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Shawn's: Project Knowledge- The Drug Crisis.

a presentation about the perception of alchol and marijuana amongst society.

shawn sunt

on 29 October 2012

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Transcript of Shawn's: Project Knowledge- The Drug Crisis.

Side B Perception of Marijuana Marijuana has a very large history in our society. It has been primarily viewed as a root of evil, often associated with, violence, gang affiliation, drug trafficking, impaired education, political campaigns, and the gateway effect. the accuracy of these accusations is left to be decided by the audience. On the other side of the perception spectrum, there is positive perspective of Marijuana in our society. Much like alcohol, many people view marijuana, as a relaxing escape, a social activity, and a gateway to happiness. so why the bad rep? why is this drug viewed by society as threat? If alcohol has virtually the same social characteristics as marijuana, why is the perception of marijuana so much more negative? Statistics/Reality •About 21% of 10th graders surveyed are "current" marijuana users (had used within the past month.)
•Among high school seniors surveyed in 2007, current marijuana use (use within the past month) has increased by about 72% since 2001 Perception of Alcohol HISTORY- throughout history humans have been drinking alcohol. Since the end of Prohibition alcohol has been a large part of our social structure.
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Problem? Resolution Side A Project knowledge :The Drug Crisis My name is Shawn. For the past couple of weeks I have been working on a Theory of Knowledge Presentation from my high school. The requirements of the presentation are that I research a realistic problem and situation, and analyze it in a way were I can address it as a knowledge issue. Since we are in high school i have decided to pick the topic of Marijuana Vs. Alcohol, the debate of which drug is more intoxicating, more dangerous, and more of a problem in our society. The struggle for me was remaining unbiased towards this topic but for the project I felt it would be better so the audience can decide for themselves. Over the past 6 weeks Me and group of my close friends made a movie called "Project Knowledge", which documents the events of many teenagers using marijuana and alcohol over the course of those 6 weeks. Obviously that movie can not be shown for my in class presentation, however, the procedure in which I followed in making this movie and the data it collected is the most primary source when addressing my knowledge issue. Since the beginning of drugs, society has developed a certain perspective towards alcohol and marijuana. A very biased, very mixed perception of these two drugs stems from events in history such has Prohibition, the "good plant" movement 1970's, numerous forms of propaganda and persuasive arguments, statistics, and most importantly, personal experience. That is when I made the first discovery. There was no escaping biased opinions in this issue, only analyzing them. My ultimate goal for "project knowledge" was to have fun. My secondary goal was to depict an insane party-culture that has grasped control of our societies precious children. For the purpose of this presentation, I am going to analyze both sides and find a conclusion for where these perceptions come from. I hope after this presentation, you are inspired to watch it. I promise that there is more to it than just coughing and puking. The content is what I label as investigative journalism. Others might label it as adolescence. Double Q! To what extent, has our societies perception of marijuana vs alcohol developed because of, media, propaganda, tradition, statistics, and personal experience. To what extent, is the perception of marijuana vs. alcohol accurate when basing it on facts instead of public opinion. P
N Like any drug, alcohol is made to alter your state of mind, to a desired effect, which may relax you, relieve your emotional stresses, and in some cases help you fall asleep if you are willing to drink that much. The positive perception of Alcohol when talking about history only exists for one reason. Tradition. Its tradition to get drunk on new years, its tradition to have champagne at a wedding, its tradition to drink wine on Sunday mornings during communion. "If Jesus did it then it must be proper". Over time this perception has become more than just tradition. Alcohol has become culture. PROPAGANDA- our society is a society of followers. we as people are influenced by the media almost everywhere we go. no matter what the reality is, propaganda can manipulate that reality into something completely different. In this way, personal opinions are never formed, and our perceptions of things are molded by what we see and hear through media, rather that what we actually experience.

Propaganda and Alcohol.
commercials The way the media depicts alcohol is not the reality of the drug. never once have I drank beer and immediately felt a rush of air conditioning. what do these adds suggest. That "Grey Goose" gets you laid? If this was true everyone would drink it. Vodka cant be harmful if it gets you into bed with someone. The media alters the perception into classy and sexual, instead of what it really is, harsh tasting, and intoxicating. it may get you into bed at night, but it will you keep you in there for the rest of your tomorrow. which the lovely subjects of Project Knowledge experienced every weekend. The party scene that I experienced over 6 weeks offered an altered perception and more realistic view of alcohol within our own community. during each "trial" (party) I found that people were abusing liquor, instead of drinking at a responsible, controlled level. of course at times sex did happen, but not because someone had alcohol, but because someone had too much. often playing the role of bartender, I could evaluate everyone's liquor intake, and watch as they grew more and more intoxicated. I tried my best to reenact the perfect vision of a "party", in order to create a sense of positivity that would lead to a positive view of alcohol. when interviewing a majority of my guests, and recording their answers, I found that approximately 81% of my guests only were drinking to "get drunk". they did not have a social motive. They did not come to play poker or dance with someone special. They were simply there to consume a drug and escape reality. which IS the reality of alcohol.
project knowledge has revealed a, not so glamorous perception of drinking. Project Knowledge YUMMMMY! Its illegal! (duh) The production of marijuana, the trafficking of marijuana, the purchasing of marijuana, and smoking marijuana is illegal in all 50 states. Most people argue that it is legal in California however, they are unaware of the high rules and government restrictions.They are unaware that only 15% of Californian residents are permitted with medical cards, and only 8% of the population possesses medical cards without being diagnosed with a terminal illness. so yes it is illegal in all 50 states. so that should be the answer to my question. society's perception of "marijuana vs. alcohol" is favored towards alcohol simply because marijuana is illegal. too easy. people drink alcohol and drive and they too are considered criminal. people often are arrested, and are charged with some sort of criminal offense, and as a side note, the perpetrator was drunk during the time of thee offense. That makes a big difference in court as far as punishment. no I believe that the crime factor associated with marijuana is only a small part of how this negative perception developed. propaganda The media is marijuana's worst enemy. With the exception of a few comedic movies involving weed, the media depicts it as shameful, and wrong. much unlike alcohol the media does not support marijuana. The publicity it receives is either a political agenda, or a news report with something serious enough to address marijuana. I am going to use the example of television ads because I believe that they are the number one source of media propaganda in America. the only ads about marijuana that appear on television are, the above the influence commercials, and medical warning ads. marijuana isn't even worthy of the television show "Intervention". This is how perception of weed has gotten to be so negative. much like every civil act in America, marijuana has not yet reached its time. society views marijuana much like they viewed alcohol in the early 1920's. Evil. The fact that it incriminates so many people doesn't help it's cause, nor does the general public's unfamiliarity (ignorance) with weed help. The decision of whether or not weed is evil is still left to the audience. Whoa! There was an extreme difference in that ad, compared to the drinking ads that I previously showed. That ad had a negative tone, sad and depressing, which is the general emotion associated with smoking marijuana. without personally experiencing both drugs, an average member of society would view both commercials and conclude that, smoking marijuana kills children, and drinking alcohol well help you produce more children. So is the media biased? how accurate is the perception of these two drugs in terms of which one is worse for society? Shouldn't they be equally hated on? what if the media was just a little more accepting Back to Project Knowledge... Project Knowledge consisted of 2 parties per weekend. Every Friday was dedicated to the consumption of alcohol, and every Saturday was dedicated to the intake of marijuana. right from week one I had my first piece of data. Almost everyone who attended Friday's escapade had made it clear that Saturday was much more entertaining, more relaxing, and they felt like they were on a better level. although many also said it was missing the extreme excitement. I was astonished by week 3. because although the settings have changed, and the people have changed, the opinion remained the same in favor of weed.by week 6,me and my five teammates had succeeded in demonstrating an almost perfect experiment, containing both alcohol and marijuana, and the perspective of them, from the point of view of the abuser's themselves. From this we can see how the perspective of these drugs develop from a primary source. These parties challenged the television ads, in order to prove that the general perspective of the government, media and society was inaccurate with reality of the drug. Statistics/reality According to the World Health Organization (WHO) that was published in 2011, alcoholism has been directly linked to well over 2.5 million deaths annually worldwide; this same report states that over 300,000 young people that are between the ages of 15-29, have been reported to die from alcohol related deaths every year worldwide. Tremors
Anxiety and panic attacks
Paranoia and delusions
Hallucinations (usually visual)
Nausea and vomiting
Increased body temperature
Elevated blood pressure and heart rate
Seizures What are the Dangers of Alcohol Abuse?
Risk of injury or death as a result of accident or violence, alcohol has range of physiological and psychological dangers.

Neurological dangers include impaired vision and impaired motor coordination, memory defects, blackouts, and seizures. Long-term consumption can result in permanent damage to the brain.

Cardiological problems include elevated blood pressure and heart rate, risk of stroke and heart failure.

Respiratory dangers include respiratory depression and failure, pneumonia, tuberculosis, and lung abscesses. Additionally, alcohol abuse increases the risk of mouth and throat cancer.

Liver disease caused by chronic alcohol abuse, including alcoholic fatty liver, hepatitis, and cirrhosis, kills 25,000 Americans each year.

Other physiological dangers include damage to the gastrointestinal system (including duodenal ulcers, reflux, and diarrhea), the pancreas, and the kidneys. In addition, alcohol consumption may cause malnutrition, disrupt the absorption of nutrients in food, and suppress the immune system, thus increasing the potential for illness.

Psychological dangers include impaired judgment and verbal ability, apathy, introversion, antisocial behavior, inability to concentrate, and deterioration of relationships with family, friends, and co-workers. •The THC content of marijuana averaged less than 1% in 1974, and averaged 4% in 1994. and now averages anywhere between 35-40%.
•Someone who smokes five joints per week may be taking in as many cancer-causing chemicals as someone who smokes a pack of cigarettes a day.
•The daily use of 1 to 3 marijuana joints can produce the same lung damage and potential cancer risk as smoking five times as many cigarettes.
•An average marijuana cigarette contains nearly 50% more of the cancer-causing chemical benzopyrene than the average tobacco cigarette.
•Marijuana is the second most common drug, after alcohol, present in the blood of nonfatally and fatally injured persons number of deaths caused by marijuana annually : 0 The debate between which drug is more harmful to society has not yet seen a silver lining. however, answering my knowledge question, it is clear what the perspective of this issue is in our society. Although, the perspective might be inaccurate, the perspective is always changeable. The way society develops opinions, is no longer based on personal experiences, but based on whats best for the society as a whole. We are essentially followers. A valid reason for conforming could be to create better a society. In which all perspectives are the same, allowing us to solve knowledge issues and not start knowledge debates. Unfortunately a world without personal opinion is a world with creativity and innovation. As the view points of people change and expand, the depth and context of knowledge issues also expands. as for project knowledge, I believe it was the most accurate representation of how the perceptions of marijuana and alcohol are formed. peace and love! Number of people incriminated for marijuana related offenses- 37,000
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