During the first week of my assessment, I will introduce the meaning of culture and how it affects the people of South Sudan.

According to the author, Cole, Nicki Lisa, Culture is a term that refers to a large and diverse set of mostly intangible aspects of social life. According to sociologists, culture consists of the values, beliefs, systems of language, communication, and practices that people share in common and that can be used to define them as a collective. Culture also includes the material objects that are common to that group or society. Culture is distinct from the social structure and economic aspects of society, but it is connected to them — both continuously informing them and being informed by them.

In my perspective, culture is a way of communication between a group of people that share their values on a certain path. It’s something that was descended from ancestor by leaving behind so many impacts on people as they carry it on from generation to generation. After all, culture is a huge aspect of many different countries around the world. Since culture is a huge topic, I won’t be able to cover every aspect of it. I will be focusing on the unique culture from the other side of the world that many people might’ve never been to which is South Sudan.

According to the writer, Pier, South Sudan (officially the Republic of South Sudan) is located in east-central Africa and is the most recently formed country in the world. It gained independence from North Sudan in 2011 after over 50 years of political struggle. Being the youngest country in the world, its national identity is still emerging. Most South Sudanese people share a cultural connection based on their common practice of Christianity and the experience of struggle and liberation from North Sudan. However, the South Sudanese tend to feel more cultural affiliation and loyalty to their tribal and ethnic groups rather than allegiance to the nation. Culture is important to many of the South Sudanese people as they believe that it is a part of their daily lifestyle. Furthermore, they represent their culture by using simple approaches. As Cole, Nicki Lisa mentioned in her article, the five examples of values, languages, communication, beliefs, and practices. Each one of these components has its own definitions and functions.

In conclusion, culture is an important aspect of every country. Its importance will never fade as it is passed down from generation to generation. It defines who you are as a person and what your values are. Find a way to protect your individual values until next time.

Works Cited

Cole, Nicki Lisa. “Defining Culture and Why It Matters to Sociologists.” ThoughtCo, ThoughtCo, 2 Aug. 2019,

Pier. “South Sudanese Culture – Core Concepts.” Cultural Atlas,

Annoying ways people use sources


I have enjoyed reading this article, due to the author’s description of some beneficial academic mistakes that some of the students make, including myself. He showed us six examples, end how to fix them. But I would like to focus on three that are related to me in some way.

“Armadillo Roadkill.” When you don’t interduce a quotation, it’s just dropped in to start off its own sentence. The author here comperes this to riding a long in car when an armadillo comes out of nowhere and the diver runs it over. It makes me think a few years back, about a friend of mine, who sometimes, would come up with news without knowing a fact, or even having a tiny clue about that. It probably, something that she heard it somewhere without paying any attention to it. She would say something like, do you guys know that Mr so and so, running for presidential? now back in South Sudan?  To fix: use your own words to introduce the quotation.

            “Dating Spider- Man.” When you start or end paragraphs with quotations. Not technically wrong, but often feels “rushed, unexplained, disjointed” and is an “easy out.” Here’s how author explains the nickname: It’s like dating Spider-Man. You’re walking along with him and he says something remarkably interesting- but then he tilts his head, hearing something far away, and suddenly shoots a web onto the nearest building and zooms away through the air. As if you had just read an interesting quotation dangling at the end of a paragraph, you wanted to hear more of his opinion, but it’s too late- he’s already moved on. Later, he suddenly jumps off a balcony and is by your side again, and he starts talking about something you don’t understand and expecting you to understand what was on his mind. This reminds an auntie that come very often to visit my family, then a few minutes later she would change her mind and say, hey I will come back sometimes this week, because I have to go and check on your cousins too. To fix: give context for the quote.

             “Uncle Barry and his Encyclopedia of Useless Information”. When you place too many quotations in a row without fully exploring the meaning of each, so that the reader doesn’t get “to hear the real point of what the author wants to say” or chance to “form an opinion about the claims” (248). He compares this -reliance on quotations to his annoying Uncle Barry, who often goes on tangents when speaking without fully exploring each story. The author in Uncle Barry’s part in the passage, reminds me of my father’s story with his Uncle. His was a blind man, his name was, Grandpa Pagan, was an annoyed person, when comes for calling kids, in order to sand somebody somewhere, or to go and get something for him. He would call you and say, would you please get me water to drink? right before you take a step, he would say, no, leave that, would you please call your father for me? Or no, come on I want to tell you a short story about myself. Or you know what? I think is better to tell you something very interesting about my farm. Then he would go on changing subjects as he wants. unfortunately, he would find himself alone, some kids have had ran away and others nearby, they are just quiet. No one wants to help him anymore. To fix: Reevaluate your direct quotes. Review the criteria in EW P.186, “When to quotes, paraphrase, or summarize.” Change some quotes into paraphrases.


          In the conclusion, the writing feels more interesting. Specially when you read something that you have in common with an author. As I have mention them in those examples, and how are they related to me.

                                                                        Work cited

Kyle D. Stedman “Annoying ways people use sources.”                  














Serial Selfie


           In the article, Serial Selfies by Jill Rettberg Walker, she talks about visual self-representation focusing on selfie videos, photos before and after digital and social media. A very interesting part of this article has been the stories of artist Karl Baden or Suzanne Szucs and her LifeLogger: Chronicling the Everyday exhibition made of Polaroids. These artists recorded their lives in an analogue way to express themselves before the social media and the public oversharing of our portrait-diary leaded me to believe there is a deeper idea as to why we are taking selfies. Selfies have become its own genre whether is a selfie video, digital picture or photobooth building a narrative of our habits has become a tool to express ourselves. The author Katin Tiidenger in her article, Do selfies Matter? has become a cultural characteristics created by people for the people with multiple uses and meanings.  Selfies can be used as a platform to admire others, self-advertisement, it can be used to protest our unhappiness, and maintain relationships. However, how much of this is safe?

According to Doyle, Lucy in her article, “Selfies: The Good, the Bad and the Downright Irritating,” a study at the University of Georgia believe that the main reason for the selfies is self-absorption, art and social connection. When we look for a reason as to why we take selfies at events in special occasions or otherwise, there is something more than just to show your friends how you spend your time and a way to stay connected. Nowadays, the continuous post of selfies.  I enjoy taking pictures at events with relatives and friends for a long-lasting imprinted memory.  At times when I am far away from friends and family or I am going through difficult times, it helps me to review my photos to passed through those upsetting moments bringing a smile to me and those I shared my pictures with. However, it can be unsafe, and we should be conscious of our sharing too much more so intimate selfies.  Underage inappropriate selfies have become an issue. Children’s and young adults in look for likes and acceptance posted or shared sexual content, there is a possibility that they have shared this with strangers online without realizing it. This could lead to them being pressured into continuing contact, or even being threatened into taking more images that could have a negative effect on their reputation, education or future employment. Attention-seeking, loneliness, and self-centered behavior had a significant relationship with selfie-liking what we can do is to advise them about “things to think about before you post.”

When you share something online, you can lose control of it. Even if you delete a photo or post you can’t guarantee that it hasn’t been copied.  The more we share with others the more they know about us, could these people use your post to bully us? We also must think of not sharing without permission of our friends what our friends have shared with only us.  Finally, before posting something would you be happy if what you share ended up in a public billboard where family and friends can see it?

In conclusion, the authors mentioned the important information about how serial selfies work in our daily life. They commented on a variety of ways selfies are being used as a way of self-expression and communication for the purpose of sharing their ideas in our community, regardless of agreeing or disagreeing with one another.

                                                            Works Cited

Doyle, Lucy. “Selfies: The Good, the Bad and the Downright Irritating.” ParentInfo, Parent Zone and NCA-

CEOP, 28 Oct. 2019,

Rettberg Walker, Jill. Seeing Ourselves Through Technology How We Use Selfies, Blogs and Wearable Devices to See and Shape Ourselves. Palgrave Macmillian, 2014.

Tiidenberg, Katrin. “Do Selfies Matter?” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, 29 Jan. 2019,

Filtering in Human Behaviors

            In the article, Filtered Reality by Jill Walker Rettberg, he describes the word filter as a logical term to understand algorithmic culture. Filter has been used as in many domains, but usually to describe a process where something is removed.  He also has given us many examples in the article that can help us defined the word filter.

            In the passage, the author mentioned many examples how we filter or remove unwanted contents, as in electronics devices, the cigarette filters, and filtering results from events. As a matter of fact, I totally agreed with the author about all these things that he had wrote in the article, except that he did not added on the human behaviors that needed to be filtered somehow. In my opinion, there are some bad human behaviors that needed to be add to the column of filtering. For instance, in order to live a happy, peaceful life, you need to remove those you think they are there for you, when facing some difficulties, but they are not.  Those that are actually stabbing you in your back when you are gone, pretending in your presence, should be filtered from your life.  What they have for you it’s nothing except jealousy and hatred.  Therefore, this type of filter is one of the situations that almost everyone is dealing with in this life. I know it might be hard for all of us to eliminate someone that was that close to you, but guess what? do not worry, there is always a way for everything.

            The author gave us beneficial examples of filtering in the article and there is another one that has caught my attention from our cultural filters that the rules and conventions that guide us, filter out possible modes of expression so subtly that we often are not even aware of all the things we do not see. As creating a baby journal for our baby’s first year or not, most parents will take photos of certain moments, like a newborn baby photo, baby’s first smiles, their first teeth, first time they crawled, and first birthday.  Also, we create a baby photo album by filtering many aspects of their lives.

            The Culture Filtering has left a good impact on me, I learned many things from this author, that there are many ways of filtering things in our lives. He included ways and how it works. With his article, Rettberg has brought our focus to realize things that we haven’t have had any clue.

                                                                        Work Cited

Rettberg, Jill Walker. Filtered Reality (20). Technological and cultural filters (24).

How did i set up my blog

There are some steps you need to take in order to set up your blog. for registration go to word, clink on create web side button then create your web. make sure you choose the free plan, set up your time zone on American central or Chicago time, be sure that you set your setting on public, then after you created your account, launch, choose a theme, customized, send the url of your blog to at, composed and published .