End of Semester Recap about Universal Health Care

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“What Countries Have Universal Health Care?” Google Search, Google, 2018, http://www.google.com/search?q=free%2Bhealthcare&client=safari&channel=mac_bm&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwioqLu9r4ffAhXsdN8KHfgWBnoQ_AUIDygC&biw=1324&bih=877#imgrc=wGarz5vwtZ5ExM:

 

My Topic: Universal health care should never be implemented in the United States as it would negatively impact the economy in the long run.

My Essays: My first essay was an evaluative essay the evaluates the effects of universal health care in other countries that already have it, and then touches on what would happen in America should it be put into practice. The next essay was a casual essay that went into depth about the effects of free health care on the economy, the people, and society. It was a demonstration as to how negatively the country would be impacted as viewed by what happens in other countries that do have free health care. The last essay was my proposal essay, that proposed a way of improving what we already have in America to make it so free health care would not be considered an option anymore. It proposed repealing the Affordable Care Act as it does more harm than good, and proposes a new system that would be an alternative source of health care.

My Research Methods: Every time a new topic came, I found a new article, journal, or source that illustrated the effects of health care. Most of the resources I used were government approved and funded so I knew what I was reading was fact. In addition to online resources, I discussed my topic with my parents who gave advice and other news stories I could use in my essays. The websites I frequented the most were the government funded or approved because they are more reliable than blogs or people based articles.

Sources: 

Palmer, Karen S. “A Brief History: Universal Health Care Efforts in the US.” Why the US Needs a Single Payer Health System | Physicians for a National Health Program, www.pnhp.org/facts/a-brief-history-universal-health-care-efforts-in-the-us.

Formosa Post. “Pros & Cons of Universal Health Care (THE COMPLETE LIST).” Formosa Post, 24 July 2018, http://www.formosapost.com/pros-and-cons-of-universal-health-care/.

Jost, Timothy S. “The Affordable Care Act Under the Trump Administration.” Commonwealth Fund, 30 Aug. 2018, www.commonwealthfund.org/blog/2018/affordable-care-act-under-trump-administration.

Final Details/ Observations: Ultimately, what I learned from doing this topic was that even though the topic is decades old, free health care is a heavily debated issue today. Many people desire it as they see it as more fair than the current system America has today. As I did the research for my topic, I found that my perspective grew stronger for the argument against free health care. Though health care is a human right, it cannot be given out freely because in reality that is not realistic or fair. In the future, I would like to see the Affordable Care Act be repealed or altered to the point that it functions properly and people have the health care they so desire. Free health care is not a viable option and can never truly be a reality because it is not truly free at all.

 

End of Semester Recap about the Conflict in Ukraine

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A.) My Topic: My topic this semester was about the conflict that Ukraine has with it’s neighboring country, Russia. Based on the situation in Ukraine, I wrote about why Ukraine should seek help from outside forces such as the EU, U.S., or NATO.

B.) My Essays: In this class, I wrote three essays. My first essay was a definition paper, in which I defined my topic in a way so that the audience would get a general idea of what is going on in Ukraine. For my topic, it was important that the audience knew the events that led to the point of Russia invading Ukraine. What inspired me to write about this topic is that I myself am Ukrainian, and I have many family members that live in Ukraine as well, so over the past few years, the events happen in Ukraine are always a constant basis for discussion in my family. For my second essay, I wrote a rebuttal to my first essay, so I basically tried to disprove some of the points that I made while still withholding my original viewpoint in the background. It was fun to explore the other side of my argument in this essay, which is why I believe It turned out better than my first essay. As for my third essay, which is my proposal paper, I’m writing about a way for the conflict in Ukraine to subside.

C.) My Research Methods: When researching about my topic, I looked for articles from news sources that talked about the conflict in Ukraine, where the conflict is at right now, and where the conflict may go if certain things happen. The conflict in Ukraine is still talked about today, especially with the recent events of three Ukrainian ships being fired upon then seized by Russian ships in the Kerch Strait, so finding articles and sources wasn’t too difficult. It was a matter of finding the best sources which turned out to be somewhat challenging. I didn’t really spend much time in databases because I felt like news articles online were easier to come across and easier to cite. When it came to seeking help from other people for this topic, I actually ended up asking for my dad’s input on the topic and he showed me a few good sources that I could’ve used in my writing.

D.) Sources: Some good articles about my topic;

https://www.trtworld.com/opinion/ukraine-russia-s-other-forgotten-conflict-20149

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/27/russia-ukraine-ships-seizure-could-spell-more-sanctions-on-russia.html

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/11/30/ukraine-conflict-trump-g-20-push-back-bully-putin-editorials-debates/2147851002/

E.) Final Details/Observation: Overall, I learned a lot more about my topic than before I started writing these essays. Beforehand, I had a general knowledge when it came to Ukraine’s conflict, but researching and reading over countless sources throughout this process has ultimately strengthened my understanding of the conflict in Ukraine, and many aspects of it that I hadn’t even thought about until reading about them. Before writing these essays, I only knew what my topic was about, not how it should be solved or ways to end it. In the end, I still have the same perspective about my topic, Ukraine should become more aligned with Europe if it wants to end its conflict with Russia. In the future, I’d want to know a lot more about my topic since there are countless factors that go into Ukraine’s conflict, and each one is worth knowing.

 

End of Semester Recap About the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana and its Effects for Prison Reform and the Economy

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My Topic — This semester I chose to write about how the legalization of recreational marijuana could effect prison reform and the economy, shifting the racial bias’s that our incarceration system has generated, and boosting the economy, creating jobs and adding revenue. One thing that I made sure to do with each of my papers was a call to action, I believe millennials have a responsibility to our country to make change – because we’re the generation that sees the inherent and moral wrong doing those before us have left in their wake. We need to end racial injustices, and one way to do that is the legalization of recreational marijuana and the changing of policies that have plagued the minority communities and put vast numbers of them behind bars.

My Essays: I was inspired by my generation and how recreational marijuana has a vast many benefits. The millennial generation seems to be much more willing to understand what we do not know about them then those that came before us. There is so much to be learned, and we can change the course of history – its time to make a change, and we can only begin to do so by first educating more and more people about why its important.

Definition Paper: For the first paper we were assigned to write a definition or evaluative argument essay, meant to provide the reader with an understanding of the problem that I plan to write about for the semester. In this essay I wrote about why marijuana legalization is so controversial, beginning with its history with our justice system and the beginning of its sanctions as a commodity/drug. I spoke about the incredibliy high numbers of minorities behind bars for petty marijuana crimes, and the racial bias’s police and law enforcement tend to have when dealing with these cases – even though one race does not use more frequently than the other. Lastly, I spoke about what this legalization can do for our economy, the job market and its boost for the United States economy.

Rebuttal Paper: In my second paper, we were asked to write a rebuttal argument to an existing argument within your topic. By doing so, we are allowing the reader to understand more in-depth what exactly is the flaw with the system, supporting the evidence that there is a better way. For this paper I used a similar format in that I touch on history and historical facts about the drug in general, and the flaws and common misconceptions people make about it, and continued with talking about how prison reform and the Economic benefits are often overlooked and thought to be too expensive or unnecessary.

Proposal Paper: For my final paper, we were instructed to write a proposal argument, in which we propose a solution to this problem. This paper will be the hardest of the three to write, because there are a number of solutions to both of the topics I chose to write about. Along with the vast number of solutions, there is also the fact that currently this law is under state control, while I believe it should be legalized on a federal level – making it legal under all 50 states for those who choose to partake in the benefits, and those who do not being free to abstain. In writing this my strategy is to be as concise as possible, as well as objective – this topic is quite broad so with the development of my other two papers, I will be choosing which laws and strategies I want to highlight in my paper as to not end up with a book.

Research – When researching for my topic I my strategy was simple – get active. I made sure to peg and have my phone send me notifications whenever Newsweek or CNN published articles about marijuana, prison reform, and marijuanas economic benefits as well. I was reading things all the time, and it ended up just being fun – and less about the need for it to be for my paper. There was so much to learn, and a lot to analyze. I also used a lot of smaller newspapers and columns like Vox, that provided me with a less broad idea of the topics. My dad constantly proofread my articles and offered me feedback as to weather I was clear, concise and interesting. I read it to my best friend the night before I turned in each paper to make sure that everything was grammatically correct and sounded cohesive and connected. It was honestly a lot of fun.

Some articles:

Most Powerful People in Americas Marijuana Industry

The Legalization of Recreational Marijuana: An Economic Opportunity for States

If the US Legalized Weed, What Would Happen to Everyone in Jail

Legal Marijuana is a Boon to the Economy, Finds Study

Final Details/Observation: I learned so much in choosing this topic, due to its relevancy especially in the climate that we are in today – and because so many of my peers and this millennial generation is doing a lot to make change. There were astoundingly high statistics about incarceration rates for minorities in jail for petty marijuana crimes. I learned about the history of the legalization and restriction of marijuana and how it became a schedule 1 substance. I learned about the revenue that could be earned if we changed the laws, and decided to allow it to be apart of our economy. I learned about programs that have been created as a result of the economic boosts in Colorado that its legalization and sale created. My perspective has not changed, I have always believed this to be true, but I have a much more educated opinion about it – and for that I am glad. I would love to see this law passed, As of last week New Jersey joined 10 other states who are passing the bill through to Congress to legalize its recreational use. I hope to continue to see millennials advocating for these changes.

 

Blog Post #6 – End of Semester Recap about Media Corruption

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My Topic: My original topic for this semester was Media in American Politics. Through my topic I planned to cover categories such as the history of media in politics such as yellow journalism of the late 1800s, the role of media in politics, sources of media, interactions with the media, media bias, and manipulation of the media. Although I did cover a lot of these topics, I found that my essays were more about the negative effects of media corruption on the American people than on politics itself.

My Essays: My first essay was a definition piece with a historical proponent about media corruption. My second essay was a rebuttal piece where I analyzed social media’s role in journalism and argued that social media is hurting journalism. My third essay was a proposal piece about how the media is corrupted and how to stop the corruption within media, as well as our role in media corruption.

My Research Methods: My research process for each essay was very similar. I would begin my writing process with a rough outline and then look for articles based on what topics I wanted to write about for my essays.  I found articles, usually opinion articles, to be most useful when it came to supporting my ideas as they had elevated thoughts that reflected that of my own. 

Sources: 

www.ethicssage.com/2016/10/the-role-of-the-media-in-politics.html

www.journalism.org/2017/09/07/news-use-across-social-media-platforms-2017/

https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2017/dec/04/echo-chambers-are-dangerous-we-must-try-to-break-free-of-our-online-bubbles

https://www.denverpost.com/2017/03/24/social-media-destroying-news/

https://www.businessinsider.com/most-and-least-biased-news-outlets-in-america-2018-6

Final Details/Observation: Looking back at my research throughout the semester, I have found that I have learned a lot about media corruption. I think I strayed away from my original topic of focusing on how media corruption affects politics, but nonetheless, I feel that I have learned a lot. From the research, I have found that media corruption is quite prevalent and also extremely obvious. I discovered that political bias is the most common form of media manipulation as it is present in almost every news outlet out there and is corrupting the news they produce. I don’t think my perspective about media bias changed. I still believe it is bad for the American people and negatively affects their ideas about politics. In the future, I hope to see a world full of media based more on fact than opinion.

Visual Argument of Ukraine’s Conflict

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Over the past few years, Ukraine has been put in the global spotlight due to the events of Euromaidan, the Russian invasion of Eastern Ukraine, and the annexation of Crimea, just to name a few. When finding articles on the internet related to Ukraine, these three cases seem to be the center of discussion. Just like how the authors of these articles get their points across through creating arguments, the authors of visual arguments communicate their ideas of issues by the use of drawings and depictions. The cartoonist of my chosen image, Carlos Latuff, drew two cartoon characters and a vicious looking bear fighting over the country Ukraine. There is minimal font in this image, but the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” definitely applies here.

The author, Carlos Latuff, is a Brazilian freelance political cartoonist. Latuff is most likely unbiased since this piece is unlike his usual work. He is best known for his images portraying the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (Wikipedia). Therefore, he most likely has an objective view of the conflict in Ukraine. This image was directed towards the average audience, as it was posted by Latuff himself on Twitter. With that being said, his audience is most likely his followers that may be interested in this conflict. It makes sense that the image was intended for a general audience because the picture is simple yet holds much meaning behind it, which is left for the viewer to interpret. Overall, the author is making the argument that Russia is seen as a big, overpowering force on all fronts of Ukraine’s conflict.

In the political cartoon, all sides of Ukraine’s struggle are being shown. The bear, a widespread symbol for Russia, represents Russia in the image. Uncle Sam wearing a top hat with the American flag on it represents the United States. Lastly, the man wearing the blue shirt with the EU flag on the back depicts the European Union. Just like how Russia is taking control over certain parts of Eastern Ukraine, the bear in the image is tugging at that side of Ukraine. At the same time, Uncle Sam and the man wearing the EU flag are pulling at Western Ukraine. Although this picture is very symbolic, it is still very true to life because Russia wants to gain control over many parts of eastern Ukraine, while the western side of Ukraine is more pro-European and pro-United States, which is the logos behind this image. This is why Russia, the U.S, and the European Union are shown fighting for Ukraine, as if they were playing tug of war, appealing more to pathos. This visual brings me back to my essays because this is what my argument is about, the fight for Ukraine. The visual argument is on point with the arguments in my essays, showing Russia as an overbearing force, with the U.S. and EU trying to pry Ukraine out of the bear’s strong grasp.

 

 

 

Works Cited

(2018, November 13). Carlos Latuff. Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved

November 18, 2018 from, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Latuff.

 

Latuff, Carlos. “The Russian Giant Has Awoken!”. The Red Pheonix, 2014.

            https://theredphoenixapl.org/2014/03/01/political-cartoon-ukraine-the-

russian-giant-has-awoken/

 

Visual Argument

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Cox and Forkus. “Canadian Health Care.” Alain Saffel, 15 June 2010, alainsaffel.com/canadian-healthcare-catching-up/.

 

The image above shows one of the many effects of universal health care. One of the most commonly known ‘side effects’ of universal health care is the increased wait time amongst patients who need medical attention. The drawing perfectly emanates this with the dramatic representation of the patients in hospital beds, waiting in a line to see a doctor. The cartoon also shows how sometimes the wait period just takes too long and it becomes too late, as shown by the doctor wheeling the deceased person away.

The drawing is a cartoon so it is minimalist by having no color or eye-catching background, but that adds to the logos of the cartoon. The author of this cartoon focuses on the issue at hand and forces the viewer to as well to get the message across. The logic of this picture being that a major fatal flaw in universal health care is that sometimes people are forced to wait too long and then it is too late. What can be assumed from the cartoon, is that this issue is often overlooked or forgotten by those who are pro-universal health care.

From the lack of color, it can be assumed that the artist feels the matter is serious despite the dark humor of the text. The doctor portrayed can either be taken seriously or be seen as joking, but the humor of the cartoon undoubtedly is dark. It is clear by how the doctor is wheeling away a dead body while the patient looks on in horror, probably believing that could be him. Unfortunately, the message conveyed is often times true as people do not get the medical assistance they need in time due to the format of free health care. Meaning, that since it is free, it must be decided who is in more dire need of assistance and sometimes the ones not selected do not live long enough for when they could be deemed a priority.

 

Blog Post #5 – Visual Argument

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Source: http://www.sahih.nl/media-framing/

The image above depicts a cameraman, representing the media, not showing the full picture of an event and therefore changing what actually occurred. In the background, one can see a man being chased by another man with a knife both covered by a shadow. Looking at the cameraman’s screen however, one sees a different story. Instead, the roles are reversed and the running man’s foot is made out to be a knife. The background is beige which is very plain. This is most likely because the author wanted people to focus solely on the cartoon. By looking at the cartoon as a whole, one can see that the media is manipulating this event.

The argument the author is trying to make is that the news is not always truthful. They use manipulation tactics, some that I write about in my first essay, such as political bias and sensationalism, both which warp the truth. The media has the power to determine who is right and who is wrong. They have the power to show the full story, but it is their choice. It is a choice that one hopes falls in line with the truth, but as seen with the cartoon, that may not always be the case. By using a zoomed frame, a entirely new story can be blasted around the world without anyone knowing any different. The media is seen by millions are the world and needs to be telling the people the truth, not a fabricated version of what they want to be the truth.

The media’s role has often been referred to as the ‘gatekeeper’. As the gatekeeper of information, it is the media’s job to sort through what is crucial for the public to know and what may not be as crucial as well as provide the public with the truth. When lines are crossed and the media picks and chooses what they consider to be the truth, the public suffers. The corruption of media is so detrimental to not only politics but to the American people as a whole. This image supports my idea as it shows how easily the media can be manipulated. With the use of a tighter camera frame, the story is completely changed as well as perceptions about this event.

Visual Argument

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Can we successfully compose an argument without words?

I think so, and although my visual argument for this assignment has words, I think a similar message could have been conveyed with the image I made. With just using the context clues and the thumbs up hands, the one viewing the image would understand that whatever this is, is good – at the very basic level. For my image, I was more focused on the idea that people should do their research – marijuana is an outlet that can do a lot of good, but has done so much bad, and those people who do not believe there are benefits may have just not done enough research.

I specifically hoped this image would target millennial’s, considering this generation is much more in-tune with the racial injustices faced everyday and what these injustices can do to someone or to an entire group. Legalization could change the fabric of America, taking what was once considered a schedule 1 substance, learning more about it, analyze it and then understand that this drug has much more to offer now than it did, and its medicinal qualities are just one of the many benefits it has. It could boost and change he economy, creating jobs and boosting revenue, allowing for more educational outreach in different cities. It could change prison reform and the way that Americans view the high minority incarceration rates for petty drug crimes.

Polls About Recreational Marijuana Legalization, and its Effects of Prison Reform and Economics

Questions about American Health Care