Thursday, February 19, 2015

GT Seminar II: Roger Ebert

     Within the past few days we have talked about Roger Ebert and his philosophy on life. Honestly, I can say that even with my limited knowledge on Roger Ebert this man has inspired me. His outlook on life is very inspiring to me because it really made me question myself. He says, "I believe that if, at the end of it all, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do." It really makes me aspire to be someone that makes other people happy. In addition, to that it makes me realize that before I can make anyone else happy I must make myself happy first. Overall, Roger Ebert had a really big impact on me. 
     In addition to that his philosophies have helped me help others. Actually, this past weekend a friend of mine was having an exceptionally bad week. She was far too worried about helping and fixing things for other people rather than herself and that was really hurting her. So, to help her out I actually just sent her that quote. We spent a lot of time talking about it and I really think it helped open her eyes. In conclusion, I think some people manage to swim in hard situations because they can see they cant really control what happens but they can control how they react and the best way is to react in a way that makes you happy. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

GT Seminar II: Racism in America

     In the past few weeks we have discussed different topics revolving around racism and it really sparks a lot of emotions. One of the biggest things that we discussed for me was cultural appropriation. It was a topic that I knew about and have experienced but I could never really put a name to the experience. These past few discussions have helped me do so. Basically, cultural appropriation is when you are expected to act a certain way or do a certain thing based on your culture from the people in your culture. That is what I have learned from the discussions that we've had. That also goes along with code switching which is changing the way you talk or act depending on who you are around. Personally, I have experienced this because I change the way I talk in school verses at home. At home I generally act with an Egyptian mentality because that is how I am expected to act. While in school, I act more "Americanized". There are certain expectations and standards that are set by each culture which they are expected to follow. Many cultures see you as the other if you do not act the way they expect you to.
     Personally, I feel like this is wrong. I feel this a reason why stereotypes arise. If there are set expectations within the culture already how do you expect other people to stereotype you based on that expectation? I feel like it is important for people within a culture to accept one another. I think that it is important realize that you cannot expect others to do what you will not do yourself.
     In addition to cultural appropriation another topic that we discussed that really struck me was intersectionality. This is basically discrimination based on two or more aspects of your life. This was a very hard and large concept for me. I didn't realize that there were so many subgroups when it came to discrimination. I personally thought that there was just several large groups. This part of the research and discussions were very enlightening to me.
     This whole part of the discussion made me think back to the video we first watched when we started this unit. The phrase that I remembered the most is that we need to stop labeling each other and start seeing one another as just human. If we stopped putting labels on one another intersectionality wouldn't even be a thing. In the same way when feminists advocate women's rights I feel like they need to advocate all women's rights because many black women see more hardships when it comes to being treated equal than white women. Overall, I feel like its important to make sure when you are in a movement like feminism that you are advocating all women not just a certain sect of feminism. In conclusion, this unit made a large impact on me nd it really opened my eyes to some things that I had never really noticed.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Passion Project Update #1

So far on my passion project I feel like I haven't done much except for some research. I mainly just read and analyzed an article on first impressions. I read an article on an experiment by Princeton and took notes on it. My only obstacle so far has been getting easily distracted while I research but I have started to move around the room to get away from different distractions. My next step is to actually talk to the professionals that I said I would reference and see their take on first impressions and what they were taught about it when they were in college.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Empathic Civilization

After listening to Jeremy Rifkin discuss empathy and different ways we as a society can come together I have began to think about how we can really bring out our "emphathic sociability". I personally think that if we were to just put ourselves in one another's shoes we could become an empathetic society. Like Dr. Pattie Thomas says we need to realize that hatred is a waste of resources. If we were all to realize that the time and energy we spend on hatred "could be used to pursue much more productive endeavors" we would all put the hatred away and become more empathetic towards EVERYONE around us. 
Going along with that, I feel like one of humanity's most pressing issues is hatred. So many people hate one another for invalid reasons. I myself, am guilty of that. However, I feel like if we put aside that hatred and began to think of everyone as equal we would begin to feel empathy for everyone as we do for our friends and family. I think that by eliminating this hate we would stop putting everyone under certain labels and begin to think everyone as just human. If we were to do this I think we actually could extend our empathy to the entire human race.
If you think back to Rifkin's speech you will hear him reference the fact that countries are actually "fictions" that we use to group ourselves together. If we stop this grouping we could and we would extend our empathy to the entire human race.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Photography Passion Project Check

Over the past couple of Fridays I've been trying to be as productive as possible with my passion project and not wasting too much time. For the most part I'm doing pretty well. There were a couple Fridays that slacked of and didn't get much done. What I have completed so far is most of the research portion of my project. I could probably get a little bit more research but I've completed around 80% of it. 

The only obstacles I'e really faced is not being able to stay focused or having some sort of shortened class period. The next few steps I need to take are:
  1. Complete research
  2. Look at and mimic famous/ interesting photos
  3. Take a few of my own photos
  4. Put everything in a presentation
Within the next couple weeks I need to really focus to get everything done. To do this I'm going to start looking for pictures to mimic at home and focus on finishing my research in class. For the most part I feel like I'm a little bit behind schedule but if I follow the right plan in the next couple of weeks I can get back on track.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Passion Project Updates & Reflections

         Over the past 8 weeks I feel like I have gotten a lot done in my passion project however I wish I had achieved a lot more than I have. So far I have created three surveys and sent a lot of them out. In addition, after getting the results i started analyzing them and began my powerpoint. I honestly wasnt very productive all of the work days we had to work. I feel like if I had worked all the days I would have finished my powerpoint by now. Some obstacles I've had was finding a way to present my information. Although I decided on a powerpoint I still want to look for a more interesting way to present the information. I plan to continue on my powerpoint or look for a better way to present my information. I also want to create little note cards for my actual presentation. 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

William Shakespeare

        In the world there are thousands of outliers. Some of them are heard of whereas other aren't as well known. Outliers can be intelligent in 3 different ways. They can have creative, analytical, or practical intelligence. One of the most well known outliers in history is William Shakespeare. He was a great poet and playwright. I think Shakespeare's highest intelligence was  his creative intelligence because he managed to write so many plays and poems. However, if you look at Shakespeare's childhood you can see that there may have been many advantages in his life that caused his success. one big advantage that shakespeare seemed to have was that his parents were pretty well off.
        His father was a member of the municipal council as well as a successful glover (a maker of gloves). In addition Shakespeare is thought to be educated at the King's New School in Stratford. At that time people weren't generally educated so this gave Shakespeare a big advantage. He got to learn a lot more about literature than common people did. This allowed him to expand his vocabulary and become a better writer. This became an accumulative advantage for him. He would have always been better than other common poets because he learned grammar and literature at a young age.
        In conclusion Shakespeare is a very successful outlier. He managed to do what he wanted (write plays and have them performed) and make a living out of it. I think Shakespeare's success was partially intelligence and partially an accumulative advantage. Shakespeare had to have been really creative to write the plays and poems that he did. However, if he hadn't gone to a school he would have accumulated the skills that he did. Overall, Shakespeare's success was a combination of creative intelligence and accumulative advantage.