An Unnecessary Harshness – Blog Post 1

“I have pulled dead, mangled bodies from cars. I have lied to people as they were dying. I said you are going to be fine as I held their hand and watched the life fade out. I have held dying babies. Bought lunch for people who were mentally ill and haven’t eaten in awhile. I have had people try to stab me. Fought with men trying to shoot me… I have been attacked by woman while I was arresting their husband who had just severely beat them. I have held towels on bullet wounds. Done CPR when I knew it wouldn’t help, just to make family members feel better. I have torn down doors, fought in drug houses. Chased fugitives through the woods. I have been in high speed car chases. Foot chases across an interstate during rush hour traffic. I have been in crashes. Been squeezing the trigger about to kill a man when they came to their senses and stopped. Waded through large angry crowds by myself. Drove like a mad man to help a fellow officer. Let little kids who don’t have much sit in my patrol car and pretend they are a cop for their birthday. I have taken a lot of people to jail. Given many breaks. Prayed for people I don’t even know. Yes, and at times I have been “violent” when I had to be. I have been kind when I could. I admit I have driven to some dark place and cried by myself when I was overwhelmed. I have missed Christmas and other holidays more than I wanted to. Every cop I know has done all these things and more for lousy pay, exhausting hours, and a short life expectancy. We don’t want your pity, I don’t even ask for your respect. I just ask you let us do our jobs without killing us – By Unknown

Hopefully that little piece grabbed your attention. Just how an article called “An Unnecessary Harshness” grabbed my attention on a blog from a retired police chief. In the article he talks about his time as a police officer compared to today’s policing. He asks “Is it necessary for police to be harsh?, I don’t think so. I say this having survived many years on the street during two major social conflicts in our country: assuring the civil rights of all citizens and protests against eh Vietnam war.” He talks about how he thinks we went wrong and how the negative image of police officers arose. Saying “If we look at how this came about we can trace it to the development of SWAT and drug and anti violence street crime teams and what many of us call today as the militarization of our nations police.” The tension has grown between police and community. Causing both to react over emotional in my opinion. Police want to protect themselves because of a few bad apples so they throw on more gear, always wearing bullet proof vests so they can protect themselves and continue to do what they do and the public doesn’t know how to respond to that, they get nervous and maybe possibly scared and act on those emotions when dealing with the police. Don’t get me wrong there are some people who are just deviants and do not care.

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Annoying Ways People Use Sources – Reflection

I think that Ryle made a lot of goods points and kept readers interested and wanting to read more. I like all the metaphors he used and showed a comparison to express what he was trying to say. I like the metaphor, “I thought all drivers knew that the left Lana I sfor the fastest cars and the reader who thinks “I thought all writers knew that outside sources should be introduced punctuated and cited according to a set of standards.” I think that it helps express what he’s trying to say about citing and it has some humor to it in my opinion. I think that he makes a good point when he talks about how people either dont know about sources or they dont care to use them. The only thing I could think of why you didn’t know to use sources is unless you were a younger student in elementary school still learning that stuff, Because I believe they do that in other countries…right?. I think that when he talks about people just ignoring them and not citing I think of a typical high school student who doesn’t care and just wants to write the paper, but citing sources is so easy, it probably takes an extra 10-15min depending on how long your paper is, and if you create a works cited page along the way its even easier and takes less time. I think when Ryle says “What’s annoying varies from person to person with some readers happily skimming past awkward introductions to quotations without a blink, while others see a paragraph – opening quotation as something to complain about on facebook, All I can give you unless I actually get to know you and your various writing contexts are the basics that will apply in a number of academic writing contexts.” I think that statement really sums up what the whole piece of writing is about. The whole piece of writing he adds a lot of commentary in my opinion and it adds a lot of character to the writing, and keeps readers entertained.

Annoying Ways People Use Sources – Notes

Main Idea / Key Terms

I really think the main idea is that you need to give credit when your supposed to.

Revolutionary – “Involving or causing a complete or dramatic change.” – Dictionary.com

Stylistically – “In a way that relates to the style in which something is written or done.” – Dictionary.com

Preemptively – “Serving or intended to preempt or forstall something” – Dictionary.com

Rhetorical – “Expressed in terms intended to persuade or impress” – Dictionary.com

Parenthetical – “Relating to or inserted as a parenthesis” – Dictionary.com

Summery – I think that the article was good in academic terms but I think it seemed excessive. I like how he uses a car metaphor, “I thought all drivers knew that the left lane is for the fastest cars and the reader who thinks “I thought all writers knew that outsides sources should be introduced punctuated and cited according to a set of standards.” Which he makes a good point, who doesn’t know that you have to cite unless maybe it’s a younger student in elementary just learning. Kyle also states that “1. You don’t know the generally accepted practices of using sources (especially in academic writing) in the U.S. or, 2. You know the guidelines but don’t care.” I don’t know why someone wouldn’t care, is not that hard to state your sources or make a works citied page. He also says that it would make it a lot harder for readers to take you seriously if they think your ignorant or rude. “This judgment, of course, will often be unfair”. Which is true but maybe sometimes writers didn’t have any sources. He also states “What’s annoying varies from person to person with some readers happily skimming past awkward introductions to quotations without a blink, while others see a paragraph – opening quotation as something to complain about on facebook, All I can give you unless I actually get to know you and your various writing contexts are the basics that will apply in a number of academic writing contexts.”

Analysis –

Overall I think the article was interesting to read for the most part, I felt at times that Kyle was excessive. I really liked that he used a lot of metaphors in his comparisons and I think that it was in a way a attention grabber and kept us reading. The one I really liked was “I thought all drivers knew that the left lane is for the fastest cars, and the reader who thinks, I thought all writers knew that the outside sources should be introduced, punctuated and cited according to a set of standards.” Not only was it a good metaphor I thought it had some humor to it. I didn’t understand when he talks about how not citing sources will make readers think that your “ignorant or rude”, Because sometimes you don’t have any sources.

How To Read Like a Writer / …And By Islands I Mean Paragraphs – Notes

Main Idea / Key Terms –
I think the main idea of “How To Read Like a Writer” is basically that your not doing your typical reading, your more analyzing the text.

Correspond – “Have a close similarity, match or agree almost exactly”- Dictionary.
Corinthian Style – One of the three architectural styles from Roman and Greek architecture. This style is decorated with carvings of ascanthus leaves and scrolls.- Wikipedia.
Metaphor – “A figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable” – Dictionary.

…And by islands I mean paragraphs – vocab –
Islanders – “A native or inhabitant of an island” – Dictionary.
Ingenious – “Cleaver, original and inventive” – Dictionary.
Intricate – “Very complicated and detailed” – Dictionary.

Summery –
I think that the article (How To Read Like a Writer) was a very interesting point of view, I never looked at reading this way before this article. Bunn mentions “When you read like a writer you work to identify some of the choices the author made so that you can better understand how such choices might arise In your own writing”. Instead of reading for pleasure or to find out information like a recipe or reading a college text book we are reading to analyze the authors text and to ultimately better our own writing, Bunn mentions “We read a recipe to learn how to bake lasagna, we read the sports page to see if our school won the game, facebook to see who has commented on our status update, a history book to learn about the Vietnam war, and the syllabus to see when the next writing assignment is due.” Bunn makes a helpful comparison when he says “Reading wont help you much unless you learn to read like a writer. You must look at a book the way a carpenter looks at a house someone else built, examining the details in order to see how it was made” That sentence made me better understand what he means when he’s trying to tell us how to read like a writer. He also says that it also depends on what your reading, a poem, newspaper, book etc. Then you would analyze differently.

Analysis –
Overall I thought the article was a interesting take on reading. Personally I don’t like to read unless its for my own entertainment like the Harry Potter books. I like reading some of my college text books as its interesting to read about law enforcement and our government. I personally think in contrast to Bunn that just reading in general will help you become a better writer. Writing will help you become a better writer, like with anything your trying to become better at you get better by doing, by practicing.

Analysis of “…And by islands I mean paragraphs” –
Honestly I have no idea how I’m supposed to interpret this “article?” It was defiantly a attention grabber, the whole article was an attention grabber really. It was hard to follow were to read next. I like that the author used a lot of descriptive words and that really gave us a picture of what was going on.

Reading Like a Writer Post (My Viewpoint)

I think that the article “Reading Like a Writer” is a interesting article. The idea that we when you are reading like a writer you are reading to learn about writing, to learn from it and make your own writing better I like the example he puts in his text from David Jauss “ Reading wont help you much unless you learn to read like a writer, you must look at a book the way a carpenter looks at a house someone else built, examining the details in order to see how it was made. I thought that was an interesting point of view on it. The author inserts his own personal thoughts and commentary which makes it interesting to read and to pay attention while reading. He tries to make us realize that there are many aspects you have to take into account when trying to read like a writer, Bunn mentions that before you start reading its good to recognize the genre your about to read “a poem, a newspaper article, an essay, a short story, a novel, a legal brief, an instruction manual etc.” Which is a good point, I think with different types of reading materials, you have to look and examine them differently, like how a architect wouldn’t look at a house the same way he would look at a barn. I know he says writers read partly so that they can get better at writing but I don’t understand how you would get better at writing until you just keep writing and keep practicing, not reading. Bunn mentions that people read most of the time to get information, “We read a recipe to learn how to bake lasagna, we read the sports page to see if our school won the game, Facebook to see who has commented on our status update, a history book to learn about the Vietnam war and the syllabus to see when the next writing assignment is due.” Which in my opinion is somewhat true, we also read for pleasure though, not necessarily just for information. Personally I do read for information for academic purposes but I also like to read fiction books like Harry Potter or one of the newest book series which is maybe a bit to easy of a read and kind of kiddish but Mrs.Perigrines home for peculiar children. (Which is a fantastic read by the way no matter how old you are).

Selfie Post

 

The first photo was taken one bright and early morning before I was about to leave for class, I was snap chatting away and I was really tired and I was having a good morning otherwise. The second photo were I’m wearing my all favorite Wild hockey SnapBack, was taken one afternoon when I was with my friend Naomi, we had just got done shopping at target and we went to Taco Bell afterwards. I was actually feeling a little down that day and had a lot on my mind, so my face is more serious. The one with me and my son Kane sleeping was taken when we were at a friends house, I had fallen asleep with Kane, this was when he was about 2 months old and really colicky and we were both so tired. His dad thought it was a funny / cute moment and took a photo. Looking back I’m in shock about how fast Kane has grown and how much longer my hair has gotten. The last photo was taken a day after I had Kane at Olmsted medical center which was also the day after thanksgiving, He was sleeping peacefully and looking all cute and I was glad not to feel like I was a whale anymore, haha, I was also so glad to finally eat after 22 hours of not being able to. Rettberg talks about how we can now take instant photos with our phones, these were all taken with my phone and I took them when I thought I had my smile and right lighting etc. Thinking about how back then they didn’t have a whole lot of options, they couldn’t take photos whenever and wherever they wanted, Like for example because of phones and instant photos I was able to take photos in the hospital. The ability we have to take photos and videos anywhere we want is huge on documenting our lives for future generations. Rettberg talks about how our profile pictures arn’t always pictures of ourselves, which I find is odd and has some sort of sociology to that. Like maybe they are embarrassed of themselves? She says “We often use photographs taken of us by other people for our profile pictures, so they are not always selfies, our choice of profile photos is clearly a form of visual self representation.” I love choosing the right photo for my profile pictures, I don’t like using filters much unless its a black and white filter, I like trying to capture my true self. I don’t use make up either. Its interesting to look at your pictures over time and think about were you were in your life at the time and comparing and seeing how much has changed. When I go out or take photos I always try to express myself with my T-shirt’s, I always were shirts that have the American flag or are talking about our constitution or shirts supporting police officers. Things that matter to me.

Rettbergs Chapter 3 – Notes

Main Idea / Terms
I think the main idea of chapter 3 is really about how we take selfies or pictures have evolved over time.

Immediacy – Direct and instant contact with someone or something.
Polaroid Camera – “A small film camera that can take, develop and print a photograph in a few seconds” – (Collins Dicitonary).
Gallery Room – Room and or a hall devoted to showing off pictures or art.
Hypertextual – Text that contains links or other texts in it.
Icons – A person or thing that is being represented by a symbol of something.
Simultaneously – At the same time.
Metonymy – “The substitution of the name of an attribute or adjunct for that of the thing meant” – (Dictionary.com)
Tanzanian – A place in Africa.

Summary –
In chapter 3 she talked a lot about how we take selfies and pictures and kind of how it has evolved over time. Like Polaroid cameras and photo booths to our phones. All which are somewhat instant when taking the photo. Rettberg talks about how “We often use photographs taken of us by other people for our profile pictures so they are not always selfies” and “ Our choice of profile photos is clearly a form of visual self representation”. Which in my opinion I thought was odd because I always think I look really bad when someone takes a picture of me. Another thing Rettberg talks about is how our profile pictures don’t always show our face, sometimes people use pictures of things that are important to them like there pets or children. I found it very interesting when Rettberg started talking about photo booths and how there very similar to todays digital selfies. Rettberg states that “This testing out of different possible variations of the self is very much present in todays digital selfies as well” which is true, we have much more freedom when it comes to digital selfies.

Analysis –
Overall I think that chapter 3 was really interesting to be honest. I found it interesting when Rettberg talked about photo booths and Polaroid cameras and how they relate and are very similar to todays digital photos on our phones and what not. I find it interesting they had them at fairs, amusement parks and department stores, can you imagine, walking across town or riding your bike into the store to sit in a booth to take a photo. Its crazy how you think about photos weren’t really taken that often and when they were taken they had pretty much a very similar background, especially if it was taken in a photo booth, these days with our phone we can take a photo basically anywhere, capturing our lives in more documentation for future generations. I found it interesting when she talks about how people don’t always use pictures of themselves for there profile photos, like what does that say about that person, Do they not want to be seen? Do they have confident issues? Or do they just not really care what they have as a profile photo. We defiantly don’t realize what a luxury it is to be able to take a photo when and were ever we want.

Chapter 2 Reading Reflection

I think that chapter 2 was a very interesting to read. I really like how she points out that we filter different things not just photos, we filter things like news as well and that there are different types of filers. I think its wrong of the news to filter there news, like were are the boundaries, for example they show a lot of negative stories about police officers but they dont show positive stories about police officers, which has created this negative response from the public, Like every career there are good and bad people. I think a balance of that needs to be shown in all media, not just filter out what we dont want to see. The media has created a fake perspective of what people actually look like, we all have impurities, nothing is perfect but with filters that’s what people are trying to achieve, which in a way is kind of sad. On the contrary filters can be a useful tool as well, like if you were doing a project or something like that. I personally dont like to really use filters, I like to use filters sometimes so that it changes the lighting of the photo, like the black and white filter. I’m more of a person who likes to take photos at certain angles or bluring the background to really grab attention to what your photographing. I once took a photography class in highschool that I had tons of fun with filters, always taking pictures of various things like a waterfound, a water pump, a pasture. In all of those I applied the different angles and bluring backgrounds or adding filters to change the color and it made the pictures really pop and stand out more, grabbing peoples attention. Like our project we did in class were we wondered the halls looking for things and items to photograph, the wall art I took a picture of, dont get me wrong it looked great, who ever did it did a great job, but with a filter it makes it better.

Chapter 2 Notes (Filters) –

Main Idea / Key Terms:
I think that the main idea of chapter 2 is that there are different kinds of filters and they can be good or bad.

Academia – Academic atmosphere.
Domains – “A specified sphere of activity or knowledge”.
Attenuates – Reduce the force, effect or value of something
Radiology – “The science dealing with X- Rays and other high energy radiation.
Selfies – A photo you take of yourself.
Affordances – What the environment offers a person.

Summary:
In chapter 2 “Filtered Reality” it was interesting to read the authors take on it and the author really dives deep and shows many aspects of filters. I think the whole article is talking about the different kinds of filters and how we apply them. We use filters “In everyday speech, we filter our photos and we filter our news” – (Rettberg). Filtering out what we want our photos to look like and filtering our news and the whole truth. Rettberg mentions “Filters can be technological, cultural or cognitive or they can be a combinations of these”. When we typically think of filters we just think of like Snapchat filters, we don’t think about other types of filters. Rettberg talks about how filters are to remove unwanted content or impurities, “Visual filters we apply to our photographs and technological filters we apply to our blogs and other social media feeds the cultural filters”. I think that its wrong of us to filter out information in news or on the internet. We should be seeing the whole story not just parts. I think that filters can be useful and cool to use when doing a project or in photography but it can be very negative tool as well. Rettberg talks about how filers can be deeply technological, “A new iPhone can count our steps with its m7 or m8 motion sensor and its accelerometer, gyroscope and compass, and it can use its microphone to measure how loud our surroundings are but it cannot measure our emotions”I thought this was an interesting statement she made, I was somewhat confused on what she means measures our emotions.

Analyze –
I think that Rettberg shows us a lot of different view points and points out a lot of things I didn’t realize before like how there are different aspects and types of filters. “Filters can be technological, cultural or cognitive or they can be a combination of these things”. I thought that was an interesting statement, we don’t think about different types of filters, usually we just think of filtering our photos. Filters seem to have created so much “Fakeness” the more I read chapter two the more I thought about it and realized that. I personally try not to add filters to my photos, sometimes I will add a black and white filter, which makes certain things look cool. I like to take photos from different photos or blur the backgrounds of some photos and bring focus to what your taking a picture of.