Thursday, December 8, 2011

Water is Precious !

The Giant Well in Natwarghad, India
by Amit Dave

This Pulitzer Prize winning image shows people gathering around the well in India to fetch water. As cliche as it may sound be thankful for the fact that you have water. When you leave the water tap on too long, think about this image and conserve water!
Also, how does this image make you feel ?

Kelly A.

The REAL ballerina.

American Ballet Theater Ballerina's feet
by Joe McNally.

Most little girls' dream is to become a ballerina. This Pulitzer Prize winning image left me startled as I noted that the beauty portrayed on the outside by the ballerina covers what is inside: horror of damaged feet. The price a ballerina has to pay leaves me speechless. I understand that her love and passion for the art prevails the pain she has to endure. Would you be willing to suffer for the art you love ?

Kelly A.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

one hundredth of a second

This short video is bringing up the problem of people's attitude towards the view on wars today. People lost the sense of all horror that is hidden behind the news and images, which are in the media almost every day.

Only 5:20 minutes to watch, and so many thing to think about.

Alima U

The real meaning of SACRIFICE

After watching this video I couldn't hold my tears.
This story made me think about meaning of life and power of one person.
It is true that one man can change a lot. A man who had to make the hardest choise in the world.
He was responsible for hundreds of lives. He saved those people.
No one even know what a huge and tragic sacrifice was made for them. No one thanked him. No one was there for him after all.
It is really hard to imagine what would I do if I had to choose. Only people who lost their love ones might know the answer.
I don't want anyone ever be in that situation, just think, what would you do if you be that man?

p.s There is a link for the full version of this story.

Alima U.

Welcome to Kazakhastan

People always ask me there I from, and when they here that I am from Kazakhstan, I usually get the same tree responses.
1. "Kazakhstan? BORAAAAT!!! I know, I know! Are the things he said about Kazakhstan, in the movie, true??"
2."...tan, what? Where is it? It should be somewhere in Asia, right?" (They are looking at my narrow eyes and thinking that I have to be Asian)
3. "Never heard of that? How do you speak English so well???"

That's why I want to show you this video about my home country, so you would know the truth about my country!

A.U. ENG 112, Fall 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Racist lady on the tram

WARNING---this video contains very offensive language.

This video went viral after an English woman on the tram expresses how she wants all non-British people to go back to their countries. She views that immigration is ruining England.
At some point, this racists English lady tells a black woman to go back to Nicaragua, which is obviously not in Africa. It's a sadly ignorant statement.

Despite her outburst passengers did not physically attack her. Later on, she got arrested. Should she have been arrested for expressing her opinion ? Or is her opinion a violation of the law ? Which means, how far can we take our freedom of speech ? What is your view on this ?

-Kelly A.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Climate Change and Its Effects

Climate change endangers plants, animals and humans. Our earth or the nature is changing from time to time. The natural disasters around the world are the result of climate change. I believe that everyone of us has the responsibility to protect the nature. We need to make our daily lives environment friendly: recycling our trash, avoiding wastage of electricity or taking the stairs instead of elivator, for example.Introducing littel changes like these, makes a significant difference.
Hana Ed.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Manifestation in New York City.

The U.S. government began its attack on Afghanistan 10 years ago, the ex President of the US called it a “war on terror.” It was followed by 8 years of U.S. war in Iraq and now war in Libya and drone wars on Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Sudan under Pres. Obama. These are all wars for oil, resources, and markets in the interests of corporate power.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

From Beauty to Bones

Look what society has done to us and the kind of people we have become. This picture definitely says it all.

Eliana Rejas

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Does this video bring you joy? or sadness? or both? To me it's both. It makes me happy because it's never too late to try and make a difference. It makes me sad because not everyone will feel the same a few days after they watch this most people will forget and never act on it and go about their lives as usual. Would you begin to act and try and make the world a better place one small problem at a time? Will you just take for granted that someone else will? Or are you discouraged because you feel the problems are bigger than you or a handful of your friends?

-Joshua Plascencia


Ahhhhh the gold old skins. Some might say that we still have a chance, me on the otherhand being a die hard skins fan still have hope since the eagles lost yesterday and hopefully the Giants and COWGIRLS losing all of their games. We still might have a shot to go to the playoffs. The problem is not the players, I think it is Kyle Shannanhan. I think his father needs to decide if he wants to win games to back up his son because he in my mind is stupid. If you call the right plays at the right time maybe we can score some TD's in a game. I mean goshhh just let Beck throw the freaking ball deep down the field.

Hussian B.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The McDonald's Horror

I don't know how many of you all have seen this video, but McDonald's is extremely unhealthy. This video reveals the truth behind McDonald's burgers and fries. It'll make you rethink before ordering another!

Candice B.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

If you just started smoking cigarettes, please stop now!
I've been smoking cigarettes regularly for 7 years and it was one of the worst thing I've chosen to do in my life. After all, what you get are; bad health, cigarette stinking car, full of lighter in the drawer, 10lb of change from buying cigarettes!

Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I've done it thousands of times.
Mark Twain


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Funny Pictures... so true !

Ayah E.
Ayah E.

This is a picture of an X-Ray of a foot in a high heeled shoe! Just look at the physical stress that is placed on the metatarsophalangeal joints! This also causes problems to the spine, not just the joints in the feet. It is sad to see what people do to themselves in the name of fashion. That shows how the statement “beauty is pain” is so true. Because there is no possible way to believe that heels are comfortable especially when they are over 6 inches high and pointed like a pencil, and makes whoever is walking in them look like they're about to fall on their face! They sure do look nice and “fashionable”, but not at all comfortable. This shows how most girls now a days care a lot more about their beauty than they do about their health.

Ayah Elborhamy

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Radio Stations Paying to Play

Remember the issue a couple years ago about radio stations having to pay fees to be able to play musics on air? Here is a news about it just to refresh your memory. Think: is this okay or not?
I remembered about it but I never heard the ending, but I know for sure that I am against it. I mean, everyone loves to listen to music and there are a variety of them. However, for musicians, even from the past, now demanding to get paid more? That is a great deal for them, but what about the radio stations? Many would lose business and would be more into radio talk, which many of us don't want to listen to.
After reading this article,, I can't believe it. This was a shocker, but still understandable that they don't want to have a higher fee. However, it is still just another way for musicians to get more pay when they (well some) are getting a triple amount of a normal person's pay check! Still say that this was a good, fair deal? Would you rather have radio stations pay for the music or be silent?
-N. Obusan

Monday, October 31, 2011

Muslim students pissed off at crosses at Catholic 'Private' University

This is a video of a man telling us how he feels about Muslim students getting mad over crosses in a Catholic school. It's ok for Muslims and all other religions to go to a Catholic school. If it has a good reputation or good academics, and it's a good fit for you, then go there and learn. If you're going to go there though, don't complain about some things that a CATHOLIC school does. At every private Catholic school, there is going to be a cross in every room, there is going to be a prayer before classes, and chances are there are going to be nuns walking the halls. If you have a problem with that then maybe a Catholic school isn't where you should be. I think it's wrong for the Muslims to complain about something like this, especially since they're the ones that wanted to go there. If you want to walk into a classroom and not see a cross, then go to a public university.

Felicia G.
(the video wouldn't show up so I just posted the link)

Same sex marriage.

Same sex marriage is one of the nations most popular topics, with very strong feelings on each side. It has been seen as okay in some cultures, however almost every ancient script and all religions consider an union between two men or two women, wrong and against God words. An union between two members of the same sex results in an infertile pairing, which doesn't allow natural flow to continue in the world. It will be almost like a civil war period if gays become able to marry, many people will be for it and many against it causing another battle in society.

Here is the link: (couldn't upload the video for some reasons.

Houria B. we have a right to protest?

Trigger warning- police brutality (not gory or ulra-violent)

This is a short video from the police crackdown of Occupy Oakland (part of a trend of spontaneous protest camps that have been popping up in cities across our country) that happened almost a week ago. When watched, one can clearly see a police officer throwing a flash grenade (which have been known to cause major burns) into a group of protesters who were rushing to aid a man who had just been hit in the head with a tear gas canister. The man who was hit in the head had to go to an intensive care unit due to brain damage. Scenes like this happen all the time at protests in America that the government deems to be too contagious, or maybe too spot-on. Barely anything ever happens to police officers who are accused of committing brutal acts against the citizens they have sworn to protect and serve. Police violence rarely occurs due to escalation on the protesters part; it's the cops who always throw the first punch without provocation. Over the years people have been murdered, permanently maimed, and unlawfully arrested by our police in situations exactly like the one you just watched.

I wanted to post this video to ask the question- who are the Oakland police really protecting in this video? Are they doing the right thing? What's your opinion on the occupy movement?

Sam P

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Was It Right?

Kevin Carter stared at this scene for about twenty minutes waiting for the vulture to flare its wings so he could get a perfect shot and show the world the horror of the Sudanese Civil War. Finally, he tired of waiting, took the picture and scared off the vulture. Later, in 1994, this picture won him the Pulitzer Prize. A couple of months later he killed himself.

Juliana Va.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Male Dominance?

After many minutes of thought, I had to agree with the woman that seems to be a Muslim. Why? Because of the way Western media portrays beauty. Since preteen age, girls are subliminally shown that the only way to properly attract males is by showing skin. This is also taught to older women as well (feminism anyone?)

I could go off and say that this is one of the main causes of problems in teenagers nowadays. I could say that the world identifies low-self esteem girls as the real issue.  But then society goes on to encourage these same low self-esteem girls to wear clothing with the lowest neckline and the highest hemline possible. Even as they decry the treatment of women sexually by men, feminists encourage women to use sex as a tool to manipulate men. Simply said, society wants girls/women/females to believe that they are not just good for sex, but then pushes them to dress and act as if they were only good for sex. Hypocritical much? Others may say we are in an age of "sexual liberation" blah blah blah. Wait that reminds me, didn't the Roman empire experience "sexual liberation" then shortly thereafter crumbled? (The Romans realized this and tried to "fix" this, but it was too late. Not saying it was the only reason for their empire's downfall).
Seems to me, Islam and other conservative religions or conservative Christian denominations got this right. I could say all this, but I won't.~D. Cruz

"Killing Us Softly"

     Killing Us Softly is a documentary in which Jean Kilbourne explains to us how countless magazine ads have affected us and shaped us through-out the years. These ads usually contain images of people that have been photoshopped to look like the "ideal female" (promoting destructive ideals of femininity, being underweight, "perfect" faces, ect.) in our society. The speaker shows how females are de-humanized and shown as "things." These ads are supposed to be selling products right? What kind of message are we really sending these readers? Most of us probably don't even remember what product was being sold in the first place. Even by looking at an ad for one second; you have already ingraved the picture in your head and thought it through without realizing it. I never really noticed how subsequently we take in the information that is given to us through these ads. It's crazy!
     Major issues like eating disorders, gender violence, sexism, ect. have always been on a critical level. I just don't understand, as much as we're told that people care and that they are trying to stop these issues. We keep publishing these revealing type of ads. The bodies that they show are unreal, literally. In one part of the film they show someone distorting 4 different females to be made into one female (Different parts of the body of different females being made into one "perfect" female). Yeah, I get that they're only trying to sell a certain product but when you really think about it. They're selling more than they think: gym memberships, plastic surgery, and even promoting bulimia/anorexia. It really disgusts me how far the media will go to sell something that really isn't a necessity in our daily lives. In the end, as much as we try to not fall in these traps. We do.

Eliana Rejas 

Sunday, October 23, 2011


This is one of the best short videos I've ever seen. It's just a compilation of beautiful imagery and a speech by Richard Feynman (a famous physicist) about the importance of science and critical thought. In an age where NASA is desperately underfunded while this country spends over 1/3 of its money on meaningless wars, thinking about the future isn't particularly pleasant. Listening to Feynman talk about the sheer randomness of our existence, the fact that we are even here at all, makes me feel lucky to have any problems to begin with. But it also makes me wish for a more logical society, a culture of knowledge and respect instead of hatred. I really don't know if it's possible for the planet as a whole to put its differences aside and work towards creating a better world for everyone on it, but I'm quite convinced that we as a species are soon coming to a fork in the road of our destiny; one direction will lead to other worlds, and one will lead to extinction. I think that accepting the universe for what it really is is a step towards the right path.

"I don't feel frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in the mysterious universe without having any purpose, which is the way it really is, as far as I can tell, possibly. It doesn't frighten me."

Sam P.


So for the last couple of years I've worked at the infamous book store chain Borders.Although chain was doomed financially way before the invention of the ereader or nook; technology was certainly was one of the guiding reasons why the chain went down in flames so tragically. Personally I think that the whole nook/ereader craze is really killing this industry. As a bookseller I am completely against the use of electronic books. Sooner or later ink on paper will be a completely foreign idea. Everything is electronic theses days; I wont be surprised the day I find out you can get pizza off the internet.So with that said PLEASE BURN YOUR EREADERS/KEEP IT TRADITIONAL !


Saturday, October 22, 2011


I agreed on all the points she made about how Women are easy to judge other, because they feel "threaten" about the confidence the other female has. As a women I think it's completely true. I was raised with guys so I can't stand being around people who judge others, strictly based on how they look. Whatever happen to "Don't judge a book by it's cover?" I know for a fact that our momma's taught us "If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all." So for anyone that's quick to judge others, check yourself, No body is perfect.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Lost Generation

I love this video and think it has a very strong message. I'm sure that everyone has heard at least once before that our generation is said to be the worse generation and is continuing to get out of control. It is said that we will no longer care about anyone but ourselves and won't function properly as a society. We will be a lost generation. It scares me to think that I might not have a job and If i have a job then I might not have family. But this video shows that all the assumptions and studies can be reversed and can be completely avoided. That is the important message that the viewer should receive from this video.

-Naila R.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

There were many words you could not stand to hear

"I was always embarrassed by the words sacred, glorious, and sacrifice, and the expression in vain. We had heard them, sometimes standing in the rain almost out of earshot, so that only the shouted words came through, and had read them, on proclamations that were slapped up by billposters over other proclamations, now for a long time, and I had seen nothing sacred, and the things that were glorious had no glory and the sacrifices were like the stockyards at Chicago if nothing was done with the meat except to bury it. There were many words that you could not stand to hear and finally only the names of places had dignity. Certain numbers were the same way and certain dates and these with the names of the places were all you could say and have them mean anything. Abstract words such as glory, honor, courage, or hallow were obscene beside the concrete names of villages, the numbers of roads, the names of rivers, the numbers of regiments and the dates."

A Farewell to Arms
Ernest Hemingway, 1929

Do you respond differently to this statement (made by a fictional character) than you do to the declaration (found HERE) about the importance of honor, courage, duty, and sacrifice made by William Faulkner when he accepted the Nobel Prize for literature in 1950?

-- Posted by Liz Holmes

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Woman to Man

Although this may just be joke, it kept me thinking about it. This may seem feminist to many, however was and still is a reality today. I mean many women are the ones who do all the housework ( i.e cleaning, cooking, etc) sometimes working more than men do. But does this mean that men don't cook or clean? It is true that majority of women are the ones who do all the house chores. However that does not mean men can't. In today's days men also clean and do the chores of the house when women have to work. It is matter of communication and understanding to split house chores between men and women. If men are working to support the family then women should occupy themselves doing the house chores or vice versa. Women and men should help each other mutually. Women are not less than men, therefore they should not be looked like they are inferior to men and stay at home doing all the chores. Women have equal opportunities like men do, and if they have a good work position they are the ones who support the house, and men have to do the chores.

G. Perez

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Can This Ad Be Really Defined As 'Art' ?

As some of us may know, Fashion designer Dolce & Gabbana is known for its attractive and ‘naughty’ ads. Nevertheless, this ad grabbed my attention more than any other ad for this fashion designer. This ad was somewhat disturbing. Without the logo ‘Dolce & Gabbana’ there is a male pinning a woman down, while four other men are staring at them and they seem to be waiting for their “turn”. Adding to that, the arrangement of the models or the ‘work of art’ that’s in this picture has nothing to do with the products Dolce & Gabbana has to offer! Does an image that looks like a possible gang rape really fit to be an ad? Are people really attracted to such ads? What do you think of such an ad, is it interesting in some way, is it sexy or is it disturbing and offensive to women?

N. AlOmran

Monday, April 25, 2011

Should Abortion Be Tax Funded?

I believe that Planned Parenthood should not be tax funded. Just because you support something doesn’t make it worthy of tax dollars! Planned Parenthood should be funded the same way everything else is which is thru the profit that they make and by private contributions.

Brooke K.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

The truth

It is heartbreaking to see that farmer’s cooperating and following the way the government and corporations wants them to do. Money, of course is what pushes and incentivize farmers to doing the unthinkable.

Mara Zeleke

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The economy!! SAYY WAHHH

This is how I feel all the time when I hear about how the economy is "supposedly" going to get better. By the time it gets better my grandsons are gonna be changing my diapers. I won't give a rats ass about the economy, unless you know if medicate is still available then god bless America.

Bilal Hussain-aka b-money

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Cinematography of VCU Riot

VCU Riot after 2011 Final Four from MONDIAL on Vimeo.

@ 1:54 does the girl holding her hands in the air have real justification to why she is protesting? The students were celebrating way to hard and got out of control and are there to suppress the situation. Come on now I know we all want peace but the actions must be mutual!!!

- Khalil Boyd

Friday, April 15, 2011

New Rhetoric About Haiti

If you have been paying attention to the news, you will have noticed that this month Haiti faces a new challenge, while still attempting to recover from the earthquake that struck nine months ago. At least two hundred cases of cholera have been confirmed, and the illness seems to be spreading toward the still-devastated city of Port-au-Prince. You can click HERE for a link to a New York Times article about the outbreak.

This is not a blog about Haiti (although it does seem that way, doesn't it?), but I do find it interesting that most media representatives are reporting this news without using much in the way of the classical tools of rhetoric which we have discussed in class. The public has been given information (logos), but the reporting has not provided experts to offer commentary (ethos) or the emotional appeal of individual anecdotes (pathos).

Why do you think this is so? What drew the media's attention to the earthquake that is apparently missing in this situation? What is your intellectual response to this news? How about your emotional response?

What do you think?

-- Liz Holmes

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011

What do you think about this? Does the argument in this video support the claims of the Animate we watched in class, or refute them?

To refresh your memory, here is the Animate we discussed. NOTE: It takes a couple of minutes to load.

Tell me what you think!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

JT: Breaking Hearts for Haiti

Does this work as a rhetorical device? How? Why? Why not?