Sunday, October 23, 2011

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow": Tim Burton vs. Washington Irving

One of the biggest differences with the character Ichabod Crane is that in the movie he is depicted more as a deranged and disturbed detective rather than an energetic school teacher. In the original writing, he is seen as a teacher who not only loves the spooky stories of the supernatural, but he believes in them as well, including such stories as The Headless Horseman. In the movie, they seem to abandon this and decide to make him almost the exact opposite character. Johnny Depp plays Crane as a detective who has a dark back story and a disbelief in the supernatural until he experiences an encounter with the headless horseman himself. Personally, I like the movie much more because I honestly found the reading a bit dull and repetitive. To me, it seemed like half of the story was just unnecessary description of minimal things like Crane being hungry (which goes on for about 1-2 paragraphs. It was also unclear in some areas as for me it jumped around a lot. In the Tim Burton version, the character is given more depth and interest. He is quirky and yet mysterious, given a back story that keeps you guessing about his past.


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Digital (Dustin Harris) vs. Print (Hannah Weissmann)

Each issue has its upsides and downsides to the argument of going digital vs. staying with print. In Dustin’s case the positive changes would be that the environment would be improved greatly if we were to quit cutting trees for books. Deforestation would be reduced as well as other wildlife animals being able to keep their homes. However, the ultimate change for going digital will not help everybody because there are still many people in the world who cannot afford a computer, let alone internet service. If everything were to go digital it would be putting most of the world in a sort of secluded club or group which would not benefit those who cannot afford it. The only real upside to going digital is safety for the environment (which is a big deal) but it won’t affect everyone positively.

In Hannah’s case her main issue was the fact that humans would lose the feel and magic of flipping through a book. In her explanation there are several upsides, books will have more of a use if we continue to use them, talented writers won’t be pirated for their work (as easily) and even though she did not bring this up in her argument people’s eyes won’t be damaged as easily. It has been proven that looking at a bright computer screen for long periods of time affects eyesight poorly, which won’t necessarily happen with books (unless you read in the dark). However, in going with Hannah’s side we also have to consider the fact that deforestation will continue to be a problem to the world overall. However, this would mean that more people can enjoy the magic of books just like it was before the computer era began.

Although it is difficult to side with either I think that I would have to agree with Dustin’s case the best. The fact that the environment will be saved is enough to give it a shot and because I believe that our mutual goal as a species is to advance into the future and not to stay held back with certain limits (although this argument is a really, really close call).


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Ben Franklin Response


In response to your essay, I feel that the way Indians are viewed in North America is absolutely sickening, but at the same time your views seem to be all but inaccurate. The title of your essay is called "Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America," and just this little point shows that we as North Americans will always have a hard time understanding Indian customs and vise-versa. There is no way that we could possibly relate to them even with differences in things like religion or ways of showing admiration and gratitude. We see them as savages for being respectable and wholesome people, and we're supposed to be the good ones with judgment for them running throughout our minds? My only concern is if this sort of judgment will ever change. We already judge the Indians for not being exactly like us in ways of religion, culture, and education; Well what about the differences between other cultures, races, sexes, etc.? This indecency is ridiculous and maybe, just maybe we as a people should start seeing ourselves and the Indians as one whole group rather than two separate divisions.