Contemporary Issues Winter 2017 - Centennial College

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This course is designed to introduce students to the essential concepts of key contemporary issues; a cross disciplinary field, integrating the economic, environmental, and social (socio-political) concerns. Students will conduct inquiry into the social, political, environmental and economic impact of contemporary and emerging global issues.

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by davidtolo123 on January 31, 2017
CNN news published on August 22, 2016 an article on Ryan Lochte: ‘I over-exaggerated’ Olympics robbery story by Azadeh Ansari. In the following article U.S Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte has formally apologized for his immature behaviour and false accusations during the world Olympics that took place in Brazil during 2016. Lochte claimed that after a party hosted by  team France, him and his teammates were held at gun point by Brazilian police officers demanding money.   

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by amaliatoma on January 31, 2017
In the article “Here are 50 of the biggest fake news hits on Facebook from 2016” written by Craig Silverman and posted on Dec 30, 2016. The issue talks about several fake news that have somehow become very popular on Facebook and believable by the public’s eye. The article states several deceitful headlines such as, “Women stabbed husband to death because he wouldn’t eat her ass” or Cinnamon roll can explodes inside man’s butt during shoplifting incident”. The article then explains the phoniness behind the headlines and clearly states the whereabouts of it.

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by mgoth01 on January 31, 2017
            An area where I find it is important to express the fake news behind it is celebrity gossip. Everyday these false news articles come out and it’s all gossip about celebrity’s personal life in which certain people claim they know everything, and without even being certain they do, they publish it for the whole word to see anyways. These individual’s lives are exploited for the entertainment of the general public; often the facts these tabloids claim to have are totally false and ridiculous and only serve to create publicity.

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by Mattevan on January 31, 2017
Article: “Fake News Fooling Millions!” by Carl Stoffers, The New York Times: Upfront, January 9th 2017, http://upfront.scholastic.com/issues/01_09_17/fake-news-fools-millions/

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by JamesHysteria on January 31, 2017
The article “How to tell fake news from real news” written by Laura McClure who is an award-winning journalist and the TED-Ed editor talks about how to tell if news you see on the internet is fake or real. She talks about the steps on how to tell if a news is fake or not by looking at who wrote it, what claims the news makes, when the news was published and where was the news published. The reason why I chose this article and why I think it is a credible source is because TED hosts many lectures called “TED Talk” from different people on pertaining to different fields and subjects.

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4 years 9 months ago

Was compelled by the title of your post, made me really want to read what you had to say about it. The post has great style of writing, easy to understand and appreciate.
What I particularly liked about this issue is that I could relate to it because I found that many issues posted by the news could be false and this could cause a big mess. Many could feel either offended or threatened by news just like you mentioned in your article. So I very much agree with your point that many organizations, such as CNN, BBC and many others. For example in this article by Buzz feed, you will see how many fake news has gone viral and affected people. https://www.buzzfeed.com/craigsilverman/top-fake-news-of-2016?utm_term=....

In the end, really liked your article, very satisfying to read. Keep it up!

4 years 9 months ago

I think the article choice you decided to summarize is a very important topic. I believe that spreading the word around that one of the major reasons why there is so much fake news being spread on social media is due to the lack of pay/jobs that employers are willing to give to journalists resulting in a reducing number of reliable journalists over time. According to Laura Scott, a journalist for Gatehouse Media New England & Essex Country Newspaper; "The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts jobs for newspaper reporters will drop by 8 percent through 2020.". This prediction is staggering because that suggests that news in media will become less reliable than it is now.

Article:
“Journalist Pay Scale” by Laura Scott, Chron, [No date of publishing posted], http://work.chron.com/journalist-pay-scale-2514.html

4 years 9 months ago

I want to start off by saying that your article is very entertaining and easy to read! I personally never seen blood donations as a matter of life and death. To think that such a little act can save a human life is beyond me. I like the way you put numbers to show the viewer’s how much the population needs to participate. You have enlightened me to see this contribution important and for the first time, I will donate some of my blood. I would recommend you to put a link encourage the Canadian readers to donate by making an appointment: https://blood.ca/en/blood/can-i-donate?utm_source=Adwords&utm_campaign=D...
Here is a link to an article that I find interesting yet scary about blood donations: http://www.cbc.ca/strombo/news/canadas-tainted-blood-scandal

4 years 9 months ago

Hi, your post on Kevin O’Leary really intrigued me. As per your post, and my understanding of it, you declare yourself as a center left wing. I believe your audience would like an opposite point of view of Kevin O’Leary.

You speak of Kevin O’Leary as the Canadian Trump. He does take a lot of Trumps business perspectives of running a country but he also leaves behind the misogyny and racism that comes with Trump. For example, He said to Brande Roderick a woman who was on the Apprentice "It must be a pretty picture," “You dropping to you knees”.

Right wing is the “Survival of the fittest” and Kevin O’Leary is trying to make Canada the fittest.
Kevin O’Leary as stated on multiple occasions that Canada’s GDP is too low and has to increase and he will make it happen if elected by 2019. He has stated that the States has been moving forward by reducing taxes and creating jobs while Canada has been doing the opposite by raising taxes and increasing population.

http://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/kevin-olearys-campaign-got-rollin...

We must fend for ourselves before helping others.

However, I do agree with you on his language barrier.

4 years 9 months ago

Very good and interesting post, I find it caters to the opinions of a lot of Americans and you have also summarized the article clearly. I also agree with you in the sense that a very high percentage of immigrants are not associated with terrorist acts however Americans and Canadians alike should have a certain sense of urgency towards this matter because the sad truth is that some of these immigrants are involved in terrorism. I am not saying to disallow them in the country, but the laws of allowing immigrants in us should be stricter in the sense of background checks, or previous acts that have been done. Here is an article that represents my opinion http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/parti-quebecois-unveils-plan-...

4 years 9 months ago

For the past few months, there has been plenty of speculation surrounding Kevin O’Leary for his potential bid as Prime Minister. I was pleased that you took the time to give a foundation of knowledge on the topic, especially since I recently turned the legal voting age. With an upcoming election, I will need to be prepared to make an informed decision for a leader, therefore this information on a candidate for Prime Minister is extremely relevant.
Throughout the article you clearly give all the vital information for future voters to understand the actions being conducted in the political sphere. In your summary, you highlighted the pros and cons of O’Leary as a party leader; considering his business expertise and international relations knowledge but also stating that he’s served no time at all as a politician or cannot speak French which is one of Canada’s languages.
This post is clear and helpful to build a basis for a Kevin O’Leary profile, for more info on his policies and his response to his comparisons to Trump; I suggest you look at this article by CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/19/politics/canada-kevin-oleary-conservatives/
Thanks for the post from two reliable sources; glad I could learn something new.

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Firstly thank you for sharing your personal story and how this ban directly effects you as an individual, as it may not be the easiest thing to do seeing as though this seems to be a growing issue in todays times. You opened my eyes as well as my mind to the constant issues that refugee's as facing. As the daughter of refugee's you know as well as everyone else that immigrating to a country on its own is a strenuous thing, full of obstacles on its own. Its completely appalling to see that refugee's leaving unsafe and inhuman lifestyles behind to have a fresh start aren't given the right and proper opportunity to do so. As you mentioned "Let’s write our future together taking in consideration the sacrifice veterans made in the 1900s for us to still have our freedom. My last words are: this is not human and this is not America. Love is what makes America great." The only way America will be great again is by the constant support and love we demonstrate to one another in tough times like these. We must stand together as one and fight for the equal rights that we deserve.

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Your news summary was very interesting. Good choice of title it really caught my attention. Your summary was short, making it easier and more interesting for the readers. However, it might have been a bit too short. If I were to write on this report I would have added more details about what happened before and during the holdup.
According to NY Daily News, Terry Edward was an ex-employee of the Subway sandwich shop. He was fired for stealing money from the cash register. Evidence showed that an employee and store manager were both killed during the 3000$ holdup. Also, Terry Edward was found with the murder weapon and the money according to Ny Daily news. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/terry-edwards-convicted-texas-s...
The state of Texas, maintains the most active execution chamber in the nation. The problem with the death penalty has led to the execution of innocent people. There has only been a handful of cases were people have won exoneration of death row. Personally, I’ve heard over the years about multiple stories of injustice cases were people were found guilty for crimes they did not commit. Innocent people going to jail for years or even being executed for others crimes.
As a student that would like to practice law this article relates to me in the sense that one day I might have to defend someone being faced with penalties for a crime they did not commit or maybe I will defend a criminal that is guilty.

4 years 9 months ago

I found your topic really interesting because I am sort of a car enthusiast and i like cars a lot. I find that you brought up a good topic to discuss about. it really is a fascinating thing with the electric car thing. A thing I find you can improve on is paragraph your information better and put more detail into what you are trying to summarize. I did not know that in the past 30 years, the government dramatically decreased air pollution from cars by regulating them. Some strategies to reduce the amount of driving people did nothing but harm.

here is another article that you might find interesting ----> http://www.hybridcars.com/what-makes-more-sense-all-electric-vehicles-or...

4 years 9 months ago

I think this is a very good topic to address, and I like the way you did it. The constant presence and influence of social media makes fake news a practical danger to society. People are quick to believe what they hear and see in the media because of the proximity we have to technology in our lives when in reality the accessibility of social media makes it even more vulnerable to unreliable sources. You clearly identified effectively the influence fake news can have in other disciplines like politics. You discussed the different angles of the issue by stating the cause and effect of fake news, both the reason we soak in everything we hear in the media and the reason why it has a powerful effect on domains like politics.

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