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  • Reply to: Another Black Man Life Made Public   3 years 2 months ago

    Your main point about how the media chooses what to cover is an important one and there is no doubt that journalists perspectives (political and more) shape stories and even more that editorial orientation of newspapers and tv channels shapes coverage. At the same time, your claim that media did not provide front page coverage to the other side of the story is not accurate:
    New York Times Article: Ferguson Report Puts ‘Hands Up’ to Reality Test
    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/06/us/in-ferguson-both-sides-see-vindicat...
    The acquittal of three officers and the dropping of charges against the rest were extensively covered, in major stories in the New York Times
    "Police Officer in Freddie Gray Case Is Acquitted of All Charges"
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/24/us/baltimore-officer-edward-nero-fredd...
    "All Charges Dropped Against Baltimore Officers in Freddie Gray Case"
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/28/us/charges-dropped-against-3-remaining...

  • Reply to: Another Black Man Life Made Public   3 years 2 months ago

    The data reporting twice as many whites shot by police compared to blacks is widely raised, but as one commenter below notes this needs to be seen relative to the overall proportion of whites and blacks in society. Since only about 12-13% of US population is black, it means that blacks are much more likely to be shot by the police relative to whites.
    "White people make up roughly 62 percent of the U.S. population but only about 49 percent of those who are killed by police officers. African Americans, however, account for 24 percent of those fatally shot and killed by the police despite being just 13 percent of the U.S. population. As The Post noted in a new analysis published last week, that means black Americans are 2.5 times as likely as white Americans to be shot and killed by police officers."

    This link has more details:
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/07/11/arent-more...

  • Reply to: Fall 2016 - Collaborative problem solving and the pain and join of a virtual team   3 years 4 months ago

    Hi,

    I'm planning to use NewsActivist with my SOC 100 class at the University of Rhode Island this fall. IT will have 54 students and I imagine students will be writing 3 brief blogs posts on social issues of interest to them. They will start with a critical response to a newsmagazine article and then write two critical responses to social science research articles. I think this might be a good fit with the information literacy element of your course. Part of my course is also aimed at increasing their recognition and critical thinking about cultural difference. I would love to have them selecting a few NewsActivists to reply to about three times during the semester. Depending on the topics of your students' posts this might work for my course.

    Let me know if you think this might be worth talking about in more detail.

    Best,
    Eric

  • Reply to: seeking collaborators for a CEGEP ESL class (ideally high intermediate, 102) Fall 2016   3 years 4 months ago

    Hi,

    I'm planning to use NewsActivist with my SOC 100 class at the University of Rhode Island this fall. IT will have 54 students and I imagine students will be writing 3 brief blogs posts on social issues of interest to them. They will start with a critical response to a newsmagazine article and then write two critical responses to social science research articles. Part of the course is also aimed at increasing their recognition and critical thinking about cultural difference. I would love to have them selecting a few NewsActivists to reply to about three times during the semester. Depending on the topics of your students' midterm based posts this might work for my course.

    Let me know if you think this might be worth talking about in more detail.

    Best,
    Eric

  • Reply to: Ethics class fall 2014 looking for collaborative partners- contemporary issues/difficult problems to solve   5 years 2 months ago

    Hi Gabe and Gina,

    I know this is last second, I've had this new course to deveIop and only just managed to get my deadline sin order. My Learning to Learn course will start this coming week and runs from Oct 15th to Dec 12th. We will be looking at different disciplinary approaches to learning and growth. My students will be responding to posts on NewsActivist during the weeks of Oct 20-24 and Oct 27 to Oct 31. Each week their deadline to reply is by Friday each week. We will be exploring the topics that raise our intellectual curiosity. They will be talking about what drew them to two posts each week and explaining how their social location shapes their response. They will be posting their own work by Nov 14th and Dec 5th at 11:59pm. These posts will be describing some key finding in their research into learning at the college-level.

    Let me know if our students can collaborate,
    Eric

  • Reply to: Beer and Wine: Now available at Starbucks   5 years 7 months ago

    Stepping in Starbucks shoes, I feel that this is a very smart idea. A lot of costumers are college students who like to study as well as drink alcohol, so having beer and wine will increase sales. Being a college student I see the other side to it where as it could potentially get very annoying trying to do work in a bar-like atmosphere. My mom is in love with coffee and when I was younger we would always top at random coffee shops and the atmosphere was amazing, I feel like adding alcohol to start bucks will have an opposite atmosphere due to people being drunk.

  • Reply to: Beer and Wine: Now available at Starbucks   5 years 7 months ago

    Stepping in Starbucks shoes, I feel that this is a very smart idea. A lot of costumers are college students who like to study as well as drink alcohol, so having beer and wine will increase sales. Being a college student I see the other side to it where as it could potentially get very annoying trying to do work in a bar-like atmosphere. My mom is in love with coffee and when I was younger we would always top at random coffee shops and the atmosphere was amazing, I feel like adding alcohol to start bucks will have an opposite atmosphere due to people being drunk.

  • Reply to: Make Your Choice: Games or Grades   5 years 7 months ago

    I couldn't agree more, kids these days are playing way too much video games. My mom was very strict with how long I could play video games when I was younger and I am very thankful for that. I feel that video games effect young kids more than college kids, because young kids' brains are still developing and by the time they are at college their brain is basically developed to its full potential. The only effect I think video games would have on college kids is just it being a distraction, which is an easy fix just get the game out of your life while at school.

  • Reply to: Is college education worth it? After all the money and time I spend which I could use to start my career early?   5 years 8 months ago

    I truly enjoy this article and it indefinitely sounds very interesting to read because it deals with an extremely important issue that affect a good chunk of the population in America. I know a lot of my colleagues who are juniors or seniors in their major and / or program are beginning to feel the stress of needing to find a job so that they can become financially independent and start their lives at a better place, after commencement.
    Where does one find time to do any outside time to apply for scholarships, jobs, internships, et cetera? I know it gets done, but, it must take longer hours and almost no lunch or dinner times to do so. Most juniors and seniors that I know work on and / or off campus and take 15 or more credits on top of having an internship. The notion that most if not all college students are “alcoholics,” or “drug addicts” are not true. There is a good majority of the student population, on any university campus, who work hard day and night just to survive from financial drowning. College/University students do not have it as “easy” as most people who are on the outside assume. Many students have more social, familial and financial problems than many lead on. This leads to long nights, fatigue, and constant emotional and psychological stress.
    The College at Brockport does its best to help its students survive, and get their name out there in the “real world” by bringing many local employers to the college for a Job/Internships Fair and by making many programs and majors have field placement requirement for a student’s senior year at a local employer in that field of study.
    Having people have the freedom to choose whether attending a higher institution of learning is good for them is an option that the American culture should consider. Obviously, if everyone is over qualified for every position there may be more social and economic problems because who will do the jobs that are blue or white collar jobs? (e.g., Sanitation, Administrative and Office Assistants, et cetera).

  • Reply to: Rainbow Flag to be Raised at Montreal's City Hall During Winter Games   5 years 8 months ago

    What a beautiful summary of this wonderful act by Montreal’s Mayor, proclaiming that there is imminent support from Montreal’s city hall to the people who identify within the LGTQ population.
    In some ways America is beginning to solve some of its social problem, especially with the LGBTQ population, but at most time there are still some discrepancies that prevent education from being the sole master to deplete ignorance, hate and violence. In a nearby state, Massachusetts has been one of the sole states that provides lawful rights and protections to LGBTQ people. New York State does not fully protect the LGBTQ population because there are only protection laws for those who identify as “Gay,” “Lesbian,” and “Bisexual.” For those who identify as “Transgender/Trans*” or “Queer” there are no protection laws to protect discrimination against Gender Expression and Gender Identity.
    One day, I hope to see the rainbow flag hanging and whipping in the wind right outside the senate house in the States because that will one hell of a story to tell the children of the future, how those who are perfectly human had been marginalized for such a long time.