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Nowhere To Hide

Was George Orwell’s prediction of the future correct?  He wasn’t too far off when he thought about a society under complete control.  In a world filled with technology that can see one’s every move, there is nowhere to hide. Someone is always watching.

 

1.  Current advances in technology allow for no privacy in public or even in one’s own home.  Even software like Google that once used to be harmless now has technology to recognize faces using a facial recognition software.  was it thought that online browsing histories were private and confidential?  Not anymore. Google can now track every search made when someone is logged into their service.  Even though it is optional, it’s still going against one’s right to privacy.  Anything that is searched online can now be tracked.  Even advertisements on sites such as Facebook use this information to show advertisements based on one’s browsing history.

Advertisements on television use a certain persuasive energy to persuade people to buy their products.  These advertising agencies use demographics to decide who to target for their commercial.  For example, an ad that promotes a pill that will lower the risk of heart attacks will be aimed towards an older generation whereas a cell phone ad will use a celebrity or “teen heart throb” to promote their product to teens.  These advertisements have a sort of control on us as they find what we like to show us something that will make us believe that we need their product.  Even political candidates use this technique to persuade voters to vote for them.  They appeal to what the voters want, even though what they say may be untruthful.  these candidates spy into people’s lives to find what they want from their leader and then show the that they will do whatever it is they want even if they don’t believe in it.

Simple things like garbage cans are now being outfitted with the technology to pry into one’s private affairs.  Cleveland now uses Big Brother to find people who do not recycle.  in his article Look Out, Cleveland” Your Garbage Can Is Watching You!, Salvatore Cardoni states that, “Thanks to a $2.5 million order of garbage cans and recycle carts embedded with radio frequency identification chips and bar codes, Clevelanders who don’t recycle could be fined $100.”  Even our household objects can now spy on us.  If something like this is happening now what will it be like 10 years from now?  20 years?  What about 2084?  George Orwell may have been right in his predictions of the future, just one hundred years too early.

2.  George Orwell states in 1984 that, “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stomping on a human face- forever.”  In a sense, he is right.  Right now, like in 1984, we are being controlled, the only difference being who the controller is.  In 1984, the citizens are controlled by Big Brother and today, we are being controlled by technology.  We are living our lives dependent on technology just like the citizens of Oceania were dependent on the Party and Big Brother.  Technology is figuratively stomping on our faces.  We are lead to believe that these technologies are good, but in reality, they ruin our lives by destroying our privacy.  Someone is always watching.  For the citizens of Oceania, it was Big Brother, for us it is our cell phones, computers, and even trash cans.

3.  Technology will continue to advance each year and even more programs and software will come out that can somehow spy on our private affairs.  Before reading this book and the articles following, I did not think much about the cell phone that is always in my pocket or the computer screen I find myself staring at for hours, but now I am almost afraid to use them.  I feel as if someone may be watching me through the camera of my phone or the webcam of my computer.  In the next few years that actually may be the case.  It is possible that ten years from now, I could be spied on every minute of the day through my phone or computer screen, even if they are not turned on.  By 2084, it may be possible that I might be watched through a camera hidden in my room in the retirement home so that people may be able to predict the exact time that I would die.  Anything is possible and from the way things are going now, I will not be surprised if someday there is a micro chip in my head that detects every thought.  There is no telling what someone will come up with.

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2012 in Beyond 1984, Uncategorized

 

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Realism

Realism

re·al·ism   [ree-uh-liz-uhm] – noun

1. interest in or concern for the actual or real, as distinguished from the abstract, speculative, etc.
2. the tendency to view or represent things as they really are.
Literature 

   a. a manner of treating subject matter that presents a careful description of everyday life, usually of the lower and middle classes.
   b. a theory of writing in which the ordinary, familiar, or mundane aspects of life are represented in a straight forward or matter-of-fact manner that is presumed to reflect life as it actually is.

REALISM ON THE RISE BECAUSE OF:

  • Reactions against romanticism
  • Interest in science
  • Interest in studying documented history
  • Rational philosophy

CHARACTERISTICS OF REALISM:

  • Plot is often downplayed, focus is on the character(s)
  • Concentrates on the inner life of the average middle-class man
  • Portrays thoughts and feelings, anxieties and dilemmas
  • Shows character’s struggle with moral questions and social expectations, things everyone struggles with
  • Examines choices and consequences in everyday life
  • Deals with everyday details and actions, small catastrophes of the middle class
  • Avoids larger, dramatic issues

“Young Mother Sewing” by Mary Cassatt
Realist Art

 

Realistic Techniques

1. Settings thoroughly familiar to the writer

2. Plots emphasizing the norm of daily experience

3. Ordinary characters, studied in depth

4. Complete authorial objectivity

5. Responsible morality; a world truly reported

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2012 in Thomas More's Utopia

 

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Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump is the main character in Forrest Gump the 1994 film directed by Robert Zemeckis.  Forrest is a man with a low IQ that everyone believes to be stupid, but although he may not be smart academically, he ends up being the smartest person someone could ever know through the things he does and the actions he makes.  The story of Forrest Gump starts out with him sitting on a bus stop bench waiting for the number nine bus to come along.  He encounters strangers that come to sit on the bus and he tells them the story of his life.

The Mundane World

Forrest’s story begins at the doctors office where he has just been given leg braces in which he must wear to straighten out his back.  He finds troubles with these braces in the way he walks and is unable to run.  These braces are the things that are holding him back in his life.  When Forrest is run down by bullies, he gains the determination to run faster in order to avoid them and breaks free of the braces and keeps running.  From then on, anytime he went somewhere he got there by running.  He tells, “Now you wouldn’t believe me if I told you, but I could run like the wind blows. From that day on, if I was ever going somewhere, I was running!”

The Call To Adventure

One day when he is again chased by bullies, Forrest runs through a college football practice and ends up being picked up by the coach to play football for the University of Alabama.  It is because of football that he is able to graduate from college and ends up enlisting in the US Army.  Through his service in the Army, Forrest meets Bubba Burns and Lieutenant Dan Taylor.  Bubba is his best friend and tells him all about shrimping and everything he knows about shrimp.  Bubba has the idea that when he gets home from Vietnam he is going to buy a shrimping boat and he will be the captain and asks Forrest to be his first mate.  When Bubba is killed in Vietnam, Forrest makes it his duty to buy a shrimp boat and go out to do what his best friend wanted.

Crossing The Threshold

When the Bubba Gump Shrimping Company becomes a big success, Forrest leaves the business to Lt. Dan and goes on to pursue new things in his life.  He is a rich man, yet all he can think about is his love, Jenny.  He makes his life all about Jenny and when she comes home he believes he has it all, but she leaves again.  Forrest then decides to run.  He runs for three years.  In his telling of the story he says, “No particular reason. I just kept on going. I ran clear to the ocean. And when I got there, I figured since I’d gone this far, might as well turn around, just keep on going. And when I got to another ocean, I figured since I’d gone this far, I might as well just turn back and keep right on going.”  From all this running, even though he didn’t realize it, Forrest was a hero to many people and touched many lives along his journey.

The Path of Trials

All throughout Forrest’s life, he met so many different people and every single person he met, he touched every single one of their lives.  Although he did not realize it, he was an inspiration to everyone he met.  Forrest’s adventure is his everyday life.  He makes it through tough challenges like making it through college, being given the medal of honor for his service in the army, achieving wealth through the shrimp business, and eventually becoming a father.  He overcomes everything in his life and ends up being a mentor to the people around him.  At the Grave of Jenny he says, “Jenny, I don’t know if mama was right or if it’s Lieutenant Dan. I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or if we’re all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze. But I…I think maybe it’s both. Maybe both is happening at the same time.”  Forrest is not a very smart man, but he exceeded everyone’s expectations and rose above the challenges to prove that determination, courage, and love are more important than any ability.

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2012 in Epic Heroes

 

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Driving Home The Cows

DRIVING HOME THE COWS
Kate Putnam Osgood

Out of the clover and blue-eyed grass
He turned them into the river-lane;
One after another he let them pass,
Then fastened the meadow-bars again.

Under the willows, and over the hill,
He patiently followed the sober pace;
The merry whistle for once was still,
And something shadowed the sunny face.

Only a boy! and his father said
He never could let his youngest go:
Two already were lying dead
Under the feet of the trampling foe.

But after the evening work was done,
and the frogs were loud in the meadow-swamp,
Over his shoulder he slung his gun,
And steadily followed the foot-path damp.

Across the clover, and through the wheat,
With resolute heart and purpose grim,
Though cold was the dew on his hurrying feet,
And the blind bat’s flitting startled him.

Thrice since then had the lanes been white,
And the orchards sweet with apple-bloom;
And now, when the cows came back at night,
The feeble father drove them home.

For news had come to the lonely farm
That three were laying where two had lain;
And the old man’s tremulous, palsied arm
Could never lean on a son’s again.

The summer day grew cool and late.
He went of the cows when the work was done;
But down the lane, as he opened the gate,
He saw them coming one by one, –

Brindle, Ebony, Speckle, and Bess,
Shaking their horns in the evening wind;
Cropping the buttercups out of the grass, –
But who was it followed close behind?

Loosely swung in the idle air
The empty sleeve of army blue;
And worn and pale, from the crisping hair,
Looked out a face that the father knew.

For Southern prisons will sometimes yawn,
And yield their dead unto life again;
And the day that comes with a cloudy dawn
In golden glory at last may wane.

The great tears sprang to their meeting eyes;
For the heart must speak when lips are dumb:
And under the silent evening skies
Together they follow the cattle home.

This poem is from the point of view of a soldier’s father.  It shows how the soldiers’ families were affected by the war and the feelings they had about their children and family members fighting in the war.  It shows how worried the family members were at the thought of their son not coming home.  This father was just going through his normal routines of chores with the added worry of the thought of his son dying.  I chose this poem because it touched my heart because I felt that I would feel the same way if I was in the father’s shoes.  It also had a happy ending which is something I like to read.  Even though all this is going on, it still ends on a good note.

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2011 in Civil War Poetry

 

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Pledge of Commitment – Australia

Most people are required to make the Australian Citizenship Pledge at a citizenship ceremony. In doing so you are making a public commitment to Australia and accepting the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship.

From this time forward, under God,
I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people,
whose democratic beliefs I share,
whose rights and liberties I respect, and
whose laws I will uphold and obey.

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2011 in Pledges

 

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