Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thursday, November 23. 2017

Today's schedule is D-C-B-A

D Block Criminology 12 -Today we continue with our unit on media literacy. We will talk about the history of media and communication formats (I'll give you a handout on the topic and we'll go over it today). So...

I want you to track your consumption of media for one day. Today we'll estimate how much time of the day you think you consume and interact with media. We'll look at this Kaiser Family Foundation study from 2010 and it will give us a good idea about amounts. The Info-graphic to the left from MBAOnline posted at Socialmouth is a good visual of generational differences for media consumption throughout the day. So for the end of each hour that you are awake for one day I'd like you to write down what media format you interacted with for that previous hour and guesstimate how much time you interacted with it. I know that you are a generation of multi-taskers (and that you are interacting with this blog right now) so try to be as honest as you can about what you consume/interact with.

Remember the types of Mass Media include: Print media encompasses mass communication through printed material. It includes newspapers, magazines, booklets and brochures, house magazines, periodicals or newsletters, direct mailers, handbills or flyers, billboards, press releases, and books. Electronic media is the kind of media which requires the user to utilize an electric connection to access it. It is also known as 'Broadcast Media'. It includes television, radio, and new-age media like Internet, computers, telephones, etc. With the advent of Internet, we are now enjoying the benefits of high technology mass media, which is not only faster than the old school mass media, but also has a widespread range. Mobile phones, computers, and Internet are often referred to as the new-age media. Internet has opened up several new opportunities for mass communication which include e-mail, websites, podcasts, e-forums, e-books, blogging, Internet TV, and many others which are booming today. Internet has also started social networking sites which have redefined mass communication all together. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have made communication to the masses all the more entertaining, interesting, and easier.

I'm going to hold off on the MMIWG and Highway of Tears until Tuesday next week. Because we didn't get to it yesterday tyoday I'd like to watch the Batman: The Animated Series Two Face (part 1) and  Two Face (Part II). These episodes provide an alternate origin story to Harvey Dent / Two Face than the movie The Dark Knight.

The animated series was a sort of watershed for crime serial animation in that it was styled after a "film noir" format (a gritty and dark Hollywood genre of crime dramas from the 1940's and 1950's). This episode is almost 25 years old (yep from 1992) and is a brilliant example of a cartoon series taking its audience seriously. It provided gripping, intelligent, and compelling episodes that did not shy away from important issues and was adept at examining crime from a criminology perspective (It even won an Emmy award in 1993 for "Outstanding Animated Program - for the episode "Robin's Reckoning"). It is sophisticated, mature, artistic, and faithful to the Batman cannon.

from Dent, campaigning for a re-election, vows to rid Gotham of Rupert Thorne's crime and corruption. The tables turn when Thorne gets a hold of Dent's psychological records and discovers his alternate personality the violent Big Bad Harv. Thorne attempts to blackmail the DA with this, and the following fight in Thorne's chemical plant hideout results in an explosion that scars the left side of Dent's body, despite Batman's attempts to save him.

So when we finish the episode we'll try to make sense of what messages the episode tries to pass on to its audience (remember it's children), what the episode says of crime and what mass media theory we can use to explain how the creators (Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski) and writers (Alan Burnett and Randy Rogel) presented their ideas.

C Block Human Geography 11 - Today we continue with our topic around the key question "Why Do Conflicts Arise among Ethnicities?" Our focus today will be Lebanon, Sri Lanka, India and the Kurds. For the Kurds and Kurdistan a good primer is this GPS video from CNN with Fareed Zakaria as well as this article form the Economist or this article from Foreign Policy or the website "The Kurdish Project" following videos help too:

Next we'll look at Sri Lanka and the conflict between the Tamil minority and Sinhalese majority. For help ThoughtCo. has a nice piece on the Civil War as does Al Jazeera as does A World Without Genocide.

And, of course, there is the partition of India which displaced fifteen million people and killed more than a million as the British left India and religious communities were pitted against one another. The Guardian has a good article Why Pakistan and India remain in denial 70 years on from partition and the Conversation has an article How the Partition of India happened – and why its effects are still felt today and there's also a good piece on the BBC Partition of India: My memories

OH WAIT...Don't forget Jammu & Kashmir

B Block Physical Geography 12 - Today we'll continue our look at weather by reviewing yesterday's topics of energy distribution and the greenhouse effect (and connect those topics to global warming). Our next focus will then be on heat and temperature in the atmosphere. We'll take a look at two sections of the National Geographic video "Six Degrees Could Change the World" (1 to 3 degree temperature changes). In class today, you will need to work on questions 9 & 11 on page 118 AND questions 5, 8, 12 & 13 from page 141 and 16 from page 142 of your Geosystems textbook. We will pay more attention to global warming and climate change later on in the course.

Don't forget that every day we are going to start by looking at the synoptic forecast along with weather maps.
Data Streme
Envrionment Canada: Weather Office Comox

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