Tuesday, August 30, 2011

2 Single Story 2011

" Danger of a Single Story "
  1. What does it mean to have a " single story " about a place or community ? To have a " single story " is to have an opinion or perspective about an area, without knowing all there is to know. Like forming a biased opinion about that place. 
  2. Describe a single story you have heard told in your community. What is missing from that story? How could people learn more about about that community? Everyone outside of East Austin, has this idea that the people living in this community are either uneducated, poor, a criminal, or a trouble-maker. What they don't understand is that just because certain bad things tend to happen does not mean that all of the people in that community are exactly the same way. There's is bad to all communities, just like there is good.
  3. Describe a single story you have heard about another community. How did you learn that story? How could you find out more about that community? Let's take West lake for example, everyone has an idea of how the people are. People outside of the community think that everyone is snobby and sophisticated and boring and RICH. When really every person is different. Yes, they have money and yes they have big houses, but they are human just like everyone else. So they aren't exactly perfect. I belonged to a summer soccer that team that was mostly Caucasian and the girl always used to talk about living in different areas like Westlake, East Austin, etc. Most of the things the girls described when talking about Westlake, was "snoody", conceited, big headed, etc. Also when you read or listen to news, mostly they say how Westlake is so perfect and pretty and great, when really there's two sides to the story.
  4. How could a game let players experience many stories about a place or community? A game could show people the different types of communities in one game and contrasting and comparing the different ideas of people and communities. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

1 . Cyberbulling 2011

This is my first blog post of the 2011-2012 school year.

What is a cyberbullying? Cyberbulling is when someone bullies you from the Internet. No one necessarily knows who it is, but that person picks on another person.
What are the different types of cyberbulling? Some examples could be exclusion, harassment, cyberstalking, and anonymity
What should you do if you are being cyberbullied? Tell a trusted adult or friend about the problem and/or report the person to the webmaster to get them blocked or deleted.
"Cyberbully" :
How does the main character feel about using "clicksters" at the beginning of the film?
She doesn't really care to be on the website because her mother is very protective and she wouldn't be able to have her own freedom on the site.
What is her family situation?
- Challenges ; Being bullied at school by Lindsay and her followers
- Relationships ( Mother, Father, Brother ) ; Her mom is overprotective and involved, Her father left the family for a younger woman and her brother and her have a regular, love/hate relationship.
What type of friendship does she have? She had a trusting, average friendship.
When does the bullying start? The bullying had already been going on from the beginning from Lindsey and her followers, but it starts to spiral out of control when she joins " Clicksters " .

What is the result of cyberbullying that Taylor experiences? She starts to feel lonely and a little depressed and feels like something is wrong with her.
What type of cyberbullying does Taylor experience? Gossiping, Threats, and Impersonating
What would you do if you were in Taylor's shoes? I think that I might've tried to stop it a little more forcibly and been WAY more angrier.

How does Taylor react to the mean comments people keep posting about her? She feels alienated, alone, and worthless.
Does she ever try to stop people from posting insults? What could she have done differently? She doesn't necessarily try to stop it, but she tried to fight back. She could've brought more attention to the bully
How do you think Taylor felt about her friends betraying her?
She was confused and hurt, that one of her close friends did something like that to her.
What kind of changes do you see Taylor experience things from the film? Taylor's made constant changes from being depressed and alone to hopeless to okay to just different things.