Thursday, December 13, 2018

Friday, December 14. 2018

Today's schedule is CDAB

B Block Criminology - You have the block to finish work...either your clique poster, your individual social influences poster or the questions from the Dateline video you watched in the Learning Commons this past Monday. Remember:
  1. What do you think the purpose of the "My Kid Would Never Do That: Stranger Danger" show and what assumptions or beliefs do its creators have that are reflected in the content?
  2. Who and what is shown in a positive light? In a negative light? Why might these people and things be shown this way? What conclusions might audiences draw based on these facts?
  3. What techniques does the Dateline show use to get your attention and to communicate its message?
To help, we'll discuss "infotainment" (the blurring lines of entertainment and information) where shows like Dateline and 48 Hours Mystery shape the public's views on crime and crime control. Stephen A. Kohm wrote a piece that "examines the way shame and humiliation in criminal justice have become increasingly commodi´Čüed, enacted, and experienced through hybrid forms of mass media that blur the boundaries of reality and entertainment". In it, he argues that, "public narratives about crime in the news media operate on a distinctly emotional level, weaving powerful messages about not only the nature and extent of crime, but also how audiences ought to feel about crime. To Catch a Predator similarly plays upon and appeals to emotions running the gamut from outrage to humiliation".

Rolling Stone had a great article on To Catch a Predator (The New American Witch Hunt) as did the Columbia Journalism Review (The Shame Game). So, what is To Catch a Predator?

To Catch a Predator is a reality television show which features a series of hidden camera investigations by the television news-magazine Dateline NBC. It is devoted to the subject of identifying and detaining those who contact people they believe to be below the age of consent (ages 12–15) over the Internet for sexual liaisons.


What is the problem with to Catch a Predator? Lots...but in the context of the course we're in what it has done is shape the public's consciousness about crime to the point that "Creep Catchers" is now a thing...This is not a "foreign" thing...in Nanaimo the RCMP is concerned about vigilante justice there and here in the Comox Valley we also had another vigilante creep catcher event as well. 


Creep Catchers is a strong example of where people see a problem (through the mediated coverage of crime) and decide to bypass law enforcement and take matters into their own hands. In this, the media has created a moral panic about pedophiles and shaped the consciousness of the public about the problem and the apparent lack of police response.


"All jurisdictions across the United States and Canada have trained officers that are on the internet and are trying to interact with these people and find out who they are" said Nanaimo RCMP Cpl. Jon Stuart but To Catch a Predator undercuts the actual detective work of the RCMP and other police services.

So, did To Catch a Predator perform a public service, or was it just another ratings-hungry reality series?


Clearly it was a cultural phenomenon that still reverberates throughout North American society today. The show was parodied on the October 3rd, 2007 episode of South Park titled “Le Petit Tourette.”

It was mocked on Arrested Development

 And on Mad TV


But Chris Hansen is back on tv...

A & D Blocks Human Geography - Today we will be going to the Library/Learning Commons for another day to work on your Inquiry Project. Today is another check in day. I'll need you to show me the research you've conducted connected to the question that you've narrowed your topic into. I will need you to develop a plan (road map) for your inquiry. What do you need to do? How do you plan to go about doing it? When do you plan on getting it done.  Don't forget this is an active research project and I expect you'll need to go out into the community to interview people so who do you need to talk to and when will you talk with them? So yeah...it's the day where you really need to engage in research because there's only 20 classes remaining in the semester.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Thursday, December 13. 2018

Today's schedule is DCBA

D & A Blocks Human Geography - Today is your Religion, Ethnicity and States (borders) test. Your first order of business is to relax and then dazzle me with what you know. Answer every question and if you're confused about anything ask for clarification. Make sure you understand what each question is asking of you. Breathe. You have the entire block if you need it (you won't) and then you may finish up your food questions from week 14.



B Block Criminology - Today you'll have the block to work on your clique assignment or your social influences assignment that are due Monday. From yesterday: what are the cliques that exist in our school? To start Identify/ Brainstorm as many as you can on your own and, while avoiding stereotypes, try to describe the typical member of each clique. Get together with another two students in the class and form a triad - a group of three (not a dyad - a group of two). In your triad groups, select one clique in the school and make a poster that graphically depicts that group. Make sure that there are explanations of their behaviours, attire, appearance, attitudes and beliefs...hmmm maybe their clique culture?

How crazy is this? Ever seen the high school story game for Apple and Android products?

Play HIGH SCHOOL STORY and create the school of your dreams, filled with all your friends. Throw parties, go on dates, and recruit jocks, nerds, cheerleaders, and MANY MORE classmates to unlock their stories! Plan a surprise birthday party, star in a fashion show, go on a wild spring break beach trip, and discover hundreds of other adventures!
  • THROW PARTIES to unlock over 30 characters! 
  • DATE your crush and play matchmaker for everyone at your school! 
  • BATTLE a rival high school in an evolving story, including a showdown at the Homecoming game, a science fair, a prank war, and more! 
  • PUT YOUR FRIENDS in the game and join them on adventures, dates, and parties! 
  • MAKE NEW FRIENDS and play their stories! 
  • BUILD your dream school and decorate it with everything from a half-pipe to a box of puppies! 




Why Cliques Form at Some High Schools and Not Others
Buzzfeed Can We Guess What Clique You Belonged To In High School?

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Wednesday, December 12. 2018

Today's schedule is BADC

B Block Criminology - Today we'll look at groups and socialization. Our focus today will be on in-groups, out-groups and social integration along with agents of socialization (family, school, peer groups and mass media). Groups are really important because they affect the way we view the world, our sense of self, and our understanding of where we fit into the larger social scene. The family is the most basic primary group we belong to. We may also have close friends or belong to a support group that we feel close intimate ties with. This leads me to today's activity:


There are many groups or "cliques" in this school. A "clique" is a group of people who interact with each other more regularly and intensely than others in the same setting. Interacting with cliques at school is part of normative social development regardless of gender, ethnicity, or popularity.

So, what are the cliques that exist in our school? To start Identify/ Brainstorm as many as you can on your own and, while avoiding stereotypes, try to describe the typical member of each clique. Get together with another two students in the class and form a triad - a group of three (not a dyad - a group of two). In your triad groups select one clique in the school and make a poster that graphically depicts that group. Make sure that there are explanations of their behavious, attire, appearance, attitudes and beliefs...hmmm maybe their clique culture? This will be due this Friday in class. Your activity from yesterday will also be due Friday and I'll give you more time tomorrow to work on either your clique assignment or your social influences assignment. But today is Wednesday and on Wednesday's...


So fetch!


A & D Blocks Human Geography - Today we'll look at the Key Issue "Where Is Agriculture Distributed"? Geographer Derwent Whittlesey mapped the world’s agricultural regions in 1936 which helped lay the foundation for the modern division of the Earth into agriculture regions. The five agriculture regions primarily seen in developing countries are intensive subsistence, wet-rice dominant; intensive subsistence, crops other than rice dominant; pastoral nomadism; shifting cultivation; and plantation and we'll look at those today. You'll need to answer the following:
  1. What is pastoral nomadism and in what type of climate is it usually found?
  2. How do pastoral nomads obtain grain (several ways)?
  3. What is transhumance?
  4. In what way do modern governments currently threaten pastoral nomadism?
  5. How is land owned in a typical village that practices shifting cultivation?
  6. What percentage of the world’s land area is devoted to shifting cultivation?
  7. Describe the PROS and CONS of shifting cultivation, or the arguments made for it and criticisms leveled against it on the chart in the work package.
  8. Define and describe plantation farming by filling out the chart in the work package.



In developed countries "agribusiness" include mixed crop and livestock; dairying; grain; ranching; Mediterranean; and commercial gardening. Agribusiness is a broad area that includes food production and services related to agribusiness like food processing, packaging, storing, distributing, and retailing. Canada is the 5th largest agricultural exporter in the world, and the agriculture and agri-food industry employs 2.3 million Canadians (that's 1 in 8 jobs)


We only have two questions to add to yesterday's work:
  1. Why do some regions specialize in “milk products” like cheese and butter rather than fluid milk?  Identify some of these important regions.
  2. What country is the world’s largest producer of dairy products?
We'll try to look at the problem of overproduction of food in the developed world and food waste




Monday, December 10, 2018

Tuesday, December 11. 2018

Today's schedule is CDAB

D & A Blocks Human Geography - Today we'll look at the key question "Why Do People Consume Different Foods"? The modern Canadian farm is mechanized and highly productive, especially compared to subsistence farms found in much of the rest of the world. This difference represents one of the most basic contrasts between the more developed and less developed countries of the world. Consumption of food also varies around the world, both in total amount and source of nutrients. These differences result from a combination of level of development, physical conditions, and cultural preferences. So today we'll try to examine these differences.



 You'll need to work on the following:
  1. Which of the three main cereal grains is most prevalent in your diet and why do you think that is so?
  2. Compare world distributions of wheat, rice, and maize production. To what extent do differences derive from environmental conditions and to what extent from food preferences and other social customs?
  3. How many kilocalories are in a Big Mac? You can use Google to find the answer. How does one Big Mac compare to the daily caloric intake of the average African?
  4. Define undernourishment:
  5. How much of the world suffers from undernourishment? Where are those places?
National Geographic What the World Eats
Our World in Data World Caloric Consumption
Canadian Geographic Mapping Calorie Consumption by Country
Government of Canada Daily Calorie Requirement Guide
Dons Nutrition Calculator
Peter Menzel Hungry Planet Food Portraits

B Block Criminology - Over the last two weeks we've looked at media and developed some media literacy skills. This week we'll look at Sociology - given that this section of the course ideals with "Crime, Media and Society" it makes sense to look at society and how it is structured. Today we'll spend some time looking at types of societies, norms, roles, institutions and culture. Then, I would like for you to consider how have you been shaped by society.


On a large sheet of paper you need to draw an image of you (or print off your favourite photo of yourself) and then you to create a visual map of you in society. What social forces have impacted your life? How has culture influenced you? How have social institutions affected who you are? What are the most important cultural elements of your own social group or subculture? This poster should be a visual representation of the social influences on your life...use symbols, images, words and ideas to graphically depict where you fit into society.

Tomorrow we'll look at groups and socialization and Thursday we'll examine Social Stratification, Inequality and Deviance. A really good on-line book that can help with all of these topics is Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World, Brief Edition, v. 1.0.1 by Steven E. Barkan.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Monday, December 10. 2018

Today's schedule is ABCD

A & D Blocks Human Geography - Today we start our two week look at agriculture. Our key issue today will be Where Did Agriculture Originate? I'll have you look at crop and domesticated animal hearths and have you understand the difference between subsistence and commercial agriculture.




B Block Criminology - We're diving back in to true crime media...this time, however, I want you to watch a Dateline video called "My Kid Would Never Do That: Stranger Danger".This episode deals with the fear associated with stranger abductions and tests whether kids would know what do to when confronted by someone who attempts to lure them. The Dateline website says:

While stranger abductions are rare, all parents worry about keeping kids safe. In this special report, parents and experts watch as the following scenarios unfold, testing whether or not children know what to do when approached by a stranger.
DATELINE NBC: MY KID WOULD NEVER DO THAT: STRANGER DANGER from Loren Burlando on Vimeo.

Check out these Facebook and Twitter posts in response to the show






So now for the reality of stranger danger and abductions...

  • Stranger Danger doesn't teach what a stranger is
  • It doesn't account for trusted adults and
  • It can demonize all adults to children.
A 2000 Justice Department study found that of the 800,000 kids who were reported missing that year, half turned out to be runaways. MOST abductions turned out to involve family members; only 115 of all the cases reported were a version of the nightmare scenario that most troubles parents - abduction by a stranger. For more information look at kidshealth.org; yahoo.com; ncpc.org; ncjrs.gov; or keeping children safe OK so now what?

I'd like you to work through the three questions on the Dateline "My Kid Would Never Do That: Stranger Danger" along with the "Big Ideas connecting the three shows" question in the online Reality Crime Television thread.