I’ve got a secret

Thesis Statement: Just liked we talked about in Ghost in a Shell, keeping secrets and telling lies all depends on the occasion, if it is for the greater good then it is okay. STARTING THESIS STATEMENT WITH “JUST” AND USING “TALKED ABOUT” NOT A GOOD IDEA.


Secrets and lies are a very complex topic because it has to do a lot with morality. If someone tells you in confidence that they did something wrong, it is hard to determine what to do, do you break that persons trust and inform the people necessary about what that person did wrong or do you just keep it a secret and not reveal what that person told you in confidence. In both scenarios you are doing something that is morally wrong, in the first scenario you are breaking the confidence and private information that this person decided to share with you because they thought they could trust you, on the other hand in the second scenario you are letting that person get away with whatever it is that they did that was wrong. You need to examine all the possible outcomes and be able to choose intelligently the one that is for the greater good.


I myself had to make this hard decision in one occasion. My younger brother wanted to have some friends over to the house to hang out and have some fun, so he asked my mother if they could come over. She asked him how many they were and he said four, which my mom agreed to but she also clearly stated that no more than four. My mom was going to a dinner so she left me in charge. When my mom left my brother came up to me and told me that he was going to bring 10 friends, and then asked me if I was going to tell our mom that he had lied to her and he had not followed her rules. At that moment I had two choices to make, do I allow him to bring the 10 friends over and disobey the orders that our mom had clearly told him, or do I break his trust and tell our mom that he was going to disobey her. It was a very hard decision because I didn’t want to break the trust of my brother, but also I didn’t want to allow him to disobey the rules and do what he wants. I thought about it, and came to the conclusion that the right thing to do was to go ahead and let our mom know that he was planning to bring more people to the house. I came to this conclusion because if I don’t say anything to my mom, she would have found out some other way, maybe through social media or something and then punish my brother for disobeying her and me for lying to her. Also if a kid got accidentally hurt, she would have no idea what was going on and that would get her in a lot of trouble. I looked at both the scenarios and I decide the best possible outcome. GOOD ANALYSIS. READING CONCEPTS NOT APPLIED HERE BUT GOOD EFFORT.


Secrecy by Brandon Fuentes

Thesis statement: To analyze multiple experiences that I went through and how it difficult it was to hold secrets and analyze what secrecy, lying, and confidently CONFIDENTIALITY? has made me the way I am.  Sharing secrets can be a difficult task and I’ve learned the hard way it secrecy, lying, and confidently has empowered me.

Talking about my secret is tough.  Through my life, I’ve kept my own secrets and other people’s secrets.  But the secrets I’ve kept for a long time should be expressed.  I suffer from depression.  My depression had developed around last year in December after graduating from Miami-Dade college.  It’s never an easy topic to discuss at all and I’ve tried so hard to be happy but I can’t seem to enjoy myself. I even throw this negativity at everyone.  It’s just a secret that I’ve kept for so long and I don’t like to talk to about it because of trust issues.

There were times that I had to lie to my friends and family that I was fine.  But, my body language and facial expression give it away because I look down and they start asking if I’m ok.  I even put on a fake smile so no one would be worried.  The cause of this issue is the experiences that I’ve been through.  When I was younger, I would see family members drink until they pass out or even fight each other.  Another experience I had been through was when I was picked on during high school and have hung around the wrong crowd.  What I mean by that is I was around drug dealers and people who were looking for trouble.  During my 4 years in high school, I was mostly alone.  Sure, I’ve had some friends but I still felt alone.

When my depression got worse, the first person that I have ever told about my condition was Leonie.  She was someone who I can run to whenever things went bad.  She knew my secret and at the end of the day, things did not work out between us.  Fortunately, she was one of the few that didn’t reveal my secret to anyone, nor did I reveal her secret to anyone.

The multiple experiences that I’ve mentioned have shaped me to become someone so secretive and so down.  It’s gotten to the point to where I have trouble sleeping.  The people who I thought were my friends have tried to expose my secrets by saying that I am dramatic, crazy, or just annoying.  I felt upset because I’ve trusted them and even the first person I have ever told about my depression had let me down.  Some would even laugh at me.

Keeping secrets is difficult to do, no matter what the situation is.  Whether it’s a small or big issue, it’s not right for anyone to reveal a secret to anyone else.  That was the mistake I’ve made for the past few years.  But secrecy, lying, and confidently are three elements that I understand completely.  I make sure that I don’t post anything on social media about my condition because it’s not the right thing to do and I don’t want anyone else knowing what I am going through.  Luckily, I am seeking help by going to therapy.  Hopefully, it helps me become happy again. WELL WRITTEN AND VERY HONEST AND DETAILED.

48 hour Blackout by Brandon Fuentes

I began the 48-hour blackout from October 2nd– October 4th.  This isn’t the first time I had isolated myself from the news and social media.  Last year, I was assigned to disconnect myself from social media for 3 days.  It was rough at first because I was eager to know what other people were doing.  It was very tempting to open my phone.  I barely use social media because I’m always busy such as finishing homework assignment or at work.  However, I was curious about what was occurring both around my area and around the world.

The news is a reliable resource, especially for a journalism major like myself.  The first few hours were awkward because so much was happening during the weekend.  But before I was disconnected from social media, I was reading an article about the shooting in Las Vegas.  Now, I don’t know any updates on the shooter’s motive to kill innocent people.  I also didn’t’ know anything about the NBA pre-season.  I agree that news plays a role in our everyday lives.  If we are not informed of the news, whether if it’s sports related or news related, we feel left out. GOOD

However, I had some close calls.  During the 3rd hour of the blackout, my professor from my advertising class was showing videos of updates of the Las Vegas shooting.  I had no choice but to look down and put my hoodie up so I won’t look at the screen.  I even had to step out so I wouldn’t listen to what CNN was saying about the shooting.  During the 13th and 17th hour of the blackout, my mother had almost told me about what was President Trump’s plan while visiting Puerto Rico and I had to stop her midway through the conversation.  Another situation was while talking to my group member, both of us had almost opened snapchat. INTERESTING

Overall the experience was great.  I have no complaints but news cannot be avoided, especially in this era where technology is advancing at a fast rate and especially that we do not read newspapers anymore.  Throughout these 2 days, I saw everything differently.  While I was not looking at news and at my phone, I replaced my solitude with other activities.  I was working out at the gym without my headsets and I was so zoned in I forgot that they were even showing the news on TV.  The solitude I felt was loneliness because I had distanced myself from the outside world. OK UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE ON SOLITUDE DIFFERENT FROM THE ARTICLE

The news creates more solitude by making us think to ourselves, such as Major Kusanagi’s solitude when she was diving in the ocean to avoid the outside world and felt loneliness in Ghost in the Shell.  In general, the news is an important media and people should experience this blackout to know their true solitude.  Whether if it’s anxious, sadness, anger, or other expressions, people should find the right solitude that expresses themselves such as going to the park or writing your thoughts in a journal.

48-hour news blackout


People now a days are extremely self-conscious because all they want to do is be liked by everyone else. GOOD. Social media brought on this problem to society because everyone wants to be the most popular, the most liked, the “coolest.” As William Deresiewicz stated in “The End of Solitude,” it is truly impossible to be secluded from the world because of all the different technology that is available to us. Also since people want other people’s approval so much, then they would not want to be alone or disconnected at any point of the day, because they want to know the latest fashion and what is “in or out.” Personally, this 48 hour black out was not really that difficult because I have experienced a very similar scenario. Yes, I was tempted to look at my phone and catch up with everything that is going on, but I have learned to be secluded, therefore, I was not freaking out. The hardest challenge for me was not being able to catch up on sports. I love every single sport and not being able to know what was going on around the world was extremely difficult for me.


The reason why this black out was not such a big challenge for me, because first of all, I don’t really watch the news, and I don’t really keep up with current events. I basically started to read the news only for this class, so that wouldn’t be a problem. HONEST.  Secondly, because last winter, I went on a birthright trip to Israel. It is a 10-day trip all around Israel with about 40 other participants. Around day 5, my got some water from the dead sea inside of it and died about 10 minutes later. I was extremely frustrated at the time, but what I didn’t realize was that it was going to help me a lot. The next 5 days I was able to enjoy the trip a lot more because I wasn’t worried about checking my phone all the time and instead I was just a lot more relaxed paying more attention to the trip itself. I was able to make more friends, learn more very interesting information, but most of all, I was able to disconnect myself from all of the artificial world, which was extremely rewarding. When I found out that we had to do a 48-hour blackout for this class, I was extremely excited because I was going to be able to separate myself from all the fakeness of the world. I also excited because of the challenge, not being able to check your phone because it is broken is easy because there is nothing that you can do, but having your phone right there working and not being able to check it, is much harder. I really enjoyed this assignment because it is really unusual, but it has a lot of benefits because you may come to realize that technology and news and all that is not everything. There is a world out there, and if you live inside of all the technology, then you will not be able to enjoy it.

Too Little Solitude? 48-Hour News Blackout

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Solitude is something I assumed I could handle before doing this assignment. However, after spending two days disconnected from any news sources I would say I was wrong. I had to fight the urge to open social media applications every couple minutes. This was something I didn’t expect because I typically go days without using my phone while I’m on vacation. The less you have to do to keep yourself busy, the crazier your mind goes. This is perhaps why people like to do things they enjoy to pass the time.

It was strange not being able to know what my friends were up to or post about what I was doing. After a couple hours of being “in the dark”, I realized how pointless knowing what random people are doing is. The news, even as simple as a quick status update, is something that today’s society relies on to go about a normal day. From checking current events to taking a look at the weather forecast, people tend to revolve what they do around what’s going on around them. While participating in this assignment I remembered what I felt like during Hurricane Irma. My power was out for almost two weeks and all my family and I could do was either sleep or eat the little snacks we had. Although it was irritating being cooped up in my house and sweaty, for a few days I felt more connected to my family. Sadly, we had to undergo a hurricane in order to have forced conversations but I realized how little we talk throughout a normal week. This sense of personal face-to-face communication is something that today’s generation doesn’t appreciate.

In the article “The End of Solitude”, Deresiewicz states that the camera creates a “culture of celebrity” and the computer creates a “culture of connectivity”. I agree with both of these statements. Along with wanting to constantly remain connected, today’s society has also developed a sense of narcissism. Deresiewicz supports my statement by saying that all people are concerned about is how many friends they have on Facebook. He also mentions how a girl felt so lonely, she couldn’t do an essay without somebody near her. The fact that she can’t do this alone shows how people have “lost their capacity for solitude” like Deresiewicz says. The “popularity” factor that technology has takes a toll on a person’s self-esteem. People are worried about how many likes they receive on a post or how many people viewed what they posted. This becomes an issue when people start caring more about their “online persona” more than what people think about them in real life.

Deresiewicz also makes an interesting point when he talks about technology and its effect on religion. In many religions, solitude is necessary to connect with yourself spiritually. Today, not many people have the opportunity to do that. Overall, the news is a necessary intrusion to our solitude because the idea of being socially connected is good. The real question is, to what extent is a person too connected? And how would too little solitude affect a person’s everyday routine?

Secrecy -Gabrielle Acosta

Thesis: Keeping a secret, no matter how innocent it may be, is a form of lying. The extent to which a person keeps this lie confidential can be viewed as either offensive or showing a strong sense of loyalty, which way will the person view this situation? Uncovering which way this situation is viewed can be complicated but it is possible by looking at what there is to lose by this secret coming out, what the secret entails and how trustworthy the person who knows the secret is.


There was a time where my loyalty was put to the test. An old coworker of mine had randomly called me sobbing. Barely haven spoken to her since I stopped working at the same place, I assumed what she had to tell me was very important. Instinctively, I rushed over to her house and she started telling me about how her life had taken a turn. She broke up with her boyfriend and was kicked out of the house. Being only seventeen she did not know how to deal with these sudden changes and turned to self-harm. She lost her ability to eat, would cut herself and started to lose her ability to do normal daily activities. Scared and not knowing who to turn to, she called me.

Now I was feeling just as scared and hopeless as she was because I had no clue how to help her. She begged me not to tell anyone and being her friend I respected her wishes. I had the upper hand once she shared this secret with me because I could easily tell people what was going on even though she didn’t want me to. I knew her mother very well and was tempted to tell her what she was going through many times but my loyalty overpowered my instinct to share the information.GOOD  I was even put in situations where her mom would call me and I had to add onto the lie and tell her that she was doing okay. At this point, my secrecy was nurturing more lies and as time passed I felt obligated to tell someone to get her help. After all, venting to me could only do so much. When I realized she wasn’t improving her behavior I contacted her mom but didn’t tell her what exactly her daughter was going through physically, just that she should spend some time with her because she missed her. Without me having to say anything, her mom saw that her daughter was harming herself and took the initiative to get her the help she needed and take her back into the home. The power then shifted again when her mom knew what was going on now and the situation was no longer considered a secret.

The fact that my friend’s situation was so extreme I did not see contacting her mom as a violation of her privacy. I know that if her mom found out that her daughter was going through this earlier, she would be offended that she was informed. In this case, I was considered very trustworthy to my friend but I still feel guilty for keeping that secret from her mom. I had to keep adding onto that lie to remain trustworthy and eventually I started to believe what I was saying was true. Overall, keeping a secret is a form of lying and depending on what that secret is people should really think about whether that secret is worth staying quiet about. STRONG ANALYSIS AND GOOD JOB


Rhetorical analysis for “Why our Memory Fails Us ” & “Comment is King”

Thesis Statement

The article Why our Memory Fails Us and Comment is King provide arguments regarding how we can remember things that had occurred in the past and if online commentary is necessary in journalism.  One side believes online commentary is necessary in journalism, while the other disagrees that it is unnecessary in journalism. IS THIS THE CASE?  There is also an argument with how we messed up on our memories. WORDING In general, we supposedly misinterpret on what we actually remember such as an event that had impacted us in the past. THESIS STATEMENT SHOULD BE A SIMPLE STATEMENT OF YOUR ARGUMENT.

Upon the reading on Comment is King and Why our Memory Fails Us, there is a general understanding within the two articles.  What I agree with is fact checking is a must because you should always back up your arguments with facts and research based on the studies you have made to provide a point to the audience.  If not, there would be a lot of controversies, the audience would disagree with your argument, or “flame wars” because you would sound stupid. In the articles, the three elements (Logos, Pathos, & Ethos) are heavily used to provide a point that audience must understand.  HOW ARE THEY USED AND APPLIED? Since society mainly read their newspapers online, they can comment on the articles they have recently read.

When talking about the three elements, it is noticeable in the comment section (especially in Why our Memory Fails Us).  The comments do help the audience to better understand the article because he/she would bring have their own “fact check” and studies to the argument.  In the same article, it talks about how President Bush had remembered about 9/11 and has said that he saw the first plane hit the North Tower.  Not true.  Mr. Bush was only informed of the situation. So, what is the point?  Yes, we have a lot of things occurring in our lives and that our memories can be blurry.  But, we try our best to remember what had occurred in that moment whether it had affected us.

The other argument would be the top comment picks in the New York Times.  As I’ve mentioned, comment sections help the audience have a better understanding of the article. I agree with the top comment picks in the article.  The reason being is that it can give the audience a more critical thinking on their daily lives. It also prevents confusion within the audience if they are trying to prove his/her point in the article.  If it weren’t for the NYT top picks, there would be total confusion and disorganization.  IN THE COMMENTS? However, the other audience or journalists believe that comments shouldn’t be necessary for journalism. Well, how does it cause confusion?  Is organizing the comment section that overwhelming?

That is when Comment is King comes to resolve the issue.  Heffernan agrees that online commentary should be the reliable source in the field journalism.  If not, how can the audience provide an argument to the author? How can their voice be heard? So, she is stressing heavily that online commentary should be used. Sure, there will be a lot of comments but unless the audience would like the provide their own “fact check”, that’s when NYT comment top picks come into play. NO NEED TO USE QUESTIONS HERE.
So, how are the tone of both the authors? Both the authors stress about memory and online commentary in a serious matter.  They don’t just want someone to just blur out stupidity but provide their own facts and studies and how it can shape the world in a meaningful matter.