time and money….

It has been said that we reveal our heart by the way in which we spend our time and our money.  What does America spend its time and money on?  Examine one aspect of American culture and comment on what this aspect of American life (and this investment of time and money) reveals about the heart/values of America.  Give specific data to support your claims.

When finished, respond to at least two other student posts.

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crime in America….

Follow this link to get an overview of crime in America: http://www.nationmaster.com/country/us-united-states/cri-crime .  Then read this article and look at graphs found in this article:  http://crimepreventionresearchcenter.org/2014/03/comparing-murder-rates-across-countries/

Select one statistic or fact that catches your eye.  What is it?  Why do you think it catches your eye? To add some perspective, find the sidebar where it says “compare American crime to….” another country.  Click on it and respond.  What similarities and differences do you see here? What do you think this statistic (on its own and when compared to another country) says about American culture? When finished with your post, read and respond to at least 1 other post.

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iGods: the impact of technology on our spiritual and social lives

Respond to the comments we heard this morning at the January Series.  What did you agree with?  What did you disagree with?  What surprised you?  What made you think?  Use specifics.  Avoid the temptation to jump into text language.  I expect complete sentences and well-crafted paragraphs.

When finished with your own response, read through others and respond to at least two of them with questions or comments.

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Religion and Culture

At the bottom of the “How Should Christians Respond to Culture?” page there are six articles about various conflicts between religion and culture.  Read one of the articles and then respond to this post.  In one sentence summarize the conflict described in the article.  Then explain which of the five Christian responses discussed in class the situation is most like (Avoid, Blend, etc.) and defend your answer.  Lastly share your thoughts.  What were your impressions of the article?  What do you agree/disagree with?  (If you’re one of the last to reply to this post, pick an article that hasn’t been discussed.)

Then reply/respond to one of your classmates’ posts.

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gen z: is this accurate?

As I said in class, this article analyzes generation z a bit harshly in my opinion.

Read the article:  http://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/marie-claire/features/world/article/-/8223607/meet-generation-z/

Respond to it.  Select one specific claim by the author and either support it or refute it with examples from real life.

When finished with your own post, respond to at least 2 other posts.

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starbucks…a springboard

Read this article about Starbucks and what it says about America:

http://www.pri.org/stories/business/economic-security/learning-from-starbucks1681.html

Then (1) respond to the article.  What did you find interesting? surprising? and (2) imagine a new article that uses the basic title/premise:  What ______________ says about America.  Fill in the blank and then explain your choice.    Be careful to choose something that we haven’t discussed/studied much.  It should be original and thought-provoking. (Your post should be two paragraphs long….)

Respond to at least one other post after you’ve completed your response.

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hunger games: for girls only

Read this blog please…

http://www.air1.com/blog/brant/post/2012/03/27/Katniss-and-Her-Friends.aspx

…and then respond to this prompt.

Do you agree with the writer of the blog?  What do  you think the Hunger Games book/movie and its popularity reveal about American culture?  Why has it been so popular?  What has it touched on that has so resonated with Americans?

After posting your response, respond to at least one other post.

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the avengers: boys only

Check out this article…

http://movies.yahoo.com/news/avengers-tells-us-american-masculinity-152600217.html

…and respond in writing.  What do you think of this article?  Is it accurate?  or completely off base?  Which one of these superheroes best captures who you want to be?  Which one best captures American culture circa 2012?  Explain.

After posting your own response, read and respond to at least one other post.

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crime statistics: what do they reveal?

Follow this link to get an overview of crime in America:

http://www.nationmaster.com/country/us-united-states/cri-crime

Select one statistic or fact that catches your eye.  What is it?  Why do you think it catches your eye?

To add some perspective, find the sidebar where it says “compare American crime to….” another country.  Click on it and respond.  What similarities and differences do you see here?

What do you think this statistic (on its own and when compared to another country) says about American culture?

When finished with your post, read and respond to at least 1 other post.

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video games: window into our nation?

Follow this link to an article about the best selling video games of 2011.

http://www.computerandvideogames.com/332096/best-selling-us-games-of-2011-revealed/

Were you surprised by any of the listings?  Which games have you personally played?  What do the games listed here reveal about American culture?  Be detailed and thoughtful here, pulling in your personal experience but also considering the larger view of the list.  After you write your own post,  respond to at least one other person.  Remember to insert your name!

This should be completed by Tuesday, October 9.

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