U2 #8

Digital Nation

  1. What was this show about? The internet and how it's affecting kids today.
  2. What is the most memorable thing to you about this show? The story about the boy who was being bullied and committed suicide, but his parents didn't know that he was being bullied that much. 
  3. Why/Why not -  is it important to watch shows like these? I feel like it's important to an extent. It's important for kid's to know the dangers, but also they shouldn't be used to scare kids into not using the internet. They should just be used to educate. 
  4. How will you keep your future family safe online? I want to raise my kids so they trust me so I would like to say that I would trust them unless they gave me a reason to not trust them.
  5. Why is it important to talk with your family about internet safety? So they know the limits, if they don't have any limits they'll just do whatever and could get in trouble. 
  6. What advice would you give to parents that don't know how to keep their children safe online? Just make sure you're honest with your kids and try to know about the internet. If you feel worried talk to your kids. Just make sure you all are on the same page. 
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U2-#8 Messele Asfaw

We watched a show about virtual reality, and a game called second life, and internet addiction, and games.
  1. Second Life
  2. The games.
  3. To be aware
  4. Triple check proxies, make everyone use Linux with even more safety precautions there, ping the internet every hour to make sure I'm not getting tracked by the NSA, and when you play a game always use a virtual box, when you browse the internet, always use tor, and finally, get the best VPN and customize it. 
  5. So they don't act promiscous or die.
  6. Git gud

U2 - #8 Lauren Nicolella

We watched tv show Digitalnation, and it was about how multi-tasking is a myth and general information about the internet. The most memorable thing to me from this show was the multi-tasking, because I really realized how it doesn't work and I do work much faster if I don't attempt to do as, as it was said that it slows you down. It is important to watch shows like these because as the internet is becoming a normal thing occurring as we are growing up, it is really good to be informed about what you are getting yourself into. I will be able to keep my future family safe online by having my kids aware of how to act online if they were to be using programs that involve people from around the world, and low-key monitor what they are doing and make sure they are not be affected or affecting any one else. It is important to talk to my family about internet safety because my parents probably wouldn't know what some things means and to have them aware and safe. What I can tell parents that don't know how to keep their children safe online is monitor if anything major is happening between their kid and school, being connected to online activity. 

U2#8 Internet

  • Eric VAlenti
  • What TV show did you watch in class?- Frontline Digital Nation
  1. What was this show about?- Learning about the dangers about the internet.
  2. What is the most memorable thing to you about this show?- The most memorable thing about the program is that in South Korea, it was interesting to find out that people died from spending to much time on the internet.
  3. Why/Why not -  is it important to watch shows like these?- It's important to watch these programs because it informs you about the dangers of the internet but it doesn't show the positive effects of the internet. 
  4. How will you keep your future family safe online?-  I would put parental restrictions on certain websites and tell them a speech on about the internet and the dangers but I wouldn't scare them away from the internet.
  5. Why is it important to talk with your family about internet safety- It is important to talk about internet safety because you need to know about the dangers of the internet.
  6. What advice would you give to parents that don't know how to keep their children safe online?- I would tell parents to tell their kids about the dangers and the negative effects of the internet but don't leave out the positive effects of the internet.

U2 #8 Reflection: Christina Santana

The Tv Show we watched in class was Front-line's Digital Nation. This show was about online safety and the effects that the internet has on the kids of our generation. The most memorable thing about this show was the kids that they showed in it. This was memorable because the all suffered from many different issue and the main cause of those issues was the internet. It is important to watch shows like this because it shows kids the effect that the internet could have on them if they are not safe online, and it also is a way of “scaring them straight”. I will keep my family safe by discussing rules that we would all follow when using the internet. I will also watch videos with them about online safety, such as this one. It is important to talk with your family about internet safety because it will help prevent anything bad from happening to you or any of your family members. I would suggest that they check their kids social media accounts occasionally and that they establish a relationship built on trust with their kids. This will help keep us all safe from any harm they could come from the internet.

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Birdemic: Shock and Terror

James Nguyen’s breakout exercise in cinematic failure, Birdemic, was a success on all fronts. Its unique blend of Hitchcockian terror and Al Gore-ian philosophy is unprecedented and remains unsurpassed. It unfortunately fails the Mako Mori test as there are no female characters that have independent character arcs, but, there are no character arcs in the movie at all, so it’s at least equal in this regard. Surprisingly, though, it passes the Bechdel Test; two named women talk to each other about something other than a man: going pee. Don’t let this fool you, though. The main male character works as a high-profile salesman whereas the main female character works as a model. The women are much more likely to be nude at any given time than the men are. So, to ensure equality in sexuality, I have developed a new test that is specifically designed for such topics.


For every sexually posed female, there must be at least one equally sexually posed male. For as long as the female is in underwear or is nude, the male must be equally in underwear or nude.

Birdemic, naturally, does not pass this test. It wouldn’t necessarily be better or worse if it passed the test, because it exists in such a state of perfection that no minor overhaul could change it. It does make me think that other, more judge-able movies should be held to such a standard.

Anyway, I highly recommend this movie.

Feminist Film Review


The Movie I Watched: Clueless

The Bechdel Test: In order to pass the Bechdel Test, the movie needs to 1) have two female characters, that 2) talk to each other, 3) about things other than men. In Clueless, there were many female characters. Specifically, there were three main female characters: Cher, Dionne, and Tai. They all interacted many times. While some of their conversations were about boys, there were also many conversations that were not. Some of the other topics included school, working out, and make-overs.

The Ari Test: The movie does technically pass the Bechdel Test, but I do not think that shows women in a very intelligent light. Most of the character’s conversations were about make-up, boys, shopping, or clothes. In my opinion, the movie played into a lot of stereotypes about girls. If I made a feminist test for a movie it would make sure that there had to be a woman in an intelligent role. Here are the rules for my test:

  • Has at least two women in leading roles

  • Has a woman in an “intelligent” role

  • The women cannot depend on men for everything.

Based on this test, Clueless would not pass because all of the female characters aren’t very smart. Even the female teacher is kind of oblivious.

Tv Show reflection- Brendan Hall

The shows we watched were Digital Nation and growing up online. They were about families who were affected by the internet in someway, most of them were negative. The memorable part in the show was the kid who found out how to hang himself online and committed suicide shortly after.  It is important to watch shows like this because you get a better understanding for how to use the internet in a good way. I will keep m future family safe by not letting my children get social media until a certain age. It is important to talk about internet safety so my child who may have confidence issues won't get bullied online and want to kill themselves. I would tell them not to meet strangers from online.

E1 U3 (Salsabeel, Kimberly, Jowon, Jimmy) ¡Cuidado!

Three best friends, Alicia, (Salsabeel), Gabriela, (Jowon), and Claudia, (Kimberly) attend a party where a Francisco, (Jimmy) is a creepy man watching them, but he is also a police officer?! Watch to find out what he does to these poor girls!!

"La Víctima del Día" por Christina, Sashoya, Ailin, Dayanna

Everyday the students arrive at 8:15am to la Srta. Manuel’s classroom. The only thing was, when they arrived with intentions of learning, la Srta. Manuel was nowhere to be found.  “Where was she?” Was a common thought throughout the class. As everyone continued in their daily routine, la Srta. Luisa Iglesias (played by Sashoya) suddenly appeared as the substitute for their absent teacher. No one was aware of the events that would take place that day... Would their ignorance lead to their demise?  Who will survive?  Watch to find out who ends up being a killer.

E1U3: La Tragedia Del Cubilete! : Autumn, Maciej, Meymey and Tyreek

Jacqueline (Autumn) is innocently holding a cupcake and looking at it with praise. A mischievous boy named Juan (Maciej) smashes the cupcake on her face. They exchange conversation and perform mean gestures. Juan (Maciej) then runs off while Jacqueline (Autumn) calls the police to report her damaged cupcake. What will happen next? Will they find and arrest Juan (Maciej)? Find out by watching this amazing, high dramatic show!

Beats Of The Southern Wild


“Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink, in the Bathtub, a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink's tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe; for a time when he's no longer there to protect her. When Wink contracts a mysterious illness, nature flies out of whack, temperatures rise, and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. With the waters rising, the aurochs coming, and Wink's health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother.” -- Written by Sundance Film Festival

The Mako Mori test:

a) At least one female character



b) Who gets her own narrative arc

She is the main character and the movie is about her.

c) That is not about supporting a man's story.

Her father more so supports her story arc and all the people around support her story arc as well being as though she is the main chacher.

My Film test review

My film test review will be called … It will have more than one person of color, that has their own plot line and is not looked at as the token black friend or token ethnic friend. They are not to be overly loud and deemed angry at the world. I want them to be curious about the world and live in a loving community. They will not act as the stereotypes that are placed on them by the world.

Personal Essay

Bartle is a character in a book called “The Things they Carried,” a book that I wouldn’t read for another 6 years. One event in the story was him having to shoot up a car even though he didn’t want to. Not to compare my actions to shooting up a car, or anything else for that matter, but to me, it conflicted my “morals” in a similar way that the event conflicted his.

It is always nice waking up at ten in the morning. I would have been late for school if it wasn’t for winter vacation. I was in the 4th or 5th grade. We were going to New York for Christmas, I couldn’t wait for it. It was originally meant to be a surprise, but I figured it out a few days before. I had been in New York, but never really as a vacation. Everything was already packed, I already knew what I wanted to do when we got there, I was just happy to get away from normal life for awhile. I could have had a nice vacation, but I hated my teachers and they hated me. For my Christmas and going away gift from them to me, they decided it would be best to give me a pink slip. It didn’t mean that I was fired from school, it was there way of basically saying “You should know better, give this to your parents.” I was always a straight A student. I always did my homework and always did the best on tests. I just didn’t like them and they knew it. I don’t know why they would give me a pink slip, they always did it, but I wasn’t sure why.

We left for New York on a train, it took years to get there, but somehow we made it there just before noon. We got off the train, walked up a lot of steps, and then we were in Grand Central Station in New York. It was annoying, everybody was walking like they were late, the unintentional pushing and shoving that they were probably use to. It would have been fun to start kicking people in the shins, but that wouldn’t have helped anyone. We walked outside of the station, it was supposed to be cold, but somehow I felt the warmth of everyone walking by, it was weird. I didn’t know where we were going, nobody really told me, but it was really nice to look at all the tall buildings. We walked around for awhile, then we got to our hotel that we were staying in. It was in Time Square, from our room, we got to see the giant displays from the windows. We weren’t there for long though, we left out later to get dinner. My sister always made things interesting, because of her allergies, we usually had to do some extra searching to make sure that her need were accommodated. It wasn’t a bad thing though, and the search turned into an I-Spy game through the crowd to find a place she could eat at. After we found food for her, we went to Roxy’s. I had a burger (this was back before my vegetarian days) and then an oreo cheesecake. After that we walked some, we went to the Nintendo Store and the M&M store. We got back to our hotel at around 9, we unpacked and then went to sleep.

I never actually went to sleep though, I just stayed up and watched the repeating commercials flashing on the giant screens outside the window. The fact that I had a pink slip was getting to me for some reason. It wasn’t rare for me, they were always stapled into my journal so I couldn’t forget. It’s just that in this instance, I had hid it under my bed, I didn’t really expect anyone would see it in my room, no one was home. This is an event similar to what Bartle went through. A person might say “You didn’t have to hide it.” But I did, it’s not that I wanted to just ignore it or maybe I did, and I had eventually told her after vacation, I just wanted to to leave that back and home for when we came back. I had brought my Nintendo, but I never played it, knowing that I probably shouldn’t. To me, it was interesting how much I was thinking about it, but I normally think a lot. I think that it was more of the feeling of not telling my mom. If I would have told her before or during our vacation, everything would have been different.

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Telenovela: "El Gran Rechazo" (The Great Denial)

In "El Gran Rechazo" Mateo (played by Matthew) wants to set his friend Katalina (played by Kaitlyn) up with Pepe (played by Majd). When Pepe sees Katalina he daydreams of their future together. See how Katalina reacts when they meet. 

There is a classic, dramatic plot twist waiting for you. Watch "El Gran Rechazo" to find out what it is!

Film Reviews

A movie that passed the the Bechdel and/or Mako Mori tests, is Jurassic Park yet the 2 women do not even have a conversation. Yes it passes but nothing real, like real communication is not made. I give this movie a 3.5 for there is 2 women, when they talk with 2 lines each fully to each other that is good enough. I mean in this movie there was plenty of chances for more women actress and more convo between them. There is plenty of space for improvement. 

If I were to make my own rules I would make a total of 4. First it would be a 25% of the actors would be women. For if there were 2 women but 100 men that is not fair. The second rule would be that you have to look at movie situation because if there are 2 women that are in the a old timed movie zone when communication is hard, and when the communication is not made between the 2 women that is not always the movies fault. The third part is that at least one women/girl has clothes that does not show-off anything. The fourth rule would be that there has to a good communication that is not about men/boys but about something smart like work and/or education. 

The movie that I reviewed is the The Lord Of Rings Trilogy there are 3 very important and strong, forceful women. They all were respectful clothing and even though they do not talk to each other for the huge distance gaps between them it is understandable. All of there conversation are well also for they do not exactly talk about men but about the war. Overall I give this movie a 4.5 they lost the .5 for they still could have found a way to at least find a way of communication between at least 2 or the women. 

U2 #8 - William Huang

In class, we've watched two TV shows produced by Frontline--Digital Nation and Growing Up Online. 

Digital Nation was a film that discussed how we as a nation have transitioned to depend on the internet. The film emphasized how the nation has become more reliant on the internet as a whole. Growing Up Online focused on several examples of how kids in the new generation use the internet. It focused more on individuals. Both films discussed the advantages and dangers of such a technology.

The most memorable thing from either film was when that kid, whose name I do not recall, killed himself. It was utterly shocking. He was bullied in school and wanted his dad to teach him how to fight. His dad didn't want him to start fights, but encouraged him to defend himself. Eventually, he learned how to fight, which seemed like the tide turning moment, but even then, he still took his life.

I think it's important to watch shows like these because it teaches people what such a technology can do. While it can be beneficial in many forms, there are even more ways it can destroy you. I think the topics discussed and the kids in the show are easily relatable to the general public. People don't often stop to think about what they're doing online, and shows like these can make them more reflective of their internet activities.

To keep my future family safe online, I will set fairly strict restrictions. Although this may be frowned upon, is it better for the long run.

It is important to talk to your family about internet safety because anyone can be a victim to its dangers. Unlike physical sports, which often go hand-in-hand with accidental injuries, people don't think about getting harmed when they're online, something people typically look at as a form of recreation. Because of this, many people can be taken by surprise.

For parents that don't know how to keep their children safe online, I would recommend to just take away that privilege from them. The only way to prevent it definitely, at least at home, is to not give the option for it. 

U2 #8 Reflection- Justin Stewart


     ​In Tech class, We watched a video based on the danger of the internet. In my opinion, the most memorable event that happened in the film was when Ryan committed suicide. This was memorable because, it goes back to our Cyberbullying session a few weeks ago.


It is important for us teens to watch this film because, it shows us what could happen to both our online and personal life. It shows that we could be talking to older men/women when their profile picture is a picture of a 14 years old girl.

I would keep my future family safe by making strict rules for online uses. The reason why you should have a talk with your family is because you need to tell them the dangers when they’re online. I would encourage other parents to get the password to their kid’s devices to search for things that shouldn’t be happening.


Tech Movie- A Digital Nation

Over the past fews weeks, our Tech Class has been watching a very informative documentary, "A Digital Nation."

The aim of this show was to inform its viewers of the dangers and wonders of our present internet world. As we watched this video, I'd have to say that the most memorable thing I saw was the personal real-life accounts of instances where the internet had some part in a problem of one's life as a problem, solution, or both. In my opinion, it is important to watch shows such as these because they enable their viewers a chance to become more familiar with a concept in our modern world that affects our lives daily.

To keep my future family safe online, I will make sure that they are also aware of the dangers and perks of the internet- as well as what to do in any problematic situation involving our online world. I think that it is important to talk with my family about such matters because it helps both them and myself to become better aware of the consequences and rewards of the internet together. We can watch out for each other. To parents that don't know how to keep their children safe online, I would advice that you first become familiar with this information, then speak to your children about it. The most important thing is to TAKE ACTION against online threats to your children. Don't just sit by in ignorance. 

I would hope that they take my advice. 
Stay Safe Online
Stay Safe Online

My Digital Media Reflection

Leo Cassel-Siskind

In class we have been watching Digital Nation. It is about how all humans and teenagers in particular are online so much more than they used to be that being online is becoming a new lifestyle. The most scariest thing I viewed was about how people were chatting each other and encouraging each other to kill each other. There was even a website you could go to for the best place to kill yourself. It’s important to learn about things like this because it helps us protect ourselves online and helps us understand what we are doing online. If I was a parent I would make sure that I could see what my family was doing online whether talking to friends or posting pictures on social media. It’s important to do this so that in case someone is bullying my kids I can see that’s happening and help them out. Parents today who grew up without all of these things need to keep track of all the things their kids are doing online even though it may annoy them. Being online can be dangerous and they need to be protected.


​We had to watch a documentary about media and how it affects people in this generation. For me, the most memorable thing about this show was Ryan's tragic story. It's really sad when you find out that a kid was so unhappy that they thought taking their life would help. I think it's important to watch these types of films so you get a different perspective on this topic. There were many different people talking in the show from very opposite sides of the argument. I have a really good relationship with my mom and if I need help with something I go to her. If I ever have a family in the future I'm going to try to pass that relationship on and let them do what they want. My mom isn't overbearing at all, she let's me go on social media and gives me as much freedom as I need as long as I keep my grades up and stay out of trouble. Hopefully in the future, my family has a relationship like that because in reality it's the ideal relationship for parents and children. If I were giving someone advice on this topic, I would tell them to just talk to their child; don't demand anything, don't make them give you their passwords, just talk. Don't just talk once continue talking, a lot. Tell them how you feel about the internet situation, but don't limit your conversations to just that. Talk about everything and anything, they will reply. Simply put, just communicate with your kids.
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actual tech thingy

Growing Up Online Powers

Yesterday in class we watched a Frontline program called growing up online. It was about technology in our world now and how it is changing the way we do things, mainly our memories and behaviors.The most memorable part of this show for me was Evan Skinner's overreaction to her son's trip to New York and the videos of it. I think she was ridiculously irrational and should have kept her reactions and opinions to herself. However, it is important to watch shows like these because they have many opinions by researchers and professors, as well as kids like us. They often give a well rounded perspective on controversial topics. To keep my future family safe online, I would teach them about the dangers and benefits online, instead of shielding them and reprimanding them. The more educated they are on this topic, the better online decisions they will make. It is important to talk with your family about internet safety to see if anyone is being harassed online and your family can help you prevent bad situations online. If there are people in your family who are very afraid or opposed to the internet, this talk could help them use the internet as a resource and also protect them from unsafe online situations. Parents who are struggling to keep their kids safe online, here is some advice: Learn about the uses and dangers of the internet so you are not ignorant to everything your kids do online. After that, make sure your kids are informed of situations and consequences online. If you want, Parental Controls are available, but most of us kids know how to get around those. I mostly recommend talking about it, instead of making the internet a big, exciting, and possibly dangerous unknown that kids will try to explore in secret.

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