Media Messages

The first image features a full-body shot of actress Klara Kristin along with the words, “I seduce in #mycalvins.” and the image directly next to it features a close-up of rapper Fetty Wap. The phrase on his ad “I make money in #mycalvins”. This ad highlights a dated gender stereotype saying that men are the main source of income, while women are sex objects. Obviously woman are much more than just “seducing” objects and I feel like Calvin Klein is trying to manipulate that by putting up ads like this. The colors are very bright so it is easy to spot on a billboard. The clothing brand Calvin Klein is being sold. We clearly have a man and a woman posing for the camera. I do like the fact that Calvin Klein is trying to show that woman can be sexy and all but I am personally offended by this ad. I’m not influenced by ads like this personally but I do believe younger kids passing by this billboard would be and why I chose ad is because we need to stop with the sexist ads.




Now and Then

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Some similarities between “then” and “now” included things like household and school rules (no speaking when the teacher is speaking, help around the house etc…). Even though one would think that dating was different back then, it doesn’t seem to be the case. Teenagers back then were allowed to date (in exception to religious individuals) and dates seemed to have been the same as well (movies, dinners, going for walks etc…). Furthermore, transportation seems to be the same as well – individuals walk to places, use transit to go to further places and during the early 90s used cars. Although “now” and “then” have few similarities, differences between the two do occur. Differences such as movies in the 80s vs now (movies now have before way more tech and advanced). Entertainment has changed drastically – many believe people now have made their phones the #1 source of entertainment when back then, going out with friends and going to the cheap movie theaters was a source of entertainment. A simple rule such as “no gum in school” has changed because back then, they were quite strict about it when now, teachers don’t care. Music has gone from more artists coming together in groups (80s) to more solo artists (2018) – though there are groups of artists that do still exist. Teenagers have the privilege of having proper working phones now a days – meaning they have easy access to information on the internet, faster access to contacting friends and calling the emergency line in a time of need. Teenagers now are way more accepted whether it’s for their gender and sexuality which many back then felt the need to hide. Teenage girls now have easy access to cheap contraceptives which many believe is a good thing. High schoolers now are freer to choose the courses they would like you take when back then, everyone had to take every subject and it was mandatory. Continuing with the educational aspect of things, teenagers back then had an easier time getting accepted to universities because it wasn’t as competitive back then as it is now. As for expectations, I feel like there is less expectations for teenagers now than before – parents seem to be more open to letting their kids become what they want to become where as before, if the parents wanted their kid to become a doctor, they had no other choice but to become one. With everything in mind, I would rather have grown up now rather than before – teenagers are more educated now a days on STIs and the effects of smoking. Yes, teenagers spend time on their phones but people make it seem like we cannot hold a conversation when in reality, we most definitely can. We CAN put our phones away and as crazy as it might seem, we CAN survive without our phones.


Hiring discrimination – Blog Log 3

People have not changed. Racial discrimination has always been around and will always continue to be around unless people decide to put away their racial bias. How is this still possible? Sadly, people are too blind and don’t realize that, in hiring, a person’s race doesn’t matter but their quality of work matters; Employers should hire based on a person’s personal qualifications and not their external skin color. People continue to discriminate because of their ignorance and inability to see another’s true inner and outer beauty. A non-fiction article, “Because you’re black […]” (Place, 2013) shows what racial prejudice can do to a person; it can make them cry in their car after a “disastrous interview.” (Place, 2013)

A young 25 year old women, Jamilah DaCosta, did not get a chance to be a “counter girl” at a pastry shop simply because of her nationality. The article’s hook is worded very nicely and does what a hook is supposed to do, make the reader want to read more. Nathan Place starts off by telling the readers how the patisserie’s pastries are “elegant” and their cakes are “custom-made” just to end the hook with the “city officials say the hiring is discriminatory.” The words elegant, custom-made and discriminatory do not go together very well hence the continuation in reading. Nathan, the author, kept the article very professional and did not try to convince the reader to turn against the bake shop’s owners even though a majority would have. Keeping things together and look at both sides of the story equally is what a good journalist must do; a good journalist must be proficient.

In hiring, racial bias is continues to be a problem till this day. A connection I had in mind is when my brother came home from an interview yelling through his door: “they did not want to hire me! The owners thought because I was white I would not “fit in” with the rest. Why would I need to be from a different nationality in order to be a dish washer?!” Yes, owners and employers can ask for specific qualifications and/or experience before hiring but skin color should never be an issue. I felt bad for my brother and told myself, “if I ever own a restaurant, I will hire based on skills, not looks.” Jamilah was disgusted and so would I in her situation.


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Multifaceted response to loss – Blog log four

Losing someone is never easy to deal with. Having a friend who lost someone is never easy to handle but knowing how to be supportive during a grieving time is important. What made me left click on this article is the simplicity of the title; this article’s title tells you exactly what is going to be talked about in just few paragraphs: “HOW TO SUPPORT SOMEONE WHO IS GRIEVING.” (Magazine, 2018 ) 5 simple steps is all it takes to make someone feel a lot better during a sad time:


(Magazine, 2018 )

I am caught in a difficult situation right now in time where a few of my friends’ friend passed away due to an accidental consumption of fentanyl. The next few weeks of how I am going to help my friends cope with this unfortunate situation is crucial. A number of people would want to go out of their way to help someone deal with grief but this article shows that the most uncomplicated actions are the ones that will be considered the most. An action that takes minimal amount of effort, such as “saying “I’m sorry” is enough to remind a loved one that you are there for them.” (Magazine, 2018 ) I love reading article that are easy to read and include steps (even more when they are numbered 1-…etc.); something about steps just seems easier than to read than a bunched up paragraph.

This is not just a “read only once” article. When I will be caught in this situation again, I will come back to it. It is an article that takes 2 minutes to read but does not make one’s eyes want to close. It is an article based on one concept but more could be added and it would be just as good.

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Article reflection: “Own Self-Care: It’s Simple — And Essential”

“Own Self-Care: It’s Simple — And Essential” by Joanne Heyman 

What hooked me to this article in the first place was its initial message and title: “Own Self-Care: It’s simple — and essential”. The original article was written by Joanne Heyman, and she goes onto talking about how most of us forget to care for ourselves; we forget to care for our self-mind. We might remember to take our daily showers and brush our teeth twice a day, but when do we remember to think about what makes us happy? What makes us to be “honest and authentic”?

Joanne focuses a bit on work environment and the “real world”; she tries to point out that even the wealthiest former first lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt (1600) knew the importance of self-care: “Practicing self-care is especially important for those in leadership positions” (talking about her husband at the time, Franklin D. Roosevelt). With her years of being recognisable, Eleanor recognised that with an important role such as being the president of the United States, comes with this constant being under extreme stress and pressure. People with vital positions care for others before themselves; they forget about their self “needs, desires, fears, and dreams”.

To reflect, I am not the president of the United States nor am I close to such an occupation, but I am a person who thinks about what makes my amount of stress decrease and self-care increase; I think things over and always tell myself  “it is only the beginning Silvia, you still have a whole life ahead of you”. Though being in grade 12, I am still in the midst of learning this “tuning in, tuning out” and being honest with myself and those around me, but people forget it takes time and much effort to achieve this part in life we call a “state of calmness”.

Finally, this article showed a great and realistic message to the people who took the time to read it: “you can establish healthy boundaries and create a sense of balance, even in the face of a challenging work environment”. Remember folks, stress is the only killer you can essentially restrain, in time.

Article reflection: “The Power of Love”

“The Power of Love” by Ellen McGrath

What hooked me to this article was the format of it; it goes from an introduction to point-form advices on how  to improve oneself. The article constantly compares two things, whether it is between “limerance and love” or the concepts coming from popular culture and the ideas we should essentially be putting into our heads, there are always two sides to analyse. Everything written in this article is meant to remind you of what you are fundamentally being persuaded from; these “unrealistic images created for entertainment” are only becoming stronger day by day. The writer of this article, Ellen McGrath, compares eating junk to our national vulnerability, because it is “constantly stimulated by images of instant gratification”. In addition, she tries to display this crucial awareness by saying “we think it is love when it’s simply distraction and infatuation”; like previously mentioned, she likes to make comparisons between things such as interruptions and desire. Furthermore, she added a bit of imagery when she said: “limerance is that first stage of mad attraction whereby all the hormones are flowing and things feel so right”. I understand where she is trying to come from when talking about this state of being infatuated because, things do feel “so right” when you meet the right person and comprehend and feel the definition of love. This article is very easy to relate to.


In Allison’s essay, The South African Storm, Allison states that she is “not going to change anything” which, might be true but, she does have more to say then those simple five words. She believes that making the decision to do “small everyday deeds” (Gandalf), which goes against society’s teachings of what is proper, can truly change one’s definition of the word conscience. We, for one, forget that the need to wait for gestures of change of the people in power is not necessarily practical; politicians will not make change if not asked to do so. In his quote, Gandalf advises that change is made even with the help of “small everyday deeds of ordinary folk”. Furthermore, the changes that politicians make are considerably bigger than those of average people’s because they do affect everybody as a whole, at once. With that being said though, it does not signify small changes are not important as well; those acts of compassion and love are significant and must not be forgotten. What is important about Allison’s quote: “it’s a small, wasted gesture, but it’s an uncorrupted instinct that makes me feel human” is that she is doing what she thinks is suitable and not what society thinks is. She is certain that “convention misinforms our instincts” and convention is that “darkness” that must be kept at bay. To further implicate another real life situation with Allison’s thesis, Malala Yousafzai, a girl who advocates for girls’ education strongly quoted: “I raise up my voice-not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard […]” proving she went against the people who want to shut her up (the Taliban) and went forward with her own ethics.