Reading

Where and when do you read? Do you only use digital platforms and read news, social media feeds and fiction online? Or do you sometimes pick up an actual newspaper or book to read? And how long does it last until you get distracted? By your thoughts, by something popping up on you cell phone screen, or by actual people, or real-life events?

Did you know that research shows that onscreen reading makes us more impatient? And that this Guardian article draws upon the same research, and adds a number of other studies from across the world to prove its point? The first task for you in today’s lesson is to read these two articles, the second longer than the first, and track your own reactions. As the first challenges you overtly to react a certain way, the second challenges you more covertly. How do you respond? Monitor your reactions and take notes along the way.

The second task this lesson is to read two more articles, one from BBC and one from UC Berkeley. They both encourage you to read, but for different purposes and within different genres, thus also presenting different strategies. Take notes, depending on your previous experience with study techniques. Did you learn anything new from reading these articles? Or do you already employ these strategies on a daily basis?

But the main question for today is: how did you do when asked to read almost an hour in one sitting?

Hilde

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Mohsin  Hamid’s captivating novel from 2007 takes us on a journey to Pakistan, the USA, Greece and the Philippines. Through the eyes of the main character Changez, we learn about his past and present life in addition to real-life events.

This week you should write a brief blog entry about the novel. In your blog post, write about what you think of the novel so far. Do you like it or not, and does it seem realistic? Why? Why not? Explain your viewpoints.In addition, you should write a brief summary of what has happened so far.

the reluctanct fundamentalist image

-M

 

The silent treatment, pillory or the middle ground?

Did you know that Ebola is still not eradicated? Nor HIV, despite existing medicines? Nor measles? Nor a number of other diseases? Why, in today’s day and age? Two weeks ago, the New York Times published an article about the recent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It has been five years since the world was scared almost into hysteria during the “last outbreak”, but was it really the last outbreak?

A week ago NRK published a series of pictures released by Doctors Without Borders, listing several forgotten humanitarian crises. I have not been able to find that topic mentioned in other media the last month.

And on a considerably different note, the Saudi Crown Prince was interviewed last night by the CBS show 60 Minutes. He was asked about wide-ranging topics, from the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi a year ago, to women’s rights, to the war in Yemen. Did you know there is a war in Yemen?

Tomorrow in class you are going to write for 90 minutes. The tasks will invite you to discuss media in terms of global crises. You might not use any of these topics in your discussion, and media’s focus on Greta Thunberg, or on the Notre Dame fire rather than the fires in Brazil’s rainforest, could be equally interesting starting points. But you do need a starting point, a point of reference, when discussing how media works, or for whom media works, or in which situations we rely on media, or however I plan on phrasing one or two tasks for you. Good luck, and do not hesitate contacting me if you have any questions for tomorrow!

Hilde

 

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Polarizing a debate

The name and actions of Edward Snowden has been a presence in debates about both media and democracy during the last six years, and a recurrence has been posing the question “hero or traitor?”. Why the need to use such polarizing labels? Does that mean that people see the world in either – ors? Black and white? Right and wrong? Good and bad?

Write a blog post in which you reflect on reasons behind and / or effects of polarizing a debate. You may exemplify through the debate around Snowden, but you are welcome to use other examples as illustrations of a polarized debate as well.

Hilde

How to spot fake news

can be challenging! One of the negative aspects of social media is that it is so easy to spread misinformation online.  Take this quiz from the NYT to check if you are able to spot the fake news.

Fortunately, there are numerous online tools to check whether the news is fake or not.

  1. Read this article by  The Guardian  about  NewsGuard that makes it easier to detect false news.  Is this something you would use and recommend to others?
  2. Find at least two news stories and use this flow chart by the BBC to check if the information and the source are reliable.
  3. Share your findings with your group members.
  4. Discuss: Why is it so important to be critical to what we read online?fake news II-M

Positive and Negative Aspects of Social Media

Today we have heard about the media’s role in our global world. Who could imagine a world without it? As media consumers, we use a wide variety of media, and social media is perhaps the most used one. In your first blog assignment, I want you to write a brief text (max. 1 page) about the positive and negative aspects of social media.

-Målfrid
social media

Welcome to a new school year!

Welcome to a new school year at Fagerlia!

We are excited to start this blog project with you 😀
In this class both you and we use blogs to share information, curriculum, assignments, and answers. At the end of the year we will host a Blog Awards, awarding the best blog, best layout, the blogger with the most posts etc.
Let’s get started!

The first order of business is for you to create your own blogs. Remember, this is an educational blog, which will be evaluated, so keep it tidy and professional. Use https://www.wordpress.com and choose a free account. When making your account you can choose whether to have a public, private or hidden blog, but no matter which you choose you have to share the link with your teacher.

You will receive assignments to publish on your blogs, and they will be graded “approved” / “not approved”. This is a good way to practice and develop your writing skills.

So, get to it! Create your blog, and include links to other public blogs of your classmates, as well as our teacher blog. You might also include a map so you can see where your visitors are from.

We encourage you to read each other’s blogs as well.

After having created your blog, your first blog assignment  will be given by your teacher.

Good luck!

 

Ellen, Hilde & Målfrid