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    The Name that Changed the World

    George Floyd, an innocent Black man, was arrested by Minneapolis police officers this past summer in a way that many would describe as ‘inhumane.’ Officer Derek Chauvin was seen on video pinning Floyd to the ground using his knee...

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    • I really liked the whole message of the last paragraph, and I agree where you talked about how divided we are as a country. I also strongly agree with the last statement and think this whole thing was very well written

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    The Effects of Media

    As we know, language can be used to inform others, both in a positive or negative manner about a multitude of subjects on many different platforms. Social media platforms are both a blessing and a curse, in my opinion....

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    • Amanda,

      I like how you touched on how we need to try our best to avoid only reaching out and talking to people over social media once the pandemic is over. Misleading information is very common nowadays and once an individual views that site they believe everything it said is true, which can be bad. I agree it’s important to really rationalize the amount of media we put into our lives daily because it consumes the majority of our lives.

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    Chris Watts: From Father to Felon

    The years 2018 and 2019 should’ve been thrilling years for the Watt’s family after finding out that they were expecting a baby to join their two girls, Bella & Celeste, but it was the complete opposite. Chris & Shanann...

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    Language in the Media

    Language is a part of our everyday lives, through speaking, writing, reading, typing, and even through body and facial movements. Even though we don't think normally about it in this way, language shapes the way we view people and...

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    • Dear Amanda, I’m very interested in your post “Language in the media” because a lot of communication and who we use our language is not faced to face and much as it used to be, Now is by typing something whit your fingers and posting it in social media. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is “Language can also be used to inform others, both in a positive or negative manner about a multitude of subjects on many different platforms”. I think this is important because many people out there use language to affect others and not as much to help them or to inform other people.
      Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I really like the way you put your ideas and beliefs in the text.

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    The Battle with Our Brain

    Single stories are seen everywhere by everyone, even though you may not notice it. A single story, as described by author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, is “the overly simplistic and sometimes false perceptions we form about individuals, groups, or countries”...

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    • Amanda,
      Thank you so much for this post! I know how difficult it is to make your mental struggles public and open yourself up to criticism and the opinions of others. That being said, you mention the harmful “stigma” surrounding mental health and I believe that the best way to address this serious topic is through actions like yours, not treating real suffering as an illusion. I specifically like how you connect the harmful perceptions of mental illness to the impacts of single stories and not being open with yourself and others. Discussing topics like these with friends and approaching others’ hardships with an open mind is the first step to a more accepting and healthy environment. Again, I really enjoyed this piece and I’m excited to hear more from you!

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