Blog 6

Blog: 4 email to a best friend that is my age

Topic: why they should or should not participate in extreme tourism

We wanted to find sources that support us. We want our friend to know we care and that we’re worried. We also want them to know we’ve done our homework.

When we bring in the research, do we quote directly or summarize it?

When we do either one, we have to NAME the source and where they’re from

Ex: Acc. To Josh Marshall, a freshman in my class at AUM, “the power outage was the scariest of my life.”


On the other hand, sources may be used to disagree with us.

<insert example from last week>

this is dangerous because it creates BINARY THINKING.

Class exercise of going from one side to another.

how to avoid binary thinking.

In Josh Marshall’s book Camping Out  Marshall states that “people that avoid camping out are cowardly. its not fun to live your life in a hotel” While I first found a problem with the world “cowardly,” I understand that Marshall wants to promote a life fully lived, both indoors and out.


Blog 4

To Whom it May Concern,

I hear you are planning a trip to Chernobyl in the near future. I am excited for you. However according to Chris Leadbeater with The Telegraph “The Chernobyl Disaster released 400 hundred time the radiation than that of the Hiroshima bomb. However according to Phil Sylvester the amount of radiation you receive if you go today is the same of that on a long haul plane flight. Which if you know me someone who is a pilot and is always in the air I don’t have any issues so have fun and send me some pictures.


Joshua marshall


BLOG 3.5

Class Notes

Regular Google searches = Millions of sources

How to narrow that?

Use quotes to narrow results.

Google Scholar

All Google Scholar Sources are critiqued through peer review.

Peer Review

  • 2 experts in field read the article
  • They don’t know the author’s name
  • They must take the reviewer advice

Can use the Google scholar funtion to limit articles by the day they were published to ensure we reading a current source

Always run thing trough the CRAAP test. (currency, relevance, author, accuracy, and purpose)

Once you find a source what do you do with it?

Must have Author attribution. Ex: according to Major Penton, “the lights were out for years.”

Always find first and last name of the author.

Use it to introduce the info they give you.

Ex: Joe Johnson at the New York Times explains that Chernobyl is “a wasteland”

Joe Johnson says that nothing can grow in Chernobyl.


What Happened in Fukushima?

We all know that in 2011, the nuclear reactor in Fukushima broke down as the result of Tsunami. This caused a huge disaster due to the radioactive molecules being released into the air. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Going down the iceberg, according to the BBC website the Tsunami that hit Fukushima was the caused by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake in the Ocean. Further down I go I found a video by Columbia universities K1-Project explaining how when the powerplant was first hit by the earthquake the nuclear reactor had shutdown but the rods were still very hot and needed to be cooled, then after the tsunami hits and wipes out the backup generator, the rods were no longer being cooled, thus causing a meltdown. As I kept searching, I found the effects of this meltdown caused the Japanese Government to evacuate everyone within a thirty-kilometer radius of Fukushima, and even the US Government to advise US Citizens in Japan to avoid going within 80 km of Fukushima, according to The Earth Magazine.





Sources on The Chernobyl Disaster

I found my first source by a simple google search ( which explain the basics of the disaster however more questions were raised about its environmental effects which led me to ( After that I wanted to see the true radiation poising impact on the people which led me to (

Blog 2.5 (Class notes)

Blog 2.5

Past two weeks:

Day 1.

1.       Propose and idea to help a city in the event of a major disaster

2.       A good weapon I would use during this disaster is a vehicle it provides both a weapon and a shield.

3.       Short assignments- break things down into chunks.

Day 2.

1.       Describe a time where I lost power or other utilities.

2.       Asked classmates about their experiences. And made nametags in order to give credit. Created a practice research paper.

Day 3.

1.       Learned to find reputable sources by avoiding clickbait and websites that don’t list an author. Found and analyzed two website to see if they could be deemed reputable.

2.       The CRAAP (Currency, relevance, authorship, accuracy, and purpose.)

Day 4.

1.       Searches on google to verify the truth. ​

Where did Zombies Come From?

Zombies are a huge part of today’s popular culture. After being tasked to find the origin of the “zombie”, I started my journey down the rabbit hole by a simple google search which took me to a website ( which pretty much said that the idea of the un-dead came from Haiti as a symbol of the harsh conditions of slavery they endured centuries ago. However as I traveled further down the rabbit hole of Google I stumbled upon a website ( saying that the idea of the un-dead goes all the way back to the 8th century in Western African culture in the voodoo religion, hence why Haiti was mentioned earlier. Down the rabbit hole I go, I find a non-African idea of the zombie from Viking culture, they called the Draugr. According to the website (, large boulders were placed atop of graves to prevent the Draugr from rising from the dead. As I dug deeper down the rabbit hole of google I realized that the idea of the zombie goes back even further than that according to ( zombies date all the way back to the stone ages. The article, written by Kimberley Lin states “Some scholars believe that fear of reanimated corpses may have led to the evolution of the gravestone. Originally, people would place cairns or piles of rocks over a freshly buried body to make sure it could not dig its way out.” Now that we’ve covered zombies as far as ancient history goes when did they start to make an appearance in popular culture? The movie “White Zombie” was the first zombie movie ever made according to (

Blog 1

Hurricane Michael

Just over the holiday break I moved back to my hometown of Montgomery AL after living in Panama City, Fl for six years. As you already know on October 10, 2018 Panama City was rocked by Hurricane Michael. Luckily my apartment received minimal damage and since my apartment was located right next to a substation, we had power less than 12 hours after Michael made landfall. However, due to the waterlines being breached after the storm the city shut off the water for about five days and it was one of the biggest eye openers of my life. Luckily living in such a tight nit community, bottled water was abundant and given on the streets for free by churches and businesses from all over the Country. Living with no running water was a challenge we had to bathe with bottled water, flush toilets with it, brush teeth, wash dishes all with bottled water. Even with power, I was with out cell service for about a week and would have to drive 30 minutes to the next county to get a signal and let family members know I was doing okay and with trees and power lines in the middle of road, that took weeks to get picked up, this was a dangerous and time consuming task. All in all, I was very lucky and compared to most people that lived in Panama City I was unaffected. Even though you won’t see it on the news the damage from this storm is far from over most the businesses are still closed and you can still see families living in tents.