Opinion The A.I. - Artificial Intelligence
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The Page 6 Opinion March 27, 2008 The art of The A.I. - Artificial Intelligence? Pauline Wood sarcasm Staff Writer Hard work leads to good tioned, because with the signing So far this all sounds like an many do not agree with the cur- grades; it’s not rocket science. of a single check, it seems that amazing opportunity. Students riculum guidelines. Yet some students at Bellevue students at the A.I. are practi- receive education that prepares “The few Bellevue teachers get distracted by things such as cally guaranteed a 4.0 GPA. them for the future by dealing who tried to work around the drama, drugs or overwhelming So how legitimate is A.I.? with college schedules and job curriculum got into trouble,” amounts of class work, and end “My teachers make me set experience. But, irony aside, it Gerstenberger said. Tammy Ellenhorn up transferring to schools such goals for myself to com- Classes at the A.I. “ Monthly Columnist as Chrysalis and The Academic plete homework,” junior are offered on a more Institute. Bine Vegarra said. Students deserve an A if they college-style schedule. Some teachers lose as The maximum oc- really learned the material, but if re- On Fridays students many as six students a year to cupancy in classes is six, are expected to partici- schools that provide more sup- and during class time stu- ceived for any other reason, an A is “ pate in volunteer work, Do I look fat in this? port in smaller learning dents work on multiple less notable. job shadows or paid Yes, you look like you are housing a environments. subjects with the employment. watermelon under your shirt. And you’re “I decided to same teacher. Kate Groepper, Spanish Teacher Yes, I agree that ugly, too, if that was your next question. leave Bellevue According some students may need Okay, so we all have a friend or two because I was who acts like this. They possess that sar- tired of the stu- its website, Is the A.I. the real to A.I. offers “a the seems cheap that these students a more focused school environ- can pay for their grades while ment to be able to stay on top of castic, snide sense of humor that confuses pid curricu- deal? range of custom- the rest of us sacrifice social school work. But regardless of those who prefer a good, old-fashioned lum and all ized education time in favor of school work. this fact, if the rest of us learn pun. I like to call them Snarks. the pointless solutions.” “It’s hard to know what an to work with the system, then There has been many a theory about homework as- The school’s A or B would mean at the A.I. why should others get to leave where these Snarks come from. Some peo- signments I had mission is to Students deserve an A if they for an easier, more rewarding ple believe they have been plagued from to do,” sophomore “prepare stu- really learned the material, but education? the womb, the “accident” child who was James Gerstenberger said. dents for if received for any other reason, Students at Bellevue need simply born with a bit of a mean streak. Perhaps, for this reason, it success, an A is less notable,” Spanish to realize that high school Others theorize that sarcasm is actu- is beneficial that these schools college and teacher Kate Groepper, said. is demanding and full of ally imbedded in our DNA. Yep, it’s prob- exist. A more sheltered their life be- Many teachers at Bellevue distractions. ably your father’s fault that nobody under- environment sounds like yond by helping are forced to stick to the cur- If you suck it up and stay stands you. the perfect place for those them cultivate a sense of riculum if they want to avoid focused on your goals, you can As a veteran Snark, I can tell you, it is who lack motivation or capability, determination the administration breathing actually be proud of the grades not always easy. lose focus easily. But the cred- and resilience, self-advocacy down their necks. As students, you have earned, instead of There is a very good chance that only ibility of these schools is ques- and a love of learning.” however, we are all aware that knowing you paid for them. half of your jokes will be understood, and you may find yourself frequently laugh- ing at your own jokes without much accompaniment. Your friends may never completely True life: You are being Facebook stalked Shahny Lutfeali understand your sense of humor, but you will always crack yourself up, and that’s Copy Editor essential (a moment without entertainment “I logged onto my Facebook sometime with predators were noted to be “aggres- been avoided? Wouldn’t it have been smart would be a moment lost, of course). last month, and everything seemed normal sive,” meaning that the predator forcibly to stop and think for a moment, and decide For all you Snarks out there born with - a couple friend requests, a few wall posts tried to create physical contact between the that maybe the weird 40-year-old who has sarcasm as your first language, I give you - but something was wrong. I had been predator and the victim. Even more strik- been “poking” you on Facebook probably much advice, young grasshoppers. poked….by a rand-o!” senior Alexa Harris ing is the notion that 16 percent of teens are shouldn’t have access to your personal infor- Love it. Live it. Cherish it. said. mation and pictures? Confuse your friend who truly thinks Hopefully Call me crazy, but I gullible isn’t in the dictionary. Never an- this extremely dis- don’t really think that swer anything with a straight answer. turbing incident is unreasonable. No means yes and yes means you’re hasn’t happened to We live in a an idiot and just kidding means you have many of you. If it technological world. never been more serious in your life. has, maybe you’re Communication, so- Wind up your buddies until they are just too scared to cial interaction, edu- so dizzy they no longer try to decipher admit it. Because cation and recreation your jokes but instead just accept every- the truth, accord- have all been masked thing you say as the word of God. ing to the PEW by this complex veil Don’t attempt to explain why Dr. Research Center, we call the Internet. House is the Oprah of the sarcastic world, is that 32 percent As much as we like and Dr. Cox from “Scrubs” is your hero. of teens have been to joke about getting When people tell you you’re mean (or approached online stalked by some weird a snot, or rude, snooty, mouthy, insolent, by someone with kid from Newport, we sassy, cheeky, feisty) just explain to them whom they have still have to be safe. that you were born with sarcasm as your no connection to. Sure, social network- first language. Call it what you ing sites are excellent It’s a birth defect, really. Would you want, but I’m go- ways of keeping in make fun of someone with a birth defect? ing to put it out in touch with friends, Didn’t think so. Kudos to the many bril- the open – you’re but they are also a liant students at Bellevue who never run being Facebook breeding ground for out of knock-knock jokes and have not Stalked! online predators. It’s been plagued by the Snark epidemic; I “Well, you time for us teenagers commend you. Feel lucky that people can know when I’m on to get smart and use actually understand your sense of humor. Facebook, I don’t S.M. JENNY NAM discretion when find- For those of you who suffer this cruel consider it stalking. Its more or less watch- willing to meet in person with someone that ing friends on Facebook. addiction, I would recommend attend- ing…all the time,” junior Liam Kelly said. they have befriended online. Don’t fall victim to the traps that these ing your local Snarks Anonymous meet- Although the mostly harmless nature of So what is the real problem here? creeps are setting out for us. Set your pro- ing. I mean, who wouldn’t want to stand Facebook Stalking is at times comical, it is Sure, it is easy to pin all the blame on the files on private, double check your friend up and proclaim “Hi, my name is Tammy important that we note the truly serious na- predators – they initiate the predation and lists and, most importantly, be safe. Ellenhorn and I am addicted to sarcasm?” ture of what can potentially happen. Over exploit those who are vulnerable and oblivi- The cyber-world is a scary, perverted 30 percent of all online encounters of teens ous. But couldn’t the whole situation have place. The March 27, 2008 Opinion Page 7 [Realism] [Crossfire] [Idealism] Which ideology is superior to the other? Long Le according to success probability. This Erica Messner Realistic thinkers claim that they are hap- Graphics Editor mentality limits the number of disap- A&E Editor pier because their expectations of others and pointments that a realist faces. themselves are “realistic.” However, Gandhi When considering the current status Knowing which situations can Google “idealist” and you’ll find web- didn’t transform India with realistic expecta- of the world and predictions for the future, result in success is one thing, but being sites dedicated to philanthropy, imagination tions. He did not give into violence and war, a person can be categorized into two fac- able to succeed is another. The realist and creative thinking. Google “realist” and the easier, more generally accepted choice. It tions: idealists or realists. Compared to an sticks with the current flow of the world, the first entry is Wikipedia. Ironic much? In took courage and the belief that people have idealist who sees the world in terms of its its current system. He knows its causes truth, idealism is a mindset striving towards the potential to change. potential, a realist simply sees the world and effects, benefits and drawbacks. moral perfection. Although expectations may be realistic as it is—including its limitations. He Rather than trying to make futile chang- Idealists believe the highest goal is the one person’s mind, they may not be in the knows what is possible, how to achieve es the system like his idealist counter- most worthy goal (no matter how impossible minds of others. it and what will most likely happen as a part, the realist takes the necessary steps it may seem). Realism is seeing things the Realists must understand that people’s result. This includes his expectations of to succeed in the current one. In other way they are, and idealism is seeing them the backgrounds vary widely, and the norm is not others, the world and ultimately himself. words, the realist knows how to work the way they could be. the same for everyone. Expecting others to act a certain system and will eventually achieve even Idealism has many draws for the opti- Idealists don’t claim to understand ev- way is one of the primary sources of more than the idealist. mist and pessimist, contrary to popular belief. eryone and their motivations; they focus on conflict. Hoping that your boyfriend will Realists are not distracted by ide- While it has fixed principles, it is adaptable to the potential of others without overestima- remember your four week anniversary is als and abstractions. They stick to what a variety of situations. tion, or worse, underestimation. the vision of an idealist. Will it happen? they can personally achieve and thrive as An optimist has a traditional idealist per- The most difficult goal to achieve (and Maybe, maybe not. When expectations a result. They are less prone to be stuck spective that allows them to see the best in the most coveted) is the goal of happiness. are not met, disappointment is channeled in the cycle of attempt and failure and are people and the good in the world. An idealis- Seeing the potential in the world and into frustration and anger. A realist, on actually able to achieve what they aspire tic pessimist, even if they might focus on the the potential in people, while not necessarily the other hand, understands that people to succeed in—that is, if it is feasible. negative aspects of the world and its people, bringing happiness, brings hope. will drop the ball from time to time, Being able to focus on the will see these shortcomings highlighted Hope is necessary to achieving and thus gives them some leeway. real world enables realists largely because they are able to see the one’s goals, and an idealist is able This eliminates the possibility to not only work for their true potential of humanity. to look at realistically dismal cir- of disappointment and makes benefit, but also for the Seeing this potential will per- cumstances and turn them into the realist the more agreeable benefit of the world. mit them to work towards positive opportunities. companion and friend. Thus, the real- change. No matter what the cir- Realists also benefit ist can identify the success Idealists are the revolutionar- cumstance, they are able to from the preemptive bracing levels in certain activities, ies, the people this world needs. see the most they can make for the actual happenings of set reasonable goals for They are not those who look at out of their situation, and the world. Let’s face it—a himself and work towards change as impossible and one per- without this it is impos- utopia has equal chance of ex- those goals, becoming the son as insignificant. sible to ever make it into a isting as a flying pig. Rejection more successful individual. As Martin Luther King, reality. and dissatisfaction will face He works the system Jr. put it, “an individual To summarize, in even the most talented of peo- to the best of his abilities and has not started living the words of Benjamin ple. Realists understand doesn’t expect untenable until he can rise Franklin, “happiness this danger. Not only change from oth- above the nar- depends more on the does this prevent ers, himself or row confines of inward disposition a serious men- the rest of his individual- of mind than on tal collapse the world. istic concerns outward cir- that may Granted, re- to the broader cumstanc- be fol- alists may concerns of es.” lowed by not reach all human- depres- for the ity.” While sion and stars, but realistic anger, at least thinking is but al- t h e y important, l o w s don’t believing in the re- g e t the possibility alist to burnt of change and pick and b y pursuing lofty choose them. goals is what ul- s i t u - timately produc- ations es results. Excuse my political incorrectness but... I’m a cheap Jew Tamar Mentzer Chief Copy Editor reached a new level, or maybe my peers are obscene Jew jokes, unfalteringly delivered I can only hope to see the day when cul- Self realization is a beautiful thing. especially tuned in to my Judaism at certain by 8-year-old bigot Eric Cartman? I could tural stereotyping is no longer the source of Over the years I have realized all sorts of times in the year, because the taunting has never deprive myself of something so hilar- so much controversy. For now, I suggest we things about myself, from my eyes’ color- escalated slightly past my personal comfort ious. Are my friends, then, allowed to laugh all keep a cool head about things and watch changing ability to the fact that my study zone. at poor Kyle Broflovski till they turn red in our mouths. As a general rule, the touchy habits are less than ideal. One quality I dis- However, this topic is still of heated de- the face, but never poke fun at me? business of telling a politically incorrect covered only recently with the help of my bate within my own mind, because I would When all is said and done, cultural sen- joke is like tickling someone: Just because friends is this: I am unbelievably cheap. I’d rather be thought of as a Cheap Jew than a sitivity is not a purely black and white is- they laugh doesn’t mean they want you to never have guessed it from my overdrawn hypocrite. I have always been one to keep sue, and thus cannot be approached as one. keep going. Similarly, if your threshold for checking account or from the hole in my things as politically incorrect as possible, It must ultimately be left up to the individ- provocative humor is not quite as high as pocket, but one factor trumps these—being given the situation. When it comes to cul- ual to set their own boundaries of political a friend’s ,may be, politely tell him so and Jewish. tural sensitivity, I generally tend to think correctness. move on with your day.In my case, howev- Perhaps I began digging my own grave that what this nation needs most is one giant For future reference, my own personal er, I have decided on a different tactic: I will when I started answering to “Hey, Jew!” “chill pill.” boundary falls somewhere between “Give be personally selling the rights to Jew jokes without so much as a rolled eye in protest. But if I declare my pride as a Jew, am me your Jew-gold” and “You only killed at a dollar a piece. Not a bad way to make a But apparently my stinginess has recently I no longer allowed to enjoy “South Park’s” Jesus for the holiday sales.” few bucks, is it?