Purposeful Summaries–Splash305

  1. Where can you choose to end your life?

It seems counterintuitive that people have such different ways of viewing what gives someone the right to end their own life. Yes, it makes sense to be able to end your life if you are already dying from a painful terminal illness, and would like someone to assist you with the process. But what if you are going through something as minor as depression and don’t have interest in continuing your life? We should all have the right to choose when we want to die and how. The Netherlands has been helping people choose to end their own life since 2001, Belgium since 2002, and Luxembourg since 2009 with both euthanasia and assisted suicide. The states in the U.S. only allow assisted suicide for patients who are terminally ill. For example, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Vermont, and California. Most people don’t understand that we are all mortal and going to die anyway, we don’t need someone to give us the right to do such a thing.



  1. Addiction as a disease

It seems counterintuitive that people don’t consider drug addiction to be an actual disease. Addiction is something that happens differently in each person. The way this happens is the same as when you satisfy your needs for food, water, or sex, your body gets the feeling of satisfaction or reward. When you take in chemicals it gives your body a version of that feeling, cause the brain to want it again. Over time it starts to change the brains systems with the feelings of reward, motivation, and memory; it may even start to be needed for the person to feel normal throughout the day. People also don’t understand that someone’s own will power isn’t always strong enough to get them to stop. Although there are people who can manage to stop on their own will power, it isn’t always the case for others. For about 25-50% of people with a substance abuse problem they have a very bad chronic disorder; these types of people are the ones who need therapy, rehab, and the helpful support of family and loved ones. Even though the early stages of addiction may be by choice, once the brain is changed by addiction it is believed that people truly lose control of their own behavior and actions.



  1. Serious psychological disorders in college students

It seems counterintuitive that students go through so much stress and anxiety while at college. Despite the best efforts of the teaching staff and counselors trying to lower the stress and anxiety level of students, it still doesn’t stop them from contemplating suicide throughout the year. The rate of depression in college students seems to be increasing each year; and the rate of which some go on medicine seem to be increasing as well. Major depressive disorder, for example as explained in the DSM-IV, has various symptoms to look out for in students. For example, having a sad or depressed mood for most of the day, loss of interest in doing different daily activities, changes in the way you eat or a rapid loss or gain of weight, feeling as though you are worthless or not needed, and suicidal thoughts. A few or more of these symptoms must be shown or felt for a couple weeks to be able to give some sort of diagnosis. Even when a student comes forward for help, a lot of time they are asked to get treatment or asked to take a medical leave of absence until they are better. Even though this is the correct way to help someone in need they fear it may discourage others to come forward for help; because those individuals may feel embarrassed or won’t want to take time off of schooling to get better.


Visual Rhetoric- Splash305

The video I have chosen is called Never Here by Project Yellow Light and it is 35 seconds long.

0:00- In this image there is a boy sitting looking at his phone on a tan, new looking leather couch, it seems to be his house. It seems that way because in the corner of the room I see a photo of was seems to be a husband and wife.  There is a fleece blanket bunched up next to him which gives off the feeling of comfort in one’s own home. He is wearing a black sweater and gray sweat pants so it might be the winter time. There is a glass door in the corner of the room and you can see what looks like a shed of some sort.

0:02- The same boy has switched places, still on his phone but now in a library. Wearing a different blue sweater but I cannot see his pants. He is sitting at a desk in the library with books around him but he is not reading them. The boy seems more interested in his phone rather than all the books around him. It doesn’t look like he in in a school library because all the books look to be covered in laminate, like they do in public libraries.

0:03- The boy has moved places again, this time to a gym. He is still on his phone and looks like he is doing sit-ups. He is now wearing a white T-shirt with a yellow sweat band around his head, and a watch around his wrist. Around him are free weights like a squat rack and a bench press but no people. The expression on his face hasn’t changed in any of the scenes, he keeps the same one. He looks like he doesn’t care what is happening around him and all he’s worried about is what’s on his phone.

0:04- Now the boy has moved into what looks like a mall cafeteria, and is still on his phone. He is not worried about the people around him nor does he look like he is socializing with them. He is sitting next to another boy in a red hoodie who appears to be eating maybe talking with friends. He is wearing a gray long sleeved shirt with a T-shirt underneath. There are strangers around him eating and talking at other tables and he seems to be the only one distracted by his phone.

0:05- The boy looks like he is at a party, maybe his birthday party because there is a cupcake right in front of him with a candle in it that is lit. He is sitting on his phone not paying attention to the cupcake or the people around him. The people around him are all standing around him at the table, one looks to be clapping and others smiling having a good time. He is wearing a nicer white blue stripped sweater and only interested in his phone.

0:06- The boy is alone on a carousel sitting on a horse while on his phone. His expression is still the same and there is nobody around him. He is now wearing a cream long sleeved shirt with a T-shirt underneath. He doesn’t seem to be bothered that he is alone because he has his phone.

0:07- The scene has changed to him with a girl sitting on a couch that looks fabric, maybe at her house because he had a leather couch. She has her arm on his shoulder trying to talk to him but he is only paying attention to his phone. Maybe she is his girlfriend and she is trying to get his attention but he doesn’t care, maybe she’s even upset that he isn’t paying attention to her. He is wearing the same sweater he wore in the scene at his birthday party. There are a lot cactuses behind them so maybe the girl’s parents are really into nature.

0:08- The boy is back in his house so it seems and he has his phone in his hand, the camera shot is being taken from inside the fridge and he is closing the door.

0:09- He is now laying in his bed and is underneath the covers but still on his phone. He looks like he is hiding so maybe he’s supposed to be asleep but he’d rather play on his phone.

0:09- The scene has switched to another house, maybe his friend’s house and he is standing on one side of the ping pong table. It looks like he is trying to film his friends playing ping pong. He is wearing a T-shirt and sweat pants, so maybe that represents that the season is changing. His facial expression has still not changed.

0:10- This scene he is on an escalator that looks like it could be in a mall and is seems to be going upward. There are no people around and he is still on his phone. He is wearing a worn out red hat and a puffy blue winter jacket. In the background, the lights in the mall seem to be out so maybe the mall is closed.

0:11- Now it looks like he is at a party with people all around. The room is dark but lights are flashing and people are having a good time but he is on his phone paying no attention to them.

0:12- He is back laying in his bed laying on his side with the covers pulled over his head, still on his phone. There is a window next to his bed and the blinds are closed but there is light shining through so it is still daylight outside. But he is sitting in the dark alone in his room.

0:15- The scenes that I have stated above where all played again multiple times in a very fast pace.

0:16- He is now sitting in a car on the drivers sit with his phone in his hands. The car seems to be in park and he does not have his seatbelt on, and he is in the car alone.

0:17- The boy put his phone down and it is showing us the conversation between him and someone else. He told the other person he was driving now so he would talk to them later.

0:21- He started the car and is showed him driving away and words popped up on the screen that read “Not Here, Never Here.”

0:23- Next is showed the car continuing to drive away and another caption came up that said “Don’t Text and Drive” and then the ad was over.

Stone Money—Splash

P1. When I was listening to the story of about the island of Yap in class I thought to myself he was making this story up. Why would people take the time to make such large limestone coins to be their representation of money? It seemed absurd to me because you couldn’t even move them easily or use them for little things life food for the house, it had to be spent on something big like building a new house or as said in the Planet Money Prologue if one of your warriors died in war you could use that stone to buy back the warriors body. It was also crazy to me to know that only if you had one of these stones it would make you considered to be wealthy, which was weird because you could have tons of gold and other forms of money but you weren’t ever considered to be as wealthy as someone who owned one of these stones as stated in the story of stone money. Also, something else I found interesting was that there was no form of documentation on this island of Yap, they have such a strong faith in each other’s word. Someone could say they wanted a house built, a contractor would come out build a house with no upfront pay but know that the fei was his once the house was completed. Even while reading Friedman’s essay the thing that stood out the most to me was when he talked about the magnificent fei that was being delivered over sea. A big storm aroused and the fei sank to the bottom of the ocean, and the people on the island of Yap were perfectly fine with that. They said that even though it is at the bottom of the ocean it still has its value, just as if it were leaning against the owner’s house. To me this is ridiculous because if that were my fei that sank I wouldn’t be as calm about it as they are and it wouldn’t seem valuable to me anymore.

P2. Then that has me go into thinking why is money so important to people, and what is the point of money in the first place? The NPR broadcast I was listening to talks about all the stages of money and how it has changed over the years. It first started as the stone fei, then to gold, and bills, off to checks, and now it is as simple as just a number appearing in your bank account. I really enjoyed how they were talking about the differences in how payments work now a days, they said that when they pay their phone bill it’s not like someone goes and delivers a hundred dollars to their phone company. It is almost as if they are just sending numbers back and forth to one another and it is a game that doesn’t even feel real. They even said in the NPR brodcast that most of the money that exists is just the idea of money.

P3. Which then brings me to the Lie That Saved Brazil, and what they had to go through. When I was listening to the story it made me feel so bad for the people of Brazil. I couldn’t understand why people had to be living the way they did when there was so much money in the world to be shared. I say this because there was apparently no money for the people in Brazil and they were really struggling to get by. Chana Joffe-Walt talked about what the stores were like and how the prices of things would go up or change every single day. How there would be a sticker guy that would go up and down the aisles changing the prices each day, people would even try to get in front of the sticker guy so they could pay the old price. It was sad when she told us that even when people would get paid, they’d have to spend it before their money wasn’t worth anything anymore. She said you could put your money in a drawer and each day that went by the clock would be ticking on the value of your money. There was even a point when the government just threatened to take everyone’s money, people went into panic and some she said even committed suicide. But then one day four men came along to help Brazil’s situation so they wouldn’t have to live like this anymore. Hero’s was what she described them as, they proposed a way to make people think their money had value again. Not long after things started to change because this new idea seemed to make such a difference in the way people just “lied to themselves” so to speak. Even though there was no physical money all they needed was for people to believe there was and that made all the difference.

P4. This story just easily helps me flow right into Weekend at Bernanke’s, listening to this story just gets me thinking about all the different ways the Federal Reserve could have helped let’s say Brazil for example, because in the brodcast they said the Fed can create money at and given time. Why they wouldn’t think to give some to Brazil during that crisis, I don’t exactly know. They were saying that the fed can just make money out of nothing and just lend it out and if they should do this. The process is so easy as they explained, all you do is add a few numbers, click a mouse and alas money is created. Also on top of that they even exclaimed that banks don’t just like to sit on load of money they like to lend it out, so why not use all of this money to help countries in dire need of it? It is interesting to think if the Fed screws up then the people stop believing in the dollar and the dollar loses value as they explained.

P5. Thinking about all these different ways money is transferred and the money people have and how much they have can put them in the category of being wealthy, but why?  Some things these days don’t really have a good representaion of money, the an ATM recipt for example. What is the point or meaning of money? Money is just something that holds value, but there are so many different things that hold value to different people and if you really think about the dollar and how it is just a piece of paper with a guys face on it, it doesn’t make sense why people go so crazy over it. For example with me I have a ring I got from my grandparents and I wear it every day and it holds so much value to me, but to someone else it would just be some old ring. Money is just another materialistic thing that people think they need to be successful in life when there are far greater things, like knowledge for example. Now a days with how high tech money as gotten it’s just a game of sending numbers and not physical money, so it’s as if the money isn’t even real to begin with.

Works Cited

Friedman, Milton. “The Island of Stone Money.” Diss. Hoover Institution, Stanford University , 1991.

Joffe-Walt, Chana . “How Fake Money Saved Brazil.” NPR.org. 4 Oct. 2010. 30 Jan. 2015. <http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2010/10/04/130329523/how-fake-money-saved-brazil&gt;.

“The Invention of Stone Money.” 423: The Invention of Stone Money. This Is American Life, WBEZ. Chicago . 7 Jan. 2011.