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Choosing a Subject or Focus March 24, 2010

Filed under: Reading Response,Uncategorized — AmiRizo @ 10:11 AM

I think it’s really interesting that when we write or even talk about something that interests us, we don’t freak out about what to write next. Our ideas just flow from us. On the contrast, writing about the history of grass may seem like Chinese water torture for most people.

When choosing a topic for a project, dig further within the subject. If you  choose too much of a general idea, it would take you forever to complete. Knowing the reason and purpose is important as well. This is known as the thesis statement and it is used to “sum up” what it is you are writing.


The Campaign For Real Beauty Background February 28, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — AmiRizo @ 10:30 PM

The Dove Campaign for Real Beauty was started in 2004 to change the narrow stereotypes of beauty for women. The ads featured real everyday women that weren’t the typical model type figure. Later, in 2007, Dove launched another campaign to change the views about women and aging. I think Dove started something wonderful. Everyday, young girls and women around the world are bombarded by society’s expectations on how they should look. We have a skewed image of what real, true beauty is. This causes many self-esteem issues. I was shocked that only 2% of women around the world think that they are beautiful.


Gallery: Messages In The Media February 24, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — AmiRizo @ 12:19 AM

Got Milk?, 2004: Oh yea, he’s a hottie! BMX bicyclist Dave Mirra is advertising milk. The intention is to have more people drink milk for health and strong bones. Using Mirra as a spokesperson is a great way to get active teens attentions. Young boys can see this and think “This will make me indestructible too.”

Crowd Gathered Around an Outdoor TV Set in India, 1996: When I looked at this picture, I saw how much we take for granted. Even though I don’t watch TV often, I can still watch it whenever I want. These people gather together to enjoy television and take part in each other’s company.

CNN/YouTube Democratic Presidential Debate, 2007: This got me thinking: Pretty soon, we are going to have to get out of bed because everything will be done online.

Personality Identification Playing Cards, U.S. Army, 2003: These are very clever. Soldiers could be playing a simple game of Go Fish when out of the blue, Abdul Rahman Yasin shows up. But wait is it really him? Let me check the cards. It is! Shoot him down boys!

Lewis Hine, Girl Worker in Cotton Mill, 1908: This is a fascinating picture. It shows the intricacies of a cotton mill but at the same time, the crudeness of child labor.

Philip Greenberg, Viagra Model Car: NASCAR isn’t my cup of tea. I don’t understand the point of driving 200 miles per hour around a round track 200 times. However, NASCAR has advertisements galore.

Human Rights Watch Web Site, 2008: With the Internet, we are completely connected and have access to great amounts of information.

Princess Mononoke Still, 1997: I love seeing movies and books in “classic” cartoon style. I think it gives it a more artistic and authentic character. Though I’m not a big fan of anime, I believe it is a form of literacy.

All of these pictures attract a certain group of people, each with a different purpose.


Deciding On Purpose and Content February 16, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — AmiRizo @ 11:29 PM

This article is about what to do once you have chosen a topic. Understanding and knowing how to respond to the subject is the first step depending on what it is will determine how much leeway you have with tone. The article also talks about how many different ways to respond to a single subject. It is also important to give readers background information on what you are writing about.


Understanding Purpose

Filed under: Uncategorized — AmiRizo @ 11:27 PM

It is difficult to fully understand a text when you cannot figure out its purpose. There are three general purposes, which are: inform and analyze, persuade, and teach and delight. The first poem is mostly used in the academic and professional worlds. They are used to inform people. Some sort of analysis usually follows it. Text that is informative needs to be clear, organized, accurate, and verifiable. The second form, persuasive, makes disputable claims. They use appeals with logos (evidence, testimony, and good reasons), ethos (good character portrayal of the subject), and pathos (emotions). Persuasive texts use any type of stimuli to convince their audience. Finally, text that teaches but also entertains usually falls into the category of literature and fine arts.

I don’t usually stop and think about the concrete purpose of what I’m writing. Most of the time I just dive into it. I think this will help the strength of my papers.


Crot Remediation February 13, 2010

Filed under: Invention — AmiRizo @ 8:26 PM

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The Curious Researcher: Chapter 1, Exercise 1 February 10, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — AmiRizo @ 6:21 PM


  • Movies
    • Crash
    • Scary Movie Series
    • Mean Girls
    • White Chicks
  • TV Shows
    • Que Pasa USA?
    • South Park

What stereotypes are being portrayed?

Do they have a positive or a negative inclination?

How do audiences react to these stereotypes?

How do these stereotypes affect our behavior with people who “fit the type”?

Are stereotypes usually accurate?