Thursday, October 9, 2014

Exploration Four


Part one: On April 18th mourning students in China went to Tiananmen Square to mourn the loss of a former communist party leader, and to call for a more democratic government for China. On June 4th 1989 the Chinese government went into Tiananmen Square and opened fire against civilians and students, because Premier Li Peng imposed martial law. What struck me as most important to learn is that an official death toll has not been released for what happened that day. The estimated death toll is anywhere from several hundreds to thousands.

Part two:  Tiananmen Square events in 1989

I believe that this photo is effective because it shows that the people protesting were not just protesting, they were also mourning the loss of someone. Someone that they looked up to. Which was former communist party leader Hu Yaobang. Hu had become a symbol of democratic reform because he had worker to move China to a more "open political system." 

Hong Kong protests in 2014
This picture is effective because it shows how willing these people are to stand up for what they want. They've been threatened with death if they don't leave, and yet they stay. I believe that it also has to do with Tiananmen Square because of what happened then with however many people dying, some still lived. And it's true, they can't kill all of them.
Part Three:
In the New York Times article "European Leaders Scramble to Upgrade Response to Ebola Crisis" By Andrew Higgins, it discusses how Europe is battling to contain the virus from themselves sine it has just recently reached their soil, and to help the other countries that have been battling this disease for a while now. This article takes the angle that Europe has had a "blow to its self-image" because they have a long record of being "the world's biggest donor of humanitarian aid." While the article does talk about what is happening in West Africa, it focuses more on what Europe is doing to contain the virus, and how worried people are about the disease spreading to them. The article uses pictures of people in Liberia in full out gear setting up tents getting ready to help, but only two.
In CNN's article titled "Feeding People on Ebola's Front Lines" By Wynn Westmoreland it mainly talks about how to get the basic necessities like food and water to the places most effected by the Ebola virus. And how to do that without endangering anyone. The places infected The United Nations World Food Progamme (WFP) is providing food and assistance for more 430,000 people infected with the virus and more food on the way. This article uses a slideshow of pictures ranging from a man dressed in a hazard suit holding a child to workers building a Ebola treatment center in Monrovia. This article uses a more emotional pull with the pictures of children, and the underlining fact that just because the people are sick doesn't mean that we just give up and let them starve.
The first article has a more worry about ourselves type of mentality. While both articles talk about the Ebola virus the New York Times one focuses on how people are scared and trying to prevent it from infecting their own soil. And the CNN article focuses more on what people are doing to help the places most infected with the virus and how to help. I believe these two articles show how people everywhere are feeling, some want to help the places already effected no matter the cost, while others are more worried about what will happen if the virus reaches them, and how to prevent it from getting out of hand. I don't think that one is better than the other, I just think their just human ways in which people react to a crisis. 

2 comments:

  1. I really liked your first picture. It seemed like it was really over looked how the protests even started in the first place and how much people admired and mourned the loss of Hu Yaobang.

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  2. I talked about ebola with my news articles too. I really like your captions for your photos

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