PE Sources Reflection

I can ensure that my sources are reliable through the CARP (Currency, Authority, Relevance, Purpose) test. This is because sites that are older, have less reliable facts and  has a marketing purpose may have biases in them. For example, the question I searched was how did social media affect eating disorders. If it has been published 20 years earlier, people did not have social media back than so the website will not be relevant enough. Similarly, if the website is an anecdote of a person’s own experience, it might have gone against actual research data from reliable organizations and is an outlier. Finally, if there is bias towards a specific point, if there was a post about how social media can affect mental health by Instagram, it is likely that the evidence provided would suit the marketing purpose. This is why the CARP test is important to determine if a source is useful as it looks at different things to determine the reliability of a source.

With Great Power

Red Scarf Girl by Ji-Li Jiang follows the author and her family through the Chinese Cultural revolution. The story began with Jiang Ji-Li living a comfortable life and constantly being showered with praise from her teachers. Yet her life was changed forever changed when her family status of her grandfather being a landlord was discovered. At first, she cursed her grandfather for exploiting the people, but she realizes quickly that her fate would not change even if her family status did. After all, they were wealthy and the Cultural Revolution aimed to destroy social classes. Throughout the book, she watched, powerless and terrified as the world she knew collapsed and face the humiliation of being classified as bourgeois. Finally, forced with deciding whether or not to frame her father for something he did not do, Ji-Li Jiang chose her family over her own social status and the revolution.

People with power use it to their own advantage. This is shown especially in the beginning with Du Hai and Yin Lan-Lan. Before the revolution started, Ji-Li Jiang recalled herself helping Yin Lan-Lan with her math homework. Du Hai was not much different. Yet after they gained the title of “Red Successors”, their attitudes changed dramatically. “‘I know what her grandfather was.’ He paused dramatically… A LANDLORD” (Jiang, p.58). Before the revolution started, Du Hai would not have dared to say that to his Da Dui Zhang. Similarly, when the students first began to write the DaZiBao, they would criticize teachers who punished them for their bad behavior in school by attacking them with DaZiBao. “One was titled ‘Teacher Li, Abuser of the Young’ The student had failed to hand in her homework assignments on time, and Teacher Li had told her to copy the assignment over five times as a punishment.” (p.29). This form of punishment for students was really common back then. But students made the revolution into an excuse to complain against the people they dislike, such as smarter students and strict teachers. An experience my grandmother had during the more active years of the revolution was similar to the searches that happened in the story. She recalled one of her neighbors being struggled against, then, the neighbor’s house was searched. Yet as the older students filed out of the house, she recalled that some of them had things in their pockets that they didn’t have before. Back then, she thought the students had too much to carry and had to carry some in their pockets, but now, she was unsure if those students had “betrayed” Maoist ideals and had kept the valuables for themselves. In the end, under the guise of starting a revolution, even though they truly believed in Mao and his ideals, so much suffering would have been avoided if the “working class” did not abuse the power that had been now handed to them.

Addiction Reflection

How does the internet affect my school performance, personal relationships and physical health? It does not affect my school performances or relationships since I do not use the internet a lot during the school week, or when I have a lot of homework. Our family eats dinner together every night and I maintain time on the weekends to interact with my friends. I don’t really exercise so that is the only thing the internet affects for me.

The “Invincible” MaoZeDong

Pursuit of true equality and communism was chairman Mao’s ultimate goal for the revolution. Yet things don’t always turn out the way people wanted it to. Starting from 1966 to 1976, the Chinese Cultural Revolution saw its fair share of pointless grief and bloodshed. This video explains important points throughout the revolution and how it impacted China and its citizens.