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Blog-Inception

As the class has been wrapping up on the blogs, it occurred to me that this blog project is an extension of our blog theme.  We created blogs through the internet.  Each blog had a specific purpose: to research a historical subject, compose poems about the subject, and inform the readers about a particular modern, social or political phenomenon.  The internet allows our classmates to breeze through interesting posts at their leisure, through their laptops.  In the past, a project like this could only be done through posters or creating a book.

Blogs are a new medium that quickly inform their readers through visual stiumuli and important information.  Reading blogs are usually free, allowing readers of all backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, and intelligence to read them (so long as they have access to the internet).  Unlike most Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, blogs are often formal and have a specific purpose.

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“TWEET”

“TWEET”

An ode to the blue bird by Emily Goldstein

 

WTF, ThatMomentWhen,

Embarrassing, TFM.

 

Tina Fey and Sarah Palin,

Words with Friends and Alec Baldwin.

 

Check out my new video on youtube.

You didn’t reply to my tweet? Rude.

 

Rosie and Sophia were on Ellen on again,

Downton Abbey is the latest trend.

 

Jenna Marbles posted a new video.

Steve’s tweets aren’t funny.  Unfollow.

 

Political arguments heat up in Jerusalem.

Ordered a pizza for dinner. Single girl problems.

 

Rachel and Finn just got back together.

Ted, I gotta know– who is the mother?

 

Just checked in at Amer’s on FourSquare,

Snooki’s pregnant? Still don’t care.

 

Two teenagers walk in the sunset, holding hands –

I’ll post a picture of it on Instagram.

 

Please don’t cancel “Community.”

Shit girls say, that’s so me!

 

Just got a job working part-time,

YOLO, bitches. It’s Tebow Time!

 

Have you heard? Did you know?

Please stop talking. That’s so ninety seconds ago.

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Rush Limbaugh Goes a Step Too Far

When Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute” on his radio talk show, America responded with full force.  Fluke had testified at Democrat convention, complaining that the health care program at her Jesuit university does not provide contraceptives to female students. Limbaugh argued that if Fluke receives contraceptives for free, it is like she is being paid to have sex, like a prostitute.

Users on Facebook and Twitter, celebrities, news stations, and even President Obama defended Fluke within days of Limbaugh’s criticism.  In the following week, a total of 142 sponsors pulled their sponsorship for his show, including AOL, AllState Insurance, and Bonobos Clothing.  Although not everyone agrees on whether contraceptives (like birth control) should be provided by health care programs, most can agree at least that Limbaugh’s wording was unacceptable.

Because of the rush of support for Fluke and the drop of support for Limbaugh, Fluke quickly became a poster child for women’s reproductive rights.  Just how Frederick Douglass’ name quickly jumps to mind  at the mention of “abolition,” the public now can link Sandra Fluke’s face to the words, “reproductive health.”

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“Two Views on Women’s Health”

 Two Views on Women’s Health

A conversational poem by Emily Goldstein

 

Why is women’s health an issue?

  Controversial women’s health,

We can all agree, this

  Has been drawn out too long.

Is overblown on importance.

  This answer should be clear.

Women deserve medical care,

  Women deserve medical care,

For “medical” conditions.

  For all conditions.

Sexual health is not important.

  Sexual health is extremely important.

I thought everyone knew that.

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National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum in Peterboro, New York

http://www.abolitionhof.org/home

The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum is a new exhibit in Peterboro, New York.  According to the website, the museum “honors antislavery abolitionists, their work to end slavery, and the legacy of that struggle, and strives to complete the second and ongoing abolition – the moral conviction to end racism.”  Frederick Douglass was one of the first abolitionists inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005.  The website has information on other abolitionists and their work.  Feel free to check out the website or visit the museum the next time you’re in Central New York!

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“Only When”

A one-sentence poem by Emily Goldstein (2012)

 

Only When

Only when truth wins,

Beating “good enough,”

Can old falsities be abolished

To make room for the new –

I know, I know this can be mine,

This truth to find, behind the lies,

This truth will thrive

In mankind, in a tangible future –

And never forget,

What is possible for me

Is possible for you,

And your children,

And your parents;

Beginnings never determine

Ends, and neither do your ends

Induce your children’s ends;

For each year,

Offspring are more free –

Freer than leaves

Flying on dreams,

Reaching toward trees,

Sing sweet symphonies,

Soar on a high C.

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Protests Through Our Laptops

In the twenty-first century, protests are more likely to be found through social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.  It seems like all Americans have access to the Internet and therefore, have the ability to post their opinions at leisure.  While this makes it easy to share opinions, this does not necessarily mean those opinions are necessary or important.  And these opinions are everywhere; it would be impossible to be fully educated on every valid opinion and social problem in the world.  Groups of opinions form protests and movements, but these movements are now through the Internet, not through face-to-face confrontation.

21st century America?

Because it is easier to form protests, the protests through the Internet lose their influence and power, because there are so many of them.  The more important ones could easily be lost in the ocean of non-important campaigns.  The most important campaigns (or at least the most famous) are those that protest in the old-fashioned way: rallies, picketing, marches, concerts, etc.  Large events will make a lasting effect on other citizens.  Posting opinions on the Internet will never be as important or memorable as organized events.  Organized events will always have more influence and power, because face-to-face contact is the best way to give your opinion.

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