Madison Tigert

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Blog Post - Ideals of Freedom

In this country as a citizen of the United States of America I would say that I have a lot of freedom compared to other countries. I have the freedom to say what I want and do what I want as long as I follow and don't break any laws which is fair game. Yes some freedoms are restricted from me such as the drinking age limit and the license age to drive but those are laws set for the safety of others and myself. Without certain freedom restrictions everyone would go crazy and people would get hurt or worse. The freedoms I enjoy the most are being able to drive once I get my license at a certain age. For me driving is another stage of really growing up and understanding my freedom as a person. In countries or civilizations that do not have equal and balanced freedoms amongst the citizens, I think that everyone would go nuts and try to move out of that said country/civilization. Without freedoms, people will be forced to live in a way much more uncivilized compared to other countries that have more freedoms than them. In some countries leaders won't allow their citizens to read certain online newspapers from other countries because they do not want the citizens to have ideas about leaving said-country. That is one of the things I don't agree with; censorship on newspapers and regulations on what websites you can visit. So many countries are tracking and stalking their citizens on what sites they visit which I think causes a HUGE privacy and safety issue. To me it almost gives people another reason to actually try and leave their country to go and move somewhere else to where they will actually get to have the chance at having freedom for once in their lives.

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10 Rules For My Dystopian Society

Rule #1: All citizens can't be out on the streets after 10:30PM.

Rule #2: All citizens under the age of 13 must be accompanied by their gaurdians when on the streets.

Rule #3: All male citizens must work from 8:00AM to 8:00PM at their assigned jobs.

Rule #4: All female citizens must take care of the children and do the chores.

Rule #5: All citizens can't talk badly about the government or they will be severely punished.

Rule #6: All citizens must follow the dress code. For example grey suits, black shoes, and white ties for men and grey dresses, black shoes, and white knee length socks for women.

Rule #7: All citizens when 21 must be married off to someone in their designated area.

Rule #8: All citizens are free to speak whatever language they want, but they are all forced under the same religion.

Rule #9: All citizens must have dull, boring looks. For example no wild hair colors, makeup, nail polish, colorful clothing, etc.

Rule #10: All citizens must be killed off when their children reach the age of 18 to promote independency.

Blog Post - Are we heading towards a dystopian society?

In my eyes I believe that at some point, our society will become dystopian. With all this crazy technology that is going about and be created, certain industries will go out of business. For example, like in Wall-E, people on Earth create a new living system in space. People use floating chairs to navigate through their new society. Nobody knows or remembers the history of Earth, for their new home is like a utopian society to them. While Earth is left to crumble and die off. There is now life on Earth. No plants are growing, no humans live there, and no animals roam in their habitats. The whole environment becomes a complete waste land of trash wish is being cleaned up by robots.

One day, maybe one day, our Earth as we know it will end up like that or even worse. We wouldn't have a utopia to go to, but we would more likely be sectioned it off from it because it could pose a nonexistent threat to us. In the eyes of whoever our leader might be at the time, the utopia will convince the civilians to become more independent than we are now. That means our leader will lose a considerable amount of people and they will try to keep us more sectioned off from the new world and try to convince us that where we live now is better. Though there will be some who will not agree, the leader will turn to brainwashing to keep us in line. I hope that day never comes. I would never our society let alone Earth become a dystopian society; it would be awful. Our world would become dull and lifeless compared to how it would've been. Everyone would be under control of a MPF (major political figure) who wants all the power. Right now our technology includes a vast amount of different machines and accessories such as iPhones and laptops. In the dystopian world, we would be stripped of these luxuries. If were granted with such a power to be able to use a piece of technology, it would be for the use of higher officials against the citizens or for the major political figure in charge. People would be almost lifeless and stripped of proper, individual identities. Everyone would have the exact same view point as the MPF or be forced under their will to obey. I'm not sure if certain words will be stripped away from us, but I would think that anything said badly about the MPF or if any laws are broken it would greatly effect the ways that we are looked upon by others or if our life will hang in the balance of our actions.

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Author Study

The English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic Eric Arthur Blair was born on June 25th, 1903 in Motihari, India. Eric, who is most famously known by his pen name George Orwell, has written over 30 books that include 1984, Animal Farm, and Burmese Days. He lived in India for a year and later moved to England. He didn't know his father much because he was stationed in India and did not move with George's mother and sister. George's father did not re-enter into his life until retired from the service in 1912. George was often sick as a young child with the flu, but with downside there came a positive end. He started writing early and had a published poem in a newspaper at the age of 11. He went to a boarding school known as St. Cyprian's through a scholarship and found comfort in books. He continued his studies by wining scholarships to Wellington College and Eton College. After finishing school at Eton, he joined the India Imperial Police force in 1922; he later moved back to England after five years. His first published book was Down and Out In Paris and London which told about life living in those two cities. In December of 1936, George traveled to Spain to fight against General Francisco Franco in the Spanish Civil War. During said war he was shot in the arm and throat and had to return home with his wife Eileen. After writing many numerous essays, he landed a job BBC producer in 1941. In 1949, he published his book 1984 which gives the readers a glimpse of what would happen if the government controlled every detail of a person's life. 1984 was George's last published book as he died of tuberculosis in London, England on the 21st of January in 1950. His wife had died five years before him while they had a very open marriage. George's adopted son was taken care of by George's sister Avril after Eileen's death. One year before he died, George proposed to another woman; an editor named Sonia whom inherited George's estate and made a career out of his legacy.