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December 8, 2005

A sense of personal dignity...

"As a general rule, to which there may be exceptions unknown to me, I think the tragic feeling is evoked in us when we are in the presence of a character who is ready to lay down his life, if need be, to secure one thing--his sense of personal dignity."

WOW! This is the last blog entry for EL250. That's crazy...Anyways...

I really liked this essay. Miller brought up a lot of good points that I would have never thought of before reading this essay. For one, I never gave thought to the common man as a tragic hero. This, however, makes perfect sense. Like Miller says, in our day and age, after having century after century concerned with noble heros of higher classes, the common man fits our era perfectly.
I really liked this line. It puts the tragic feeling evoked in an audience in terms that I have never heard. He is very right. We, as an audience, do indeed feel kind of good (for lack of a better word) when a hero dies for his own sense of dignity.

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December 6, 2005

Miller, Death of a Salesman -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

Biff: Why am I trying to become what I donít want to be . . . when all I want is out there, waiting for me the minute I say I know who I am.

I thought that this was a very powerful line in the play. I love it actually. It's like Biff's revelation. He finally steps back and looks at himself, and realizes that he does not have to be what others say he does. It's totally up to him and the ball is completely in his court.It's very easy to relate to. Especially for me. The only thing that I ever wanted to do is become an English teacher. My family, however, saw other things for me. I wasn't allowed to be a teacher. It wasn't good enough for me. So I started looking at Law. That's what my mom always wanted for me. I started to become a little lawyer. I tried so hard to make myself believe that this was what I wanted to. Then, one day, I had a revelation. Why am I pushing this on myself so much when it is not who I want to be? From that day on I knew what I wanted to do, and Biff's right, everything that I could possibly need and want is out there waiting for me to make up my mind. I did. I think that I made the right choice.
I really enjoyed this play a lot. I saw a lot of connections between this play and others that we have read. Obviously, as we discussed in class, there are a lot of similarities between this and Fences. I also saw a similarity between this play and Kindertransport. The "flashbacks" were kind of the same, in that the characters who had them interacted with the people from their past and the flashbacks. There were a lot more too. I could go on and on.

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December 1, 2005

Not too bad...I guess...

Well, class is almost over. I thought that I should take a few minutes and comment on what I wrote on the piece of paper that Dr. Jerz suggested we write on. I HATE NEWSWRITING!! Not the class, the writing style. I can't do it. I have tried and tried and tried and I just don't get it. However, I learned a lot from this class. I think that it's a class that every news consumer should take (although that is impossible). I'm glad to have broadened my writing horizons, so to speak, and learned something about news. Before this class, I would watch the news on TV and never think twice. I would pick up a newspaper and read the first few lines and think, "Hm, read the first few lines and I know the what this is about. I don't have to read anymore." I thought it was pretty clever. NEVER would have thought that it was intentional. ALTHOUGH, It Ain't Neccessarily So was rather repetitive and biased, I think that it had some of the most useful information that I have ever learned. DO NOT TRUST ALL OF THE STATISTICS THAT YOU READ! Everytime I read a statistic, in whatever class for whatever reason, I think of this lesson. Everytime someone tries to win an argument with me using statistics, I put an end to it immediately. So, all in all, I guess this class wasn't TOO bad...I guess;-)

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Cover Page Newswriting-11.30

I have compiled the following list of reflections and comments from 11-14 to 11-30.

Gillmor describes televison as telling the what, and newspapers as telling the how and why. I thought that this was interesting. This is an example of coverage and timeliness.

Gillmor used an interesting example about Trent Lott that I thought was interesting. This is an example of depth and coverage.

I did my presentation on Chapter 7 of We The Media. It is an example of depth, coverage, and timeliness.

I liked how Gillmor described online journalism as a "collision" between technology and journalism. This is an example of coverage.

I was really interested in the section on cookies in this book. It is an example of coverage and depth.

Comment primo on Chris' blog!

I participated in a good conversation about book preferences on Rachel's blog.


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