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Justin Bieber Concert Tickets

Rationale

In this written task, I chose to advertise Justin Bieber as a fan girl, or a ‘belieber’. I used a variety of techniques to persuade and convince the audience. My purpose is to get other beliebers to buy and attend Justin’s concert tickets. This is a opinionated blog post, used to reach out and push people to buy tickets. I used the fear of being left out, fear of being rejected as techniques to lure them. Furthermore, portraying Justin Bieber as a idol and portraying his concerts as “inspiring, interactive, and intense” may seem very attractive. Also, I use pronouns such as “we” to make the belieber ‘family’ seem connected, so the others feel connected on a more personal level.

The title of this task is: ‘Justin Bieber Concert Tickets’. The propaganda subject that we explored is in Part 1 of our course syllabus, language in the cultural context. The learning outcomes for this task are: learning the use and methods of linguistics in the art of advertisement. This task is intended to imitate how one would promote and advertise a good or service. This directly ties into the propaganda aspect of the course since we have talked about how firms advertise these such things in class. The audience is directly to Justin Bieber fans, and the purpose is to persuade them to come to his concert.

 

Written Task

Approximately four years ago, he was just a young, small town Canadian boy who had a passion for music. His dreams and perseverance has gotten him very far as today, he is a 19-year-old superstar, who is recognized worldwide. 1 movie, 162 award nominations, 85 awards received, with a fan base consisting of over 39 million people. Yes, by now, I think you know who I’m am, or trying to, introduce. The one and only, Justin Drew Bieber. He was first discovered in 2009, with a fan base of a few hundred people. Over a period of four years, he has become one of the most popular celebrities in the world.

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To all my fellow beliebers, if you have not heard already, the startling speculations about Justin Bieber coming to Osaka for a concert are fortunately true. He is coming to perform in October of this year, it’s time to get really excited! Let’s all Pray that we get tickets to see our Baby, who has traveled All Around The World, and is finally arriving in Japan. Everything’s going to Be Alright, when we see him up on stage, all we are going to do is Catching Feelings, and we will Fall in love with him all over again.

Justin Bieber’s concerts are definitely one of the most inspiring, interactive, and intense concerts anyone can ever attend. Can you imagine what it’s it going to be like? Listening to his acoustic songs, watching his sexy dancing, and  having him actually talk to us! And when he looks into your eyes, it will probably make you feel like the most special girl in the world. That’s why going to his concert is worth it. Justin Bieber makes everyone feel beautiful, and extraordinary. With the new release of his remarkable new album, Believe, there is really no possible way this concert will not be a success. Undoubtably, it will be a perfect night.

As beliebers, we tend to hold a responsibility to please and support Justin. Accordingly, attending his concerts is the most exciting and memorable moments for us, as it is something we have wanted for so long. We have been in a hurry for him to arrive and have the privilege to see him. Being in the belieber community and not attending his concerts would  merely be a shame. Therefore, it would be in your best interest to come to his concert. It’s like a golden ticket, so rare and difficult to find. Justin Bieber had sold out Madison Square Garden in 30 seconds. And with this golden ticket, the possibilities are endless. Meet and greets and VIP backstage passes, it really does not get much better than that. Who knew that Justin Bieber would have been so successful? Don’t you want to be a part of that journey, like everyone else?

We all want a bright future, we all want a happy life, we all want perfect opportunities. The places we go, the people we meet, and the things we do are all components that will lead to shape us in to the people we will be years from now. Justin’s concert will lead us to have good vibes, our spirits high, happier than we’ve never been before. Also, I think we can all agree that we deserve a night of excitement after all the schoolwork we do during the week. Good company and good music and Justin Bieber. Success is inevitable. There’s nothing to lose! It’s a win- win situation. Give him a chance, cuz’ that’s all he needs girl.

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We have been “re-tweeting” his tweets, “liking” his posts Facebook and Instragram, and we will definitely continue to. We tweet him like maniacs, just hoping he will notice us. If you have a chance to meet him, why don’t you take it? I strongly urge you to buy Justin Bieber’s concerts tickets, it’s going to be a bieberlicious night! This may be a once in a lifetime opportunity, to attend his concert in Osaka, with your friends. In a year, or a few years, we are going to graduate, separate and begin a new chapter in college. Why not have an extremely memorable night, at his concert? I can surely keep this promise: you will not regret coming! He is one of the most influential people, donating to multiple charities from the money he makes off of sales. If you are low on money to spend, don’t have that extra skirt, or another pair of unnecessary jewelry. And again, this will be worth it! Who knows, you might have the honor to be the One Less Lonely Girl. Now, that’s a dream come true.

So, It’s time guys. It’s time to go out and buy your tickets. It’s time to starting Believe-ing. It’s time to start being a crazy fangirl belieber all over again. It’s time to spread love, and #nohate.

1 Justin Bieber, 1 arena, 1 night, 1,000 beliebers. Think about it.

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FOA TEASE

My further oral activity was to used to serve the purpose of advertising  a shampoo. We were assigned to make an advertisement, promoting our product. Our learning outcomes were: knowledge of how to use persuasive language for our audience, and how to write a body copy that goes in a print ad. I made sure I met these requirements with the hand-outs that were given to us in class. Looking on that information, it provided an easier understanding of how to write and design a print advertisement. I think the overall feeling of my advertisement was mostly feminine, since my shampoo was directed to woman. The overall feeling of my presentation was  straight-forward. I presented the techniques that I used, and I think (hope) it was done properly. I did fairly well on this assignment, yet I need to work on Criterion 3: Presentation. This is to show understanding of the way language is used to create meaning and how the style is used to particular effect in the text.  Overall, most of the other criterion are stable. Yet, knowledge and understanding, criterion A is another aspect I would like to improve. I chose this text since it had good techniques and I think it advertised the product efficiently. I discussed the grammar use of: use of adjectives, slogans, simple sentences, compound sentences, and minor sentences. Furthermore, I discussed the techniques: appeals to emotional needs, appeals to fears, excitement, repetition, and weasel words. I have learned how advertising requires certains words and techniques to seem appealing. Also, this was our first presentation of the year, so the practice is helpful for the coming years FOAs and IOCs.

 

RATIONALE: WHERE WORDS CAME FROM

This task explores the cultural aspects of English, and Part 1 of our curriculum. My Written Task was based on Bill Bryson’s book Mother Tongue, more specifically, Chapter 5: Where Words Came From. I completed this in a opinionated blog post. I used personal references, such as “I think”, and shared experiences and thoughts. To emphasize this, cultural connections to India’s influence on English, and English’s influence on India were made. Since this is a opinionated blog post, I also included humorous images, joking about the English language. Furthermore, I included hyperlink that I got some facts from. For example, when I gave the short list of English words borrowed from India, I hyperlinked the link to BBC, where the words were found, and to serve the reader with more information if they would like it.
The audience for this blog post, would definitely not be a professional figure, even though this post has interesting and knowledgeable information, it would not suit and fit in in a professional context. Preferably, the audience would be people who are interested in the English language, and how it has, and how it is effecting the world.

 

Learning Outcomes Topics(s) Course Selection Text Type of Task Title of the Task
1) To show an understanding of the importance of English to the World and in our daily lives.
2) To demonstrate the influence English has on foreign countries, vise versa.
3) To show an understanding of how English can be used to communicate ideas effectively with pu
rpose and meaning.
– The emergence of new vocabulary from the language group
– India to English connections
Part 1: Language in the cultural context Opinionated Blog Post “Where Words Come From”

 

References

Bryson, B. (2001). The mother tongue. New York, NY: HarperCollins.

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

Robert Frost

This poem consists of an Iambic Trimeter, except last tine, because the pattern can’t be sustained. The structure has a couplet, at the end of the lines. Sounds are important in this poem, with the precision of rhyme and rhythm. The poems meaning is that nothing good ever lasts forever. This is represented in the falling of the leaves, and the connection to time the author makes.

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SVN News Report Rationale

English Faux News Rationale

During this last week in Language & Literature, we have been creating a “false” news story and video, based on a documentary we watched in class “Faux Fox News.” Our groups story was about the overload of homework in the IB that causes heavy stress on Canadian Academy students. This story is true, but we have slightly twisted the story, and is biased towards the IB program and the teachers, portraying the students as being victims. This task required us to imitate many techniques Fox News used in our own news report. This task helped us understand how usual news reports are made, and the work that goes behind them, since we were doing almost the exact thing. Also, we noticed how news reports can be really biased, since they usually only show one side of the story, and it depends on the news station on what side they take on. General news reports are viewed by audiences that are interested in current events, and keep up with news stories. In this specific episode, since it is related to the school community, students and teachers will view this report.

Learning Outcomes Topics(s) Course Selection Text Type of Task Title of the Task
1) To show an understanding of techniques used by news organizations to create bias.
2) To show an understanding of the representation of bias in the media particularly that examined in the documentary Outfoxed.
3) To show an understanding of how language can be used to create bias or construct different versions of reality.
Representation in the Media Part 2: Language & Mass Communication News Report “Students Voice News”

Manipulation in the Media

Manipulation in the Media

A shooting occurred in Oak Creek, Wisconsin at a Sikh Temple, on Sunday August 5th. In this Sikh temple, were almost 500 people who had come together to pray, and this figure included children. During the firing, people had scrambled to tiny places, bathrooms, and prayer halls to make phone calls and send out texts, desperately calling for help. Once the first policemen had entered the temple, the gunman shot him multiple times, but the second officer that arrived, fired back immediately, resulting in the death of the gunman. The FBI had reached the premicise to investigate shortly afterward. The event had left 7 people killed. BBC, The New York Times, and Fox News had both similar but different ways by using different techniques and word choice to cover this news story.

Each one of the three news sources has a unique way of covering the story, using different ways of making the article flow, and length of sentences and paragraphs, the use of quotes, and the particular aspect that is more focused and explained. BBC, is a newspaper from the United Kingdom, whereas The New York Times and Fox News are orginally from the United States of America. Since this event occurred in the United States, the two newspapers have a different tone than BBC, and a slight bias is visible.

Each of the newspapers has a contrasting way of making the article flow, in terms of subtitles, sentences and paragraphs. BBC was the only one out of the three sources that used subtitles, and it was evidence there was bias. The subtitles included, “Terrorist-type incident”, “Shot in face”, and “Insanity”. Similar to the sentences and paragraphs in this source, the subtitles are also short and choppy. The word such as ‘Insanity’ implies how the whole incident that happened in the United States was weird. The paragraph were composed for two sentences maximum, and most of them were just one sentences. It was signifcantly shorter than the US sources. The New York Times had full paragraphs, giving the most information and detail, explaining the families background and the circumstances they were in during the firing.

All three sources mentions statements from the President, and sending his condolences and expressing his feelings towards this tragic event. The source BBC mentioned and quoted Obama’s words at the very end of the article, while the other two had placed in the more middle area of the article. “”Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who were killed and wounded,” he said in statement released by the White House.” The New York Times had quoted both Barak Obama and Mitt Romney, unlike BBC and Fox News. In fact, The New York Times had more to say about Romney than they had about Obama.

The US sources, The New York Times and Fox News’s articles sent out more of a feeling of safety then BBC news had. The US sources had depth, and explained the arrival of the FBI, bomb squad and police forces. This was to reassure the readers of the safety and reliabilty of their nation. On the opposite side, BBC had started the first sentence of the article stating that the attacker had shot the first policemen. This causes unrest, a sense of danger and craziness. Also, there was a use of images in all off the three articles. BBC had included 2 large images, one in the very beginnging, showing three worried women, and later a on, a man wiping away his tears. The way the images were formatted draws attention, and creates emotion along with the text. Fox News news does not have any images included, however there is an informative video at the very start. The New York Times has a image of Sikh followers lighting candles at the top of the article, and also has included a few quite small pictures on the sides, drawing no attention to the reader.

All different news sources have their own unique way of covering a news story, depending on their place around the world, and what message they want to send out. From a readers perspective, I felt that BBC was trying to leave the readers in shock and giving a dangerous feeling about the US, which is not nessacerily true. Fox News and The New York Times had a soothing tone to their writing, giving enough detail about the police forces and the FBI to make the people feel secure. Many had felt this event was directed to show the discrimination towards the religion and people living in Oak Creek, and people think they are muslim. In todays world, incidents such as thing are unfortunately becoming more and more frequent. The state representative told CNN: “Unfortunately, when this type of stuff hits your area, you say to yourself, ‘why?’ But in today’s society, I don’t think there’s any place that’s free from idiots.”

Rationale:

This news story is the shooting in a Sikh Temple that took place in Wisconson. I followed a variety of medium, and eventually narrowed it down to BBC, Fox News, and The New York Times. I chose to use these to have a range from different places. I think the way my paragraphs were organized were well, but I think the flow, first and last sentences could be stronger. I tried to use both simple, longer, and more compound sentences. Also, the tone was kept informative too, but I tried to portray my interest and insight into the blog entry. I found looking at the bias and different techniques very enjoyable. Literary elements weren’t used, since I couldn’t find any examples in the three texts. For example, finding similies and metaphors in crime articles uncommon than finding them in articles regarding politics. This blog entry’s purpose of this assignment was to analyze how different how different sources can convey their message in different ways. This connects back to how the media represents themselves, and textual bias. This blog entry explores represention in the media, and adresses independence, expressing our own point of view and opinion. My audience is a range of people who are critical thinkers, interesting in world events and the media.

How to Write About India

Rationale:

In this pastiche of How to Write About Africa, I had chosen to write about India. Some of the stereotypes that exist are:

– every Indian has a strong accent while speaking english

– local Indians are poor

– India is a dirty country

– we speak ‘Indian’ as a language

– we eat with our hands

– we have weird religious activities

My pastiche consisted of simple, compound and complex sentences. I mainly tried to follow the paragraph order in the original piece, but towards the body paragraphs as the stereotypes became different, it became original. But, I have short and concise paragraphs as well as long and more detailed paragraphs. I did not use personification, much repetition, any similes or metaphors. I did remember to use imagery and capitalization.

I kept the tone informal by using the words “you” and “your”. For example, in my text, I used, “You would want to…”. The purpose of this pastiche for me was to really understand and outline the stereotypes, and to write the pastiche in the same way the original was written, to make the stereotypes seem wrong. The purpose was to entertain, and it was made satirical. The genre is a pastiche, as I tried to imitate the exact tone and language the How to Write About Africa used.

How to Write About India                                    

Always used the word ‘India’ or ‘Over- Populated’ or ‘Spicy Food’ in your title. Subtitles may include the words ‘Hindu’, ‘Sindhi’, Punjabi’, Gujarati’, ‘Taj Mahal’, ‘Cricket’, ‘Indian Curry’, ‘Pollution’, ‘Religious’, ‘Proud and Large Grandmothers’, ‘Heavy Accents’, ‘Greedy’, ’Pungent Areas & People’, or ‘Roadside Beggars’. Also useful words such as ‘Poverty’, ‘Strayed Animals’, and ‘Contaminated Roads and Air’. Note that “Indian” means any brown-skinned person.

Never have a picture of a well groomed Indian on the front cover of your book. You would rather use a picture of poor Indian children that are hardly dressed, looking like they haven’t taken a shower in months while they are knocking on car doors, with a can in their hands, asking for money.

Describe India’s landscape as if it the view was filled with small villages and millions of people crowded everywhere; leaving there hardly any space to move. Describe the traffic like it only moved maybe one to two meters a minute, and there are no lanes, cars are everywhere. You’re going to want to mention that the sky looks beige in result from all the pollution, and don’t forget the garbage on the ground, but we’ll get to that later on.

Remember to share the weird political things that happen. One example could be Ram Dev, a very well known spiritual leader and teacher of yoga. Ram Dev publicised his will of abolishing corruption but putting on a hunger strike that caused a huge internal problem within societies. Make sure that your readers understand how attention minded most of the Indians are. Remember that the government is greedy, selfish, and leaves the countries’ citizens absolutely nothing.

In your text, you’re going to want to show the ridiculously vast amount of religious which are followed with dedication. Tell them how it is weird that they wash their statues of the God with milk, and how they present food and sweets in front of it before praying – which they do everyday. Along with that, a lady or man in the temple will visit every person that has attended, and will place a huge red dot with her finger, on their foreheads. Don’t forget that not only do they strictly not eat meat on certain days, but they strictly lay of off beef! Cows are considered The Mother, and Holy in India, for providing milk. You’re never going to want to mention the rebels, who actually are complete meat eaters.

Explain to them how hard it is to understand the Indian peoples’ english, since they all have the strongest accent, and the weirdest expressions. For something that is dirty, they say “chi”, if something is wrong, their way of saying ‘oh no’ is: ‘ai yai’, ‘oh ho’, ‘ai bapare’, ‘oi yo’, and the list goes on. Their v’s turn into w’s, turning ‘vegetables’ into ‘wegetables’. Make sure your reader understands their way of communicating in english. Also, express that the only language that over 1 billion people, and 28 states, is ‘Indian’, because your readers doesn’t care that there are 22 official languages spoken, but over 1000 unofficial languages.

Describing the way Indian people eat their meals is a very important part of how you should write about India. All the Indians are so poor, a large sum of them have to beg for money on the roads and sidewalks. Because of this, they have no money, and still do not know how to use proper utensils that are used when eating a meal. A spoon or fork have no relevance to them, since their hands work just fine. They pick up their rice and gravy with their hands and delivers it to their mouths, leaving the gravy rolling down their arms. After their meal is finished, describe how they lick their fingers to clean their hands. Perfect, now that’s how every Indian eats.

Now, talk about the dirt and garbage on the roads. There are no cemented roads, everything is basically sand and mud. Describe the awful smell that arises from the ground. There are dead dogs and cats spread out everywhere, attracting all sorts of strange insects. There are wrappers, cigarettes, bottles, clothes, shoes, hay and other random plants – and just a whole bunch of sand and mud.

In your book, you’re going to want to include extremely skinny, poor little children, who can’t get an education, but are roaming the roads begging for money. Along with that, another character should be an extremely rich, greedy family who refuse to share even a few Rupees of their wealth with the children.

End with an image of yourself –  an all accepting journalist, smiling and being kind, and giving out little change to all the beggars. You’re going to be very social and loving to the people but also to the country. Show yourself as you have embraced the culture fully. Why? – Because you love India.