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March 31, 2008

EL 336 - Orwell (finish)

"His thoughts wandered again. Almost unconsciously he traced with his finger in the dust: 2+2=5 'They can't get inside you,' she had said. But they could get inside you."

Well in the end the bad guys win. It is a grim reality, but sometimes governments do get the best of society. Look at WWII, many of the tactics described in this book were based on Stalin and Hitlers propaganda techniques. It makes me wonder how people felt when the book first came out and they read the ending. Books with such a terrible and relatable plot as this, people hope the ending turns out to be a happy one. I wonder how it affected people in 1950?

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March 25, 2008

EL 336 - Orwell part 1 & 2

"Dont you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that will ever be needed will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidary meanings rubbed out and forgotten." ( Orwell p. 46)

I read somewhere that language was one of the major themes Orwell used in this book. I felt this quote showed how strong language/ the spooken word can be politically. How important it is to the well being of a society. Imagine having a language that did not grow and become inventive, but did the opposite as newspeak was meant to do. Newspeak was meant have less and less words in it to stop people from thinking against Big Brother. This is just another form of political propaganda, yet it is eye opening that it can be reached orally. Language is a took both normal people and the heads of society can use for or against good. It can control actions.

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March 12, 2008

EL 336 - McLuhan 160 - 263

"We now live in the early part of an age for which the meaning of print culture is becoming as alien as the meaning of print culture was to the eighteenth century." (pg 165)

How eerily true is this? this book has a copyright of 1962. It holds true to the era of technology we are in right now. With the ever popular war against print vs online journalism, it is crazy how Mcluhan was able to relate to it before the argument really came up. Is an electronic age like this is more organic than mechanical?

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March 5, 2008

EL 336 - Calvino part 2

"Among your books, in this assortment that does not make up a library, a dead or dormant part can still be distinguished, which is the store of volumes put aside, books read and rarely reread, or books you have not and will not read but have still retainedn (and dusted) and then a living part, which is the books you are reading or plain to read from whcih you have not yet detached yourself or book you enjoy handling, seeing around you." (pg. 142)

Again Calvino digs into the deepest depths of the average reader reading this book for leisure. Even at mya ge I have these books at home. Being a student does not allow the biggest amount of time for reading at leisure, but I do understand what he means. It is another way books are part of people now. People put money and time into them with the hopes of having the time to enjoy these investments. But who really does get to enjoy all of them?

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March 2, 2008

EL 336 - Calvino part 1

"The text, when you are a reader, is something that is there, against which you are forced to clash; when someone translates it aloud to you, it is something that is not there, that you cannot manage to touch." (Calvino pg 66)

This book is probably the most refreshing thing about this course. I am really interesting like half of it. The chapters marked as chapters are enticing because it is a play by play of what the experience of reading is really like. I picked this quote because it was the last thing that I expected to find in this book, but I realize that ive thought this way even before taking this class.

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EL 336 - Douglass

"I would at times feel that learning to read had been a curse rather than a blessing. It had given me a view of my wretched condition, without the remedy. In moments of agony, I envied my fellow- slaves for their stupidity." (Dougllass pg. 100)

It is just another side of the ability to read that not many people think about. They say knowledge is power right, but what if you are in a situation such as Douglass? All the effort he had put into being able to real, but he got there and the delivery was not at all what he wanted. Though he went on to do great things, at this point in his life, reading books had done him no good. I do wonder if in a historical way, these enlightenments of slaves were some of the reasons early cultures were not into the idea of print books. It was sad to read this passage, but it is probably still a grim reality in some countries. It was uplifting to read about his learning about the word abolition. It made me happy to see that in his instinct, he knew he should do everything to learn about this word. Funny how things work out.

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