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Last few months I have read a lot of quite unpleasant and critical articles and comments about my generation, the generation Y, millennials (the people born in 1980s and 1990s [1]) or in the Czech Republic also known as the “Havel’s children”, in the Czech online media (e. g. [2], [3]). Honestly,...

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Why is it so vitally important to include women when working with developing countries in the process of eradicating poverty? Why are women a key actor in the development cooperation? To my mind, poverty can never be overcome, if women are being left behind, if women are not being empowered. To my...

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               The article “The Big Plan That Could Bring an Electric Car to Your Garage” written by Kristine Wong speaks of the installation of electric car charging stations across California. Pacific Gas and Electric plans to put this plan into motion by 2018 and have it completed by 2025. PG...

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ad.nauseam in Media Ethics (Section 09)
February 10, 2015
Just the words “money manager” or “investment bank” bring to mind images of liars, cheaters, and connivers. Perhaps the greatest depiction of this utter lack of morality came in the winter of 2007, when the Great Recession began. This marked the beginning of the most severe global economic meltdown...

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g_smith in Media Ethics (Section 10)
February 10, 2015
To Photoshop or not is a moral dilemma that many professionals in the marketing industry face. It’s expected of them and according to Dan Strasser, handing in an untouched photo to a client would elicit a negative reaction (1). Particularly in fashion and beauty, the majority of images are...

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guru in Media Ethics (Section 09)
February 10, 2015
            In the world of business ethics, the topic of intellectual property has become a true hot-button issue. In an economy where ideas are of increasing value over tangible resources, the theft of these ideas is now a punishable offence. As widespread as the discussion of this issue is today...

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Emma Raven in Media Ethics (Section 09)
February 10, 2015
Is killing wrong? Many people’s consciences would tell them that it is. But the question becomes more difficult to answer when the victims are animals, especially when the end goal is something other than food. Some ethical frameworks maintain that killing or harming animals is wrong, whereas...

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Politicians and civil servants are often in contact with sensitive information that is, in many cases, classified. In the US alone, 4.9 million people have access to classified documents (Knefel, par. 4). If classified information does not respect someone's ethical values, should (s)he tell it to...

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Abortion: bringing it up is often enough to get people to take up arms and prepare for verbal warfare. However, it is important to look at the matter from a neutral and truly open-minded point of view in order to allow for any constructive dialogue. Since this is a very complex topic, it is...

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In today’s modern society, most consumer products are produced in factories located in foreign countries like China.  But what if I were to tell you that now you could produce the same products in the comfort of your own home. 3D printing is an additive process in which an object is created from a...

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Student Writing

I rescind on a blog I recently posted on The Killing of a Hunter. I was wrong in my statement that there are currently no laws to protect the Gray Wolf in the Western United States. I apologize for my misinformation. The fact is, Gray Wolves ARE protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) throughout the United States. And Washington State law does protect Gray Wolves.

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I recently read an article for another class that I just couldn’t believe. It seems that a Norwegian company called SVAICE is trying to market luxury ice. That’s right, I said Luxury Ice. Geir Ludvik Olsen, the company’s founder is targeting up-scale, high-class bars and restaurants in large markets such as Dubai, London and New York.

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GMOs: the shattered puzzle To look for the truth is like gathering pieces of puzzles. In this quest of missing pieces, I will be summarizing and analyzing three articles from Quebec, the United-States and China concerning the same issue, GMOs. I will show you how the seemingly categorical facts can be and will be dismantled, painted, perfumed, assembled and finally presented.

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Films provide an entertaining medium from which the audience may draw relevant lessons. Since viewing October and The Battle of Algiers, I have come to question the intention of these movies as they were produced with the clear intent of building upon an explicit national identity. As the films were made shortly after the events they depict, while they are still metaphorically fresh in the memory of the masses, their effects are certainly magnified.

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The idea of a national identity is one that pertains to not an individual, but to a great number of individuals. Since the earliest ideas of tribal gatherings humanity has searched for ways to identify with one another. Ever since we've been able to record history through oral tradition, cave paintings, or eventually through early forms of writing, there have existed stories of hero's and great achievements. The success of the revolution of the working class in October shows us an example of the glorified actions of those who overthrew the royal family.

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One of the most interesting films screened throughout this unit was Sergei Eisenstein’s October (1928). Documenting the story of Russian history from the fall of the monarchy in 1917 to the failure of the country’s elected provisional government; October is an interesting story that provides its audience with a unique perspective into the chaotic historical scenes experienced by the country as well as shows us how divided Russia constantly was throughout the early 20th century.

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The birth of the USSR out of 1917’s October Revolution, the second revolution in Russia that year, was an event that would ripple through the rest of the 20th century, and the Soviet government decided to commission Sergei Eisenstein to commemorate it in his aptly-named silent 1928 film October.

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Film has had a great impact on not only the way that we tell history, but also the way that we understand it. Films like The Battle of Algiers and October serve multiple purposes: not only do they recount the events of the period, but they serve as entertainment for the viewers. Films that present history in a manner other than a straight documentary are often time easier to digest than their pure-fact counterparts.

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The Importance of History through Film

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