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    Movie on 4-29-18 at 10.02 PM

    I chose to record a passage from Shakespeare’s Othello during Act I, Scene III, Lines 208-218 and I played Desdemona, who is Othello’s beloved wife in the play. I learned that the imp

    Othello: Recording A Passage

    Movie on 4-29-18 at 10.02 PM I chose to record a passage from Shakespeare’s Othello during Act I, Scene III, Lines 208-218 and I played Desdemona, who is Othello’s beloved wife in the play. I learned that the impact of...

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    In the following passage of the play, Othello, Desdemona’s father is upset with her for lacking in being dutiful to him. As he lectures her, Desdemona stands up for what she believes is the right thing to do and

    Othello: Close Reading

    In the following passage of the play, Othello, Desdemona's father is upset with her for lacking in being dutiful to him. As he lectures her, Desdemona stands up for what she believes is the right thing to do and...

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    According to an article called “Teens: this is how social media affects your brain”, one scientist claims that using social media is “… just a way we have of adapting to our environment”, while another claims

    Argumentative Essay Research Week 4

    According to an article called “Teens: this is how social media affects your brain”, one scientist claims that using social media is “... just a way we have of adapting to our environment”, while another claims that “... social...

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    • Bella,
      This is a very impressive article with a very impressive amount of words. I can tell your very passionate about this and that it admirable. I agree with you that technology has changed and become an outlet for more bullying. It makes it easier for bullies to hid and is easier for the victim to get hit. It is very tough to monitor since almost every kid has a smartphone these days. What ways do you think we could combat this without changing society completely?
      Helpful Link: https://www.lawnow.org/cyber-bullying-bullying-through-technology/

    • Bella,
      You had a lot of great information regarding technology and how as of recent it has changed our exposure to bullying. After reading your article it made me wonder what we can do in the future to help children avoid bullying. It seems like there is so much good and bad that can come from cell phones that it would be extremely difficult to decide what would be best. You might find this article from psychology today interesting https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/media-spotlight/201604/does-technology-make-bullying-easier. I appreciate how passionate you are about your topic, and I look forward to hearing more.

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    While researching the effects that social media has on an individual’s brain I discovered a book review on, “i-Minds: How Cell Phones, Computers, Gaming, and Social Media are Changing our Brains, our Behavior, and

    What are the Effects of Social Media on the Teenage Brain?

    While researching the effects that social media has on an individual’s brain I discovered a book review on, “i-Minds: How Cell Phones, Computers, Gaming, and Social Media are Changing our Brains, our Behavior, and the Evolution of our Species”....

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    I recently discovered an article called “‘PauseApp’ Breakthrough: Helping Adults Fight Social Media Anxiety, Depression” that talks about a new app that can help adults fight social media anxiety and depression.

    Argumentative Essay Research Part II

    I recently discovered an article called "'PauseApp' Breakthrough: Helping Adults Fight Social Media Anxiety, Depression" that talks about a new app that can help adults fight social media anxiety and depression. Not only has social media mentally affected teenagers,...

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    “A basic assumption of human behavior is that people pursue pleasure and seek to avoid pain. Then why is it that some people seem content to wallow in their misery, even boasting about it as some sort of badge o

    Argumentative Essay Research Part I

    “A basic assumption of human behavior is that people pursue pleasure and seek to avoid pain. Then why is it that some people seem content to wallow in their misery, even boasting about it as some sort of badge...

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    • Bella,
      Really cool post! Something I would be interested in you writing a bit more about: is the “Boasting about it as some sort of badge of honor”. I have noticed a surge on social media of self depreciational humor and the oh so casual “this makes me want to kill myself” posts. Something really scary about this is the reaction that it receives: thousands of reposts with comments such as “lol relateable”. I completely understand that humor is a way of coping, and I even find myself laughing along with this, but I feel as though this could be really dangerous. Seeing self deprecation as a norm can’t be healthy for your well being.

      Anyways, I think it would be cool if you talked more about this trend. Looking forwards to it!

    • Bella!
      I love your topic! Its super interesting. Being sad is one of the many inevitability of life and it isn’t always a bad thing. Feeling sad is a natural reaction and I’m sure has some evolutionary advantage that I would love to learn more about. Addiction requires a dependency on substance, action, or in this case, a feeling. Just like how we like a certain high we can like the feeling of sadness. I’m interested to see how our bodies and brain change when we are ” addicted” to sadness. I look forward to more of your post my love!
      thanks!

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    “The clock has run out on sexual assault, harassment and inequality in the workplace. It’s time to do something about it.” The #timesup is being used to spread awareness of women’s rights and equality, and it is a

    Times Up

    “The clock has run out on sexual assault, harassment and inequality in the workplace. It’s time to do something about it.” The #timesup is being used to spread awareness of women’s rights and equality, and it is a unified...

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    • I found your post very empowering. I have payed attention to the news and seen all different types of protest about sexual assault in the business place. I think this a topic that needs to be talked about more but in the right manner. I think right now people are only scratching the surface. I would really like to see more action from men in Hollywood trying to make a change in the business world by acknowledging their wrong doings and finding solutions for a better future. I also found very interesting when Natalie Portman specifically pointed out how there were only men directors nominated for a big time award. I think it is time fir women to go out of their boundary and try new things and fro men to support their ideas. This will take time but this times up movement is a great start. Here is a link on how women have improved the film industry if you would like to dive deeper in the topic.

      The Year of the Woman: 5 Ways Female Filmmakers, Actresses, and Advocates Forever Changed Hollywood in 2017

    • Hello Bella,
      Your post is really informative and well-written, and I’m thankful that you took the time to write out this issue. The topic of sexual assault needs to be talked about more, as people usually overlook this issue. The truth is that many women face sexual assault everyday, and no authority is doing anything to lessen the problem, so it’s great that a movement has started to speak out and raise awareness.
      I also like your statistic on the discrimination upon women of color; it shows how sexism that is prevalent today. Your post is extremely motivating and helpful.
      ps you should visit our blog— we’re also trying to fight for women: http://fight4victims.home.blog

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    Today people are incredibly addicted to the most widely loved thing, technology and social media. It has had a great toll on children and teens over the years by inhibiting their conversation skills and

    How is the decrease in face-to-face communication affecting people today?

    Today people are incredibly addicted to the most widely loved thing, technology and social media. It has had a great toll on children and teens over the years by inhibiting their conversation skills and face-to-face interactions with other people....

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    • As the generation who has grown up with social media and texting, it’s surprising to learn that the decrease in face-to-face communication that it has caused is detrimental to our development. Speaking from personal experience, about a decade of my life was social media and texting free, so I feel like our generation has the basis of how to interact with other people. But with the age of social media users and cell phone owners getting younger and younger, I think kids are losing that knowledge. It would be interesting to see how the negative impacts you discuss in your post effect these generations later in life, when it comes to holding jobs. If you;d like to continue your research, this article provides more insight into how the decrease in face-to-face communication is affecting people, especially kids: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/09/children-texting-technology-social-skills_n_1137570.html

    • Bella,
      thank you for sharing this. This is such an important topic right now, and I believe that we must find a way to control it before it gets out of hand. I agree with Anna’s comment above mine, wherein our generation did luck out. We grew up with a good ten or so years before technology really took over. Therefore I believe that we do have communication skills and have not been too scarred by social media and technology. However, the younger generations do not know any different. Their whole lives have been iPods, iPads, iPhones, etc. It worries me that maybe they truly will not know how to hold a real, authentic conversation as they get older. This is such a scary topic, thank you so much for sharing.
      -Ellie

    • Bella,
      I addressed something similar to your idea in my post as well. It is becoming extremely devastating and frustrating to see kids become addicted. I have seen it firsthand with some of my cousins, who have been so addicted to video games and technology that they can’t separate from it, or else they can’t sleep at night. It is truly detrimental and scary to our society. I found in my last post that it affects our relationships so negatively, and runs our emotions high, like you said about the wrong way in which we perceive messages. Thank you for your take on this issue.

    • Hey there! I really enjoyed your piece, and found it very informative. I had no idea that when kids have their phones taken away, they may show signs similar that of drug addiction withdrawals. That is absolutly crazy to me, and very alarming. I think that technology is really hurting the youth (kids in elementary school). I have definitely seen a change in how I grew up vs the average kid growing up right now. I can also tell that kids do have a hard time with face-to-face communication, they always seem uncomfortable and they can never hold a conversation. I think technology use for kids should be diminished. Thanks for a great read.
      Jessica

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    I recently found a new fascination for mythology throughout history and in our world today. I previously read about myths in books and articles online, but upon discovering a podcast called Lore, I dove deeper

    How is mythology significant in our daily lives?

    I recently found a new fascination for mythology throughout history and in our world today. I previously read about myths in books and articles online, but upon discovering a podcast called Lore, I dove deeper into learning about myths...

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    • Bella,
      This was a really interesting post to read. I personally love mythology. I don’t know much about the urban legends and urban myths that were conjured up to explain fear, but I do know some interesting myths. One that I find particularly interesting is the Pimuvit myth of how the sky got its stars. It’s said that animals angered a Goddess and she put a blanket over the sky, all the large animals tried to take it down but were all too weak. A group of hummingbirds then tried to shed light and poked holes through the blanket in the sky to create stars (this myth also helps to explain why hummingbirds will fly strait up into the sky until they faint of exhaustion). The Goddess was pleased that the hummingbirds were working together so she pulled the blanket off the sky during the day, but put it back in the night to remind the animals of what the hummingbirds did. To go back to mythology being an explanation for fear though, I found this page talking about urban legends in each different state. http://www.thesleepparalysisproject.org/about-sleep-paralysis/symptoms/ I think this is a really interesting post and I hope you write more about it in the future

    • This is truly very fascinating. I am also very interested in myths and folklore and am interested to listen to the podcast that you have described and I hope that you write more on this topic.

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    Every year on the night of October 31, kids dress up and walk from door to door to say “Trick or Treat!”. This spooky holiday is called Halloween, and it has been a tradition for ages. The holiday originated fro

    What was the origin of Halloween?

    Every year on the night of October 31, kids dress up and walk from door to door to say “Trick or Treat!”. This spooky holiday is called Halloween, and it has been a tradition for ages. The holiday originated...

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    • I found this article interesting. I love Halloween but I did not know its history, or anything about Samhain.

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    The question of whether or not people are inherently good has been asked throughout time. Is it an innate trait or is it learned throughout time. I think it is difficult to pinpoint this question because it is

    Are people inherently selfish or selfless?

    The question of whether or not people are inherently good has been asked throughout time. Is it an innate trait or is it learned throughout time. I think it is difficult to pinpoint this question because it is more...

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    • The human condition is to survive, my need to survive benefits my entire population by what I create, destroy, and pass on. however just benefiting the rest of the world is not the same a being selfless. I think generosity requires sacrifice, it is not something you do out of connivence. I think your right in saying were all ” oriented to help our selves” and I don’t have an answer for why we want to help others. we I help others it is because I want them to be or do better, I think thats why were more willing to help people when we know them or at least their story.

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