Since, Tik-Tok took over the social media world it really has open a look into the everyday lives of other people day to day. When the pandemic first started we could see people doing different things to help escape from quarantine. In the involved to several creators making their accounts to teach each other about different culture and languages. I have learned new things from new religions, new foods, and even new words. In recent weeks it has given us a day to day look into the war that has been going on without the media making it their own story. Of course, there is some misinformation that comes along with this platform but it has given the day to day people have a voice.
It has been exactly two years since the world went into lockdown. When I reflect back to that time it seems so crazy how much our lives has really changed because of Covid. I know can’t remember a time were it was weird to always have masks on you and wearing it in common places.I think about how the global community came together to show respect to our healthcare workers. This is currently happening again when Russia decided to invade Ukraine. We saw the world come together in order to help the people of Ukraine. You saw people volunteering to go fight for them and doing whatever small things they can to help them. I wonder if we will ever have a normal start to a year again that doesn’t include a pandemic or wars. One thing that has come out is a new standard for a politicians which is to be more like the president of Ukraine. He step-up when the people needed him and did not escape but to help fight for freedom. It was incredible to see him set up like that.
This webinar was a very interesting even to attend because it highlighted how literature can be used to cope with the reality of how ugly the world can get. It went through Dr.Kate Viera’s full-bright work in Colombia pre-pandemic. She showed various pieces of work her students have done in relations to the violence and reality the face in everyday life. It was interesting how some of them had a complete different outlook. At the end of the webinar she tied everything together by talking about a famous Colombian tv-show that demonstrates how music and writing brings these teenagers together in a neighborhood run by crime. Since, I knew what show she was talking about I could picture what her message for this webinar was.
This past 8 weeks have been pretty insane in relations to the international events; well it can said for the past two years the world has been in full on chaos mode. This webinar went into detail on the history behind china’s leaders and their ideology, the assumption that new leadership turnover might occur, and finally what it could mean to its relationship with the US. The first third of the presentation went into the requirements that someone needs to hold in order to uphold a political office. Which was very interesting because even when we want to learn about the global community we fail to think about small things like what does it take to be a political figure in a Communist country. The second part of this event goes into detail prediction of who could take power next within the Chinese government. Finally, how it impacts us as another country which one of the topics that was covered was how the China wants to enhances their international role within the global community. This will be interesting to see how they push this since, China is not the most like country bases on their political ideas.