• Joseph Thornton

    5/9/19

    To Be An Upstander

    My upstander project was focussed around the topic of ocean pollution. My team hoped to figure out what is the cause of ocean pollution to better understand the

  • 4/22/19

    Daniel Rodriguez, Diego Casillas, Joseph Thornton

    Dearest Nestle brand:

    We are writing to you today because you have been throwing an absurd amount of plastic packaging into our oceans which is

    • Hello Joseph, Diego, and Daniel,
      I am very impressed by all the work you guys did into completing this post, “Ocean Conservation” because it shows that you guys care about nature and the importance of clean oceans. The visual of the glove made it easy to understand how exactly the ocean currents move. It is really sad to see how our oceans are turning into garbage dumpsters, leading to harmful unbalanced levels of ocean acidity as well affecting the life of many species that live and interact and feed from the oceans. Nestle and many other food companies as you guys point out need to move away from those single use plastic packaging that in the long run not only affects the animals, but also us the humans. I can say that your post made me be more aware and concern of the use of single use plastic specially since I live in Santa Cruz which is town that has access to the ocean. Walking along the beach I can see the problem of plastic and I totally want to see garbage free beaches and oceans. You guys made me think that next time I go for a walk in the beach I can do some beach garbage pick up, and the other thing I want to do is to cut us much on the use of single use plastic. I love the idea you guys came up with, which is to provide students on their first day of classes with a reusable water bottle. Ideas like this need to be supported and implemented to move forward into a more friendly environment for all.

    • Joseph, Daniel, and Diego,

      I thoroughly enjoyed reading this article. Ocean conservation is something that is important to me too. I think you guys supported your argument well and I like how you even used worldwide examples. One suggestion is it would be beneficial if you guys included information about alternatives or solutions for the single use plastic issue that Nestle has. I think it would make your argument stronger and it would also be an interesting topic to research. Here is an article about alternatives to single use plastic to get you started (https://packagingeurope.com/are-alternatives-to-single-use-plastics-the-answer/).
      Thank you for sharing this article, I look forward to reading more of your work in the future.

      Sincerely,
      Audrey

    • Hello, Diego, Joesph, and Daniel,
      I am impressed this your blog post because of how well researched it was and how good your arguments were. There were good points made in this blog post. One quote that stands out to me is “Our issue with your business model is that your products use one-time use plastics for their packaging which get thrown away by the general public which can lead to the ocean getting massive amounts plastic in it since so many people use your products. Because of all the plastic packaging being in an ecosystem, every animal in the ocean can be affected because of how the ocean’s currents move the trash all around the globe. With all the trash in the water, the animals there can be affected negatively which not only affects the predators there, but also people because we eat the animals in ocean. ” is good because you connect how animals being harmed by plastic hurts us humans as well. This would get people to be less careless with how they dispose of plastic waste. I am also making a blog post on WordPress that is also about plastic in the ocean.
      Here is the link to it: https://plasticintheocean.video.blog/

      I agree with your arguments and I look forward to seeing more from you.

      Sincerely,

      Andrew

    • Dear Joseph, Daniel, and Diego,

      I am intrigued by your post because it is very well researched and even taught me about Peru’s protest against single use plastic. I also liked how you talked about ways people can reduce their plastic pollution intake.
      One thing you said that stands out for me is: “Dearest Nestle brand: We are writing to you today because you have been throwing an absurd amount of plastic packaging into our oceans which is really damaging our oceanic ecosystems” because it is interesting how you wrote your post like a letter and directly talked to Nestle instead of talking about it to your audience. Your animations and images are also really good as they are good at conveying your message to the audience. Thanks for your effort in informing people about the issue that is plastic pollution. I look forward to seeing what you write next. Best of luck! Check out our blog right here!: http://plasticearth.home.blog

    • Dear Daniel, Joseph, and Diego:

      I am in agreement with your article, “Ocean Conservation: #1 Priority,” because I understand that animals and people are negatively affected by plastic pollution. I understand that plastic can break down into tiny pieces and consumed by creatures who then suffer as a result. I love how your article brings out the issue and encourages people and companies to take steps to fix the issue.

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Because of all the plastic packaging being in an ecosystem, every animal in the ocean can be affected because of how the ocean’s currents move the trash all around the globe. With all the trash in the water, the animals there can be affected negatively which not only affects the predators there, but also people because we eat the animals in ocean. ” I think this is interesting because it shows how plastic waste travels and affects all animals. A small plastic wrapper could end up harming an animal miles away. There is no way for animals to escape plastic pollution’s harmful affects except to stop polluting. Bringing this issue to light is admirable. I enjoyed how you showed how this truly affects every animal.

      Another sentence that I thought was intriguing was: “The article reads, “Visitors will no longer be allowed to carry in single-use plastics into Peru’s 76 natural and cultural protected areas, from Machu Picchu to Manu to Huascarán, or national museums”” This stood out for me because it was a good example of how leaders of other countries are making changes to improve the situation of plastic pollution. I think it’s important to recognize the actions people take to create less pollution and show how encouraging and enforcing the stop of using single use plastic is possible.

      I definitely agree with you that Nestle should change their packaging. One reason I say this is that their packaging is a one-time use plastic and when it gets thrown away, the improper disposable can lead to the ocean getting massive amounts of plastic. Nestle is a big company, and encouraging them to change their packaging and significantly reduce the amount of plastic used. Another reason I agree with you is because plastic packaging in the ecosystem harms all animals. It affects not only the animals, but also humans because we eventually catch and eat the animals that die as a result of our plastic pollution.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because this article was very detailed and I can see that you guys put a lot of detail and effort into it. I’m glad you’re raising awareness of this issue and encouraging large companies to change their products. I’m excited to see what else you guys will put out.

      Sincerely,
      Trinity Z.

  • Dear Naomi,
    I am very astonished by the quality of your poem, “What You Meant To Say: Speak Up” because of how strong the message you are spreading is. The message in your poem is extremely bold and moving. I was very pleasantly surprised by this fact and encourage this in even more of your future writing. To me the main message of your poem is…[Read more]

  • Dear Ariana,

    I’m pleased to know that you have great interest in my idea of a parental advisor. And when it comes down to more details on the parental advisor, I have to assume that they would take place in a “perfect world.” And in that world I believe that the government would fund for the advisors so their job can sustain them effec…[Read more]

  • Dear Diego,

    Thanks so much for commenting on my blog post. It’s very motivating to me that work has drawn enough interest for you to leave me such words. I’m glad that you appreciated the inclusion of the interviews in my blog, they were easily the most interesting part of the process of making the blog. I’d like to know form you what evidence…[Read more]

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      An Unbalanced Household Opens The Doors To An Unbalanced Life

    Data from the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues.

     

    Single parenthood is a serious and co

    • Dear joseph

      I am surprise by your article because the number keeps growing and how is hard for people that are single parents.

      One sentences you wrote that stand out for me is that the number of single parents keeps increasing more and more and i think this a good piece of evidences bc it shows how it keeps increasing.This is shocking to me because I really don’t know how it feel to have single parent.

      A question I have is why did you write about this do you know somebody that deals with this.

      Thanks for your article and explain how single parents sometimes struggle and for the graph that shows how it keeps increasing.

    • Dear Joseph,

      I find this blog to be amazing and very informative. I believe that this is one of the best blogs i have ever read in my life. I like how you interviewed people with personal experience to make this blog better. I also like how you gave reasons of how it can affect positively and negatively.keep up the great work.

      Sincerely, your buddy diego rivera

      • Dear Diego,

        Thanks so much for commenting on my blog post. It’s very motivating to me that work has drawn enough interest for you to leave me such words. I’m glad that you appreciated the inclusion of the interviews in my blog, they were easily the most interesting part of the process of making the blog. I’d like to know form you what evidence you found more convincing, the fact of single parenthood being negative or having positive effects? Reply when you can, thanks.

        Sincerely,
        Joseph Thornton

    • Dear Ariana,

      I’m pleased to know that you have great interest in my idea of a parental advisor. And when it comes down to more details on the parental advisor, I have to assume that they would take place in a “perfect world.” And in that world I believe that the government would fund for the advisors so their job can sustain them effectively. And when it comes to how the advisor would support the child I think of taking the child on trips, teaching them new things, guiding them on what they want to be in the future, that kind of support is what I think of. I’m still not completely sure on how the advisor would work yet. I’d love if you could reply and tell me your opinion on how the parental advisor idea should function. I look forward to your insightful opinions.

      Sincerely,
      Joseph Thornton

    • Dear Joseph,

      Thank you for tackling such an important, yet delicate issue. Your interviews with people really bring insight on how negative effects of growing up in single parent household impact not only the children, but the single parent as well. While a parent may be able to do the best they can to provide and teach their child(children) all they can to be contributing humans in today’s society, there are just certain life skills and advice that a single parent cannot provide to their young ones. #SJSU

    • Dear Joseph,

      Your post really enlightened me about the possible implications that single parenting has on the overall development of a child or adolescent especially that you touched on the outcomes associated with one’s socio-emotional domain. The said outcomes, as you’ve mentioned can be as detrimental to the well-being of an individual considering the interrelationships of different domains of development with one another. On a positive note, one could look at single parenting on the bright side of things as this can also bring freedom from restraint or abuse coming from deleterious parental figures thus stressing the need for the presence of a personal advisor who can act as a role model and a support system at the same time. Overall, various experiences by people you have spoken to moved me in a way that I have been aware of the hardships that both single parents and their children face especially with the fact that parents do not have a choice but to put on extra effort to provide and support their children at the same time which explains why they oftentimes are not able to spend quality time as a family.
      Thank you for this wonderful insight! Exemplary writing by the way!

      All the best!

      Tristan,
      SJSU Undergrad student

  • Joseph commented on the post, Very Cash Money 7 months ago

    Dear Diego,
    What an elaborate poem. It’s almost deceiving how each line is so short yet the over all poem has a very deep message behind it. And it’s very impressive to me that you were able to convey such a deep message with such few lines and words. I don’t think I could ever do something like that. I also appreciate the bits of humor in your…[Read more]

  • This poem is related to the play Romeo and Juliet. The poem focuses on the theme of hate and conflict. The focus is to tell a story of how both hate and conflict causes irreversible repercussions. I hope you enjoy

    • Dear Joseph,
      Thank you so much for sharing your poetry. A line that stood out to me was “Those between the bullet and the target, I mean, they didn’t do nothing wrong, what do they get?” because I agree. Why would someone want to kill innocent people, or even kill at all?
      Something I connected to in your poem was how you seem to be writing against unnecessary violence.
      Your poem also reminded me of the school shootings in Sandy Hook and Parkland.
      Thank you so much for writing and I look forward to reading your next post.
      ~Charlotte

    • Dear Joseph,
      Your poem was too real. I really like how you thought about it a lot and wrote down a bunch of your ideas, especially the questions. I also find it interesting that you associated hate to gun violence. War and conflict has caused too many casualties. My favorite line was “Apparently the strength of hate is unconditional” because it reminded me of how much hate has spread everywhere. Do you think this world will ever become less hateful and change for the better? Thank you for sharing. Your poem was genuinely interesting.

    • Dear Joseph,

      I am intrigued by your poem because you made your poem rhyme and that made it really interesting and fun to read. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is “Apparently the strength of hate is unconditional, Yet whenever I see the word it’s only two dimensional”. This stood out to me because I feel like its true but also it caught my attention because it rhymed. Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next.

  • Dear Wendy,
    Thank you for your valuable feedback. I’m happy that you appreciated the setup of my shadow box, since I was very proud of the way I organised it. I find it interesting that we shared similar ideas for our shadow box. Knowing this I’m intrigued to see your shadow box. I’m sure it’s amazing. Thank you for your thoughts,
    Joseph Thornton

  • Hello Diego,
    I love how your shadow box came out. When I saw you working on it and adding pictures to your box, I knew it would come out great. Your shadow box is definitely the funniest one I’ve seen and that really reflects how you are as a person because you always make jokes and are funny. And that’s the main aspect I like about your shadow…[Read more]

  • Joseph commented on the post, Shadow Box 9 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hello Roberto,
    Im very impressed by your shadow box. I like the picture of the flag showing your nationality and how much room it takes up showing how important it is to you. I don’t know if that was intentional or not but either way I like it. Keep up the hard work.

  • Joseph Thornton

    My Shadow Box Artist Statement

     

    My Shadow box is separated by two main things. The outside of my shadow box represent dominant narratives and stereotypes about my identities and the inside

    • Joseph, I hope all is well and hope things are getting better. All you can is push through and just succeed. You will always have people wishing for you to fail, but instead of reacting negatively, just block them out and continue to be the person that you want to be.

    • Dear Joseph,
      Your shadow box is really nice and I can clearly see what demonstrates you and who you are as a person. I really like that you added the gun, marijuana, and danger sign because you really did a good job showing your dominant narratives. After your dominant narratives I really love the way you box flips around and shows your counter narratives and who you truly are. Something that stood out to me was the pictures of family because I did that with my shadow box too. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you post next, because your post so far show a lot of effort and it’s inspiring that we have somewhat same ideas.
      Thanks,
      Wendy Perez Govea

      • Dear Wendy,
        Thank you for your valuable feedback. I’m happy that you appreciated the setup of my shadow box, since I was very proud of the way I organised it. I find it interesting that we shared similar ideas for our shadow box. Knowing this I’m intrigued to see your shadow box. I’m sure it’s amazing. Thank you for your thoughts,
        Joseph Thornton

    • Dear Joseph,
      I really enjoyed reading your post, I especially liked how you separated your shadow box with one side being stereotypes and the other side being what you actually like.
      Thanks,
      Vanessa Laranjo

    • Hi Joseph,
      I think that your shadow box and post has a very powerful meaning, and the way you displayed it definitely conveyed a message. Your box demonstrates that by stereotyping a person, you miss the opportunity to truly getting to know someone. I also think its great that you show pride in your interests because our interests are a part of who we are.
      -Jessica

  • Hello Anthony,

    I’m very impressed by your shadow box. While scrolling through all the shadow boxes yours really stood. I liked that your shadow box had a very clear focus on one of your main identities which is being interested in cars. I especially like your inclusion of the red model car in your shadow box because it really emphasizes your i…[Read more]

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