Research Log #3 (Article on Vaccine safety in Vaccine safety database)

This source really stood out to me because it was a scientific article with data charts and in depth statistics on specifically vaccine testing. The main goal behind the research was to see how much companies actually tested the vaccines to check their safety. The results are quite shocking. Many diseases the vaccines studied were proven to give by the study, were not known previously even though they were approved and given to many patients. The article was written in August 2011. The author of this article was the GM LEE Affiliation. The Publisher is the American journal of preventive medicine. Both the author and publisher are well known in the science world. The authors(multiple authors) are part of the children’s hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. They are the group that studies child health care in the Center for Child health care Studies.

This article definitely made me wonder a lot about vaccines, but it somewhat took a different route in my mind. If the government is allowing us, and somewhat forcing us to take these vaccines without proper testing, is the same happening with processed foods, goods, and even just regular medicines? This definitely wants me to look into many different items other than vaccines because I’m very self-conscious about what I allow to come in contact with my body. I believe that the more natural, the better. (Video on previous ways government administered polio vaccine to citizens)

The most interesting or surprising thing about this source is that it is a video filmed in the year 1961. It talks about the way the government pushed the polio vaccine on residents living in Columbus, Georgia. Through various in person surveys and making the image of the vaccine look good, many people were vaccinated. The main goal was to have everyone vaccinated three times. Their claims were that it would not only help push away polio disease, but also make everyone smarter in a sense. It was a very weird way to market the vaccine, and was not talked about much in the video. The purpose of the video was to make vaccines look good in the eyes of the people. The producer of the video was Prelinger Archives.

Learning more and more about my topic through research and inquiry, I definitely see change in the way I want to dress my topic. I really want to stray away from researching vaccines alone and want to step into a more detailed question about the things our government hides from us.







Reading this article, I found many things I do that are recognized. For starters, I always find myself framing someone else’s work. Like said in the article, a good question can always help you think through what you are interested in. Many times I find myself brainstorming or researching for an assignment, and I always look for a decent question to follow first. It helps tremendously with figuring out what it is I am looking for. I also find myself trying to identify the situation at hand. If you know what is going on in the situation, the inquiry and research finding becomes easier and more understandable. Greene distinguishes in the article between reading as inquiry and reading as searching for information by explaining it as if reading as inquiry allows you to be more specific. It creates a goal as to what you are reading for rather than just looking for something that you don’t even know what it you truly want to find. When Greene talks about framing, he means going off of information that is already there. To frame is to copy and use for your own purpose. I’ve noticed many writers do this in their writings. If you look at Turkle, she frames with the many experiences people had based off of her topic, technology. Argument as conversation definitely does change the way I think of reading and/or writing about research. When someone argues rather than just converse on a topic, they do look for more points of view and find themselves learning more than they would’ve in the first place. The article brought up a lot of inquiry techniques as well as the way inquiry works. It allowed me to learn a little more about research in a questioning style. Inquiry allows for broader and a better understanding of research.

Library Activity

Watching the videos on the school Library somewhat refreshed my memory of how I used it last semester. I never really used books on my own for research and to learn things, but when classes require it, I definitely know how to find them. I didn’t really find anything promising in the library as far as sources for my research just because I know I won’t really  read a book on my topic since most of the information is online. The library however is very helpful when it comes to finding solid information on topics or another persons perspective on a topic.

I’ve been going to the library since I started at UNCC. It’s a very natural environment for me. Many of my friends and I meet up there to study together or hangout. Whether its studying for a final or simply completing some homework, I find the library environment very helpful. I noticed that in the library, you see two different types of students. The ones that are either studying/doing homework or people that simply want to hangout. I really like how the library caters to both types because most libraries I’ve gone to in the past just allow people to be quite. I like the path our university took with this library.

My favorite place to hangout in the library is hard to decide on. I like the second floor where the booths are a lot because thats where me and my friends always hangout. However I do also like the their floor because for some reason I get my work done faster and more efficiently there. I think it is because thats one of the quieter floors and there aren’t as many distractions. In the future, Im sure ill use the library just as I’ve been because I do feel as if I’m taking full advantage of it now.


1. State the title, and provide a link.

The Dangers Of Vaccines and Vaccination is the title of the website I decided to gain insight on my topic through.


2. Read/watch/listen to the entire Source.

3. What year was this written/produced? What do you know about the author/creator, and the source that published it? (Google author? publication?)

Larry D Cook – Los Angeles, CA, 2015

4. What new perspective have you gained about this subject? What questions does the source raise for you? What was most interesting? Use examples from source to explain.

I have not been looking for a new perspective on this topic because of my neutrality towards it, but this source definitely swayed me away from being “pro-vaccine”. I still need to learn more to pick a side, but the evidence is just too hard to ignore. The writer of this article brings up many factual and statistically proven evidence that vaccines are worse than better for you. He shows many side-effects of them and even breaks down how they are inadequately tested. The most interesting thing I found about the source was the section of the inadequate testing done on vaccines. “Safety or toxicity of vaccines is studied for short term rather than long-term. Many studies are limited to just a few weeks. When a vaccine is tested, it is given to healthy people and they are only given that one injection.” This raised awareness in me that not much research is being done to test vaccines thoroughly as we believe.

5. Does this source refer to other sources? If so, how and why? If not, why not?

The source does refer to many other sources and cites them all at the bottom of the website. This was done to show the truth behind the topic and where the author received the information from. It also makes the author very credible.

6. Any interesting links to follow? If so, discuss which ones and why.

This link shows a video of a mother who’s child received autism as a side effect of many vaccines when the child was a baby. It all happened so quickly that there was nothing to do to prevent it.

7. What does this source make you want to know next?

This source makes me want to look at benefit sides to vaccines because it never once mentioned how they actually do prevent diseases and illnesses in people.

8. List any helpful search terms you’ve gotten from this source.

None from the sources I’ve researched.

9. Feel free to do any other “thinking out loud” about the source/topic.

Approaches to Inquiry

The articles given to read asked many different questions. They all related to inquiry in one way or another. These projects definitely represent what I think of inquiry. Asking a question that leads to a sort of answer to only ask another question. It is sort of a never ending cycle, but it always keeps you learning and curious. The article “Seeking Revenge In The ‘Underworld’ Of Stolen Bikes”, posed the question of how do bikes get stolen and why. It leads to many questions being asked through a long process of hunting down bike thieves and attempting to prevent them. I believe the writer represented inquiry in the way his research was put out. It all led back to the question of what caused my bike to be stolen.

On my own I do enjoy learning many things and asking questions. I always ask my self why I am alive and whats my purpose. I am always learning new things because of this as well. However I don’t believe it is related to inquiry and the whole process it goes by. I do school work that requires me to ask questions and do a lot of research, so I think that is inquiry, but it is never involved in my life fully.

I read an article in “Humans of New York” about a man who was always an outsider in his life because of the many tattoos he had and the lifestyle he chose to live.The whole idea behind the article, I think, was the question of “why judge?”. In the article the man states, “There’s no such thing as a true outsider. We all have to breathe. We all have to eat. We all have to work. I wanted to run away from everything but I ran into myself.” I think his statement is true and the idea behind the article is surely an example of inquiry.


Curiosity is defined as a strong desire to know or learn something. After being a part of the parlors we’ve had in class and after all the readings we’ve done out of the book, many things have been touched on that sparked my interests. The whole idea behind technology taking values away from us became the overall main topic. I thought of this to be very interesting. Never once n my life have I stepped back and thought for a second that we are becoming duller and less emotionally stable simply because of the utilities we have right by our sides. It definitely makes sense with all the evidence provided in the book and what we talked about in class. I was also very interested in the idea that sparked a sort of conspiracy. Why does our government allow such technology if they know of the side effects, and why use the technology in ways to somewhat “control” the outcome of events and people.

I feel as if I and attracted to these topics because I have always been a major conspiracy theorist. Thinking of what lies behind the scenes has always been a sort of hobby of mine. I believe that nothing ever seems as it is because people always have bigger goals than they put out there. The whole idea behind technology taking values away can be used to others advantages if done right. I dislike the fact that people lost empathy and conversational skills because of the devices we have by our sides. It is something that we can fix however and something we must work towards fixing. There is definitely the usefulness and utility that comes with technology, but we can not allow it to hurt us more than it helps.

I feel that it was no mistake the way social media is setup and the way how it accessible to almost anything online. I believe that someone out there has a greater goal in mind. Whether it is to control the people, or even achieve large sums of money, its wrong. As we said in class, media can definitely be single sided and online you choose what side you want. That can be a dangerous thing in our society and it definitely hurts conversational skills as mentioned in the book.


Is There A Way?

The chapter I decided to read for this assignment was “The Nick of Time”. At first it was pretty hard for me to understand the whole idea behind the chapter, but everything was put together towards the end of it. This chapter, in my own opinion, served the purpose of explaining the problem with technology and how to fix it. As far as any of us know, the technology we have is already here and there is no need to get rid of it. To get rid of it would be inconvenient.

A couple things I found surprising reading the chapter were the personal accounts of how technology is hurting day to day activities in others lives. A father didn’t feel right playing ball with his child because of the constant need to check his phone. A mother felt bad texting while breastfeeding her new born child. They both said that they felt as if technology took away the solitude and empathy that came with those experiences. The author stated that the way to fix the problem is not to get rid of our phones and technical devises, but to simply step back and know when to and when to not use them.

Studies have shown that if you simply don’t use social media for a week, that empathy and conversational skills are improved greatly. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t use our devises, but it means we should just take a step back and use them for their required purposes. Not just to waste time. It is important to have conversations and not hide behind our phones. As stated in the book on page 332, “Public conversation gives us a way to reclaim private conversations by modeling them, including how to show tolerance and genuine interest in what other people are saying.” The problem will not be fixed just like that. It just takes the initiative to improve your own situation and possibly even the worlds.