Blogging About Blogging pt.2

This was a good learning experience because if you followed a columnist about material you were unfamiliar about you would then learn new information. Paul Krugman was someone I didn’t even know existed to someone I really respected. I mean the guy is beyond smart! I really appreciated his academic background because seeing where he came from really established who he was and what he wrote. Although he talked about economics and matter relating to that, he would also write about common things we deal with everyday. Reading his posts about problems we face as Americans really help me to relate to what he was talking about and moved me emotionally. It was a pleasure reading about Paul Krugman.

Now as we come to a consensus with this whole process I learn to really appreciate the time bloggers put into their columns. So much to say but they minimize it so people like me ,that don’t like to read, can find it amusing. As a blogger I learn to analyze, annotate, and most importantly write blogs. Blogging has been a good experience and a good tool for later use.

Blogging About Blogging pt. 1

Like the famous columnist Chris Pena once stated, “blogging is pretty much about anything you want.” This is pretty much blogging about blogging, and I say this because this whole tedious process was about writing analysis’ and blogs. I’m not going to lie in the beginning of all this I was befuddled but then began to get the hang of it. But although it was arduous I learned to analyze information and really extract important information, creating an analysis. It was a learning process on how to execute the rhetorical styles in writing. Finally to close like Bruce Almighty would say, “And that’s how the cookie crumbles.”

I know Mrs. Norton had a specific purpose to doing this process, of course she would have a method to her madness. This was a good process to learn because it benefits in knowing how to annotate. You might think annotating is easy but what separates AP students from the rest is annotating only the imperative information. When teachers tell you there is a chapter test and they give you no study guide no need to fear you know how to annotate! Mrs. Norton knows how to train students to become scholars.

See Why We Need to Work Hard . . .

Some people really think that they can sit around doing nothing expecting to get paid, while you have many other people working very hard to make ends meet and trying to survive. Gene Budig and Alan Heaps explain why it is imperative to push our students to work hard through diction and syntax.

In reality to continue to survive you need to put in the work, it is not going to happen out of nowhere! Paul Krugman states, “People have “this idea” that “I really don’t have to work” which is in reality false but also contradicted by Gene and Alan. Both columnists state, “we must restore the nation’s economic vitality and continue to work hard to keep students in school.” As young people develop in this American society they must be influenced to work hard and make smart decisions because in the long run these are our future leaders. To the reader this should explain why people should not be allowed to do nothing and use up all of America’s resources that other people struggle to earn. Gene and Alan use their diction to really influence positive reasons why we need to all these things, it should make the reader feel good about doing it. When you work hard and finally earn something you really have been striving for it brings a joy like no other and you learn the value of things most importantly. Wiz Khalifa even says, “Work hard play hard” how it should be.

Through syntax Gene and Alan provide reasons why their diction is what it is making the reader now understand why working hard is imperative. Using this provides an emphasis why both columnists stand for what they believe in, “Their future is our future.” This is alone is enough evidence why sitting around doing nothing should be avoided at all costs. Then they reinforce that statement with providing reasons why we need to keep our schools up to par, providing the sources they need, and most importantly the encouragement so much of young people lack. The reader can see how they really feel when they read all the syntax both columnist provide. It will influence the reader to believe them more and give them reasons why they should. Gene and Alan tell us why we need to continue to excel and strive for the best because if we don’t then who will?

In my opinion I agree with both columnists Gene and Alan because I myself always try and strive for the best and do anything possible to excel. People also really see who you truly are by the way you work so I try and demonstrate my work ethic. Yes it will make people respect who you are but most importantly give people a reason to hire you because we are the future work force. As young people of America we need to make wise decision for ourselves and the future that America holds for us.

Wake Up and Smell the Money!

Paul Krugman painfully attacks America’s habit of holding all the money in instead of distributing to benefit the entire country through diction and detail.

Throughout the article the reader reads some painful attacks that happen to be true about America and basically why everything seems to be the way it is. I mean look how the articles opens, “America used to be a country that built for the future.” Just from the opening the reader gets a sense in what direction the article will go and how diction will be demonstrated. During the article Paul Krugman points out how America is always trying to save as much money as possible, and not doing what they are suppose to with it. This painful attack on America leads the people to really see how they will use you to take all your money and leave you to be with nothing! If the people of America can not corroborate to invest ,like they should, then they will continue to desire and keep this “economy depressed.” Yes Paul Krugman is being very critical about what America continues to do but in reality it’s true if we don’t come together as a country our money will just be taken away like it always has been. That’s why it’s important to get educated!

The details incorporated with this article makes it even more painful because not only does Paul attack America but back up his statements with valid reasons. He writes, “we simple don’t invest” something that is true and backs it up with “even when the need is obvious and the timing couldn’t be better.” His diction is painful but his detail is deadly! The way Paul puts his words can influence the reader to think more the way he does demonstrating some ethos and logos. The detail incorporates along the lines of ethos because the details back up what he says, the credibility. As you read the article the diction he uses demonstrates his views on America’s habits but his details are what pierce America for what it does while the reader is influenced.

Paul Krugman’s response to America with such piercing and painful detail emanates how he feels toward all of this. Reading all this can probably give you  a head change on how you feel about certain aspects. Although he pretty much ridicules everything, he is trying to talk to the people to do what is best for them and what will benefit the country as a whole.

In my opinion what Paul Krugman says is true because if we don’t do anything for ourselves to benefit us and our country, then who will. People will do anything to take money from anyone no matter what the circumstance is. Learn to do what is best as an intention rather than a self desire.

“Corruption is the enemy of development, and of good governance. It must be got rid of. Both the government and the people at large must come together to achieve this national objective”
– Pratibha Patil

Brains to Prizes – Paul Krugman

“As I’ve often said, you can shop online and find whatever you’re looking for, but bookstores are where you find what you weren’t looking for” (Grandin). Paul Krugman won the Nobel Prize for economics in 2008 not only because he wrote very well but was one of the most influential academics thinkers in America (Pettinger). Of course to obtain this position you would have to have major credentials to prove why you are worthy of obtaining such a prize! Krugman in this case was probably overly credited because he had received a B.A from Yale, his Ph.D from MIT and was a professor for the Ford International Economics at Princeton University (NY Times). Later becoming involved in international trade, much of his reputation would rely on this because he invented the “new trade theory” (Grandin). As he continued his professional career he won various prize like the Nobel Prize for Economics, the John Bates Clark medal, and of course was the father of a new theory of thinking (Pettinger). Paul Krugman was definitely no ordinary person, but an intellectual with the mindset of leader that would influence the world he was brought into.

Some may think where does a person of this degree come from? Paul Krugman was born in Albany, New York on February 28, 1953 (Pettinger). Growing up in Nassua County he attended JFK High School in Bellmore (Grandin). Graduating from Yale and MIT he would continue to pursue economics. Much of his influence comes from Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” novel (Grandin). You may also be lead to believe that a person like Paul Krugman only thinks about economics but was actually very much interested in Sci-fi (Pettinger). Paul was never really the most social person telling the NY Times, “Loner. Ordinarily shy. Shy with individuals” (NY Times). Now living in Princeton, New Jersey he is a professor currently married to Robin Wells, a academic economist (NY Times). An intellectual like Paul Krugman surrounds himself with individuals with the same interests, look at his wife for example.

Work Cited

Grandin, Karl. “Paul Krugman Biographical.” Nobel Media AB, 2008. Web. 13 Oct. 2014. <;.

“Paul Krugman.” The New York Times. The New York Times Company, n.d. Web. 13 Oct. 2014. <®ion=Header&pgtype=article>.

Pettinger, Tejvan. “Paul Krugman Biography.” Biography Online. N.p., 18 May 2013. Web. 13 Oct. 2014. <;.

Do You Have What It Takes?

Kira Kazanstev was made Miss America, but was later questioned if she really deserved this. She was accused of hazing new incoming pledges while she attended Hofstra University, till she was extruded. With this outbreak of information there was much controversy toward her winning. Throughout the article we see why she is so fit for the position but fails to really represent the woman she was chosen to be. Using various rhetorical questions definitely made this article very cogent in demonstrating it’s persuasive style.

In my honest opinion I would never think a young woman like herself would do that, her back round is impeccable. Kazanstev had a pristine academic back round for example maintaing a 3.6 GPA, triple majoring, and going to Hofstra alone! If you stop and think you realize how qualified she is. Then you can think logically and come to a consensus that you would think a woman of this nature would never do this. The way the authors wrote about Kazanstev made you feel some type of eay. Using ethos, logos, and pathos really helps to persuade the reader.

In my opinion I really would not think she would do such a thing but who am I to say that. Don’t get me wrong hazing is horrible but we all do it and are eventually victim to it. We see it everyday and don’t even realize it. It was definitely wrong of her to do all that because she was against domestic violence. It was all hypocritical. I definitely had a hard time reading what new pledges had to do because it was gruesome. How would you make a human being go through that just to prove themselves? Sadly it happens in everyday life, we just have to be the bigger person and not do it.

How to Survive High school as a Freshman

The time has come to enter high school, probably one of the most pivotal times in your life. A chapter in life where you find your self and begin to embrace who you really are. Some of the best years and worst. . .

My pointers to you (the freshman)
1. Set your best foot forward, make the best impression you can on everyone you encounter. This is key to making new friends and just showing faculty who you are. Walk in with confidence ,not being haughty, and don’t be afraid to express who you are.
2. Play sports! It’s honestly the best way to make new friends and meet new people. My freshman year, I made most of the friends I have today. I was playing the sport I loved ,enjoying it, with new individuals. Playing sports breaks the ice in a very simple manner.
3. Create a core group of friends, also known as “day ones.” It was definitely imperative to find a group of people that accepted me for me and had common interests. As you share what you like and if they happen to like it, you guys will click very easily.

Never be afraid to be who you really are and excel with your “day ones” no matter who doubts you or despises you!

It Starts Here . . .

September 25, 2014

Today is the day I begin to pretty much post about anything that comes to mind, why its called a blog. Don’t really know where to start or what to write about to be honest. But the gist of all this is to chill because you are with Chris. 😉