Blog # 3

http://blog.norml.org/2014/01/22/62-of-georgia-voters-support-marijuana-decriminalization/

 

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The following is a poll and research done in an effort showing that a majority of people in Georgia support decriminalization of marijuana. This is a huge topic right now for a lot of states. With Colorado and Washington setting up and offering completely legal recreational marijuana and not just medical. 

One of the things that caught my attention with this poll and research was the fact they chose not to use a lot of millennials. The reason for this is a multiple pronged topic to put it lightly and in this blog I will try to discuss the situation. 

To begin with, the choice to use only 9% of respondents were millennials (Peachtree NORML, 2014) this is to show that older people who are more likely to vote would be willing to support a politician who would run on a ballot discussion marijuana reform. As noted in the study, millennials are known to be immensely supportive of marijuana reform and changes to the federal laws. 

By following this guideline the surveying company that did this may have produced a lower number than if they had allowed a larger amount of millennials to take part, but on the same side they allowed for a larger portion of the survey to show a non supportive attitude to this issue. What I mean in these terms is the fact that most people that of an older generation, mostly baby boomers, is that they are less supportive of new ideas. They grew up in a time of drug hysteria and reefer madness. Using less people in the millenials age range and more people in the higher age groups, 30+, may have skewed the results and made them a lot more spread apart.

Another one that strikes me as odd is the choice asking for sex. To me this violates some form of privacy among other things. Looking at this from a political standpoint on the other hands it makes perfect sense to me. Men and women both sometimes deviate greatly on how certain political issues should be handled and gathering this data during the survey is a big step. 

References

Fendrick, Sabrina (January, 22, 2014). 62% of Georgia Voters Support Marijuana Decriminalization –  Retrieved from
     http://blog.norml.org/2014/01/22/62-of-georgia-voters-support-marijuana-decriminalization/       
                  

 

Blog Post # 2, Ethics A Plenty.

Tuskegee Experiments

This one is full of ethical wrong doing and is considered one of the worst atrocities in the history of the US government. It is one of the dark marks in medical history and one of the worst atrocities ever done to a human being.

To begin with, a large number of black males who were in the late stages of syphilis were told that they would be treated and cured of the disease. The doctors never actually told them it was syphilis, when they asked the doctors what they were being tested and treated for the doctors would inform them it was, “Bad Blood”. These men were also mostly illiterate sharecroppers from rural Alabama. Over the course of forty years doctors watched these men develop tumors, heart disease, paralysis, blindness, and many other complications from this horrible disease. Not to mention the disease was sometime passed onto their children.

Eventually the majority of the sharecroppers died from complications with the disease. One uneasy fact about these experiments were the doctors offered the men free burial insurance. This struck me as odd as I read through the stories about this experiment.

At one point there was a sweeping wave of treatments for STD’s including Syphilis and the people involved in the experiment were not allowed to get treatment from outside sources (Infoplease,1999.

Eventually a whistle blower came out of the woodwork and informed the public about what had happened. This lead to a massive investigation into the parties involved, a slew of new laws to protect people from this ever happening again and a dark mark on the US government.

Some of the ethical atrocities committed but not limited to are Racism, taking advantage of the subjects, lying out right to the subjects, disregard for human life, and the fact that even after the whistle was blown the parties responsible kept to the stance it was for the greater good.

References

Infoplease. (n.d.). The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment. Retrieved from http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0762136.html

Introductions/Welcome January 14th

http://healthland.time.com/2013/01/24/why-facebook-makes-you-feel-bad-about-yourself/

The following is a link to an article dealing with how Facebook effects your emotional state. This article really hit home for me and interested me because for the longest time I toyed with the idea of getting rid of my Facebook. Reading articles and research like in this helped reinforce the idea that Facebook is bad and even more so that it can cause issues for your mental well being.

Following in the footsteps of what this article said when I first found it I decided to do some more digging of my own and actually came across a very interesting video on YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UouP8cRYZ8

The above video is from a well known youtuber discussing the various problems Facebook has caused in our society. This sparked me to start digging on my own and doing some of my own research over the vastness of the internet.

Using a very mild mixture of quantitative research I began digging through my friends Facebook feeds to back when they first joined Facebook and reading over a few posts per year.

What shocked me was how over the course of a few years by using social media their very outlooks, way they talk, and personality changed. Facebook can make the closest of friends hate each other and the worst of enemies come together as friends over the simplest of things such as a photo or a differing opinion. Especially when it came to political views.

This sparked a very interesting discussion in my head and pondered the question, “Has other social media sites cause this much change in a human psychologically?”, like any good gatherer of information I decided to go farther down the rabbit hole.

Within minutes of searching for articles and research about how twitter influences our psyche I was bombarded with article after article about how Twitter has caused huge scandals across the globe for celebrities and employees of big name companies.

All this digging, searching, reading, and researching left me with one aching and scary question.

Is social media worth it?

Citations

Davies, M. (2007). Doing a successful research project: Using qualitative or quantitative methods. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Sifferlin, A., & Sifferlin, A. (n.d.). Why Facebook Makes You Feel Bad About Yourself | TIME.com. Time. Retrieved from http://healthland.time.com/2013/01/24/why-facebook-makes-you-feel-bad-about-yourself/

You need to get off facebook. (2010, December 13). YouTube. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UouP8cRYZ8

So for my automatic 10….

To sum up comm 3160? Wow this is going to be a toughie. The energy in the class was great, I loved the people in the class and the projects were a nice change of pace from what I am used to. The discussions about the different theorists especially McLuhan and Raley really hit home for me on few different levels, like light bulbs were going off in my head while we had the discussions about them.

I also learned that media as a whole is a force of its own, something that is tangible and can be calculated, measured, and studied. I saw how the changes in media over time have changed the way society operates and how we look at each other as a whole and as a nation.

I have taken a class similar to this before but the teacher was kinda lackluster about the content, I have to say Prof.Nunes you have to be one of the best professor I have had in a long time. I loved the energy, your explanation of the theories, and your patience with the class. I had a blast I will never forget this class and I hope to take some of the theories we have discussed and apply to them to my future adventures when it comes to designing new media.

Tactical media !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZJwSjor4hM (Possibly NSFW)

 

Anonymous being the big bad hacker group of the 21st century have been mentioned numerous times in the media. They are known as political hacktivists. This is one of their many examples. A little back ground on this story, Westboro has been calling out Anonymous for a while now and anonymous had refused to respond.

Finally they got the two on a radio show and Anonymous and Westboro sat down for a discussion. Westboro continued to nag Anonymous and calling them many different hateful slurs tell finally Anonymous took over their whole server for their online content and posted this…

http://nhne-pulse.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/anonymouswestborotakedown.jpg

It reminds of when activists took over the google search engine and caused certain searches to pull up George W Bushes biography. They took Westboros hate filled website and turned it into a giant joke.

This post was made by everyone else in class.

Jenkins brings about this idea of a participatory culture. I think today with the advancement of technology and the internet it is more apparent then before. The line between producer and media consumer is growing very small. With the ability to have editing equipment on a personal computer more and more people have begun to create their own media and changing from consumers to producers. Most of these people are normal people like you and me. Sometimes they get inspired to take one of their favorite songs and use some audio editing equipment to mix the sounds around to make a whole new song. Lets take a look back at 30 years ago, the only people who had the ability to do that were producers. The average american couldn’t afford the equipment that was required to produce a remix of a song. Taking a look at myself I am a full time student and a web designer. I love to design graphics and take time to help people with their own pursuits into the realm of graphic design.

For an example I turn to the phenomenon known as dubstep : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dl1KTSdg6Gs

Someone has taken the imperial march song from star wars and has remixed it into a dubstep mix. This has turned the person from a consumer of the star wars media into a producer of his own media.

Ima tell a story!

::WARNING VIDEO IS “SLIGHTLY GRAPHIC” IN A FEW PARTS IE PEOPLE HAVING SURGERIES PERFORMED::

Following the release the release of the video game Deus Ex:Human Revolution, the game’s publisher made this documentary telling the story of various people who have augmentations done to replace body parts they have lost. The video lets the people tell the story of how these products replace the lost body part and how it relates to the new game. The media affordance in this video is used very well. Switching between clips of the game, to the people with the augmentations and the technology of how the augmentations work. Without the use of video this documentary would fall to deaf ears. It would be very hard to compare the different augmentations we have now to those shown in this science fiction game.

The narrator is also a nice touch because he himself has an augmented eye. This allows the user listen to someone who has experienced with an augmentation allowing the user to get a first hand perspective. The experience would be completely different if someone just watched a video showing different advances in augmentations without the use of a narrator with an augmentation himself.