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Political Cartoon

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For this blog post, I analyzed a political cartoon by Doug McGregor. This cartoon is an illustration of 11 ostriches with their heads stuck in the ground in front of the White House. On one of them, the word "GOP" shows, and shared between two others, are the words "Rank & File." Above the ostriches and to the left of the White House is the phrase “Trump party supporters come home to roost.” The artist intends to represent Trump supporters as oblivious people who choose not to pay attention to the truth of politics. He does this by representing them as outrages with their heads stuck in the ground. The artist uses an analogy when comparing trumps supporters to ostriches with their heads in the ground. He uses symbolism in showing the ostriches with their heads in the ground. This represents them being oblivious to the political conditions around them. Not only are they unaware of their surrounding, but they choose to be in this state. Some knowledge that the vi…

IB English Paper One Reflection

In my IB English class, I completed a practice Paper One. Paper on is an IB required assignment that is meant to test the students analytical, comparative, and contrasting skills. For my practice Paper one, we were given two text types and asked to analyze, compare, and contrast them. The first texts type was a four-frame comic illustrated and written by Cathy Guisewite. The second text type was an excerpt from Shusha Guppy's memoir, The Blindfolded Horse. Both text types discussed sex stereotyping of baby girls.

I began my paper by first reading eacht text and identifying the big five of each text, that is; audeince and purpose, content and theme, tone and mood, linguisitc devices, and structure. I created an outline of these important items to base the structure of my paper off of. I began with an analysis of text one, and then one of text two. I then compaired the two texts and contrasted them. Lastly, I included a breif conclusion.

I felt as though this task went pretty well. …

Bias in News Articles

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Bias in News Articles: Purpose: To criticize Yale University by reporting a lawsuit that is being challenged in court.
Devices:
- Connotative Diction: "...to avoid negative press" has connotations that Yale University is attempting to suppress an issue in order to uphold its status as an Ivy League school. Though this phrase in the title is very clear and negative, it is the major problem that is defined through the source., thus making it a noteworthy addition for the title of the article.
- Use of Pathos: "she was involuntarily held for treatment and eventually removed from campus after seeking counseling for depression..." This quote makes the viewer feel sympathy for the women in the article. She writer uses a strong statement "...removed from campus after seeking counseling for depression..." This makes the reader angry at the institution that so unthoughtfully sent the student away.
Use of Ethos: The ethics of public image are questioned in this art…

Gender in Advertising

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For this post, I analyzed two advertisement images for GAP children's clothing. To analyze each ad, I answered seven guiding steps, (A - Answer):
1. What are your initial impressions of the advertisement?

   A) Happy kids, light color scheme, basic background, white blond kids, minimal text, yellow and pink as main colors.

2. List the keywords that are used in the ad.

   A) His, Hers, Trousers, Future, Genius, Logo, Talk.

3. What are the connotations and implied meaning of each keyword used?

   A) His is masculine, and Hers is feminine. Trousers imply that it this ad might take place in the United Kingdom. Genius implies cleverness. Logo implies a brand of some kind, (in this case GAP). Talk is used in the manner of gossip or a popular trend.

4. Next to each keyword, put a + for a positive charge or positive connotation, a - next to each
negatively charged word, and nothing for a neutral word. Count up the charges.

   A) His ( ), Hers ( ), Trousers( ), Future (+), Genius (+), Logo…

Happiness

Part I:

What makes me happy?

There are many things that make me happy: spending time with my family and friends, going on walks, being outdoors, playing guitar (by myself as well as with others), playing video games with my friends, and playing Lacrosse.

When am I the happiest?

I think that I am happiest when I am with my friends and family. I am a relatively extraverted person so I enjoy having the company of other people, especially those who I care about. Engaging in group activities, and just enjoying time with my friends is one of the times in which I am happiest. I have a group of friends of which I find a very strong sense of community, so I know that I am in a safe environment when I am around them.

Do I think the National Happiness Index is a good idea?

I do think it is a good idea. Happiness is an important part of everyday life and I think that it would be helpful to the government of people to understand the general mood of their citizens. There are subjects where the gove…

Analyzing Advertisements

The first advertisement that I will look at is the very first iPhone ad, by Apple, "Hello".
(URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Bvfs4ai5XU)

I chose this Ad because of interaction with iPhones, nearly on a daily basis. I was interested in the origins of the iPhone and wanted to see how such a revolutionary piece of technology was advertised. The first thing I noticed about this commercial was the actors. There is a fast-paced display of characters in movies and cartoons, all answering a landline phone, or an old antenna mobile phone. The characters are very diverse, in race and gender. Most of the characters speak English, however, some speak in foreign languages. The music in the background is uplifting acoustic guitar, piano, and drums; this gives the series of fast-paced video clips a fitting background so that the clips are not the only things that are happening. This advertisement literally repeats the word hello into a phone, however, it is, without directly stating …