In a democracy the quintessential citizen performs responsibilities and receives rights not offered in other forms of government. Rights given to citizens can be exercised in steps. When participating in a democracy, you have to the right to voice opinions and become a catalyst for any necessary change in the country. Citizenry is in fact the active participation of the people, as citizens, in politics and civic life. The first step to exercising citizenship in a democracy is becoming educated. Education is the key to making informed decisions when voting, protesting, and determining if the country is going in the proper direction. In order to become educated in democracy it is best to take advantage of free outlets of learning. In the United States there is a wealth of information from media outlets such as television news and news papers. In addition to the news, many democratic governments have public schools and offer aid for post-secondary learning. If citizens cannot become educated about the world they live in, the democracy is weakened. After becoming educated the next step is choose a position. Although democracies are one nation, they are often times separated into parties with different views on how things should be run. For instance in America the two parties that reflect the views of the United States are the conservative republican party and the liberal democratic party. In order to choose a position, there must be a proper level of education in order to form an intelligent opinion on how the direction of the country should go. Once a position is chosen you can go about participating in politics and civic life. Once you have decided upon a position in a democracy, the next step is to uphold the civic responsibilities that come along with it. A very important form of civil responsibility is paying taxes. In a democracy taxes are required to be paid by every citizen. The money from taxes is then administered to federal programs like social security and free education. It is a responsibility to pay taxes to your country. Paying taxes is a practice which keeps government funded programs up and running. With the responsibility to become educated and pay taxes, there is an allocation of rights. One of these rights is the right of civil disobedience. Civil disobedience is the right to defy or speak out against government legislation in order to cause a specific change. For example, in United States history, African Americans fought for equal rights. Though some African Americans chose violence to protest, others chose their right to non-violently voice their desire for change in this country. Their quest for…
Personal reactions to the film
Overall my personal reaction to the film Citizen Kane is that this was an interesting movie which introduced many different styles of photography. Throughout the first half of the film, I particularly liked how I noticed the similarities between Charles Kane and real life entrepreneur William Hearst. I really was captivated in the beginning of the movie as the newscast of Charles Kane had described his life and accomplishments after he passed away. This movie made…
As an American citizen, someone who lives in the United States of America is very lucky to have all of the rights and freedom that they do. People are free to make choices regarding where to send their child to school, where to eat, what to wear, where to live, and other endless possibilities. Our government allows us to vote for who we want to lead our country in the presidential office and vote for various laws and regulations that they propose. The ability to vote for our leaders and laws is an…
27 August 2013
A lot of filmmakers think that an emotive movie is a good movie. Which I disagree with, I do not see making people feel sad or happy as an impressive or difficult accomplishment. But in the case of Citizen Kane, rather than a cheap tug at the heart strings we see a man’s journey into darkness. It's rare that rather than exploit ones feelings with a climactic sadness, that we are drawn in. In Citizen Kane we experience a detailed, believable…
During the 1930’s Americans experienced the Great Depression as well as the New Deal. During this time the relationship between the government and citizens changed drastically. The government took a grater roll in the everyday lives of citizens both socially and politically. The New Deal created by the Roosevelt Administration made an attempt to stimulate the economy during this very thorny time. In the following essay we will discuss the factors that caused the great depression and the…
Professor Martin P. Gigler
May 2, 2013
The classic masterpiece, Citizen Kane (1941), is probably the world's most famous and highly rated film, with its many remarkable scenes, cinematic and narrative techniques and innovations. The director, star, and producer were all the same individual - Orson Welles (in his film debut at age 25), who collaborated with Herman J. Mankiewicz on the script and with Gregg Toland as cinematographer. The film was a big…
April 16, 2014
The Judicial Branch is a branch of the government that is separate and independent, but also has checks and balances to make sure other branches as well as their own are staying in line. Within this branch there is the Supreme Court consisting of nine members, one Chief Justice and eight associate justices, whose power is judgment. All judges are appointed for life and have original and appellate jurisdiction, but majority of the…
COMM101 Assignment 1
Citizen Kane is a film about an investigation into the newspaper giant Charles Kane. A
reporter has been assigned to decode Kane’s dying words. His investigation into the
newspaper giant reveals a very confusing man who rose to power from insignificance.
Although the reporter is digging through Kane’s past life and interviewing his Colleagues and
his family he feels that he will not be able to break through the mystery that is Kane and the
_____________and debate and shape news___________.
What is it? Make some notes from the slides and your own ideas.
TASK: Read the article on 9/11 and produce a mind map which outlines:
The Nature of reporting this event
The Role of audience in reporting
The Role of New Technology in reporting
Any Criticisms of coverage
New Media and Citizen Journalism
Which new / digital media have enabled citizen journalism to take place and how/why?
Business Problem-Solving Case: Citizens National Bank Searches for a System Solution
Case Study Questions
1. What was the initial problem that Mark Singleton was trying to solve at Citizens National? How well did he apply the four steps of problem solving?
A major part of Citizen National’s strategy for continuing growth was to implement customer relationship management (CRM) software. The CRM strategy targeted the bank’s two main contact points with customers: the bank’s call center…