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Black Lives Matter Black Friday

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#BlackTwitter After #Ferguson

I really enjoyed this video made by Brent McDonald and John Woo. This video is successful in putting the viewer in the place of an African American during the Black Lives Matter Movement. The video accomplishes this through a number of multimedia effects.

Firstly, by displaying the tweets on top of the tweeters, meanwhile they read them aloud; the viewer feels their passion for the subject. When some of the tweeters are reading their tweets, they explain how they felt at the time of the crisis. They explain what this tweet accomplished for them, and how they felt they were contributing to something bigger than themselves.

This video was really impactful because it went through each situation where a black life was taken. It showed the actual video of the tragedy, and overlaying the video, was an audio of an African American Tweeter who had heard about the death and their perspective. One woman says “It was just another black boy dead, no one is going to care.”

I like how this video shows how powerful Twitter is as a social network. It emphasizes that Twitter was the saving grace to people participating in the Black Lives Matter Movement.

One of my favorite parts about this video, was that when each tragic video was played, not only was a voice over of someone’s reaction played over the video, but also the hashtags that were used at the time to spread the message popped up on the screen. This told the viewer that people vocalizing their concerns via Twitter made this movement possible.

Student Minimalist Quotes

pexels-photo-26139I was lucky enough to interview the student minimalist from Rhode Island School of Design, Jocelyn Jean.

Here is an audio of Jocelyn answering questions such as:

  • When and why did you become a minimalist?
  • Would you say it is difficult being a minimalist in college?
  • How do you think minimalism has changed your life?

Speech at Harvard Science Center

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The speech by Professor Mario Molina, at the Science Center in Cambridge was intriguing and up-to-date. Professor Molina is a well-known scientist, born in Mexico City. Molina is not only a remarkable professor, but also he won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1995. Not to mention, Molina was on the Committee of Advisors in Science and Technology for both President Obama and President Clinton.

Molina talked about current issues in severely polluted cities, such as Mexico City and Beijing China. He focused on Mexico City primarily, because that is where he has centered most of his studies. He said that one of the main causes for the polluted air in Mexico City is the excessive amount of cars. Molina said “there are over 5.5 million cars in Mexico City.” Molina recommended, “By emphasizing the use of public transportation, the people of Mexico City can decrease the amount of fuel they use.”

Molina emphasized that communication is key when dealing with an issue that is so socially driven. Molina repeated it is essential to “communicate with the people that there is a problem and then there will be progress.” For example to deal with air pollution, Molina says a good solution is “to own a garden and to use it.”

Mike Sanchez, a man from the Harvard School of Public Health, who used to be a Manufactory Manager in China, asked the question “What practices would you advise to the Chinese government to help them start reducing pollution in Beijing? Should we buy fewer cars in Beijing? Do you think they should remove sulfur from power plants? What should we do?” Molina responded with “Well we need a little bit more science to know the answer to this question. Make sure there is public transportation and encourage people to use it to go to work. We don’t have the answers, but we know there are certain emission levels that have to be reduced.”