Thursday, October 29, 2015

PLN #8

Summary
In the article “Presidential Speeches Were Once College-Level Rhetoric--Now They’re for Sixth-Graders” by Derek Thompson, he is talking about how presidential speeches are starting to become less and less formal. Data shows that there is now less words in the speeches that Obama gives present day than there was back when George Washington was president. However, people are happy that the speeches are becoming less complex so people understand it better. When George Washington gave his speeches they were so complex and hard to understand, that people didn’t fully comprehend what he was saying.


Response
I agree with the group of people that are saying that the presidential speeches are becoming more of a sixth-grader’s reading level, but also disagree in some ways. I think presidential speeches should have some depth and figurative language in them, because I mean it shouldn’t be like you’re having a casual conversation with your best friend. But, since I’m younger and still learning the meaning of things, I appreciate how the speeches are becoming less complex so now people around my age understand them better. For example, in history class I used to have to annotate presidential speeches and find all the figurative language and give the meaning of each and every little thing. Honestly, that was probably one of the hardest things I had to do that year. Some of the language they used to use was just so hard to understand that I wanted to just give up on reading it and trying to comprehend it all. That’s why I don’t mind as much that they are so called “dumbing” it down. But I also still think that there is a level that they need to still be at with formal addresses.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

PLN #7

Summary
In the article “Why Having Goals Can Suck” by Jack Stahlmann it is about why having goals can be good for you but also bad. Some people have big goals, but don’t exactly have a plan to get there. In the article Stahlmann also states,”if you're feeling overwhelmed by a goal, it might be because you're looking at the end and not embracing the journey.” It also says that people celebrate the result but not necessarily the process you use to get there. Stahlmann gave tips in the article about how to achieve big goals so you can really embrace the journey you used to accomplish it.


Response
I agree with some points Stahlmann makes, but also disagree with some too. Personally, goals for me works well since sometimes I don’t have anything to look forward too. Goals help me stay on track and appreciate things in life. I mean I do agree with the fact that when you have such a big goal you don’t celebrate the journey it took to get there. But, when I have a big goal, I make a weekly schedule so I stay on track and make sure I accomplish the goal. Don’t get me wrong the end result is the best feeling in the world, but the journey it took to get there has many ups and downs and celebrating it all is what I think really helps you appreciate the outcome. I believe people should set goals, because I think some people need a constant reminder to get better and challenge themselves, and that is something I personally need as well.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

PLN #6

Summary
In the article “Make Way for Generation Z” by Michael Hirshon he is talking about the advantages that bringing different generations to the workforce can do to companies. He says that the millennial generation, also known as Generation Y, born after 1980, seemed that some of them didn’t want to grow up. Hirshson also says, “Many were not afraid to speak their minds and made it clear they wanted to change the status quo. And at 80 million strong, they had the numbers to do it.” Generation Z, born starting in the mid-90s to the early ’00s, is starting to become the new and improved. It states that “Gen Zers” tend to be more independent and want to be “cut loose earlier.” They also are “curious and driven” and Gen Zers are more of a mix of ethnicities. They are starting to take more interest in real world jobs as shown by the kids towards the end of the hour.


Response

I think that bringing different generations into the workforce is a great idea. You can get different viewpoints from everyone and it could make your company that much better. In the article it says,” Every time I threw out phrases like “paying your dues” and “playing the game,” the audience stared at me blankly. This was not the reaction I had come to expect from early twentysomethings. Usually they took notes on how they could get ahead in corporate America as quickly as possible.” That quote shows that some companies just have one generation of workers and even down to the way they all talk they are only connecting in some ways. Also  sometimes everyone doesn’t relate, and bringing in new people could bring in new ideas. For example at my house, my parents always say how awesome it is that kids now can take Algebra 2 Honors as a freshman or even an 8th grader because when they were in school they would take that class as a senior. That just shows how much Gen Zers are making a change in everyday society and possibly even in the workforce in the near future.