My topic this semester is about the conflict with Ukraine joining the European Union. Many people may not know about it, but in 2014, a conflict started Donbass, located in Eastern Ukraine. The War in Donbass began shortly after the end of Euromaidan in Ukraine, which was basically a wave of protests that started due to Ukraine’s president deciding last-minute not to join the European Union. So, Ukraine’s president at the time and the Russian government both forced the delay of the full implementation of Ukraine’s association agreement with the European Union. This caused a lot of unrest in those who wanted to see their country become more associated with Europe and less with Russia.
Since Russia sees the EU-integration of Ukraine as a conflict of interests, its government tries to do everything possible to bring it to a halt, as seen with the events in 2013. Not only is Ukraine’s free trade with Europe at stake, but its ability to make independent decisions and reform as a country is at stake too. Russia’s goal isn’t to just control one or two cities in Ukraine, but to completely stop it from moving westward. This article better describes Ukraine’s situation.
I was interested in writing about this topic because my entire family is from Ukraine and many of them still live there today. When Euromaidan began back in 2013, my family was on the side of the conflict that wanted to see Ukraine become a part of the European Union. After decades of Russian influence on Ukraine, my grandparents, aunts, and uncles were hoping to see the influence go away for good by joining the EU. To this day, Ukrainians are still trying to fight for their nationality, and will hopefully gain membership to the European Union very soon, if efforts pay off.
My topic for this semester is Media in American Politics. This topic covers 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.
I am interested in this topic because the media is a tool that affects all Americans as it is accessible to most Americans and shapes their political views. The media is greatly manipulated and biased which directly affects our view of politics. Can we trust the news that is presented to us through the media? Media is also always evolving, it is no longer accessible just through the television. With the technology we have today, the way we receive news has completely changed, it has become accessible at our finger tips.
Here are some links to read if you are interested in more information about the media’s role in politics.
Media’s Role In Politics: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/matthew-lynch-edd/analyzing-the-medias-role_b_1083914.html
Media Affecting Political Elections: http://journalism.uoregon.edu/news/six-ways-media-influences-elections/
Is Media’s Role in Politics Changing? https://medium.com/@gabrielletutheridge/what-is-the-role-of-gatekeeping-journalists-in-today-s-media-environment-2034a30ba850
Check out your favorite news source, which was does it lean?
This semester the topic I will be working on is the situation with Pro Athletes taking a knee during the national anthem. Is it wrong or is it the right thing to do? I am all for these athletes taking a knee because instead of having riots and vandalizing everything. They’re having a non violent/ peaceful protest.
The reason this whole thing even started because during this year there was a handful of situation that had happen when unarmed black men where gunned down by corrupt/ scared police officers. Another reason this is happened because of the corrupt justice system that we have in our country that targets Africa Americans. Did you know that African American make up 12-13% of the population in America. And more the 50% are incarcerated! Now tell me how is this right or is it justice there faults?
My Topic: The topic I chose was the repeal of the Net Neutrality laws and how we, the public, should fight back into getting our internet freedom back.
My Essays: With my first essay, I wrote a Definition paper which pretty much explains what the Net Neutrality laws are and how it has been helping all of us for the past few years and how taking them away will be a huge loss to the public’s freedom. In the second essay, I wrote a Rebuttal paper which refutes the negative facts and opinions on these laws. And in my last paper, I wrote a Proposal paper in which I gave my 3-step ideas on how we can win back our rights.
My Research Methods: On a daily basis I would look for new articles very frequently because that is where most of my information came from. The closer we got to the actual date the laws were going to be removed was when more information was given out. Some of the more frequent websites were CNN or NBC but I usually went on other people’s blogs and smaller companies blogs. I did not spend a lot of time on databases and I didn’t really talk to others about this topic.
Sources: http://money.cnn.com/2018/02/22/technology/fcc-net-neutrality-date/index.html https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/15/16780564/net-neutrality-is-dead-what-happens-next
Final Details/Observation: I learned that the FCC is trying totake away our rights and our internet freedom from us and that it will impact us more than we really think. I found out that we really should worry and prepare for the worst about the repeal of these laws because it will start to impact us negatively on money and power. My perspective was the same throughout this project: the repeal should not happen. I would like to see the laws put back in place in the future.
For my third and final argumentative essay on the Net Neutrality Laws, I plan on discussing to the audience about what I think is a solution to stop the repeal of the laws. I believe that the only way to repeal the laws is to fight back and make the government hear our voices before it is too late. I think the one aspect I haven’t fully explored yet is the possibility of a future without the help of the Net Neutrality laws and how it will slowly rip our internet freedom away from us. I want to explore the possibility on how we can convince the government to gain these rights because there is always hope to regain the laws that helped us gain our internet privacy and freedom. The only thing that I would like to change in my topic is getting our Net Neutrality laws back to the public. There really isn’t any type of policy that I can implement but I can encourage others to contact their respective government officials to fight for this law.
What’s next? This article I’m reading is helping me gather more details for my next essay.
This picture is part of an article that describes what the picture/cartoon is portraying towards the audience. This was from the owner of WeRateDogs, Matt Nelson, and illustrator Karina Farek (https://www.boredpanda.com/world-without-net-neutrality-comics-karina-farek/). The comic here is telling the audience a number of things in order to inform us that the internet is not going to be the same as it once was and that we will not like how the changes will affect us with our day-to-day livelihood. This cartoon is making sure to reach out to all the citizens of the United States of America in order to inform them of what kind of problem is happening.
As we can see on the left side of the picture, the title says “With Net Neutrality”. Underneath that title is a person casually browsing the internet by watching a movie, scrolling through social media, reading the news, etc. So, we, the audience, know that this is how the average American is able to use the internet with the protection of the Net Neutrality laws and that this is helping us do the things we are able to do on the internet without any harm.
As we can see on the right side of the picture, the title says “Without Net Neutrality”. Here is where it gets interesting because we see a pop-up screen with a lot of different payment options. The prices to access these social media websites are way too much and start to have an effect on the person in the cartoon. Before, he was able to surf the internet without paying any extra money to access his favorite sites. But now he is being forced to pay more money per month in order to access these sites. But as he takes out his wallet he realizes that he doesn’t have that much money to pay for Facebook and he accepts the fact that he won’t be able to use Facebook for that month.
This is what the author and illustrator is warning the audience about: the fact that once these Net Neutrality laws are removed, the prices of any service you want to access are going to sky rocket. The design/layout of the cartoon gets to show the audience the before and after effect of how the daily life of one American can change. It also shows the downside of internet freedom and the fact that the person in the cartoon won’t be able to have the right to choose what websites he can look at and which websites he can’t.