Sam Perez Damn you, Tom! You just had to say that, didn't you? Here's the link if you want to do research: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Masturbation Remember, it's not taboo if Tom McKay did it first.
Sam Perez The underfunded pensions have been a problem for many years. Unfortunately, the state raided the teacher pensions in order to plug holes elsewhere and that has created problems in the present. Now the state has problems because they have to recoup what they spent from the pensions and put it back in. This problem has affected not only CPS teachers, but also all the other parts of the state that have taken part of the state pension system (including my former school district). Thus, the pension problem's roots are of a more systemic nature, related but not quite the same as the CPS strikes.
Sam Perez This incident is the anti-Amherst rape scenario from a few months ago. While Amherst finally responded to their problem and are starting to take small steps towards the administrative cover-up of sexual assault, it looks like the Dartmouth case simply uncovered the conformist and negligent culture that exists at the campus. While Dartmouth is far from the only college with such issues, that is no excuse to start doing something in their own campus.
Sam Perez I clicked the link and found no evidence against my statement whatsoever. None. Yes, Anne Frank is becoming a hot Google topic, but again, it's due to the heavy backlash against the comment, not in solidarity with it. In fact, I looked at the same Google trends, and it seems that on Friday, during Mr. Bieber's visit, the searches for these terms were pretty low (about the 7-day average beforehand), and only became hot topics during the backlash on Saturday and Sunday. The percentages you cite are for rising trends, which take into account only the past 24 hours. This means that the data is being given during the backlash and not the visit itself.
Sam Perez Anyone who wants to learn about Anne Frank's history due to Bieber would be because of the backlash itself. I have looked at Bieber's Twitter, and I don't see how anyone could be inspired to look at Anne Frank's story considering he makes zero references to it himself. The backlash against this comment is two-fold: a) the lack of respect against Anne Frank (and other genocide victims) is not okay and b) we need to educate more people about it. The backlash against the comment is important in spreading the importance of Ms. Frank's history to new people, not Justin Beiber himself.
Sam Perez My original question is: "how is this event inspiring people to learn more about Anne Frank and genocide?" not "how can this event be used to inspire more to look at the events of the Holocaust and current events?" The big difference between those two questions is between intent and consequences. Mr. Bieber's note as originally written on the guestbook was not being used to inspire any sort of education on genocide and Anne Frank, but disrespecftul. The Anne Frank House used it to try to gather some sort of support from it (they were not as okay with the third portion or they would not have removed it from the tweet). However, most people who would look at the Anne Frank House before the backlash would already know who Anne Frank is.
Sam Perez The reason there's so much criticism in this case is because Ms. Frank's story has been told to millions of people, and she commands a respect from people who empathize and learn from her. This is a matter of respect, and this is a case where respect is lacking. Who cares if Bieber is a celebrity or just another visitor from Canada? My focus throughout this story has always been about Anne Frank, the larger significance of her story (which is not about speculation of her musical interests, or even her age, but of her horrific experience from a system that practices extreme intolerance), and the respect that should be given to her and other victims of genocide.
Sam Perez Jeanne, I can look at multiple perspectives, and I understand that people are hoping that this unfortunate event introduces more people to Anne Frank. I hope that future generations continue to be introduced to the topic of genocide, through Anne Frank's diary and other books, first-person documentaries, and other media at multiple points in their lives. However, what you have not answered is how is this event inspiring people to learn more about Anne Frank and genocide? What additional exposure is Mr. Bieber giving to Anne Frank's story and genocide that other mediums have not accomplished? If you can't answer that, then Mr. Bieber is simply lacking perspective and trivializing Ms. Frank's victimization at the hands of a genocidal regime.
Sam Perez Anne Frank was a person above all, not a demographic to be marketed to tweens. Whether you are a teen or not is completely pointless; Anne's story transcends those boundaries. People are not going to find out about Anne Frank from Justin Bieber himself. If his fans are going to be interested in finding out more about Anne Frank, it will be because of the media coverage surrounding this insensitive event and because of the Facebook postings by Anne Frank's House, not because Justin Bieber is any sort of advocate for Holocaust awareness. If you want to learn about Anne Frank, her age provides perspective to her experience, but not the only reason it's important. Is Eli Wiesel's Night any more or less important because of his age?
Sam Perez No, Anne Frank doesn't benefit at all from Justin Bieber's visit. The story of this historical figure is well known to older generations and passed down to younger generations in one way or another, no one realistically gets to know the Anne Frank story from a celebrity's visit. Replace Anne Frank with Abraham Lincoln in that sentence and it wouldn't change a thing. She was not a typical teen for her era, she spent her teenage years hiding from persecution, and before that happened every Jewish person's rights were being systematically destroyed. I don't think she ever had what one would consider a normal childhood; maybe she liked things that others shared in common, but that should never be used to cheapen the morals of her story.
Sam Perez I don't think that was the outrageous part of his comments. While "Anne was a great girl" is a little off because she's more than a "great girl," she's a historical figure, you can make the argument that she was a good person. The outrageous part of his comment is that "hopefully she would have been a belieber." You don't go to a WWII/Holoucast memorial and write something so vain and lacking in sensibility for the suffering of millions of people or even one person. When one talks about Anne Frank, her good or bad taste in music is not what comes to mind at all. Sure, we hope that she was able to get some respite from her troubles through music, but considering her life as a whole, her story of persecution is universal and timeless and
Sam Perez Mr. Goodman, I don't think that Britons elected her at all. British M.P. (or Prime Ministers) are the leaders of the majority party in Parliment, sort of like the Speaker of the House. Nor did Elizabeth say she is not important nor worthy of support, only that she is a poor example of feminism for a variety of reasons.
Sam Perez Salem is a huge character in the series, and the only character besides Sabrina to appear in every episode of all seven seasons. He talks, which is cool. He is a warlock sentenced to cat form for trying to take over the world, which is also cool. He was portrayed by live cats during the non-talking portion, and an animatronic puppet for the talking parts. He was a legitimate character and not just some one-off supporting character.
Sam Perez Wait, Lightning wasn't the first Final Fantasy female leader in the series. FFX-2 had Yuna as the leader, and FFVI had Terra in the first half and Celes in the second half. And honestly, all three of those are more popular than Lightning. Valkyrie from Valkyrie Chronicles would have also been a better RPG female representative (and she's a Norse goddess), but that's just my opinion.