Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Exploration 4: Jess Miller


Tiananmen Square Massacre was an event that took place in the heart of Beijing.  Troops with assault rifles and tanks inflicted casualties on unarmed civilians trying to block the military that was headed towards Tiananmen Square.  The most important part of this event is that the Chinese government has prohibited all forms of discussion of remembrance of this event and due to the lack of information given by the Chinese government, a lot of the information and facts remain unknown or unconfirmed. 
Students and other demonstrators had occupied Tiananmen Square for about seven weeks when the troops finally showed up to eliminate this outburst.  This photo simply gives you a visual as to what the protest looked like and exactly how serious it turned out.  This photo gives you a feel for how the troops reacted to this, with assault rifles and weapons in hand, I can only image what this must have looked or sounded like.
 The 2014 Hong Kong Protesters, also known as the 'Umbrella Revolution',
 began protesting on September 22nd, against the NPCSC's decision.  The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPCSC) made a change to their decision on Proposed Electoral reform and this is resulting in universal suffrage. The most important part about this specific protest is that the electoral reform that is taking place is instead of allowing civil nominations, NPCSC would elect two to three electoral candidates with more than half of the votes before the general public can vote upon. 
The government set October 6th as a 'deadline' for the protests to end, but this was ignored by protesters.  This picture lets the audience know that the protesters feel as if they don't have FREEDOM.  They feel as if they don't have "Freedom of Speech", which is why this girl has a taped X over her mouth.  This sends a very strong message as to how these people/students feel so betrayed by their government. 

A current world news story that is very necessary to understand right now is the Ebola attack that has traveled to the U.S. from Africa.  Most headaches aren't caused by a serious illness, but now some could be a sign of a life-threatening condition, Ebola.  This is an infectious and fatal disease marked by fever and severe internal bleeding, spread through contact with infected body fluids.  Now, the U.S. is taking extra precaution when it comes to this infectious disease, they are checking every single person that comes into the airport on their way to the U.S. (in five U.S. airports).  Nearly 3,400 people have died from Ebola in the past month, and about 77 people have been blocked from coming back into the U.S. because they are infected or have signs of the infection and it's just too dangerous to take any chances. 

The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal
I did research of the Ebola epidemic from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and a most of the information was obviously similar.  Although, both of them took different approaches.  The New York Times took an approach of giving personal stories and telling us about what has happened to people that have been diagnosed with Ebola and what could happen to people if they're diagnosed.  Whereas, The Wall Street Journal took the approach of just giving background information about the disease itself and explaining the symptoms that you may experience. 



  1. I really like the second picture that you chose. I agree that it shows how the students feel betrayed by their government. I also looked at The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times for Ebola, and also found that even though they were writing about the same thing did take different approaches to it.

  2. I really like your second picture. The picture is definitely powerful and really drives home the point of the protests with the symbolism in it.

  3. For the second picture, I almost chose the same picture you picked because I thought it had a lot of meaning and expressed what it is like during those protests.

  4. I love your second picture because the Chinese government made the situation so secretive and didn't let anyone speak up for themselves. This showed that the people felt they didn't have a voice.

  5. I agree with everyone else, the second picture speaks for itself. It captures the emotion people felt and how betrayed they felt by their own government. You can just tell how they are feeling by looking at the tape on her mouth.

  6. I definitely agree with you, when you say that ebola is a dangerous disease that we cannot take any chances with. It really is scary how, just a small headache could be a sign of the ebola virus, and the severity of how the disease kills you really is a scary thing. We have to be careful in the next few months to ensure our health and safety.

  7. Your picture choice was really powerful. Were lucky to be able to live in a country where we don't have to worry about this as much.

  8. Your second picture is very compelling. You can tell that the citizens have had enough with there government and it seems to have been that way for a while. Good choice with the photo

  9. Your second picture has a lot of power in it


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