Reflection on Media Fair

– What was the Media Fair? Where and when was it held? What was its purpose?

The Media Fair was a chance for Grade 10 to present their own individually made posters. Each poster focussed upon a range of different topics and issues. As a grade we were asked to investigate the ways in which our chosen topics were depicted in the media. The aim of this project was to help us individually understand how the different ways in which information is presented can influence how we interpret it. 

–  Select 3-5 participants to write about explain their topic.

Before having to present my poster to the grade I managed to look at three different posters. Jamey’s poster focussed upon the positives and negatives towards Cycling on a daily basis. Jamey presented a great deal of information that I personally thought was quite interesting. Based off all his research Jamey discovered that Cycling upon a daily basis tended to retain more benefits rather then defects.


Peter presented a poster that focussed upon the issue of video game violence. It seemed as though Peter put a great deal of effort into his final poster as it’s visually quite pleasing. Additionally when presenting his poster Peter utilized his sources quite effectively as he used the sources to support his own points towards the issue. He stated that Mother’s tend to worry more about video game violence. Peter supported this claim by giving a couple of real life examples where in which a Mother worried about their child’s well being. Peter also used his sources to support claims when presenting a study that showed that violence in real life violence had little to no correlation with video game violence.


The final poster I was able to see during the Media Fair was Sungwon’s. His poster talked about the benefits and defects towards the use of electric cigars. He talked about how the electric cigar produces less harmful smoke when compared to an actual cigar. He additionally talked about how the electric cigar was customizable. Sungwon talked about his different sources such as the advertisement he found and how each source reflects upon a perspective towards the electric cigar.






Unethical Experiment Mustard Gas

What’s the story?

During the time of the second World War the United States had feared the use of chemical warfare by the German’s and Japanese. This fear resonated from horrible memories of World War I and the heavy casualties that were caused from the use of mustard gas during that time period (Cockburn).

From this fear American scientists had been developing brand new types of equipment to protect their soldiers from chemical toxins. The scientists involved in these experiments had originally tested their equipment on live animals. However they felt that the data they received from these tests were very unreliable (Cockburn).

In 1942 these scientists chose to conduct the same experiment on live human test subjects. The US navy volunteered up to 60,000 of their own sailors to participate in the experiment (Vento). The participants involved in the experiment were asked if they would like to participate in an experiment that would help end the second World War (Cockburn).

These sailors were never told the experiment would involve the use of mustard gas. The sailors involved were merely given the experimental safety equipment and placed in a room that could only be opened from the outside. They then filled the room with mustard gas (Cockburn). Those who survived the experiment suffered several health defects later on in their lives (Why PBS).

What were they trying to find out?

The scientists involved in this experiment were testing whether or not the equipment they developed was effective against chemical toxins such as mustard gas. They tested this research question by placing live animals in a room wearing there equipment and subjugating them to mustard gas. The scientists involved felt the results were unreliable so they had human test subjects and subjugated them to the same exact experiment. While still merely testing the effectiveness of there experimental suits (Cockburn).

Was this ethical?

Of course not the sailors involved were never told about the use of mustard gas they were merely asked if they would like to participate in an experiment that would end the second World War. Also the scientists involved in the experiment placed live human test subjects in  a room that could only be unlocked from the outside and knowingly subjugated men who served our country to a deadly toxin like mustard gas (Cockburn). Supposedly some of the the sailors who refused to participate in the experiment were told if they did not go through with the experiment they would get 40 years in Fort Leavensworth in Kansas an army prison (Cockburn). The Pentagon kept this experiment hidden from the world for several decades before being investigated in the early 1990’s (PBS & Cockburn). The participants supposedly never received any form of compensation later on in their lives (Cockburn). Which tells me the overall the experiment and  was unbelievably unethical.

How else could the information have been gathered

I don’t think this experiment could ever be ethical at any point in history. I just don’t think you could conduct an experiment such as this  in any way ethically. There probably is a way to conduct this same exact experiment ethically I just don’t know about it. Maybe scientists could develop a gas that acts like a toxin and test that but I’m just saying that. Additionally they could notify the participants of all the potential risks that could happen unlike this experiment.

Work Cited

Cockburn, Patrick. “US Navy Tested Mustard Gas on Its Own Sailors: In 1943 the Americans Used Humans in Secret Experiments. Patrick Cockburn in Washington Reports on the Survivors Who Bear the Scars.” The Independent. Independent Digital News and Media, 14 Mar. 1993. Web. 19 Apr. 2016.

Vento, Carol Schultz. “America’s Mustard Gas Experiments and World War II.” Defense Media Network. Defense Media Network, 14 Sept. 2013. Web. 19 Apr. 2016.

“Why the U.S. Military Exposed Minority Soldiers to Toxic Mustard Gas.” PBS. PBS, 22 June 2015. Web. 19 Apr. 2016.



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Japanese Warashibe Choja Presentation Task Reflection

  • Your speech: how it was compared to the previous speaking tasks
  • Your group’s presentation: structure, roles, etc.
  • Preparation: how well your group collaborated, leadership, etc.

I thought my groups presentation was well structured and when speaking to the class aloud we had the perfect amount of collaboration.  I believe we all generally had enough to say in terms of dialogue and I thought the entire presentation worked well and flowed because it helped a lot generally.

I like how organized we were because we already knew what we were going to say and I thought we were effective when presenting and speaking during our final presentation. This assignment doesn’t feel much different overall from any other assignments I’ve done in Japanese class the only difference was that I was working with Cole and Sumin and that was fine because they helped make the final product more effective through helping me.










ぼくの夢インタビューしゅくだいのやった時ぼくだいじょぶにやったと思います。なぜからぼくの書いたしつもんはすごくいいなしつもんと思います。ミヘイラのしつもんの聞く時にはぼくのかいと はくわしだったとおもいました。だけどインタビューのやった時ぼくはちょうとだけつぶやきをしました。この夢のインタビューまたやるとそれとほかの物よりじょうずにやりたいです。