• Desdemona, 1.3.208-218: In this passage Desdemona is confronting her father about her and Othello’s secret marriage and explaining to him of her two different roles now that she has a husband. Desdemona’s father

  • Lucy,
    I found your post very interesting, and I love that you are talking about this topic. I have had two dogs in the past who lived a pretty old age, one outlived the other, but eventually both of them got to the point where it was obvious they were suffering. For both of their situations my parents made the decision to have them put down in…[Read more]

  • The Bystander effect is when the presence of others discourages another individual from intervening in a potentially serious situation, this can also be extended to what is called “diffusion of responsibility”

    • I think the bystander effect is very prevalent in our society. We think that someone else may step in, so we don’t have to. I hope that people can become more aware of others’ emotions and speak up for what is right.

    • Mason,
      I really liked how you turned the bystander effect, something usually referred to in situations dealing with crime, into something that effects us all, global warming. It is a topic that I wouldn’t have originally put under the category of bystander effect, but it makes sense. We haven’t don’t much to change our environment and change the way we live, yet we see the consequences of these actions daily. http://sites.psu.edu/aspsy/2016/03/30/the-bystander-effects-big-effect/ this article expands the idea of the bystander effect to our world today, not just specific situations.

    • Mason,
      I really enjoyed your post. I remember studying the bystander effect in psychology but think you explained it in a much more straightforward and meaningful way. I thought it was productive that you started off with explaining what the bystander effect and social influence was, and even better when you gave a day to day example. I think the bystander effect affects us more than we would like to admit sometimes. You may find this article interesting: http://www.inquiriesjournal.com/articles/1493/a-summary-of-the-bystander-effect-historical-development-and-relevance-in-the-digital-age.

  • One night, in March 1964, a young woman named Kitty Genovese had parked her car and was walking towards her apartment building, however, she never made it. That night Kitty Genovese was brutally attacked and

    • Mason,
      I thought your post was interesting since we are all guilty of not standing up for others or being a bystander. I really liked how you gave an example of this situation by describing the Kitty Genovese story. I think its crazy that 38 people saw this attack happening, yet not one of them tried to help her. It brings up your question of why don’t people intervene. Your idea of group responsibility or diffusion was insightful since I think often times we assume someone else will help so you don’t have to. Yet if we all have this mentality, nothing will get fixed, such as in the Kitty Genovese case. http://www.personal.psu.edu/bfr3/blogs/applied_social_psychology/2011/12/the-bystander-effect.html this article was interesting because it described other possible reasons people might not help each other, as well as who is more likely to help someone based on race, sex, etc. Hope to hear more!

    • Hi Mason,
      I think your article was very interesting. I think that the bystander effect can apply to the politics in our country today. It seems like people care about certain issues but refuse to get involved. Take gun control for examples, there have been so many mass shootings and nothing has been done to control the guns in our country and the people who own them. It wasn’t until the recent Florida shooting that the actual victims have started to take a stand and voice their concerns with the NRA.
      I think you would find this article very interesting, I have included some annotations:

  • Hi Olivia, I think this is a great topic and I found your post very interesting. I really liked that you included some real numbers in your post to illustrate the spectrum of salaries between a professional athlete, to a doctor, to an average income household, I felt seeing the actual difference in numbers helped to really get the point across and…[Read more]

  • I am planning on writing an argumentative essay about whether or not bystanders have a responsibility to intervene when witnessing bullying of some sort, whether it is verbally or physically. After researching

    • Hi Mason,
      I first heard about the bystander effect two years ago in AP Psychology. And later that year we did an experiment about it. Our experiment was about someone who seems to be passed out on the ground. During the experiment, many people just stopped and stared at the body. Only a few actually kneeled down and touch the body. This is an interesting phenomenon. I found this article from The Cut. It talks about a study involving five-year-olds and bystander effect. It is pretty interesting to read. I am very intrigued to read more about bystander effect.
      Source: https://www.thecut.com/2015/04/bystander-effect-in-5-year-olds.html

    • Hi Mason, I really like the topic that you have decided to write about. It sounds very interesting. This question has come up a lot when it comes to fights and bullying. Also in everyday living. I liked the article that you included. I’m looking forward to hear more about this topic.

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  • Education is the most impactful thing you can give to a person. Not only does education inform people about the variety of important subjects that will help them later on in life and with a career, or gives

    • Mason,
      I’m glad someone decided to write about this. With all the criticism of education these days, it’s good to see people defending it and appreciating it. Especially from http://schoolsofthought.blogs.cnn.com/2013/06/27/5-ways-students-changed-in-the-last-40-years/ and “But female students are narrowing the math gap, or even eliminating it.” You mention that in your post as well, and I’m glad that’s getting better. Thank you for writing about this.

    • Mason,
      I agree 100% that Education is one of the most, if not the most important thing in life. If people don’t get a substantial education they are so many times more likely to have a bad life and be in poverty. I also agree that having an education provides for a more equal community for both genders.

    • Mason,
      I found your ideas on why education is important interesting. Many people think the only reason we should pursue education at a young age is to go to college and get a job, but your ideas on ending poverty, bettering the health of society, and creating opportunities added to this idea. I thought this article was interesting, http://www.goabroad.org/10-reasons-why-education-matters, because it says that by providing better education for our students, we can bridge the gap between cultures and create a more diverse, culturally responsible world. I hope to hear more about what you think after reading the linked article.

    • Mason-
      I love how you tie back the importance of education to bettering society. The inverse correlation between proficient education within a society and the overall wealth, success and safety within that place proves the importance of education overall. This seems to put many societies into a positive feedback loop, with money coming from educated people into the school system, and better educating children who will grow up to financially support school in the same districts. It can also have the opposite reaction, where uneducated communities will end up with worse school systems. This article (http://www.athens.edu/business-journal/spring-2013/the-value-of-education-in-todays-american-society-a-glimpse-into-the-current-way-america-supports-the-educational-system/) talks about that loop a little bit.

  • Hi Shannya,
    I really liked this post and thought it was very well-written. I liked how you made your statement in the first paragraph very clearly by saying, “I believe that being American means that everyone has the same rights and advantages as each other, no matter where they come from, or what they look like.”. Then I liked how you used exa…[Read more]

  • Hi chloe! I found this post very interesting. This is something I have never really considered, but I agree that history tends to be a subject that is not as widely considered for a career path as other subjects may be. Although, I did find a link, “History is not a useless major, Fighting Myths with Data” , that discusses a similar topic to you:…[Read more]

  • As humankind and as a part of a nation, we disagree, we have doubts and we question things. We question, doubt and disagree with our government at times, our government that was originally put in place to protect

    • Mason I really enjoy this post. I was thinking about this and i came across this article by Debate.org(http://www.debate.org/opinions/should-you-trust-the-government), a heavy leftist source and it follows the same ideals as this post but Ive noticed some possible flaws. First I want to address the fact the I think untrustworthy has been mistaken with dislike, because of the huge controversy in america today I think this lack of trust comes from bias to one side not towards actual evidence. Another thing that confused is me is the participation poll because it doesn’t take into account those who cant vote and also, how can you find a statistic on who hasn’t participated if they haven’t participated? I want to hear your thoughts on this, and again a very well thought out post can’t wait to see more like it.

  • Purpose, is what most of us strive for. To not have a purpose in life, is almost equivalent to not living at all in our society. However, our purposes in life are always fluctuating, and some answers to our

    • Hi Mason,
      I thought your post was very interesting because it combined societies expectations with the actual desire of people living in the society. https://keydifferences.com/difference-between-culture-and-society.html this link was interesting because it categorized peoples own beliefs and purposes as an entirely different category than societies beliefs and purposes. I thought it was interesting how they made two separate to pics rather than one topic with a subtopic. I hope to hear more about your ideas after reading the article!

  • Walter,
    Living in Salt Lake City Utah, I know all too well the degree of the issue of air pollution within communities as well as worldwide. The issue with air pollution is that it extends past any “borders”, pollution is an issue that is not bound to any one place, but rather is a collective issue in our world. To combat this issue I think would…[Read more]

  • Sophie, I thought this was a very compelling post. I really enjoyed how you addressed both sides of this topic giving explanations for both points of view. I think we can all appreciate this topic, because many of us have pets that we would consider a part of our family. I know that coming home and having my dog greet me is one of the best parts…[Read more]

  • When you meet someone new, you tend to analyze them, and whether or not you come to a conclusion about that person right away, we can’t help to pass some judgements or even to observe them. However, it’s also true

    • Mason,
      I found your topic very interesting because it is inevitable that we pass judgements onto others. We can’t avoid this which makes it very difficult to change our perceptions of others after first impressions. The analogy with someone cutting you off to get to the hospital was interesting because there would be no way of knowing what their intent was when cutting you off, and perhaps if you knew the reason, you wouldn’t be as angry. https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/first-impressions This article described different ways people make first impressions and how to improve your chances of making a good first impression. I hope to hear more about what you think of the article and how you think we could change this judgement first world we live in.

  • Moiranda, I just took your survey, I really like how you are using this project as an opportunity to do some research of your own, that you can then compare to the research that others have done. It will be a really interesting way to portray this issue. I am very interested to see what the results of your survey will be, and look forward to…[Read more]

  • Dear Javier, I really like that you chose to address a topic that effects your own community. This sentence stood out to me, “I chose this topic because I personally know a lot of people who are poor in Oakland to whom I am friends with”, I really liked that you mentioned this because It’s important, and especially impactful to talk about the…[Read more]

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