Get Off this Site and Read a Book

By: Alyssa Allemand, Arrian Madden, and Hannah Pickard

In today’s society, people are slaves to their phones or laptops; but back in the old days, people didn’t even know what technology would exist. By spending so much time on social media, people of all ages are exposed to numerous, sometimes biased, sources. The media significantly contributes to forming people’s opinions. Reporters jump on anything that can twist one’s political views, religion, beliefs, or lifestyle.

Think of this past election; the media played a HUGE role in swaying people’s views, and a lot of the time, those claims were exaggerated. The media also affects friendships, romantic relationships, and families through portraying societal expectations. It also has changed the arts; fine art, music, and literature through relying more on technology. With the internet allowing people to post their ideas instantly, the world of English has changed, in both positive and negative ways.

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A big way the media has contributed to English in modern day is that people can share and post their ideas much faster than ever before. Anyone is allowed to publish a blog, BS their way through Wikipedia, or create books through various websites. This can be a good thing because it connects fellow writers to one another and they can receive feedback. However, it also discredits the writer’s integrity. Ling Too, from Storify.com, writes, “Yes, social media may be the next step in the world of literature in which people can share faster and to a broader audience however, there are still consequences such as the integrity of the piece and the many critics opposed to the new move.” People can type and submit whatever they feel without having to go through any editing, feedback, or credibility checks.

When published writers use online sources, they often face limitations because of word count; all of the time they spent writing their stories goes to waste when half of what they wrote needs to be cut out. Though stories and works of literature are more accessible and it is fun to share ideas with others, it is unfair to published writers.

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Plagiarism is one of the biggest concerns with this new age in literature. People can now copy anyone’s work and make it their own. Along with that, there are also issues with copyright. Some examples of this are shown through works in the 50 Shades of Grey novels and other forms of fanfiction.

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Not only is an author’s integrity questioned in online literature, but their creativity is, as well. Writers used to gather and arrange their thoughts by laying them out by hand, with pen and paper. Using computers in today’s society has taken away from that process. Author Zoe Pilger expresses, “Writing on paper in that way allows for incoherence and messiness, which is a necessary stage of the creative process.” The simple, yet complicated, functions of a computer also hinder the writing process. Writers are not allowed to be sloppy in their drafts any longer due to keyboard shortcuts like copy, paste, and cut. In Thomas McMullan’s article, “How Technology Rewrites Literature,” he states, “Writing with electronic devices has affected structures, research, and editing. It has affected order and it had affected rhythm, from the tap-tap swipe of a typewriter to the swipe-swipe tap of a tablet.”

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The technological advances made in the world of literature have resulted in some good things, and some bad things. McMullan says, “From typing on a rolling stream of white space to editing in a cloud, shifts in hardware have altered the way writers research, draft, refine, and, ultimately, conceive of their work… the contemporary writer is no longer alone in the room.” We hope that we can all agree that having a book in one’s hand, less prone to getting a headache from staring at a computer, is more satisfying than investing oneself in modern technology. As Stephen King once said, “Books are the perfect entertainment: no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.”

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Pictures

If you want to see any of my photos from last year’s photography class, the Bahamas trip, Camp MASH, Madison, or  the apple orchard the links will be below. I also have a photography page on Facebook that you. https://www.facebook.com/pg/Photography-by-Arrian-Madden-100703263673338/photos/?tab=albums or you can go to https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1663977336&sk=photos&collection_token=1663977336%3A2305272732%3A6

Photography class: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Photography-by-Arrian-Madden-100703263673338/photos/?tab=album&album_id=100802420330089

the bahamas trip: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Photography-by-Arrian-Madden-100703263673338/photos/?tab=album&album_id=162406967502967 or https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1663977336&sk=photos&collection_token=1663977336%3A2305272732%3A69&set=a.10208584720129829.1663977336&type=3  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1663977336&sk=photos&collection_token=1663977336%3A2305272732%3A69&set=a.10208584750330584.1073741929.1663977336&type=3

Camp MASH:

Madison: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Photography-by-Arrian-Madden-100703263673338/photos/?tab=album&album_id=181652115578452

The Apple Orchard: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Photography-by-Arrian-Madden-100703263673338/photos/?tab=album&album_id=199719117105085

Long time…No talk

Im am sorry i haven’t posted in a long time. I have been very busy.

First, I did it. I graduated from high school with a G.P.A. of 3.2 which I never thought was capable. with how much school i missed from medical absences. I aced all my last senior classes. which most cannot say they did. I am proud to say i got a 3.2 because against all odds i did it. i defeated everyone that said i couldn’t. i succeed for everyone that stood by my side and said i could. even though a 3.2 may not be as good as a 3.5 or above it is still an honor. I worked harder than anyone else did to get that GPA with all odds against me.

Secondly, we celebrated. We had a graduation party. I invited people I went to school with, teachers, staff, friends from camp, family friends, and family. To be honest the people that came were the people who were most supportive of me. Whether it be harsher or softer than others, they still told me I was stronger than everyone believed and that i could  do it. I had teachers there who saw me at my worst and at my best. all of them were so proud of me. I had friends there who supported me through it all even through our fights. lastly my family, who never told me i could not do something. Everyone that came was so proud and supportive of me. I just wanted to say thank you.

Third, I celebrated with my parents. this summer i went on a cruise with my parents to the Bahamas. It was my graduation present. it was a long waited vacation away from home and the boys. We boarded the ship at Port Canaveral in Florida. the ship was much bigger than we thought, It was like a floating mall. I was so sore and my ankles were so swollen by the end of the first day, that we had to get a wheelchair. I only used it when we got off the ship. The first day we went to Freeport Bahamas. We didn’t have anything planned, so we decided to rent a car and go driving. we were supposed to go to nature center, but the guy who rented us the car gave us wrong directions, so we got lost. We were able to see the poor side of Freeport, where their houses were falling apart, and some were even living in boxes. We ended up finding the nature center, but it was $10 or $20. instead of doing that we went to an offshore beach. nobody was there besides us. it was so nice. The stop was Nassau. There we did a seaward explorer which is like a semi-submarine. We were able to see fish below the surface. We also walked around on the island. we went to Pirates Pub and Grill there I had my first alcoholic drink. Don’t worry it was legal. The next day was a day at sea. we just hung out  and and went to a few shows on the ship. To say the least it was a nice vacation with my parents.

Fourth, I was able to be camp M.A.S.H. (Make Arthritis Stop Hurting) volunteer photographer. In my past years as a camper I took pictures not just for me, but for my friends. The year I graduated from camp I took nearly 2,000 pictures. I very suddenly became the camp photographer. everyone would tell me I had to come back as a volunteer, but not as a counselor, but as the photographer. So this year I did. I ended up taking about the same amount of photos that i have in the past. Everyday the intern and I would upload some of the photos to the blog so parents saw what the kids were doing everyday. Everyday I would get comments about how awesome the pictures were. My goal was to capture everybody’s happiness and capabilities. I believe I accomplished that. I am also so happy that grew closer to the people I had already grown to love from the past. I also grown to love new people and hope to build our friendship as years go on.  I am so happy that was able to do exactly what they were looking for. I can’t wait till next year.

Lastly, I moved. Yes I moved 5 hours away to my dream college. After taking up our suburban and an enclosed trailer we started to head to madison a 5 hour long trip with 2 boys. It was nuts.  Edgewood College is in madison Wisconsin. It is private liberal art school. It also had my major Child Life. I am doing really good here with having a 3.3 GPA for my midterms. The class sizes here are really small the biggest class is of 30 people for psychology, but the professors are able to really get to know their students. My professors know me and  know what I need. Next week I’ll be registering for my second semester courses. I will be taking photography history (on the way to a photography minor), statistics, ENG. 110, a religion class, and choir. I also am very excited to announce that I am on the committee for Camp MASH. I will also be taking pictures for Madison, WI Jingle Bell Run for arthritis. I will be taking picture of families with Santa this day(which happens to be my birthday.) I would appreciate it if anybody can donate of join us on the run to cure Arthritis. http://www.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1160711&supId=441266279&extSiteType=1

Thank you so much sorry i haven’t posted in a while. I have posted a few papers on here to so you can see what i have been doing. Feel free to remind me to update more.

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Community Engagement

I am very engaged in my community at home. I was and currently am involved in choir, arthritis foundation, Gillette and University of Minnesota hospital and make-a-wish. Being sick most of my life I have experienced many things in my short life so far.  Moving five hours away and being a freshman I had no Idea of what to except, honestly I was a little fearful of completing this assignment. I am not a religious person, but I am spiritual. I have meditated and done yoga, but I never thought about how I felt. I decided to choose my community engagement on finding my own space. I decided to start meditating and doing yoga on a regular basis.

It was hard choosing what to pick for my community engagement, because I was fearful of going out by myself. It is hard for me to get around just because it hurts. I decided I wanted to stay on campus and find myself. Having been sick, I have found or learned many ways of coping with my illness. It is very hard to get any exercise because of my pain. For my community engagement I wanted to find a safer way of getting exercise while being peaceful.

The first night I started my routine of night yoga then meditating, I felt peaceful with myself. Then I continued, after the first couple of nights I was getting a full night rest. Having stretched my body out, I was able to relax throughout the night and not be tensed. Meditating helped me see what I needed to do and not be stressed or anxious, I was able to stay present. With having so much going on right now with school, moving, health, and family situations, its been nice just being able to stop, take a break, take a deep breath, and think “what do I need this moment.” Doing this regularly has helped me a lot to help me be relaxed, be in the moment and focus on myself.

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Snow White and Snow, Glass, Apples

Little girls often learn what qualities a female needs and what their roles are. Movies, television, social media, and literature often show girls that they often need ideal beauty for them to be loved. Some short stories that have a theme of ideal beauty are The Brothers Grimm’s “Little Snow White” and Neil Gailman’s “Snow, Glass, Apples.”

In “Little Snow White” by The Brothers Grimm, Snow-White’s name came from her beauty: “white as snow, and as red as blood, her hair was as black as ebony” (Grimm). From the beginning of the story, people can see attractiveness is the representation of female roles. As Snow-White grew, she became more beautiful. The Queen, her step-mother, relied on a magic mirror telling her she is the fairest. She becomes incredibly jealous of Snow-White’s beauty because she is the fairest in all the land. Her jealousy took over, wanting to kill Snow-White. The queen tried killing Snow-White because of beauty several times. Yet, none were successful. When Snow-White escaped the first time, she came upon the Seven Dwarfs’ house; they offered her to stay, only if she cleaned the house and cooked. After multiple attempts on her life, the dwarfs would always warn her not to open the door. Snow-White is portrayed to been less intelligent because she did what she was told not to do. In the end, the queen had killed Snow-White with the poison apple. The dwarfs put Snow-White in a glass coffin in order to still see her beauty. When the prince’s servants stumbled upon a stump, the shock from the fall had had made the poisonous piece of the apple come out, and Snow-White woke up. When she woke, the prince said, “I love you more than everything in the world; come with me to my father’s palace, you shall be my wife” (Grimm). Instead of just asking Snow-White, he made it perhaps an order. The prince had not gotten to know her, he only wanted her for her beauty. When they got married, the queen had went and was forced to dance with iron slippers until she dropped dead. This ending had put Snow-White in power, whether by accident or not.

Neil Gailman’s “Snow, Glass, Apples” is not like the original Snow-White people all know of; this Snow-White is a creature much like a vampire. In this story, the queen is the narrator. When the queen first meets Snow-White, she is five years old. One night when Snow-White went into the queen’s room, she was described with “…eyes…black as coal, black as her hair; her lips were redder than blood… her teeth seemed sharp…” (Gailman). This described Snow-White to be a creature. Instead of being pushed out of the palace by the queen’s jealousy, she is a creature who killed her father and was then sent away. In this story, the queen is not the wicked one. She loves and is devoted to the king. Several times throughout the beginning, the queen was called to the king’s room to make love to him; her being called for that one action is minimizing her as a woman because all he wanted her for was for sexual relationships. It is obvious that she loves and is devoted to him, but the readers cannot tell if his feelings are mutual. The prince charming in this story is not a so called “knight in shining armor,” he is a lady’s man who has intercourse with others besides Snow-White. When Snow-White and the prince marry, the queen was shoved into a kiln to be killed, when she had done nothing wrong besides keeping Snow’s heart in order to protect her king and people. When she was dying, she saw her own reflection in Snow-White’s eye; “I will not scream. I will not give them that satisfaction. They will have my body, but my soul and story are my own, and will die with me… I shall think instead of the snowflake on her cheek” (Gailman). The queen stated she was a good person who only wanted to protect the king and her people. When she died, they had her body, but as she said, they do not have her soul or story. Only individuals can tell their own stories, and nobody else.

Edgewood respects individual thoughts and ideas, and because of this they have the three COR questions: Who am I and who could I become? What are the needs and opportunities of the world? What is the role in building a just and compassionate world? In the “Little Snow-White,” snow-white gets kicked out of the palace because she was so beautiful. When she found the seven dwarfs, she became their mother. By the end, Snow-White had not learned much besides how to take care of herself and others. When she married, she was only twelve which portrays her as someone who is young, naive, uneducated, yet compassionate to the dwarfs. Yet, in “Snow, Glass, Apples,” the snow-white is a vicious creature throughout the story. In this story, readers can see the Queen growing more than Snow. At first, she was just a devoted wife who wanted to protect her husband, but as she grew, people can see that the devotion grew much more.

In “Little Snow-White,” every character in this story wanted beauty. Snow-White’s mother wanted her daughter to be beautiful and she got her wish. Snow-White is beautiful; that is what helps her gets away with many things, such as being killed by the huntsman, staying at the dwarf’s cottage, and finding the prince. Throughout the story, the Queen was immensely jealous of Snow-white’s beauty. In “Snow, Glass, Apples,” Snow-White was selfish. She had an evil mindset and all she wanted, no matter how many people she may have hurt or even killed, was her heart.

In “Little Snow-White,” one could say that Snow’s actions are unintelligent. After having escaped to the dwarf’s cottage, on countless occasions, she was told not to open the door for anyone, yet she does. The Queens actions are out of jealousy. She kept trying to kill Snow-White so she could be the prettiest in the all the land. In “Snow, Glass, Apples,” Snow-White’s actions are very harmful. She will not let anyone get in her way. Even though she was harmful to others, she was beautiful. That does not excuse her actions even though it might for some. The Queen’s actions are selfless. All she wants is to protect herself and her land.

The roles that these stories play in American society can be influential. They demonstrate that beauty can get you through anything. “Little Snow-White” and “Snow, Glass, Apples” are classic examples of how beauty is portrayed as an influential part of a woman, but what really should count is one’s personality and how they act towards others.

Interview Presentation: Presidential Election

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Interview Presentation: Presidential Elections

Interviewees

Preston (9), Ty (14), & Ben (43)

Ask yourself this.

Why I picked the people I did

I wanted to get the perspective of different age groups and see what they think about the presidential elections. I wanted to be able to compare and contrast what they think about the debate so far. Having different generations answers will tell us what our futures may look like and what they think their futures may look like.

Do you watch the presidential debates? What do you think of the presidential election so far?

Preston: No- doesn’t’t know doesn’t’t like it

Ty: Doesn’t watch the debates.

Ben: Yes- it’s a disater on both side they both look like fools.

What do you want and not want in a president?

what issues are important to you and why?

what age do you think the president should be?

who would you vote for? why?

what do you think the first thing the president should do?

what message would you give to people in your school/work about the election?

in school/work, who do most people want to be president? why do you think they want this person?

what do you think about Donald Trump? what have you heard about him?

what do you think about Hilary Clinton? What have you heard about her?

what do you think about Bernie sanders? what have you heard about him?

What do you think would make America great again?

What I think or learned.

I did learn about the different perspectives that each person had, Preston’s views came from either family, school, or friends. Some of ty’s views came from family, school, and friends, but some are also his own thoughts and feelings towards the candidates. Ben’s views were affected by the type of work he does and by who he is surrounded by.

  • I do not like either candidates. I did however like Bernie. In the election I am supporting Jill stein she is the green party’s nominee. She is a activist for many things such as women’s rights, education, and global warming.