Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Blog #9: Starting a Discussion

Are school dress codes worth it? During 2009 to 2010 school year, 19 percent of public schools required student uniforms and 57 percent of public schools enforced a strict dress code, according to National center for Education Statistics. A strict dress code might include rules regarding the type of fabric, color or styles and most importantly the type of logos or images. Although a school dress-code policy includes both pros and cons, there are some specific problems it can cause for students.

Kids who follow a strict dress-code policy at school are limited in expression, especially if the dress code also places restrictions and rules on other features, such as hairstyles. While prohibiting clothing with slogans can cut back on disagreements and controversies, it can also reduce the students' freedom to express personal, political and religious views.

A strict dress code can place the focus of school on clothing and rules, rather than on education. A dress code can actually hurt a child's opportunity to learn about other lifestyles, cultures and styles. This can make your child less prepared for a future work place, where he will need to adapt to different clothing expressions and find a balance between blending in and expressing his individuality.

Strict dress-code policies can be a financial burden for families on top of their educational costs, such as books, additional class fees, schools supplies and in some cases, tuition. This can cause a problem for kids whose parents lack money for other educational opportunities or extracurricular activities.

There are also potential benefits from dress codes, as well. According to, dress code policies and school uniforms and encourage discipline, diminish social barriers and increase a student's sense of belonging. The existence of a dress code or uniforms can also help to identify intruders in school. You will need to learn the school's rules regarding dress thoroughly to determine if it's the right thing for your school.

Do you think BHS should have a dress code?

Here is an interesting article on on a teen that was asked to cover up partially exposed shoulder at a high school dance or this one about dress codes humiliating young teenage girls.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Blog #8: Where do you get your news?

When you read the news, sometimes it can feel like the only things reported are terrible, depressing events. Why does the media focus on the bad things in life, rather than the good? It isn't that these are the only things that happen. It might be because most journalists are drawn to reporting bad news and maybe because disasters are compelling to the eye than success is to the brain. Another possibility could be that we, as the readers or viewers, have trained journalists to focus on these things. A lot of people say that they would prefer good news, but how do you really feel about that?

What makes a story newsworthy? A story with only average interest needs to be told quickly, if it is to be told at all. If it happened today, it's news. If the same thing happened last week, it's no longer interesting. Also the number of people affected by the story is important. A plane crash in which hundreds of people died is more significant than a crash killing a dozen. In my opinion, stories which happen near to us have more significance. The closer to home, the more newsworthy it is. Famous people get more coverage just because they are famous. If you break your arm it won't make the news, but if Lebron James breaks his arm then it's big news. Human interest stories are a bit of a special case. They often disregard the main rules of newsworthiness; for example, they don't date as quickly, they don't need to affect a large number of people, and it may not matter where in the world the story takes place.

Whom people choose to associate with is their opinion and no one else is business. Making people feel bad for their personal decisions is selfish and completely immature. People who are unable to mind their own business are most likely internally miserable. They seek to find faults within others just to make themselves feel better and that's what the news likes to focus on.

Offering insight to a friend whose present situation seems distressed can be helpful at times but there is only so much advice you can give without pushing the limits. Even if you don’t agree with what someone else is doing sometimes, you need to take a backseat and let them make their own mistakes.

"The media has changed. We now give broadcast licenses to philosophies instead of people. People get confused and think there is no difference between news and entertainment. People who project themselves as journalists on television don't know the first thing about journalism. They are just there stirring up a hockey game," said Gary Ackerman

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Blog #7: Satire

Satire is generally to point out the faults in people, satirists often rely on exaggeration to make some kind of point.

The purpose of satire is usually to make some kind of moral or political change in society through the use of critical humor. A satirist will choose a subject or person with whom he finds faults and use humor to make those faults obvious. Many satirists hope that the humor will have a corrective effect, almost like a punishment for bad behavior, ultimately leading people to change the way they behave and discouraging others from behaving the same way in the future.

Many artists consider the purpose of satire to be an important thing for society, satires have been created for nearly every artistic medium in existence. For example, a horror movie with a humorous slant, showing teenagers misbehaving and being chased by some kind of monster, can be seen as a kind of satire. A more classical example of satire is the political cartoon, which allows the satirist to explore the political issues of the day through the use of humorous imagery. Sketch comedy television shows like "Saturday Night Live" and American talk show hosts like Conan O’Brien and Jon Stewart often mix parody and satire at different times, with some moments more dedicated to pure humor while others aim to change public opinion or point out flaws in our society.

Here is the best play of Mark Sanchez's NFL career.

Richie Incognito made racial slurs to Jonathan Martin in the 2013 NFL Season. He was suspended from the team and Martin ended up quitting the team after the fact. Way to be a good role-model for all of the young kids out there looking up to you.

You can decide on this one? Corey Brewer's or Jeremy Lin's?

It's moments like this when you realize the true character of a person. No need to shove an assistant aside like that.

When Ortiz gets angry you want to get out of his way and just let him do his thing.

Luis Suarez must really love to drink blood from other player's shoulders.

If you can't call these flops then you're crazy.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Blog #5: Design

In-Design is something that I have started to enjoy doing because it is fun to make designs related to myself and my peers around me. All of the different type of features you can make on In-Design is pretty cool. I only know the basics of it, but it's still fun to make them. I made a couple of designs that I am pretty proud of because I never thought I could make something that could look so good on a page. There are so many different types of choices you can make on your design, but the one that I think is the most important is color. It's one of the most basic things about Design, but color is something that you can think about for hours. Color can make or break your design because that is what describes your page. If you want to make it warm and inviting you should use calm colors, but if you want to have it dark and scary then you should use more of a dark type of color.

When I first started to do In-Design I thought it was a waste of time for me because I wanted to work on my writing, but after a while I started to enjoy it and I actually started to fine a purpose by doing journalism in a different type of style. I hope to use In-Design for future projects in Journalism and also in other projects that I will have to do for high school and college. I am starting to realize that In-Design is used by so many different types of companies. For example Sports Illustrated uses Design on so many different types of articles and they do such a great job.

Design has influenced the decisions I have made because every day when I wake up in the morning I decide what type of clothes I wear by the type of design that is on them. If I want to look really nice I will wear a sweater with some cool jeans but if I feel lazy I will wear a sweatshirt with some sweatpants. You make so many different type of judgments with design. You will instantly judge something that you will see and decide if you like it or not. Design has such a huge impact in our lives and we wear, make, see and think about designs almost every day.

Work that I have done on In-Design

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Blog #4: Choice

Choice is such a powerful thing because we make so many choices every day. You may not think that we do but from the morning we wake up until we go to bed at night we make about a thousand decisions each day. The power of choice is pretty remarkable and you have to live up to them each and every day. Not all decisions we make are the right ones but that's why choice is so crazy.

The choices I make about the news is choosing Fox News over MSNBC because I am a republican and I usually watch Fox News more than any other type of news channel. It's nothing against MSNBC but they are mostly a democratic news channel and I usually get frustrated when I watch there news. In my opinion they are very bias but Fox News is bias as well. I feel that Fox News try to balance out the two sides by supporting each of them.

I am not quite sure about online news because in my opinion I rather watch news on TV than read information about it online. I understand things more when I watch things on you tube or TV because I have better time processing things than just reading info on a computer. Other people might understand things more when they read information online or in newspapers etc. There are so many sites online that you are not even sure you can trust because they might have inaccurate information or misleading to the person's eye.

When people have more choices to choose from we will probably have a harder time deciding what we want. For example you're at Cherry Berry and you want chocolate ice cream and then you have 20 different types of toppings to choose from. It might take you about 10 minutes just to decide what you would like on your ice cream. Once you buy that ice cream there is no turning back and changing your decision. We sometimes will regret our choices but we should learn from them so we won't make the same mistake again.

Your brain doesn't forget the bad choices you've made in the past. It keeps emotional memories from these experiences and uses them as the background for future decisions. These memories can lead to flaws in judgment. Studies suggest that the end of an experience has more influence on our memories than the overall experience. When asked which experiment they'd like to repeat, study subjects chose a long, unpleasant experience with a more pleasant ending than a shorter unpleasant experience that didn't have an uptick at the end. In my opinion that is pretty interesting to hear and read about.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Blog #3: The Future of Journalism

Are newspapers becoming irrelevant? About 23% of Americans who say they read a print newspaper the previous day continues to drop, falling 18 points over the last decade. Over the past decade, there have been smaller declines in the percentage of Americans reading a magazine or book in print than for newspapers. While print sources have suffered readership losses in recent years, television news viewership has remained more stable. Currently, 55% say they watched the news or a news program on television yesterday little has changed in recent years. But there are signs this might also change. Only a third of those younger than 30 say they watched TV news yesterday and in 2006, nearly half of young people said they watched TV news the prior day. Among older age groups, the percentages saying they watched TV yesterday hasn't changed significantly over this period.

What I have come to understand about newspapers right now is that they are plummeting and will be irrelevant in the near future. About 100 years from now when I am dead, I predict all newspapers will be either read online or they won't even make a daily newspaper because the people who make them won't get any money to keep the business alive. We have so much technology at our fingertips and more people are on their phone these days than ever before. Cell phone ownership hits 91% of adults and the ages from 18-34 about 87% of people own a cell phone. The cell phone is the most quickly adopted consumer technology in the history of the world.

On our Future of Journalism project we made an app called Kiosk News. In this app you can choose the topics you want to read about like Sports, Entertainment, Breaking News,etc. You can like stories by clicking on the star in the corner of the article to show our journalists and others around the world that you like that story. We decided that our app would make money by putting ads before the articles. If you wanted to remove the ads you would have to pay an extra 0.99 cent fee. The things I learned about this project are that apps will have more and more technology on them for years to come. I think we did a good job at explaining what the app is and how it can benefit you. Things that I would like to do different next time is that I would like to just have journalists for Kiosk News so we wouldn't have to worry about taking stories from other companies. This can be applied to future projects because every app is different and they all have their benefits but what is fun about it is that you can put your spin on the project. The project I liked the most was the News app because the app looked easy to use and it looked like you could get a lot of info on that one app.