Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Touching Spirit Bear Litspiration Post

     Cole's history would definitely be a factor for me. He was a repeat offender and had showed no signs of change. However, on the other hand, I would consider his situation. An alcoholic and violent father would not be a good influence on him. At this point, I know he was lying about wanting to change at the first set of meetings he attended. He simply wanted to avoid jail. He really didn't understand how his decisions affected his victims. I think that as soon as they were out of sight, they were pretty much out of mind for Cole. Overall, Cole doesn't seem like an outstandingly good person. He dealt with his problems in a negative way. Violence and crime.

     All of this would affect my decision-making regarding consequences for Cole. Each part would add at least some or an entire consequence for me. His history of violence and crime would be troubling for me. Especially with no signs of change. I think that would result in me wanting to send him to anger counseling or something of the sort. Neither would the repeat offenses. Community service, maybe 20-40 hours. The alcohol problems of his father would mean that he should probably go to a place to educate people on the impacts of alcohol and drug addiction. If anything, so he understands what happened to his father. As for him wanting to avoid jail, I would disapprove, but I don't think I would outright punish him for it. The one thing that I would need to have as a safety measure is him being constantly monitored. All that said, I think the sentence that he was given by circle justice in the novel was appropriate to protect society and teach Cole a lesson.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

GINS Mini Task 4: Word Art (maybe?)

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Hello and welcome,

     It's been a long time. But I have completed the GINS mini task 4. Let's start with the image I chose. I found that although it's original intent may not have been to show an absence of runners, that's certainly what it shows to me. On to the quotation! I found this quotation particularly significant because it ties to ALL global issues. I was considering another quote.

"If you don’t have answers to your problems after a four-hour run, you ain’t getting them." - Christopher McDougall, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World has Never Seen, pg. 154

     I eventually rejected this as overly self centered, in terms of it only focusing on your problems. In the case of the other quote, the focus is on all world problems. In terms artisticness, I went for a straightforward design. I opted to show the empty race track to symbolize the stop of running, instead of all the things that the stop caused. In terms of keeping the font simple, I didn't want it to be distracting. I didn't want the message to be detracted from because I used Comic Sans and rainbow colours. I think that I need to make one more thing clear. I'm not saying that if you are a jerk and you run, you'll magically no longer be a jerk. I am saying that exercise makes you happy, and that it can help you with problems. So please, go for a run!


Tuesday, 21 January 2014

GINS post 6 - Worldly Charter

    Creating a Charter of Rights for the entire world is an interesting task. You have to consider everyone and their potential perspectives, and I think the GINS helped with this. It gave us a perspective other than our own to look at. I included not only rights derived from my GINS book - Born to Run - but also from books that I've recently read. To name but a few, Pirate Cinema (Cory Doctorow), For The Win (Cory Doctorow), Little Brother (Cory Doctorow), and Brain Jack (Brian Falkner). These books explore issues related to being in a world where the internet is just such a huge part of everything. You can see the influence of the novels in 'Cultural Rights' and 'Online Rights'. More specifically, the rights to Online Anonymity were mainly inspired by Doctorow's novels. Under Cultural Rights, Joel added the right that applies to First Civilizations/Peoples. I took the liberty of adding First Peoples rights to have them consulted on any documents of law that would effect them. We had a few debates about whether to include certain words/clauses on certain sections. Mainly, we discussing whether to add sensuality to the things to be free of discrimination for. We eventually agreed to remove it because it didn't seem required. The definition just doesn't match with what we were including on our list. Another time there was some disagreement is seen under 'Labour Rights'. I wanted to include only 'The right to work', as adding more clauses could provide loopholes for people to exploit. Putting a list of things to not be discriminated for was what was suggested to be added.

Click here to see what we came up with using the Canadian Charter as a base!

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

GINS - Mexico's Consitution

Mexico has a constitution that includes individual rights, but it says that only "every man has a right to enter the Republic, exit it, travel through its territory, and change his residence without the need of a security card, passport, or any similar device." Is this just older wording or is it discriminating? Article 1 of their Constitution mentions that every individual has this right. Everyone gets full protection of the law, bias-free education, protection of health, guaranteed housing, and children's rights. There are many more, but for convenience (both yours and mine), I will not mention them (their constitution is rather long).
     In their constitution, it has a few awkward phrases that mentions the indigenous people, including the Tarahumara. In those phrases, it mentions that that dispositions can be applied to them. When used in this context, I believe it means to move or rearrange. To me, this indicates that as long as they have considered their "indigenous identity" as "fundamental criteria", they can move them for convenience. Maybe I interpret that wrong, but looking at the Tarahumara, I notice that they have basically become a tourist attraction because of the government in the area. I know that this isn't moving them, but it never mentions having to consult their indigenous populations when making decisions. The only requirement is that of taking into account their indigenous identity.
    I think that the issue would be totally different with the Canadian Charter applied. Maybe I'm wrong, but I think that the Tarahumara would definitely have been consulted on whether or not they want to basically become a tourist attraction. That could mean, depending on the state of modernization they were in when the plans were approved, that they could still be true ultrarunners. As you've probably read in my previous posts regarding them, they now drink soda, and money matters now. Before, their economy was based entirely on corn-beer and random acts of kindness. I think that the General section of our charter would effect them the most. They would have land claims and thus be able to stop the government from making them into an effective tourist attraction. It is technically their land. I do acknowledge that it is not only the government making them a tourist attraction, but the publicity given to them by foreigners, including through my GINS novel. It is also logical to the government to make money from the Tarahumara. I mean, why not?

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

GINS/Consumerism Mash-up

Consumerism spreads like a virus. Even the most secluded place now have caught it. The Tarahumara are in one of the most remote places on earth, the Copper Canyons, and still have a tribal society. However, their home has become a tourist trap. Many of the men wear jeans, they have instant noodles for food, and drink soda on a regular basis. The diet that once supported their running is gone now. A hotel development has been planned, featuring a fake Tarahumara village. We have perhaps lost the fine art of running to consumerism. The part-irony in that… consumerism consumes everything. I gather that because they can now buy modern goods and products, they pay sales tax. Now, some of the sales taxes should go towards schools houses being built for the Tarahumara… But it would appear not. I couldn’t find anything as to where taxes go in Mexico, except that they are trying to cut spending.

How are economic systems directly related to consumer choices?

I’m guessing the whole tourist trap started when people got interested in the Tarahumara, likely after Born to Run was published.  People wanted to see the Tarahumara and how they lived. Eventually, the state realized enough people went there for a hotel to be a good profit. A company is now planning a hotel, with that fake Tarahumara village and all that. Tarahumara women and children now sell little trinkets for money, or flat out ask for money, as sharing is an ancient Tarahumara value. Those tourists decided to go to the Copper Canyons, and that resulted in the loss of the Tarahumara identity and culture, already diluted by the Jesuit Missionaries in earlier centuries.

How would your consumer identity be different if you lived in a different nation?

This makes me wonder what it would be like to be a Tarahumaran. What would I buy other than jeans, instant noodles, and soda? The luxuries I live with right now would be unavailable. I wouldn’t have my hiking gear, a computer, video games, an ipod, headphones, a camera, probably not even an epi-pen or inhaler. That would certainly be a big difference for me. Only a basic education, no books either! I love books, and not having them seems an impossibility for me. I think I would be more focused on the necessities, not as much on the wants. It would certainly be a strange mix of modern and ancient, and even a refrigerator would mean I’d be lucky.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Roundtable #1

This is the first roundtable for the Global Issues Novel Study.

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