McLuhan Assignment 2- Adrialys Gutierrez- Group 11

Assignment 2 – Mcluhan

Annotated Bibliography

Hi Adrialys,

I’d like to have seen more written on the annotations. I realize you could not find a book on the wedding most likely, but some other book about the royals would have been a good idea. You also seem to have 3 articles from the NYT and no website? Please read the assignments more carefully!

Adrialys Gutierrez

Team 11

Thesis: There’s been a long-standing obsession with the royal family and it is most obvious during royal weddings in which every detail is speculated and copied months thereafter.


Source 1:  Academic one File

Ross, Brooke. “A New Generation of ROYALS: This month’s wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle highlights just how much the British royal family has evolved.” New York Times Upfront, 14 May 2018, p. 6+. Academic OneFile, http://link.galegroup.com.ezproxy.fiu.edu/apps/doc/A539646957/AONE?u=miam11506&sid=AONE&xid=2766e28f. Accessed 16 June 2018.


Annotation: A New Generation of ROYALS: This month’s wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle highlights just how much the British royal family has evolved. This article was published by Brooke Ross in the New York times upfront on May 12, 2018. This article talks about how people will stop everything they are doing on May 19 to celebrate the royal wedding.



Source 2: Academic One File

Lyall, Sarah. “Marketing a Royal Wedding, From Cereal to Sex Toys.” New York Times, 18 May 2018, p. A6(L). Academic OneFile, http://link.galegroup.com.ezproxy.fiu.edu/apps/doc/A539174803/AONE?u=miam11506&sid=AONE&xid=7647c5ea. Accessed 16 June 2018.

Annotation: Marketing a Royal Wedding, From Cereal to Sex Toys. This article was published by the New York Times on May 18, 2018. The article reflects on how Much of Britain is gripped by wedding fever and by a fever induced by wedding fever.

Source 3: Academic One File Journal

Hoke, William. “Will the IRS Crash Prince Harry’s Wedding to Meghan Markle?” Tax Notes International, 1 Jan. 2018, pp. 22-25. Academic OneFile, http://link.galegroup.com.ezproxy.fiu.edu/apps/doc/A522246316/AONE?u=miam11506&sid=AONE&xid=832b759e. Accessed 16 June 2018.

Annotation: This was published in a Professional magazine covering international tax news by William Hoke, Jan 1, 2018. You can find in on page 22-25.

Source 4: Academic One File

Simons, Sarah. “A wedding with a difference – but students aren’t bothered.” Times Educational Supplement, 11 May 2018, p. 63. Academic OneFile, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A542354111/AONE?u=miam11506&sid=AONE&xid=14467370. Accessed 16 June 2018.

Annotation: The inclusiveness of the British royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is discussed. Younger generation of students seemed only vaguely interested in the royal wedding because of the royal family’s recently humanized brand.


Source 5: Academic one file

“Prince Harry and Meghan Markle marry in trailblazing ceremony.” CNN Wire, 19 May 2018. Academic OneFile, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A539459870/AONE?u=miam11506&sid=AONE&xid=15a459bc. Accessed 16 June 2018.

Annotation: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle marry in trailblazing ceremony. This article was published by CNN wire in May 19, 2018. This article express that the ceremony did not follow royal norms.

Source 6. Academic one file

Puente, Maria. “We take a noble wedding queries.” USA Today, 3 Jan. 2018, p. 01D. Academic OneFile, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A521368285/AONE?u=miam11506&sid=AONE&xid=eb5e19d2. Accessed 16 June 2018.

Annotation: We take a noble wedding queries, published by USA today January 3, 2018. Talks about how planning a royal wedding takes months and how every little detail is looked at.

Repost of 48 hour blackout

Nicely done Yuselys!  I enjoyed reading it (particularly your third paragraph!)

Yuselys Solis


Team 11

June 5, 2018



“Solitude isn’t easy, and it isn’t for everyone,” I definitely agree with William Deresiewicz on this. Solitude was not easy for me. It created a sense of urgency and anxiety because I had absolutely no idea of what was going on.

I have always felt the need to embark on a media blackout, but never built up the courage to do so. Like many people I am constantly on my phone. Whether it’s browsing through my Instagram feed, vlogging on Snapchat, or scrolling through articles on news apps I am always connected.

The first few hours of the Twilight zone of solitude consisted of deleting all my social media apps, the news outlet apps, and any sort of communication of media from my devices. Just thinking about not being able to see what my followers were up to drove me crazy. How would I know the state of our country? How would I know which restaurants are perfect for brunch? How would I know what my childhood best friend was up to? These questions lingered in my mind as I completely disconnected myself.

Throughout the first day all I could think about was how much I was missing out on. It was tempting to just end my 48 hour block, but I knew this assignment was going to be worth it. It was unnatural for me to be completely alone. Without having anyone to talk to or anything to watch or read, I resorted to just focusing on my own thoughts. It was difficult because I had never felt completely isolated from the world. “Solitude isn’t easy, and it isn’t for everyone,” I definitely agree with William Deresiewicz on this. Solitude was not easy for me. It created a sense of urgency and anxiety because I had absolutely no idea of what was going on. Being that I am a social media obsessed person who is always connected and communicating with someone it made me feel as if a part of me was gone.

The second and last day of the Twilight zone of solitude was a tad bit more enjoyable. I worked on various assignments and found that I was more productive because I did not have access to my cell phone. Usually when I do my homework assignments I take breaks in between to check up on my social media, but since I had completely disconnected myself from the virtual world I was able to complete my work in a timely fashion. This of course left me with more free time, which I ended up spending it outside. Without any access to media I was able to just sit outside and take in the fresh air. It had been years since I just appreciated nature and my backyard scenery.

In “The End of Solitude” Deresiewicz writes how technology is taking our privacy, concentration, and our ability to be alone. My experience with the 48 hour blackout proves this to be true. It was very difficult for me to actually be alone without any sort of communication with the outside world. I believe that the news is a necessary intrusion of our solitude. Everyone should be informed about what is going on at all times.

48-hour blackout

Hi Wesley, well-written post.  Good job!

Wesley Verdier



Prof Pearson

Team 11

Society has changed over time. (end of sentence)  One way is it has changed is due to that many people wanting to be famous on social media sites. Now that it is moving at a rapid pace, people are craving attention on social media because of the camera and the ability it has to make someone a celebrity is mind-blowing. In Deresiewicz, the article I see myself in his argument especially when he speaks about “being alone has been understood as an essential dimension of religious experience.” I definitely agree with that form of solitude because when I am alone I have more time to talk to God and feel the spirits that are surrounding me as opposed to when I am around a lot of people and I cannot feel anything.

As I started my 48-hour blackout on Friday morning, I realized certain things about myself. During the first day, in the morning I didn’t think about using my cell phone because I was preoccupied with homework and work slowly approaching. As the day continued, to go on I started to realize how I rely on my cell phone to entertain me and give me updates on what is going on in the world especially sports. It was a little mind bottling because I am accustomed to checking my phone for the latest news. As the day turned into the evening when I got off from work I was eager to use my phone, but I quickly remembered I couldn’t and the feeling I had was weird because it’s typical of me to check my social media accounts (Snapchat, Facebook, and Twitter) to find out what I miss throughout the day. I was bored out of my mind, but when I got home I decided to read a book and calm my mind down. Saturday morning comes and I get up for work thinking to myself “how am I going to be able to get through today without using my phone.” When I got off from work it was in the middle of the day, and I was getting a bit agitated because I wanted to find out what my friends were doing and if there was any sports news I can catch up on. Once, I relaxed and calmed down I realized that I was entering solitude, and I adapted well to it by being alone and not talking to my family and friends about the latest news helped me a little to understand the world we live in. Social media purpose is to entertain us and reconnect us with family and friends we haven’t spoken to in a while. Also, it fills any gaps that are missing because without social media or apps we would be clueless to a fair amount information. News does not create solitude, it imposes its content on us and doesn’t allow us to think for ourselves by showing us the same story at different times with different reporters to elaborate on what has happened.

Annotated Bibliography- Yuselys Solis Team 11

Hi Yuselys, I recommend a one-sentence statement. I approve!

Ireland’s decision against one of the strongest bans on abortion has allowed Ireland to move past generations of patriarchy and defeat Catholic Conservatism.

Your bibliography is well-done. Good sources and annotations. I look forward to reading your essay!

Yuselys Solis


Team 11

Annotated Bibliography


Thesis: On May 26, 2018 Ireland voted against one of the strongest abortion bans. With this decision, Ireland is moving past generations of patriarchy, and defeating catholic conservatism. Capitalize Catholic Conservatism


Danner, Chris. “Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly to Legalize Abortion.” New York Magazine, 26 May 2018.


The article,”Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly to Legalize Abortion,” published in the New York Magazine informs the public of Ireland’s decision to repeal its longstanding ban on abortion. The article analyzes Ireland’s move to modernity through its recent decision to repeal abortions, its legalization of same sex marriages, and election of a gay prime minister. This article was located through the FIU library catalogue.


Freytas-tamura, Kimiko De. “Ireland Votes to End Abortion Ban, in Rebuke to Catholic Conservatism.”


The New York Times, The New York Times, 26 May 2018, http://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/26/world/europe/ireland-abortion-yes.html. The NYTimes.com published an article , titled “Ireland Votes to End Abortion Ban, in Rebuke to Catholic Conservatism,” in which the news of Ireland’s vote on abortion is delivered through the United States’ perspective. The article provides both quotes from anti abortion group members and pro choice activists from Ireland. This article was located through the New York Times website.


Hjelmgaard, Kim.


“Analysis: Irish Abortion Vote Reflects a New Ireland (That Isn’t so New).” USA Today, Gannett Satellite Information Network, 27 May 2018, http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/05/27/ireland-abortion-vote-analysis/648168002/. Hjelmgaard’s article is an analysis of Ireland’s decision to repeal the ban on abortions and how it will affect the country. This article also provides analysis and information on how Ireland is moving away from Catholic conservatism. This article was located through the web, USAToday.com.


Smyth, Lisa. ABORTION AND NATION: the Politics of Reproduction in Contemporary Ireland. ROUTLEDGE, 2016.


This book examines the connection between abortion politics and the dominant struggles over national identity in Ireland. Smyth analyzes abortion politics in Ireland from the early 1980s to present day. This book was located by conducting research through F.I.U’s AcademicOneFile.


Taylor , Maeve. “ Women’s Right to Health and Ireland’s Abortion Laws.” International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, July 2015, pp. 93–97. ProQuest.


Maeve Taylor’s article, Women’s right to health and Ireland’s abortion laws, in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics analyzes the abortion laws and pregnancy care offered to women in Ireland. This article was located through ProQuest.



“The Irish Times View on the Referendum: This Belongs to the Women of Ireland.” The Irish Times , 27 May 2018, http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/the-irish-times-view-on-the-referendum-this-belongs-to-the-women-of-ireland-1.3510518. This newspaper article is from The Irish Times provides readers a new understanding of women’s issues in Ireland. The article analyzes how the repeal on the ban of abortions is a powerful victory for the country, but most importantly to the women of Ireland. This article was found online through The Irish Times website.