Me and Salma decided to tackle the topic of Animal Abuse through a game that we are going to create. The reason we wanted to raise awareness on this topic is because animal abuse is most commonly found worldwide, especially in Egypt. Egyptians are unaware of the various types of abuse that is enforced on the animals.These types of abuse involve neglect, inadequate shelters, starvation, dehydration,Industrial animal farming and alleged linking to human violence and psychological disorders.
Our main purpose in our game is to raise awareness by taking our gamers through a day in a life where they interact with animals. Firstly, we’re going to provide the gamers with a scenario in which they’ll get to make their own decisions. Each decision they make will have facts about animal abuse relating to their decisions. For instance, a scenario that we will give the gamers is that they’d have to go to a supermarket in which pets are not allowed so they either have the option of not entering the supermarket, which will let them be hungry for the rest of the day, or leaving the dog outside the supermarket in which they’ll be given a fine ($50), or leaving it in the car.
In conclusion, we thought that this game would be a great value especially to the Egyptian society where animal abuse can be easily spotted. Our hopes through the game is to educate people on the different forms of abuse and providing them with ways to prevent it. It is always important to make sure that your animal is healthy and safe because you are their family!
How could anyone harm such pure innocent creatures??!
The media has become a major platform that encourages, and has clearly portrayed, the polarization amongst people. It was said in Chris Gilliard’s article, “Power Polarization, and Tech”, that polarization segments individuals and pressures different groups to go against each other in a way where they focus on their differences instead of their similarities. Race isn’t necessarily always the main cause of polarization, as it can be caused by other factors such as class, gender, and identity. Yet, it is in the hands of the powerful/favourable to decide when or where it occurs. I found the article very intriguing and eye-opening. I had always noticed that social media was customized in a way from one person to the next, and that’s why I always found it interesting to look through social media from others’ phones to see their perspectives. Yet, I never thought of it as a form of polarization in which provides profit for the favourable. It really showed me the importance of digital literacy, as everything on the internet isn’t always fair or true. This was shown in Gilliard’s example where the U.S. congressman wrote a Facebook post expressing his views on the encouragement of killing all muslims. His post was was left untouched while “coincidently” when a black lives matter activist posted a post declaring all white people racists, it ended up being removed and her account was disabled for a week. The idea and importance of digital literacy was further explained in Amanda Martines’s video where she discusses filtrations on the internet, as the Facebook example, and how many sources today are not as credible due to the vast flow of information online. In the end, it is our responsibility to check the facts to the best of our ability and to be consciously aware of the intricacies of the internet such as digital polarization.
On February 26th, I decided to attend a speech which sparked my interest called “Energizing the Unmotivated” my Tim Sullivan. The reason why this topic really intrigued me is because, sadly, I happen to be one of those guilty students who are unmotivated. So, I was interested to see what Tim Sullivan had to say about energizing people like me. My first impression going into the conference was that he would begin to bring up repetitive topics that I’ve heard many times before, but surprisingly he brought up a few relevant points that I found interesting. Sullivan discussed how the lack of motivation is something that was found most commonly amongst the richest parts of the Arab region. This was something that I found very surprising yet understandable. It’s not a surprise that most students here at AUC have the mentality that getting the bare-minimum of a degree won’t supply them with a better life- yet alone a job. Many of us are pessimistic about our future due to the lack of opportunity we think our country offers. This point really clicked into my head and got me thinking whether I would have been more energized and motivated if I had lived elsewhere. Overall, I had really enjoyed Tim Sullivan’s keynote speech and its atmosphere. I found this speech to be very relevant to many students today and I hope to attend/listen to more of them in the future! I also really enjoyed how they offered food! My only complaint is that I really wish I was allowed to take one of those free mugs!