To evaluate the process of building an empire, the peak of it must be known. According to my knowledge, the peak of Spain and the peak of Ottoman are very close.
For Spain, I would consider the peak as the time when it holds as much power as Portugal, due to the fact that the two empires both profited in the sea discovery period. So I would say the time around the publish of the Treaty of Tordesillas is the peak of Spain.
For Ottoman, I consider the time when Ottoman destroys the Constantinople as the peak, because I believe it could be a sign that the Ottoman empire finished expanding the lands and starts to work on the trades and social policies overland.
Considering the peak of both Spanish and Ottoman empire are in the same period(1450-1500), it would be easier to analyze the differences in the progress of building their empires.
Firstly, the strategy of oversea trading is very different, as to Spain, they are more focusing on taking over the lands and transforming them into colonies, so socially and culturally speaking, Spain has set up deep culture influences on its colonies. But Ottoman is different, due to the geographical difference, Ottoman was able to maintain both trades in the west(sea) and east(land). So according to the name “Sea Empire” people gave to Spain, I would say that Ottoman could be more of a Sea and Land Empire.
Secondly, for cultural differences, the religion of Spain empire is simple, and the church owns the absolute righteousness as the spiritual leader, but Ottoman is diverse, it provides multiple religions for the citizens.
The Millet system in Ottoman is an evidence for its development of diverse culture. It protects the rights of the non-Muslim community and offers citizen their equality. As for the non-Muslim population, government taxes and jobs is the price to pay. The relationship between to Muslims and non-Muslims were similar to the relationship between the center China and the other autonomous regions in China right now; China provides the jobs and schools for the young, it is efficient in easing the contradiction between religion and national class and also conducive to social and economic development.
Many say that the strange environments around us are harmful and unknown, but the quote does not only suit the physical world, online environments could be the same too. As technology develops, electronic devices now offer numerous ways of sharing people’s information, despite the limitations in the physical world, e.g. distance, gaps between populations, and so on.
But as people are getting addicted to the online environment, a potential crisis slowly appears. The builders do not have the promise for the safety of online tools, causing people unaware of the risks of posting personal information. The circumstances are usually more serious in the teen population.
With that being said, the goal of this report is to combine my previous ppt report with new academic learning and research results together as a report paper, on the topic Posting Behaviors & Potential Risk.
Potential risks – People posting with high potential risks.
69% of teens regular receive personal messages online from strangers
64% of teens post photos or videos of themselves while more than half (58%) post info about where they live
Females being the majority of posting personal photos or videos of themselves(70% vs 58%)
Incidents of online harassments is higher(23%) among 16 and 17 year olds, while girls are more likely to get harassed than boys (21% vs 17%)
According to the data in d2l.org, female posters are facing more potential risks online, especially during the age between 16-17. In this report, I will be focusing on female users’ psychological and biological characteristics and social impact on both macro and micro scale.
Why should it be fixed?
Exposing yourself online is thrilling but unknown, as people’s social environment develops, we sometimes will trapped in one place, seek for the outside and more comfortable social zones.
There are two main reasoning why should we consider it a problem: The first is mentioned before, unknown risks online and the worries of the parents, since some of them weren’t able to use online tools smoothly. The second point is online harassment. Females are being the most likely victims and the online environment cannot promise the total safety of any user.
In order to profile the poster, I will use a classical figure that can represent the female poster population: Zoniel, a 17-years old high school girl with a well-shaped body. She is quite popular at school, affluent confident; according to herself, she can date whoever she wants. Recently she finds social media very entertaining and she gets a lot of appreciation online.
I used the example of Zoniel because I assume she has the most common characteristics every poster might possess; She is very confident about herself and knows exactly what she could gain by using social media. These are just two simple conditions for the subject of this paper. The first one is the requirements for receiving, and the second one ensures the progress.
Mental stage analysis
To locate the characteristics, I believe the psychological stage of mind should be located first, so I combined Erik Erikson’s Psychosocial Development Stages with Maslow’s Development Theory together to locate the mental stage of Zoniel and other posters like her.
As the Zeniel achieves Love/Belonging stage, she’s bound to seek the higher stages, which is the Esteem stage, where she’ll be longing to be respected and recognized by others. By posting selfies and pictures online, she can procure considerable ‘likes’ and ‘subscribes’ from strangers, which will fulfill her confidence needs.
Identity and role confusion
She was located in the Esteem stage, where the appropriate age is 13-21 years old. According to Maslow, that is when Zoniel will develop her self-esteem, confidence, and gain achievement and respect.
The fifth stage of Erik Erikson’s theory of psychosocial development is identity vs. role confusion, and it occurs during adolescence, from about 12-18 years. “As they transition from childhood to adulthood, teens may begin to feel confused or insecure about themselves and how they fit into society.”(Kendra Cherry, 2019). Teens like Zoniel at this age will develop cognition toward themselves, the most significant transition change is the change from self-picturing to identity. In the stage of self-picturing, the children can easily describe themselves on the level of simple characteristics, for example, “I am tall, my skin is yellow, I am bigger than my little brother”, etc. But when they developed self-identity, teenagers could be able to tell their personality characteristics and mental qualities. As it been said, Zoniel, who is 17, already owns the ability. “A result of this growing complexity of self and other description is that children start to view themselves as more or less capable within different domains of accomplishment. Their self-esteem – reflecting their feelings of personal worthiness” (Angela Oswalt Morelli). So self-identity plays an essential role in the case of Zoniel.
Ecological factors that affect the growth path and behavior pattern
Ecological and macro impact
On a macro scale, society and cultural impacts are included in the “Ecology” around us. There are two main social factors under the topic: the Media and Social influences.
The mass media, including all kinds of media, is the place where people are incentivized to post something distinctive and captivating.
Mass Media: need and reward
Mass media is an efficient tool we use to cooperate with each other, it runs itself by benefiting the user and the supplier companies, the online environment secures the information safety of the users and helps to transfer their information so that they could spread widely.
When we are using social media platforms, we tend to believe that they are built to serve us, we sacrifice our precious time on it and it returns us good feelings and a sense of enjoyment. But apart from normal users, posters like Zoniel thinks differently; she would choose the best online platform, the most welcomed fans and viewers that might like her, and finally, she will post what’s considered her best onto the platform.
Above is an example of the reward from social media, top-rating pictures and posters will have the chance of receiving more highlights.
For ordinary users of the internet, the media doesn’t need anything from us, and we seem did not give anything back; but the posters are having a reinforcing relationship with the media: the media rely on the posters to gain more users and highlights, meanwhile the reward(views and likes) was given to the posters. Thus, the posters like Zoniel are serving the media which “serves” us, and they cannot be able to get what they want without the mass media.
Main Stream and Cultural Norm
Cultural Norms are the shared expectations and rules from the people, it “inform members of a culture about accepted and expected behaviors.”(Myers 777). The realistic version of social norm is the so-called “Main Stream”. The main steam requires people to fit in the crowd, whether in the Aesthetic level, the value of things, or even reactions to the same thing. The concept of the mainstream is huge but it also can be small and constantly changing. When finding yourself in a group where people share the same expectations and values of things, you will feel more welcomed and accepted. And that is the mindset of the media builders – creating a mainstream figure and make most people buy it.
Conformity is the “act of adjusting our behavior or thinking to coincide with a group standard”(Myers 763). According to Wikipedia, it makes individuals match their behaviors to group norms, politics, or being like-minded. Long story short, conformity influences the formation and maintenance of social norms and helps societies function smoothly and predictably due to the self-elimination of behaviors.
Act of conformity in Zoniel’s case
In the case of Zoniel, conformity is less obvious than the Cultural norm above, because social conformity can be anywhere and it is extremely common on the internet.
If you go to social media or short video platforms, you will see the waves of certain types of video/picture that has gone “viral”, which means that most of the people at that time likes it. And after the first post goes viral, the posters want to follow the style and produce the same kind of video, which in Chinese is 跟风&合拍. With the loving of the crowd, the posters could soon gain more followers and likes. In China, the fashion waves were mostly about clothes-changing and slow-motion(变装&慢动作), it benefits the most because the videos manifest the best part of the poster, it could be their beauty, their make-up skills or clothes.
To Zoniel, conformity is daily life, because, to gain views, her posts should fit the value of the viewers, which is the aesthetics of the majority.
Individual and micro impact
On the micro-scale, I am focusing on personal decision making and inner-personal diagnosis, for example, decision bias and neurotransmitters. The goal is to demonstrate my interpretation of Zoniel’s motivation and the rationality of common posters like her.
Opponent-Process theory of emotion: Motivation Analysis
According to opponent-process theory, when we experience an emotion, an opposing emotion will counter the first emotion, lessening the experience of that emotion. When we experience the first emotion on repeated occasions, the opposing emotion becomes stronger and the first emotion becomes weaker, leading to an even weaker experience of the first emotion. (McGraw-Hill 343)
The theory was mostly used on more explicit things at first, such as drug users and sports. Because they were the easiest to study on. But as more and more cases appear near our daily lives, looking back, this theory does suit the case of Zoniel.
The “a” and “b” processes are consequently and temporarily linked but were believed to depend on different neurobiological mechanisms
The primary emotions have remained constant because getting fans is always a thrilling process. However, as time goes by, the stimuli will diminish, which represents the decrease in experienced emotions.
As in the case of Zoniel, more fan is basically the Stimulus for future action. Likes and followers represent the things that brought Primary emotion(blue line), which is a sense of happiness and fulfillment of narcissism. The line in red is the Opponent emotion, it intersects with the primary emotion and brings it down a little bit, the progress of this is called opponent-processing. And finally, the Green line is the emotion we actually experience, it is the result of the counteraction between primary and opponent emotions.
Let’s use the progressing of a post from Zoniel as an example: After she posts on the internet for the first time, due to her unique, beautiful face and outstanding body, she shall gain likes from people she hasn’t met. She feels strong happiness at first which is the positive primary emotion, but she did not receive any obvious sense of upsetness or negative opponent emotion in any kind. According to my assumption, this happens because the subject hasn’t done a similar thing/experience before, due to the fact that the process is a learning process, one cannot experience the same thing she/he experienced after multiple times.
So according to the theory, once she began to post on a more daily scale, the primary emotion she receives will be less and less astonishing. From my perspective, when I see the likes and comments from a famous or somehow famous poster, most of the likes were from the fans, media users that have already subscribed the poster before. And if I put myself in the poster’s place, I wouldn’t feel surprised much. So according to the image above, after a certain time, the poster’s experienced emotion(green line) will not be as high as the first post. It is shown widely in China, the online video posters’ most wanted thing is the increase of fans, the real examples can be found on platforms like Tiktok and Instagram. Because they knew that remaining the old fans is not as practical as rasing amount of new fans. When Zoniel accepts the fact that she could gain 100 fans in 2 days, gaining only 5 fans the next day sounds not enough, so the circle went on…
Summary-Causes and Effects
This is a very simple loop drawn by me and my partner Johnson Chi.
The stimuli are the likes and subscribe from the viewers, they motivate and incentivize the poster to be more active due to the belief that “the more you post, the more likes you gain.” So as the posts were posted, sometimes there are opponent emotions, but the overall process is reinforcing. Self-confidence grows and people get addicted deeper.
To demonstrate the loop, please click on the image above.
Conclusion and solution
How can Zoniel’s case manifest the problem of all posters and what are the limitations?
I personally think that Zoniel is located as the posters who would use their face or body for a living, because the mainstream includes too many ways to get viral, for example, people could be comedians in order to get likes, people could do kind things and shoot videos about it to get hot. Zoniel only represents part of the poster population.
1. Spreading the ideas of immediate attention procurement and the longevity popularity
Although according to the social mainstream, there are a tremendous amount of new streams of videos for the posters to follow, people will essentially get tired of the poster, which is known as Aesthetic Fatigue. At the time when most followers got tired, it is hard for the poster to maintain the viewers as usual again. So Johnson and I offer the suggestion of “Looking further”.
For example, the famous guy in 抖音(Chinese Tiktok), 梅尼耶, has successfully transformed himself from a model-poster to an actor. Around the first half-year in 2020, the style of his videos was mostly about close changing and slo-mo, but he and his crew managed to transform him into the protagonist of short scary videos, such as a normal but suspicious guy from the neighborhood, finding a serial killer living by his house, stuff like that. Soon his views turned from 10w to 100-300w…
This is the first way we assume the poster can do, looking a bit further can help the poster from getting more and more addicted to sharing personal things.
2. Incentivize people to re-deliberate on their exploitation of endowed capitals and the continuous self-investments that are prone to facilitate durable successes.
This solution is more efficient at solving problems like these. By “Self-investing” we believe that the poster could be healthier, all things considered.
For people addicted to self-posting, I think telling them that long-term success is much valuable than short-term success is extremely important. Because according my teammate Johnson, no one can be young forever, and time is inevitable.
Some specific things to do:
Set some goals that you want to complete before you die
Acknowledge the position and importance of social media for you
Make a list of what do you want the people to know about you and what do you wish not.
Myers, D.G. (2011). Myers Psychology for AP. Worth Publishers.
McGraw-Hill Education. (2019). 5 Steps to a 5: AP Psychology 2020. CodeMantra.
Although an enormous amount of African women are brought here by their husbands to start a new life, but due to the fact that most of the Africans in China has high mobility, they attend to move around so the number of Africans who take their wife together is decreasing.
An article about racial discrimination and identity acknowledgement.
Intro-My experience over summer vac
“Don’t feel hollow” is something I have been holding up lately, especially during holidays and weekends. But getting my working life together isn’t always an easy job. In the history of ancient China, there are always sayings like-“一张一弛”, means to learn to lay low and slower your life, also to make it extreme active under certain condition/environment. For now, the right move is to transform from the first mode to the second, but I felt something troubling me on taking actions.
In order to not get over-emo, I decide to at least offer a paper to myself to cover the learning and growth in this summer, in other words, to get me busy for a while.
The project of ZNW is quite adorable and worth talking about. Because I got a great amount of data and information about the realness of Africans in China, and the difference between Africans described by internet users and citizens in Guangzhou is also well-discovered. Btw also gained a girlfriend on the way which is cool tho.
Those are the explanation on the existence of this paper- “Final personal essay on Africans in China”
Openness of Traditional Culture
How Have We Been Told | Actions of Defensing one’s Culture
As I believe, the Chinese nationality isn’t always open to all foreign nations and cultures, even though China is already formed by several “outsiders” for decades, e.g. the Mongolians in the Yuan dynasty, the Manchus in Qing dynasty.
China ends up admitting the very existence of the minority nationality who call themselves Chinese, and the entire nation gets to play along while avoiding the conflicts back in the past.
After all we have been through, the value of nationality in China is quite united now, for the history behind, we rather call it “The history of blood and tears” and everyone is aware of “铭记历史”, to memorize the dark side of the past and keep on the work of “Revitalizing China”.
With that been said, our attitudes toward the outsiders are still on a certain level of vigilant, particularly when it comes to the Japanese and the westerners.
The Chinese don’t need citizenship to be the element of internal cohesion at all. Instead, China’s fundamental level of society is covered by blood relationship, or “Family kinship”.
The image above shows the structure of the Chinese family kinship, the central person usually has the biggest influential power and popularity, but the branches of a big family also indicate the openness of society.
Speak of the blood relationship in China, the complexity of the Chinese family should also be mentioned.
People of China cares about their family blood throughout generations, in China they call it “一脉相传”, but the branches of a big family is not linear, more like a net-like diagram.
Family-Country Governing: 家国同构
This is the extended form of the great family blood system. The original beginning is that the purest relationship has been enlarged into a national governance structure, it causes the bond that unites people’s relationship evolves from blood relationship to various kinds of “sub-blood relationship”, e.g. people gets closer when they realized that they are related in ways like comrades, compatriots, even schoolmates.
The modernization in China took place here as well, which transform the old family-country governing system(higher governance controlled by families of royalty), into the new sub-blood relationship system.
Now, the new sub-blood relationship system/network is what troubles the foreigners, because they will be confused after experiencing this network of the Chinese people.
Another factor in the traditional culture that troubles the foreigners is the morality stand inside Chinese people’s heart:
The translation of this text is “If the wild tribes(around mainland) come to China, they should act like Chinese, vice versa.”
In my opinion, the fundamental tradition of Chinese culture has already been constructed long ago, more details will be revealed in the later argument.
Old sayings like these exist in all kinds of dynasties throughout history, therefore I would consider it as one of the traditional creeds belong to our culture.
Defending the soil-Wakening of national sense of honor
Why can China have this strong sense of organization and internal identity acknowledgment, and even can be able to recover from its collapse to build itself all over again?
China has particularly two main threats from its land, which help to form the national sense of honor we have now, which is the key to this article.
The flooding of the Yellow River in the central plain
Every ancient civilization has its mother river, but the Yellow River in China is too unpredictable and dangerous, to manage it, the government has to organize and command the manpower and resources in a relatively large area. So the system of defending the land from the river exists way-long times before.
The security threat from the Northern nomadic people
When encountering natural changes, the northern nomadic people got no choices but to go south and snatch up on the resources from the central plain. And to dispose of those safety threats, our ancestors built the concept of “华夏” which means the center of China, to make the Chinese at that point feel stronger together, and so the idea of our nationality was planted.
Still, a huge lifestyle gap exists between the two nations, the nomads were born as fighters on the grassland, their individual tactics are strong enough to support themselves even if they are alone in the plain, the form of producing and battling are very much alike, for example, they sleep under their yurts and can survive days drinking horse milk, etc. In sum, the national mobility of the nomads is high.
As for the Chinese from the middle plains, the event of King You of Zhou dynasty indicates that the Chinese(the middle plain people) has already finished building a defense system at that time, also known as the Great Wall. However, we are a sedentary crop-growing nation, if we are required to march on to war, it would be impossible to win without the great capability of the organization, but great fighting capacity still demands organizing the soldiers and equipment, transporting the provisions and back-up, etc, it is a gigantic amount of work.
Many national heroes were made in war, such as general Yue Fei who fights the Jin army(Manchus), or general Li Guang who helps emperor Wen in Han strengthen the capacity of China. The classic sentence: “但使龙城飞将在，不教胡马度阴山” represents our attitude to the Huns/Manchus.
All in all, the national collective pride of the Chinese obviously exists for a long time, and the main reason why China was formed together from different “nations/kingdoms” rather than scattering into small separated countries like Europe, is because that people in China put more value into our national identity than world citizenship and global awareness.
Invasion of Traditional Culture
Diversity of Chinese and African Culture | Actions of Invading
Exclusiveness of Traditional Culture
Attitudes Toward Old Culture and New | Discrimination
New Wave of Cultural Values in China
How the Social Media Inspires the Young | Generalization of Entertainment Service
Environment of African-Chinese’s living
How the Cantonese think of the Africans | How are their lives
Language barriers and stereotypes: Africans as foreigners
China doesn’t have that much of immigrants in other province than Guangzhou, but that also makes Guangzhou one of the few safe houses in China. Which means the comments from outside Guangzhou is different to what the Cantonese think.
During the Covid-19 period of time, almost every africans have suffered from “inefficient health supports” in China
My artifact is the reviewing project of MATH1001 in 2020, it is a project composed of three assignments.
The competencies I will defense on is “Learning How to Learn”.
As I said, this is a reviewing project, we separate it into three part to review what we have learned in MATH1001 in this year.
The first part is the Math video, it is a video made by me only, it’s about “Vector” in the field of math.
The second part is a mind map about Coordinate Geometry, it meant to shows my understanding of it and my limitation of the definitions and concepts about it.
The third one is a class designed by me and my members: Vans, Coco, Steven and Yang; the topic is about introduction of functions(linear function). This assignment is after the previous one, this whole assignment has been for a week.
This is a collection of three reviewing assignments, and they are finished now.
For me, this has been a helpful exercise especially when I have to explain about concepts I learned before, and my crew workers are very helpful too. The skills and knowledge I applied in the whole project is about connection what I learned to how I teach/demonstrate to other, also changing my language of understanding into the language people would undertand.
The mind map took me a lot of time, I spend 2-3days separately to work on this graph, I go back to all the assignments and key concepts and then sort them into several topics and put the concept, description and illustration together in one topic.
But the result turns out well, and seems like I used my time correctly. Because I found out I am the one who has the highest score in this mind map.
The video goes quite fluent and also is the self-designed class.
We have several outputs from the class:
A note about the key knowledge we talked about on class
An assignment of exercises about our teaching
A collaboration note about how we collaborate during and before the class
In this part I will use the rubrics of “Learning How to Learn” to have an assessment about my role.
Identify barriers to success
This part can be shown in the class we taught, in the ppt the first thing we do is to find if we have any barriers both for us and other learner while understanding the concepts.
Also it is reflected in the collaboration note-we understand what kind of knowledge/skill we are lack of in the class so that we can divide the work wisely.
Note-taking and note transferring
This is about how we take the note and how we use our personal notes before and during the class.
This part can be shown in my personal math video, I talked about the practical ways of using the concept I mentioned about-Vectors, also me and my teammates has use another page in the ppt talking about how is functions practical in our daily life and how to express an function in the environment of daily life.
Active collection and production of feedback
For the mind map part, I asked my classmate Peter for his feedbacks and also in the self-designed class me and team asked about Ryan’s feedback on the first draft of the class. The progress was in a voice call, but you can find the updated draft in the collaborating shimo.
These above is about the content according to the rubrics of “Learning How to Learn”
Keep, Stop, Start
Keep taking what I have learned into real life, keep updating the mind map once I have learned new things.
Stop not taking collaborating notes about what the team says, take more note than what the team decides, also try to memorize what the team and the feedback person said.
Take more collaborating notes and talk with more people about their feedbacks and try to distinguish constructive feedbacks from non constructive ones.
My artifact is the final outcome of the third unit of the course “System Thinking” in 2020.
The competencies I will defense on is “System Thinking” and “Critical Thinking”.
In this unit, we were supposed to look at our IP projects using system thinking skills with 2 perspectives: using both “Project track” and “Problem track” to see the inner and outer issues and unsolved problems, and finally come up with an article of our description and solution for the problem.
My teammates are Henry and Steve, we are from the same IP project and we are facing its problem together. We spend 5 weeks on finishing both the tracks and preparing of a class presentation, and finally finish the individual article in the last week.
In my article, I used mostly the Problem track analysis, which includes our cognition towards the problem; the description of the problem; archetypes of mental model; first and final draft of the CLD; delays and behavior over time; leverage actions and finally a solution.
The key question of the article is about the fact of lowering of goals in the project: every once a while we found our essential goal/achievement of the project to be seem far away, and sometimes when we had online meetings we often come up with new goals, but the new goal will always get reduced by the content of the meeting and the situation of the project.
In order to fix the problem, I start from clarifying it from inside the project. We started from the mental models and drawing a basic structure of it.
The titles are here:
The main knowledge and skills I applied are basically system thinking skills and the tools that teachers taught to us in the course. If I have a clear understanding of the tools and graphings in the course, I can be able to deal with all the problems systematically and critically in the future.
I listed some skills and knowledge I took away from the unit.
Interdependencies of elements
The relationship between two or more factors and the +&- effect within a relationship.
The progress of a cause and the delay between elements.
Change Over Time
The effect and events over time both before and after the solution.
Assuming the effects of action taken and which factor can be influenced.
Presuming long-term and short-term results and consequences through out different time.
As what I have said, system thinking is the most improved competency in the course, also I find the competency of Critical thinking quite suitable for the course too, so I will try to illustrate the progress of the project using rubrics of Critical thinking.
Information and Discovery
For this part can be seen as part of the problem description and proceeding of information.
I often see this part as “framing the problem”, to classify where I can get the information and the limit of the problem.
E.g in the article I listed some main information where I can go further to the next step:
-What are our goals in Checkpoint1, Checkpoint2 and Checkpoint3?
-How to evaluate our abilities among the competitors?
-Who often decides if we are lowering or not lowering the goal?
Analysis and Interpretation
In this part, we started from the belief and mental model inside the IP project.
So we did 1v1s with the IP members about the question “What are our opinions and beliefs?”
After that, we put the answers and feedbacks together and list the relationships between key information and elements.
So the output for this stage is the CLD
In my understanding, this part is about the part where we draw our ideal scenario according to the ideal solution, the leverage action and the trends-behavior&event over time.
In this part, we also considered about the delay in the previous CLD, because the delay also represents the efficiency of applying our actions.
Another thing we did here is to assume the effects of the leverage actions which will be mentioned soon
Problem Solving/Solution Finding
The topic in here is the Leverage actions and Consequences.
After we finish the leverage actions, we did another 1v1 chat with our IP members about how they think of the actions we will took, and what kind of consequences do they assume will happen.
And after that we finished iterating the final version and I finished writing the individual article.
Keep, Stop, Start
I would say that this is a practical tool to use, applying what we learn into real problems around us is the speciality of this unit when I face problems like these.
I used to believe in my own way of explaining problems and fixing problems, which makes me somehow closed to new methods of solving problems (but I am kind of an open-minded person now though). So I would say stop being a closed person to new tools.
Start using systematic thinking and it’s tools to understand and solve problems.
The name of my artifact is “philab”, it is a personal website I build on wordpress.com, the main content is my articles about philosophy and literature throughout my two years in moonshot-MSA.
The competencies I will defense on is “Digital Mindset” and “Culture Understanding”.
The first innovative idea of this webpage is in last year, to be specific, the second semester of Moonshot. I was leading the final output of the Western Philosophy course, which is to build an official website for the entire class to put their articles written in that semester in it. Since I am the technical builder of the website, I am attracted to the way of presenting all our masterpieces in a customized website.
Later on, in several college counseling activities, Nancy and Jessie mentioned about the importance of having a gallery for our personal works through out high school, and I believe having a document or a gallery of my articles in the topic I am interested in is very important, and it can also show me my academical growth.
So the progress was like this:
–First, I put all my articles about philosophy that I wrote before in a folder, and made the requirement clear: The articles about philosophy and literature written in English goes into the folder.
–Second, I go into the course files e.g. English class folder&Psychology class folder, and find the articles I have in this semester which are mainly about history, philosophy, self awareness and literature.
After that I will go find materials in other formats, e.g. mind maps and biographies, and put them in special places of the website.
–Third, I will repeat that over again once a semester or summer/winter vacation
In this project, I mostly applied my skills of creating the website(Because I haven’t created any website with this costume format before), also do I applied my understanding of different cultures and world views when writing the articles for the website.
So the proceeding is divided into two parts: Writing my articles and Classifying them to put them into appropriate places.
What you have learned while making this website?
Mostly about skills of using online tool like this I guess, also I practiced understanding of different culture in the writing of it.
In the website, I classified all the articles into these topics.
[Basic articles]-Articles with certain statements
[Biographies]-Stories of philosophers written by me
[Literature writings]-Articles come from literature classes and english classes
[Mind maps]-Mind maps I drew to clarify philosopher’s concepts or himself.
Which competencies you have improved? How?
The two main competencies I will defense on is “Digital mindset” and “Culture understanding”; the first one is about my skills on building the website and it’s format, the other one is about the content and other stuffs I put in.
-Determining the cause of the fault
I met some problems when I start this website at March, I cannot find better themes to present my works in a better and prettier way, and also can’t I determine where to visualize my topics according to my articles.
So I go back to another website(my.moonshotacademy.cn/the-fakers/), the website me and my classmates in western philosophy class build last year, to see if I can get where to chose a good theme.
It turns out that I was wrong and the button for “Theme” was right beside the editing page, so I changed to a better theme where I can put picture on the link of my article and that solved the two problems above together.
And then I set the standard of articles to pick them in, the details are in the intro part. After that I begin to put different articles into different topics.
Except for the articles I wrote on class, there are also half of them were written by myself in daily time. For example the article “Compatibilism” was written from the end of last summer vacation to the beginning of last semester, and revised in this semester again; it is about my understanding of the flaws in Freewill theory and Determinism theory, and how the environment suits people’s mindset to keep them believing in either one of another. I used the view of Compatibilism to try to put an end on the arguing and explain why Compatibilism is the most practical way in life then the other two.
And interesting case I used in the article is about a bank robber, who one day walks into a bank “accidentally” and later getting caught by the police. When he was in court people finds themselves debating about how to set his charge.
I used plenty of cases when talking about that issue, you can also find them in other articles of freewill.
Back to the topic, I also did some writing on the extreme cases on theories about freewill two, e.g. what kind of culture can suits people to believe in “hard-determinism”, and what kind of culture can suits them to be “fatalism”. So this is the part about my content.
Keep, Stop, Start
Keep updating my articles and writing new ones in daily life, draw more mind maps to visualize.
Ask people when facing technical problems, also add more visualizations in the document so it won’t be too boring.
Start adding new topics right after I found one; find and create more way of composing the website.