because of my parents divorcing each other. Several things came out of this. I got a bigger room, and I could still see my dad ever once and a-while on special occasions with my sister.
If I didn’t have to move I probably would have never quit playing, because where we live now it was too hard find people new people to talk to. This was because we lived in a neighborhood off of Powell road which mostly was switched between the different Olentangy schools in the district. Elementary I switched about four times; and for middle and high school, I switched twice. After each switch I would only talk to people I knew because I was shy and didn’t know others.
My experience in college is great so far. I really haven’t made too many adjustments except for choosing when I want to wake for my classes and enjoy not being in high school. The worst is trying to get my work done when there is distraction at being home. My goals I have are to find some kind of job to help pay for college and a car. Where I can also get some money to put aside for when I need it. My goals aren’t really being met because for me education comes first over finding a job. Also why there not being met is because I can be a little shy at first at times.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
My biggest change in my life was moving from my old house to my new house during my freshman year of high school. It was a really changing factor in my life because not only would I be still going to the same school district, but also I would be forced to adapt into a new environment as well. The new environment was the neighborhood that does not have any kids in it. It was really hard to adapt to a neighborhood that had no other kids in it because I had to spend time with my friends that lived about five or ten miles away from my neighborhood. After a few years, it was really easy to adjust to the environment of the neighborhood.
The adjustments that I made for college is changing my appearance, work habits, and my social life. I changed my appearance so I could be more presentable to people when I engage with them socially. My works habits now have improved since high school because now I get all of my work done on time. My social life is moving forward because now I have many friends that I engage in activities with like going to parties and working with them on projects that is for class work.
To be honest, I've never had a time in my life where I've had to make change in my living situation. My father got his PhD at OSU, and after he married my mother, they moved back here, and I was born in Ohio, and have lived here for my whole entire life. I'm thankful for the life I have. Many of us should feel blessed to live in a war-free, and independent nation, like the United States. We take it for granted from time to time, but we are truly lucky.
One significant adjustment I have had to make in college has been compromising to other peoples' time. I was in a serious car accident in November, and I now don't have my own means of transportation, and depend on my parents for rides. This has been a significant change for me, because I can't just walk to Delaware, like I could my high school, nor is there a public transportation vehicle that would take me there. As far as my learning habits are concerned, I've taken my education far more seriously, as opposed to trudging through my classes, I participate actively in class discussion, and make sure to work my hardest at everything I do. College is a privilege, and we pay our precious dollars for a good education, we ought to make the most of it
Friday, February 10, 2012
About the author Dahlia Lama about him being known as the "holiness" as an Aurthur as stated by Wisdom publications. He has several books he wrote on how to be compassionate and devote our to developing our own peace of mind. Also how more we care for the happiness of others, the greater our own peace of mind and to do so we must develop compassion for other in order to be truly happy. As an holly writer he takes to non-violence by writing teaching that may help out during worst times. Some of his greatest books can be found on the website below.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Tibet consists of the high mountains, lakes and rivers lying between Central, East and South Asia. Tibet also has some of the world's tallest mountains. Tibet is considered to be divided into two parts, the "lake region" in the west and north-west, and the "river region."Both regions receive limited amounts of rainfall as they lie in the shadows of the Himalaya Mountains. Tibet has a rainy season and dry season, with the rainfall being very unbalanced. In spring and winter it tends to be dry and windy. During the rainy season, which runs from June to September, the rain fall increases dramatically. The economy of Tibet is dominated by subsistence agriculture. what this means is the livestock is the primary occupation in Tibet. Tibet's main source of economic income come from there sheep, cattle, goats, camels, yaks, donkeys and horses. The main crops grown are wheat, buckwheat, rye, potatoes, oats, rapeseed, cotton and assorted fruits and vegetables.
My favorite passage came from Dali Lama's nobel piece prize speech. what he said was "Responsiblity does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to a particular job it lies with each one of us individually when our community is in a inner state of piece, it can that piece with neighboring communities."
the reason i choose this quote is because i agree with Dali Lama that us as people hold the crucial component to reach inner peace. another reason why i choose this passage is because Dali Lama's non violent ways and the way he proposed to settle controversial disputes.
- Gendun Drup was the very first Dalai Lama
- He lived during the years 1391–1474
- Drubpa founded two major monasteries, Drepung and Tashillhunpo In 1447, Gendun Drup founded the great monastery of Tashilhunpo at Shigatse, which later became the seat of the Panchen Lamas
- Gendun Drup had no political power. It was in the hands of viceroys such as the Sakyas, the prince of Tsang, and the Mongolian Khan
- He remained the abbot of Tashilhunpo Monastery until he died while meditating in 1474 at the age of 84
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- Another pas Lalai Lama was Thubten Gyatso
- Gyatso lived from 1876–1933
- He died in 1933 at age 57. His was enthronement was in 1978
- On December 1908, when he returned to Tibet he began reorganizing the government, but the Qing sent a military expedition of its own to Tibet during 1910 and he had to flee to India
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What is the situation with the new railroad from Shanghai to Tibet? What did this project cost and why do some in Tibet see it as a threat?
A railroad was constructed was first proposed in 1917-1920 to be 100,000 km long and travel through China into Tibet. Because of a lack of funds and technology, it was not completed for many years. They started building a small portion of it in 1959. The majority of the railroad was not built until 2001 and took 5 years to complete. The first passanger train to travel along the railroad was not until 2006. The highest point of the railroad is 16,640 feet above sea level. These high elevations have caused some deaths among passengers, and it is not required that every passenger has access to an oxygen mask and one doctor travels in every passenger train. There are 45 train stations with a plan of adding 13 more. The cost of production was about $3.68 billion. Some Tibet people see this railroad as a threat because they feel China built it to strengthen their control over Tibet and would encourage more Han immigration from China.
Here is a link about the first passenger train to travel the railroad: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2006-10/01/content_700851.htm
My favorite passage was in The Resolution of Spirit. It was the fifth paragraph when Aung San Suu Kyi's son said "It is on their behalf that I thank you, from my heart, for the supreme honour. The Burmese people can today hold their heads a little higher in the knowledge that in this far distant land their suffering has been heard and heeded". I like this passage because I feel like it shows the fact that the Burmese people have been suffering for a long time without feeling support or care from the outside world. It had to be hard for them to go through all of this and feel completely alone and powerless. When he talks about the fact that they know they have finally been heard, I think it was probably a huge relief for a lot of people living there knowing they could get more help now and that people from far off in the world cared about their well beings.
My favorite quote is from the Revolution of the Spirit the speech for Aung San suu Kyi. Her son tells us how she would feel today if she were to give the speech. Aung has beliefs that make her feel strongly against violence. Her son speaks: "I know that if she were free today my mother would in thanking you also ask you to pray that the oppressed should throw down their weapons and join together to build a nation founded on humanity in the spirit of peace." Aung wants to solve the problems in Burma though peace not war. She would want them to "throw down their weapons" and fight with humanity and in the spirit of peace.
What is Aung Sun's situation currently?
Since Aung had received the prize she has been released from arrest and is now running for parliamentary seats in Burma. She is traveling across the country campaigning for the position. The government in Burma is beginning reforms to become more democratic. Even though, the government is working on reforms the junta biased army still has control. The army is most likely to receive most of the seats in the upper and lower parliament. Many political prisoners have been released through the reforms to the government.
The Nobel Peace prize is given on behalf of the Swedish industrialist and inventor Alfred Nobel to the people who have "done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses." Some winners of the prize including the 14th Dalai Lama in 1989, are Barack Obama in 2009, Jimmy Carter in 2002, Martin Luther King Jr. in 1964, Nelson Mandela in 1993, Theodore Roosevelt in 1903, and Al Gore in 2007. There are many other winners to one of the biggest prize in the world today, and these are the ones most people are familiar with.
Nobles Prizes found here:
In the speech Inner Peace and Human Rights my favorite line was "without inner peace, no matter how comfortable your life is materially, you may still be worried, disturbed or unhappy because of circumstance." I like this quote because I think it has a good meaning. No one can be happy when they have a conflict with themselves first. It has to be settled and then you can truly be happy and peaceful. I find that true with anything. If countries or nations are at war, the people that make up the country will not be happy or undisturbed until everything is settled. The Dalai Lama won the peace prize in 1989 when he was dealing with Tibet and China having conflict.
My question was why did Burma change its name to Myanmar? I did some research on this topic and came up with that In 1989, the military officially changed the English version of the country’s name from Burma to Myanmar. They also made changes to the English versions of many other places in the country. Myanmar is the written name of the country, whereas Burma is the oral name. I found that many opposition groups and countries continue today to still use Burma because they don't want to recognize the ruling military government or any authority in that matter that have the power to rename the country. To read more about Burma continue on to https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/bm.html
"However, it is my deepest hope that it will not be in the face of complete economic collapse that the regime will fall, but that the ruling junta my yet heed such appeals to basic humanity as that which the Nobel Committee has expressed in its award of this year's Prize." (Aung San Suu Kyi, The Revolution of Spirit(1991), Essay Connections 597). This passage is significant to me because it basically describes why Aung San Suu Kyi is receiving that Nobel Peace Prize for humane efforts to bring freedom and equality to the people of Myanmar. It also stands out to the oppressed people in Myanmar and to the government as well.
The current leader of Myanmar is President Thein Sein. He entered office Feb. 3, 2011, after the last dictator resigned from office and gave him the office and to become prime minister of Myanmar. Then last year in February, the parliament of Myanmar decided to put him in office as President of Myanmar. Since he just took power last year, he has transformed the country from a totalitarian state into a parliamentary democracy.
The Noble Prize was bequeathed by the Swedish industrialist and inventor Alfred Nobel. The prize was established in 1895. The Nobel Peace Prize is frequently described as the most prestigious prize among the Nobel Prizes, and indeed, as "the world's most prestigious prize". The recipient of a Noble Prize is selected by the Norwegian Nobel Committee, a 5-member committee appointed by the Parliament of Norway. Alfred stated this is how it should be done in his will. Along with the Noble Peace Prize there are four other categories Chemistry, Physics, Physiology or Medicine, and Literature.
The other four categories are awarded in Stockholm Sweden by The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet, and the Swedish Academy. the Noble Peace Prize is awarded in Oslo City Hall in Oslo, Norway by the Norwegian Noble Institute. Since 1901 92 Noble Peace Prizes have been awarded. It has not been awarded on 19 occasions. 62 Peace Prizes have been given to one Laureate only, 28 Peace Prizes have been shared by two Laureates, and 2 Peace Prizes has been shared between three persons. (http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/shortfacts.html) The prizes winners receive a medal, personal diploma, and a cash award. The money comes from the Noble estate. As stated in Noble's will, one part [the peace prize] was dedicated to "the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses".
This was my favorite quote from The Revolution of Spirit, "It is on their behalf that I thank you, from the heart, for this supreme honour. the Burmese people can today hold their heads a little higher in the knowledge that in this distant land their suffering has been heard and heeded." I liked this quote best because it shows the world and the people of Burma that we do care. We care about their plight and want to help them with their problems. It shows that the rest of the world is not turning a blind eye to the countries in trouble. Just the fact that the world knew Aung San Suu Kyi's story is enough to show the countries going through a revolution we do care. We want to help bring democracy to these people. We respect that fact that you are doing this in a non violent way.
Aung San Suu Kyi did a lot with her non violent movement. Her party won the elections but the results were voided by the military state. She spent 16 years under house arrest and didn't want to be released even to see her dying husband. She was very focused on her movement and the cause. I respect her so much for what she did. Her son wrote a very moving speech as well.