Week 4 Blog

The public arena should be a “sacred place” to share ideas and opinions, however, when people cross this line and attack opinions of others “with undue confidence and unsubstantiated opinion” the sacredness disappears.  I read the article “Mother accused of killing 2-year-old wanted keepsake photos of child, photographer says” written on 3/29/16 in The Fayetteville Observer.  This article is about a controversial situation going on in my town.  A mother and father were recently arrested and charged with first degree murder of their 2 year old toddler.  This topic in itself is very upsetting.  It’s hard to wrap my head around the idea that this can happen right in my “backyard”.  This particular article was about the mother getting angel pictures done of her deceased baby.  The photographer at the time had no idea of the situation, so she was glad to do the pictures for the mother.  Later to find out that the mother was doing this to create a false sense of “innocence”.  She wanted to look like a grieving mother to perhaps fool everyone.

 In the comment section of this article, there are many opinions on this situation.  Many hope she “rots in hell” and “gets the death penalty”, but there is one who states “what happened to ‘innocent until proven guilty?’” The voices that are missing in this discussion are the people actually involved.  Also, what about the voice of the photographer?  We might know more of the situation if the photographer could voice the exchange she had with the mother to the public.  As you can probably guess, the comments are emotionally charged.  The killing of the baby isn’t something taken lightly by most people.  These emotionally charged thoughts turn into emotionally charged opinions.  There is no support to back up what they are saying.  While this particular case is already viewed as a murder, there are others where it may not be as it seems.  The public arena has its opinions on everything.  Saying things without support takes away the sacredness of the public arena.  Yes, we want diverse ideas and persons, but without support it is not worthy.

 In many cases, I feel that an informed moderator could enhance the dialogue on public commenting sites.  This would allow for richer discussion, rather than the rattling off of unsupported ideas and opinions.  Having someone on the “inside” could help move the conversation along with a strong understanding and a chance to teach the public about what truly is going on.

Vendituoli, M. (2016, March 29). Mother accused of killing 2-year-old wanted keepsake photos of child, photographer says. The Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved March 30, 2016, from http://www.fayobserver.com/military/mother-accused-of-killing–year-old-wanted-keepsake-photos/article_b874346d-4b54-57a8-96f2-eab406e49d22.html


The Blurred Lines of Public and Private Space

For the Vlog assignment, I chose the topic of differentiation between public and private space discussed in Chapter 6 of our textbook.

In this Vlog, you will learn about how important it is to have public and private spaces separate, and also how social media can blur the lines.

You can view the scholarly peer-reviewed journal I used in my Vlog by clicking here.

Week 2 Blog

As an educator, I meet many different people each semester/year.  I used to work at a high school, but now I work at a university where my students are ages 18-100.  As a high school teacher, I strove to be inspirational to my students.  I worked hard to get them excited about learning and discovering themselves.  Their narrative of school was typically “bored” or “not interested in hearing what you have to say”.  Many of them have been bounced around from school to school and were not interested in what I had to say.  Their narrative of school was a negative one because they always had a bad experience.  The narrative or “agreement from the group” of students was that school was useless ( Arnett et al., 2009, p. 37).  .  Their background and interpretation of this social setting was a negative one. Teaching these students was difficult at first because my narrative of school was much different.  I loved learning and had a great experience with my teachers and friends.  As the book states, “Stories matter; they shape our lives” ( Arnett et al., 2009, p. 58).  This leads me to the narrative that guides my life as a whole.

In my Week 2 discussion post, I stated that I am “plagued” with seeing the good in people.  This narrative has been something that has really benefited my life.  Seeing the good in people has helped me make friends and meet people I may not have normally met.  This particular narrative was useful as a high school teacher.  I was able to see that my students had potential and could reach their goals.  They may have been challenging to work with at times, but I was able to see that they were good and wanted to do well despite their past experiences.

This narrative helps me make decisions by taking into account my interactions with people.  I’m not afraid to help out a person in need (whether it be a stranger or friend).

Arnett, R. C., Harden Fritz, J. M., & Bell, L. M. (2009). Communication Ethics Literacy: Dialogue and Difference. Los Angeles: Sage.

Week 1 Blog

Today we were asked to explore “The Good” in our life at this time and place.  This particular statement, or idea, was easy to come up with for me.  I just recently became a mom in December.  I had a baby boy and he is the light of my life.  With all new things, come questions and doubts.  One of my biggest questions and doubts was breastfeeding.  Would I do it?  Would I be ABLE to do it?  How long? In public?   Not only is it something I think about daily, but it is also the center of controversy in America. The sexualization of the breasts have left many women distraught over nursing in public. When my son was born, I made the decision to breastfeed him.  We’ve been doing a combination of both bottle and breast and it is working great for us.  As far as nursing in public, I have a few times and was never met with any adversity.

Now, according to the text (Arnett), we promote our goods with our communicative practices.  Since my experience has been relatively easy going and stress free, I protect and promote the idea of breastfeeding to my pregnant friends.  Sharing my experiences helps them see things from my point of view. They may be more likely to try nursing in public.