Beta Testers: The Fear Of The Vaccines

Although the vaccine in our grass, many people opt to take it because of fear and concern it doesn’t work.
                  
By Jahi Seifert

While 2021 is showing a lot of progress in healing the damage that covid-19 set last year, new fear around the community is that the vaccine isn’t going to work.

2020 was a year of fear, and anxiety was up to the roof because the covid-19 took so many lives, and not knowing who had the coronavirus made everyone paranoid. However, now that it’s 2021, things are looking a lot brighter Thanks to modern medicine, we have a vaccine from Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson; however, due to how fast the vaccine was produced. Many complications people are having with the vaccine have led to many fear, and people decide not to take the vaccine.

Kingsbooks vaccination center photo by Jahi Seifert

A lot of the distrust from people comes from the recent incident where the federal health officials had to pause and recall the Johnson & Johnson covert vaccine after multiple reports of people getting blood clots which cause multiple people to die for it. A meeting with the ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) to discuss these random cases and concluded that they have to warn that there is a rare possibility that people may get a blood clot.

In a Washington Post article, they talk about how a Pole was done after the news broke out about the blood clots in the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, how many people that were not vaccinated was willing to take, and what we found was 73% of Americans did not want to take the vaccine after the situation and only 22% of people was still willing to take it. The article state, “The poll’s evidence of lower faith in the safety of the Johnson & Johnson shot emerges as public health officials acknowledge that, four months after the start of the largest mass vaccination campaign in U.S. history, residents who remain unprotected against the coronavirus are becoming difficult to reach.

The reasons include their mobility, geography or hesitancy to get an inoculation against the virus, which has infected more than 32 million people nationwide and killed more than 571,000.” The survey also raised a question on whether those who haven’t taken the vaccine should be requested to resume either going to work or college, with 45% of Americans supporting the idea. At the same time, the other half found it very rude to be asked to take the vaccine to go to work or college.

Kid take vaccination shot photo by Jahi Seifert

NBC news article brings it inside to even those who have taken the vaccine still have fair and concerns about still catching the Corona. We have people like Kit Breshears who have not stepped foot inside a store or a restaurant or have seen his friends in almost a year and even after getting the second dose of the vaccine. As kit said, “I fear that enough people are not going to get vaccinated, or they’re not going to get vaccinated in a timely fashion, and we end up getting a horrible variant that puts us right back to where we are,” Breshears, a communications director at a local university, said. “I don’t want to be sitting in a movie theater with ‘patient zero’ of a variant that bucks the vaccine.” and it’s not just him. Many more people feel the same way that even though they have the vaccine, the pandemic is still a thing, and they really can’t shake the fear that they could get the covert virus and feel like the vaccine isn’t as strong enough. When it comes on to Pfizer and Moderna found it was 90% affected by the virus, while Johnson & Johnson’s single door shot was 66.3% effective, and as stated before, it causes a real chance of blood clot.

The Fear of taking the vaccine is always running through the mine of Elias Salaam, who works for both Yext and Columbia University.

Q: why aren’t you taking the vaccine in particular

A: Nah, not really. It’s because I don’t think it’s safe. Everybody is different, and there’s proof people had side effects after taking it. Death as well. I feel like you can take/eat organic stuff, and you can cure yourself or protect yourself naturally. I don’t like people that listen to the media and then get paranoid.

Q: So, would you tell someone not to take the vaccine?

A: no, if you feel like it’s the right thing to do, then go for it. Everybody has their own reasons for taking it, and I’m not going to bash someone for taking it; however, I would like people to respect my opinion for not taking it.

Q: aren’t you a little concerned that you might get covid, though?

A: Well, I was sick only once, which was last year in March. Since then, I have been healthy. I had two doctor checks and took 5 Covid tests. All came back negative

Q: in your opinion, when will be the right time to take the vaccine?

A: When you’re traveling but if you’re constantly in the house, no time soon.

Q: Okay, so let me ask you this do you believe they should start forcing people to take

A: Nah, they shouldn’t force anyone if they don’t feel comfortable taking it. Some people don’t trust that the vaccine is going to work entirely. Especially since some people think it’s rushed

There’s still a lot of work that needs to be done before things go back to normal, but one thing’s for sure even though we have the vaccine, the fair of if the vaccine is going to actually work or not is always going to be a lingering thing until it is fully proven itself.

The Enlightened Journalists

Graduated journalism York college students come to spread the word about their success and enlighten Young inspiring journalist

                     By Jahi Seifert

When graduating from college is always a challenge to find your footing but for journalists like Janae Hunter, Levar Alonzo, and Khorri A. Atkinson they been doing bigger and better things after graduating and decided why not share some of their information with others.

Some people who are not really trying to be a journalist but improve just writing skills it was very interesting to see someone like Janae talk about her experience and how going to a particular journalism activity that requires you to go around the whole entire borough and interview multiple people makes you realize that you can learn a lot by just asking simple questions and also putting yourself out there to get the story.

They also offered a lot of advice such as not being so scared to put yourself out there and also being careful not to take a picture of a local journalism place because as khorri told the story about a student who took a picture from One News outlet and was sued and had to pay 2000 for just using their picture. Reincentivizing the idea that you have to do a thing on your own and not take from others.

This interview was very insightful and shows that people who struggled and pushed themselves just like any other college student can find success in the world of journalism if they strive to push themselves to achieve their dream.

Storm The Capitol

By Jahi Seifert

I watch the discussion about many political topics such as the January 6 riot, Joe’s inauguration, and former president Biden’s impeachment, and I got to say for someone who is not really interesting in politics, this was very interesting. One of the conversations that really interest me was the talk about the January 6th riot. I talked about the difference between a riot and a coup. One of the basics differences is that a cool focus on overthrowing the government rather than making a point from what I gathered and is extremely more violent than a riot in the sense that they’re actually looking for blood more than a riot which is way less unorganized.

Tim on January 6 photo by Jahi Seifert

Robert Chaouad also went into more detail about a coup and talked about self-coup, and defined it by trying to keep their position by starting an incident that will eliminate everyone in position except themselves. These were all things I never really considered while watching the riot never really thought there was a difference between a riot and it cools up until now, so I found it very interesting. As for some of the questions, the idea that another riot would happen to me is a good one because I personally believe another riot will happen, especially if Trump decides to run again. I feel that word inspires people to act up again, but I don’t think it would happen in Washington, just like Palazzo said. I feel like it will happen somewhere else that’s even more important, like the UN or something on that level.

The Wall Street Journal’s Prodigal Son

By Jahi Seifert

After listening to Tyler Blunt-Welsh’s interview, I would have to say it was very insightful. Still, I think the part that interests me is when he talked about where you get his story ideas. What always interested me about journalism is talking to strangers about their opinion about certain topics or events and seeing how people react.

Welsh brings up the fact that he’s a working-class person in the city, and there’s a lot of relatability when you talk to people from the same area as you. That’s the type of writing I want to have in my blog, taking it from the news that affects the big establishment and then bring it down to the consumer/little people and see how they affect one another.

The Fight Of The Century: The story of Joe Frazier-extra credit

After listening to a virtual book talk title “sparring Smokin Joe” by Glenn Lewis, I said that someone who is not really interested in boxing was a very informative presentation. I think what I love so much about this interview is that it teaches me how a journalist works. If you want to take a story for an event that, in your opinion, is for a niche audience, you must find ways to make it appealing.

As someone who really struggles with that listening to this interview, Lewis found a way to make this cool little story about Joe Frazier and show Joe’s humanity and what he values most out of life. I take a perfect example of that is when Joe Frazier stood up for the waitress despite being a bar in the south, especially around that time with racism, he seemed like the type of guy who didn’t care about the consequences as long as he did the right thing it was well deserved. I think it’s because Lewis did a good job at explaining what drives a character, Joe, to do the things he does, and that’s because he sets up the setting and the time period so well that you can buy.

Breaking News: Trump Say… – extra credit

By Jahi Seifert

After reading the article “The amplifying Trump tweets about election integrity” by Claire Wardle, it was fascinating to realize how many times Trump has treated ever since he’s gone into office but just over 12,000 times from January 1, 2020, to January 19th, 2021. Someone who is always on his social media accounts, I find it interesting that Donald Trump tweets more than me, and I’m just a 26 old college student, and he’s running the government and has all this spare time to tweet about things.

a old Trump tweets from Twitter Photo by Jahi Seifert

What makes this article interesting is how much new stations continuously report Trump tweets. You have MSNBC airing his tweets around 11 hours a day, CNN 10 hours, and Fox news 9 hours, and when you add all of that up, that’s 32 hours of hearing Trump talk about things you don’t want to hear. When you hear stuff like this, it makes you wonder why news stations decide to show office treats frequently. I would love to say that it’s for a rating or to keep everybody informs of what he’s saying, but what I theorized is that it’s a way for some of the news stations to get people riled up in and generally Fed up with Trump so it would make people want to hate Trump even those who really don’t even care about politician stuff like myself have found myself saying multiple times how much I wouldn’t say I like Trump even though I don’t really pay attention all too much to what’s going on when it comes on to politics. I personally feel like this article does a pretty good job at reminding people how manipulating the news can sometimes be and how you must do your own research to come up with your own conclusions on a particular situation because if you rely on the media. At the same time, you’ll get one side of the story. You won’t get a complete picture of the story.  

The Last of the Negro Girls-extra credit

By Jahi Seifert

I love the article “We Were The Last Of The Nice Negro Girls” by Anna Deavere Smith because it is saying that up to this day, we’re still struggling with racism in America. Still, I think the part that really touched me is when the character said that she could only go to one slumber party with her white friend and that only was until 10:00 because the parents didn’t want her hanging out with white people. It is moments like that that I feel really devise us as people, but I also understand where they’re coming from because they don’t really know the parents.

If anything happens, I think the parents felt like they would always be wrong even if they made a good argument because they were black. And also does a very interesting on how different each generation is because she states that in the ’50s and 60s, her parents grew up with six or eight cousins or one to six brothers. I was thinking about my family tree, grew up with just four cousins, and heard that there was more than that was very interesting to hear back in the day. I also like how she talked about how the black community, particularly black students, felt after the assassination of Martin Luther King, and it inspired them to make be more demanding on what they want in terms of what the school should be teaching. It reminds me of the idea that it will take one person’s loss of life to inspire other people to continue the fight in their own way.

The Downfall of Journalism: Will True Journalism Survive

By Jahi Seifert

After reading “Does journalism Have A Future” by Jill Lepore, it reminded me of this documentary I watched called Page One: Inside The New York Times, and it was this fascinating documentary that I highly recommend everybody watch about a real-life journalist trying to come to terms with the idea that because social media and the internet has become so easy to obtain news and information regarding any topic they feel as though people don’t really care about actual news and their biggest fear is that they’re not only going to lose their jobs, but people don’t care about how factual the news is. As someone who really hasn’t thought much about what makes journalism so important to us as a society, it was very disheartening to know that people would want to read a catchy headline instead of reading the article that pertains way more information and has legitimacy instead of some other places that regurgitate nothing of interest.

Page One: Inside The New York Times is available for streaming via Twitter. photo by Jahi Seifert

As for the article “Jill Abramson’s Book Charts Journalism’s stormy seas with some personal regrets and score-settling” by Nicholas Thompson, I do like the idea that Abramson exposes a lot of the corruption that goes into journalism and the sexist undertones that come with working at the job it gives you this idea of what sense of like as a woman working for a company like a vice. Still, I also liked how vice also came around and exposed some of the plagiarism elements in her book, and she owned up to her mistakes; however, it still doesn’t excuse all the shady and nasty things they did.

Finally, the interview with Jill Abramson by Rachel cook and I like the fact that they talked about Donald Trump’s election raised the interest in news and journalism because I did notice when Trump got elected and even throughout his four years run every single social media account would talk about him non-stop. Still, you only ever hear true journalism talk about the things that he’s done for the country or what he plans to do rather than following every word for word he said when you’re on social media, it’s like you can’t escape you Donald Trump which I also feel is what led to the overwhelming amount of hate plus defense on his behalf.

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The Horrors Of Making Games: Crunch Culture Damage The Gaming Community.

An unhealthy working environment in video game development harms The gaming community.

By Jahi Seifert

While playing video games can be entertaining. Video game development can be extremely stressful due to poor management, which results in an unhealthy working environment that causes mental and physical health issues that affect the employees and the gaming community.

Imagine your significant other is a game developer. You love how passionate they are about their work; however, you start seeing them less and less. They begin to complain about headaches and stomach pain but must continue their project before the deadline reach. Sadly, this is the reality of video game development, and it affects many employees and not only just employees gamers as well.

Culture crunch has been around for ages when deadlines are near, and you need to turn in a project, so you start rushing and pulling out overtime to meet the deadline. In most work and even the school environment of some crunch, what is so harmful about crunch culture is that many people work on video games reporting abuse and poor management while working on a game. A passage from Business Insider state, “The issues with game development have come to a head in the past six months, with repeated reports of workplace issues, ranging from 100-hour workweeks to stress-induced leave.”

The first publishing known recording of this crunch culture in the video game industry was in 2004 when a wife of an electronic arts employee, also known as EA, sent a letter talking about her concerns about the company treating their employee. She says in an anonymous letter, “No one works in the game industry unless they love what they do. The love of my life comes home late at night complaining of a headache that will not go away and a chronically upset stomach, and my happy, supportive smile is running out.” Eventually, more letters started coming to EA about their horrible managing skills to the point it was leaked out to The gaming community, which led to multiple lawsuits filed against Electronic Arts and paying out 15.6 million in settlements, according to an article from GameSpot.

Even though that happened almost 15 years ago, nothing much has changed because companies like a naughty dog, Epic Games, Rockstar Games, and of course Electronic Arts.

One of the most recent accusations of crunch culture comes from many current and ex-employees of a naughty dog talking about your experience working at Naughty Dog and talking about how their work environment is horrible. Naughty Dog is an award-winning developer with huge franchises like the uncharted series and The Last Of Us series that always deliver high-quality games. Still, it can be very disorganized and poorly handled when it comes to developing their games.

Many employees work 12 or even more, hours sacrifice whole weekends when the studio goes into crunch mode to meet the deadline as one employee puts it in Kotaku’s article “They do try to take care of you, providing food, encouragement to go take breaks,” said one former developer. “But for the most part, the implication is: ‘Get the job done at all costs.” And the effects of that is very catastrophic because after the development of uncharted 4 around 14 out of 20 non-lead of the development team left naughty dog which is pretty much 70% of the team because of their Miss handling of management, which led to their latest game last of Us part two to being short-handed which required put a lot of Rush moments in development.

A screenshot of Naughty Dog’s Last of Us Part 2
Photo by Jahi Seifert

“Sometimes crunch might be necessary to meet an upcoming deadline, and in the industry like gaming/design, sometimes it’s unavoidable, but when it becomes a part of the culture and something that’s expected, it shows just how badly managed a project is.” by James Dallas,

What also is a contributing factor to poor management, poor leadership, and not a solid idea of where things are heading because halfway through the development of Uncharted 4, Amy Hennig, the writer, and director of the uncharted series, left the studio which left Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley had to take over as directors, which led to a reboot of the project, and they had to go through a complete Rush job.

To reach the deadline, as the article puts it, “Druckmann and Straley found themselves rewriting the script and making rapid decisions just to “feed the beast”—to keep all of those people working—and they had less than two years to finish the game.” this is also can be considered a contributive factor on why a lot of naughty dog employees leave since there was no real sense of direction when it came on to that game.

Ultimately one studio that suffered a huge consequence of not changing its bad management was telltale games. In September of 2018, CEO Pete Hawley announced that they would be closing their door due to poor management. According to Kotaku, many of the employees didn’t even know they would be let go because they were so busy rushing to finish their latest project at the time, Minecraft: Story Mode. To quote a developer “working until 3 AM the night before with no inkling that the studio was about to let them and over 200 other employees go,” it’s unfortunate to see them go since they are of award-winning company one of their big hits was The Walking Dead and won many awards including the game of the year in 2012. But one of the many aspects of why they’ve had crunch culture is because they were understaffed.

Dove talking about Telltale’s The Walking Dead Season 2. Picture by Jahi Seifert

Emily Grace Buck, a lead designer on several Telltale games, talks about her experience working on multiple titles and states, “It’s true we usually worked 50 plus hour weeks. Sometimes 70-80. Weekends were often expected,” she continues. “We were constantly ‘understaffed.’ Deadlines were ludicrously tight. Our schedules were so close we went from one crunch directly into another.”

There were many fans of telltale games. One of them is James Dallas, who lives in Brooklyn, and I wanted to get his viewpoint on crunch culture and how it generally affected him and what he said was pretty interesting.

Q: How do you feel about crunch culture?

A: CC, to me, is the problem that feels like it’s becoming more of an issue every year. It’s already disappointing that devs can be so burnt out and abused by the industry that leaves.

Q: Do you feel like crunch is necessary

A: Sometimes crunch might be necessary to meet an upcoming deadline, and in the industry like gaming/design, sometimes it’s unavoidable, but when it becomes apart of the culture and something that’s expected, it shows just how badly managed a project is.

Q: Is there any game you were looking forward to that you feel got hurt because of crunch

A: cyberpunk 2077, Even though those devs were put under crunch conditions, the game still out janky, and then afterward, they were put under crunch again to fix bugs

Q: What is another reason you feel crunch happens

A: I feel like crunch is also a symptom of hype in gaming, Trying to make promises you really can’t keep

Q: Since you’re a fan of telltale games, what do you think led to their ultimate downfall

A: I’m trying to apathetic to their closing down because they seemed to put their eggs into so many baskets, and their gameplay didn’t really evolve beyond the writing also; they had bad graphical and bugs.  

Even BioWare a company that has been loved by millions has its fans up in the air of the future of the company after the events of Anthems Cancellation due to poor management and now the fan base trying to figure out what is the future of BioWare. One of Bioware loyal fans from subreddits was able to answer a few questions by the name of belvetinerabbit

Q. After the bad press, you think led to all the bad press they received over crunch culture?

A. The problem is EA. It is so focused on profit that it defines “quality games” as “ones that make a lot of money consistently” (aka safe bets). That’s why creativity and rich storytelling is put on the back burner (even for an RPG-focused co. like Bioware). They are forced to add in multiplayer or pay-for-play/in-game transaction BS, even though it really doesn’t fit their model.

Q. What do you think is the best course of action going forward or BioWare?

A. The key would be to get them out from under the EA umbrella…but yeah…that’s not happening. Gotta love a bunch of bro dudes who don’t play games (or only play looter shooters) dictating a major part of the RPG creative process, basically telling devs what they can and can’t do. So long new ideas and creative…

This much more that needs to be examined and explored but for the most part culture seems like it’s not getting any better and due to a lot of the consensus from not only developers but everyday gamer that the community has to do better but how to do better is still up in the air.