Monday, November 21, 2011

sex sex sex

I found an article that is about how adolescence learns about sex in the media. One of the main points that I would pull out from the article that the three most common sexual themes are sexual/ romantic relations as competition, men valuing and selecting women on the basis of physical appearance, and sex as the defining act of masculinity. I know this article is reliable because I found it on the university database. I am going to use this point when I write about adolescent learning about sex through television shows.
Chapin, J. (2000). Adolescent sex and mass media: A developmental approach. Adolescence, 35(140), 799-811.
Another article I found is about how the media can be a healthy sex educator. The articles main point is that the media will always be around, and adolescents will always be learning about sex through the media, so the media should present sex in a healthy way. I could use this article if I was trying to prove that sex in the media could also be positive.
Brown, J. , & Keller, S. (2000). Can the mass media be healthy sex educators?. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 32(5), 255-256.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

LAST two chapters!!! : ))

Chapter 10 of John Ronson’s The Psychopath Test is about the misuse of the DSM. Robert Spitzer is the creator of the test. The problem with the test is that every normal has a disorder according to the test. The test makes it so that every little problem a person has is turned into a disorder. He later on in the chapter also admits that most of the disorders in the DSM are labeling normal people with a disorder they don’t really have. This chapter also mentions young children. There are many children that are diagnosed with ADD, but in reality, they are just young and hyperactive. One example of a child that was mistakenly diagnosed is Rebecca Riley. Her parents gave her bipolar medicine to get her to sleep because she was being to hyper. The next morning, she did not wake up. And the worst part  is that her mother knew that her child didn’t really need the medicine.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Chapter 8 is about a man name David Shayler. He is a man that believes in conspiracy theories. He believes that events like 7/7 and 9/11 really happened. During the 7/7 attack there was a lady name Rachel on the train that was attacked. When she blogged about her experience, she was criticized by Shayler’s group. They believed that Rachel was actually the government trying to cover up the event. To prove her point she goes to one of their meeting to show that she is a real person. At one point she could no longer hold in her rage and shouted at the men that she was in the carriage.  He also goes on to claim that the 9/11 event did not actually happen and that they were missiles that looked like air planes. Another thing he claims is that he was the Messiah! Eventually the public did not believe him and he lost his fame.

Chapter 8 is freaking crazy!!! I cannot believe this guy! He is out of his mind. How could someone even come up with these ideas! The 7/7 and 9/11 events were such a tragedy and many people died and lost love ones. I am insulted that he would come up with such ideas.  

Monday, October 31, 2011


"In 'Something Borrowed,' Gladwell asks where the line should be drawn when it comes to plagiarizing another person’s work. Gladwell tells us of Dorothy Lewis, she is psychiatrist who studies serial killers. Lewis discovered that her words have imitated in a play called “Frozen.” She filed a lawsuit against Bryony Lavery, the woman who wrote the play. Lavery then goes on to explain that she did not think that she was plagiarizing because she considered Lewis’s work as “news.” It is questionable whether she did steal Lewis’s work because she did not copy main thoughts and ideas, she copied quotes that Lewis used from another work and reproduced her work in a way that did not take the whole idea. Gladwell compares this to music, a piece can have the same sound, but it one note is changed then the music is technically not stolen. There are so many artist with so many ideas out there in the world so it is hard to prove original work because there is a possibility that someone else has thought of the same idea.
This article makes me question my work. I am sure, that there is another Linh Trinh out there in the world, which has written the same paper, with the same ideas. It makes me nervous to write this ten-page paper because it would be so simple write the same sentence that has been written by another person.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Chapter 6 and 7

This chapter is about a man name Al Dunlap. He is known for firing people and shutting down companies. There once was a company name Sunbeam, but when Al Dunlap became the CEO he shut it down. When Ronson discovered this guy, he went to investigate whether Al Dumlap is psychopathic or not. When he arrived at Al Dunlap’s mansion he sculptures of animal predators in his house. After talking with Al Dumlp, Ronson concluded that Al Dunlap is in fact a psychopath because he fit many of the trait on the psychopath test.  

Chapter 6 was really interesting. It makes me wonder if there really are people like Al Dunlap running huge corporations out there. I think that Al Dunlap is a psychopath. I was appalled by his answers to Ronson’s questions. Chapter 7 was fascinating! I felt really bad for the lady name Deleese! I cannot believe that they use people for entertainment like that!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

In What Ways Does the Media Influence Sex?

I think this will be an easy question to answer. I googled the topic and  quickly skimmed over the pages. There seems to be a lot of research already done on the topic, but the information was not from legitimate sources. Hopefully I will be able to find some primary sources for my paper. There are many different directions that I can go with on this topic, which is a good thing because I am going to have difficulty filling up TEN PAGES!!!! This makes me soo nervous just thinking about it! I can write about the different types of media, the ages it affects, and the types of behaviors it encourages. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Chapter 4

This chapter was about the psychopath test. It was created by a man name Bob Hare. Bob was doing research on psychopaths by using electric shock, but when it became illegal he had to find an alternative to identifying psychopaths. He came up with 20 questions called the psychopath test. Essentially if someone fails the test they are a psychopath. Jon Ronson tells us of Case Study H, someone who failed the test; he locked up his mother as a young child and enjoyed hearing her cry and takes pleasure in beating people up. Bob says that the reason these people are psychopaths is because there amygdale is not working like a normal persons brain does. At the end of the chapter, Jon Ronson is able to identify psychopaths much easier
This chapter was no fun compared to chapter three! It was interesting to learn about how the psychopath test was created.  But one has to wonder how Bob knows the way that a psychopath would respond, is he a psychopath to?  I think that Bob is not sane himself, he wants to use the electric shock, knowing that causes harm, but he does not care about the way his participants feel; that’s sign of a psychopath.