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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Accept The Now… Give The Present Of Today

“Don’t cry over the past, it’s gone. Don’t stress about the future, it hasn’t arrived. Live in the present and make it beautiful.”-Unknown

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“I am going to do my best to try and create a country in which children are not living in poverty, in which kids can go to college, in which old people have health care. Will I succeed? I can’t guarantee you that, but I can tell you that from a human point of view it is better to show up that to give up.”-Bernie Sanders

The present…Not many people are focused or in the present. Most people are either stuck in the past or to focused on the future.  Many people can’t see whats right in front of them. They can’t see the struggles children of today are going through, that we have our own extremists here in America, or climate change killing animals our future generations  will never be able to see. Many people are scared of facing the truth of today. That is why most people are stuck either in the past or only focused on the future.

I am focusing on the present, the here and now, in truth its all we really have. I am watching the presidential debate and voting for Bernie Sanders. I am focusing on my senior year of high school and having fun. Each night I spend time with my family, and we talk about the debate. In a house of 2 loving parents, 2 young adults, a teenager, and a child we debate on which would be a better president. Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders. We have three people for Bernie Sanders and three people for Donald Trump. I believe it is good to debate to have with children.  I get to give my opinion about what I believe will happen in the future, both my hopes and my fears. One day it will be them running this country, our children, your children, and when the time comes, they need to know the qualities it takes in a person to help lead the way, qualities I see in Bernie Sanders. Young people and minorities, are the one’s who get the president elected in the first place, so why not talk to the young adults of today?

Why don’t we all just stay focused on the present, instead of being glued in the past, or fast forwarding the future? I hope one day we can teach young adults, teenagers, and children what is right and what is wrong in this world, and put our trust in them. One way we could teach them to stay in the present, is to have them focus on what is right and wrong in this world. Help them focus on being compassionate to others and show gratitude for what they have, help them to see these same qualities in others, instead of being glued into their media devices, and your own.

Things That Goes Unnoticed

No family is perfect… we argue we fight. We even stop talking to each other at times, but in the end, family is family…the love will always be there. found on CoolNSmart.com

In my life there is a lot that goes unnoticed. I don’t want to talk about what goes unnoticed in my life, but in my family’s life. My life as well as my family’s life has not always been easy. I have always been told how much courage and strength I have, but it is not me who has the most strength it is my family that does.

My family are the ones who gives me the courage and strength to continue with my life. My family had to give up many things that a normal family can do such as go to an amusement park because of me. My younger brothers had to watch their older sister almost die when she was ten, they had to watch her get chemo every month, and they had to watch her grow up in a wheelchair. My brothers had to give up many things in their life because of my disability. Yet they don’t resent me.

My parents are the strongest people I know. My mother who has taught me to be the strongest person I can be, showing me which paths to take. She had me at such a young age, then I was diagnosed at not even one year old to having my brother when I was 13 months old and raising us alone then having another child alone when I was 6 years old and raising us to be the best children we can be. She was not just raising 3 children under the age of 10 all alone, but she was also raising a disabled child who needed at least twenty different medicines a day, shots a week, and chemotherapy each month. She had to bring me to the hospital at least ten times a month or stay overnight at the hospital with me this had caused her to not to be able to keep a job. When I was nine my mom had met our stepdad, I call him my dad. They had my youngest brother when I was ten that is when I nearly died, at only two months my parents had to make a heartbreaking decision, to send my youngest brother to his grandmothers, because I was in a coma at the ICU and mu parents wouldn’t leave my side. My stepdad has always stayed with us no matter the circumstance, if he isn’t called a father or a man then I don’t know what is. My mom’s most important goal for us is education, she doesn’t just talk about, but she is also graduating with a psychology degree this spring with a 4.0 GPA, the same time as I am graduating from high school. She is the one that gave me the inspiration to do so well in school.

I often resent my disease because we cannot do a lot of things that other families can do. I believe that without my family I would not be the person I am today. Each and every day I am thankful for everyone in my life but the most my family. I hope one day my family and strangers can see how much strength and courage they have given me in my life. They are my role models, they are the ones I look to for advice and friendships. The most unnoticed thing that goes unnoticed in my life is my family’s courage and strength. I hope after reading this you will notice that it was not me who had the most courage and strength, but it was my family who has the most courage and strength.

 

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Introductions

Hello, my name is Arrian(hint the name arrianangels). When I was 6 months old I was diagnosed with Systemic Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. When I was ten I had sepsis (potentially life-threatening complication of an infection.) I ended up losing my toes and fingertips on my left hand. I have a very loving family with a mom, dad, three brothers, and three dogs. My mom is my best friend and my warrior. She is there for me whenever I need her. She has been my warrior since day one fighting along with me against this battle. My dad is the strongest dad you will ever meet. My oldest (18) brother Steven is my knight and shiny armor. My middle (13) brother Ty is a bit on the crazy side(though I still love him). My youngest (8) brother Preston is the sweetest mouse(his nickname) you will ever meet. I know my family will always be there for me.

I want this site to be for encouragement and inspiration that even though children with arthritis may have pain that we all still want to be kids. So feel free to email me or message me your stories and I will respond back to them. I am excited for this site and I will try to update daily.

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