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    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

    Othello Analysis

    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 was very angry when he learned that...

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  • 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

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    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”

    How the Bystander Effect Hurts Us

    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" which is the idea that a witness is...

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    • 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.
      Chloe

    • 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.

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    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

    The Bystander Effect

    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 killed, however, even worse...

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    • 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!
      Chloe

    • 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:
      https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/bystander-effect

  • 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

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