Friday, February 5, 2016

PLN Summary/Response- Peer Edited
Ben Franklin, in 1759, portrayed the danger of giving away personal information for safety reasons. In a quote said by Franklin, he explains that those who are willing to give away their freedoms for personal safety do not deserve the safety or freedom which will be provided by handing over the information. Ben Franklin defines the risk of providing personal information, even if it results in safety.
Ben Franklin’s quote correctly demonstrates the danger of handing over personal information because although it may be for safety purposes, it actually results in a lack of safety.
Although this quote was written in 1759, it is demonstrated in modern times. For example, although red-light cameras help to keep the streets safe, they also violate privacy. Men’s Health Magazine explains how these cameras violate personal privacy when they say, “To figure out where it’s always 1984, we gathered intelligence on the presence of all kinds of cameras: traffic, red light, and police surveillance (TrafficLand.com, Photo Enforced.com, and local police and state transportation departments).” The article argues that modern society is comparable to the society in 1984 by Ray Bradbury because people are constantly under surveillance. According to the recent study, Denver is only outranked in the number of cameras by Washington and Houston, and has more cameras than larger cities like Chicago and Boston. This study shows that the use of surveillance violates liberties and therefore is not right, just as Ben Franklin suggests in his quote. However, the cameras have kept roads much safer, and other actions taken by the government have helped to keep its citizens safe. For example, under the Patriot Act, the government has tapped into phones lines and taken other actions to prevent terrorist attacks. Joe Biden explains the goal of the government in terms of the Patriot Act when he says, "the FBI could get a wiretap to investigate the mafia, but they could not get one to investigate terrorists. To put it bluntly, that was crazy! What's good for the mob should be good for terrorists” (www.justice.gov). Joe Biden describes the government’s concern about terrorism and the fact that they do not have easy access to information which could help them prevent attacks. The government’s actions such as tapping into phone lines and setting up red-light cameras help to protect against danger such as terrorist attacks and reckless driving. At first glance, it seems as though the government’s decisions keep its people safe under their guard. It is easy to understand how someone could interpret their actions in such a way because cameras help to control streets and a major terrorist attack has not occurred since 9/11. However, an important subject is skipped over. The government’s Patriot Act program has been dubbed as illegal for violating the right to privacy. The measures taken by the government are unconstitutional, for privacy is being violated every time a phone call is intercepted and Internet communication is examined. Instead of a few suspicious phone calls being intercepted, phone calls all around the country are being tapped into. The government has taken their surveillance too far, for they have violated personal freedoms along the way. Giving up personal freedoms is not worth the safety for someone is allowing the government to take away other safeties. Ben Franklin describes how dangerous and irrational it is to hand over freedoms for safety, because he argues that safety is taken away in doing so.
Works Cited
"What Is the USA Patriot Web." What Is the USA Patriot Web. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Feb. 2016.
"DenverPols.com." Colorado Pols. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Feb. 2016.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

PLN Summary/ Response

  1. Ben Franklin, in 1759, portrayed the danger of giving away personal information for safety reasons.
    1. In a quote said by Franklin, he explains that those who are willing to give away their freedoms for personal safety do not deserve the safety and freedom which will be provided by handing over the information.
  2. Ben Franklin defines the risk of providing personal information, even if it results in safety.

  1. Ben Franklin’s quote correctly demonstrates the danger of handing over personal information because although it may be for safety purposes, it actually results in a lack of safety.
    1. Although this quote was written in 1759, it is demonstrated in modern times. For example, although red-light cameras help to keep the streets safe, they also violate privacy.
    2. Men’s Health Magazine explains how these cameras violate personal privacy when they say, “To figure out where it’s always 1984, we gathered intelligence on the presence of all kinds of cameras: traffic, red light, and police surveillance (TrafficLand.com, Photo Enforced.com, and local police and state transportation departments).”
      1. The article argues that modern society is comparable to 1984’s because people are constantly under surveillance.
      2. According to the recent study, Denver is only outranked in the number of cameras by Washington and Houston, and has more cameras than larger cities like Chicago and Boston.
      3. This study shows that the use of surveillance violates liberties and therefore is not right.
  2. However, the cameras have kept roads much safer, and other actions taken by the government have helped to keep its citizens safe.
    1. For example, under the Patriot Act, the government has tapped into phones lines and taken other actions to prevent terrorist attacks.
    2. Joe Biden explains the goal of the government in terms of the Patriot Act when he says, "the FBI could get a wiretap to investigate the mafia, but they could not get one to investigate terrorists. To put it bluntly, that was crazy! What's good for the mob should be good for terrorists."
      1. Joe Biden describes the government’s concern about terrorism and the fact that they do not have easy access to information which could help them prevent attacks.
      2. The government’s actions such as tapping into phone lines and setting up red-light cameras help to protect against danger such as terrorist attacks and reckless driving.
  3. At first glance, it seems as though the government’s decisions keep its people safe under their guard.
  4. It is easy to understand how someone could interpret their actions in such a way because cameras help to control streets and a major terrorist attack has not occurred since 9/11.
  5. However, an important subject is skipped over.
    1. The government’s Patriot Act program has been dubbed as illegal for violating the right to privacy.
    2. The measures taken by the government are unconstitutional, for privacy is being violated every time a phone call is intercepted and Internet communication is examined.
    3. Instead of a few suspicious phone calls being intercepted, phone calls all around the country are being tapped into.
    4. The government has taken their surveillance too far, for they have violated personal freedoms along the way, and giving up personal freedoms is not worth the safety for someone is allowing the government to take away other safeties.
  6. Ben Franklin describes how dangerous and irrational it is to hand over freedoms for safety, because argues that safety is taken in doing so.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Summary/Response Act 5 Redo #2

Summary 

  1. Act 5 of Othello, by William Shakespeare, demonstrates how revenge drives one to cause harm and deception among those they are closest to.
    1. Iago’s desire has always been to exterminate Othello and he has manipulated Roderigo and Cassio in order to do so.
      1. However, now that the two are of no use to him, he is looking to murder them as well.
        1. On the streets of Cyprus at night, Iago urges Roderigo to murder Cassio through manipulation, but instead, Cassio stabs Roderigo.
        2. Then, Iago cuts Cassio’s leg and uses the wound as an excuse to murder Roderigo, whom he blames for the incident.
        3. Iago convinces Cassio that Roderigo wounded him, therefore deceiving him.
In Act 5 of Othello, Iago is consumed by his desire for revenge to the point where he is willing manipulate and even harm others.

Response


  1. Act 5 of Shakespeare’s Othello correctly portrays how the want for revenge can cause one to destroy their relationships with others through harmful actions and manipulation.
    1. When Roderigo, Cassio, Iago, and others decide to walk the streets of Cyprus late at night, another chapter of Iago’s revenge story unfolds. Iago is hoping that Roderigo will murder Cassio without any complications, but he fails and leaves Cassio uninjured, and Cassio stabs Roderigo. Iago then wounds Cassio’s leg and he cries out, so Othello, who hates Cassio, believes he is dead, and leaves satisfied.
    2. Iago then blames Roderigo for Cassio’s wound and refers to him as a “murd’rous slave” before stabbing him. He then claims, “I cry you mercy. Here’s Cassio hurt by villains” (Shakespeare 5.1.82).  
      1. Iago harms Roderigo, whom he has developed a relationship with by involving him in his revenge plot, and in the process, he has manipulated Cassio into believing that Roderigo has wounded him, all in order to reach his goal of fulfilling his need for revenge by murdering Othello.
      2. Iago has been swallowed by the overwhelming presence of revenge and he has let it drive him to deceive and destroy.
  2. However, Iago shows concern about Cassio’s wound.
    1. Iago comforts Cassio by tending to his needs and demonstrates his unease about the cut when he says, “Marry, heaven forbid! Light, gentlemen. I’ll bind it with my shirt” (Shakespeare 5.1.86-87).
      1. Iago tries to help Cassio by slowing the bleeding by wrapping his leg so Cassio doesn’t parish.
      2. Iago is clearly upset about the injury, showing that he cares for Cassio and that his intention was not to hurt his friend.

Rebuttal

  1. At first glance…
    1. It may seem like Iago truly cares for Cassio and whether he lives or dies. Iago seems to truly be worried about Cassio and attempts to help and support him.
  2. It is easy to understand how someone could interpret Iago in such a way…
    1. because he lends his help by binding Cassio’s leg and sitting him down in a chair in order to save Cassio’s life.
  3. However, this interpretation misses an important point.
    1. Iago does not really care for Cassio, he is just another step in his revenge plan. After Cassio has done his part in the scheme, Iago explains that he plans to murder Cassio when he says, “Now, whether he kill Cassio, or Cassio him, or each do kill the other, every way makes my gain” (Shakespeare 5.1.13-15). Since Iago’s plan no longer involves Roderigo or Cassio, he does not care whether they live or die. But, if they perish, he will gain from it either way because Roderigo cannot retaliate and Cassio cannot learn of Iago’s true intentions and respond negatively. Iago is clearly not concerned with Cassio’s life- he only wishes to gain his revenge on Othello.
Act 5 of Othello by William Shakespeare correctly depicts how Iago is willing to deceive and cause pain because he is consumed by his want for revenge.
Summary/Response Act 5 Redo

Summary

  1. Act 5 of Othello, by William Shakespeare, demonstrates how revenge drives one to cause harm and deception among those they are closest to.
    1. Iago’s desire has always been to exterminate Othello and he has manipulated Roderigo and Cassio in order to do so.
      1. However, now that the two are of no use to him, he is looking to murder them as well.
        1. On the streets of Cyprus at night, Iago urges Roderigo to murder Cassio through manipulation, but instead, Cassio stabs Roderigo.
        2. Then, Iago cuts Cassio’s leg and uses the wound as an excuse to murder Roderigo, whom he blames for the incident.
        3. Iago convinces Cassio that Roderigo wounded him, therefore deceiving him.
In Act 5 of Othello, Iago is consumed by his desire for revenge to the point where he is willing manipulate and even harm others.

Response


  1. Act 5 of Shakespeare’s Othello correctly portrays how the want for revenge can cause one to destroy their relationships with others through harmful actions and manipulation.
    1. When Roderigo, Cassio, Iago, and others decide to walk the streets of Cyprus late at night, another chapter of Iago’s revenge story unfolds. Iago is hoping that Roderigo will murder Cassio without any complications, but he fails and leaves Cassio uninjured, and Cassio stabs Roderigo. Iago then wounds Cassio’s leg and he cries out, so Othello, who hates Cassio, believes he is dead, and leaves satisfied.
    2. Iago then blames Roderigo for Cassio’s wound and refers to him as a “murd’rous slave” before stabbing him. He then claims, “I cry you mercy. Here’s Cassio hurt by villains,” (Shakespeare 5.1.82)  
      1. Iago harms Roderigo, whom he has developed a relationship with by involving him in his revenge plot, and in the process, he has manipulated Cassio into believing that Roderigo has wounded him, all in order to reach his goal of fulfilling his need for revenge by murdering Othello.
      2. Iago has been swallowed by the overwhelming presence of revenge and he has let it drive him to deceive and destroy.
  2. However, Iago shows concern about Cassio’s wound.
    1. Iago comforts Cassio by tending to his needs and demonstrates his unease about the cut when he says, “Marry, heaven forbid! Light, gentlemen. I’ll bind it with my shirt,” (Shakespeare 5.1.86-87)
      1. Iago tries to help Cassio by slowing the bleeding by wrapping his leg so Cassio doesn’t parish.
      2. Iago is clearly upset about the injury, showing that he cares for Cassio and that his intention was not to hurt his friend.

Rebuttal

  1. At first glance…
    1. It may seem like Iago truly cares for Cassio and whether he lives or dies. Iago seems to truly be worried about Cassio and attempts to help and support him.
  2. It is easy to understand how someone could interpret Iago in such a way…
    1. because he lends his help by binding Cassio’s leg and sitting him down in a chair in order to save Cassio’s life.
  3. However, this interpretation misses an important point.
    1. Iago does not really care for Cassio, he is just another step in his revenge plan. After Cassio has done his part in the scheme, Iago explains that he plans to murder Cassio when he says, “Now, whether he kill Cassio, or Cassio him, or each do kill the other, every way makes my gain,” (Shakespeare 5.1.13-15) Iago is clearly not concerned with Cassio’s life- he only wishes to gain his revenge on Othello.
Act 5 of Othello by William Shakespeare correctly depicts how Iago is willing to deceive and cause pain because he is consumed by his want for revenge.
Summary/Response Act 5

Summary

  1. Act 5 of Othello, by William Shakespeare, demonstrates how Iago is driven by revenge to manipulate and harm others.
    1. Iago’s desire has always been to exterminate Othello and he has manipulated Roderigo and Cassio in order to do so.
      1. However, now that the two are of no use to him, he is looking to murder them as well.
        1. On the streets of Cyprus at night, Iago urges Roderigo to murder Cassio, but instead, Cassio stabs Roderigo.
        2. Then, Iago cuts Cassio’s leg and uses the wound as an excuse to murder Roderigo, whom he blames for the incident.
          1. Iago not only manipulates Roderigo, but he also betrays him in order to reach his ultimate goal of eliminating Othello.
          2. Iago also harms Cassio as part of his revenge plot and tricks him into believing that Roderigo wounded his leg.
In Act 5 of Othello, Iago is consumed by his desire for revenge to the point where he is willing manipulate and even harm others.

Response


  1. Act 5 of Shakespeare’s Othello correctly portrays how the want for revenge can cause one to destroy their relationships with others through harmful actions and manipulation.
    1. When Roderigo, Cassio, Iago, and others decide to walk the streets of Cyprus late at night, another chapter of Iago’s revenge story unfolds. Iago is hoping that Roderigo will murder Cassio without any complications, but he fails and leaves Cassio uninjured, and Cassio stabs Roderigo. Iago then wounds Cassio’s leg and he cries out, so Othello, who hates Cassio, believes he is dead, and leaves satisfied.
    2. Iago then blames Roderigo for Cassio’s wound and refers to him as a “murd’rous slave” before stabbing him. He then claims, “I cry you mercy. Here’s Cassio hurt by villains.” (Shakespeare 5.1.82)  
      1. Iago harms Roderigo, whom he has developed a relationship with by involving him in his revenge plot, and in the process, he has manipulated Cassio into believing that Roderigo has wounded him, all in order to reach his goal of fulfilling his need for revenge by murdering Othello.
      2. Iago has been swallowed by the overwhelming presence of revenge and he has let it drive him to deceive and destroy.
  2. However, Iago shows concern about Cassio’s wound.
    1. Iago comforts Cassio by tending to his needs and demonstrates his unease about the cut when he says, “Marry, heaven forbid! Light, gentlemen. I’ll bind it with my shirt.” (Shakespeare 5.1.86-87)
      1. Iago tries to help Cassio by slowing the bleeding by wrapping his leg so Cassio doesn’t parish.
      2. Iago is clearly upset about the injury, showing that he cares for Cassio and that his intention was not to hurt his friend.

Rebuttal

  1. At first glance…
    1. It may seem like Iago truly cares for Cassio and whether he lives or dies.
  2. It is easy to understand how someone could interpret Iago in such a way…
    1. because he lends his help by binding Cassio’s leg and sitting him down in a chair in order to save Cassio’s life.
  3. However, this interpretation misses an important point.
    1. Iago does not really care for Cassio, he is just another step in his revenge plan. After Cassio has done his part in the scheme, Iago explains that he plans to murder Cassio when he says, “Now, whether he kill Cassio, or Cassio him, or each do kill the other, every way makes my gain.” (Shakespeare 5.1.13-15) Iago is clearly not concerned with Cassio’s life- he only wishes to gain his revenge on Othello.
Act 5 of Othello correctly depicts how Iago is willing to cause pain physically and through deception in order to obtain his revenge on the Moor.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Harguth/Dailey Summary/Response Act 2 Redo

Summary

  1. Act 2 of Othello, by William Shakespeare, portrays how hatred drove Iago to conspire against Cassio.
    1. Iago intoxicates Cassio.
      1. Cassio loses control of his temper when  he is drunk.
        1. He will fight with Montano.
        2. Iago will convince Cassio to seek Desdemona’s help.
    2. He plans to take advantage of Cassio’s close relationship with Desdemona.
      1. Iago tells Cassio to go to Desdemona for her to talk to Othello about the devastating decision.
      2. He will convince Othello they are having an affair when Desdemona stands up for Cassio.
In Act 2 of Othello, Iago's hatred of Othello drives him to plot against and betray his relationship with Cassio.

Response

  1. Act 2 of Othello correctly portrays how hatred can lead to the destruction of relationships   because it causes characters to turn against and manipulate one another.
    1. This is shown in the relationship between Iago and Cassio.
      1. Iago manipulates Cassio in order to get revenge on Othello.
      2. During a celebration, Iago encourages Cassio to enjoy himself and savor a drink or two.  
      3. “O, they are our friends! But one cup; I’ll drink for you,” says Iago (Shakespeare 2.3. 37-38).
        1. Iago gets Cassio drunk in order to obtain the first lieutenant position.
        2. Iago will have Cassio fight with Montano and then be fired.
        3. He will then encourage Cassio to gain the support of Desdemona to convince Othello that they are having an affair.
    2. However, Iago is supporting Cassio by giving him advice when he says,
      1. “Our general’s wife is now a general,” says Iago (Shakespeare 2.3. 368-369).
        1. Iago is encouraging Cassio to speak to Desdemona about being fired in the hope that she will talk to Othello.
        2. Iago is looking out for his friend and trying to help him regain his prior position.

Act 2 of Othello depicts how hatred is a destructor of relationships because it encourages betrayal and manipulation.


Rebuttal

  1. A common view is that…
    1. Iago is truly a friend of Cassio’s.
      1. He is looking out for Cassio when he suggests that he talk to Desdemona in order to regain his position as first lieutenant.
  2. This position seems reasonable…
    1. Iago is being helpful when he suggests this and gives Cassio confidence in his current situation.
      1. Iago seems to be truly making an effort in trying to improve the distraught mental status of Cassio.
  3. However…
    1. It is clear that Iago is only out for himself.
      1. He tells Roderigo that he is going to manipulate Cassio and Desdemona in order to convince Othello that the two are having an affair in order to gain the first lieutenant position.
      2. Also, Iago makes sneaky side comments suggesting that he feels betrayed and wants to inflict the utmost worse possible revenge act he can on Othello for not picking him as the first lieutenant.

  1. Hatred consumes Iago as he feverishly works to destroy the relationship between Desdemona, Othello, and Cassio in order to fulfill his plan of destruction of his enemies.