September 28, 2005

Blog Portfolio I (Amer. Lit)

Here is a massive collection of all the blogging I have done so far.
Hope you enjoy them!


Coverage - Young Goodman Brown
Poe's The Conqueror Worm
Hawthorne's Message
Masque of Death Overall
The So-Called Demon Child
The Element of Physical Erosion by Hawthorne
Dimmesdale's Sermon
Cast of Characters
Bartleby the Scrivener
Organization of Essays
The "Escape" of the Narrator in The Yellow Wallpaper

Depth - Young Goodman Brown
Hawthorne's Message
Masque of Death Overall
The So-Called Demon Child
The Element of Physical Erosion by Hawthorne
Dimmesdale's Sermon
Cast of Characters
Bartleby the Scrivener
Organization of Essays
The "Escape" of the Narrator in The Yellow Wallpaper

Interaction - Masque of Death Overall
The So-Called Demon Child
Dimmesdale's Sermon
Cast of Characters
Bartleby the Scrivener

Timeliness - Hawthorne's Message
Masque of Death Overall
The So-Called Demon Child
The Element of Physical Erosion by Hawthorne
Dimmesdale's Sermon
Cast of Characters
Bartleby the Scrivener
The "Escape" of the Narrator in The Yellow Wallpaper

Discussion - Dimmesdale's Sermon
Cast of Characters
Bartleby the Scrivener


The Comment Primo - Valerie Masciarelli's Gotcha!
Lauren Etling's I'm Soooo Happy for Pearl
Ashley Holtzer's The Scarlet Letter Ch.8-13

The Comment Grande - Vanessa Kolberg's Maddening
Lauren Etling's You Crazy Wallpaper-eater!

The Comment Informative - Holly McCloy's Another "Pearl" of Wisdom
Stacy Estatico's The Scarlet Letter Chapters 14-21
Vanessa Kolberg's Maddening
Lauren Etling's You Crazy Wallpaper-eater!

The Link Gracious - Neha Bawa's The Yellow Wallpaper (gave credit to Lauren Etling and Vanessa Kolberg)
Valerie Masciarelli's Prefer This

Wildcard - Reflection of the Masque of the Red Death. I chose this as my wildcard because I decided to write a reflection, speaking in my own words, about my views on death, symbolism, and Poe. I wrote two entries on the Masque of the Red Death, but this one in particular was special to me.

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The "Escape" of the Narrator in The Yellow Wallpaper

"'I've got out at last,' said I, 'in spite of you and Jane. And I've pulled off most of the paper, so you can't put me back!'
Now why should that man have fainted? But he did, and right across my path by the wall, so that I had to creep over him every time!" (Last two lines of The Yellow Wallpaper).

The narrator of the story was a representation of all women in that society, who were trapped by their men. Women in that time period, unfortunately were better seen, not heard. They just stood by their husbands, and became imprisoned by the power of their own lovers. Men assigned and defined women’s roles, and women before the 20th century did not have much of a say.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman uses death as an escape in the end of "The Yellow Wallpaper." Why? Was that the only means of escape? Was the imprisonment of their husbands that brutal, that death was an only option? I think that it was in this case. The room itself, not just the yellow wallpaper, was a sheer representation of the imprisonment of the role of women in that society. With the reference to the bed being nailed down, the wallpaper taking control, and the flaws in the room itself, this woman had no control of any changes she could make. Her references to her husband shows that she had no control, which basically set the tone for every woman in that society.

P.S. The description of the hanging in the last scene is most disturbing. I read this once before, and never understood why she was so happy. Now I understand completely; because there was no escape for women, and this woman found an escape. Life in imprisonment became too unbearable to take. So she took control.

This is my best yet, so please check it out!

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September 27, 2005


Here is a collection of my blogs. Hope you enjoy them.


Coverage - The Reporter's Notebook
September 20th Edition Trib
Elements in Journalism
Spot News Reflection/Comparison to Setonian and Communicator
Bias About Unbias News (AP Guides)
Story Pitch.

Depth- September 20th Edition Trib
Elements in Journalism
Spot News Reflection/Comparison to Setonian and Communicator
Bias About Unbias News (AP Guides)

Interaction - Spot News Reflection/Comparison to Setonian and Communicator
Elements in Journalism
Story Pitch.

Timeliness - Bias About Unbias News (AP Guides)
September 20th Edition Trib

Discussion - Elements in Journalism
Spot News Reflection/Comparison to Setonian and Communicator


The Comment Primo - Leslie Rodriguez's "Spot News Reporting: Reflection"
Valerie Masciarelli's "...Farrell?"
Ashlee Lupchinsky's "Hurricane Katrina and Journalists"
Kate Lambert's "I might get the hang out news writing yet"

The Comment Informative -
Jenna O'Brocto's "Additional Uses for the Reporter's Notebook"
Chris Ulicne's "The Truth Exposing Journalism"

The Comment Grande - Jenna O'Brocto's "Additional Uses for the Reporter's Notebook"

The Link Gracious - Ashley Welker's "DeChantal Hall Revised News Article" (Gave credit to Leslie Rodriguez)
Kate Lambert's "I might get the hang out news writing yet" (Gave credit to Chris Ulicne)

Wild Card - Going back to the good ol' days. I am using this one to compare how I have matured over the years. Not to mention that this article really stirred a controversy. We talked about this topic in class and brought the topic back to the surface. This is still one of my favorites to this day. Here it is:

Jocks are Taking Over SHU! Oh yes, you better believe it.

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September 26, 2005

Reporter's Notebook

One thing I would like to note is the ten basic steps to Follow in Writing Stories. All of these are accurate basics that we learned on the very first day of class. At the same time, they are absolutely necessary to be a good journalist. Besides the AP stylebook, this is really the only other book you need. I also like this book because it is simple. VERY SIMPLE! I am going to summarize all ten of these steps in one word each.

1. Angle
2. Research
3. Nut-Graph (Cheating a lil bit lol)
4. Organization
5. Comprehension
6. Editing
7. Validity
8. Lead
9. Headline (Make it interesting)
10. Revision

If you have any other different words, let me know what they are. Your opinion is greatly appreciated.

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September 25, 2005

Bartleby the Scrivener

"I mean no mischief, seek the gratification of no heartless curiosity, thought I; besides, the desk is mine, and its contents too, so I will make bold to look within"

The Lawyer said this after he finally makes a move to say something to Bartleby. I think that both men were at fault for why both of them ended up completely unhappy.

After reading Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville, I have come to realize that people seem to take advantage of the others willing to help them out. Bartleby does great work, then "prefers not to" do any work, then constantly "prefers not to" do anything but freeload off of the Lawyer/Narrator. I am really struggling to look at this in a gender perspective, except for the idea that all of the characters were male. All of them were not very good at what they did: Turkey, Ginger Nut, and Nippers. But, it seems to me that Bartleby was worst of all because he didn't give the work a shot.

I don't know, maybe I can't seem to find a gender issue in this particular story, all I can find is the symbolism behind Bartleby. Mainly Bartleby being the man who represents all who take advantage of the ones who are willing to try and work hard. At the same time, maybe people just need to be ordered to do something. If I told my father as a young kid that "I would prefer not to," he would say, "I'm not asking again" or "I'm not asking you, I'm telling you."
(Then I would go do it).

That is at least what I got from the text...what about you?

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Story Pitch

I was a little concerned with this part of the course about giving story pitches, not for the sake of the pitches, but for the topic it's on: Homecoming. Personally, I could give a rat's booty about Homecoming because I feel that it is a highschool based tradition that just flutters its way into a campus. I think that people need to get past the Homecoming process. Sorry kids, but this kind of stuff happens when we're still kids. We're BIG PEOPLE NOW!!! :0! Maybe I'm being really sarcastic, but I honestly wish that we had our own topics to do story pitches on, possibly even expanding out into Greensburg. That just seems more logical. I know that we're not going to like all of the assignments we're given, but for some reason, this just bothers me more and more.

If ya feel the same way, then HOLLA! If you don't, your comments will still be greatly appreciated.

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September 22, 2005

Sept. 20th Edition Trib

In the September 20th edition of the Tribune-Review, I found in the Business Section on Page C-1 an article about a massive looting from the former CEO of Tyco. This article was not very long, but man was it effective writing. In my last newswriting article, I discussed about how discipline and independence in writing can be united, even though they seem so far apart. This article is a perfect example.

In big print it says, "Ex-Tyco executive sentenced"(4 words). Underneath it says, "Former CEO and finance chief may serve 25 years." It goes straight to the point, and doesn't "BS" the reader. The straight facts are right up-front.

One of the most noticeable facts about this article was the verbal illustration of Dennis Koslowski's (the man who committed the crime) wife. It says quote "Koslowski, 58, was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs as his wife quietly sobbed from a bence three rows back." This writer just gave a vivid description, while giving some sympathy for his wife, WITHOUT BEING BIAS!

The writer, Samuel Maull of the Associated Press, also gave strict facts, evident quotes, and a riveting story. This story was very riveting because it gave emotions and opinions, not from the writer, but from the people he interviewed. "He's a good man, He's a decent person, His reputation has been tarnished but his life should not be destroyed" said his lawyer (I know that it's his lawyer, but it's not the point).

I think that this article was well written in so many aspects, and I wanted to note it on my blog. Thanks, and let me know what you think.

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September 20, 2005

Elements of Journalism (3-5)

In Monday's Newswriting class, we had a quiz, which I found out that I would have only got one right (because I guessed). Now that I know the facts, there are three points I would like to get out.

A)Although I understand that journalism is a business, it still frustrates me that it has become as much of a business as it is a love for writing, entertaining, and informing the people. I also know that serving the audience is important, but calling it a business almost just doesn't seem right. It almost reminds me of athletes who say that "it's a business" instead of just playing sports for the love of playing sports. I know the the corporation is based off of audience, or basically the consumer. Maybe I'm crazy, but I just don't think that business should be as overwhelming as it is coming off in Chapter 3.

B) Is it me, or did we already go over Chapter 4 in the first day of class? The five concepts I read about, Not Adding, Not Deceiving, Transparency, Originality, and Humility, were discussed on the first day of class. I'm not upset, in a matter of fact, I am pretty grateful, because I completely forgot about the discipline of journalism. This "Discipline of Verification" is noted for good now.

C) As much as there is a discipline discussion in Chapter 4, Chapter 5 shows how much of a contrast there is. I really thought that there wouldn't be much of an independence of newswriting. I was dead wrong. Whether it be from the diversity of America, economic status, or other thoughts, journalists really have some freedom to work with. "It (stereotypical adjectives) becomes descriptive but not limiting." (Page 107). It seems to me that as long as the other five concepts of discipline are covered, then independent writing can flow.

I know it's long, but please let me know what you think.

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Cast of Characters

"The characters of the narrative would not be warmed and rendered malleable by any heat that I could kindle at my intellectual forge. They would take neither the glow of passion nor the tenderness of sentiment, but retained all the rigidity of dead corpses, and stared me in the face with a fixed and ghastly grin of contemptuous defiance."

Neha had something interesting to say about The Custom House.

After reading this introduction, which was boring (sorry), one main thing stuck out at me. This narrator's intent was to give these characters a gloomy persona. All of this time, I had no reason to dislike any of these characters, and now the narrator gave a me a good reason why: they weren't supposed to be good characters in the first place. The irony of it all, is that I had no sympathy for any of the characters throughout the entire novel, and now that this line shows me that was the intent in the first place, I almost want to like them (but I still don't).

The introduction has now left me confused and lost. I thought that Hawthorne was trying to make these people seem to be heroes in a sense, and now I find out that he felt the same way I did when he wrote this. If that's not irony, I don't know what is. I almost wanted to like Dimmesdale and Hester at the end, and now that I have read this, I just found another good reason to dislike them.

The "defiance" of these characters were absolutely evident. These people went against the rule of the Puritan society. That was one of the main reasons why I had no sympathy for them in the first place.

One thing to add, I would like to thank Dr. Jerz for having me read this introduction, because now I have absolutely nothing but closure about my feelings about all of these characters.

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September 19, 2005

Spot News Reflection/Comparison to Other Sources

For someone who loves literature more than anything else, I must say that this exercise for Spot News was actually kind of fun (If I just sounded like a dork then slap me). In all seriousness, it was really challenging and I think I enjoyed it because I put all of my effort into it. I am also finding out that I can actually do this. I thought I was going to be a walking disaster, but I found out that spot news made me a better writer.

I think the one thing I gained out of this entire experience, is to make sure what people say is relevant to the story you are writing about. Just because someone has a quote, doesn't mean that it is going to fit into the story. The story is supposed have the reader informed, entertained, and captivated. I felt pretty strong about my story, and I think that I filled two out of three. I don't think my story was as informative as it could have been.

I'm going to put my story up, so feel free to rip it to shreds like animals. As much as I am focusing toward literature, I want to be somewhat good at everything. So keep me posted.

After comparing to the Setonian, I found my article to be pretty good. There are still some things that I would need to touch up (Check AP STYLEBOOK), but overall, the details of this story is pretty good I think. I was actually proud of this story, because of the way I used a human-angle to get my story across. I must compliment the Setonian, because I feel that they did a better job then the Communicator. I say this for ONE MAIN REASON! It was clearly more interesting! It played a sentimental value on the hard work that was put into the building, as well as this woman's commitment and dedication to the building. I must be honest when I say that mine's not as good as either of the sources, but I am still proud of it.

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September 18, 2005

Dimmesdale's Sermon

"According to their united testimony, never had man spoken in so wise, so high, and so holy a spirit, as he that spake this day; nor had inspiration ever breathed through mortal lips more evidently than it did through his." (Chapter 23)

After Dimmesdale's sermon, it seemed that he was as high as he possibly could be. Whether it was because he was trying to escape from his own sin, or if he was going to confess then leave, it seems to me that he was sailing on "cloud nine." This sermon appeared to be the most truthful, which also makes me think that's why it was most meaningful. Maybe Hawthorne was sending the message to the reader as well.

Hearing the sermon from mortal lips about sin and New England in the wilderness, makes me as the reader feel a little more normal, rather than trying to stay as pure as possible (because it's impossible). Everyone enters "the wilderness," whether it be the 1600's or the 2000's. I know that we were supposed to relate the literature to the time period, but the sermon by Dimmesdale seems to be a statement meant for any time period.

On another note, it really frustrates me how the people of that society put Dimmesdale on a pedastool. I know that Dimmesdale is supposed to end up portraying the good guy, but I still have no sympathy for that moron. I'm sorry, but Hawthorne making him out to be a good guy because he's a sinner, is wrong.

What about you?

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September 15, 2005

September 13, 2005

The Element of Physical Erosion by Hawthorne

From Chapter 8-14 in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, the ideas of sin equalling to deformity is becoming more and more present. Between Arthur Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingsworth, the element of having physical change or ailment comparable to the acts of sin is becoming more noticeable.

"The unfortunate physician,...lifted his hands with a look of horror, as if he had beheld some frightful shape, which he could not recognize, usurping the place of his own image in a glass."

These are words to describe Chillingsworth's physical deformities that were happening in Chapter 14. Hawthorne makes the relation with Chillingworth's image, which is becoming completely tarnished because of what he is doing to Arthur Dimmesdale. He is realizing this more than anyone else, and for someone to find themselves in a "frightful shape" is really making the context clear: Sin = Punishment = Physical Decay.

Dimmesdale is the same way with his physical ailments. He is not well, and he is trying to hide his guilt above anything else, and it is hurting his heart. He is in such a bad shape that he is actually torturing himself, which I find to be sick, until I understood the concept of how much of a conscience that he had.

Tell me what you think; I love hearing from you.

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September 11, 2005

The So-Called Demon-Child

In the first seven chapters of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter," I have come to learn that the one character who seems to be innocent and pure, is the one who appears to be the biggest outcast. Pearl, Hester Prynne's daughter, seems to be a very intelligent and creative child. I think that Hawthorne's message was to make Pearl seem so innocent, and the others persecuting her to be the sinners and evildoers. One scene in Chapter 7 had children flinging mud at Pearl, and she didn't do anything to stop it. Hester Prynne was the one who got angry and stopped it. Personally, I think that Nathaniel Hawthorne used Pearl as a symbol for the overall purity in children. They enter this world as kind, gentle human beings, until being corrupted by society and the environment around them. Hawthorne says in the opening of Chapter 6, "WE have as yet hardly spoken of the infant; that little creature, whose innocent life had sprung, by the inscrutable decree of Providence, a lovely and immortal flower, out of the rank luxuriance of a guilty passion." The society, including her own mother, all seem to be guilty. But Pearl, seems so pure and honest about what she sees around her. That's just what I think.

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September 7, 2005

Reflection on Masque of the Red Death

Before reading this text, I had many negative ideas about Edgar Allan Poe. I just thought that he was a gruesome, heartless man with a bitter soul. As I was reading the poem, I found out that he is actually very deep and very symbolic to some of works he has written. “Masque of the Red Death” was one of those works that made me change my mind on Poe. His reflections on Death as a character were incredible, and his personal anguish was clearly spoken out loud in his poem. After the reading of the poem, my reflection, and the reading of the other students, I have come to learn three things about this poem.

1. The Red Death symbolizes the reality of Death, in its horror and abrupt nature.
2. Poe ties his personal issues into his works. In this case, I believe that his wife’s death of tuberculosis is the same symptoms as the Red Death’s plague. "There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution."
3. The Seven Rooms in the story were symbolic to the seven deadly sins.

Poe views death in a negative manner. As chilling as that is, I have a new found respect for it. By the end of this reflection, I have learned that Death, as possibly negative as it is, is inevitable, and can strike at any time. That gives me the notion to live my life to be a good person, because I will never know when it’s my time to leave.

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Masque of Death Overall

"And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death. He had come like a thief in the night. And one by one dropped the revellers in the blood-bedewed halls of their revel, and died each in the despairing posture of his fall." The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe had one characteristic that stood out above the rest. That characteristic is SYMBOLISM (Yes the Caps are intended lol). The Red Death is in fact, Death. Like the Masqued Figure, Death is quick, inescapable, and it's everywhere around us. Another part of symbolism that I found interesting is how painful and brutal the people's deaths were. Now, if I recall some history of Poe, his wife died a terrible death of tuberculosis, which includes deterioration of the insides, and coughing up an immense amount of blood. Maybe there might be a tie in there somewhere. From the text, "There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution." I always thought that those were signs of tuberculosis. Maybe not. I just thought that Poe might have been feeling some bitter feelings when he wrote this because of that reason. One more piece of symbolism that I saw, was the seven rooms. Now, it may be far-fetched, but hear me out. There are seven deadly sins; Lust, Anger, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Vanity, and Envy. There were seven rooms. I feel that the people in that house were all sinners, and they were all sick. I think that they were all sick from their sins, and the seven rooms symbolized the seven sins. Maybe I'm thinking way too much. Let me know what you think.

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September 5, 2005

Hawthorne's Message

"Depending upon one another's hearts, ye had still hoped that virtue were not all a dream. Now are ye undeceived. Evil is the nature of mankind. Evil must be your only happiness."

Now, I know that we are to apply this text to the time frame it was written. But this phrase seems to show me that it could apply to today's period as well. Think about it, "Evil is the nature of mankind." In my opinion, this is an incredibly accurate statement. With violence, lying, cheating, and so many other forms of temptation, we really go into the dark forest.

It is so hard to simply resist temptation and be a good wholesome person, Evil sits within all of us, and it's sad to say it, but it's true.

As to the people in Hawthorne's time, this short story is really a message. This short story would have seemed to have been a message to the people reading it, persuading them to be goodhearted people and to not follow sin.

A key example of this is when Young Goodman Brown tells his wife faith before he goes on his journey "Look up to Heaven, and resist the Wicked One." That is the entire message to the people of America at the time. The story goes on about the demise of Young Goodman Brown, as he is never the same again, which carries out the message to “Look up to Heaven, and resist the Wicked One.” People in this time period feared God, and Hawthorne shows what sin is when entering "The Dark Forest" which clearly is equalized to hell, or a satanic domain. That is one of the reasons why people never went into the forest; it was corrupted.

Think about that, and get back to me.

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September 2, 2005

Bias about Unbias News (AP Guide and Stylebook)

I must say that I am not really a fan of Journalism, but I have come to respect it. I am THE person that usually expresses his opinions, no matter what the topic is. I have always thought that Journalism is just information, but I am realizing more and more that Online Journalism, and even Published Journalism are not only crucial, but can also be entertaining. As Dr. Jerz said "you must make the information seem interesting." For something that is so unbiased, opinions can be placed discretely inside of an informational piece. The goal IS to try to stay as neutral as possible, but slight ideas from the reporter are placed, and the piece is still important. Writer in journalism still are distinct and different from each other, even if they are writing on the same topic. Even though I am a literature major, I have learned to respect all types of English. I suggest that you do the same, but of course, the choice is yours.

I looked at a few of my texts over the summer, because of Dr. Jerz's email. The AP stylebook basically lets us know what we can and cannot do in the field of journalism. I looked into this pretty early, and wanted to see what this is about. I am confused, I mean really confused! Why are there so many rules? I guess this field is much more complex than I imagined. I always viewed journalism as an easy job, but after looking at this book, I am giving more "props" to journalism. Looks like this semester's going to be tough!

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