Digital Connections

Turn your phone on, use your thumb to press the facebook icon, start checking for updates and posting updates. How many times have you done that? I don’t have a phone yet so I’m not in the checking for updates zone, but I know that people these days just can’t get off their phone, for example… my sister. In the article, “Turn off the Phone(And the Tension)” by Jenna Wortham there are zones like pools and parties in which phones are not allowed in order for them to be more ‘socially interactive.’ Digital connections helps us with being alert with updates, parties, events, hangouts… these are all the things that digital connections helps us with. We also can take pictures and post them online for our friends to see, showing them what kind of stuff we are doing right now. But then using your phone in an interactive place really affects how much fun you can have, so instead of just sitting on the couch texting, maybe you can get up and talk to your friends. The joy of missing out can be fun too. Article’s not saying don’t ever touch your phone, it’s just in the matter of self control, controlling on how to stop and do other things.

The author is telling us that digital connections is a big part of our life, in that way, we are more aware of events from your friends and socially. Social medias can be important, we are constantly sharing things and knowing what our friends are doing, we can also socialize with them from far away to talk about pictures, posts and events. But too much can be bad for your social health, it excludes you from your friends and everybody else around you. It’s important on how you control and restrain from constantly looking at posts and updates.

We all have responsibilities in restraining ourselves, this would help us being included with the people around us and actually connect to them, it’s important to do a little bit of both so our life is leveled out.      

A Fight for Education

Taliban with guns in their arms stream into the yellow school bus, demanding and shouting for a girl by the name of Malala. Then their slitted gaze rested on a small girl sitting at the back, a Taliban pulled out his pistol and two shots ring out in the morning air. In the article, “The Girl On The School Bus” by Rafia Zakaria a girl called Malala Yousufzai protested for her rights of education. In recent years Pakistan’s SWAT district has been in a struggle, Taliban against the government fighting for control. Whenever the Taliban gain control they wouldn’t allow women to go to school. A 13 year old girl believed strongly that women should have the rights of education and began to post her thoughts on the Web. This resulted her on being a target for the Taliban. During the morning, when Malala is on the school bus, ready to go to school, Taliban streamed in asking for her. When they found her they shot twice at her and took off. The attacks followed on another women who was also a activist fighting for education, several schools were bombed and this created a uproar from people around the world as they read Malala’s words, “I have rights.  I have the right of education.  I have the right to play.  I have the right to sing.  I have the right to talk.  I have the right to go to market.  I have the right to speak up.”

The authors purpose for this article is to create awareness of what is currently happening in Pakistan, so we can picture Malala being shot after she stood for what she strongly believed in. She wants people to support Malala, and help other females who felt the same way, by gathering in numbers protesting for the same thing we can stop the Taliban from doing further harm on the rights of education.

I think of this as a serious article about the bravery of a young girl, the guts to defy dangerous forces that controls the districts. This changed my view on the world the the unfortunate needs the fortunate, we need to help Malala so her protests are not in vain, we can all protest for the same thing and end this tyranny of the Taliban.