Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Wednesday, November 29. 2017

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

B Block Physical Geography 12 - Today we'll continue our look at weather; working on an activity called “Air: The High and Low of it” in your week 13 package. After you have finished this activity you need to complete questions 19 and 21 from page 177 in your Geosystems textbook.

Don't forget, we'll start the class by looking at the synoptic chart for North America and begin to understand weather station plots. Take some time on the following sites to learn more and to practice your weather operational analysis capabilities:
WW2010 - University of Illinois Weather site
National Weather Service "Jet Stream" online weather school
American Meteorological Society "Data Streme"
USA Today Reading Weather Maps
Practise at: Weather Office (Environment Canada) Operational Analysis Charts or at the Data Streme site above

D Block Criminology 12 - We'll try to understand how media reports crime and try to take a theoretical perspective on the show and why it was made the way that it was presented to the audience. What crimes the media choose to cover and how they cover those crimes can influence the public’s perception of crime. Editors and assignment editors make complex decisions about what crime stories they will cover (or not) and what the headline will be. Journalists and reporters, in partnership with their assignment desks and producers decide what information about those crimes they will include or leave out, what experts they may go to for input, what quotes from that expert they will include, and where in the story these facts and quotes appear.

The way in which the news is brought, the frame in which the news is presented, is also a choice made by journalists. So, a frame refers to the way media and media gatekeepers organize and present the events and issues they cover, and the way audiences interpret what they are provided. Frames influence the perception of the news of the audience, this form of agenda-setting not only tells what to think about, but also how to think about it. so the media can't tell us what to think but it can tell us what to think about:

Today we'll finish the 48 Hours Mystery "Highway of Tears" and compare it to other forms of coverage (Vice, Al Jazeera, or How Stuff Works or the CBC's Missing and Murdered website). Don't forget you have three questions you need to finish:

  1. What main story do you think Investigative Reporters Bob Friel and Peter Van Zant wanted to tell?
  2. Why did the show focus on Madison Scott first, Loren Leslie next and then the victims along the Highway of Tears afterwards?
  3. Why do you think the producers and editors framed the story the way that they did?

C Block Human Geography 11 - Today we'll continue with the key question "Why Do Ethnicities Engage in Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide?" and our focus will be on Darfur and Myanmar. Today we will watch Scream Bloody Murder on Darfur...

And we'll look at a few parts of "The Devil Came on Horseback"

And for Myanmar...

You'll have time to work on your week 13 questions in preparation for tomorrow's project in the library. If you are interested, Daniel Goldhagen's ground-breaking documentary "Worse than War" is linked below. In his documentary he states, "By the most fundamental measure -- the number of people killed -- the perpetrators of mass murder since the beginning of the twentieth century have taken the lives of more people than have died in military conflict. So genocide is worse than war."

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