Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Connections: Life, Knowledge, and Media

This article was excruciatingly long and I think gave me carpal tunnel after I got through with the notes. Besides that it was a pretty decent reading. One thing it talked about that stood out to me was that Christians see Christmas as the ‘norm’ holiday in December. Chanukah, Kwanzaa, and the Winter Solstice are looked at as the majority and don’t even consider them. Personally, I didn’t even know that Winter Solstice was a holiday; I’ve heard of it before but I just thought it was a fancy name for the winter season. Sometimes even the ‘minority’ groups relate to Christmas; my mom’s good friends are Jewish, they celebrate Chanukah and go to the temple and everything, but during Chanukah and Christmas they put up a Christmas tree with decorations and all.

We discussed social learning theory in class the other day which is a repetitive reward. We use this theory all throughout our lives from baby to full grown. When were babies we probably got a cookie or something for doing something good, school age we received stars for good work, and now its praise. Getting these kinds of rewards makes us recognize what good we did and how it made us feel when we got praised, so we continue the good work because we want that good feeling again.