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David Brooks, a New York Times journalist, in his article “I Am Not Charlie Hebdo” argues that the American society is hypocritical in that it is supporting speech rights after the Charlie Hebdo massacre while suppressing speech of controversial figures, provocateurs, and satirists in its own country. He asserts his claim by giving evidence of the times when people are penalized as a result of violating the speech codes, for example, “the University of Illinois fired a professor who taught the Roman Catholic view on homosexuality.” Brooks’s purpose is to convince Americans to realize that they have the same problem in their own country in order to abolish the speech codes in the U.S. His intended audience of this article are the citizens of the U.S. who possess the ability to alter the laws and codes restricting freedom of speech.
After reading this article, I realize what Brooks pointed out is true of the U.S. I used to think that there is absolute freedom of speech is this country, like many people do, but now that I look into it deeper, I find that that is not the case. A lot of people/authors, books, and other works are censored in the U.S. such as revolutionist Assata Shakur. I like how the author points out the hypocritical approach Americans are taking in response to the Charlie Hebdo incident. A lot of people hopped on the bandwagon by saying things like “Je suis Charlie” in support of freedom of speech, but very few of them realize that their very own country does not promise freedom of speech to its fullest extent either. I believe, like Brooks believes, that the Charlie Hebdo incident should be an occasion to end speech codes.
Category : Opinion
Spencer Whitney, the journalist, in his article “Why BART Needs a Second Transbay Tube” suggest that BART should add a second transbay tube to increase the flow of traffic, shortening the waits and keeping commuters happy. Spencer Whitney supports his suggestion by presenting problems, real life stories, and examples of everyday frustration riders face when BART trains are rerouted when people disturb service by going on the tracks. Whitney points out the effects of strenuous traffic and chaos on roadways caused by BART’s shut down due to people going on the tracks in order to try to convince BART to build a second tube. This article is directed towards BART commuters and the public in the Bay Area that deals with the traffic to rally support so BART can construct a second tube relieving traffic chaos from the roads and public transportation systems.
A second transbay tube is worth building just because of a person disrupting commute service for a few hours. It’ll cause billions of dollars and also BART could just maximize the amount of train cars during rush hours. All in all, a second transbay tube is not necessary because incidents are just a temporary problem that will be resolved and not worth spending billions on.
Art Piece: Van Gogh’s Sunflowers
In 1888, Van Gogh used oil on canvas to create a painting of a vase of sunflowers for a friend Paul Gauguin. These flowers represent friendship and Van Gogh’s respect to Gauguin as an artistic leader and partner. He has also done many works involving sunflowers, presuming Van Gogh either very much favored the flowers as they are bright with not only color but spirit. The background of a pale yellow is an odd choice seeing that the flowers are already a light color and creates a textured bold stamp in the eyes. The solid dark mustard color as the base stabilizes the entire painting.
It’s bleak in showing the shine of the flowers. The rustic touch of a tannish seed brown makes the painting moody, yet monotone. The dullness makes it easy to accept in the room, and it looks like it could be a post stamp.
In the article “The Supreme Court and Gay Marriage”, The Editorial Board describes how the Supreme Court is considering the constitutionality of same-sex marriage and the evidence advocates use to support their belief and asserts that the conflict may eventually come to an official end. The Editorial Board develops the article by first stating how long the issue has been going on, describe how each side’s arguments repeat, and by describing the increasing support of same-sex marriage in states. It describes the increasing support and the prolonged issue in order to show that only the Supreme Court has the power to uphold the promises stated in the Constitution. The article speaks from each side of the argument to describe the constitutionality of this ongoing conflict.
This article really opened my eyes about how the Supreme Court has not been able to uphold equal rights for all as stated in the Constitution and has pushed the issue for a decade. I have always supported equal marriage because I find it ridiculous that gays and lesbians are excluded from the promises stated in the Constitution. I really hope that it doesn’t stop at same-sex marriage because there is also the matter of discrimination against gays and lesbians which is also part of the equality issue.
An unknown author of San Francisco Gate mentions the probable crash of Air Asia 8501 in the article “Why We Can’t Stop Losing Planes” and discusses why our country cannot ensure the complete safety of our planes along with how it can be prevented, suggesting that the reason for the continuation of aircraft accidents is the fact that the United States’s search technologies for something as big as an airplane still has many flaws. The author states what cannot be used to improve the technology, why, and what can be considered to help make it more reliable if an accident were to occur. The author points out the imperfect technological system of our aircrafts in order to persuade the audience that the new technology, ADS-B, is to be considered to make our planes safer. The author establishes a trustworthy relationship with their audience by stating why potential suggestions for aircraft safety, other than ADS-B, is not possible and why we should not get our hopes up about ADS-B.
I feel as if this article does not go into enough detail about ADS-B. Also, i feel as if the article is a bit over-exaggerated when it compares iPhones being found with an app to planes. Of course it will be easier for phones to be found because it is unlikely that it will be over the ocean. This evoked an unreliable feeling towards the author until they went a bit deep into why certain things will not be possible for searching.
Rhetorical Précis: John Avildsen, director of the sport drama “Rocky” asserts that you can overcome your struggles if you just go the distance. Avildsen supports his claim by showing all of the struggles Rocky Balboa goes through. The purpose of this movie is to show how an underdog like Rocky Balboa who wasn’t truly happy with what he was doing, can overcome many challenging feats; like lasting every round against a champion boxer when everyone expects him to not even last three. The intended audience for this movie are people who enjoy inspirational movies and like classics.
Personal Commentary: I really enjoyed this movie, and have finally have seen the famous training montage and the fight between Rocky and Apollo. I have seen the training montage be adapted for some other shows like Family Guy used it in an episode. I really liked how an underdog like Rocky came close to beating a champion. If they had decided to let Rocky win the fight I feel like it would’ve been a little too far-fetched.
Charles M. Blow argues in the article “How Expensive It Is to Be Poor” how being poor is not easy and how government is only hurting them more than helping them come out of poverty. The author of this article asserts his views by stating explicit examples on the cost of living for the poor compared to the rich and how the government/ banks are harsh on the poor with taxes and fees making it hard for the poor be affiliated with them. The intended audience is the rich that say how it the poor have it easy by using proper diction to attract the educated wealthy.
I thought that this article was real interesting when he gave examples of the government taxes and bank fees that make it harder for the poor to get out of poverty. It was also intriguing how the author stated the rich were saying the poor have it easy with all the support from the government, but in reality the government is really hurting the poor.
Historical event – American Civil Rights Movement
Rhetorical Précis :
Clayborne Carson, in his article, American Civil Rights Movement, informs us of the mass protest movements in the mid-1950s that fought against racial discrimination and segregation in the United States. Carson develops his article by providing an overview of the civil rights movement, describing the racial issues of the mid-1950s, and examining the many ways colored people attempted to resist racial oppression. Carson’s purpose for writing this article was to inform us of the different forms of activism used during the civil rights movement such as the Montgomery boycott and the nonviolent protests in order to attain basic civil rights for all races and to show how the civil rights movement affects us in the 21st century. The author writes in a formal tone for a general audience, especially for those interested in America’s history.
This article was very informative. It included many examples of resisting racial oppression such as the Rosa Parks incident and Martin Luther King’s nonviolent protests. The civil rights movement is important because without the courage of those who fought for equal rights for all, colored people like me and many others would not have equal opportunities to succeed in this society. Reading this article made me reflect on how much our society has changed and how my life could have been different if our society was still segregated.
Rhetorical Precis :
Charles M blow, Poverty, “How Expensive it is to Be poor”, Blow states that the most
wealthy americans believe that “poor people today have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything in return.” the wealthy’s assertion on
poverty on is inaccurate, those living in poverty still struggle even with the aid of the
government.The author gives compares the amount of taxes a wealthy and a poor
American have to pay annually, the poorest Americans will have to pay on average
10.9 percent of their income, going down from their from middle class to the 1 percent,
they will have to pay 5.4 percent of their income.This is according to the Institute on Taxation
and Economic policy.Many low income americans are “unbanked” meaning they are not served by a financial institution, thus many of the money they earn is used on exorbitant
fees.Unbanked americans spend approximately 2.5 to 3 percent of a government benefits check and between 4 percent and 5 percent of payroll check just to cash them.Even with
government aid, that in itself is enough to bring them out of poverty.Brown’s intended audience is the wealthy americans, his use of various sources to bring out the struggles
of the poor shows this was directed to the wealthy.
Before reading this article i had already known that the poor who recieved government aid
were going to stay in indefinite poverty, but i did not know that the poorest americans had to pay the highest amount of taxes.
Lois Kazakoff, opinion article “The end or the beginning of the drought”, asserts that California should learn from Australia’s water policy that helped their twenty-year drought. She proves this by stating the created policy rules for Australians, such as 39 gallons of water per day for each person and indoor water usage only, compared to Californians who are using 103-255 gallons per day per person. Her purpose is to promote the water policy that the Australian, Jane Doolan created to save their twenty-year drought and the ability that many can pursue the policy in order to stop the beginning or the end to the drought. This is approaching towards the people who are familiar with the California three-year drought.
This article opened my eyes about the possible way to stop the drought. The Australia water policy seems like a great way to control the amount of water people use and sets the goal of ending the drought. Now, I have an ambition for the government officials to put a policy on the water usage, so there will be a control/concern on the water people use, instead of carelessly using it.
In The Beatles rock album, Abbey Road, each song tells a story that goes past what are being sung in just the lyrics. In “Here Comes the Sun”, written by George Harrison, is about how long England winters felt to Harrison. The song was written after the death of their manager and the group had to handle most business duties on their own, which was not pleasing to Harrison. Harrison could have had a deeper meaning with this song by trying to express that things have not been looking up, but they are starting to and he is ready, and that message could be interpreted from the lyrics, “here comes the sun, and I say it’s alright.”
I chose to listen to this album because I have heard some Beatles songs and my grandpa is a huge fan. I also feel The Beatles are a big part of the music world and it is only necessary that i experience their brilliance. After listening to the album I can see why my grandpa loves to belch out the lyrics while the songs play on his record player. Each song has so much meaning and it is amazing how well the album came together when some of the band members were not on the best terms.
In their article, “Speaking While Female”, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant describes a work and life environment where women are patronized for speaking their mind, while men are rewarded. They assert that “When a woman speaks in a professional setting, she walks on a tightrope. Either she is barely audible or too aggressive. When a man says virtually the same thing, heads nod in appreciation for his fine idea”. Together, the authors reveal the unconscious bias women face in the workplace. They show the repercussions that women face for speaking their mind and the fear it instills for the future. It perpetuates the loss of value in women’s thoughts and various unconscious bias towards women. The authors create an empowering relationship with their audience , especially women. They encourage women to be put in more leadership positions and for all people to become more accepting and open minded of a woman’s opinion seeing her as a human being and not just her gender.
I felt very empowered by their article. Being a girl, I often see women and girls’ opinions being scoffed at or shot down to various stereotypes and predispositions regarding our intelligence. I agree with the authors in that more women should be put in roles of leadership in order to eliminate past stereotypes of women that perpetuate bias and a bad image.
In the article, “How Expensive It Is to Be Poor”, Charles M. Blow describes the hardships that many low-income people/families have and asserts that “Easy” is a word not easily spoken among the poor. Things are hard — the times are hard, the work is hard, the way is hard. Blow provides very important facts to support his arguments such as “According to the study, in 2015 the poorest fifth of Americans will pay on average 10.9 percent of their income in state and local taxes, the middle fifth will pay 9.4 percent and the top 1 percent will average 5.4 percent” and “Low- and moderate-income households spend 42 percent of their total annual income on transportation, including those who live in rural areas, as compared to middle-income households, who spend less than 22 percent of their annual income on transportation.” By providing these facts, Blow points out the many hardships that the poor must face that are often dismissed or overlooked by the rest of the population. In the beginning of the article, Blow addresses the belief of many wealthy Americans that “poor people have it easy because they get government benefits without doing anything in return” to his audience, which consists of the general public as this topic pertains to anyone and everyone. In presenting the hard facts of the hardships of low-income families, Blow is able to educate the general public who are most likely blind to the difficulties of life that low-income families face.
Before reading this article, I was aware that life wasn’t easy for poor people; however, I was not aware of the difficulties that they faced. It seems as though the government has built a trap around the poor people of the country to inhibit social mobility. Making the poor people pay all of these fees in order just to live a decent life is outrageous. It is more logical to make the more wealthy people pay higher taxes as they have more money to begin with but having poor people pay money that they have so little of already is insane. How are these people supposed to leave poverty if the government keeps stripping them of their hard earned and much needed money and not allowing them to take out loans? I think that everyone should read this article to understand the many hardships that low-income people face so they will be more appreciative of what they have. I am lucky to have a car, home, education, full stomach when I go to bed, etc and it is something that I often take for granted but after reading this article, I have found a new appreciation for all that I have as I am one of the lucky ones who do not have to go through those hardships.
Outkast in the hip hop album, Aquameni , imply a theme of differing personalities by using multiple styles of syntax, and different genres of music within the album. Outkast uses songs ranging from 1 minute to 8 minutes, and rnb, soul, rap, motown, stoner funk to prog rock and hip hop fusion as well as musicality and unique lyrical themes. Outkast’s purpose is to show a light and dark, a moon and sun, two different personalities. The intended audience is everyone with ears, and outkast create a connection with the audience by portraying different emotions, and different musical styles.
I have always loved outkast. Big Boy and Andre 3000 are two incredibly gifted artists; however they aren’t nearly as good apart as they are together. Over the years i’ve always enjoyed old school hip hop, and have listened to a few songs from this album, but never the whole thing. It’s great, especially listening to it 1-16. Listening to it all at once leaves one with sense of amazement and stupefaction.
Rhetorical Precis:In his latest article, “Blue Devils Advocate”, William Saletan explains the reason as to why Duke University abandoned the proposal of letting Muslim pray in a chapel tower. He talks about how these Islam-phobic comments such as Franklin Graham, a Christian evangelist and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, insists that by letting Muslim pray in chapels, Duke is promoting heinous acts of raping, butchering, beheading. He goes on by calling these accusations “tribal, xenophobic, and stupid”. He supports his opinion as to why Duke University did what they had to do by explaining that the use of the chapel tower wasn’t ideal for non-Muslims. He then gives another reason as that having to do with the school prioritizing Muslim worshipers than other beliefs. The third reason to back up Saletan’s opinion is that, according to Duke University’s vice president, the plan to unify religion was having reverse outcomes. Finally, the last reason was that of security issues. With these evidence to back up Saletan’s opinion, he convinces the reader that Duke University made the right choice.
Personal Commentary: Saletan’s article felt very reasonable to me. This article gave me more of an open mind as to what happens in a decision making process. It is not for one reason as to why a school would change their mind of an idea/ proposal, but a collaboration of many reasons that influence doubting and may be govern or cloaked by a false assumption. If I were to just simply read a newspaper article of the same incident, i would have most definitely believed that the reason for the change of heart was probably a lot of racism. However, it is articles like these which helps give another perspective of that same story in a broader sense.
This picture, The Frugal Repast, by Pablo Picasso, talks about poverty. In the picture, it shows a couple on a table, probably the dinner table, with a plate and bottle, both deprived of food. They’re both sporting bone popping bodies, representing the fact that they are malnourished. In the picture, it shows the lack of money they have by the empty plate on the table and how skinny they are. But in the picture, the man has his hand over whom is assumable his wife. This is a representation of how despite their finance in life, they are there for each other and to support one another through the rough economy.
I really like this picture that Picasso painted. Normally, when the name Picasso comes up, i would imagine paintings of unique and weird things. This picture brings out a different side of what i would imagine. It shows the meaning of poverty and how these people are struggling. The emotions of being worried and starving are portrayed perfectly in this painting and brings out the empathy in people.
Charles M Blow, the weekly journalist for the New York Times, in his article, “How Expensive It Is to Be Poor” argues that poor people have a hard time getting out of the poverty level due to the amount of taxes and fees they receive through the government. Blow shows this throughout his article by stating percentages of people in poverty versus the wealthy and the taxes they have to deal with duo to their shortcomings. Blow’s purpose was not only to inform the public of how unfair taxes are to the poor but also to educate the wealthy who think that the poor have it easy because of welfare and government benefits. Blow speaks to his audience as if he was in the poverty position before. He throws out statistics to seem professional but I can tell that he’s speaking of this topic from the heart which helps connect to his audience.
I personally thought that this article was very intriguing due to the fact that most people where I live including me are in that category of “poverty”. This is very big to me because many people misconceive how poor people live and how their money is used. I personally have never been on welfare but I know that my parents paychecks are mostly used on bills and we have to be careful on our money. Its something that should be seen in a closer view.
Lydia Millet, a New York Times op-ed contributor, in her article “High Noon for the Gray Wolf” claims that a handful of states have not been looking after the well being of the already-endangered gray wolf. Millet starts off by explaining how the gray wolves in the west have been dwindling off for a long time and then goes into how because the federal government has removed the protection of the gray wolves in several states, many have began hunting them for recreational purposes. Millet’s purpose is likely to inform people of the strong possibility of the permanent extinction of the gray wolves in order to raise awareness for their protection. With her informative but unbiased article, Millet is able to reach out to both fanatic animal lovers and the average adult alike.
The way Lydia Millet is able to set the scene with a wolf entering California was, in my opinion, very interesting, but not uncommon. I liked it, however, it’s not extremely original. It is able to catch the reader’s attention up until they compare it to all the other similar articles. I do think Millet’s writing style is nice as I find it to be simple yet still mature and smart. But besides Millet’s writing, I found the topic to be very interesting. I don’t learn about gray wolves often, but I’ve certainly heard of them and have seen numerous pictures of them. The gray wolves are the ones that people tend to picture when they hear or talk about wolves. They really are gorgeous animals that have a mysterious and enigmatic vibe that I enjoy. It was also interesting to read about the “wolf hunters” and the reasons that people come up with to justify the killing of the gray wolves. I can’t imagine someone actively hunting such beautiful creatures for recreational purposes.
Rhetorical Précis: Chris Lebron, in his article “What, To the Black American, Is Martin Luther King Jr. Day?” suggests that Martin Luther King, Jr. Day has veered away from its real meaning, that it should be a day for people to make a change today rather than celebrating what Martin Luther King changed in his time. Lebron begins by giving the reader some personal insight into his life, then providing background on the story of Martin Luther King, and finally describing how the holiday has morphed into something unrecognizable that must be changed. Lebron not only aims to share a black American’s perspective on MLK Day but also to argue that it is not meant for celebration but rather for reflection and change. Lebron’s main audience is the white population, who he seems to think has interpreted the holiday incorrectly.
Personal Commentary: I have never looked at this holiday in this way. The first thing that comes to mind is how students take it. Most of us look at it as a welcome break from school. We don’t intend to use it as a time for reflection and change. Sadly, our teachers contribute to this problem, assigning homework or studying over the three-day weekend. How can we reflect when we have finals the next day? Ultimately, I agree with Lebron and I think that this holiday should be given more credit as a time to look both behind us and ahead.
In the song “If I Can’t Have You” from the Bee Gees’ album “Saturday Night Fever” the band conveys the distraught brought to one specific person when they realize their ex -lover is the only person they want to be with. The Bee Gees’ use language that describes the dilemma of only wanting one person such as “if I can’t have you, I don’t want nobody baby” and “can’t let go. And it doesn’t matter how I try, I gave it all so easily to you my love” to convey that they cannot romantically move on from this person. The intention behind this song is to possibly help others who may feel helpless in a situation like this or target a special person of which this song was written for. The Bee Gees’ audience for this song and their music album was originally any person of the 60’s era, but as the band became more popular along with their music they target any person influenced or interested by music.
When I first saw this album choice on the list of I instantly knew I would analyze it. I knew my mom would love to walk by and hear me listening to her favorite music genre. I knew this because she once attempted to take me to a Barry Gibb concert. After hearing the entire album I kind of wished I had gone. This album naturally put me in a good mood and lifted my spirit, even the sad love songs.
Rhetorical Precis: J. Howard Miller, an artist hired to create posters to show the war effort during World War II, depicts the impact and crucial role of women through one of his most famous works “We Can Do It!” featuring Rosie the Riveter, a huge figure during this time. Miller supports his claims by presenting a woman showing off her biceps in factory work attire saying, “We can do it!” The artist’s purpose is to suggest that women were crucial in the war efforts and showing this would encourage many women to join the workforce to not only contribute to the efforts but to prove their abilities in the positions that males usually filled. Miller is able to appeal to his audience from the 1940s to the present, since his target audience is women and those interested in promoting women’s rights and image in society.
Personal Commentary: I feel this began as propaganda to encourage women to join the workforce in place of men to help the war. Women saw this as motivating and positive during the 1940s. I feel this image was a recurring symbol of feminism during the war. Rosie clearly has muscles to represent her strength. Her attire and workpatch shows similar capabilities of men. Currently, this image has been used to depict the power of women. Many artists are tweaking the original image to embody a modern woman. In the past 70 years, women are more respected especially in the professional setting, so this may be more appropriate.
Precis: In his article “How Expensive It Is to be Poor”, Charles Blow claims that being poor is anything but easy because even though they get benefits from the government, it isn’t enough to help them get out of poverty. Blow supports his claim by providing evidence from banks, The Washington Post, NPR, and Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights that all show that most of the money poor people receive is used to pay off bills, expenses, and loans/debts so it’s hard for them to move up financially. The author’s purpose is to inform us of what society is like for the poor and how life is for them in order to help us realize how we should be happy with what we have and not take advantage of it. The intended audience for this piece would be rich people because it shows how they should give back to stop poverty.
Commentary: Personally, I really enjoyed reading this article because I found it really interesting. In the article, he talked about how poor peoples’ lives are anything but easy and I can relate to that even though my family isn’t poor because my dad talks to me all the time about how we are financially and it isn’t good. Reading this article just made me realize that I just focus on the good things in life and if my parents aren’t worried about then I shouldn’t be focused on it as much but still know of it so when I’m older I can help with it.
Amanda Hess, in her article “#JeSuisCharlie: The default mode for showing solidarity in the hashtag era”, implies that the new meme on twitter is vastly become a trending way for people to express support. Throughout the article she lists a plethora of examples starting off with the popular #JeSuisCharlie and following with #WeAreTreyvonMartin. Her purpose is not to inform of the events that happened but to inform how the masses are dealing with the problems that continuously happen. Through her diction, tone, and syntax Hess establishes a calculating perspective to the new choice of support because she state it can easily lead to common misunderstanding.
At first I was sifting through #jesuischarlie articles because the unfortunate event had come up in my French class a few weeks ago along with a social cultural workshop I was in shortly after. The article itself captivated me because it did not focus on the Charlie Hebdo incident but the support we, as a collective bunch of humans on social media, have shown towards the ones we depict as the unfortunate victims. It was interesting because I got to learn more names of the people who were wronged and the situations where people tried to support the “opposers” with the trending meme by saying things like #ICanBreath. Reading a few sentences on that kind of angered me because it was enraging to think people were on the side of the people who bet fit the “oppressor” role, however the article as a whole made me feel better because it showed a plethora of people actively and collectively showing their support in a new and modern way.
ghost girl :The novel Ghost Girl by Torey Hayden tells the story of a special education teacher who helps to save her student, Jadie, and Jadie’s two sisters from an abusive situation. Torey uses her experience working with elective mutes as well as troubled children in order to determine that Jadie is being abused. Although the stories this hunched over, closed up girl seem unbelievable, Torey refuses to believe that Jadie is making the stories up or imagining the actions that she talks about. the authors purpose was to make the character sound like a mentally retarded child but was truly telling the truth
personal commentary : this story really gets to me because it shows how the whole world is against a harmless little child that is really shy and telling the truth about her experiences of what she felt .
entertainment :the movie “trade” when 13 year old adriana is kidnapped by sex traffickers in mexico , her 17 year old brother jorge.sets off on a desperate mission to save her . as jorge dodges overwhelming obstacles to track the girls abductors, he meets ray, a texas cop whose own family loss leads him to become an ally TRADE is a thrilling story of courage and devastating expose of one of the worlds most heinous crimes.
personal commentary : this movie is a very touching movie , the character does anything to get his sister out of the mess she is in and contacted the police witch in a happy ending the police men reunite his small sister to the young 17 year old brother that has done everything to get to his sister .
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The Rhetorical Precis:
West Side Story is a 1961 American romantic musical drama film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was inspired by William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. In the West Side’s Lincoln Square neighborhood in Manhattan, there is tension between a white gang, the Jets, led by Riff, and a Puerto Rican gang of immigrants, the Sharks, led by Bernardo. “West Side Story” was the kind of musical people thought was good for them, a pious expression of admirable but unrealistic liberal sentiments, and certainly its street gangs at war.
Then the classic snapping begins. At first it seems a little cheesy, as the oft-spoofed “tough” gang is snapping and intimidating others through dance, but after the shock wears off, it’s pretty cool to see how the Jets can make something like dance blend so perfectly into conflict and fighting. When the rival Sharks enter the picture, it’s a free-for-all dance fight to see who controls the territory. When the two rival gangs begin to rumble, they decide to have it out at the upcoming dance and decide whose turf it is once and for all. The Jets try to enlist the help of Tony, an influential founder of the gang who has since moved on and found a job and made something of himself. Honor and friendship get the best of him, along with the promise that “Something’s Coming,” and he agrees to back up his boys.
Alfredo Lira P4.
Salvador Dali, a man ahead of his time in the 1930s, created an exotic piece of surrealist art in 1935 that he named, “Persistence Of Memory” with this art he shows that time is meaningless in some forms, such as in dreaming states, or perhaps even life. Dali shows this by the melting clocks in his painting, as the clocks melt, so does the meaning of time, people normally keep track of time when they are awake but not while dormant, thus time is meaningless while dreaming. In the big cities the public is always in a rush for the next job, bus stop, opportunity, but Dali shows that when you are in a vast empty space such as the desert in his painting, then time goes by slowly, it fades away as you live on. Dali’s purpose for this famous artwork was not only to show that time is meaningless while you dream, and even in a busy life, but also to begin a new form of artwork, pushing the surrealism movement, continuing and encouraging a revolution in art throughout the world. His abnormal style reached out for those who were ready for change in the 1930s, young men and women who wanted to grow out of classical art and lifestyles and wanted to move on and change america with newer forms of living and expression.
This painting has always stood for myself, I have always found it very intricate and profound in meaning. First time I saw it, I was about 12, it weirded the hell out of me, but as I saw it more often and thought of it more as I grew i realized it’s meaning, we to me at least. I had to draw this art piece last year for art class and it was very.. amusing, it seems simple but when you get down to trying to copy it with all the details it is a tedious task.
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2) Movie#2: Annie Hall
Woody Allen, in his hilarious movie Annie Hall, asserts that love, though very complicated, is something that never dies. With his many 4th wall breaks, he tells the audience about his thoughts and feelings. The feelings about Annie is both confusing and hysterical. The purpose of the film was to showcase the socially awkward comedian and a crazy lounge singers love story. The intended audience are young adults. The relationship between the characters and the audience is very compassionate. The film makes you want the main characters to have a happy ending, but in the spirit of truthfulness, the movie does not grant the audience their wish of happiness.
My Commentary: I liked the movie. I laughed a lot. I enjoy movies where the main character talks to the audience. Its like you feel like you’re really apart of something. This was a great movie and Woody is one of my favorite directors and actors, so watching this movie was more fun than it should’ve been.
A classic. Great analysis and commentary.
Rhetorical Precis: John McMullen, a NFL Editor, wrote an article titled “NFL Got What It Wanted In Peterson Case” which this explains how the NFL got what they wanted in this case which is that they wanted to show that they’re serious on domestic violence issues. McMullen gives certain evidence like how Adrian Peter and Ray Rice were both suspended for a whole season because of their acts of domestic violence. This shows McMullen’s purpose in writing this article which is to inform people to come to Roger Goodell’s side (NFL Commissioner) in how he was or still may be very close to being fired from being commissioner. Now with this article right here it gives people some insight on the matters and be pro-Goodell for him showing that the NFL is serious when it comes to these matters. The audience is for the people who support the NFL and also for people to see the NFL in a different way in that they mean what they say sort of way. Person Thoughts: I believe that McMullen is right in trying to show that the NFL’s image is changing into a good thing. Also that this is the first steps to repairing the NFL’s image that went down with all the domestic issues that have surfaced and made headlines.
Cultural Literacy Week 2
Category: Music Album
LL Cool J, the famous coherent and energetic rapper from the 1980’s and 90’s, in his debut album “Radio” suggests that the radio is filled with inspiring and rhythmically psychedelic insight that makes music notably available for all to hear and feel . His lyrics in all of his songs indicates that (his) music that you year on the radio brings an impulse of encouragement and joy to people. In his song,” I Can’t Live Without My Radio”, his purpose was to create a vibe and let it be known that ,
“I really don’t care if you’re jealous or not. ‘Cos I make the songs, you sing along. And your radio’s def when my record’s on. So, get off the wall, become involved. All your radio problems have now been solved. My treacherous beats make ya ears respond.”
As for his audience, Cool J repeatedly seeks for understanding in his album by talking about his background ,stating his middle name, his rapper name, LL Cool J (acronym for Ladies Love Cool James) and lastly stating in “I Can’t Live Without My Radio”,
“I’mma make ya dance, boogie down and rock .And you’ll scratch and shake to my musical plot. And to expand my musical plan, Cut creator, rock the beat with your hands”.
He does this so the audience will become motivated by the emotions that comes with his songs in his album. People can easily rap along to his upbeat tunes that will later on became noted as an iconic classic hip hop album on the radio.
*later on became
Personal Commentary: (sorry I forgot to add this in the precis): LL Cool j’s first debut album Radio really does make a huge influence on the radio today. When I was listening to his album, and I later on turned on my radio, i could see his uses of switching the beat, changing the rhythm and the drums, and many prevalent forms of hip hop being used by today’s new-age hip-hop and pop artists. If you think about it, the old age hip-hop that was in the 80’s and 90’s, was a pioneer, or a push start for people to carry their radios on there shoulders (because of the new form of “spitting” and “bars” that was evolving). I find Ll Cool J’s album to be quite enjoyable because of the clean and crisp way he throws out these “bars” (like we say today) 🙂
Rhetorical Precis -Opinion
In his article, “The Kenyan School Attack in Context,” David A. Graham provides information about the invasion of Garissa University College in northeastern Kenya, confirming the two major currents in terrorism; soft targets and conflicts with terror groups. Graham describes the attack on the school, with 147 murdered, most schools are public institutions, being a soft spot for terror groups due to the involvement of the government, thus presenting a way to retaliate. Trouble among terror groups have risen, al-Shaba a domestic rebellion forming into a regional menace have increased attacks in Kenya, similar events have appeared among West Africa. Graham draws reader’s interests with his closing statement, prompting that this attack was not particularly “random” but was probably influenced when president Barack Obama announced his first trip to Kenya in July.
This is my first time reading from The Atlantic, I didn’t know what to expect, but was disappointed, comparing it to The New York Times. The article was way too short, giving only information and not enough analysis and opinion for me. The title attracted me but not much in the article kept my interest.
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