For the iteration module I have decided to revisit and expand the subdomain travel blog I made for the blogging module. I chose to revisit this assignment because I was planning on expanding it in the future regardless. Out of all of the modules and assignments we have had throughout the semester I was most passionate about this one in particular. I hope to revisit the layout and theme of the subdomain I created and think about things I can add to expand the blog more. I hope to create new tabs and write a few more blog posts. Below is the travel blog I created for the blogging module.
For the third module I chose digital journalism. This topic seemed interesting to me especially with the huge change in how people now use digital sources for their news rather than newspapers or the radio. This is something that has changed a lot over the course of years and continues to modernize. In the early years of our generation newspapers and radios were popular resources of hearing the news. Today, society relies on iPhones and many fake news sources to stay up to date on whats happening in the world. Millennials often use Twitter as their main source of news and I myself am guilty to this also. With the high use of social media and media as a main resource for news we have gained a reliance and unseen trust in the internet. Many people often click “remember password” or “remember credit card information” on many websites with out even noticing but these are the traps that lead to fraud and identity theft. I think that everyone including myself can learn to be more cautious when using the internet and see that it is not as safe as a place as we think it is sometimes. Companies and networks share information as we often see in online ads. One day you will be looking at a new water bottle that you are looking to buy from Target and the next day you’ll find that on every website you go on with online ads on the side bars there will be all different types of water bottles. It seems scary at first, you may ask yourself how did this website know I needed a new water bottle? It can be creepy at how much the internet tracks what you do. Below I have created a graph of people’s confidence that private information will remain secure with different companies and organizations. I chose to make a graph to apply to the digital form of journalism module. I thought that making a graph would go along well with the topic of internet privacy I chose. With the Facebook data leak scandal under fire right now in Congress I thought it was an appropriate time to touch on the subject. I obtained the following data from my favorite and most reliable statistics source, Pew Research, where I get much of my political data. Before making this graph I was nervous and was not sure how it would turn out but I quickly learned it is not that difficult to make a graph and it turned out to be just how I wanted it. I color coded the very confident from not so confident and made it into a bar graph. This module made me see internet privacy from a new perspective and I’m happy I overcame a challenge and created a digital journalistic project.
“Free speech (the first amendment right of Americans) can be read the same way. People have theoretical rights to free speech, but it is ridiculously easy for people with money to render that right worthless. I’m not arguing here for any specific intervention, but for us to enlarge our thinking about free speech the way we enlarged our thinking about legal representation.” In my History of Political Thought 442 course we were recently just talked about the first amendment and how strong or weak it is implemented in todays society. Research shows that a large amount of millennials believe in a more restricted first amendment when it comes to free speech. If you look closely there are actually a lot of restrictions placed on our freedom of speech. In class discussion we talked about the movement to end the use of the R word. This has been an up and coming movement that was not as popular when my generation was younger. Today many people are devoted to ending the use of the R word and think it is an offensive term. Another way that people think that our free speech is limited is by the Home Owners Association when it comes to lawn signs and having controversial symbols or word in front of peoples houses. For example political signs, group related signs, or vulgar. I can see how some neighborhoods would not want certain expressions on people’s lawns but at the same time there is an understandable argument for the opposite. At the end of the day people do have the freedom of speech whether it be in verbally expressing their opinions or expressing their opinions by signs or posters. People should be respectful of others opinions and not get offended when it does not agree with their own. Personally I was surprised when I found out that millennials are becoming more in favor of freedom of speech restrictions. I would think that they would be in favor of a more free first amendment. However, I can see how our generation has become more sensitized to many words or phrases.
“There’s also a story about Mexico which doesn’t have a page up yet. Apparently Mexico has had its most deadly year, ever, with violence on the rise. And a stunning figure — since the declaration of a “war on the cartels” by the government a decade ago, nearly 200,000 people in Mexico have dies in drug related violence” said Caulfield. Drug cartels in Mexico and throughout Latin America have been a problem for years and will be a problem in years to come. This quote stood out to me because it reminded me of the US & Latin Americans political science course I took last semester. In this course we discussed the drug cartel problem and what the US could do in response in regards to foreign policy with Latin America. The problem with drug cartels is that there will always be another cartel or group on the rise for power. If for example, the US takes down a major drug cartel the cartel under it will only rise up to power. Drug cartels have been a problem for decades and people will always find a way to continue it underground. The drug cartel situation in Latin America is violent and has increased crime and murder rates in the region tremendously. The US has tried using the “kingpin strategy” in which you aim to take down the leader of the group and in effect the rest of the cartel/ group will diminish. After the Cold War ended in 1989 the United States was faced with a growing new war, the War on Drugs. The War on Drugs has been the most important post-Cold War issue in US-Latin American relations because it is a never ending problem in the United States. Since President Nixon declared a “War on Drugs” in 1971 it has been the United States national interest to reduce the illegal drug trade. Human drug trafficking has become a popular method of distributing drugs into the US with victims often being women and children. The drugs being trafficked into the US have remained fairly constant such as cocaine, marijuana, heroin, and methamphetamine as the leading drug demands. There will always be a demand for drugs in the United States and other countries which makes drug trafficking inevitable with drug cartels always on the rise to power also. The War on Drugs that began at the end of the Cold War has created a mass increase in United States spending in order to stop drug trafficking into the country as well. The United States Latin American War on Drugs is still a problem today and with the ongoing demand for drugs and continuous power of drug cartels this issue continues to be a national concern.
“Economic anxiety plays little role in why Americans switch parties: the reasons are mostly cultural and deal with fears (or acceptance of) demographic and cultural change” said Caulfield. I’ve found that since I’ve been in college my political views and party identification has changed. In high school my views were much more conservative. This was due to my families views, friends, and religious affiliation. On various issues I find that my view is much more liberal now. I’ve seen a similar pattern with other college students also. Many of my friends said they have experienced the same thing. I think the way you’re grown up and your social environment plays a big part in your political party identification. I agree with Caulfield that economic anxiety does play a small role in why Americans switch parties. I think a persons economic views can swing left or right but isn’t a factor that makes a person switch parties. “I’ve seen some approaches to critical media literacy where the assumption seems to be that the main issue with today’s youth is they are too trusting of the media” says Caulfield later in his newsletter. I agree with this statement; I think that we as a collective generation put a lot of trust in the media especially, social media accounts. Many people are not careful with what they post whether its pictures or things that they say. There has also been problems with personal account information being leaked by the media source which violates a persons privacy. Caulfield ends this newsletter by saying “Students do have a problem of “too much trust”, but it’s not that they trust the media. It’s that they trust themselves” which I found to be a very pondering sentence. I can see his view on it in that students/youth do trust themselves in that they are not as worried about their privacy.