Life of British Literature
Connecting With the World
Social media sites can make it more difficult for us to distinguish between the meaningful relationships we foster in the real world, and the numerous casual relationships formed through social media. By focusing so much of our time and psychic energy on these less meaningful relationships, our most important connections, he fears, will weaken. social media is available to predators as well as friends. Kids especially are vulnerable to the practice of cyber-bullying in which the perpetrators, anonymously or even posing as people their victims trust, terrorize individuals in front of their peers. The devastation of these online attacks can leave deep mental scars. In several well-publicized cases, victims have even been driven to suicide. The anonymity afforded online can bring out dark impulses that might otherwise be suppressed. Cyber-bullying has spread widely among youth, with 42% reporting that they have been victims, according to a 2010 CBS News report. Social networking sites encourage people to be more public about their personal lives. Because intimate details of our lives can be posted so easily, users are prone to bypass the filters they might normally employ when talking about their private lives. What's more, the things they post remain available indefinitely. While at one moment a photo of friends doing shots at a party may seem harmless, the image may appear less attractive in the context of an employer doing a background check. While most sites allow their users to control who sees the things they've posted, such limitations are often forgotten, can be difficult to control or don't work as well as advertised.
Don't touch my Mama, dont touch my Doritos
Tuesday, Nov. 18th, 9pm
The dystopian world George Orwell created for 1984 is a bleak, emotionless place, grey shaded and foul smelling, full of hate and distrust. The humans that inhabit it do not live, they are simply expected to exist for the good of the sinister Party, a totalitarian government, while their leader gazes down at them from every wall, watching their every move. One of these humans, and our protagonist, is Winston Smith. His problems when simplified may seem like the problems of any other person his lack of freedom, his repressed emotions and his desperate loneliness. These problems however, are exasperated by the society he lives in.
Winston sees posters showing a man gazing down over the words “Big Brother is watching you” everywhere he goes. Big Brother is the face of the Party. The citizens are told that he is the leader of the nation and the head of the Party, but Winston can never determine whether or not he actually exists. In any case, the face of Big Brother symbolizes the Party in its public manifestation. Big Brother also symbolizes the vagueness with which the higher ranks of the Party present themselves—it is impossible to know who really rules Oceania, what life is like for the rulers, or why they act as they do. Winston thinks he remembers that Big Brother emerged around 1960, but the Party’s official records date Big Brother’s existence back to 1930, before Winston was even born. By means of telescreens and hidden microphones across the city, the Party is able to monitor its members almost all of the time. Additionally, the Party employs complicated mechanisms to exert large-scale control on economic production and sources of information, and fearsome machinery to inflict torture upon those it deems enemies. 1984 reveals that technology, which is generally perceived as working toward moral good, can also facilitate the most diabolical evil. The Party controls every source of information, managing and rewriting the content of all newspapers and histories for its own ends. The Party does not allow individuals to keep records of their past, such as photographs or documents. As a result, memories become fuzzy and unreliable, and citizens become perfectly willing to believe whatever the Party tells them. By controlling the present, the Party is able to manipulate the past. And in controlling the past, the Party can justify all of its actions in the present. In addition to manipulating their minds, the Party also controls the bodies of its subjects. The Party constantly watches for any sign of disloyalty, to the point that, as Winston observes, even a tiny facial twitch could lead to an arrest. A person’s own nervous system becomes his greatest enemy. The Party forces its members to undergo mass morning exercises called the Physical Jerks, and then to work long, grueling days at government agencies, keeping people in a general state of exhaustion. Anyone who does manage to defy the Party is punished and “reeducated” through systematic and brutal torture. After being subjected to weeks of this intense treatment, Winston himself comes to the conclusion that nothing is more powerful than physical pain—no emotional loyalty or moral conviction can overcome it. By conditioning the minds of their victims with physical torture, the Party is able to control reality, convincing its subjects that 2 + 2 = 5.
This class has been a great experience and it felt more diverse than any other literature class I have taken. This literature class went more into detail than others also. I learned how to read and annotate the stories that I didn’t even know was a real thing till I got to this class. The social media isn’t what they planed it to be and I learned that in this class also .social media has put a dent in our world, it causes deaths, fights, and now our government is watching everything we do on the web. There isn’t much privacy in the world anymore that was taken a long time ago when social media came in the game. I also learned about 4 sentence précis which is a specific type of summary, and it differs from the more general summary in that emphasis is placed upon providing the rhetorical aspects of the work under consideration. I am going to annotate my when I’m in college because it helps break down the meaning of the entry and helps me understand it a whole lot more. I had a great time learning about dystopian societies like “1984” or “V for Vendetta. I like stories like that because I like seeing people stand up to power which inspires me greatly. This class definitely had the most impact on me the last for years because up until now I was just learning the same thing in each language arts class. So when I say I don’t like this class it means I don’t like reading but, class has done more than I expected it to do for me. I wish we would have done the hunger games as a dystopian novel that would have been my favorite thing in this class. This is the class that I feel has actually taught me something different in literature.
Our Blue Dot
On this earth we don’t take care of it as we should. This world is in poverty here rich there everyone is different and thinks we should all live in different ways. There are many many many different types of people on that dot. The world is becoming over populated on one side but on the other there may not be one person. I would like to tell the world that we must work together to take care of our blue dot. People don’t understand one day we may start to run out of resources, you don’t know what worldwide problem could come next. I think if we all came together we could end many things like war. Hunger in countries like Africa, china and other poor countries that struggle. There wouldn’t be someone better then another everyone would be the same I just want peace and love that’s all everyone needs in life. Now a days its who’s the man in power. Everyone wants to have power in their life. I want to be in the Olympics and run the 100 meter dash and hold the world’s fastest time. I would also like to play pro football and break the record for the most receiving yards. We need to work together to make this world a better place that’s the key. All the hatred in the world isn’t going to be ok forever. It’s just a matter of time until world war 3 begins. I wish I could send this paper worldwide to tell everyone how it should be.