Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Slave Songs

http://ctl.du.edu/spirituals/freedom/civil.cfm

^ that link will take you to a website i found that had two freedom songs posted. :)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sleepy Hollow Contrast: The Headless Horseman

In The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving the Headless Horseman is described as the spirit of a Hessian horseman that haunts Sleepy Hollow. The horseman is a spirit that never really comes into full physical existance, instead he is almost one with the environment. The spirit provides the story with unusual, supernatural noises and quick glimpses of something out of the ordinary, he is essential a realistic take on what a spirit is. In the movie Sleepy Hollow by Tim Burton the horseman is depicted as a fully materialized dark crusader that is on a killing spree to retrieve his stolen head. He is still the spirit of the Hessian horseman and haunts the hollow but he's not just some spirit that blends in with nature, he is a killing machine that his hunting down people until he is rewarded with his lost head. I personally like Tim Burtons take on the horseman just because i'm a fan seeing the horseman actually come into play, i find it much less interesting for him to not have a physical form.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Pixels Vs. Paper

Why Dustin is right:
- E-Readers save an enormous amount of paper by using digital books
- Most books are not used multiple times by the buyer therefore they are left on a shelf to rot
- E-Readers save people money in the long run

Why Hannah is right:
- E-Readers are quite expensive in comparison to a single book
- The physical form of a book or novel is more meaningful somehow

Why Hannah is Wrong:
- E-Readers are initially expensive to purchase but do save money depending on how many books you are buying
- Books in physical form feel meaningful but also remind you of dead trees, because they are dead trees

Winner: Dustin.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dear Ben Franklin

Ben i have to say that you make a really great but radical point. By basically taking sides with the Indians during those times and proving exactly how wrong Americans were for treating the natives like that you achieved ultimate radicalism. In the beginning of your short essay the way you describe the Indians is not in great taste, however when you begin your comparison of government, social habits, and culture between the natives and Americans you really show your unique way of thinking and great way of reasoning. Overall i really did like your piece, you really captured the intelligence level and goodheartedness of the natives while showing how uncivil and rude Americans can actually be. Its almost like a role reversal between the two groups, great work.