Monday, November 28, 2011

Slave Song

In the request for interesting links for slave songs, I have found two separate places in the internet that give great examples of slave songs in history.  These two links are about the influence of slave music across the world (1 and a  simple database of a large amount of slave songs (2). Here are the links:

1. http://www.bbc.co.uk/africabeyond/africaonyourstreet/features/18303.shtml
2. http://soundsofslavery.com/9.html

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

In both the actual story and the movie interpretation, the main character Icabod Crane portrays different roles depending on the interpretation.  In the original story, he is a teacher who arrives in Sleepy Hollow to teach the local children, wandering through the town looking for a place to stay.  He encounters the headless horseman far later within the story, and ends up meeting his demise from the horseman.  In the movie, however, he is an investigator, trying to reshape the system of justice and law trials, making an effort to include reason and thought into the lacking process.  He travels to Sleepy Hollow to try to prove himself to his superiors.  He immediately encounters the horseman, encountering him numerous times, eventually helping demise of the horseman from the living world.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Digital vs. Print

In my opinion, Dustin won the pamphlet war, as he provided a stronger argument that took into account the various options that digital makes available.  Hannah, on the other hand, failed to provide a convincing argument from more than one vantage point, as well as including false information within her argument.  The digital era allows for multiple possibilities within any specific item, like books, allowing them to be interactive dictionaries, searches, and commentaries upon the text itself and items pertaining to it.  The print age is losing the race as digital become so much more readily accessible and referable.  In the end, the digital world will be like that of print, except it comes from a screen.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Benjamin Franklin writes about the savages in nature in his writings "Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America", and states how different they are, and yet how acceptable that is.  He explains how even though they may be different than us, we have both lived in vastly different periods of time, and therefore periods of technology, social statuses, economic prosperity, authoritative hierarchy, etc.  He is correct in that matter, and therefore is correct in calling them savages.  They are not truly savages in the direct meaning of the word, but are simply from a different time, and different place.  I guarantee that they would call us savages if they were in our position.  It is all about perspective and current trends.  Any angle from any vantage point will allow one to construe any argument to fit any circumstance, therefore allowing for this savage calling of people who are different.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Hello ALL!

Welcome to this blog...not sure how it is going to be used, but welcome anyways.