Who Do We Trust?

“White lies always introduce others of a darker complection” – William S. Paley

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Every year we see news reports on different disasters with death tolls rising and people in panic. This year there have been over 20 different disasters,consisting of floods, cyclones, wildfires, and hurricanes. The numbers of disasters keep rising and the people one always find paying close attention to and reporting these happenings are the various people in the media. The media is often said to be the fourth power in the separation of powers, after the legislative, executive and the judicial. We have, since Montesque first introduced this principle, relied on the media to inform us about the world when the other three branches let us down.  But what is one supposed to do when the media starts lying to us?

There is a common misconception that the media lies to us by telling us that different events are less significant and dramatic than what they actually are. This is not correct. The actual problem is that the media, more often than not, amplifies the news in order to gain more attention and add a dramatic flair to their articles. Consequently, leading to more people reading more from the news agency. However, one might argue that there could be some truth in that the media hides different information from the public based on how reliable a source is. For instance, we know that the news agency ‘CNN’ is said to be less trustworthy than for example ‘The Guardian’.

Over the last week, there has been a hurricane raging over North-Carolina and different news agencies are saying different things. Thus, leading to the question of “Who are we supposed to trust?” CNN is known to be a news source that is, in the presidents of the United States words, “fake news”. This might be a reason as to why some people believe that when the CNN publishes articles about the hurricane Florence and provide data on different damage made by the hurricane. For instance, they published an article saying that over 150 people are awaiting rescue. Some people might not believe this because of how many political figures in the spotlight have said that they do not trust the CNN. Consequently, most people will, therefore, be more critical of their sources which is very important. On the other hand, however, some people decide to ignore what the CNN says and instead follows what other people say.

An example of a person who people tend to listen to instead of the news is Donald Trump, the president of the United States of America. As exemplified, when he during June this summer (2018) claimed that the U.S had given generous amounts of money to Purto Rico after the hurricane Maria. At one point he also said that “3000 people did not die in the hurricane.” This is an ok statement to make if he provided the source and told the audience where he got this information from and actually provided a number of casualties. I personally believe that this makes the president seem less trustworthy because he is lying about serious topics in order to look good.

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In conclusion, the media is an important part of life today and many people rely on the different media platforms in order to keep up-to-date with life in the world. Unfortunately, many people do not read sources with a critical eye. They either accept what is written in the sources or articles or they believe other people who claim that the information is “fake news” without any facts to check the reliability. I believe that it is important to know that some news agencies or sources spend time publishing information that is not correct and that some post reliable information and to read the different sites with a critical eye.

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The Argument and The Conversation

Good conversation is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.  – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

In class today we talked about having conversations. Our first task was to find a ground we disagreed on with another person and then have an argument about the chosen topic. We decided to discuss the benefits and disadvantages of a Microsoft computer and an Apple Mac. I chose to support Microsoft and my partner supported Apple. at the end of the argument we both came to the conclusion that I won and that consequently, Microsoft is the better choice when buying a computer. Personally, I didn’t feel like I had strong arguments as I do not have a lot of knowledge about the topic at hand. During the argument, I tried to use the tips I have learned while arguing, such as: respecting your opponent and keep your emotions at bay. It was a fun experience to argue about something that I usually don’t engage in. From arguing with my partner and from previous arguments I have decided to write down some helpful tips you can use when arguing.

  1. Be fair, try to have a civil argument
  2. Respect your opponent
  3. Do NOT attack your opponent, only their ideas
  4. If you are wrong, admit it
  5. Apologize when needed
  6. Be open to new ideas
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The second conversation we had today was with another partner where we discussed the book we are currently reading. We are both reading the same book, which you can read about here. During our conversation about the two male protagonists, I learned that I sometimes view characters differently than other people. my partner and I both agreed that the struggle Marcus goes through is a tough one that is partially unnecessary. What we picked up on is that even though we can not really relate to the two main characters we can use their struggles in order to help others. For instance, Marcus does not have any friends at school and struggles alone cause he has no one to confide in. In order to make sure that this does not happen to anyone we know we can try to be helpful and help those who need it.

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“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all” -Oscar Wilde

Which Book?

In English class, we are going to be reading an English novel. We had a choice between “About a boy”, by Nick Hornby, and “The absolutely true diary of being a part-time Indian”, by Sherman Alexie. Both books seemed to be good reads and it was difficult to choose out of the two. However, after a while, I decided to read “about a boy”. I chose this book because even though reading about Native Americans from the perspective of one is very interesting and educational the other book seemed to be more thrilling and eye-catching. I really look forward to reading this book and enjoying it. I do so hope it exceeds expectations.

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After the First Two Chapters

The first chapter was about a young schoolboy Marcus and his mother, who had just split with her boyfriend. You quickly understand that Marcus and his mother have a strained relationship and that this will probably affect him throughout the whole book. In comparison to Will, who we meet in chapter two, Marcus is very insecure and doesn’t really seem to know what he is doing. This is, of course, to be expected as he is only a young boy.

Will, however, is a very irresponsible and self-centered man who believes he knows better than everyone else. At the end of chapter two Will mentioned that he “didn’t know what trouble he was about to get himself into”, this made me really curious and I wish to continue reading as soon as possible. I really hope that the book continues in the same fashion as it seems very entertaining and alluring.

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The Journey Begins

"The only impossible journey is the one you never begin." -Tony Robbins

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Hi, my name is Solveig and this is my new blog. I am a student from Norway attending Sandvika high school where I am a sophomore. I am majoring in IT and take a pre-university course. The reason for this is because I want to be a data engineer when I grow up. Sandvika is a high school a little outside of Oslo, the capital of Norway. The school is large and has a huge student body which consists of approximately nine hundred students. You have the choice of majoring in media, health, IT and business. My favorite subject is natural science, English and IT.

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The first week of school was pretty good. I got to meet all my new classmates and they are very nice. the teachers also seem like they know what they are doing and I am looking forward to having them as my teachers. Classes are bearable at the moment and I am sure that I will be able to keep up as it gets more intense after a while. In a few weeks the whole class is going on a trip together in order to become closer as a class. I believe that the trip will be fun and that I will get to know many of my fellow students better.


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