Welcome, and remember...

Just a reminder about what we'd like to see here. Students will be responding to readings, and their grade will be based on the following rubric:
  • Reflection statements (self positioning within the course concepts);
  • Commentary statements (effective use of the course content in discussion and analysis);
  • New idea statements (synthesis of ideas to a higher level); and
  • Application statements (direct use of the new ideas in a real life setting).
Don't forget to mark the comments you want for credit with an FC.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

No New Posts or Comments

Ok, Folks, the time for posting and replying is over as the final day of instruction is complete. Thank you for your efforts to those of you that took the time to participate in this experiment.

Friday, May 8, 2009


   Seriously, I don't agree with the whole idea of it. Macros seems to be a self-righteously absorbed revolutionary whose whole idea of changing things is motivated by his own willingness to prove others wrong. Quite Frankly Im not impressed...He should just leave things the way they are... The invisible hand that is the world will eventually bring everything to how they need to be!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Inspired rebellion

This book is about a group of oppressed people. In the book we see a group of uncompromising voice if indigenous people that are remaining in resistance to something that seems almost impossible to beat, which is the globalization of their land and culture. It shows how words generally can become weapons, through the propaganda and the writings of Marcos people revolted against their government and words became blood. The thing that you see most throughout the book is the Chiapas becoming a worldwide icon of anti-globalization. The rebellious acts of these people seem to urge democracy and liberation at any cost.  People all around the word could be inspired by the story that is woven in the history of these words they spread power and emotion, they inspired in people, and turned their anger into a revolution that has altered the course of Mexican politics. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Modern Revolution

The Zapatista Army of National Liberation's ideas and their problems with the Mexican government are well documented by Subcomandte Marcos in Our Word Is Our Weapon. The indigenous people of Mexico felt that the government ignored their needs. The use of the internet and other technologies helped this insurgency gain support. The insurgents in many counties in the middle east also use the internet to help gain sympathy for thier cause. This new tactic of spreading propaganda that anyone can see has formed how modern day revolutions are able to gain so much support within and outside their own country. The international spot light that the internet propoganda helped gain these revolutions defiently fits the books name, Our Word is Our Weapon, because of how effective they have been in gaining support.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Effects of Six Drinks

After reading the History of World in Six Glasses it's interesting to see how the six drinks Standage used have affected the health of the world. All drinks have, in some way, been tied to poor health habits. Beer is full of simple carbs and sugar and overtime will damage the liver. Spirits and wine fall into this category as well. Coffee and tea are both addictive to people because of the caffeine that is in them and the caffeine flushes nutrients out of the body. Cola is considerably bad because it has high amounts of sugar and caffeine and throws of the ionic balance of the body.
This book explores six drinks and how they have related with world history, but have they also affected the health of people over time and contributed to problems such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes?
Stephen Goodwin

Turkey-not just something you eat. FC

It interesting to note that Akcura "listed extreme tolerance in religion as one of the traits that the Turks carried with them as they moved across Eurasia. " A great reason for this is because of the location of Turkey. It was located in a region where cultures would come and intermingle. You would have Asian cultures, Middle Eastern cultures, and European cultures that would mix with one another. This provided the Turkish people with an opportunity to observe these countries first hand and enabled them to pick and choose the parts they liked the most and adapt them to their cultures allowing for a greater religious tolerance.

Coca-Cola good globalization-FC

Ok I can see the similarities between imperialism and globalization. The stronger countries make the smaller ones work for them. But the differences are so vast that they should be put in two totally different categories. For one imperialism really is oppressive and does force another countries way of life on people who do not want it. People in India did not like British people telling them what to do and profiting off their resources, and neither did think Incas when the Spanish tried to force Christianity on them. Now, globalization is different in that it benefits both countries. The poorer country gets jobs and the indigenous people now have money in their pockets they did not have before. Also, the stronger country benefits from cheaper production cost. Coca-Cola might be the embodiment of American ideals but it is not being forced down peoples throats. People continue to by Coca-Cola because they enjoy it not because they are scared America will punish them if they do not. Another American company that has been given a bad rap because of its global influence is McDonalds. McDonalds is the embodiment of fat greasy American hamburgers, and the company operates all over the world. But this does not mean that McDonalds is selling the world Americas obesity problems, they do market reaserch and adapt to their region. Like in Japan they sell shrimp burgers. One more thing globalization brings the world closer together, and forms more of global community. I believe the sake of maintaining economic power is more important to countries now that having complete military power. If one country has global economic power it has allies
-Edward Gooch