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