Prompt 3

Personally when I look at a story or a review and it is super long, it deters me from reading it. Roger Ebert’s reviews are very short and straight to the point. How he worded the stories was simple and effective and I felt as though he was able to get a lot of information in a short amount of writing. Because of this, I can see why he is considered one of the greatest  review writers of all time.

I am not a huge fan of Taylor Swift, but I found this review on her new album to be the most appealing to me. I enjoyed that the writer explained what each song was about and how it was relatable. I felt like I was reading a story about Taylor Swift, the way the writer referenced things that pointed to her past songs just gave it a deeper feel. The flow and the information that was packed into this made it the most enjoyable for me.

The short reviews were visually appealing, again because it was less to read, but I didn’t feel satisfied after reading them. Especially after how detailed some of the longer reviews were, I did not feel as though they were complete.

I think when writing reviews, first and foremost, you need to know as much about the thing you are writing on as possible. Writing something that you do not fully understand will lead to a incomplete review. Also, even though it is not an opinion piece, I think that your opinion will be in there somehow, you just need to understand how to keep it covered up and just give facts rather than opinions. Finally, to write reviews, you should be able to give clear details and good visuals for the reader.

Adopt Don’t Shop

After a long day, the one thing I look forward to is coming home to my pets. Walking through the front door and being greeting by Otis, Holly, and Chrissy is by far one of my most favorite things ever. No matter how long I was gone for, they have the same excitement each time I come in. Hearing their paws hit the floor and run to meet me is one sound that will never get old. Ever since I can remember, we have always had at least one dog and one cat in our home. Over time it has grown into three dogs and two cats, most of which have had other families before they found their way into our home.  

Both of our cats were rescued, we adopted one from the PetSmart’s adoption center, the other we rescued off the side of the road after getting hit by a passing vehicle. Two out of the three dogs we have were also rescues. One was being given away so we took her in, the other was rescued from the side of a highway. Of course, when we found these animals on the side of the road, my family and I hung up signs and we posted photos of them to our local “Pet Rescue” Facebook pages to make sure no one claimed them. After a few days, we took them to get their necessary vaccines, and they have been a part of our family ever since.  

In Georgia it is illegal to take and keep or rehome animals that have been found on the side of the road. My family and I took a risk by taking these pets in. This is why pet adoption is the way to go. Most people do not want to adopt pets from shelters because they worry they may not be housetrained, or that they may not be as healthy and as strong as an animal from a breeder would be. This is not the case. Most sheltered animals are housetrained and are much healthier than ones that would be sold by a breeder.  

By adopting a pet, a life is saved and they do not cost as much as they would from a breeder. Puppy mills are also an ongoing problem. According to the Humane Society, there are at least 10,000 puppy mills, some of which aren’t even licensed. This can lead to over population of pets and inbreeding, which can affect the health of many puppies. Each time someone adopts a pet, a step is taken towards shutting down these mills.  

Adoption is one of, if not the best thing to do when searching for a new furry companion. There are a variety of breeds of both cats and dogs available in different age groups, each waiting for their new family. Adopting a pet will make you love them so much more. Each pet has a story behind it even though we will never know what each animal has gone through, it is always good to know that they now have a safe place to live. And as an added bonus, we always have something to look forward to each time we arrive home.                 

Prompt 2

The articles from this week were geared mainly towards students. They covered issues such as international students, sexual harassment on college campuses and issues with twitter. Even the story covering Trump could be seen as being geared towards students. In most high schools and colleges politics are not widely walked about, this story gives the students a chance to see what is happening within our government.

While reading these pieces, I felt like they were trying to open the readers eyes that these issues are ongoing in our country. These articles are different from last weeks because they are based on facts and not just personal experiences.

I would have to say that the Campus Sexual Assault piece by The Sun was the most effective. I enjoyed the fact that they re-amped an old story to show that no progress has been made since the previous year. They also kept the story interesting by not just adding in statistics, but by pointing out the people who have played a part in the problem.

The article about Twitter was probably the least effective because even if Twitter tries to prohibit these negative comments they will pop up elsewhere. Also, I was not a fan of how the piece was written, they claim Twitter holds a “powerful position in society” and to me I feel like it is not one of the most powerful platforms. Yes, it has become bigger since Trump became President, but I do not feel as though it has as much power as this article claims.

Prompt 1

All my life I have been very curious and I have always wanted to know others opinions on things that go on in our society. Opinion pieces have been something that I read time to time, if I find a topic I really like I will read a few stories but I have never gone out of my way to find pieces to read. With this being said, some of these times I will start to read a piece and get disinterested very quickly and will find another story to read or will just stop my search.

All of these columns are real events that the authors have experienced at some point in their life. Out of all of the columns, my favorite was “The Human Cost of Nationalism and Fear”. I felt as though I was watching a movie while I read this story, the small details she added when describing how it was crossing the border really added more effect. She was able to keep her writing simple enough that it wasn’t confusing, but complex enough that we understood completely what she was going through. If I had to ask anyone a question it would be her. I would ask how it was to be away from family that long and what she did to pass the time. I only ask this because I have very involved with my family and the thought of not seeing them for two years really hit home.

If I had to choose a column that was the least effective, I would say that it was “Finding the Courage to Reveal a Fetish”. The story was interesting, I just had no ties in my everyday life to it. This story targeted a set group of people, so I feel like because of that it was harder to relate to and it was difficult to find a point to the story. The ending was empowering and it added for a cute “aww” moment, yet there was still no relevance.