Media Fair June 8th- Grade 10 English


On Wednesday, June 9th (Yesterday), in our english class at YIS we had a “media fair”. We used both our classroom and Ms.Barbour’s classroom and were able to walk through the “fair” freely, for around a hour. Each student produced a poster which touched on a somewhat taboo subject or a subject that had some type of stigma attached to it, but they were generally just subjects that the students had an interest towards. The posters include five or more media types that the subject was depicted through and the student talked about the medias perspective, audience and features on the subject.  Each student chose a different subject and the varying topics were really interesting and gave students the chance to further their knowledge on subjects you wouldn’t necessarily be taught about in class.


A Glance Into the Media Fair 


Caycee talked about halfies(two races) mainly those who are both Japanese and another race. She talked about the stigma in Japan of h13393315_1400216700003736_406159504_nalfies and how many people seem to glamorize halfies and think that all halfies are beautiful, long legged models, but at the same time how they aren’t really accepted by some people in Japanese society and are not thought of to truly be Japanese. Also touching on her own personal experiences as a halfie in Japan and the times she has been mistreated by some Japanese people. Caycee depicted this through the analysis of a poster, trailer, documentary. article, and a form of social media. Personally I thought this was a pretty interesting subject as many people at YIS could relate to this including myself and I was able to really resonate with what she was talking about.



School Uniforms, a pretty touched upon subject that many have a hard time deciding upon due to the many pros and cons of the topic. Megan analyzed five different media types which included an article, movie, posters , a political
cartoon and opinion editorial written by Emma Jacobs. Through the analysis of these media types she was able to conclude that there is always going to the fight or to wear or not to wear school uniforms. One of the main things she talked about was how many people believe that school uniforms help to eliminate the views of clothing dictating social status and “covering” popularity, but how school uniforms don’t always successfully do that. Though YIS doesn’t have school uniforms anymore it was something that they once had and were probably “fought” against.


I found Alina’s topic on of the most unique out of the ones that I saw as it wasn’t really a topic that I ever really thought about though it does have a pretty big taboo in society as women are usually the ones who are stay at home moms and dads get somewhat ridiculed for it. Alina highlighted that many people think that the only reason a man is a stay at home dad is because of him losing his job or not having as successful of a career as the women in the relationship though that is usually not the case.


Monogatari Presentation Reflection

I feel that the group presentation, I did was one of the better tasks I have done. Though I had to read my note cards quite a lot, I think that the fluency of my speaking has improved, though I still have to work on more complex words and being able to say things without memorizing them. I think that as a group we divided the amount of speech pretty well. No one really talked that much more then others, although sometimes what each individual was saying didn’t always connect as well as I would have liked it to. I think we divided the roles well as Sukran found the words in the text, Monica worked on the poster and I researched more about the words. I think we all worked pretty well together in all and we worked well as a group. No one really took much leadership but I feel like Sukran was the one who mainly organized us and helped us have a sense of order within the group.










Hosting Major Events

Do the benefits of hosting a major tournament outweigh the costs?

Use 3 examples for and against.


1. Tourism and publicity for your country. Holding an event such as the olympics or the world cup will higher the level of tourists to your country.

2. It creates more jobs. It can create jobs for 4 years prior to the event. Extra jobs create a positive effect on the local economy.

3. Higher economic growth, because of the higher investment rates and foreign visitors.


1.  During the Olympics it disrupts local businesses. For example increased security features make it more difficult to continue normal business.

2. It is very costly and a big investment for a country to hold the olympics, and sometimes the investment doesn’t pay off cause the olympic facilities aren’t going to be used post olympics.

3. In some cases it can cause local taxes to go up.

Romeo and Juliet film adaptation

Which version of the movie for Romeo and Juliet is more faithful to the original play?

Film adaptations are when you convey written work such as books or plays and use the written work as a base or even just turn the entire work into a film. The issue with turning a written work into a film is “losing” details that are in the writing and not properly conveying the film in a way that people will enjoy. Romeo and Juliet have multiple film adaptations and have been the basis of a lot of similar love stories. Focusing more on the two adaptations of the play that we watched in English class, which were, the 1996 adaptation by Baz Luhrmann as well as the 1968 adaptation by Franco Zeffirelli. 

I think overall Zeffirelli’s version is much more faithful to the original play, especially seeing as the setting wasn’t changed unlike the Luhrmann version.  Zeffirelli’s version is set like the play in Verona, Italy in the year which many people think is around the late 1500’s and early 1600’s renaissance period whilst Luhrmann’s version is set in Verona beach, California in a some what modern time with guns and fancy cars rather then swords and horses. Although having the movie set in a different time period and a different overall location made it more entertaining in some aspects, it also made the film lose a lot of the original play’s seriousness and made some parts look more tacky. I think also for the fighting scenes with the guns it’s harder to fully communicate the fight that was going on in the play because with one pull of the trigger the fight could be over but sword fighting often takes longer and takes more skill. Zeffirelli’s was in order of the original play as well, but with the Luhrmann version there’s a lot more obvious changes to the scenes and some our out of order. For example the last scene when Juliet actually wakes up before Romeo is dead. Z’s version gets the age of Romeo and Juliet almost right, and before Z’s version came out it was always older actors playing a younger characters part but Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting were 15 and 17 years old which was pretty close to the original plays ages.

You could also argue as well that the Luhrmann version is also faithful to the play if you look at the “spirit” of the original play, because Shakespeare included costumes, settings and props which were relevantly modern to his own time period and Zeffierelli did basically the same thing, although it looks and seems completely different for the time and setting it was, it would probably be but the Romeo & Juliet looked like in that setting.  This version also is more popular amongst more people because of it’s modern setting and because of the twist it had on the original play.

Overall I think Zeffirelli’s adaptations of the play is quite obviously more faithful then Luhrmann’s. The plot, setting, conflict, characters and theme were almost identical to what was portrayed in the original play and although some see it has less absorbing then the Luhrmann adaptation, it is definitely more faithful.



Tourism in Indonesia

“Are the costs greater than the benefits of tourism?

Who are the top 4 nationalities that visit the country and how and why they may have changed in recent times?

The top four nationalities that visit Indonesia, are the Japanese, Chinese, Australian, Singaporean and Malaysian.

The UK, France and Germany are the European countries that visit Indonesia the most.

The amount of Chinese tourists in Indonesia( and overall in general) have increased significantly since 2002, when they had only 36,685 people touring Indonesia that year compared to 2013 where there was over 800,000 tourists visiting. This is the cause of

 Explain the impact financially that tourism has in your country using examples to back up your answer.

In 2014 approximately 9.4 million international visitors entered Indonesia, those tourists stayed at a hotel in Indonesia for an average of 7.5 nights and would spend an average of  $152 per person each day or  $1,142 per person during their entire visit.

 Indonesia makes $4.6 billion of foreign exchange income each year. Tourism is the third most important (not including  gas and oil) source of foreign revenue.

In 2012, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council travel and tourism made a total contribution of 8.9% of GDP and supported 8% of total employment in Indonesia. 

Year International visitors Average stay(days)
2000 5,064,217 12.26
2001 5,153,620 10.49
2002 5,033,400 9.79
2003 4,467,021 9.69
2004 5,321,165 9.47
2005 5,002,101 9.05
2006 4,871,351 9.09
2007 5,505,759 9.02
2008 6,429,027 8.58
2009 6,452,259 7.69
2010 7,002,944 8.04
2011 7,649,731 7.84
2012 8,044,462 7.70
2013 8,802,129 7.50

Explain the benefits versus the costs (2-3 of each) associated with tourism (environmental damage for instance) and how the promotion of sustainable or eco tourism could help this issue.

“Some of the challenges Indonesia’s tourism industry has to face include the development of infrastructure to support tourism across the sprawling archipelago, incursions of the industry into local traditions (adat), and the impact of tourism development on the life of local people. The tourism industry in Indonesia has also faced setbacks due to problems related to security. Since 2002, warnings have been issued by some countries over terrorist threats and ethnic as well as religious conflicts in some areas, significantly reducing the number of foreign visitors for a few years.”(Wikipedia)

Indonesia could be made the most diverse tourist destination in the world, providing it with a sustainable and environmentally clean source of revenue larger than any of its current ones, and bringing overall prosperity to the people throughout the archipelago (and not just Bali) through grassroots empowerment and self-sustenance. These are huge potentials that Indonesia should strive its best to realize, as the rewards for their successes are just too great to forego.

Bystander Effect

In InS class we have been beginning to learn about the bystander effect. The bystander effect is a social psychological phenomenon which touches on how individuals don’t try and offer any type of help to a victim who needs help when there are other people near by and also available to help. The chances of help is related to the amount of bystanders, this relates to our social norms and the boundaries we set because of how much we care about what others think of us.

In the video below is a social experiment which shows a kid in freezing temperatures( around 15 c) with only jeans and a t-shirt on clearly shivering,  in the busy streets of New York city. He is holding a sign asking clearly for help, many people walk by in the beginning and some even stop and stare but they don’t help, since he doesn’t receive any immediate help he starts to seek warmth in black trash bag. After two hours of no help, one other homeless man begins to talk to him and gives him his jacket and money even though he also has so little. After the homeless man starts to talk to him more people crowd around and try to see what is going on but do not offer any further help.

I think this video depicts “social influence” because of how us as humans create a script of behaviour that is supposed to be had at different settings like at a restaurant or in a hallway or in this case on a side walk. Although the people in this video do this unconsciously, they are all basically creating the script that they shouldn’t try and help the boy because no one else does. So no one tries to help because of how they would have to step out of the social influence. You can see this in the way how in the beginning no one really looked at the homeless boy but as some people started to stop and stare, more people started to do that as well because it became accepted in the social norm. I think if one person(who wasn’t also homeless) came up to this boy in the video and tried to help a lot of other people would too because that boundary would be broken and then more people would easily climb over that boundary once one person teaches them how to.

Classical Conditioning

1/. What association is the product you filmed trying to achieve?(What is the advert selling?)

The advertisement that Anna and I made was trying to sell umbrellas to the customers by showing one person( me) walking in the rain looking unhappy and lonely while people are walking behind me happily and socially. Then the ad shows someone buying an umbrella and walking out and finding the lonely person with no umbrella and offering for them to walk with them under the umbrella, then they walk off happily.

2/. What principle of advertising is it using?

The principle used was where we see other people using the product happily and thus we want the product to fit into the social group and to become happy as well.

3/. Does the advert make you want the product? why, why not?

I think the advert some what makes you want to buy the product, it really simples shines light onto the umbrella and generally it’s a very useful product and the advert very basically shows that.

Class Conditioning In Advertising

In I&S class we are studying psychology. Were looking at how advertisers(companies in general) use classical conditioning to sell their products. We had to choose two adverts, below are the two I chose.
 (Write a 200 word post on their blog on whether they feel that the 2 adverts they picked influenced them to buy the product being sold. Explaining in particular, what techniques had the largest impact.)
Advertisement One: Imagine, Taco Bell (Quesarito)

This video somewhat influenced me to buy the product, with the way we see the man seeing the women and seeing a future and loving memories together and then contrasted that to the women seeing a future and loving memories with the new food product “Quesarito” that was created using the man’s quesadilla and her own taco bell product. The techniques that had the largest impact I guess was how they showed the idea behind the product and they showed that in creative way, and how it was comical and didn’t just

Advertisement Two: Mercurial Vapor VIII, Cristiano Ronaldo vs Rafael Nadal, Nike.

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