Don’t be the next one get addicted to internet game, Say no

In the resent years, as Internet has rapidly growth, it is progressively changing the way we work, lifestyle, entertainment and communicative way, but there are also many problems has created in the online network. Some of these problems can affect people’s health. One of these issues is the young people immersed on the online digital games and cause unhealthy and other issues.

Network is just like a double-edged sword, which means have two sides. One of the sides is beautiful thing, the other side must have bad thing.  Especially for the young Students are easily addicted to online video games. Once they get addicted, they will have a strong desirable for more and psychological dependence on the games. They will think about their games all the time, because the game is just like the drug. Moreover, Students will show up emotional irritability, depression and other symptoms if they cannot play game. Teenage indulged in playing online video games have a lot of risks which like the vision and nerve damage, decreased flexibility of the brain and affecting academic performance, or even criminal behavior. In addition, some unscrupulous websites, filled with violence, pornography and other undesirable information.

Of course, online games are not always on the bad side. Right amount to play the game is to relax as a healthy activity. When the people free of work or study, they can play some games to relax. In addition, some games also benefit in our thinking, and make us smarter. It’s just like people drink alcohol, doctor suggestion drink less good for our health, not too much.

All in all, everything has two sides, such as online games, the key is that our players how to look at it and use it. depends how to use online games to enrich their own lives are concerned about their own. Smart people will use online games to adjust their lives, make life more interesting.

 

 

 

 

Annotated Bibliography

 

Online game addiction rising, counsellors warn by Owen Bowcott , The Guardian, Thursday 8 October 2009 14.47 EDT

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2009/oct/08/online-games-addiction-on-rise

~In this article is about the young people get addictive cyber game has increasing. If the game players focus heavily on the game, they will forget to eat and sleep while they are playing the games,said by the therapists. Not only that, Addiction with online game are wasting time, money and damaging the player health.

Annotated Bibliography: 3 sources

1 Source- http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/sleep-newzzz/201103/is-technology-stealing-your-sleep

This article written by Michael J. Breus, Ph. D. is about some of the affects using technology before bed can cause. Michael talks about the different ways we are distracted by technology and how it keeps us from sleeping and how it can affect the way we act.

2 Source- http://techland.time.com/2011/03/07/need-a-good-nights-sleep-turn-off-your-devices/

This newspaper article is written by Michelle Castillo, the article is about how important getting a good night sleep is and how its recomended we get it. In the article there are polls of the national sleep foundation that back up the article itself.The article itself explaines how scientist recommed on getting a proper sleep schedual and staying away from any devices that have bright lights and that may distract us from our sleep.

3 Source- http://dailyinfographic.com/your-technology-is-keeping-you-awake-infographic

This article written by Eric Lyday is about how staying awake with gadgets on our laps or hands can seriousl mess with our sleep cycle and mess up our physical and mental health, wheather its in the way we look, stress or feel, these electronic devices take over and are the thingstake up most of our time throughout the day because its something used in our day life. Throughout the article it is explined how it is important to keeo away from lighting screens that may keep us away and mess our cycle up and then screw our sleep schedual. It is also explained what type of things can be affected and what things may be the cause to sleep deprivation or insomnia due to electronic use before bed.

Is Technology keeping us away from Our Sleep?

 Every day Technology advances more and more each day as new discoveries are found and how new technological advances are released trying to make our lives easier through devices we can acess at any time. Though these devices are very helpful and fast, they keep us away from certain things such as attention towards other things and sometimes even our personal time such as sleep. Adults 18 and older need at least 7-9 hours of sleep on daily basis, but whats keeping most of the sleep deprived humans away from their sleep? The answer is Their Phones. Phones Interfear with our sleep by the physical effects we are exposed to.

As we lay in bed we usually pick up our phones to quickly look at our emails,send a last text and just skim through our social medias before bed. The national sleep foundation poll found that 95% of americans use some type of electronic device an hour or so before bed. A way in which technology can keep us from sleeping could be the light on our phones, the light from the electronic devices allows for our body to stop producing melatonin. (Melatonin regulates our bodies sleep.)

Sleeping with our phones by our side not only affect our physical health but aswell as attraction towards our loved one, 1 in 3 smartphone users prefere to give up sex then their own phones. By this we tell it can affect our mental and physical health. Many of these people use there phone and leave on the side to sleep with it incase they get a call or a text. Those guilty of this are mostly teenagers who text till late at night and are distracted by the light and conversation.

Some of us like to read before bed because it helps us get sleepy but reading from your smart phone or ipad can be stressful. Some of the things we read make us emotionally excited and even playing games can get us excited aswell. These type of things get the mind active making it difficult to fall asleep.

As we are sleep deprived from so many distractions that our phone gives us, we try to stay away but the more attached we get. We tend to use it and then sleep with it by our side or even using it as an alarm in the morning maybe harmful such as when we click snooze and the light on the screen hits our face. These little things such as reading off our phones or ipads, or playing a game before bed or even watching a movie can slowly interfere with more then just our sleep, it maybe the answer to many things such as our moods,headaches and even depression, thats why we shouldnt be using our smartphones before bed.. give yourself some personal space away from that dangerous device!

 

Social Media and the Arab Spring

It has being a phenomenon in most countries  including those in the middle east for armed soldiers to guard the national Radio and Television buildings apparently to protect the country’s formidable broadcast assets from being commandeered in an attempted revolutions or mutiny. However, this well secured institutions are no longer the prime medium to express or disseminate information. The Internet in particular opens a new communications channel, both in terms of accessing other peoples’ ideas and in terms of individual expression. Social media came to be used to generate awareness campaigns of many types, by individuals, organizations, movements, and even governments. The influence of the social media came to display  during the Arab Spring, allowing crowd sourcing, coordination of large-scale protests, scheduling demonstrations through  Facebook messages and globally communicating up-to-the-minute updates through Twitter.

The advent of the social media breaks the psychological barrier of fear by helping many to connect and share information. It gives most people in the Arab world the knowledge that they are not alone, that there are others experiencing just as much brutality, hardships, and lack of justice. Perhaps nowhere have the attempts to use social media to promote the principles of democracy in new ways been more visible than in Tunisia and Egypt, where Facebook and Twitter have been used to quickly disseminate information and instructions that the government has not been able to control. Some believe that the new social media have created a new process for revolution. The process begins when someone establishes a page on Facebook, which is seen by various users, who then comment on it and begin interacting with each other. Once the group is solidified, users begin posting pictures, video footage, and links to YouTube. As this happens, news and comments also begins to appear on Twitter, ever expanding the network of people who are linked in to debates about these events and images. Since the network is not limited geographically, the scope can quickly become global. While this process can be promising in terms of reaching large numbers of people very quickly and creating instantaneous reactions, it also carries the inherent danger of being used to perpetuate sectarianism, tribalism, regionalism, racism, sexism, and discrimination through the proliferation of extremist. It must be recalled that Facebook is not the private domain of enlightened values or democratic ideals. The reality of an open source is that it is open to everyone and anyone who cares to access and comment on it, whether constructively or destructively. Thus, there is the potential for both democratic change and retrograde reactionism that can have serious political and economic repercussions, and for both building and fracturing social cohesion.

It is estimated that more than 3 million tweets, gigabytes of YouTube content and thousands of blog posts, were recorded during the Arab Spring.  Conversations about revolution often precedes major events, and social media has carried inspiring stories of protest across international borders. evidence suggests that social media carried a cascade of messages about freedom and democracy across North Africa and the Middle East, and helped raise expectations for the success of political uprising, like Philip Howard, the project leader and an associate professor in communication at the University of Washington put it “People who shared interest in democracy built extensive social networks and organized political action. Social media became a critical part of the toolkit for greater freedom.”

During the week before Egyptian president Hosni Mubaraks resignation, for example, the total rate of tweets from Egypt and around the world about political change in that country ballooned from 2,300 a day to 230,000 a day.  Videos featuring protest and political commentary went viral, the top 23 videos received nearly 5.5 million views. The amount of content produced online by opposition groups, in Facebook and political blogs, increases dramatically.

“Twitter offers us the clearest evidence of where individuals engaging in democratic conversations were located during the revolutions,” Howard said.  Twitter provides a window into the broader world of digital conversations, many of which probably involved cell phones to send text, pictures or voice messages, he said.  In Tunisia, for example, less than 20 percent of the population uses social media, but almost everyone has access to a mobile phone. The outcomes of the revolutions in the middle east has brought down dictatorial governments out of power in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt.

Social media has come to stay. The phenomenon can only get bigger and better. Regimes should be more concerned with how to exploit this media positively in governance rather than seeing it as a weapon in the hands of the people they govern. If leaders are transparent and honest they should not be afraid of the social media. An attempt to gag people is only a prelude to anarchy which could culminate in a violent revolution.

References:

Saleem  Kassim (July 3, 2012). Twitter revolution how the Arab spring was helped by social media. Retrieved April 18, 2014 from www.policymic.com

Catherine O’Donnell (September 12, 2011). New study quantifies use of social media in Arab Spring. Retrieved April 19, 2014 from www.washington.edu

Ramesh Srinivasan (October 29 2012). Taking power through technology in the Arab Spring. Retrieved April 20, 2014 from www.aljazeera.com

Social media Vs. Teens

Many kids in this generation have social media. Kids are starting to have social media from a very young age resulting them to think that everything they see on social networks is right and  they should follow. Kids consume all there time on social medias not taking in any information from school or knowledge from everyday life.

Social media affecting teens’ concepts of friendship, intimacy

Young people feel socially supported by having large networks of on-line friends they may never see

By Pauline Dakin, CBC News Posted: Feb 24, 2014 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 25, 2014 11:27 AM ET

 

  •     It’s an article that deals with how much time kids consume on social media. Teens tend to have a lot of followers on social networks, a lot of them being there just to show that your popluar. Many of those followers you don’t even know but you feel happy with them following you. You tend to have this fake connection with someone thats in another country to feel better about yourself. It’s good at some points but then you can’t connect to someone on a real level and have a normal conversation because yet again your so consume by social media that you forget whats going on.

Teens on social media’s impact on relationships: Survey

by  on January 23, 2014 in FeaturedNetFamilyNews
  •  Social media affects the relationship your in! In my experiences social media as a huge impact because your relationship is not private its public. People will try to get in the way between you and your partner, it happened to me in the pass. In social media people tend to act different because there not face to face with you, people will lie and provoke you to certain extents. Social media is negative in some teens because teens want to use in a negative way by trying to break a relationship up by posting up a picture or a message.

 

The upside of selfies: Social media isn’t all bad for kids

By Kelly Wallace, CNN
updated 4:38 PM EST, Fri November 22, 2013
Social media might have just won this battle with teens. It is positive because it builds the self esteem of kids and nowadays everyone needs a boost of self esteem. social media is very back and forth but you just have to see how you view it.

Lack of Privacy Online

As the internet gains it’s popularity over the years, it is also gaining more and more users. Most users are not aware of what they do online. The lack of privacy online is increasing especially on social media sites such as Facebook, twitter, instagram, etc. Many users are becoming concerned that most of the things they do online are being monitored and they fear that they may have no privacy while they are online. Now people have gained the opportunity to access any kind of information about anything or anyone with the help of the internet. Internet privacy is an interesting topic because most people ignore how much privacy they have while using the internet until they realize it is too late. Today’s society with so many social media sites such as Facebook include many personal information and that information can be tracked and used by other people without the owner knowing about it, but some may know about it which then becomes a privacy concern for them. Online shopping is another factor to think about because the shopper doesn’t know if their credit card information is safe online. Many people’s credit card info has been stolen by other online users because may be the site they were using was not safe. One way to  avoid those problems is to find out if the site they are using is safe or not and if the site is asking for too many personal information, the user should stop using the site. Young people, especially teenagers are less worried about privacy because they don’t really think about the consequences, they just want to have fun with what they do online. Privacy has become a great issue for online users now that personal information is easy to be used by other people.

There are many questions and concerns about online privacy and those questions may include topics such as the users information being kept private only to the user or if the website they are using is safe or not and etc. Many of those questions can be answered by doing some research about it. Since online privacy has become a big issue around the world, many people and journals have written about this issue to inform internet users and people who are interested in learning more about the issue. Some sources that have come across while doing this research were about Facebook privacy, users accepting lack of privacy on the internet, and about privacy vanishing online. According to source, “many employers use Facebook profiles to screen job applicants,” Facebook users can be judged by their profile. The source states that “your inappropriate Facebook profile, posts, and photos could lose you your next job, many employers are using the Facebook profiles of job candidates to filter out weaker applicants based on perception of life style, attitudes and personal appearance.” Facebook is open to many people around the world and users information can be looked at by anyone. based on source titled “One in two users accepts a lack of privacy on internet,” young people generally are less worried about privacy and women are more concerned about protecting their privacy than men. The source also states that young people are more active users. Another source titled “How privacy vanishes online” mentions that “Allessandro Acquisti and Ralph Gross reported that they could accurately predict the full, nine digit social security numbers for 8.5 percent of the people born in the united states between 1989 and 2003.” The lack of privacy online is increasing as technology advances.

Annotated Sources:

“Many employers use Facebook profiles to screen job applicants”                                         Inderscience Publishers                                                                                                         July 23, 2012                                                                                                                           www.sciencedaily.com

This article is about employers judging job seekers based on their online activities. Facebook profiles, posts, photos, their lifestyle, attitudes and personal appearance may be the reasons a person will not be accepted to a job. This article provides the readers with many Facebook privacy information that users may not have known about. It can’t be denied that many people are being judged by their Facebook profile because their profile is basically who they are and what they do unless its a fake profile. Its kind of mind blowing that employers look at people’s social media accounts to make the decision of hiring them or not to hire them. While they do that, they don’t really care about the person’s privacy because the person doesn’t know about it. Most people would agree that if this happened to them, their privacy rights are being violated by unknown people. And this kind of activity would leave the internet users concerned and raise questions weather the internet is safe or not. People that use the internet and people who have social media accounts, should really be careful and mindful of what they do online because they can be judged and misunderstood based on their online activities.

 

“One in two users accepts a lack of privacy on internet”                                                         University of Zurich                                                                                                                   December 10, 2013                                                                                                                 www.sciencedaily.com

This article is about internet usage in general and in Switzerland. Based on the article, study results show that young people are less worried about privacy and in general, women are more concerned about protecting their privacy than men. Its surprising that a million people in Switzerland including aged 14 years or over still don’t surf the web because they are not interested or don’t see any use for it. One question that comes across reading this article is that why are men less concerned about protecting their privacy than women? It may be because women are more likely to be targeted by others such as strangers and there might be other reasons why its that way and why men are less concerned. The internet is used differently by different age groups. Older people use it very differently than young people because they are not used to these advanced technology and the younger generation are more active users and they use it more often. Also young people tend to accept the lack of internet privacy more than older people.

 

“How privacy vanishes online”                                                                                                 The New York Times         Steve Lohr                                                                                  march 16, 2010                                                                                                                        www.nytimes.com

In this article, Steve Lohr writes about how privacy is slowly vanishing online. He also writes that a person doesn’t have to give someone their social security number and e- mail address to give away their personal information because those are not the only personal information about a person. Those that use the internet, especially social media sites have all sorts of their personal information open to others. Not only that, the internet can collect a person’s information and create a picture of a person’s identity and even their social security number which may seem impossible but is possible. The article says that “you may not disclose personal information, but your friends and colleagues may do it for you, referring to your school, or employer, gender, location, and interests.” This happens to many people and it leads to many unwanted situations like break up between friendship and more. People don’t realize that they put so many personal information online unless they do it purposely. In the modern world today there are many sites that people use and give their information to and don’t realize how their privacy is being invaded by others.

The Image That Lasts

Over the past twenty years the artworld has been transformed by technology. New trends have emerged to steal the spotlight from the traditional landscapes and portraits. Not only is much of it recorded digitally, presentation is changing. Some experts believe this is the art for the masses, especially this texting, tweeting gadget loving generation. The new phenomenon is art that many can relate to, if not produce. Creating art is no longer only for the truly talented and artistic, but concept and presentation are now just as important. Not only are more people attempting to create and show art but the avenues have widened, giving more opportunity. Galleries and Museums are really involved at this point but it took a while to get there. The answer as to whether these works will last is not known. Appreciation of new art is not always established this quickly and it suggests a lasting legacy. With the growing interest, there must be solutions to its unique issues of preservation.

The image of acceptable fine art has changed dramatically. In a late 1990s’ article titled “But is it art?”, an LA gallery owner John Mattheisen said, “I think people buy work based on two things: what art critics say and personal taste.” He hinted that the art was not praised yet therefore prices very low. This in turn would effect where it was shown or sold and whether it would be collectable. Traditional artists are proven sellers and new art has to prove itself. As strange as it seems, “one stumbling block keeping critics, curators and artists embracing this artform is that many have a hard time defining exactly what digital art is.”(Sullivan, Terry)

The social aspects of the accessability and possible personal involvement is so meaningful. It is conceivable to create using work from history and an original, then digitally record something that lasts forever. Actually the possibilities are endless because sharing is possible with these tools. And in ten minutes a piece of art can be seen all over the world. The concepts and surfaces are changing. This is new and very interesting.

Throughout history traditional fine art defined many cultures. Preservation and restoration has been key in keeping these images alive. When many of these treasures were created, they were not sought after or even seen. Many of the so-called masters were not recognized till after they died. Fixing and repairing art is an art that took many years to develop. It takes time to realize the success of making sure something lasts. Knowing how to keep this new art whole is going to take time. Fortunately, the experimentation has exposed people to many new ideas. Collaborative art and work that you interact with is very popular. By creating these installations, permanence is clearly not so important. It seems as if the concept and experience as displayed may be it. Perhaps endurance is in its strength as far as vision not permanence. There seems to be evidence that this is the case.

As recent as 2011, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City had a show that allowed the people attending to interact with the art. Many of the pieces showcased were design driven concepts to be accessed digitally, as well as viewed on site. As quoted in a New York Times article; MOMAs’ senior curator Paola Antonelli described the event as an answer to a current phenomenon, “pancommunication–everything and everybody conveying content and meaning in all possible combinations.”(Rosenberg, Karen) There were special galleries created for exhibitions of work including robots, charts and information systems, video games and chattering objects. People visiting could interact on their cellphones by scanning in a special code that in turn called up a website. If a viewers phone wasn’t compatible, MOMA arranged for viewing on their own website. “Talk to Me: Design and the Communication Between People and Objects” was considered an exceptionally smart show. It was truly innovative and well received, “one of the smartest design shows in years–by which I mean it’s intelligent but also that it is made for the texting, tweeting, social-networking, down-app loading, smartphone-weilding museumgoer.” (Rosenberg, Karen)

Since the days when artists just incorporated digital visuals into their work, the universal use of technology has changed communication. Perhaps shows like this have become standard in the museum world. When people can physically touch a piece of art or speak to it, there is a bond made. Chuck Close is a well known artist who create portraits that look like giant digital paintings. Way before we incorporated computers as tools for artists, he painted these awesome images. He is actually experimenting with computers and pushing his images to be seen in a different light. “It’s wonderfully complicated because you’re building an image,” he says about his new found technique. Not only do these experiments invite raw untested talent but the established artist. “There’s been an explosion of creativity during the last decade as many artists are exploring the technologies and what boundaries they can push,” said Ronald Lobaco, curator of “Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital” shown at The Museum of Arts and Design in New York. This recent exhibition included many internationally known artists including frank Stella, Daniel Libeskind and Hiroshi Sugimoto. This may be what digital art is, the ability to express as never before.

Bibliography

Rosenberg, Karen. Art That Interacts If You Interface. New York Times 29 July. 2011. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 16 Apr. 2014.

Using this article to help me show the success these new artforms are having. Because the writer reviewed the show, I was able to gather information and opinions of others as well. I did not want this paper to really have my opinion because I am a trained artist and have very strong feelings. Although I appreciate the growth of any idea, it may not be my thing. As we can see this is no longer just some new fad but an established movement so to speak in terms of art and business. When the big money museums are involved that indicates stability. In this article, she was very thorough and established a couple of view points.
In this article, specifics about the works were included and I may highlight a couple in my paper. Since this show was one of the biggest and most successful of this time, it introduced many people to the not so specific genre. Getting the general public and young people involved has surely had an affect on creation. It really enabled me to understand the possibilities for exhibiting an interactive show. Also, several reactions from people helped me to understand the viewers opinion.

Sullivan, Terry. But is it art? Photo District News. June. 99, Vol 19.6.

This was an extremely interesting article that included a review of a Christies Auction Event. This auction house has been known for the expensive art and treasures. This was one of the first events that showed digital anything. The response was mixed but the people seem to see a possible future in the popularity of this type of art. Indicated in the article are the questions of longevity both physically and in terms of popularity. because it was written some time ago, the relevance of this article is obvious for me to establish some sense of time….in terms of growth.
Having information that was put out over a decade ago is vital to this research topic. The atmosphere at that time, I can almost remember and having documentation means so much. It seems like this was almost the beginning of the phase we are in. What was called digital has evolved to include so many different techniques. The question that they ask in the title has been answered somewhat, in the way things have changed. Very important to show in writing an effective paper.

Sheets, Hilarie M. Artists take up digital tools. New York Times 27 Oct. 2013.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 16 April. 2014.

I used this article for information regarding an art show involving established artists using technology, perhaps for the first time. Some of the artists mentioned are very famous for their work before the digital boom. They discuss with excitement the addition of digital techniques they are now working with. Although very established on an international level, they are changing the pictures and images they have worked so hard to get. It is important to understand the artists view and acceptance of these tools. It is a risk that does not have to be taken but artists by nature seem to be experimental. This group validates the new art and techniques that were questioned not so long ago. Although a short article, the interview of Chuck Close was fascinating. I have always admired him for several reasons. He is severely handicapped and his painting style has always involved so much detail. In fact, the technology today lends to his style and technique visually. But the best thing for him is the physical access he now has.

Literary Art Festival 2014

 

Indulging in the 2014 Literary Arts Festival was an out going, free spirited experience with nothing less than a optimistic vibe. Filled with creative videos, poems and music which were work from The City Tech students and Alumni. I expected nothing less from the performances especially when it’s people who have a passion for creative expression. The festival also offered half time finger food options to curve the taste buds of the audience and were gone briefly do to all the “creative” people in one vicinity. The opening poem was done by an Italian American who reflected his strong but moving thoughts through a average families eyes that filled New Orleans the day of the massive hurricane. Devastating many families with the after effects of the Hurricane including floods, water contamination, famine etc. He discussed the lack of help they received and it moved me due to the fact of how easily important matters can be forgotten.

A surprised guest arrived which is world renowned Eady Cornelius the recipient of Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and NEA fellowships, as well as  founder of Cave Canem Foundation, a nonprofit organization for black  poets. In addition to reading his work, Eady will perform with two members of his band “Rough Magic:” Concetta Abbate on violin and Charlie Rauh on guitar. Eady was a great singer and Guitarist along with his band who played songs that had all different tones including love poems, how mother met father poems which turned out to be all wrong once Eady asked his mother again but was to late because it already got published. Also songs that were accessed permission from the artist.

Thus, this was the first time I’ve attended an event as such I can say it’s help reopen the creative part of my thinking and driven me to take a little more pride in my writing. Living in a shell of your ideas isn’t cool at all express your self and help others understand your ideas like these creative individuals have. Standing on a stage isn’t easy but the way these poets stood in front of everyone putting in the body language as they read their work really helped everyone understand their work.

Besides this being an extra credit assignment, I Highly respect the young innovative minds that are behind Fest-ival. Hilarious hosts to dim any awkward moments, surprise guest to give none majors an incentive to join in on the event, and a supportive crowd including Students, alumni, family, and friends. Living up to the means of a annual event only gets harder and more innovative as years past. I can see my self going to the  Literary Arts festival in 2015.

 

Intimate Apparel (Extra Credit)

Both professors

Both professors

Hester St. back in the day

Hester St. back in the day

Limited space in shops

Limited space in shops

I somehow managed to attend the discussion on the play, Intimate Apparel. Although I did not make it on time, I managed to arrive as soon as two professors we doing a sort of Q and A kind of thing. The two female professors were very motivational speakers, at least that is how I was interpreting their tone of voices as. Especially the one on the left, she really stood out to me. I don’t really understand how is it that she stood out, but she did, perhaps it was her voice and attitude towards the discussion and questions that were being asked. A lot of the questions that were being asked really reflected on themes of the play. “Every character want the same thing, they all want to be married, they all want love,” Professor on the right. “Migration, emigration…what does it mean? …Class desires. They all live in NYC…want students to think about how black women lived in 1907. She knows how to navigate…Various themes…She is a seamstress, how does a black woman who’s illiterate navigate through this city.” Professor on left. The two professors both spoke about the female character’s desires and ambitions I believe, and how they want to rebuild new identities.

Afterward, they speak of the character’s identities and purposes in their own lives. I really enjoyed this part of the discussion because it was really more like the professors were talking to one another, rather than just answering the questions.

“As people, people react to their emotions. She’s not living up to the norm of a 35 year old. She gains everything and loses everything.” Professor on right. “Ester is more interested in telling this man about her history. George is more about the sexual drive (?)” Professor on left. “Your father is your paradigm about what a man is, she doesn’t want to be intimate, she wants to be emotionally intimate.” Professor on right.

Now for sure sure, I managed to hear the last two questions that were asked. “What would you say about Caribbean identity?” “She sympathizes with George. He came from working parents who have nothing. When he comes to NY, he wants to be a part of the American dream. he wants to use Ester as to be a part of this American dream. I think of him as a complex character. George wants to recreate his identity in America.” Professor on left. “Ester can sow and she has this certain independence. She has this house…which again is independence. These black women somehow found an independent life…” Professor on right. They spoke about Ester’s and George’s relationship and ideals/beliefs. I found their thought process quite intriguing because I feel as though once I pick up the book, I’ll be looking out for these two characters and will be taking note on their identities. I want to determine whether their Caribbean identities really play a big role in this story for myself.

The final question I heard was, “Last question: what are some possible themes your students can research?” Now throughout the response to this question, they spoke about how there are places here in NYC that can actually help a student retrace Ester’s steps and paths she took. Like for example the tenement museum and Hester St in the lower east side of Manhattan. They passed around photos taken back in the day of how Hester St looked and of photos of the insides of a shop to portray the limited space people had back then. “Students can retrace Ester’s steps. Ester goes to the lower east side. I encourage students to take a visit to the tenement museum…he lives where he works. That what I would like students to do in a research project. Go out and explore and put yourself in Ester’s shoes.” Professor on left. “The clothing, how do they dress? What kind of clothes does Ester wear? …she talks about sowing a button… Their apparel speaks about their class. That’s what my students are looking at, looking at their apparel and who wears what.” Professor on right. “Ester means hidden.” Professor on right.

is social media affecting teens today?

In this generation many teens have many social media outlets such has Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Some use these social medias as a venting diary while others use it for the fun of it to post things thats irrelevant in peoples lives while others are cyber bullies. Social media has many affects towards teens that are both positive and negative. The positive aspects of the social media is that your connected to your friends and family. Also while being connected to social media your connected to the world so you know about stuff thats going around the world. The negative aspects about social media is that with the slang of teens they start writing to their friends and family it dumbs them down because they start writing like that in there every day life. With social media teens tend to be more alone and depressed, because they see the life of other peoples wishing they can be living that life too. Social media is very powerful to teens in a aspect thats very negative since everything is out in the open to everyone; teens get bullied. With social media being out to everyone everything isn’t private unless you make it , but in other cases when its not people have access to it and may bully you if they don’t like you and start to cyber bully by doing mimes of their pictures.

Social media didn’t exist about 15 years ago and since it started a lot of thing began changing. Such as advertising for teens, teens tend to see more products online and they want to consume it to see who has what.