January 2012 Archives

As you begin to post, I'll re-post my thoughts on what makes an effective blog post:

In my opinion, a good blog post has several characteristics, including:
1) Relevant information that is clearly articulated.
2) Clear attribution of information (increases your credibility).
3) Offers your unique perspectives on a topic.
4) Provides "enriched" content (images, links, video), etc. as appropriate.
5) Invites the reader to think about and respond to your ideas.

As you post, remember to include tags and keywords so we can keep track of similar posts.

If you have more ideas to add to what makes an effective blog post, please add them by commenting on this posting.

Thanks!
David

The Ad and the Ego

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I enjoyed the film today partially for the "datedness" but mostly because I find the advertising world fascinating. I already understood that advertising is apart of our daily lives and that most of it just breezes by us unnoticed, but I like how they gave the analogy with the fish not thinking about the water around them. This struck me because I had not really thought about advertising as being such a crucial part of our life, good or bad. Fish need the water to sustain them and I just am not convinced that we need advertising to sustain the world. The only thing that advertising sustains is business industry. By having all these different kinds of advertisements geared to make people products so that their life will be more complete these companies are creating consumers out of everyone. Most of the time the advertisements are made to make us believe that buying a certain product will give us a certain feeling for example, a particular kind of deodorant will help attract people of the opposite sex and give you a feeling of acceptance. The ads are not so much about the product itself, but what it can get you in life. I think that if advertising was not as prevalent in our society, we would still have an idea in our mind that we need material, man- made things to make our lives better and easier. The fact that we can make such machines like cars and computers, we should have them in our lives and readily available to the masses. We came from making small tools out of rocks to generating energy through huge nuclear power plants, even without advertising we would still have the drive to own things that we can create with our own hands. Overall, I think that advertising is crucial for businesses to stay a float, but not crucial to everyday people going about their business.

Bio-cremation

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I recently read a newspaper article in the Duluth News Tribune that I though was very interesting. Apparently, a new type of cremation has been developed which will offer "a 'greener' alternate to traditional cremation, which consumes more energy and releases mercury from dental fillings and other pollutants into the air" (Peterson). From what I understand, this process, called "bio-cremation," uses only heat, water, and certain chemicals in order to speed up the process of decomposition, resulting in the bones and teeth remaining intact while the rest of the body--now a "sterile liquid"--is flushed into a "sanitary sewer system."

While I did not keep the hard copy of the article, nor could I access it online, I did manage to find a picture that I remembered was featured within the article that provides a visual and more simplified explanation of the process, plus an article from the Pine Journal (which I think is a part of the Duluth News Tribune) that explains it more fully. The links are listed below.

The first article on this subject (published about two weeks ago) provided only facts regarding what bio-cremation is and the plans of funeral home operators to put it into practice, but I wondered what sort of religious or cultural repercussions might result from this. As a matter of fact, as I was researching this over the last few days, I read that the funeral home in Cloquet recently voted not to utilize bio-cremation. There was also a comment on the DNT website which pointed out the indignity of bio-cremation. Funeral burning has been practiced for many centuries, mostly for religious reasons. As much as I like the fact that someone has thought of yet another way for people to be environmentally friendly, I believe there is something very dignified about fire and ritual burnings. Moreover, it is not easy to stop or change a cultural practice, especially one that has gone on for so long and has been thought by many throughout history (i.e. Vikings) to be so illustrious.

I personally would like my body to be cremated after I die, but, assuming bio-cremation is still utilized in the future, I'm not sure what kind of cremation I would want. I hope this isn't an indelicate question, but what do you think? For those who would like their bodies cremated, would you rather have your body burned into ashes, or artificially decomposed? Furthermore, what do you think our choice would reveal about us as individuals and as a culture regarding how we view death?

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/image/id/77930/headline/Bio-cremation/
http://mobile.duluthnewstribune.com/page/article/id/219977

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Hey friends!
I am Jordan Olson Wright, anthropology and spanish major. I'm a senior this year but I'll be a super senior next year so I guess it doesn't really count. Hope the beginning of the semester is being nice to all of you.

first post

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Hello classmates,
My name is Amber and I'm a journalism major with an anthropology minor. I love to write as well as travel and learn about other cultures around the world. I'm really excited to gain knowledge in the anthropological field during this class.

First Entry

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Hello all,
My name is Chelsea, and I am a senior Women's Studies major/ Cultural Studies minor. I'm looking forward to learning more and having fun!

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Hello. I am Ann. I'm an Anth major, history minor. I'm a junior, but this is my first year in Duluth. I have never used or even read a blog before. Honestly, I dislike computers.

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Hello, I'm Kathryn Ruesch and I am an Anthropology major and cultural studies minor. I am on the UMD ski team and look forward to truly beginning this class. Pretty new to this whole blogging thing so we shall see how it goes as we all get the hang of it.

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Hello class! My name is Jenna and I am a psychology major in my last semester. I am eager to learn more in this course and I look forward to engaging with the class on the topics presented to us.

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Hello class! My name is Jenna and I am a psychology major in my last semester. I am eager to learn more in this course and I look forward to engaging with the class on the topics presented to us.

Figured it out

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Hey everyone! My name is Kelsi Ring and I am a Sociology Major and an Anthropology minor. I am in track and field here at UMD and I'm super excited to learn more about anthropology!

First Blog Entry

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Hello everyone! My name is Cassie. I am an Anthropology and Spanish double major. I very much look forward to this class! I think that we will generate some really great discussions based on what we have already talked about. I can't wait to learn more with all of you!

First Blog Entry

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Hello everyone! My name is Cassie. I am an Anthropology and Spanish double major. I very much look forward to this class! I think that we will generate some really great discussions based on what we have already talked about. I can't wait to learn more with all of you!

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Hey everyone I am Lexi. I look forward to this class and learning more about it!

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Hey!
Check out a cool map from http://www.breathingearth.net/. It shows the birth and death rates around the world and the CO2 emissions that each country gives off. It is pretty cool!

Hi Everyone!

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This is my first blog ever. You learn something new everyday, right?

After our discussion on Monday about things that are Essential for Life/Helpful for Making Life Easier/Nice to Have to Make Life More Interesting/Pure Luxuries, I looked for some support for my claim in class that "studies show" humans need other humans. Click on the Heading for this entry, and you'll find an example of one such study that shows people do, indeed, need other humans to survive and thrive.

Blog

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Hello, this is my first blog entry! Hopefully it works...

Greatings

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Live long and prosper.

First Post!

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Hello everyone! This is my attempt at posting an entry.

Right on.

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I managed to sign in and post!

Class Community Blog

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I hope for this blog to serve as a place for us to engage in discussion about topics relevant to the course, as well as a place to share resources you find related to our course topics. Please remember that a good blog post has several characteristics, including:
1) Relevant information that is clearly articulated.
2) Clear attribution of information (increases your credibility).
3) Offers your unique perspectives on a topic.
4) Provides "enriched" content (images, links, video), etc. as appropriate.
5) Invites the reader to think about and respond to your ideas.

As you post, remember to include tags and keywords so we can keep track of similar posts.

Thanks!
David

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