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Monday, December 16, 2013

Picture Perfect

I feel like people are putting waaaayyyy too much time into what they do with their Instagram photos. It just seems so unnecessary to put in that much effort just to make something look cool. However I mean it's there as an option and if it's something people enjoy doing then who am I to judge them and say don't do that. After all this is America. I have never looked forward to an event just because I know I can post photos after, mostly because I don't leave my house get invited anywhere...my sad life aside though I still wouldn't look forward to it. Even when I do go out I'm not that guy running around with the camera taking the awkward photo of people. I think Mr. Coggins is wrong I mean that's why we get trophies to show off and make our friends cry.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Old Age

The want for living longer is tough to think about as a young kid who has a full life still ahead of him. However, I agree with the author when he says that "adding years to your life doesn't necessarily make it any fuller." I agree with the age old saying that it's not the years you live but how you spend them; so if your last twenty years on Earth are spent hooked up to a machine dying in a nursing home then you're not really living life in fact life is really more just being given to you by this machine. Which brings me to my next point of how long I would want to live. I'd want to live as long as I can do things on my own. I don't want to be put in a nursing home or anything of that sort because well for one I hate nursing homes but two I just like being able to go out and experience life and I feel like trapped in one place you can't do that.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Bullying breakdown

They become bullying when it's excessive, when someone's a target. One prank is pretty harmless. Everyone laughs about it you get embarrassed and thats the end of the story. However when it becomes a constant thing that's when you have bullying and that's when it malicious. I think both are very important. If it wasn't someone's intent to actually cause harm then there really shouldn't be a problem. All you need to do is simply swallow your pride and go apologize to the person. However if it was done just to hurt someone that's when you run into issues and that's when you're dealing with a bully. The reaction is probably the most important part because if someone shows that they've been deeply offend by it then the perpetrator has to go apologize and try and make right. However, if the victim just shrugs it off then everything's okay. I feel like it's the captains duty to policy the locker room and things going on off the field. They have been put in a leadership role for a reason, and one of the reasons is to look out for your teammates. A locker room is a place where a lot of things happen and I don't think the outside world really knows enough about it to judge. That's why I don't think the NFL should get involved at all, it up to the team to treat each other with respect.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Talkin about teens

I think it's our duty as teenagers to make dumb mistakes and say dumb things, it's how we learn and grow up. Adults seem to forget this while sitting atop there high horses and expect everyone to be perfect all the time. Policing Facebook is an invasion of privacy and a restriction of free speech. Already a majority of our rights are taking as we walk through the school door, but to take them away even when were outside of school isn't right and besides that's our parents jobs. I understand that there are extreme circumstances of kids saying they'll shoot up schools however I'm pretty sure if somebody posted this on Facebook another student would probably see it and would report it. Also in regards to bullying. Kids will be mean no matter what watching them on Facebook won't stop them they will find other ways.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Twitter bio

Bored senior in high school, football, swimmer, working the corner and washing the dishes, trumpet attempter

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Is creativity a dying art?

Yes I think it is. Whenever a school needs to make budget cuts the first things to go are the creative programs. I also don't really think schools provide students with enough opportunity to be creative and it's not even a lack of creative classes and programs. In the class in general there's usually only one way to answer the question or do the work granted it also depends on the teacher but overall there's not much thinking out of the box.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Interview strat

A good interview has questions, but not just any questions questions that dig deep, go under the surface if you will. Asking a question that has a simple yes or no answer is an atrocious question and should be shot in the back of the head. A good question will test the interview and make them actually think. I was watching an interview on the Grantland channel on YouTube and the interviewee, Jalen Rose, was saying that college athletes should be paid, so then the interviewer, Jacoby Jones, asked if Jalen believed this should be the policy for all college sports not just basketball and football. Jalen recovered that one nicely saying that yes he believed that all the athletes should get paid. Jacoby then went deeper asking what a smaller college should do and Jalen said that they should pay the athletes as much as the college can afford. I don't know I just found this to be an engaging interview because Jacoby kept digging deeper to get all the information, but he also didn't but the topic to death which is also very important.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Opening moment 1

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/17/us/shooting-reported-at-washington-navy-yard.html?pagewanted=3&hp I chose this article to be honest because it was like the first thing that popped up, however after reading it I found I had a lot to think on. For example it made me think of all the recent gun shootings recently and how as a society we can let this happen again and again. I also thought the article was very well written because it had all the facts you would need but it was certainly not a duo article.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Journalism for the common man

Journalism looks like a well written article or an informative news show. There is defiantly really bad journalism like Skip Bayless or National Enquire but at least it gives you a good laugh. I see journalism whenever I open the mail box, turn on the tv and watch some sports center, or on like NFL or NBA.com. There's a channel on Youtube called the Grantland channel and I follow that and ESPN as news source and from those I'd have to say Jalen Rose is both my favorite journalist and analyzer.   I'm interested in journalism right now because I want to do it as a career and I just like being able to find out information. I like the interviewing process because you get to meet new people and learn about them or even talk to people you know and learn more about them. In journalism class I want to learn how to interview people and to write a succinct article.