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Replying to Mr. Jones’s blogpost about the New York Times article…

1. What authors or genres of writing are cited as influencing McCarthy’s writing style?

McCarthy’s writing style seem to draw from elaborate authors such as Faulkner and a mix of sophisticated Elizabethan english and real-world dialogue.

2. How does McCarthy treat human characters in his story as opposed to landscape and animals like horses?

McCarthy does not reflect as much thrill and glory in his human characters as he does when describing the landscape and horses in his story.

“In his sleep he could hear the horses stepping among the rocks and he could hear them drink from the shallow pools in the dark where the rocks lay smooth and rectilinear as the stones of ancient ruins and the water from their muzzles dripped and rang like water dripping in a well and in his sleep he dreamt of horses and the horses in his dream moved gravely among the tilted stones like horses come upon an antique site where some ordering of the world had failed and if anything had been written on the stones the weathers had taken it away again and the horses were wary and moved with great circumspection carrying in their blood as they did the recollection of this and other places where horses once had been and would be again. Finally what he saw in his dream was that the order in the horse’s heart was more durable for it was written in a place where no rain could erase it.”

This descriptive excerpt demonstrates a vibrant and poignant  illustration of nature. The author is clearly fascinated by the mystery of horses, and elevates them with traits that transcend the nature of humans (such as the poetic addition of “a place where no rain could erase it” when describing the “durable order in the horse’s heart”).

3. What type of dialogue does the article state McCarthy uses?

The article praises how “realistic dialogue, for which his ear is deadly accurate” adorns the work of McCarthy. In other words, he successfully weaved his dialogue so that it sounds unpolished, natural, and believably happening in the rural areas of America today.

4. What is notable about his diction (word choice)?

Although his word choice is not exceptionally hard, it is sophisticated in the way that it is extremely descriptive and specific.

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In response to the film “Growing Up Online“…

Q #1: In what ways would you need to change your routine in order to disconnect yourself from all media (i.e. no TV, no Internet, etc.) What problems would you encounter if you unplugged for one day? One week? One month?

If I had to give myself a media-free day, I would have to either go straight to my room and sleep or frolick outside after school, communicate with my friends telepathically, and make a greater effort to talk to myself so that I wouldn’t get so insanely bored. I’ve actually been “unplugged” for a few days when I went to Disneyworld with my family in the winter. I guess that works when you’re in a place that is aimed to disconnect you from reality itself.

But I wouldn’t be able to stand being away from the computer for more than week.

First of all, I would have no idea what’s happening around the world. What happened to the Gaza conflict? Did my friend Lauren finally start putting on makeup? And second, I would only be able to talk to those who are in the close physical vicinity. All my friends on the other side of the world would be MIA and I would feel horribly uninvolved in their lives. It’s all about the information that would be lost without being connected to media every so often.

Q #2: How many hours per week do you estimate you spend on Facebook or similar personal networking sites? What are the benefits and disadvantages of using these sites?

 I spend about 3~4 hours every day on Facebook. Even when I’m doing other things, I have it on so that I could check what’s going on. These sites are useful when you want to communicate and be part of the lives of friends around the world. Even though you’re not with them, it feels like you’re actively maintaining a friendship. These sites may be helping us save the time we need to spend talking on the phone or having intimate get-togethers with every single person we want to keep in touch with. However, the very open and available nature of these networking sites is also dangerous. There is no privacy, period. On facebook, other people can see the video that you post on your best friend’s wall–other people meaning those you don’t even know. Every day, I notifications that tell me that random people are wanting to “be my friend” after seeing some of my pictures online. When the idea hits you, the famous “Facebook Stalkers” can get very creepy. It’s not their fault, obviously. The availability of information just makes everyone curious about what kinds of conversation someone might be having with others, what’s going on in their love lives, etc.

Q #3: To what extent are you aware of viral marketing, the use of “advertorials” (presenting advertisements as editorial content), or direct marketing on Facebook and other social networking sites?

 I don’t really pay attention…except for the one advertising Mr. Hatridge’s hagwon because I had to go there for debate practice haha. I don’t think online advertisements are a good idea, especially since the first thought I have when I see one is how this company/product must suck to even have to promote on the internet.

Q #4: Personal response based on your individual viewing of “Growing Up Online”.

I think the internet gives us the power of identity–the anonymous nature that one can assume online is, as well as a danger, also a tool. You can do things without feeling  judged, you can be at different places at once. This experimental nature of the internet would let us try different things until we can really find a character that we believe is who we are. The internet seems to be accepting, open, and eager to see what you can do.

I actually liked the idea of schools adapting to the “online” nature of today’s generation. I think this is an inevitable evolution of society that will only cause conflicts when the old generation tries to grip onto the traditions it had lived with and force it on us.

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