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Millennial Makeover Review

I felt that the most straightforward item was definitely the explanation of how technology is changing the way this generation communicates. It was easy to find examples and be specific on how exactly people have changed the way they communicate and how ideas are broadcasted.

I had a lot harder time explaining the cycles of ideology, mostly because there is not actual evidence of a change in ideology that occurs every 40 years. In the paper, I mentioned it and provided the same examples as were given in the book, but didn’t elaborate.

— 1 year ago

Peer Review

After receiving my peer review, I’ll probably reformat the paper a little bit to be more understandable and easier to follow. Another thing I’ll really have to do is research more information in regards to the citation style. I’ve never used notations to cite sources before so I’ll probably have to re-look at the requirements and tweak what I have a bit.

Overall I think it’s always good to have someone else look over my work to make sure it is okay to submit. It’s difficult, though, since most people seemed to treat this draft more like an outline or summary, so there wasn’t as much input as there could have been if everyone was really comfortable with the topics and analysis.

— 2 years ago

Millennial Makeover

I was really interested in the subject of the book and I enjoyed some of the reading. It was clearly a book about political strategy and how to best engage the young voters of the millennial generation. It was pretty repetitive. I found that many of the points made were just repeating previous ideas. The videos just drove these same points home. I definitely agreed with the authors’ views on social media and networking. It’s clear to me that social networking is a huge part of life for many young people.

I also liked learning about how the different generational cycles interact with each other and how the same patterns emerge over time. As a millennial, I do believe that our generation will have to solve many social problems that exist now. This is partly because of the environment we are living in and also regarding our upbringing.

— 2 years ago

Blog 7

This week’s assignment to discuss a constitutional issue was really interesting. I researched the constitutional basis for same sex marriage and the proposed amendment to define marriage as being between a man and a woman. I thought this was really interesting and it was good to explore the issue from a strictly legal and historical mindset since it has a big impact on our future. Since I was in the military during Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, I know many people who were discriminated against due to their homosexuality. It was difficult to see during that time and I’m glad that was changed. I’m looking forward to the next step towards equality for all people.

— 2 years ago

Week 8: History and Historians

I thought that the topics of study this week were all very interesting. The study of history and the different aspects of what makes a good historian are issues that really make history seem like much more than just names and dates.

Roosevelt really emphasized that a historian’s duty is not to know a lot of information, but rather to be able to share that information in a way that makes people aware of its importance. He is known as being a really compelling person and it’s not surprising that he wanted things to stay interesting. He wasn’t satisfied with dry accounts of events and wanted history to make a real connection with people studying it. This type of history has definitely made progress in our society with biographies and historic accounts being written with real passion and intensity. Historians seem to dedicate themselves to their subjects and place a priority on making it come alive.

History is more than just a memorization of facts, but it was interesting to learn that history has been taught very differently as time has passed. The drastic changes in how textbooks talked about the Mexican American war were really telling. I knew that biases and cultures changed how history was presented, but it is interesting to find out that textbooks got away with writing untrue and derogatory passages to be memorized by children. It was also interesting to think about the main purpose of these texts was to teach white males how to perceive the society around them. I wonder if it’s possible that if this type of material wasn’t taught so early on we would have still had such issues with segregation and hatred between groups of people.

— 2 years ago

CST Blog 5

It seems like Roosevelt’s speech was written for a very specific audience of scholars and academics. He seemed to be telling the audience that history and teaching should be done in a different way than what was happening at the time. The speech was well done because he illustrated these points using entertaining stories and connections to real life. He showed the audience how entertainment in learning enhances it and doesn’t detract from its value. The speaking style seemed to be really typical of Roosevelt and his ideas were clearly ones that a person of his background would support.

I think that historians now do think about history in the same way Roosevelt did. Modern historians see events as living and connected things that need to come to life for students to appreciate. The historic books that are published now are so interesting and well told that one could easily mistake them for novels. Even though there are still some academics that just regurgitate facts, many of them understand and value how entertaining and interesting analysis of the past can be.

There were lots of points brought up in the speech that seemed very modern and I’m excited to look at it further in the next week.

— 2 years ago

Week 5: Mind of the Historian

I don’t think you can apply all of the research methods you would use to study an event that happened a decade or even a year ago to study an event that happened more recently. A historian studies impact and linked events through time. Although you could still analyze what caused a recent event, I don’t think you could easily see the effect of the event. The recent State of the Union, for example. The content of this speech was influenced by the growing turmoil in our country and general unhappiness that seems to be looming. The upcoming election forced President Obama to make big statements and give one last shot for drastic change. We don’t know how this will turn out, though. It could just be another speech of empty promises and conviction, or it could be a turning point for the administration and the Democratic Party. We only have a part of the picture.

When studying past events, historians and students have the benefit of hindsight. We can see the full picture. We don’t just see what caused an event but what changes were made because of the event as well. The study of history is all about seeing events in context and with some perspective to make judgment or learn lessons for the future. A historian can look at the input of others and compare it with different analysis over time to create a complete picture. This information is just not available for current events.

I feel I can be confident about these views because I understand that historians don’t look at isolated events but rather a whole set of linked events. In order to make these connections, one needs to be removed from the situation itself. I found that another great way to learn about the study of history is to look at academic websites like this one http://www.saylor.org/courses/hist104/ and see what readings they do and what resources they look at in the course of their study. People in academic settings all have unique insights on how one can study history and what the purpose of the knowledge is.

— 2 years ago

Week 4: Innovation

I thought both of the articles and the video this week were really interesting (even though they were long). I really am interested in the leaps technology has taken in the past 50 years and how these steps forward have altered our society in a huge way. It was also interesting to think about the gender issues inherent in this shift. With the focus on math, science, and computing I think women just aren’t as interested in these fields that may have really low levels of human interaction. But I think that will change in the next ten years.

Google Docs was a little confusing, I didn’t realize until after my teammate, Marisa, started answering the questions that I had done the assignment the wrong way! So now I’ll know for next time what’s expected. I think that collaborating in a virtual forum is very difficult and it will take some practice to get it right. I liked having her insight, though, and it was helpful for my overall understanding. I think the other team did a great job, as well.

I look forward to working on my online collaboration skills to help our assignments get a little bit easier.

— 2 years ago

Week 3: Stamp Act Repeal Activities

I really liked reading through the Federalist papers with the opposing arguments of Publius and Brutus. It’s so easy to forget that those who wrote our Constitution were trying to put laws in place that reflected their time as well as the values they were hoping the country would stand for in the future. What an impossible task! I found it really difficult to read the arguments and had to go through each paragraph several times to understand the meaning. It was well worth the effort, though, to understand more about founders’ intent, which is still a huge issue in Constitutional law today.

I really thought my teammate, Nyle, had some really good insight to Brutus’ arguments and saw aspects of the discussion that I hadn’t noticed so I definitely benefited from the collaboration.

I found the editorial assignment to be very challenging only because in collegiate-level work you aren’t usually asked to step outside the formal writing style and take on more of an informed creative writing assignment. I have to admit, I was dreading it all week but when I actually started writing it was sort of fun. It was also nice to write the letters to the editor regarding the other editorials. None of us could take the British side, we must be true revolutionaries!

— 2 years ago

Week 2 of CST 275

The class is going okay so far. It seems like the information we’re learning is about what I expected with some nice correlation to modern society and the relationship of past events to what we are facing now.I feel like the class is not too difficult for this level and I have enough time to accomplish all required assignments prior to the due date.

It is, however, difficult to feel engaged. Since the forum for assignments is just replies to the main post, it’s more difficult to read them all and follow along with new posts. I’m also concerned with the group work because I don’t really understand the purpose for the groups or how much interaction will be required.

Regarding the Stamp Act, I had a little prior knowledge mostly about the party line of “no taxation without representation.” It was interesting to find out more about how it affected colonists particularly how it was laid out in Benjamin Francklin’s interview. It helped me understand their outrage more because it wasn’t just an issue of money or representation, but rather an issue of being prosecuted for crimes by an official and not a jury.

I’m not really aware of anything else that may have been going on at this time. I do think that there are some modern-day parallels with the Stamp Act. For example, many people don’t like to pay taxes they feel don’t contribute to their par of society. Welfare, for example, is something many people feel they did not consent to pay. There have also been issues with military courts and prisoners of war not having the right to appear before a jury.

— 2 years ago