Friday, November 15, 2013

Ridiculous

Hamilton, James. The Power Failure Seen Around The World. February 4, 2013. Blog.

In this blog post by James Hamilton, Hamilton writes about the redundancy of televison and what we do to keep the viewers coming.  As an example, Hamilton uses the Super Bowl.  A very popular game that comes on TV once a year,  every time they try to make it even one step better than it was the year before because no one will want to see the same line up every year over and over again. "On average over the last couple of years, the Super Bowl has attracted 111 million bowers annisnthe number 1 most watched televison show in North America." Being this popular must be very difficult to hold as number one for the amount of years it has.  This is very similar to what George F. Will is saying in his article Reality Televeison: Oxymoron, where televison is trying to up there ratings with making a new show based on a similar yet older show, or the same show like the Super Bowl, just adding that new spark to it every year to keep the viwers satisfied.

Doig my essay #3 based off of my presentation "The Ridixulousness of Televison"

Getting a Cite



I try everything that I know to indent the cite, after all, it beat me.

Joppke Christian. "Multiculturalism And Immigration: A Comparison Of The United States, Germany, And Great Britain." Theory & Society Vol. 25, No. 4 (Aug.,  1996): pp. 449-500.Academic Search Complete. Web. 14 Nov. 2013.


          Multiculturalism, the phenomenon trying to find equal rights for ethnic, racial, religious, or sexually defined groups- is the most dangerous topic in academics. Multiculturalism has become a movement of the left because of its insistence in emancipation. Yet its argument of particularistic- uniquely defined groups, deviates multiculturalism from the universal school of thought of the left movement. That is, it again enters the arenas that before was owned by the political rights. Hence, multiculturalism can occupy the spot politic of difference, which stresses authenticity and rejects Western views. In addition, multiculturalism is modern and anti-modern, too. It rapidly conveys modernism by exposing the collapse of social hierarchies and the precarious nature of identity in an individualized society where identity followed the traditional pattern has broken down. Indeed this new world is inhabited by homogenous and mutually exclusive communities. Nevertheless, that counterargues the universal principle of inclusion and functional differentiation and turns multiculturalism vulnerable to fundamentalism and anti-modernism. In sum, since multiculturalism runs a counter with inter conflicting concepts, it maybe is conceived in a form of plea for tolerance and mutual understanding within multiethnic societies. 

            I analyse an anime film through the Hua Hsu, "The end of white America," where the argument stablished casts the white race is submerging under the increasing immigrant population, and therefore the white race would no longer be in the power. Identity would be ascribed no by traditional patterns, but rather by lifestyle that every individual practices, say Hsu. In fact, it is not really the  true or easy according to Joppke, those groups- increased in number and coexisting in the same place- formed multiculturalism, which seeks equality and recognitions for underlook groups. Naturally, that protest for emancipation puts those groups over the whites, but it is not quite true that they, whites, are become something else perhaps they are forming a particular group. In short, I saw Joppke's study as a naysayer that could bright a different prospective to the topic that whites are disappearing. 
















  

And The Naysayer Says...


Taylor, Myra. "Addicted To The Risk, Recognition And Respect That The Graffiti

Lifestyle Provides: Towards An Understanding Of The Reasons For
Graffiti Engagement." International Journal Of Mental Health & Addiction 10.1 (2012): 54-68. Academic Search Complete. Web. 13 Nov. 2013.


Myra Frances Taylor analyzes the motive for adolescents partaking in graffiti and what happens when it becomes a lifestyle. She contests that maturity levels specifically emotions, peer pressure, and instant gratification are what fuels the ignorance of future grief. When people are younger, adrenaline-inducing activities satisfy the necessity for individualism, power and self-sufficiency. Since adults have developed cognitive faculties they can rationalize and don’t feel the need to push the norms because they know that they are susceptible to harm. The consequences become magnified and being different is not as important. (Taylor 55) There are six explanations younger adolescents give for doing graffiti ”alleviation of boredom, emulation of others, the rush derived from committing an illegal act the rush gained from engaging in acts of aggression, the satisfaction derived from retaliation and the reward of non-conforming social identity.” Older adolescents grow to love outsmarting the police. Taylor applies the Gruber and Koszegi model of addiction to the act of graffiti. She explains that the reward of goal fulfillment fuels the urge participate in the activity again. The tolerance to the pleasurable experience also constitutes graffiti as an addiction. When these adolescents become adults they look forward to recognition from others. By viewing this issue as an addiction the consequences presently in place are not efficient. No longer should it be dealt with in the educational and criminal sense it becomes something that can be treated mentally.

My immediate reaction is: What? I support little to no criminal punishment so I have mixed feelings. Do I believe that graffiti artists belong in rehab like dope fiends? No. I don’t agree with the means but I support the end. When someone impulsively does what that love and what makes the world a more colorful place without hurting others? Really? Clearly I need to get over my own biases before beginning my own analysis. Toward the end of this article Myra F. Taylor asserts “This conceptualization of graffiti-writing being an addiction moves the juvenile graffiti proliferation issue beyond the educational and criminal domains into the sphere of adolescents mental health.”(66) I would like to acknowledge this idea as a feasible way of dealing with graffiti but discern whether its something that needs to be dealt with. It is a venue created by the people for the people to bring the issues they want recognized into pop culture.

Prezi

Hello Wake up Smell the coffee

Works Cited :

Can dying social media platforms be revived?" Campaign Middle East 14 July 2013. General OneFile. 15 Nov. 2013.


Everyday a new trend is started whether it is the latest pair of Jordans or the latest website were you can connect with your friends . Within the article "Is Facebook a fad ", Farhad Manjoo tells us basically that Facebook is not going to die and he makes a comparison of Facebook to myspace which was a popular website in its day and age . Until people moved on to Facebook because Facebook was at the time meeting those needs we longing to be met . I am going to prove that Facebook isn't going over any were by providing information from within the article" Can dying social media platforms be revived ? "  which tells us that Facebook and twitter are always changing to meet to our needs and websites such as hi 5 and bebo and myspace are examples  of websites that try tp revive themselves through new promotions but fail to do so because people lose interest within the site . Also they try to be current with new technology that is out but once people loose that interest it is very hard to get it back .

Temptation



                      Annotation

For essay number 3 I will be making an addition to essay number 1 “Lead us not into Temptation”, in regards to how curiosity not only leads us into temptation but changes our lives forever. In the following article “MOVIE REVIEW: CREATIVITY AND THE CINEMA” by Chloe Landcaster, she focuses her movie review based on the film Twilight. Twilight is a movie based on a New York Times bestselling book series by Stephanie Meyer. Landcaster goes into details about different parts of the movie such as how Bella (the main character) moves into her father’s home in the state of Washington because of her mother re-marrying. How the Native Americans and the Vampires have history in the town in establishing who owns what part of the land, as long as they avoid one another, and how Bella becomes attracted to Edward’s persona.
            Landcaster states that Bella “becomes drawn to Edward, who exhibits a mix of good looks, intellect, sensitivity, and formality of speech” … “Edward, too, feels drawn to Bella, yet his desire to strike up a conventional teenage relationship is sometimes overwhelmed by his suppressed instinct to kill her”. Landcaster also states “Bella allows herself to be vulnerable when she expresses her lack of fear and her willingness to accept the worst outcome” … “They both set aside their facades and become more authentic with one another”. The following quotes tell us how curiosity leads up to temptation, which causes a life changing experience. In addition to Jonathan Harker’s curiosity in the novel Dracula, about wanting to know who Count Dracula was, even though he was there for business purposes; the knight, Sir Bertrand from the short story “On the Pleasure Derived from Objects of Terror”, by John Aikin, whose curiosity also leads him into a castle coming across a supernatural experience. Bella and Edward’s curiosity grew stronger and found themselves in love binded between two different worlds. Furthermore, these three texts apply to Stephen King’s perspective in his article “Why We Crave Horror Movies”, ultimately because the urge to self satisfaction and fulfillment.
    Work Cited  

http://ehis.ebscohost.com.kbcc.ezproxy.cuny.edu:2048/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=f9
bdcca8-f201- 4b70-b4a3-f802d328a074%40sessionmgr112&vid=8&hid=115

King, Stephen. “Why We Crave Horror Movies”. 75 Readings Across the Curriculum: An Anthology. Ed. Chris Anson- 1st ed.
            New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2008

Stoker, Bram. “Dracula”.
            London, Penguin Group, 2009

http://www.english.upenn.edu/~mgamer/Etexts/barbauldessays.html
            

Vampires are Gay!

For my 3rd and final essay, I've chosen to revisit where the class began and the topic of out first papers, Dracula. This time, I'll try to support the claim that the homosexual subtext in Dracula is fostered by the way stoker chose to present John and Dracula relationship. One article I am using to prove my point is Subdue Out Fears: Displacing Homophobia in Bram Stoker's Dracula written by Gregory Luke Chawala. The article outlines the general fear outsiders (and there for homosexuals) in the Victorian Era and how the “problem” of homosexuality was kept hush, hush and ignored in the society. In fact, it was only after the infamous Oscar Wilde went to trial that it was some what brought to light again. Because of their friendship Stoker was heavily influenced by this trail. Another huge factor the author notes is the displacement of homosocial male desires and homoerotism. Close relationships between males were certainly prevalent in Victorian society, business ventures and the like were often based on two or more men forming a bond. In Dracula, this bond is displaced as homosexual relations in order for Stoker to present the homosexual male as a monster (Dracula.)
This article will work with my essay because it is full of information about Victorian attitudes towards normal male/male relationships as well as their fear of homosexuals. It also includes details from Stokers novel as well as more historic vampire examples and the hidden homosexual context of them. 

Source:

Chwala, Gregory Luke. "Subdue Out Fears: Displacing Homophobia." Inter-disciplinary.net. N.p, n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2013.

"Apoca-blockbuster"


JOHNSON, BRIAN D. "Was Armageddon Always This Complicated?."
      Maclean's 126.23 (2013): 67. Academic Search Complete. Web. 14 Nov. 2013.


     For the essay #3 I choose to continue to write about Susan Sontag's example of Superman in her article “The Imagination of Disaster.” The scholarly source I'm going to use is “Was Armageddon always this complicated?” by Brian D. Johnson. In this article the author talks about apocalypse as a main feature of a science fiction films or new era of the “apoca-blockbuster.” The article is mainly based on Superman's example and some other movies of this year. The author also talks about two scenarios that are used for most of the science fiction films.


    In my essay I'd like to talk about how throughout time the science fiction films remain similar and more about apocalypse, catastrophes and disasters. “While apocalyptic pictures are hardly new, what was once a contained sci-fi genre has spread and mutated to the point that the spectre of a busted planet is now a default premise for action blockbusters” says Brian D. Johnson. Throughout his article he uses latest version of Supermen “Man of Steel” as an example and support of his claim. I would like to analyze why he based his argument on Superman's story. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The most ambiguous word ever

       The word "Nigger" is probably the most ignorant racial epithet in America's history. But over time, the context of the word has changed. Well that's true, depending on what you look like. If a white person calls a black person the n word, he's automatically deemed a racist. But if a black person call another black person "nigga", he's just showing love to his "brother". Before we get into the formality of who could say it, we have to know how it was used in American history. In his essay "History, Amnesia, and the N-word", Darryl Lorenzo Wellington briefly describes how and when the word was used. The first written documentation of the word might have come from John Rolfe's journal in 1619. He referred to the newly enslaved Africans as "nears". The word even had a place in science. In the 1800's psychologist practiced "niggerology" which was determining human intelligence by observing one's cranium dimension. Around the same time, black began to use racist epithets to each other. The term "dirty black naygurs" was reserved for dark blacks, new immigrants, and lower-class blacks. By the middle of the 1960's the public opinion denounced the word. But the boycott of the word was sort lived. "Gangsta rap" in the late 80's made the word cool.
       In his essay Wellington gives two different perspectives on the word. One was that of Randall Kennedy. The free speech advocate believes "there is so much to be gained by allowing people of all backgrounds to yank nigger away from the white supremacist." By making the word acceptable to everyone, the negatively of the word weakens. It would no longer be an insult to black people. Kennedy described it as the n word being renovated.The other perspective that of Jabari Asim. He feels that the word is still a vicious stereotype. But at the same time its "just a word" used to fit in with a certain crowd. He continues to say that the word is "a surrogate for feelings of oppression, denial, and self-abnegation."
       My third essay will be a continuation on the topic on who can use the n word. This article works perfectly with my paper because it gives different view points of the use of the word. One wants to ignore the history of the word and the other wants people to remember the history of the word. It's also great because it gives a little history lesson.

Wellington, Darryl Lorenzo. "History, Amnesia, And The N Word." Dissent (00123846) 55.1 (2008): 112. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 15 No


Success of Films

Selcer, R.F. "Home Sweet Movies." Journal Of Popular Film & Television 18.2 (1990): 52. Communication & Mass Media Complete. Web. 14 Nov. 2013.

For essay #3 I’m going to continue to work with the Wizard of Oz, based off of Linda Seger’s article “Creating The Myth”. The scholarly source I am using is an article written by R.F Selcer called “Home Sweet Movies” from the Journal Of Popular Film & Television. Selcer writes about the movies The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind, both of which were released in 1939. Throughout his article Selcer talks about the importance of these films due to the timing in which they were released: the end of the Depression Era. He claims these movies reached a point where they connected on such a deep personal level with the audience at the time and that is why they were so popular and remained so popular over the years. He explains how the theme of home is present in both films and how this home myth is one of the most popular myths used in the movie making industry. 


In my essay I want to elaborate on how The Wizard of Oz was so successful because of the underlying message within the film. In essay # 3 I want to discuss how and if the effect of themes and messages within movies affect the viewers and the success of the films. In Selcer’s article he explains how The Wizard of Oz reached out to its audience, “The Wizard of Oz was able to walk the thin line between fantasy and reality because they allowed their audiences to enjoy the fantastic elements of the stories while seeing real-life situations at work.” I am going to incorporate this quote into my essay because Selcer explains exactly how the film was able to get into the mind and the hearts of the viewers. He claims this is the reason this film was such a success and why it continued on to be a success many years later. 

Hip Hop's Responsibilities.


Hip Hop is usually looked upon has the 'opposite' of classical music. With all of its curses* and derogatory languages, someone who believes that they 'know music' may infer that hip hop is the lower level genre. To believe that Hip Hop/ Rap music is 'less than' is a bit ridiculous. Hip Hop is the cool older sister you look up too. Yeah, she got in trouble a few times but you know her intentions are all good. Andreana Clay, Assistant Professor of Sociology at San Francisco State University, seems to agree. In her article, "All I Need Is One Mic": Mobilizing Youth for Social Change In the Post-Civil Rights Era. She explains how Hip Hop is made to give youth a chance to be a part of society. She uses lyrics from influential artist like Tupac Shakur and Erykah Badu to illustrate the idea that Hip Hop has given itself a responsibility to let youth think about what's happening around them. Hip Hop's responsibility is to create the thought that we are not alone when it comes to our emotions, sorrows, trials and tribulations.
This article will be great for my essay number three because it creates the debate that Hip Hop did not fall off the charts of relevancy. In matter of fact, it is still able to create a place for anyone to come and enjoy their selves outside of their reality. In the article, Clay refers to Tupac's as an influential rapper that helps Hip Hop progress. 



     "Tupac may be the most influential rapper to have lived. His voice rings through our cultural landscape and hovers over our spirits with formidable intensity. ... He narrated his life as a road map to suffering, wrenching a brutal victory from the ghetto he so loved, and the fame and fortune that both blessed and cursed him. As the supreme symbol of his generation, he embodied its reckless, audacious liberties and its ominous hopelessness." 
 
This will help my essay because artist like Tupac are the fore fathers of this beautiful genre. Because of his ability to recite great work, artist after him have tried to accomplish what he has done, if not do it better. giving Hip Hop the responsibility to enrich youth's mind and intellect where it has created many of today's youth to prosper. Also this article will enlighten naysayers to consider Hip Hop not as it's verbally challenged step cousin of music, but their role model of an older sister that allowed another person to lead the way. 

Why zombies are popular

For essay #3 I will continue to talk about Chuck Klosterman's article My Zombie, Myself: Why Modern Life Feels Rather Undead. One of the sources I will be using as a source is "Our Zombies, Ourselves: Why we can't get the undead off our brain" by James Parker. This article is one of my scholarly sources. In this article Parker talks about the history of zombies and sort of where they originated from. Parker also brings up very interesting point on the popularity of zombies and a brief timeline on zombies. Various types of pop culture which includes zombies were used such as, the films Night of the Living Dead,White Zombie, the books The Zen of Zombies, Zombie Haiku, and the television series The Walking Dead. By using these references Parker helps show us how zombies seem to continually draw our interest. 
This article will fit into my essay because it will help me to inform the reader sort of how zombies came and which popular films started to really make the zombie what it is today. As discussed in the article I will be able to discuss films as late as the 20th century. It will also help me to show that zombies are popular not only by their appearances in films but in books and television shows as well. Another way that it can help me it will also help me point out the killing of zombies, which is discussed in Klosterman's article. It also breaks down the idea of the zombie virus and how quickly it escalates to a world wide epidemic. This brings me to one of the citations I will use. I will be using the quote "the zombie is wild-eyed and very fast. The virus, too, has been ferally accelerated: now, scant seconds after having your throat ripped out, you stand up snarling and race off in search of prey." This quote helps give us more visionary on zombies. As we read that we start to picture maybe an already present vision of zombies and what the zombie virus is. This quote will help to explain that a zombie virus is something that quickly escalates and will soon infect everyone.


MLA
 Parker, James. "Our Zombies, Ourselves: Why We Can't Get The Undead Off Our Brains." Atlantic Monthly (10727825) 307.3 (2011): 32-33. Academic Search Complete. Web. 14 Nov. 2013.  

Prezi: Dont be fooled by the media's trickey

<iframe src="http://prezi.com/embed/bd_0zu1sm3mt/?bgcolor=ffffff&amp;lock_to_path=1&amp;autoplay=0&amp;autohide_ctrls=0&amp;features=undefined&amp;disabled_features=undefined" width="550" height="400" frameBorder="0"></iframe>

Preparing to Climb the Ivory Tower of Scholarly Writing

 

My Initial Stages of Academic Research for Essay 3









Work Cited

Tratner, Michael. “Working the Crowd: Movies and Mass Politics.”
           Criticism, Volume 45. Number 1 (2003): 53-73. Web.13 Nov. 2013.

Abstract
 The advent of film and its ability to influence popular culture on a massive scale has made film one of the most feared and highly regulated art forms in our society. Film’s ability to transcend most cultural and socioeconomic barriers through its appeal to a wide range of audiences is only part of the reason it is feared. The mass appeal of films in combination with its ability to manufacture a mob mentality amongst moviegoers and the powerful emotions that may result from such group gatherings makes it appear to be a perfect breeding ground for collective mass resistance. The evolution of the Hays Code or the Motion Picture Production Code of 1930, a series of rules censoring the content of films in Hollywood during the rise of fascism in the 1930’s through the cold war against communism in the 1950’s and 1960’s, is an example of how elites have tried to neutralize the political influence of film through strict regulation of what moviegoers see on screen. Several films made during the Hays Code including Casablanca (1942), Gone with the Wind (1939), The Sound of Music (1965) and Dr. Zhivago (1965) use a carefully crafted plot structure where romantic storylines are placed against the back drop of mass uprising as a means of distracting and distancing moviegoers from the dark and hostile emotions that lie underneath the political turmoil of the times in history where each film's plot takes place. This shifting of focus from collective historical struggles to a love story between individuals in film gives elites the double benefit of disarming potentially dangerous revolutionary sentiments amongst audiences while reinforcing the capitalist ideals of individualism essential to maintaining the status quo.  

Annotation
My essay will be an extension of my class presentation “Who’s Afraid of Big Bad Business?” where I looked at the anti-capitalist bias in film explored in Rick Groen’s article “Why Hollywood Hates Capitalism.” The film American Psycho (2000) will be my primary source, and I will use Groen’s article along with scholarly and other critical sources as evidence of how the portrayal of business as evil on screen conflicts with Hollywood’s enormous profit generating business model off screen. Michael Tratner’s article “Working the Crowd: Movies and Mass Politics,” the article I wrote the above abstract for will serve as at least one of my naysayers because it offers an alternative explanation for the film industry's anti-business profit generating paradigm constructed in Groen’s article.
While the film American Psycho (2000), a satire that seeks to embody all the social ills of  capitalism in one psychopathic individual, supports Groen’s claim that Hollywood seeks to paint business as the villain in films, Tratner’s article offers a different perspective on why this phenomenon is so prevalent. Whereas Groen would cite profit as the only motivator for making capitalism the bad guy in film, Tratner makes a more sinister argument by accusing Hollywood of relying on “the emotions that fuel mass rejection of capitalism- anger at class or gender or racial inequities [for the purpose of] turning those emotions into mass support for American individualism” (Tratner 71).  In other words, Tratner agrees with Groen but does not believe Hollywood is solely focused on using anti-capitalist sentiments to feed the bottom line. For Tratner, Hollywood in addition to seeking profit also seeks to control popular culture by making moviegoers pawns in an elaborate psychological-political game where they consciously view films that preach the evils of capitalism while subliminally they are encouraged to cling to those same capitalist ideals. We can also infer from Tratner’s argument that Hollywood like every other industry has a vested interest in keeping the masses away from the picket line by luring them to the front of the ticket line where they will focus on being entertained rather than collectively organizing and demanding massive social change. Overall, Tratner’s article is a useful naysayer because it strengthens rather than disproves Groen’s argument by giving a more definitive answer for why Hollywood appears to contradict itself by rejecting the capitalist system it is so successfully apart of.

 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

FF7 prezi

http://prezi.com/gesxudwscltw/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share

Monday, November 11, 2013

Essay #3 Class Paraphrase

Overview:
In our last essay we should build one question or thesis about a piece of pop culture that we find interesting or that we have discussed and would like to research further by using an article from Reading Pop Culture then connect it with a few outside texts. We can also connect it with analysis that we've done in the past in our discussions, blogs, and essays. We have to prove our idea/thesis by providing evidence from sources we will be researching using the school’s database (5-6 pages but may come out to more).

The Assignment: Para 1

Create a Claim based on your pop culture primary source (novel, movie, TV show, etc.) that you choose. Remember to summarize your Primary source. Bring together evidence about your pop culture issue, from your 3 secondary sources (1 scholarly, 1 naysayer, and an additional of your choosing). One of the 3 can be a text that we have read as a class. Finally, create an analysis to tie together all the sources to prove your claim.

The Assignment: Para 2
Keep in mind the topic can be an expansion of your essay #1, #2, the class presentation, or can be something totally new, discussed or not in class. You can be thinking about your possible claims, but be aware they may change. Then you should gather sources for possible claims and bring the ideas to class. Lastly, be prepared for a library visit to help with research. It would be very helpful to come :)

Drug issues


Use of drugs is a big issues not only in the United States, but in many countries around the world. The war on drugs has been set by the US years ago and hasn't brought an end to the spread of drugs, the drug users, drug dealers and drug abuse in general, however it brought even more crimes, deaths and criminal minds in our society. Eric Schlosser wrote in “A People's Democratic Platform” about the issue on drugs. The author states that the American government should put an end to the war on drugs, since it's only worsened the situation over the years. He says that “people who seek to use marijuana as a medicine should no longer face criminal sanctions.” He brings in some examples with drug dealers and how after getting out of jail they aren't simply forgetting about drugs but find new ways to work with it and better ways how to hide it and avoid getting caught again. Eric Schlosser suggested that the American society could benefit from “less punishment and more compassion” for drug users and drug dealers, because if you can get drugs yourself you don't need a drug dealer. While it is true that the nation's prisons filled with drug addicts and drug dealers, it has organized more crime groups in our society for use of illegal drugs, it doesn't necessarily follow that the American society couldn't benefit from stopping the war on drugs and concentrate on this problem as a public health issue.  

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Is jail time helping or harming addicts?

 Even though I have presented ample evidence to support the fact that our drug policy would greatly benefit from less punishment and more compassion, some readers may still disagree. After all, many believe that the drug user is a dangerous criminal that should be locked away for their own safety and the safety of the public. Whether you are a first time offender caught with a joint or a heroin addict, you are treated with basically the same punishment, time in a prison filled with hardened criminals. 

 Over 40 years ago President Nixon implemented his federal “war on drugs” and yet use of many illegal as well was prescription drugs have stayed the same or in some cases rose. Instead of criminalizing drug users and damning them to a harsh prison sentence, we should try to help them get over their addictions. Drug use is on the rise and the only way it can be stopped is if we show a little care to those afflicted. Deeming drug addiction (both illegal and prescription drugs) a public health issue would shed light on those affected and perhaps make them more willing to seek out help when they need it or for somebody to seek out help for a friend or family member. The only thing we are accomplishing by throwing people in jail for drug offenses is giving them easy access to even more drugs. The prison systems are riddled with illegal drug users who don't stop once they are behind bars. A person thrown in jail for possession and use of marijuana may leave with a crack addiction. Instead of further harming those afflicted, we should seek out to help them. In the long run, a more caring attitude toward drug users will not only get them to stop but kepp them off the drug longer.

Growing Up Plugged In Prezi

http://prezi.com/lzpego67hr9z/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share

The N Word--- Prezi Upload

http://prezi.com/ga63dsfnthqr/the-n-word/

hopefully this works out... not sure.