I have a secret

Are secrets that important that a person will have to lie about everything pertaining that those secrets? Secrets and lies go hand to hand, when there is a lie there’s a secret , and when there is a secret there’s a lie. What makes these two words work together (with?) the way they do? A secret is something that is hidden (passive voice) from the knowledge of others, a lie is a false statement made to deceive others. If someone has hidden information that they feel should not be publicized, they’ll deceive people to look the other way stating false information that there is nothing there. Everyone has a secret or is told to keep a secret. Keeping a secret comes with much responsibility especially when it is not your secret but someone else. When keeping a secret, a person must worry about people trying to get to, how to use the secret, or will the secret mentally defeat the person. (twelve times secret?)

Hey, I have a secret. I will not be telling you what my secret is but how it empowered me. I was told to keep a secret, from a group of friends. What secret can a group of friends have that I don’t know, well there are plenty. Having this secret implanted into the brain was probably the worst move. Yes, I had secrets before but how big can a secret be that makes a person feel that they have power over a group of friends. I’m not saying that I will use the secret against my friends but knowing this information about them can change the course of their lives. A secret that can give a person power over you is probably the worst secrets that there can be. A secret that can empower you over a person’s action makes you think what else can I make this person do, they become Muppet in a sense. Knowing that they will do whatever you ask just because you are holding viable information of theirs, is insane.

Margaret Atwood , a Canadian poet , said, “the best way to keep a secret is to pretend there is not isn’t (wrong cite) one ”. .” Ms. Atwood couldn’t be more right with this poem, but what happens when others try to retrieve your secret. In class, we talked about how people can use lies to gain information from someone and on the other hand the person uses lies to keep the information. Each lie I have to must tell to keep the secret I must remember it in case it comes back around again. The lies I came up with to guard this secret became a little fantasy story. When someone tried to penetrate the secret that I was told to keep came with a good proposition, they had an answer for every question I threw at them and question every lie I came up with (preposition at the end of a sentence). When you are lying , you must believe the lie before anyone else does.

What do you feel when you are told a secret or have a secret, Do the secret need to be kept, how many people would you have to lie to, to keep the secret. The power of holding a secret can be powerful enough to change a person’s actions. Are you strong enough to hold a secret, are you slick enough to come up with different lies? A secret and a lie are one in two.

Who can you cite somebody and don’t check the original? Not so bad the narrative. Also mentioned class.


Secrecy and revelation- Hughes Sasha-Team 6

Lies stem from secrets, but these secrets can be justified.

Keeping secrets is definitely (concise language, please) a skill fostered by the ability to lie. We as a species absolutely love drama , and that is no jab at humor in any way or form. Secrets are necessary for the upkeep of our society because it is undeniable that there are just some things that do not need to be known. As mentioned in the notes and lectures for this week, lies and secrecy go hand in hand. One cannot exist without the other because they rely on one another for upkeep. In most cases , information is withheld from certain individuals or groups for their own advancement or protection. Persons love to disassociate themselves from lying , but it is guaranteed (passive voice) that people have at least one secret and have lied at least once to ensure that the secret stays a secret. As such, they have lied or diverted in order to withhold this secret effectively. Thus, confirming the fact that secrets “nurture the growth of lies.” (Good)

A secret that I felt compelled to keep or to withhold was one for (of?) one of my closest friends. She had been battling with immigration in my home country and was on the verge of being sent back to her homeland. This was a situation that required diversion from the truth because It was obvious that if she were to be deported (passive voice) this would be detrimental to her, her family, and especially to her education; as the quality of education where she was from was far worse than that of my home country. The lie that involved me was the multiple questions that were being asked by school officials. They would often pull students aside, which is allowed, and ask certain questions as it related to her and her family. This included things such as where they live, schools she may have attended in the past, and how long we knew her. Majority of these questions were answered (passive voice), “I don’t know” which does count as lying. However, there were specific questions that I answered based on pre-established answers. For example, I was told incorrect information about where her parents work, and also the amount number of years she had been living in the country which surpasses the amount number of years I had even known her for (preposition at the end of a sentence). We were prepped to answer these questions much like how you are prepped to answer immigration at the airport when you hold a Green Card.

These small lies on my part aided her in diverting the law; however, they were for a good purpose. I feel like this was an empowerment on her part , not mine or anyone else that was also asked to lie for her. It wasn’t a lie that was by choice , ; it was one that was based on necessity. This situation much like many we are placed in require a level of deception in order for things to remain in a positive light. This brings forth the question of if lying is ever justified. It is evident that not only is lying justified  (warranted?) in some situations it is a necessity.

Don’t think the end justifies the lies. Nothing good can come from lying in this situation.

Good narrative, some theory, watch the language.


Briana Cousins team6 Secrets Blog

Something I have been through recently made me protect someone very close to me by upholding a lie for her. This person has been my best friend for many years. She attends college back home where we are from , and I attend school here in Miami while living on campus. With that being said, We barely ever get to see each other and make plans because of the distance. One weekend earlier in this semester, we made plans to see each other , and she was going to stay with me in my dorm. Her parents felt a little uneasy about her going off to stay with me in Miami because they are not used to her staying (visiting?) at universities.
She explained to me about her parents concerns , and we both felt like they were just being overprotective , but we understood why. Then, she explained to me how she wanted to also see her boyfriend for the weekend as well, but she knew her parents would never let her stay at his house. She told me she was going to tell them she was going to be with me all weekend here at campus, but really the last day she was going to be picked up by her boyfriend and stay with him , and he would then take her home. At first, I was not sure this would be a good (clever?) idea in case her mom decided to call me to check, but I did not want to be the one to crush her plans because if I was were her I would want to spend time with my boyfriend. She asked me to please cover for her , and because I wanted to be a good friend, I agreed.
When she arrived for the weekend, we were ecstatic to see each other. The first night, her older siblings already kept contacting her and trying to FaceTime her and we all had a conversation , so that they would feel comfortable. I felt bad because I knew soon she would be off with her boyfriend and they would think she was safe and sound with me. Personally, I have met her boyfriend more than once , and I felt it was safe for her to stay with him, but I just started to feel her mom was able to trust someone that was basically lying to her and I am like family to them.
On Sunday when she was about to leave with her boyfriend, her mom called to check in , and we spoke to her. Afterwards, I told her she should probably at least try talking to her older sister and letting someone know where she is. She considered it , but decided she did not want her family involved because they are over protective and would ruin her weekend. I knew I could not control her actions because we are both young adults. The way it empowered me was I thought to myself next time I would not allow myself to be in a position where I have to (must?) lie to someone that close to me who feels they can trust me because for safety reasons in case something happens I could be held accountable.

Good story. What about theory. Also, language please?

Assignment 4: Secrecy – Shannon McMullen

Assignment 4: Secrecy – Shannon McMullen

All my life I have avoided being entrusted (passive voice) with a secret. I never felt strong enough to withhold the burden that comes with keeping secrets, and secrets lead to drama, which leads to conflict. However, it’s impossible to avoid secrets all your life; sometimes it’s inevitable.

A couple of years ago, my friend, Amy, told me she was bisexual. I didn’t understand why her sexuality had to be a secret. I didn’t see anything wrong with it, but she made it clear she wants anyone else to know. Like As the readings and lectures said, secrets help protect identity, plans, action, and property. (A little more, please) Amy’s secret stemmed from wanting to protect her identity. She didn’t want others to know who she was. On the one hand, I didn’t want her to keep her identity a secret because that would distance herself from others. On the other hand, I had an overwhelming urge to keep her secret because of our strong friendship.

Immediately after Amy told me her secret, I felt the burden of keeping it from others. My mother and I had become extremely close recently. In the past, our relationship was rocky , and we were constantly (always?) arguing and misunderstanding each other. The reason we became close was because we (that we?) told each other everything. Keeping Amy’s secret was risking my mother and I’s relationship, honesty being is the only thing keeping it together. Whenever my mom brought up my friends in a conversation, I would constantly avoid talking about Amy. I was always nervous that I would slip up and reveal the secret in a moment of weakness. With this nervousness also came guilt. My mom always talked about how honesty is the most important thing in any relationship, and when that trust is broken (passive voice), so does the relationship. I also held honesty in a high regard, and I realized Amy’s secret were testing my morals.

Eventually, my mother realized something was going on. She questioned if my friendship with Amy was going okay because I hadn’t talked about her in a while. I pulled out a lame excuse and tried to change the subject. I found myself telling little white lies, which eventually turned into big lies. My mom began to realize something was going on. I had never been good at telling lies; my body would become stiff, I would start laughing to hide my awkwardness, and I would avoid her eyes. When my mom tried to pry into my secret, I turned my nervousness into frustration and lashed out on at her. I felt regret and guilt right after and apologized, but the burden had only grown larger now that my mom knew I had a secret I wasn’t telling her.

However, it was not my place to tell Amy’s secret to others. No matter how large my burden was, Amy’s burden was ten times larger. It was up to Amy to overcome her fear and decide when to tell her secret. Until then, I would protect it until the end.

Good narrative. Some theory? Language, please.

48-hour news blackout Briana Cousins team6

Solitude is a concept (?) I have often very much enjoyed. Despite the fact that (Event though?) I often find myself in solitude, when this was assigned, I thought to myself how possible it was for me to do this for 48 hours. I personally find my solitude when I am alone in my dorm room and indulging in things I enjoy or things I need to do on my agenda. I often read, study, do homework, write, listen to music and watch my favorite television shows. This past weekend I found myself being able to enter the Twilight Zone and disconnect from all sources of news. I found this quite easy actually considering the fact that (because?) I do not have a television in my dorm room. I usually find myself behind when it comes to the news because of that reason, so I did not feel like I missed. The only difficulty I found was that my roommate that I am closest to enjoys engaging in intellectual conversation and she talks about news topics often. I found myself making sure to engage only in small talk, in order to avoid an in-depth conversation.

After some hours into this solitude, I found myself craving to check social media because I felt out of the loop. Yahoo! is my internet homepage, which is usually where I see all the latest news updates, so I had made sure my laptop stayed closed , and I caught up on more reading from my novel. I found this to be a calming experience which allowed me to dive more into my personal self and craft. I worked more on my writing because my mind was not packed and overflowing with everything going on in the outside world. This allowed my creativity to expand because lost in my solitude I found my imagination flowing and connecting more with the characters in my creative writing story. There was more positivity radiating within myself and peace because whenever I indulge in the news the stories are usually negative and I do not like to dwell on those sorrows it is often filled with (preposition at the end of a sentence). I am more concerned with feeding good (right?) things to the soul, but not to say there aren’t any positive stories that the news broadcasts because there are.

Being so disconnected from social media was a challenge because it is a subconscious habit for me to constantly (continually?) click on those applications. People in this society always want to share what is going on in their lives and constantly (regularly?) show off the best photos or best lifestyle which shows our narcissism. Deresiewicz says, “This is what the contemporary self-wants. It wants to be recognized, wants to be connected: It wants to be visible.” I realized a lot of me was feeling the need to be connected and visible to others in order to not feel alone. He also states, “The camera has created a culture of celebrity; the computer is creating a culture of connectivity.” Meaning these social connections are something we seek out to stay away from boredom and loneliness. I now understand how difficult (painful?) true solitude is to achieve and one must be able to fully (entirely?) disconnect and not crave the need to be relevant to others.

You can do better, watch the language. Good description and use of thesis.

48-Hour Blackout (Group 6) – Dominique Arevalo

An entire 48 hours disconnected from the world feels different to say the least. For assignment 3 we were instructed to disconnect from all news sources for 2 days. Seems simple enough? WRONG. To begin the assignment, I deleted all news and social media apps from my phone. My everyday apps such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram: gone. For something that seemed so trivial to partake in, I didn’t realize how different my everyday routine would be.

Every morning when I wake up, the first thing I do is check my phone. Normally, (Typically?) my notifications consist of a few messages on Twitter, Snapchats that are keeping my streaks alive, and my followers liking my most recent post on Instagram. Unfortunately, this was not the case on Monday morning. My only notification was a message from my mom reminding me to do my laundry. After getting my laundry ready, I continued my everyday routine. I sat down and started to have my breakfast when I realized something was missing. As I sit and enjoy my eggs and toast, I usually scroll through Instagram and Twitter feeds to update myself on what is going on with (in?) the world. I tried to ignore the feeling of “FOMO” (fear of missing out,) and continued eating my breakfast.

Later throughout the day , I went to get my nails done at my local salon. As I sat down to pick the color I wanted, I realized all of the TV stations were on some sort of news channel. I instantly ran back to my car to grab my headphones , so I wouldn’t be able to hear , and refused to look up at the screen until I was done (passive voice). Only a few hours into my 48-hour blackout, and I already felt myself struggling.

When my nails were finished, (passive voice) I proceeded to walk around my local mall. I decided to go out into the real world to kill some time before having to head to work. As I walked past all of the stores, I pulled out my phone to only realize; I had nothing to do on with it. I didn’t notice how often I casually scroll through social media feeds to help me feel more secure in walking around by myself. I felt awkward. I didn’t know what to do with my hands. This assignment was definitely taking a toll on me,

After feeling a significant amount of discomfort, I decided to head to work early. Luckily, we aren’t allowed to use our phones on the floor, so for 4 hours , I was golden. Although I was unplugged from the social media world, that didn’t unplug me from my coworkers. Hearing all of the latest news from Jennifer Aniston’s breakup, to the Stoneman Douglas shooting, I felt so ignorant. I had no idea what was going on in the world, and this was only day 1.

At the end of the 48-hour period, I was very disappointed in myself. I realized how attached I am to all of my social media outlets that I was so sure I wasn’t. This assignment opened my eyes , and helped me see how different life is without the simplicity of an app.

Excellent, watch the language, please.

48Hrs Blackout

48Hrs Blackout Willie Singletary

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News is everywhere, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and many more social media apps. News plays a major part in everyday life , ; it tells you the weather, stocks, and all the other crazy things that is are going on in the world. I was told to let all that go for two days, no social media, ESPN, Weather Channel, or any News channel. This should be the easiest assignment that I have done since being in college , ; I can get more work done, go to the gym, and finally straighten out my closet. I was in for a rude awakening.

Social media really does grasp our attention too much whether we like it or not. I noticed that I would be curious as to what my friends or even possibly family would be doing as I was taking this hiatus from social media. However, I will acknowledge the fact that I was able to be in a better mental zone, this break allowed me to be more productive and get my work done. I also noticed that I had become more energetic and had more hours to my day to get more tasks done. Social media really does alter an individual’s daily life.

When your day to day routine focuses on social media, it’s almost as though you’re sifting through one app to another. One downfall to not being on social media , however , was that I began to fell back on the hot topics that would be on social media or I wouldn’t be up to date on the funniest twitter memes or videos. Like most millennials , I gather a huge portion of my current events or what’s happening around me from social media services. (Right) This , in turn , has pros and cons. Nowadays you don’t necessarily have to be watching channel 7 or news media to know what may be happening around you. Social media sites such as twitter does keep you knowledgeable possibly better than some news channels because they bring out the raw facts and multiple sources and viewpoints.  But all of this do does not compare to the actual health benefits I feel as though I have now gained from abstaining from being on social media. (Interesting)

William Deresiewicz , the author of “The End of Solitude” spoke on the subject about being alone. He said, “Technology is taking away our privacy and our concentration, but it is also taking away our ability to be alone.”. When I first read his article, I couldn’t fully grasp what he meant by this statement. However, now I can say I have a clearly personal interpretation of what this means. You can find peace in solitude when you remove all materialistic diversions and any social interruptions in your life. In solitude is truly where you can find yourself per say, the state of being alone is where you search for many of the answers that you may be looking for throughout your day to day life. However, because of these interruptions and technology , we tend to not do this as much and when we do take the time to be to ourselves like I had to your able to truly find yourself. And this is a lesson everyone should learn at some point in life. Solitude is the best way to search for personal answers. (Excellent)