Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Slave Songs in the US

 I was researching facts about slave songs when I came across a well known song by Bob Dylan called  Blowing In The Wind. one afternoon while he was sitting on his deck, he put words to the melody of an old slave song called "No More Auction Block," and created this famous song. 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

the Ichabod Crane vs. THE Ichabod Crane

When you finally finish a great book, there is an array of emotions that you might feel, then when you hear that a movie is coming out for your book there might be a strange wrenching feeling inside you. We all know that movies are never as good as the book, a known fact. There are many reasons for this including: the characters are not as you presumed them to be, there looks may differ, the story line is changed up a bit, some parts are forgotten and some just are not what you expect. When reading The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, written by Washington Irving Ichabod Crane, the main character is depicted as a thin lanky farmer with a long nose and green glazed eyes. To compare this to the movie The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Tim Burton, in the movie the role is played by Johnny Depp, who is definitely not a tall lanky strange looking farmer boy. Also, a major difference from the movie to the book is that in the movie Ichabod Crane is a detective who come to the town of Sleepy Hallow to solve the mystery of the "Headless Horseman". In the book, Ichabod does not come to the town, he actually lives there and is a teacher. As you can see many things can change when a book is made into a movie and sometimes it is hard to follow along if certain important parts are either taken out or changed dramatically. 

Sunday, October 2, 2011

DIgital vs. Print

After reading about why books should be digital and why they should be kept in print, i have concluded that i would much rather stay with the comfort of a printed book. Even though, people spend a lot of money on books and our new world is heading towards more technology and less paper, people should appreciate what we have left of it. We are losing one of man's earliest form of art, books. Being able to hold them and write in them and read them it's all a part of what makes them so special. Yes, you can easily buy a book on your Ipad and read it, but it doesn't give you the same feelings and emotions as does holding a book and turning the page with each eager motion. I definitely don't think we should lose all books to being transformed into digital devices where your eyes get tired from staring at a blaring white screen for several hours, where annotating becomes a challenge, and where the sense of holding a good book with character is lost.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

In response to Ben Franklins "Remarks concerning the savages of North America"

Dear Mr. Franklin,
After reading your Remarks, I have come to the conclusion that you set a fairly bias tone and I would have liked to have known you in order to understand a little bit more about your culture. It's always very easy to criticize and to point fingers, however in order to fully comprehend why a culture works like it does, you need to be a part of it or at least live within it for a length of time. Unfortunately in this new world everybody seems to make judgements that they perceive to be right according to their own civilization, but some tribal civilizations have a much better structure than you may think, but I feel that you haven't given yourself the opportunity to understand this.
Best regards