Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Lineage

— How much control do you think you have over your fate?
I like to think that you can control a huge part of it. You get to choose what you do but you don't exactly get to choose what happens to you, and I believe that's the part that really shapes us/has a bigger impact on us. 
— Do you feel your fate is already predetermined by your lineage — your parents and ancestors? Or do you feel you are in the driver’s seat in determining your own success?
I feel as though I'm "in the drivers seat" with determining my own success. It all really matters on how much you try to do things in your life that will make an impact in the long run.
— Do you think you will be better or worse off than your parents? In what ways? Why?
To be honest, I'm not even entirely sure. There's such a diversity between the decisions that I have made and the decisions my parents have made. I'd like to think I'd turn out at the same kind of success rate as them, but you never know. They turned out to have very..... Government(?) like jobs I suppose would be a way to put it, being a firefighter and a nurse, whereas I just want to go into something with art. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Pulitzer price

Mark Mahoney was the winner of the 2009 Pulitzer price. His article "shush" is trying to enlighten people about what the government is trying to "keep us in the dark" about. There was definitely some bias in his article. He basically used people around him for a source and got their opinions. His articles seem to be more lengthy and more biased than a feature article.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Creativity

I believe that everyone is creative, but it's all a matter of how much they use it or how much they've developed it. Being an artist, it's a goal to. Be creative, but it's also something that I've worked on and honed over the years, while others let it lie dormant and feel no need to use it. But I believe that people can still learn to be creative, not just in artistic ways, but like the article said, in creative problem solving.

I suppose most of the things the students listed also annoy me, but not much. I suppose some things at my house that annoy me is when my dogs bark for ten minutes at nothing, but there's nothing I can really do about that. I guess taking a creative studies class would be really helpful, you'd learn different ways to cope with different issues in the world that you could use later on in your life.

Monday, February 3, 2014

The Art of the Interview

Sawatzki's rules for interviewing are: ask short questions, you want to the answer to be more important than the question itself. Don't charge words, you want to be able to coax the answers out of them, not push them. And last, don't ask yes or no questions, you want long answers, not short.
Some things not to do while interviewing is offend the person you're interviewing. Also, not to have a boring subject, otherwise you'll get nowhere. Don't try to make your questions more important than the answer itself, the answer is the only thing that matters.
Some challenges that I've encountered while interviewing others is getting back really short responses. I'm not entirely sure if it's just because I was asking lazy people, or if my questions weren't open ended enough. I suppose something I could do in the future is try to work on my questions more and make them more open ended. Also, to ask more knowledgable people on the subjects I'm questioning, to ensure that I can get longer answers.