Sumaira Rajpoot

Love all, trust few, do wrong to none.

RTV3303, Blog Post 13

Happy December!

If only it was cold outside like most states. Florida is nice, though, during December. Our cold weather usually comes in January.

This Wednesday, December 3, 2014 there will be a silent and peaceful protest during the Art Walk in Hemmingway Plaza. It is due to the photograph inside MOCA that was being labeled pornography, when in reality it was merely a woman (naked) who is pregnant. This topic reminded me of my older post, about photos, and I failed to mention how sometimes pictures (although worth a thousand words) can be disagreed upon when it comes to the message intended.

I plan to contact Compassionate Families to see if there will be an area we can maybe start setting up during Art Walk (which is the first Wednesday of every month) in order to bring more awareness for the company. I don’t have a plan yet as to what we could set up, but maybe just being out there with someone representing Compassionate Families (even if it is me!) would be a great idea. A simple shirt brings recognition, too.

-Sumaira

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RTV3303, Blog Post 12

Have you ever heard of Camp Maddie? Well, if you were like me and unaware of this awesome camp, allow me to englighten you!

Every year around the middle of May, Compassionate Families holds a camp for children ages 7-17 that have survived homicide in one form or another. The camp takes place as YMCA’s Camp Immokalee in Clay County, Florida.

The goal of this camp is to provide a place where children can be helped with coping skills to better understand what is happening in their young life. Part of the staff includes mental health professionals that are experienced in helping children grieve. There are also tons of fantastic volunteers! (I plan to be one next year, yay!)

For anyone interested in volunteering next May (2015) or simply wanting to donate to Compassionate Families to help programs such as this one, please visit their home page here.

This is an incredible program that helps hundreds of kids every year. Why not join and be a part of brightening someone’s day on such a gloomy occasion? Don’t be shy, come find out what Compassionate Families is all about! Homicide doesn’t just affect adults; kids have broken hearts, too. Let’s try and put together the pieces one hug at a time.

-Sumaira

RTV3303, Blog Post 11

Thanksgiving is a holiday many of us celebrate with families and friends that we love. Just yesterday thousands of families spent time together giving thanks for what they appreciate. Although we may be blessed to have this opportunity, I cannot imagine how difficult it must be for families who have a seat left unattended. A loved one who did not make it to the holiday. It must be the worst time to remember and miss a person. We should all keep in mind of our friends and family members who are hurting inside during these special occasions.

Here are my tips for things NOT to do around those who may be grieving, no matter how much time has passed:

  • Never brag or gloat to a person about what you have, knowing that this very thing is what they are missing.
  • Try hard to not complain of things that could seem small in comparison such as “a bad day” and the reality of death in someone else’s life during a holiday.
  • Don’t avoid the obvious. Be direct and say the hard words. Often, in fear of offending someone we stay quiet. But how could someone be offended knowing that you’re thinking of them? A small example could be you texting a friend saying “I’m thinking of you on this day” such as father’s day, or mother’s day, if this friend has lost a parent. I believe saying this versus not can be great for that friend.
  • Lastly, always be mindful of others. This doesn’t mean that because you haven’t gone through tradedgy you are not allowed to be happy, don’t get me wrong, be happy and be proud. What I am trying to point out is that don’t forget about the ones around you who may be living the opposite life. Just be mindful of what you say, how you say it, and when you say it.

Hope this helps and I hope everyone reading had a great holiday this week!

-Sumaira

RTV3303, Blog Post 10

A picture is worth a thousand words. We all have heard this at one time or another. I think the great thing about photographs is the fact that no matter what changes in reality, the picture remains the same. It allows for us to re-visit memories and times that we cherish and captured. Happy times and major life events are often the reason for snapping a picture.

I’ve never lost a person who was very close to me, but I imagine when this day comes as I am well aware it could be any day, I would reminisce through photographs and think of the times I had with my loved one.

A great part of the Compassionate Families office is detailed with photographs of all the lost lives. Compassionate Families understands what it means to have that photo hung up to never forget the loved one who lost their life. Although sometimes it may be hard to look at the photo and accept the fact it is now a reality that the life is lost, having a company that cares this much and puts emphasis on the loved one as if it were their very own family means a lot to the families.

This coming week I plan to visit the office and bring supplies to help hang up the photos from the old office into the new. Upon talking to a friend who is familiar with Compassionate Families for her sad reality of losing her husband, she mentioned to me seeing the picture hung up hit her hard. It was great that her husband was able to be a part of that wall of loved faces but it made her also accept reality a little faster than she may have wanted to. Seeing the photo made her accept that he is gone. It is one small way that benefited her as well as made her sad. I know all people grieve differently and for some it is space that is needed in order to grow and move forward without their loved one. For others, it is staying in touch and visiting these photos to keep that memory as alive as possible. To each is own. I still don’t know how soon I would be able to face the photo of a lost one. It is a reality I hope I won’t have to learn any time soon.

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-Sumaira

RTV3303, Blog Post 9

Something I recently thought of is the “good” that can come from a sad situation. Truthfully, about 1 in every 20 people have been affected negatively from a homicide. You may not even be aware of a friend or co-worker that you interact with who may be very well grieving over someone who has passed from such occurrences. Let’s face it, people who are suffering and grieving do not walk around with “signs” that let it be known to the world of what they are going through…In fact no one does with anything, really.

So, I was thinking, and I have gained a new friend through something tragic. As I mentioned,many times before, a young woman I knew in high school named Amber Bass was killed in 2013 by a stranger that the public and family still does not know of. It’s a tragedy and I don’t think it’s something anyone will ever truly “get over” because well, no one should have to “get over” someone dying. Especially a murder. Through this event however, her sister Robin who actively searches and pleads for justice for her sister has become a person I have grown to know. I have a cousin who went to school with her, as I did with Amber, and this past weekend I had the pleasure of not only meeting Robin, but her family as well. She has two beautiful daughters and a very friendly husband. We all, including my cousin, went to the local farmer’s market on 1810 W Beaver Street. Although knowing and meeting Robin is due to the tragedy, in the end I now know someone I once did not. Same goes for Compassionate Families.

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We can try to plan our life and think things will go as want, but the reality is that no one really has control. Even if you’re the safest driver, someone distracted or under the influence can ruin your entire life because of their choices. I’m not in any way happy tragic events occurred, but if I think of my optimistic side I now have a new found passion and love for a company I never even knew existed. Every person who works at Compassionate Families has been a victim of losing a loved one. I can’t say I relate on that level, but I hope to bring something to this team. I am very compassionate towards families who have to go through these things they did not plan for. Maybe the more I learn and grow I can share and help others. Sometimes it is better when a person understands and empathizes with a person but I know it’s also a really great feeling when someone who does not understand still wants to be there for another. I hope I never have to endure anything these families once did, but at least if it does happen in my life I know where to turn. Where I will go and direct everyone to in a time of need or love is one place, and that is Compassionate Families. Thank you Robin for allowing me into your life and thank you Compassionate Families for welcoming me with open arms.

-Sumaira

RTV3303, Blog Post 8

Last Thursday, November 20th, I finally got to visit the new office for Compassionate Families (126 W Adams Street). The new office is located on the fifth floor and it is quite nice! I got to meet with Glen, the founder, and Carl whom I have met the first time. This visit I was able to meet with Ryan Backmann as well. This was special for me since Ryan is the gentleman I read about via Facebook and learned about the company.

I spent some time walking around the new office and plan to help decorate this place to make it feel like home. I also have very exciting news! I chose to do my internship for graduation at this office! Coming in Spring I will be able to blog and keep folks updated about different programs and services offered by Compassionate Families as I intern. I cannot wait to begin and this opportunity is one that I feel blessed to have gotten.

Phone lines were down for two weeks during the move from the previous downtown location. Originally, the lines were intended to stay open 24/7 for families to be able to connect and stay in touch. Unfortunately, sometimes with technology things are out of our control. On November 19 after two long weeks lines were finally open. The number remains the same for anyone needing to contact. (904-354-0007)

Moving is never a fun or easy task but at last it is done and Compassionate Families is up and at it as before! Come stop by and say hello sometime, or if anyone is looking to volunteer one can sing up through the website here.

-Sumaira

RTV4403 Blog Post 11

In light of President Obama’s recent comments on net neutrality, compose a short essay outlining your stance on the topic. What does the debate over “net neutrality” really mean within the context of the chapters we’ve been reading in Convergence Culture (media convergence, participatory culture, and collective intelligence)? How will this debate shape the futures of practitioners in our field?

To bring my readers on the same page as myself let’s start by defining net neutrality which is the principle that internet services providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites.

I personally agree with this idea because I feel it would truly make our internet safer. If the government regulated the use and companies such as Verizon and Comcast were no longer “in charge” I know more people would benefit from this. Not to mention, as we have read in Levinson and even Jenkins text; our lives are going to revolve around new new media technology whether we want to get onto that boat or not.

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This idea would help everyone get access to all information without having to be subjected to different speeds, usage amounts, and bills monthly. I will add that it can put many small companies out of jobs and that is not fair, but I feel more would benefit than not with this idea. The internet is becoming a necessity as we move further along instead of just an entertainment item.

-Sumaira

RTV3303 Blog Post 7

Hey everyone! Just wanted to shed some light on tips to keep in mind while talking to a grieving person. Compassionate Families had made this list on their site, and I wanted to spread the words. These tips will go a long way to the grieving.

This is directly from Compassionate Families.

  • Family relationships are often strained and broken due to the overwhelming nature of the event. Many people simply do not know what to say for fear of saying the wrong thing, making survivors feel abandoned and angry.
  • Family and friends wonder what they or others could have done to prevent the homicide, i.e., “IF ONLY…”
  • Survivors often feel stigmatized because outsiders try to place blame on the victim, family or friends to ease the fear that this could happen to them & their families.
  • Sometimes the violator(s) may not be identified or apprehended, causing the family further frustration, fear and anger.

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  • Some contact with investigators, prosecutors, social workers, defense attorneys, the defendant, and the media may be necessary, intensifying and prolonging grief.
  • Overwhelming grief can be devastating to every area of your life: spiritually, emotionally, physically, financially.  Since everyone’s grief is unique, each survivor may experience a broad array of emotions at varying times. It is normal to feel fearful, helpless, vulnerable.
  • Allow survivors to talk about the crime but don’t focus the conversation on the investigation.  Their recovery should not be based on what may or may not happen in the courts.
  • Allow them to talk about the good and bad times or say nothing at all, if they choose.  Listen without judgment.
  • Allow them to cry freely, as this is a normal healthy expression of grief and releases tensions.
  • Allow them to grieve in their own way for as long as they need, provided they are not a physical threat to themselves or others.
  • Allow them to leave old traditions behind that may be too painful as they are building a new life.
  • Demonstrate your friendship by honoring their loved one on holidays, their birthdays, anniversaries.

I love this list and I hope it helps you see some good pointers. I personally wanted to add; while talking to a person who may be over whelmed by losing a loved one try to be as open minded as possible. Not everyone will turn to a religious figure of some sort to find peace; often there is anger and questions like “why” and just make it known that you are a safe person to come to and vent to.

-Sumaira

RTV4403 Blog Post 10

Forecast ten years into the future. What does the future of broadcast television look like in a decade’s time? Which kinds of stories will we tell, how will they integrate the contributions of knowledge communities, and how will they monetize their content? Finally, what is the ethical line between production and marketing manipulation?

Should such a line even exist?

Ten years from now seems like such a long time but in reality it really is not far away. With all the technological advances it is easy to predict how television will be changed. If you take a moment to look back on the last ten years, so many changes have already occurred. With the invention of DVR and Tivo there is no need for many people to even watch television “live” anymore because one can conveniently record content and watch at their leisure.

I predict live television will soon be washed away and other mechanisms such as the DVR will take over. Everyone is so involved in their own life and events that television has become less and less of a necessity. News can be listened to online or read in articles all over the web. Phones these days offer streaming capabilities for shows that can be viewed through Netflix or Hulu- and I know a handful of people who are quite content in doing just that. I prefer a larger screen, however.

As far as content being monetized I feel ads will get more and more obvious and annoying. Commercials may not be the big way to earn revenue- however small pop ups may. Is there a line that should exist to stop this? Should people be allowed to just view content without interruption of toothpaste  commercials? If this does happen I know the price of owning devices in order to watch which ever show or movie will definitely rise.

Sadly, the few places I feel will succeed always in ‘live’ watching will be sports. The Superbowl will remain the same and millions will be spent on those commercials. The product being advertised may differ in ten years, but I guarantee the prices will remain the same, if not more.

RTV4403 Blog Post 9

In light of Jenkins’s and Levy’s theoretical diagrams of the modern knowledge community, outline for a third party your definition of how a knowledge community works. What are the characteristics that distinguish a knowledge community from mass culture? Use a minimum of one specific example (including a link to a forum, Web site, or user community) in defending your analysis.

A knowledge community is collected intelligence from online works that have come together to make a final product. This often happens in shows that are written. Scripts are often written by one author and edited by another then finally produced by a third person. The knowledge of the three come together in order to make one final masterpiece. There is always a truth to each person; however the end is a combination of all three truths stirred up.

Another great example can be a musician. Some singers actually create their own lyrics, such as Taylor Swift who writes from her experiences. Although she has the ability to create lyrics she cannot simply go and make her own CD; there are several other persons and companies involved who get the music, lyrics, and videos produced in order for her to be a huge star. The collected intelligence works here also.

Often on sites such as YouTube artists who refuse to gain popularity through companies will indeed create their own music and style and upload it straight to the website to remain loyal and available for their audience. Usually this is done through one single person and their own equipment which shows the difference between celebrity singers and YouTube personalities.

-Sumaira

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