The Lyre Bird March 23, 2012
I think the lyre bird has an odd look to it, but an almost pretty look when it fans out its tail in display. I think it’s amazing how it can mimic almost any sound. Humans often underestimate intelligence of other species, and this is a prime example of that. As civilation has grown and developed, the bird has adapted to it and changed the sounds it makes. If civilation hadn’t changed as much as it has, the lyre bird most likely wouldn’t have developed to what it is now.
Assignment #4 February 3, 2012
The media today portrays the “ideal” girl as young, thin, tall, and flawless (basically “perfect”). They lead us to believe that the thinner you are or the prettier you are the happier life you’ll lead. You’ll have a better job, a better marriage, a nicer house, and so on. Girl’s self-esteems are beginning to drastically decline at younger ages than ever before. Canadian research has shown that girls as young as 6 years old are using weight control techniques. Our society has a very unhealthy perception of self-image, and it is controlling the lives of millions of people. The diet and temporary weight loss industry alone is worth $40-100 billion a year in America. There is something very wrong with that picture. However, there is some good media for body image out there such as the Dove Beauty Campaign or Seventeen Magazine’s Body Peace Project.
I found the most useful information at: http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/issues/stereotyping/women_and_girls/women_beauty.cfm
Witches: Past and Present January 26, 2012
The witches of today and the witches of Salem during the witchcraft trials are very different. When you think of the witches of Salem you think of normal, everyday people. But typically, in today’s society we see witches as the cute little kids who dress up on Halloween and paint their face green and wear a pointed hat. We don’t take witchcraft seriously anymore because we now have ways of explaining what happens when something unusual occurs. The only similarity between today’s witches and Salem’s witches in 1692 is that they “cast spells.” Otherwise, they might as well be polar opposites.
The interactive witchcraft trial was very interesting. I would like to believe that if I lived in Salem in 1692 and was accused of witchcraft, I would plead innocent. However, I know that my survival instincts would kick in and I would most likely plead guilty just to stay alive. I was satisfied with the choice I made in the game because it saved my life, but I wouldn’t have accused someone else just to get right with the judges.
Sorting People January 19, 2012
This exercise showed me that I have a tendency to judge people’s ethnicity simply by the way they look more often than I thought I did. It also showed me how wrong I usually am concerning people’s ethnicity. It kind of made me feel very…racist, actually. However, this is not very unusual considering the family I grew up in. At first, I thought sorting the people out would be easy, but as I got farther into it I realized just how difficult it was. I only got 8 right the first time I did it. I believe this is something important to realize about ourselves, because it shows us just how often we actually judge people without thinking twice about it.
Blogs? January 6, 2012
Have I ever used a blog before? No, definitely not. I have no idea what to expect for this kind of assignment, I’ve never had to do anything like it before. Honestly, I kind of dread this assignment. I’m not much of one for expressing my thoughts, especially for others to see. I really don’t think I’ll like it, but who knows? Stranger things have happened.