3 Annotated Bibliography Posts =)
“Michael Pollan on Sustainable Food | Open Culture.” Open Culture. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Aug. 2010. <http://www.openculture.com/2010/04/michael_pollan_on_sustainable_food.html>
In this video, Michael Pollan talks about his opinion on the food industry and how it needs to be reformed. He thinks the food industry should change the oil it uses and use solar energy instead, change how people in our country are eating it, and the health risks involved, and how the food industry is affecting the eco system of the world.
Honestly, I think this guy is a complete whack job. His two reasonable arguments at the beginning of his speech led me into a field of extreme and confusing views. He started out with ideas about sun-fueled food and cheaper healthy food, which I completely agree with, but then started making random and unreasonable arguments such as the fact that cow poop (often used for fertilizer) pollutes the earth like oil would or that farmers need to “use their land to create more soil”, without explaining how that really is possible. He also strongly encourages every family in America to plant a home garden, which is a reasonable request until you realize that about half of Americans live in cities, with conditions that don’t support the growth of a home garden; or realize that using a home garden, which Pollan says would save about $600 per year in produce, would also not support the farming industry of America. I respect his attempt to inspire a food revolution, but I think he is going about it all wrong.
“Internet censorship harms schools – Boing Boing.” Boing Boing. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Aug. 2010. <http://www.boingboing.net/2010/03/26/internet-censorship.html>
This article is about how schools have censored a lot of the internet and how it can actually have the opposite effect desired: to be harmful rather than helpful. Teachers will find a video or an important URL to teach their lessons, only to find it blocked the next day. And yet the students still find ways around the censorship. The short article had very interesting points on the absurdity of how strict the filters have become.
I completely agree with the article. It is near impossible sometimes to do my schoolwork at school because of the fact that I can’t get anywhere I need to from the school, because it is blocked. I think that something needs to be done about this, because it is a complete mess. Obviously there are complicated ways to get around this for the teachers, like downloading the videos onto their computers from home before presenting it to the class, but even then, the software could cost money. It would just be easier for education, and less costly, if the filter were put on lighter terms. An excellent example would be that I can’t view the TED video for my next post on the library computer I’m using to type this, because the security settings wont allow me to install the latest version of Flash, so I’ll have to do it when I get home.
“Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids | Video on TED.com.” TED: Ideas worth spreading. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Aug. 2010. <http://blog.ted.com/2010/04/01/adora_svitak_on/>
This video was about how Andora Svitak, a child prodigy, encouraged adults to think more like a child, to be creative like a child would be, and not be scared of what other people think about it. She used several points in her presentation to support her argument, such as using inspirational kids to prove that they are even more capable then some adults, who think irrationally. She used George W. Bush as a humorous example of this. =)
I absolutely LOVED this video. It meant so much for a child to come up in front of HUNDREDS of adults (a task sure to make anyone want to pee their pants) and tell them, and other TED viewers to think more like a child, and not be afraid, like a child isn’t. I went to the park the other day and saw a little kid running and trip and take a header. He just jumped back up, not even caring if anyone had been laughing at him. I wish more people were like that with their work, whether it is school work or art or a big project for their job. It would make life more colorful and amazing. =)