Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Discover Your True Purpose In Life

A friend of mine posted this emotional question on Facebook...“If I died tonight, how would I be remembered?”. In fact, it attracted a lot of comments and views from friends and family. I can’t recall the exact comment I made but it got me thinking about one big thing... 'my purpose in life'.
I believe that everyone has a purpose in life... a unique gift or a special talent to give to others. According to Deepak Chopra, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, “you have a unique talent and a unique way of expressing it. There is something that you can do better than anyone else in the whole world”. And when your talent is align with service to humanity, you can manifest anything in the world. Thus, you are achieving your life purpose.
I have always had the desire of pursuing inspirational speaking, and everything in my life have pointed me towards that direction. During my time in school, I find myself taking self-improvement classes and talking to people about life. Whenever I get into the conversations about life, I find myself barely keeping track of time. Most of my work experiences has been working for non-profits and advocating for human rights. I finally decided to pursue my inspirational speaking because I belive most people can use a dose of inspiration in their life.
So, why does life purpose has anything to do with what you would be remembered of when you died tonight? It has to do with everything about life. People will only remember you when you make a huge impact in their life. Therefore, you have to ask yourself what impact have you had on anyone in the last month? If the answer is ‘NO’, then start thinking of how you can be of a service to people.
I want you to ask yourself daily, “how can I serve people?” and “how can I help people?” the answers to these questions will allow you to help and serve your fellow human being with love.




 

 

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Discussion Panel on New Media and it Implication

Panelists Present:
Gary Hill-
Susan Albright – News Editorial
Alina Oxindine-
Roger Buoen-
David Hudson-- guiding the discussion.

Does New Media better or worse serve American public on election news?

Susan, writer and editorial, said “online news editorials and news broadcasting is breaking down, but not the traditionally Star Tribune newspapers”. Although, newspapers separates the news and editorials so that no opinions are express in the news.

In most news industry, the content of the news is shaped by a point of the news and how relevant that news maybe, as long as it does not convey false news to readers. Like on Fox 9 news, it is okay to shape the content as long as it is not masquerade.

According to these panelists, it had been estimated that by the year 2010, only 9% of the population will read the newspaper. Hence, the rate at which people use to read the news is steadily declining in our society.

Online Journalism:
Online Journalism is becoming eminently a problem because not much quality of news is appearing online. The reason is that unlike the traditional news where it goes through many process including editorial scrutiny before it is published, with online news, people just sit in their basement and write about President Bush and topics that interest them. Sometimes, the information are not properly edited and do carry range of false news.

Interesting, the media companies are more concerned in increasing viewer’s readership. One way they do that is by increasing entertainment on the media outlet, but this diminishes news. This is because most people pay more attention to entertainment subject than news. Thus, the focus of news gradually shifts from news to entertainment and that diminishes the focus on news.

Reporters complain:
One of the issues regarding quality reporting is that there is luck of appreciation for high quality reporting. In other words, most people fail to honor the hard work news reporters put into the quality of news.

Media ownership and news quality:
Media ownership is changing the news content. It used to be family owning a large media firm, but now is open to shareholders who are more interested in profiting than the news. Privatization of media firm is one of the downfalls of quality of news because the owners are in control of the kinds of news we get (media framing, and selective exposure). In other words, news industry only focuses on the content that profits the company. FCC is supposed to regulate news and information send to us, but it is sometimes limited to the capitalize ideology of profiting. So, unfortunately there is not much they can do break that gap.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Suicidegirl.com and the Implication of Feminism

Research topic and researcher:
Magnet, S. (2007). Feminist sexualities, race and the internet: an investigation of suicidegirls.com. New Media and Society, 9(4), 577-602. Retrieved November 5, 2007, from Communication and Mass Media Complete EBOSCO database.

Rational of the Study:
This research investigates the stereotypical representation of feminism and sexuality on a commercial site known as suicidegirl.com. This site features features nude images of young women, seductive journals, tattooed and punk images of young women. The research draws attention to the “attempts to subvert the male gaze by changing contemporary photography practices”. Moreover, the research also explores ways in which the site is used as a frontier of diversity to limit women of color, through stereotyping with an aim to make profit. Based on those borderline, the researcher investigate five main content: one, site description (suicide girls: its feminist learning and liberatroy intentions, site description); two, cyberfeminisit approaches to cybersex: utopian cyber dystopian perspectives; third, Racism in cyberspace; forth, Racializing the female grotesque, and fifth, commodification, ethnicity, gender and suicide girls. However, the researcher reported that rather than site exploring women sexuality, it actually use feminism to make profit. And moreover, it reinforces racial hierarchy in our society (Magnet, 2007, 577).

Literature Review:
Previous researches reported that based on attention suicidegirl.com have gotten over the years, most researcher are concerned of the way images of women are being portray on the site. Hence, there is a high correlation between cyber-feminism and cybertopian. In other words, there is a direct relationship between feminist which understand cyber sex as liberating and feminism which see cybersex as exploitative. But, yet, it is unclear to how that relationship exists (Magnet, 2007, 578).

Moreover, some women have been found to be “pro-sex”, in other words, they take pride in being women and also adhering to the stereotypical images portray about women in the media. These women have been view as active members of suicidegirls.com. Who are involve in deciding how photos need to be taken and how women need to appear in photos.

Thus, suicidegirls.com adheres to the stereotypical perpetual image of women being portrayed by men in our society.

However, “This article considers the impact of cybersex on sexual expression and interrogates the contradictory ways in which women’s bodies are constituted online” (Magnet, 2007, 578). The researcher explains that both “Utopian” and “dystormpian” perspective diverge and parallel each other than we recognized.

Moreover, “this study examines cybersex from feminist perspective that is committed to combating interesting systems of oppression, including those resulting from racism, classism, ageism, sexism, ableism and heterosexism or homophobia” (Magnet, 2007, 578).

Final result: The research concluded that some of the Suicide Girls’ do open feminist possibilities. However, rather than suicdegirls.com being used as a platform to liberate women in our society, it rather initiate the commodification of women and “reinforces racialized hierarchies of sexual subordination” (Magnet, 2007, 578). In other words, it has taken a new turn of subduing women of color by including their views, and how they are portray on the internet.

Theories the researcher used to underline the study: Commodification, cyberfeminism, cybersex, race, dystormpian, utopian, dystopian and subvert.

Research method:
The researcher used discourse analysis, although the researcher did also used and content analysis.

Subject of study:
The researcher used suicdesgirl to investigate the way feminist is being represented on the suicide girl’s profile. The research focused on text and photos of the models and members analyzed. All the document cited are public documents and may be accessed by any user. The names cited are adopted by the models themselves and thus do not reveal the users’ identity. The researcher also used discourse analysis to examine the profile, specific eye on texts. For the purpose of technology, the researcher studied computer mediated communication and how it might facilitate or limits interactions. And finally, in light with the use of photos, sturken and Cartwright’s, the researcher paid special attention on photos to understand the underlying meaning of the content (Magnet, 2007, 579).

Researcher findings:
In light with utopian and dystopian theoretical frameworks of cyberfeminish and the way the overlap, the site try to subvert the gaze by staging their own photo shoots. In other words, the women are allowed to take in charge of their own photo shoot, so that they can be involved in the decision making. The research also explain that the site also make women vulnerable for sexual harassment because, their image and information are directly posted on the site. The researcher also reveals how diversity is negatively celebrated on the site that “prevents an understanding of the bodies of women of color as devieanitly female”. In other words, the site limits women of color and portrays them in a negative way to make profit. The researcher concluded, because the site heavily focused on making profit, instead of the exploitation of women, it makes it hard to break the negative barrier of how women are being portray on this site (Magnet, 2007, 600).



My position on this scholarly essay:
This scholarly research was worth studying because it draws attention to two major things happening in our society today, women liberating their feminism with the aim to make profit, and women exploring their sexuality that encourage the pre-existing stereotypical image men form about women. This ideology the researcher justify with notion of the capitalist world. Moreover, the article was well written and easy to read. Finally, in light with suicidegirls.com, the article examined the site with precision and attention to specific content, such as text, photos, colors, and goal on the site.

However, there were few things I personally find troubling with the research paper: first, it is hard to follow through what the pervious research was and what the current research is; second, the researcher failed to explain the amount of people involved in the site; third, it was also unclear to what extend are people trouble by stereotypical image of women, either being vulnerable to harassment or being attack. Finally, the research did not propose a research, although the researcher thought there was some confusion with women profiting and women encouraging the perpetual stereotype of how women perceived in our society.

Nevertheless, this article is worth studying because it draws attention to the new form racist and stereotypical remains in our society.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Internet Gambling Implication

Research topic and researcher:
Wood, R. T., and Williams, R. J. (2007). Problem gambling on the internet: Implications for internet gambling policy in North America. News Media & Society, 9(3), 520-542. Retrieved October 17, 2007, from Communication and Mass Media Complete EBOSCO database.

Rational of the study:
This research aims at drawing attention to the increasing rate of online gambling which eventually lead to an addiction. However, little is known about the characteristic and the natural tendency that cause people to gamble on the internet. Hence, this research advance on three main hypothesis: one, to what extent do internet gamblers manifest a propensity for problem gambling?; two, what, if any, are the correlates and predictors of problem gambling among internet gamblers?; and finally, in the event of an observed relationship between problem and internet gambling, how might governments best craft internet gambling policies that minimize the relationship?. (Wood and Williams, 2007, 525)

Literature Review:
A previous research done in the domestic certain reported that the number of online gaming sites has increased at a steady rate. But, the occurrence of internet gambling appeared to be relatively low. Moreover, a study conducted in the UK shows that countries that internet gambling is legalized and regulated by the government have only a small portion of the population that gamble on the internet.

However, with the light of problem in gambling, only small portion have been found in North American. Nevertheless, there have been findings that small amount online gamblers may be suffering from problem gambling or relatively to being addicted to gambling. Recent research follow up that people that gamble on the internet are at a high risk of becoming problem gambler, if not now maybe in the future.

Therefore, there is a direct relationship between problem gambling and internet gambling. But researchers found that it’s relatively uncertain to what extent does the internet contributed to problem gambling.

Moreover, according to other researchers (Parke and Griffiths), problem gambling could either be fostered by convenient, easily accessible, anonymous, immersive and potentially more affordable. In other words, gamblers used the online gambling because it’s easy and convenient.

In addition, the quality of the internet and the computer does also contribute to online gambling. Even to some extent researchers found that there is a better chance in winning online than offline.

Final result: after examining the relationship between problem gamblers and internet gambling sites, there were only few internet sites that included safeguard. In other words, most online gambling sites do not educate their client about safe gambling. Hence, how can government create internet gambling policies that minimize that relationship? Based on these grounds the research was proposed.

Theories the researcher used to underline the study: Propensity, problem gamblers, addiction, Canadian Problem Gambling Index, North America, anonymity, Online, policy, Problem, internet gambling, non-problem gambler, low risk gambler moderate-risk gambler and safeguard.

Research Method:
The researcher used online survey to get at those specific items.

Subject of the study:
Understanding the relationship between problem gambler and internet gambling in relative to how government can regulate such issue. There was a completion of survey required in order for the participant to receive a gift. The survey comprised of 46 closed and open-ended questions. This survey was divided into separate sections and required the amount of 10 minutes for completion. An instrument known as Canadian Problem Gambling Index was employed to produce high level of reliability and validity. The survey was classified into four categories: non-problem gambler, low-risk gambler, moderate-risk gambler and problem gamblers. The research sample comprised of 56 percent men and 44 percent women. The range of age was from 18 to 84. The survey includes gender, age, nationality, ethnicity, marital status, education, religious belief and disabilities. (Wood and Williams, 2007, 526-530)


Research findings:
Demographic characteristic: There was high rate of unemployment gamblers. There was also high rate of disable people participating on online gambling. Yet most people (61.2%) claimed to have some post-secondary education. Moreover, the research stated that people that used online gambling showed high level of comfort.

Gambling behavior: most internet gamblers spent more time gambling on the internet than offline gamblers. There was also high rate of people who gamble at home than work. Black Jack was the most popular game played by internet gamblers.

In relationship to categories of gambling, over 33.5% were classify as non-problem gambler, 23.9% At risk gambler, 22.6% moderate problem gambler, and 20.1% had severe problem gambler. So, in total 42.7% was considered as problem gamblers. Thus, there is a chance in the future that will change. Hence, if government and online casino will like to legalize gambling, they must as well foster an ethos of responsible gambling among their citizens. These were the four suggestion made by the researcher: Provide internet gamblers with feedback about their problem gambling status, develop internet-based treatment and prevention program, implement controls that regulate and access the use, implement strict controls over advertising and promotions. The author also recommended that more research be conducted about preventing problem gamblers in the future. (Wood and Williams, 2007, 530-536)

My position on this scholarly essay
In short, this scholarly research was worth studying because it addressed the borderline between internets gambling and problem gambling. The research was written clearly and followed a systematic research approach to get at the specific issue underline. The author main argument was to examine the relationship between online gamblers and offline gamblers because little is known about the individual or their propensity of problem gambling. The author proved that there is a steady increase in online gambling via the internet. Hence, if government wants to legalize gambling, it may do so with intention to regulate online gambling. There are three things in this research that makes it worthwhile. First, it reported on past research by systematically underlining the findings; second, it proposed a research to get at the unknown based on the known; and finally, it proposed what could be done in the future to prevent such a problem.

Although, the length of the research was not reported, I still find it very convincing. I also agree with the author that research needs to be conducted about preventing problem gamblers in the future and how government will regulate and control gambling on the internet.

This article makes me wonder whether gambling in general should be legalized.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Why injustice preveal in the world

The dark ashes of human creatures create flames of static urful shadow that we can't see or feel the truth. Our imagination is limited to what we know and hear. Does our only source of information is provisional knowledge(Provesional knowledge, knowledge that we aquire from surrounding, texts book and research). Truth is distorted by false-dogmatic and bigot behavior that is embeded in every human. Trust and commitment is invaded by words that we hold closer to our heart. Logos(words) over the years, have been artistically and creatively used as tool to distort our judgement. Once, we are confused we became weak to understand what the truth is. This leads to an interesting topic. What is Human?