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!
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.
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.
- 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?
- Find at least two news stories and use this flow chart by the BBC to check if the information and the source are reliable.
- Share your findings with your group members.
- Discuss: Why is it so important to be critical to what we read online?-M
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.
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.
Ellen, Hilde & Målfrid
Access to clean water is a human right, and UN Sustainable Goal number 6.
Some scientists claim that in the future, we will not fight wars over oil and riches, but over access to water. In some places of the world, this fight has already started.
Read this article from The Guardian about how rebel groups try to deny access to water as a way to win.
Write a blog post where you comment on water conflicts. Try to find out about similar water conflicts at other places as well.
The English-speaking world is huge…we often limit ourselves to studying the USA, Great Britain, and maybe Canada and Australia… During the next couple of weeks we are going to take a look at English-speaking countries outside of these main areas. Pick a country where English is an official language.
- Find out about the variety of English spoken here, and how it differs from standard English in pronunciation and vocabulary. Why is English an official language in this country (look at history)?
- Present an author and a literary text from this country. This could be a novel, a short story or a poem, written in the English language. What is it about, and is there a message the author is trying to get across? How is this message carried across/the story told (literary techniques)? Main themes?
- Present a contemporary issue from this country. This could be something you find in the news (remember that all English-speaking countries have their own English-speaking news media, so CNN and BBC should not be your only sources here…) or something you have heard about being a challenge/problem in this country.
You can work individually or in pairs. Present your findings on your blog and be ready to share them with the rest of the class. Use pictures and statistics, or add a video or sound file, but make sure you only use material that you are allowed to share and refer to where you have taken it from.