The this I believe essay I read was written by Sofie Tapia. In this essay she discusses her personal encounters with racism and how she overcame the adversity. Sofie believes that she is living within a very racist stereotype just because she is “African American”. She discusses this using her own personal examples of how she was teased because of her race and how she felt during the teasing. Sofie is proud of who she is and does not try to change herself to fit in, but to instead break the stereotypes. The conflict she faces in everyday life just helps her strive to do better and she stands tall through the struggle to be independent. The most shocking part of this essay was when a young boy made a racist comment to her. I realize that many kids can make a racist comment without thinking but the most shocking was when the boy tried to apologize by saying “It’s ok, you’re not really black.” This made me fear for the kid if he ever made this type of comment to someone who may not be so forgiving. I have witnessed many of these racial slurs, usually in a joking manner among friends who have known each other for a very long time, and I must admit that I have made some in the past to only my best friends, but after reading this essay I see how ignorant these jokes are and how hurtful they can really be. The moral of this story is to stand tall and don’t let adversity or racism bring you down. Break the stereotypes and become better because of them.
The video we watched by Howard Rheingold, a professor at UC Berkley was a very interesting video that was full of useful information. Howard warned us about the use of the internet as there are many dangers when browsing. He talked about what types of dangers we might encounter such as viruses, predators, and simply what websites to go to or not go to. Listening to this man could make the internet a much safer place, not because there would be fewer bad people/things but because more people would know how to avoid or ignore these dangers. The more we use the internet the more we realize how many viruses and ads there are to distract us or to harm us in a certain way. As said on the Crap Detection 101 article on sfgate, the more we use the internet the more we learn to question all of our downloads before we accept. We think to ourselves “Is this a legitimate, trustworthy download?” We have to always be conscious of this as there are so many people who create these harmful features even more who fall for them. The Frontline videos that we watched discussed the good and bad parts of the internet. These videos mainly talked about persuasion; our families, advertisements, friends all try and persuade us to buy things that we might not usually buy, if they do it consciously or not we do not know. Overall i think the internet began as a resource with information to be shared around the world, but now i feel like it is becoming more of a compromised source of information that not only contains false information but brain washes us to accept everything we are told and read.