Social Blog Post: Document of Learning


  1. a thing that happens, especially one of importance.
    “one of the main political events of the late 20th century”
    • a planned public or social occasion.
      “events to raise money for charity”
      synonyms: occurrencehappening, proceeding, incidentaffaircircumstanceoccasionphenomenonMor



For my Wheels of Revolution event, I chose a planned public or social occasion rather than an unplanned event to highlight how events intentionally impact social evolution and how it can unexpectedly impact it as well.

A Wheel of Revolution is a social evolution process that usually follows a S.T.E.P. or P.E.S.T order. The letters stand for Social, Technological, Economical, and Political.

The event I chose is Eco Fashion Week. Eco Fashion week is a fashion showcase highlighting fashion that is sustainable and innovative.

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(Unfortunately, this event will no longer be happening in the future due to lack of financial support.) Currently, the way that Canadians treat fashion and clothing is not sustainable. For example, it takes 2,700 litres of water to make one cotton shirt (according to, which is about enough water for one person to drink for 2 1/2 years.

“Polyester production for textiles released about 706 billion kg (1.5 trillion pounds) of greenhouse gases in 2015, the equivalent of 185 coal-fired power plants’ annual emissions” (Drew, Yehounme, 2017).

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Here is what Eco Fashion Week identifies themselves as:

“Established in Vancouver, BC in 2010, Eco Fashion Week (EFW) has successfully showcased 11 editions featuring over 150 of designers and stylists from around the globe. As a not-for-profit organization, EFW aims to present the solutions and innovations working to develop a more responsible fashion industry. The sustainable fashion spectrum is diverse and multifaceted, as it considers the environment, the working conditions, the supply chain as well as responsible consumption practices. At EFW, we call this the Eco Recipe. In short, an Eco Recipe is individualistic and speaks to the ways companies, brands and individuals practice sustainability” (


Here is a mind map I made of my notes on the event/movement. You can see that I used grey lines to interconnect my ideas. I used Green for my titles, black for my main points, and grey for my significance/evidence. I wish that the Social Evolution Wheel included Environmental, because my event was highly based around that.

Since Environmental is not on our list, it can be said that Eco Fashion Week’ ‘social revolution wheel’ began as a Social movement. With our earth’s health increasingly at risk, fashion and sustainably sourced clothing has become a big conversation. Eco Fashion week is the world’s largest sustainable fashion event. This event shows that society finds this cause important and will lead to change. Holding Eco Fashion week resulted in raised awareness in consumers, making them conscious of their purchasing decisions. This creates a social movement towards sustainability in clothing and fashion. It connects designers/producers and consumers with similar interests and goals.

This connects to technology, because having conscious and interested consumers means that designers such as Anian MFG, Bellatoni, Sonam Dubal, etc., have more financial backing and inclination to research and use sustainable textiles and focus on fiber sourcing which lessens environmental harm. This leads to waste diversion.

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Fiber sourcing leads to job sourcing, which impacting the Economy. Ethical brands provide jobs and opportunities to struggling groups, or just people in general. Even though product pries may rise, workers are treated fairly and the quality of goods will likely be higher.

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A good example of this is Lush, a cosmetic and bath store that has somewhat steep prices but all their goods are carefully handmade from fine ingredients. Retail leaders will feel inclined to produce in a more conscious way and potentially reduce waste of water and use non damaging textiles. Eco-friendly businesses such as Lush (bath products), Method (household cleaning products), and Pantagonia (outdoor equipment) receive support and influence other companies to do the same. Eco Fashion Week involves fashion and industry retail leaders and key stakeholders, including big names like Lululemon. This affects the rise and fall of consumption of brands and clothes. It affects brand integrity, or the way that consumers perceive a company.

Brand integrity connects to Politics. Brands are “people of power”. Once people of power feel an obligation to protect the environment, potential new laws, regulations, and rules may be set in place to increase sustainability. For example, many grocery stores are beginning to charge 5 cents per plastic bag, which encourages shoppers to bring their own and help reduce plastic waste. Thanks to events and movements like Eco Fashion Week, people in politics or a position of power are beginning to move towards a more sustainable way of living.

My event follows the same trajectory as intentionally created events, such as the Grammy Awards. Society decides a song is popular, much like society decides that they care about sustainable fashion. This moves to Technology, meaning that artists produce more songs using the same technology as the popular songs. They create new sound and music that they think will be catchy, much like how designers harness new textiles to see what is “catchy” or fashionable. Consumers buy the product, which in the Grammy’s case is music and in Eco Fashion Week, the fashion. Finally, Politics step in. People vote for the best song of the year or the album of the year, or another award. It’s an election for the best music of the year. As you can see, the Grammys also follow a S.T.E.P wheel.

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The Eco Fashion Week S.T.E.P. wheel represents justice for the planet, sustainable designers, and we, the consumers. It represents the justice of being knowledgeable about what we consume and how to protect your world. It currently remains unresolved as climate change is a battle we still fight today. I hope the revolution for environmental sustainability stays strong. I believe the ‘consequences’ of Eco Fashion Week are highly positive to everyone involved, from designers, to companies, to consumers because it means a healthier Earth for everyone.

(P.S./Irrelevant comment: Looking back at everything I do in English and Science, I think that if it weren’t for art, I’d want to become an environmental scientist or activist. Veganism! Coconut Oil! Tempeh! Kale! Vote with your dollars! Shop sustainably! Save the bees! Save the world!)

Mercutio: The Campaigner

So I may have inspired Mr. Morris to make us do this assignment…(sorry!)


The Campaigner personality is a true free spirit. Charming, independent, energetic and compassionate, […] Campaigners will bring an energy that often times thrusts them into the spotlight, held up by their peers as a leader and a guru. [However], particularly when under stress, criticism or conflict, Campaigners can experience emotional bursts that are counter-productive at best.



Mercutio, a relative of Prince Escalus, only appears in four of Romeo and Juliet‘s 24 scenes, but creates a profound and lasting impression on the audience. This is due to his extremely extroverted and imaginative personality, which lends one to believe that his Myers-Briggs personality type is that of an ENFP (Extroverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Prospective). Mercutio displays his spontaneity and extensive imagination during his ‘Queen Mab’ speech, when he creates an entire story about “the fairies’ midwife” that “gallops night by night/Through lovers’ brains, and then they dream of love” (1.4.54/70-71). He essentially creates a conversational tangent, in which he rambles about Queen Mab for several minutes, but actually only communicates a simple point: that he thinks dreams are stupid. This suggests that Mercutio isn’t a laconic speaker, a characteristic typical of personality types with “J” instead of “P”. His improvised and wild speech demonstrates that Mercutio does not give much thought to what he is saying, reinforcing his ENFP personality type. He also ‘performs’ the speech in front of a rapt and attentive crowd, suggesting that his extroversion draws others to him. Furthermore, Mercutio’s easily incited temper proves deadly for him, as he calls Tybalt a “king of cats” and intends to take “one of your nine lives […] and dry-beat the rest of the eight” (3.1.76-78). Mercutio, disgusted at Romeo’s refusal to draw against Tybalt, calls Tybalt a cat of great standing, and wants to kill him once with a sword, and then eight more times by beating him. Although Mercutio may be joking, Tybalt still agrees to fight him, and eventually stabs him under Romeo’s arm. Mercutio’s lack of foresight is a characteristic of an ENFP personality type. Also, his derogatory comparison of Tybalt to a cat is typical of someone whose emotions control their actions, and do not think before they speak. Readers of Romeo and Juliet often find Mercutio as a foil character to Romeo: he is extremely energetic, easily angered, and coarse. However, the audience and characters alike can sense his presence in every scene he is a part of. As the poet John Dryden said, “Shakespeare show’d the best of his skill in his Mercutio, and [was] was forc’d to kill him in the third Act, to prevent being killed by him.”

Nurse, The Campaigner (ENFP-T)

In William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the Nurse is a comical character who adds liveliness to the story. She is enjoyable to read about and her caring personality towards Juliet is nothing short of heart warming. The Nurse is outgoing, jovial, fun loving, and ultimately a caring mother figure for Juliet. These qualities are what possibly make her an ENFP-T Campaigner.

Campaigners are known for “enjoying the social and emotional connections they make with others” being “a true free spirit” and “taking in others’ thoughts and feelings” ( An ENFP’s qualities include being extraverted, having an intuitive energy style, following their hearts rather than a careful thought out plan, and being flexible. As readers can see in act 2.4, the nurse has no apprehensions about seeking out Romeo for a message about the wedding plans. This demonstrates her enjoyment of making social and emotional connections. When the Nurse says, “Ah, mocker! that’s the dog’s name” the nurse shows her ability to joke around with Romeo after just meeting with him. This is a good representation of her free spirit and outgoing nature. As said above, campaigners are generally great at “taking in others’ thoughts and feelings” ( The Nurse is definitely a mother figure in Juliet’s life since Lady Capulet is more distant from Juliet. As shown in act 3 scene 5, the only person who comforts and shields Juliet from her unfortunate fate of marrying Paris is her Nurse. When Capulet is yelling at Juliet and threatening to disown her the Nurse steps in and says, “God in heaven bless her!” (3.5, 169). This shows how the Nurse can see how Juliet is feeling and show enough care and love for her to put herself at risk by challenging Capulet. The Nurse follows her heart instead of a thought out plan which contributes to the reason why she is an ENFP.

Juliet: just a kid taking a personality test to sort things out

For those of you who don’t know, I have used the 16 personalities test, to discover how Juliet from Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, might score. The test assesses a personality, and gives a percentage, rating the person with one of the two letters for each category. The letters, and what they stand for are listed below.

I (Introverted)    VS   E (Extroverted)

S (obServant)   VS   N (iNtuitive)

T (Thinking)      VS   F (Feeling)

P (Prospecting) VS   J (Judging)

In Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, Juliet’s personality type has been widely debated. From her reserved attitude, to pretending to be dead for a boy she’s known for mere days, Juliet is certainly an INFP personality type in my opinion. She has a philosophical outlook on life, questioning “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” (2.2 43) proves that she has an intuitive personality, as well as is extremely introverted; she keeps her thoughts to herself until they are well-developed. Juliet tries to showcase herself as independent to Romeo when she asks him to “[…] trust [her, she’ll] prove more true than those that have more cunning to be strange” (2.2 100). She is a feeling person, because she is asking Romeo for his acceptance despite their houses ongoing grudge, and she is allowing this to guide her towards the more prospective lifestyle which Romeo leads. Juliet is extremely logical and thoughtful, but is influenced by the people around her to showcase her personality in different ways, which alters the way different readers perceive her character.

Romeo and Juliet – Puppy Love

“Based on our readings so far, do you agree or disagree that Romeo and Juliet’s relationship is one of “‘infatuated children’ engaging in ‘puppy love'”?

To answer this question, I might have to try and answer the age old question: what is love? Now the dictionary definition is, “a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for parent, child, or friend” ( However, I think that love shouldn’t just be defined as a feeling but also an act of doing. It is one thing to tell someone you love them, but a completely different thing to tell someone you love them and actually follow through with actions by caring for them and putting their happiness over your own. I think that at first Romeo and Juliet’s feelings towards each other do start out as puppy love. An example of this is when Juliet is uncertain about Romeo’s devotion to her by saying, “Dost though love me? I know thou wilt say ‘Ay,’ And I will take thy word; yet, if thou swear’st, Thou mayst prove false” (2.2 90-93). This line is Juliet asking Romeo if he loves her. She knows that he will say yes, and she would believe him and trust him, but, if he swears that he does love him, he might be lying. This shows that because of Juliet’s uncertainty, thinking that Romeo may just be lying, she doesn’t have a lot of trust in Romeo. I think that an aspect of a good relationship is trusting one another, people who are in love do show trust in one another because they take time to build a strong base connection. Since Romeo and Juliet only met just days ago during the Capulet dance, there hasn’t been a foundation of trust formed. Another reason for why Romeo and Juliet’s connection is puppy love is because they experience this somewhat love at first sight experience. Although Juliet is still hesitant to marry Romeo shown to him by saying, “I have no joy of this contract to-night. I is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden, too like lighting, which doth cease to be ere one can say ‘it lightens'” readers can see that her thoughts about marriage do change after meeting Romeo (2.2 117-120). However, I don’t think that true love at first sight can be possible, but attraction or “puppy love” at first sight is. If Romeo and Juliet were truly in love, I don’t think physical attributes would matter as much as how much they care for each other and become dependent on each other. However, this puppy love may develop into real love as this story progresses.

To wat extent is Kulich’s gument that Romeo and Juliet should not be viewed as children effective, or even historically accurate?

Kulich’s argument that Romeo and Juliet should not be viewed as children should be viewed as historically inaccurate. Shakespeare’s inspiration for this play was a poem called The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet, in this story, “Juliet is a young girl of 16, while Romeo is somewhat older” (The Generation Gap). However, in Shakespeare’s version of this, Capulet states that, “My child is yet a stranger in the world; She hath not seen the change of fourteen years” from this, it is evident that Juliet is only 13 years old, and that Capulet, her father, sees her as his child, too young to be wed yet. This isn’t just a parent being overprotective of their child either, in 1566-1619, the average marriage age was 27 (The Age of Marriage). The age of marriage also states that, “for most children, puberty came two or three years later than it does today”. For most girls, puberty starts anywhere between 10 and 14 (MedicineNet). This means that Juliet might not have even started puberty yet. The age of puberty for boys is even later meaning Romeo most likely hadn’t started puberty yet either. As well as this, both Romeo and Juliet still live which means that neither of their parents see reason for an arranged marriage, wanting to keep them as a child for longer. Therefore, Kulich’s argument that Romeo and Juliet should not be viewed as children should be thought of as historically inaccurate.

Romeo and Juliet – act two critical response

In a response to Jo Ledingham’s theatre review of Bard on the beach, Jindra Kulich claims that the love which Romeo and Juliet possess is not “‘infatuated children’ engaging in ‘puppy love,’” but rather that the teens are experiencing real love, because they are considered adults in the Elizabethan era. I do agree, that Romeo and Juliet’s love should be taken with the same seriousness that adults are today, however, I don’t think that anyone can really get away with getting married the day after they met. Juliet’s, “ears have not yet drunk a hundred words [of Romeo’s creation], yet [she knows] the sound.” implying that she barely knows Romeo, but is still willing to sacrifice everything she owns, for him (Act 2 Scene 2 58-59). I have never known a couple who experienced ‘love at first sight,’ which probably reaffirms my idea that it is not possible. Even people of fifty years in modern time, would likely be considered immature and blinded, if they married the day after meeting. In this regard, I do believe that their brains, since not completely developed, are urging them to make irrational decisions. It is also important to account for the fact that in the Elizabethan era, very few people made it to thirty years; therefore the percentage of time they have for everything in their lives is nearly a third of what we have now. It is apparent that Juliet is being pressured to marry, from her mother “[In] Verona, ladies of esteem, are made already mothers” this shows why Juliet may feel the need to find a husband as soon as possible. Despite her parents denial of Montague and Capulet love, Juliet feels that her parents, specifically her mother, would be more accepting if she married Romeo sooner rather than later, so that she doesn’t waste her life away. Thus, we should take Romeo and Juliet’s love with the same respect that we do as adults nowadays, but also understand that they are even more pressured for time. This leads us to believe that Romeo and Juliet do indeed, withhold true love, but that it could still blossom a bit more before they marry each other.


Jindra Kulich claims that Romeo and Juliet’s love for each other should be considered in the same way as that of two adults in the modern day, because that is how they were regarded in the Elizabethan era. It is true that a person was considered of age to consent much earlier, in the era which Romeo and Juliet was written. As lays out, with a parents consent, girls were considered legal to marry at just twelve years old, and boys at 14. Most people however, didn’t get married until the female was at least 18, and the man 22. In rich families, marriage was proposed earlier, as the man already had the money which would bring the couple through life. Because of this, Romeo and Juliet were still children, but they were being pressured to get married, which led to their marriage. We should still remember that as teens, our pre frontal lobes are not entirely developed, which impedes our ability to make good decisions. Although Romeo and Juliet are of the age to get married, their parents did not sign off on it, nor should they be able to make such an important decision in the matter of hours. As states, “There is no sign of any divorces during the Elizabethan times” which means that Romeo and Juliet are signing to live as one for the rest of their lives.



Are Romeo and Juliet Really Mature? The In-FACT-tuations Suggest Otherwise

Based on our readings so far, do you agree or disagree that Romeo and Juliet’s relationship is one of “‘infatuated children’ engaging in ‘puppy love’”? Why or why not? Provide at least two pieces of textual evidence.

Romeo and Juliet’s relationship through Act 1 and 2 is little more than that of two inexperienced, infatuated teens. When Romeo sees Juliet for the first time at Capulet’s party, he boldly declares that “I ne’er saw true beauty till this night” (1.5.153). His statement would be insignificant if Juliet was truly the first person he loved, but Romeo has just spent the near-entirety of Act 1 admiring another girl, Rosaline. His complete shift from eyeing one girl to another does not display maturity, but rather, informs the reader that he may simply be attracted to a girl’s beauty and nothing else. As for Juliet, she originally has some reservations about love, stating to Romeo that “I have no joy of this contract to-night. It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden […] This bud of love, by summer’s ripening breath, May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet” (2.1.117-118, 121-122). However, in a manner of moments, she tells Romeo that “If that thy bent of love be honourable, Thy purpose marriage, send me word to-morrow” (2.1.143-144). Her initial coolness to rushed love pushes her to slow Romeo’s advances, as she believes that love must develop and mature like a flower. Juliet is clearly the more prudent of the two lovers, and wants to ensure that she actually is in love before beginning a longer relationship. However, after a few more gestures of affection and passion, she quickly tells Romeo to propose marriage to show his love for her. It seems as if the youthful, impulsive side of Juliet has always been inside her, and is now prevailing and controlling her decisions. Even Juliet, a very careful and thoughtful youth, succumbs to passion and desire before thinking and reason. Although Romeo and Juliet’s love does prove in later acts to be more than just ‘puppy love’, their initial impressions of each other seem to suggest otherwise.


To what extent is Kulich’s argument that Romeo and Juliet should not be viewed as children effective, or even historically accurate?

Jindra Kulich’s argument cannot be seen as factually and historically correct. Kulich is unclear on what defines an ‘adult’, originally stating that when he was 14 in the 1940’s, he had to “go to work and assume [my] responsibilities”. However, back in the early 1600’s in Italy, schooling was not compulsory at all, and therefore cannot be even considered as a factor in determining adulthood. Considering Romeo and Juliet’s extremely privileged upbringing, they probably would have been schooled by the best tutors in Verona, and would still be learning about various customs and ways of life at their age. One possible factor in determining adulthood is the age of marriage, as the married couple would then have to assume much larger responsibilities in their household. In 1619, the average marriage age was 26 for men, and 23 for men. Both ages are ten years older than Romeo and Juliet are, respectively. In terms of physical maturity, most children’s puberty came “two or three years later than it does today” according to a paper published by the University of Victoria (“The Age of Marriage”). This means that that it is entirely possible that Juliet had not even started to physically mature yet – she is still referred to as a “child” by her own father, further reinforcing the notion of her youthfulness (1.2.8). Since Romeo seems to play a miniscule role in his family’s functioning life, and doesn’t even defend his house in the civil brawl at the start of the play, it is a stretch to believe that he could really be considered an adult. Through analyzing various factors, such as age of marriage and age of physical maturity in the 1600’s, and various moments in the play, it is difficult to agree with Kulich’s argument.




Romeo and Juliet Not “Children”?

Before I start, I would like to clarify that I am looking and writing with a modern perspective. At the time in Italy, things may have been different, and so one may arrive at a conclusion different from my own.


It has become a subject of debate whether Romeo and Juliet’s love in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is shallow puppy love carried out by teenage children. I have been reading the play in English and in my understanding, the two’s love is a bit more than short passion, but not much more. It cannot be denied that both Romeo and Juliet love from a physical point. That can be seen in Romeo’s change from his description of Rosaline that “beauty starved with her severity cuts beauty off from all posterity. She is too fair…” to his exclamation that “I have forgot [Rosaline]… my heart’s dear love is set on the fair daughter of rich Capulet” (25, 103). Romeo solely focuses his love, or desires, on appearance, so when someone fairer than the one he loves shows herself, Romeo ditches his old love immediately. We can see from here that Romeo have a rather immature view on love, and he “love by rote, that could not spell” (105). Juliet, on the other hand, is much less impulsive and naive, but in modern standards, she loves too fast and without deeper thought. This can be seen in how she is shaken when the news of Romeo killing Tybalt comes, wondering how can “[a] book containing such vile matter [ever be] so fairly bound” (163). The fact that Juliet just comes to realize what kind of person her husband is after the wedding is quite alarming, likely leading to an unhappy marriage after the physical attractions fade away with age. The reason I don’t classify this affair as simple puppy love is because the two aren’t just loving for fun, like so many teenage kids; they are prepared to live their entire lives together, united in marriage. The intense passion made them oblivious to the other’s shortcomings, classifying the relationship as one that is not well thought out, but the extent of their love goes a long ways beyond physical lust and attraction.

When considering whether Romeo and Juliet are children or not regarding the conventions then, we can assume that they are viewed as adults. Romeo and Juliet was written between 1591 and 1595, originating from The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet written in 1562. The story likely took place during or slightly before that period. In medieval England, children at the age of twelve will often find themselves given the responsibilities of adults with adult-like consequences ( Jobs like rock scarers (restaurant dishwashers) or shepherds in Montaillo, France are given to young boys at the age of twelve. The fact that both Romeo and Juliet are in noble households mean that they don’t have to work, but they are both of age to marry as to the customs. It is not often that children under the age of fourteen are married in medieval England, but around 8 % of the children documented are married at that age. The conditions should be similar in Verona, Italy, so the two lovers are both adults in their society. I wasn’t able to find whether “for most of the history of mankind, at 14 years of age human beings were considered to be adults” as claimed by Kulich in her article, but her central idea that Romeo and Juliet are adults is right.

Zip DOC 4(?)

I have quite a big list of struggles during ZIP, even though I am not good at assembling lists. Here are a few:

In the past weeks, I have found that it is very hard for me to brainstorm a big list of items. I was trying to do a prereading list of the benefits of text vs. visual presentation in terms their ability to present characters. I got to around 5 for each, but can’t get any further no matter how hard I tried. Later on, in a similar exercise, I could concentrate for the first 10 minutes or so, but I lost my focus soon after. Even then, since it is on my mind, during the day I will sometimes get an idea that I will forget before I can write it down. A few cycle of that drives me crazy. So I began carrying a notepad at home, which helped a lot.

I also found that it is very hard to analyze too many works, so I will just focus on one piece. I have watched the movie and read the book both twice, and I will create an infographic later.

That said, I realized that infographics are very hard to create on a slow computer. My usual browser, Opera, is incompatible with canva, the design website I am using, and on top of that, using Firebox often crashes my computer for whatever reason. Even with Chrome, I have to slowly carry out any operation or else the browser freezes and doesn’t respond. So I will still try to create as many as I need, but I may replace some of them with mind maps or other things.