In order to understand the intricacies of literature it is necessary to learn the backbone, or structure and analysis of writing, in order to not only listen to what is being expressed but to further work to understand the meaning, morals, or reasoning behind an authors work. Throughout the course of English 1103.24 Jane Lucas taught rhetorical reading, primary research, and multimodal composition embedded with the life skills which cultivate a student body; strategies for finding, evaluating, and using sources were taught through implementation of limited screen time, wordpress blogs, Check please, Started Course! By Mike Caufield, Writing Analytically by David Rosenwasser and Jill Stephen, and select readings to further indulge the minds of the students.
The imposition of WordPress as a format to publish writing assignments is essential to the fundamental understanding of learning how to write about certain subjects in order to assure your writing can be perceived in a clear light. Due to the commonality of technology and companies being connected to social media students who learn how to have respectable social presence will form a residual habit in regard to representing companies or concepts to the general public. It is important to understand how to write extended research papers, this sight highlights the importance of consolidating writing and publishing respectable information to an audience. Writing Analytically, written by David Rosenwasser and Jill Stephen clearly depicts the importance of consolidating information by using notebooks when recycling knowledge to, “encouraging writers to take repeated stabs at capturing something they’ve been thinking about” (125).
Limited screen time, which does not hinder the ability for students to learn the importance of having a respectable online presence, is fundamental to learning. Screens distract most students due to the ability to get distracted easily. Although it is perplexing that some students do not want to be present in class, limiting access to screens is a clear and simple way to guy focus.
Check please is the most important course that Profesor Lucas has shared with her class. This course teaches fundamental basics of how to properly use and find sources with factual clearly formatted information from respectable companies or authors. Check Please, Starter Course! is separated into five sections and written by Mike Caufield a professor at Washington State University. The primary segment teaches how to sort, SIFT, through sources in order to find the best possible source. The important message, when sorting through cites, is to stop and check if the website is trustworthy, then investigate the reputability and information represented in the source, find a trusted sources to back up respectable claims, and be sure to trace claims to their inception. Lesson two through five highlight tools to investigate sources, find trusted coverage, and trace media to their original context. One lesson which is not divulged by many authors was that, “you can almost always follow the footnote on the claim to a reliable source. Scholars, reporters, and students can all benefit from using Wikipedia to quickly find authoritative sources for claims (Check please Mike Caufield).” Most professors eliminate the possibility of the culpability of Wikipedia, yet if students are taught how to effectively use such sources by understanding which parts are trustworthy creates a solution to combat simply denouncing the information on any one specific platform.
English 1103.24, with the help of WordPress, Check Please, Important literature discussed in class, and intention behind containing students focus, individuals in the class learn both the importance of literature, but how to properly and efficiently find and find trustworthy information in the new age of technology
Technology has advanced and regressed since the dawn of man, and while we once were amazed by fire, our attention is now drawn by wonders from the daily lives of celebrities to the mysteries of the universe. As humanity understands advanced technology such as nanobots, AI, VR, etc, we can advance our human race into the next stage of advancement, yet the general public has become distracted by the intricacies of universal communication through social media outlets. Furthermore, childhood fixation on media and film has been correlated with elevated anxiety in today’s youth. This could mean that some social media and networking could be setting back society, rather than advancing both conditions of life and the capacity to learn and understand the intricacies of the world. If those with monetary compensation and compassion for humanity choose to utilize technology to further prosper development rather than diminish development on a social or educational level. The advancement of technology gives siege to the potential to revive the future of humanity, yet many views these ideas as obscure or unattainable due to monetary interdependence; humans choose to focus on observing and complaining about the undoing of society on social media platforms, rather than focusing on implementing and creating solutions to the ailments of the world.
It would be remiss to not begin with the understanding that social media is the main form of influence, from politics to the latest fashion trends, for those in the developed world and especially in America. Technology, however close it has been to be the downfall of humanity, has inherently always been the best help to the human race in advancing the development of the world. Social media platforms, not unlike other technology, have aided humanity by creating a network in which people from the opposite side of the world can communicate with each other. This has helped to develop the economy through trade, political connections, alliances, as well as human relations. Social media helps bring people together by making it as simple as a few clicks of a button to learn from and share different cultures as well as values. Diaposingly, social media has led to the upheave of propaganda and misinformation due to the simplicity of implementing, “a network of bot accounts to force the social media platform algorithm to recognize the message as a trending topic” (Prier 1), rather than extremist values due to the easy access to media outlets from anywhere one can get an internet connection. It is quite simple to dominate social media trends to assure they are pushed to a vast number of people. Many users on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook use bots, or automated programming networks, to monopolize certain platforms to push particular narratives as a source of propaganda. Furthermore, about ⅔’s of Americans get news digitally, therefore extremist groups who can command the trends, with promotional bots and hashtags, have free range to influence the majority of Americans through subliminal pushing disinformation. The key to convincing mass collectives of particular narratives is to feed into their fears, practice dissemination, and harness upheaval both physical and verbal. In many cases, fake news can be used and weaponized either to further the original narrative or even flip the story completely. Because of the simplicity behind misinformation, the American public must open their eyes to the potential of a threat and therefore sustain agnosticism, from a point of maintaining true neutrality before deciding what to believe when researching, learning, or teaching.
Subliminal misinformation has occurred throughout history and continues to affect the social and political climate in America today. For instance, both Russia and extremist groups out of the Middle East have been able to influence the American media due to the implementation of bots on platforms like Twitter and Facebook which push propaganda onto the general public, without them knowing where the source of these bots are coming from. Media has made it easier to get the collective to follow conspiracies and propaganda due to their unawareness that the information is even propaganda in the first place, and not simply some random ad talking about politicians or the economic climate. Jarred Prier outlines the true threat of cyber warfare and gives insight into how analysts in both the defense and intelligence communities have been colluding, against cyber warfare, to warn, “lawmakers and the American public of the risks of a cyber Pearl Harbor.” They fear the potential outcomes of misinformation due to the average American not likely to understand the true means of US advertisement, rather than propagated media which is pushed by enemy forces, in hopes of creating internal distress and upheaval in the United States. According to a study conducted in 2011 trending topics, “capture the attention of a large audience for a short time and thus contributes to agenda setting mechanism,” which is why foreign intelligence having the ability to manipulate the minds of Americans becomes a top priority for both the intelligence and defense communities. Furthermore, Prier explains that social media facilitates the pace of narratives in social clusters, inherently converting more of the publics’ daily brain capacity away from real issues towards distracting and often aggravating propaganda. This spread of particular narratives hinges on four factors: “ a message that fits an existing, even if obscure, narrative; a group of true believers predisposed to the message; a relatively small team of agents or cyber warriors; and a network of automated bot accounts (Prier 52).” Therefore, anyone with the time and technological capacity to deploy bots can displace the stability of the American public.
When speaking to peers about how overindulging in online social and gaming platforms it became apparent people do not associate that the persona on the computer is connected to a living, breathing person when speaking about the morality of repercussions. The line between the two gets fades, therefore this explains why somewhat bizarre or extreme behavior can be accepted online when it would be denounced in person. For example, if someone asks into a headset if they should drink before class, a gamer online would say yes and influence the behavior, while a friend in the room would say that would be a questionable decision. Because the person behind the screen can not be blamed for being a bad influence or committing an unacceptable act they, therefore, do not care about/ think of the possible repercussions. As a peer put it it does matter because it’s not real life. This explains how bullying or peer pressure can affect people on social media differently than in person. For example, the idea of body standards that have been pushed in American media since the explosion of Victorious Secret has created a slippery slope in which the majority of women, especially young women, have unrealistic beauty standards because they assume what they see online is the norm, distorting the connection to reality. Supplementary, the further younger generations are pushed online when growing up the worse their dependency will be on media, elevate levels of anxiety, and delay development.
For a change, question what the potential could be if we as a race could come together to use technology to advance humanity by eliminating issues such as hunger, displacement, and global destruction, and focus on growing into the universe with space innovation. Some billionaires are taking the first step such as Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos who, respectively, funded SpaceX and Blue Origin, as well as Richard Branson and Paul Allen, who, because of their wealth, have begun to work towards privately supporting the creation of an economic system which functions in space utilizing space travel, energy creation, and obtaining materials from off-planet. Furthermore, it would be ideal to create an Orbital Transportation Service using shuttle systems. In order to create a space station eutopia, for a lack of better terms, the necessary funding must be obtained. According to the top scientists, who are being employed by billionaires, are confident that we have the outline for the technology that would be necessary to further utilize and travel into space. The blueprints for the inter-complexities of space travel and rocket science already exist, all that is necessary is enough money and a generation with enough passion to push technology and AI forward to its full capability. It is imperative that more time and energy is focused on the scientific side of technology and not just the social aspect because however simple life can be more people must wake up to the potential of humanity if we utilize technology to grow into the universe rather than simply complain about how we are destroying the world we have.
Taking a moment to analyze the true maximum theorized technological capabilities, it is apparent that our universe could utilize the resources of our solar system to further explore and inhabitants galaxies far from our own. Although it would be a tedious process, it is important to analyze the far reachings of technology and not only the simple pleasantries such as social media. If we, in theory, harvest materials from mars and then set up a Dyson sphere around the sun with solar panels. Mars is the optimal planet due to the abundance of iron, nickel, and sulfur as well as the distance from the sun. Secondly, a Dyson sphere is would be utilized to harvest energy from the materials at our disposal. The way humanity could complete this would be the structuring of a Dyson Sphere, optimally a Dyson swarm. This is done by creating a circular solar structure using solar panels which would consume energy from the sun. Furthermore, materials from Mercury could be used as a launching pad and materials from Mars. These solar panels would be comparable to the structure density of tin foil without structural instability. The four materials, according to this video, necessary for the fulfillment of this spectacle are solar collectors, miners, refiners, and launch equipment. The solar collectors are used to power the miners, hence obtaining materials to pass to refiners before being launched into the universe. The complexities of the Dyson Sphere as well as universal complexities collide with technology as we become a more advanced and civilized species. While creating structures as a Dyson sphere would escalate the elevation of humanity, the purpose of the conversation is to stir the mind of the general public to ween off of traps, bots, monopolies, and power to draw and sustainably hold attention on an addictive level.
As the human race advances it is vital to uphold the intricate possibilities that advanced technology has created to not only advance technology that would help to travel through the galaxy but fix common issues in our world. Social media, however prophetic and time-consuming, does not truly advance humanity, but created further distress and collusion across the world. More people must begin to wake up to our true capabilities, working with technology, rather than for it. Focus on the potential rather than get lost in the confusion and stress in this space in between filled with pain, sorrow, death, disease.
Prier, Jarred. “Commanding the Trend: Social Media as Information Warfare.” Strategic Studies Quarterly, vol. 11, no. 4, 2017, pp. 50–85. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/26271634
Major Jarred Prier is an aircraft strike planner assigned to Plans and Integration,United States Strategic Command, whom is a graduate of the University of Missouri, Randolph AFB, and USAF Weapons School. In Social Media as Information Warfare he depicts the interconnections of media platforms and information warfare by propagating and amplifying ideas which can be marshaled with political and social proceedings. This source evaluates the implications behind countries formatting and utilizing social media for persuasion and coercion in both Russia and the Islamic State. It is quite simple to dominate social media trends in order to assure they are pushed to a vast number of people. Many users on social media platforms like twitter and facebook use bots, or automated programing networks, to monopolize certain platforms in order to push particular narratives as a source of propaganda. Furthermore, about ⅔’s of americans get news digitally, therefore extremist groups who are able to command the trends, with promotional bots and hashtags, have free range to influence the majority of americans through subliminal pushing disinformation. The same tactics that were used during the Cold War are being implemented today by Russian operatives by employing dissemination. Leaning into social media, however beneficial to the interconnection and development of the world, can lead to extremist influence denouncing independent thinkers and allowing for hypnotic influence of destructive values and misinformation/fake news.
Weinzierl, an american academic and Dean and chair member of his alma mater, Harvard University, wrote Space, the Final Economic Frontier to highlight the foundation and future of space travel and the inherent economic interdependence. He illustrates the backbone of the current climate of spacetravel; Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos who, respectively, funded SpaceX and Blue Origin, as well as Richard Branson and Paul Allen, because of their wealth, have began to work towards privately supporting the creation of an economic system which functions in space utilizing space travel, energy creation, and obtaining materials from off planet. Furthermore, it would be ideal to create an Orbital Transportation Service using shuttle systems. In order to create a space station eutopia, for a lack of better terms, the necessary funding must be obtained. According to the top scientists, who are being employed by billionaires, are confident that we have the outline for the technology that would be necessary to further utilize and travel into space. This source also highlights the loops companies must step through legally to assure that the proper authorities can warrant and validate the security for such things as launces, space discoveries, and potential impact of their technology. Therefore the technology itself has existed or the blueprints can be understood by those depicting the inter-complexities of space travel and rocket science, all that is necessary is a enough money and passion to push the technology forward.
This source is reliable because it is an analisis taken directly from the paper, Dyson Spheres and White Dwarfs, written by İbrahim Semiz, a professor at I ̇brahim Semiz and Salimi University in Department of Physics Energy. Energy harvesting started when man first discovered fire, and according to Kurzgesagt, will soon advance to consumption of fusion energy. If all of the resources on Earth are utilized humanity must turn to the other materials in our grasp, or our solar system. One way proposed in this video to utilize the materials at our disposal is to harvest energy from the sun. The way humanity could complete this would be the structuring of a Dyson Sphere, optimally a dyson swarm. This is done by creating a circular solar structure using solar panels which would consume energy from the sun. Furthermore materials from Mercury could be used to as a launching pad, and materials from Mars. These solar panels would be comparable to the structure density of tin foil without the structural instability. The four materials, according to this video, necessary to the fulfillment of this spectacle are solar collectors, miners, refiners, and launch equipment. The solar collectors are used to power the miners, hence obtain materials to pass to refiners will utilize before being launched into the universe.
This source was utilized in the paper not only to back up the video but to also to further understand the intricacies of Dyson Spheres and other forms of space travel and exploration of complex galaxies, blackholes, planets unlike our own, potential life etc. This source is reliable because it is from the paper, Dyson Spheres and White Dwarfs, written by İbrahim Semiz, a professor at I ̇brahim Semiz and Salimi University in Department of Physics Energy who worked alongside Salim Ogur, who is a Advanced Oncotherapy, or a Accelerator Physicist. The complexities of the Dyson Sphere as well as universal complexities.
Helen Keller was an author, disability activist, and political activist who was born in Tuscumbia Alabama on June 27, 1880 and died on June 1, 1968, in Connecticut. In The Day Language Came into My Life, Hellen Keller recounts the miracle that was her return to the language after losing her sight and hearing as a direct result of scarlet fever. Although Hellen Keller is a controversial topic for some historians, to analyze writing it is necessary to validate bias by reading between the lines and understanding not only what it said but how it could be embellished. However, Hellen Keller left behind an astonishing legacy; she once said, “ I didn’t know what the future held of marvel or surprise.” Through the use of imagery, ethos, logos, pathos, and insight into def dialect, she offers a first-hand perspective into Hellen Keller’s life and accomplishments.
The use of imagery aids the writing by creating a scene for the audience to better understand the subject of opening the writer, Hellen Keller, mind up to a new dialect. Hellen Keller depicts her soul’s struggle to walk in the light and escape the limbos abyss. She compares herself to a ship adrift lost in the fog, “with no way of knowing how near the harbor was,” internally screaming, “Light! Give me light!” Because Keller’s ability to see was reprimanded when she was only 18 months old, her soul was searching for a distant memory of light and its warmth and comfort. Setting the scene, in a way that steps the audience in the subject’s shoes helps develop an understanding of how Keller felt in specific phases of her life. Hellen Keller paints a picture that expressed her connection to nature and use of touch and smell to enhance her senses. One afternoon she recounts the honeysuckle blossoms and says her, “finger lingered almost unconsciously on the familiar leaves and blossoms which had just come forth to greet the sweet southern spring.” Imagery like this centers around her needs to focus on her sense of touch, taste, and smell. She depicts the feeling of water like, “a cold stream” gushing over her hand and the way her teacher spelled, “water, first slowly, then rapidly.” The imagery brings the audience into the mind and body of the subject, and for Keller imagery as well as a constant theme of awakening one soul and being set free to expresses her fixation on light and darkness.
In The Day Language Came into My Life, by Hellen Keller the audience is kept engaged by the effective use of ethos, logos, and pathos. Ethos, or the reliability of the information being recounted by Keller, is a debatable topic. Primarily, the source is reliable as it is a first-hand account of Hellen Keller’s life and her schooling making it a primary source, yet she has become a more controversial topic as historians studied her legacy. She accomplished an astonishing list of things for someone with hearing loss as well as vision impairment. Even if her story is embellished, she is an outstanding role model if the audience focuses on her political and disability activism, as well as her motivation and dedication. Secondly, the use of logos can lead the audience to believe her trumpets. She worked continuously, for years, to learn how to communicate with others so that she was not left alone in the dark in a world where people who can see the light don’t waste their time helping that walking limbo. The way imagery and pathos are used hand and hand are successful in making the reader want to empathize with Hellen Keller’s story.
Hellen Keller worked for many years with a teacher to learn how to read and write or learn a new dialect. Because she was def and blind she was unable to learn sign language or learn calligraphy, and therefore she learned words through physical association and smell. She had to paint a picture in her mind to learn words, and she depicts this well in The Day Language Came into My Life through the use of imagery. Although this was a tedious process for both her and her teacher it was worth it to bring Keller out of the dark so that she did not feel isolated from civilization.
Helen Keller was an author, disability activist, and political activist who recounts her return to the language after losing her sight and hearing at the age of 18 months to scarlet fever
In The Day Language Came into My Life, Hellen Keller depicts the struggle of her soul to find the light or find a way to connect with people and the world, escaping isolation. This piece of writing is effective because of the use of ethos, logos, pathos, and imagery. The use of imagery aids the writing by creating a scene for the audience to better understand what Hellen Keller felt and processed as she learned from her mentor.
Keller, Helen. “The Dy that Language Came into My Life.” The Story of My Life.
Static silence, covering a room like fog grazes the early morning grass; breath and the beginning of life as the once frozen carcass begin to shift in the light. Tranquil, peacefully at rest from afar, yet as one’s gaze pierces the movements seem harsh, weighed down, and full of energy. One day, it seemed, all that was dearest in my life was ripped from me. Walking, rather the incapacity for it meant for me no creative outlet. No way to dance all the things my mouth kept in. Once, I felt I could move mountains with the motion of my body and the sound of music. Waking up. To a static silence, a room smelling of chemicals, and as the haze of sleep wore off I knew it was then, sitting in that hospital bed, that the surgeon would tell me everything went well; I couldn’t walk on my own for five months after leaving the hospital.
Due to stress on my right knee and a tendency to dislocate my surgeon, from Vanderbilt Medical Center, told me to undergo a full Medial Patella-Femoral Ligament reconstruction, replacing the patella femoral ligament with a donor. The surgery took roughly two hours once I was under anesthesia. Afterward, I spent five hours in the recovery wing before my parents rolled me home in a wheelchair. I spent the three consecutive weeks taking pills and staying on bed rest except for my physical therapy appointments. It was a rough and slow recovery, which was filled with ups and downs, from nausea because of medication, solitude, and battling physical and mental instability. Imagine simply being able to straighten and bend your knee, that alone took me three months to achieve. Once I was stable on a road to recovery I went back to school and found community with my dance team despite not being involved myself.
After I recovered, I was able to be in the senior year dance pieces as well as the recital in which we remastered Cinderella. Although this was during covid, I thoroughly enjoyed being back in my body and dancing with my dance company. After graduating, I continued dancing at High Point University. I love being involved with lighting, filming, choreographing, dancing, being backup, and anything that means I am dancing or involved with dance. Dance is my passion, but, more importantly, what keeps me grounded. It gives me insight into my emotions and a way to express them. The dance will always be part of my life, from the way it brings people together to the way it keeps me connected to mother earth. Dance is about strength, community, movement, emotion, and most importantly, life and thriving. Although dance is about each of these things, it is pertinent to reiterate why dance matters to me; dancing gives a physical outlet for emotional overwhelms in times of blissfulness as well as a crisis without the necessity of words.
Learning how to walk again brings one back to their most primal nature. Reconnecting with my body brought me a sense of appreciation for my healthy body and thankfulness for my ability to dance and create art. Having to rebuild not only one’s motor functions but their mental well-being teaches perseverance as well as the community. The most important lesson that I learned was how to ask for help when I needed it. I am the eldest in my family and have always taken care of myself, yet when one is physically hindered from the waist down it teaches reliance as well as trust in those who support you when you in need; true friends/family will lend a hand even if it does not directly benefit them.
Gobbi, Alberto., et al. The Patellofemoral Joint [electronic Resource] : State of the Art in Evaluation and Management / Edited by Alberto Gobbi, João Espregueira-Mendes, Norimasa Nakamura. Edited by Alberto. Gobbi et al., 1st ed. 2014., Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2014, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-54965-6.