Corona virus project

The corona virus project was an in-depth project we worked on over several weeks. We were going to pick out two countries, interview someone from the area, and compare the different approaches. I chose the UK and Hong Kong, even though Hong Kong is not really an independent country, but they still had a good story to tell and an interesting approach which was rather different from UK’s.

How and why did you choose your two countries?

I chose my two countries because I already knew that they had a rather different approach to the epidemic, and thought it would be really interesting to find out more about the situations. I also knew some people in both countries, so I already had someone I could interview.

How did you do your interviews and how did it go?

I sent my questions to each of them in a mail, and after some time they replied. I felt like I got really thorough and personalized answers – which obviously is very good for an in-depth project.

Where did you find your sources? How did you decide whether they were reliable or not?

I started searching through the internet and found some sources that wasn’t just facts and statistics, but also some bias reports. I felt that this actually helped me understand the seriousness  in how people got affected by the situation. In addition to that, I used my interviews as sources as well, and these did absolutely create a more personal view on how people really experienced the situation during the lockdowns.

How did you work with your sources to identify what to use?

I read through all of them and highlighted important words or phrases that I felt I could use later on in my presentation. I compared the statistics that I found with other similar data, and identified that they were safe to use – with correct numbers. From the interviews I sorted out what I found the most surprising or important and quoted them in a slide.

Here is a photo of the quote I got from my friend in Hong Kong, and a photo of the buzzy daily life there.

How did you work on the structure of the project?

After I gathered the information and personal experiences I found that it would be smart to start off with the facts and then some personal experiences. So I put up the statistics and some facts on the different approaches to the lockdown, and then I had two slides with a couple of quotes from my interviews. The next slides were about the opening up of the two countries and then a comparison of the approaches, lockdowns and the results.

How did this project change your point of view?

I would not say that my views on my topic changed throughout my project, but when I listened to Josefine’s presentation my point of view definitely changed on how ineffective the Swedish approach was or was not. I really did believe that their approach was maybe the worst, but as it turns out after looking at the facts, France had even more deaths by 100 000 citizens than Sweden had. This really surprised me, because France had a really strict lockdown and in the beginning Sweden did not even have one.

How do you feel about the final result?

I feel proud about the final result, and I believe I did a great job. It was fun working with this project, and I enjoyed putting together all the facts and personal experiences into one presentation. In my opinion the layout and pictures in my presentation did a whole lot, and I really liked how it turned out.

Here is the front-page of my presentation and I would say this shows the cool layout.

Facebook participating in a genocide

In 2017 hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fled Myanmar as an consequence of ethnic cleansing, and today there are above 700.000 refugees in neighbouring Bangladesh. The army in Myanmar has formerly said that they were fighting militants and have never targeted civilians. In April 2017 did the military in Myanmar launch a brutal crackdown in a state called Rakhine. This led to thousands of deaths and more than 700.000 thousand refugees.

As UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, are the Rohingyas “one of, if not the, most discriminated people in the world.” Myanmar has for decades had a religious and ethnic tension, but it was not until the access to internet it blew up unprecedented. According to the United Nations did Facebook have a “determining role” in spreading and intertwining hatred towards the minority in Myanmar.

Since the beginning of mass internet use in Myanmar, have new and alarming posts against the Rohingya people constantly appeared on Facebook. Of the 50 million people living in Myanmar, are approximately 18 million of them regular users on Facebook. A Reuters investigation four months after the military crackdown, found more than 1000 Burmese comments, pornographic images and posts attacking the Rohingyas and other muslims.

Some of the posts harassing the Rohingya people

It was not only regular internet users who spread hatred, actually were many of the posts from Myanmar military personnel, who turned the social network into a tool. The military exploited Facebook’s power, and the company have later admitted that it was used to “incite offline violence”. 

For several years did David Madden, a tech entrepreneur living in Myanmar, warn Facebook that Rohingyas were attacked and targeted with hatred. In the documentary “Facebook dilemma”, they discuss how little the company interfered when they knew users were encouraging to a genocide. Issues such as how the warning signs were present as far back as 2014 appeared, when a fake news story about a muslim man raping a buddhist woman had been spread. It was later proved wrong, but still a mob of 400 buddhists surrounded a tea shop shouting and throwing bricks. The incident led to two people dying, only because of a social media spreading fake news. 

The Rohingyas situation is a exquisite example on how much power Facebook has, and how big of a threat it is to the security around the world. Even though the company later acknowledged their part in the mass extinction, their participating in spreading fake news and hateful comments, forced hundred of thousands to flee. Facebook’s answer when they first got questioned about the situation was “We’ll need to go away and dig into this and come back with something substantive”, but according to Madden they never came back with anything. As a channel spreading all kinds of posts, Facebook has a responsibility to avoid world security crises. Unfortunately for the Rohingyas, were the company “too slow”, and did not have the time to act before it was too late.


“Facebook dilemma”

Report climate changes

Ever since the 70’s people have been debating what to do with climate change. Politicians have for many years been too caught up in how the necessary measures affect the economy. They have not been willing enough to take measure. Today, people have had enough. The trend of school strike for the climate has taken the world by storm and a strong representative, Greta Turnberg, is influencing the world’s view on global warming. However, there are still people who do not believe the climate change is a problem and world-leaders not willing to take action. 

Although some may disagree, most people understand the importance of this global issue. There are many rock hard evidence on this matter, where all of them are essential for solving the issues. First of all, the global temperature is rising every minute, day and year. Since the late 19th century the planet’s average surface temperature has risen approximately 0,9 degrees Celsius, driven by increased carbon dioxide and other substitutes into the atmosphere. Secondly the oceans are also warming, because they absorb much of the increased heat. Many animals, and plants suffer because of this and especially the coral reefs, which are the home to at least 25% of the marine animals. Another evidence is shrinking ice sheets and glacial retreat. This is also an outcome of global warming, and warming oceans. Shrinking ice levels, glacial retreats and also decreased snow cover will result in  the sea level rising and destruction of entire ecosystems and the homes to thousands of animals. 

On the other hand, there are several reasons why some people do not agree with the scientific evidence pointing towards man made global warming. Firstly, one of the main arguments that climate change-deniers use is that the temperature of the earth has always been changing.  Such as the many ice ages. Secondly, many of the deniers believe that CO2 has a minor effect on the temperature and that it is not polluting the earth. This is not based on scientific research, but instead conspiracy theories and biased research. The mindset of these people always come back to ignorance and lack of knowledge. 

On the news it is common to show debates about climate change. There are in many cases two people debating against each other, where one is a believer in man-made climate change and the other one is a denier. This is misleading because of the misrepresentation. It is only a minor percentage of people that does not believe in global warming. Presenting it like it is 50/50, then becomes misleading. Furthermore, this can lead people to believe that the debate is about whether or not climate change is real, not what we need to do about the issue. 

An important figure representing the ones demanding a change is Greta Turnberg. She is the 16 year old girl who started the school-strike for the climate trend. During the last year she has accomplished great things like attending the UN´s 2019 Climate Action Summit and being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2019. She is very clear about her message; humanity is facing an existential crisis due to climate change and that too little is being done about the situation. As an instrument to get people involved and to make her message clear, she strongly uses words like “me”, “them” and “us” in her speeches. “Them” is politicians and decision-makers, and “us” is the younger generations like herself. 

Such an accomplished young girl with strong opinions and impact, is yet to be disliked. In her case, some of the ones disliking her is a few words leaders. For instance Donald Trump, the president of the United States, Putin, the President of Russia, and Erna Solberg, the Prime Minister of Norway have all been negative towards her. Trump attacked Turnbergs message in her speech at the UN´s 2019 Climate Action Summit by tweeting “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future.” Turnberg´s main message was that politicians and leaders are stealing and ruining her future. However she clapped back by making this her twitter bio. Solberg expresses her view of Turnberg in her comment “she could still go to school and protest, no need to cut classes”. From these statements, it is clear these world leaders looks down on Turnberg and her accomplishments. They are speaking of her as a child that should know its place. 

Regardless of that many world leaders are not impressed with Turnberg, she definitely has had a huge impact on how the world view climate change. From the 20th to the 27th September of 2019, a record of 7.6 million people took to the streets and striked for climate action. This is the biggest climate mobilisation in history. Peoples attention are now brought to the impact global warming has on not only future generations, but themselves as well. The goal of the strike is to force politicians to take action and treat this issue as what it is, a crisis. 

To conclude, even though there is lots of trustworthy scientific evidence climate change is an issue and that humans are to blame, there are still people who does not believe climate change is real, or that it is a problem. However this is a small group of people and their significance have been exaggerated, for example through debates on the news. Politicians and leaders are still too caught up in money to take the necessary measures. However, today people are demanding action to be taken. School strikes are changing the world´s view on climate change. People understand that it is not only the future generations that are being affected, but themselves as well. 

Something similar to what is happening now happened in the 80’s when scientists discovered a hole in the ozone layer caused by too much greenhouse gas emissions. Politicians all over the world treated this crisis with drastic measures. All the action taken paid off, and the ozone layer was fixed. Why can’t today’s politicians do like them and take the action that is necessary? We have to come together and find solutions, that doesn’t just satisfy the economy we love so dearly. In a few years, no matter which direction this goes, we are going to realize, we love the earth more. 

Introducing myself

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