Can Trying Something You Hate REALLY make the World a Better Place?
Throughout the last few weeks, my New Media 1 1 class has been learning a lot about the single-story and stereotypes. The process has been an interesting one to learn and think about. As a class, we’ve watched and read a few articles and videos; such as The Danger of the Single Story and How to Stop Hating video. When reflecting on the videos and class discussions we’ve had in class, I’ve learned a lot about how stories can be an amazing tool, but when one person is telling it from their point of view, it can be very easy to create a “single story.” A single-story is when someone is unfairly stereotyped for something that is based off very narrow evidence of the person and the actions they make. In class, when we watched The Danger of the Single Story Ted Talk, the speaker, Adiche, was speaking about the single-story and one thing that really stuck with me is, “But stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of people.” This quote really stuck with me because I believe it shows the contrast in how stories can lift us up and power us and motivate us, but can also bring us down and if told my the wrong person or told in the wrong way, it can completely take away our feelings of value or worth in ourselves. The other video we watched in class was Michael Wesch’s video on how to stop hating. In this video, Wesch tries to do something he hates and attempts to love it, this for him, was country music. Wesch and his sister go out line dancing in order to get Wesch to try something he never does, he feels like “he’s stepping into his past”. One quote that I thought was interesting in Wesch’s How to Stop Hating video was, “Learning to love some musical genre you once hated is not going to solve the deep divides of our world, but its a start, love isn’t something that just happens to you, it something you do, its a practice and you can get better at it.” This quote was interesting to me because I think it really shows that just trying something you don’t usually like can make a start on making the world a better place, which is what we’ve been talking about this whole time. Wesch is right, just trying something you don’t usually try is not going to solve our worlds problems but its one way to start, if we all did this, the world would be a better place. One of our assignments, we talked to someone in the class that we don’t usually talk to, in order to conduct a similar experiment that Wesch went through. I really enjoyed it, it gave me a way of talking to someone that I don’t usually talk to and learning about the similarities and differences we have. Moving past the single-story starts with you and I, single stories are a way negative way of stereotyping someone unfairly, if we all moved the past the single-story, accepted people for their likes and dislikes, the single-story wouldn’t be as apparent as it is today and I’m betting it makes our world a better place.
When people talk about cancel culture, they think of celebrities getting exposed for things they’ve done in the past and receiving consequences because of it, but “cancelling” someone can be more than that. “Cancelling” someone as a definition is calling out someone for something negative they’ve done in the past or present that has serious consequences with it. For schools all around the world “cancelling” has been a term used as a joke or seriously with friends or classmates in classrooms when they have done something wrong or said something inappropriate that someone didn’t like. There are many ways someone can get “cancelled” it can vary from losing friends to even in some cases even worse consequences such as having to move schools because of public abuse. When reading the article, Tales from the Teenage Cancel Culture a student, aged 15, got “cancelled” by her friends and when speaking about the consequences she said, “All the friends I had previously had through middle school completely cut me off, “Ignored me, blocked me on everything, would not look at me.” There are both negative and positive consequences to cancel culture. Some positives to cancelling someone is it can be used to educate someone or expose someone for something in the past that they have done wrong, “cancelling” someone can teach them a good lesson on what is and what isn’t appropriate. Some of the negatives of “cancelling” someone is that they could have their whole life flipped upside down for something they said when they were young and weren’t educated that what they said was inappropriate, When reading the article, A Racial Slur, A Viral Video and a Reckoning a teenager spoke about how her life was pretty much ruined by something she said when she was 15 in a 3-second video where she said a racial slur when speaking about it, she said, “At the time, I didn’t understand the severity of the word, or the history and context behind it because I was so young.” What I think of cancel culture is that it can be good if used effectively, it can be good if people are getting educated about what they’ve done wrong, not unjustly punished because of something they said way back when they were kids. I do believe “cancelling” someone at some point could be bullying when someone does something inappropriate or says something inappropriate they should be called out but they shouldn’t be punished so bad that they lose all their friends, especially if they understand what they did wrong and has apologized and acknowledged it. People will often use the “free speech” argument when saying something inappropriate and I really think there’s no way to stop that argument but I think as people we are getting better at acknowledging when something is wrong or shouldn’t be said. Cancel culture has many positives but it has to be used efficiently to educate someone.
Black Lives Matter Protests
What drew me to this article was the headline. This article interests me because, throughout the year, these protests have appeared all over Canada and the US. Even Port Coquitlam has had their own protests to have their voice heard. another reason this article interested me is because I think kids my age are getting more and more involved in protesting where it’s online or actually protesting in the streets and I think that’s great. This article explains how it is great that we are all protesting and making our voice heard but we also can’t stop now, we must keep protesting and keep showing that we want to make a difference. The article also talks about the negatives to the protests, for example, the looting and violence that’s come with it. I really like the writing because I think it is very well written and easy to write, not wordy and I feel like I can connect to the writer’s feelings about the protests and having our voices heard, I also like the writing because i like the language it uses as it is descriptive and detailed. What I took out of this article was just reassurance that as people, we need to keep fighting racism.
This project is about how technology can be a dangerous tool if used incorrectly. Technology has many positives but has numerous negatives as well which I talk about on the Thinglink below. Discussing how technology is ruining our reading brain and how it’s using our interests against us but I also talk about the counter-narrative and how it can be a good learning tool and how it makes our lives easier. There is a podcast too where me and a friend talk about the counter-narrative and the solutions along with the negatives.
Life of A Student During a Global Pandemic
What drew me to this article was the title for the most part. The title is for the most part relevant for students right now during the pandemic and I wanted to see how others such as the author are dealing with it in high school. This article was written to inform other students of what it’s like to have school online and the positives and negatives that come with it. Throughout the article, the author uses examples that I can relate such as missing school sports and seeing friends daily which I enjoy. I also enjoy the first little paragraph because it shows the life of a student at our age and the things we as students have had to deal with through the school year early on. The author uses a strong vocabulary and strong descriptions to show how the pandemic has changed school for all of us. I can’t say I learned a lot from this article, seeing as I’m currently kind of living it, but it did show another perspective from someone that is going through the same thing. I would recommend this article to any students who are trying to have an insight on school during a pandemic.