My response to “Behind the Formaldehyde Curtain”

My first thoughts after reading this was how I have planned to bury my grandpa. My grandpa died in 2012, and instead of taking up space in a graveyard, he was cremated. Well before he died, he wanted to retire and move to North Carolina, where he and my grandma own land on top of a mountain. They had plans to move and build a house up on the mountain, near an old fire tower overlooking the mountain range, but unfortunately my grandpa died before he could retire. In the summers we, my brother my cousin and I, would go up there to clear out overgrown brush, and do other ruthless things like white-water rafting, horseback riding, and adventuring in the forests. I remember picking wild raspberries and blackberries on top of the mountain acting as an entrance to the fire tower. But I plan on fulfilling one of my grandpa’s wishes, which was to be buried on the mountain. So, I plan on going up there and visiting the land with my brother and cousin one last time, and spreading my grandpa’s ashes in the fire tower and all over the land.

My seconds thoughts turned towards what I want done with my body when I die. If i am young enough, i would like them to harvest my organs, in hope to potentially save someone else’s life. But I think turning into a tree when i die would be something cool. An urn that allows your ashed to be used as part of the seedlings dirt, until it fully grows and matures, just like you did in your life. If you look at it from an environmentalist point of view, you are now giving back to the earth, instead of taking away from it. Also i think it would be cool that for centuries you give life to other beings by producing oxygen to be consumed. If i have land, I would want the tree to be planted overlooking the horizon somewhere, with a small gravestone as a marker.

In response to the actual article, i was very surprised at the amount of things that a funeral director has to do to prepare the body. I had no idea they had so many ways of manipulating and maneuvering the body to get it to look the way that they see fit, without any questions being asked. After finding out that America is one of the few countries who have funerals the way we do, I definitely changed my mind on wanting to be buried. And as of right now. cremation is cheaper than having a full funeral done, and being buried in plot.


Respone to “20 Things I Learned While I Was in North Korea”

In class this week we were asked to read about a couple of tourists who were allowed to enter North Korea. So, I decided to look up another post about tourism in North Korea, and what I found in the second article was just as weird as the first.  After reading both I came to a couple of pretty interesting conclusions. The North Korean government has their people brainwashed. The first article that we read in class talks about a trip on or around January of 2013, and the second article I read happened in 2014.  In both accounts they say that the North Korean tour guides would say lies to the tourists faces, like calling a captain a colonel. To most, this probably seems insignificant, but it is not. The fact that they these tour guides, people whom one thinks that they could trust, are spewing lies like it is nobodies business is a little disturbing. On a bigger scale, when some tourists were taken to historical places, they experienced war videos that told of different accounts than that of the truth. Or they would say that the United States is prepared to attack North Korea, and that North Korea is the best place to be on earth and that every other country envies them. I’m not sure about you, but I would not want to live in a country with so many oppressions. This to me shows that there is definitely something that North Korea is trying to hide. Now, what that is, I am most certainly not sure. But, I did read that they spend quite a bit on their nuclear war technology, so I decided to look up exactly how much, and i was astonished. For a country about the size of Pennsylvania, they spend 700 million dollars annually on nuclear weapons. What would a country so small, need to spend that much money on nuclear technology for? Anyone’s guess is as good as mine, but i think that their government sees an impending war with the United States sometime in the future, so they are stockpiling as many nuclear weapons as possible. Something else i also thought was interesting was that in “Sophie in North Korea”, their trip coincided with Kim Jung Un’s birthday. Not only that, but when they asked what their leaders age was, they were met with a response, “Koreans keep track of age differently.” In 20 Things I Learned.. he realized that it was not a good question to ask, but realized that the Korean people were probably just upset that they do not know the exact date of his birth, and that is why they are not eager to answer that question truthfully. But, in all honesty, if they told me he was 35 I am not sure that i would fully believe them. I also found it funny, that the Korean government tells their people that when Kim Jung Il was born, that it turned from winter to spring, which is completely bogus. They tell their people so many lies that i believe that North Koreans are completely brainwashed in every way fathomable.

The Face Behind the Account

The anonymity of an online profile allows a person to behave and act whatever way they want. Whether or not this behavior is a true reflection of character, is another thing entirely. Some use the internet as a shield to protect themselves from the backlash that one might receive for making a cruel or unkind comment, from peers or family. While others, simply use social media as an extension of themselves, to leave relevant comments, and post interesting or exciting things.

We’ve all met a troll, that person who just comments on what you have to say, making remarks just to make you upset. Most take what they see posted by a troll to heart, but when they make an outrageous comment, they are just deliberately trying to make you upset. Trolls are literally just trying to get a rise out of anyone they can. At some point in a troll’s life, they found joy in making other feel bad, but did not want to receive repercussion for their words or actions. The internet, and social media, was their outlet, and because of that cyber bullying was born. One thing to remember when dealing with a troll, is that just like in real life, if you ignore them, eventually they will go away. Trolls will go to someone else who will give them the satisfaction of becoming upset or frustrated.

Those who use social media as an extension of themselves, use it for the right reason. These people just want to be heard by more than just the people around them, they want the world to not only hear, but to listen and understand their point of view on a certain subject. These people have a certain craft, its not that they just want to be heard, but that they want to do it in a way that no one has done before. Social media was made for finding out new ways to do things, or finding an interesting video that intrigues you. These people, instead of posting a hurtful comment, will post something that is upbringing, or maybe offer advice to help someone out in a situation. The best way to not be a troll, is just to post relevant information that maybe someone may find interesting.