Archive for April, 2009

All the Pretty Horses (Blog #20)

Posted in Learn on April 29, 2009 by eddieha

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All the Pretty Horses, by McCarthy

All the Pretty Horses, by McCarthy

All the Pretty Horses is one novel of a trilogy written by Cormac McCarthy. The book contains very unusual and unconventional elements that certainly certifies the book as something unique. Its writing has been recognized as similar to famous literary writers of the past. One of the famous authors it has been compared with is James Joyce, his style often referred to as “Joycean,” characterized by a lot of puns. McCarthy is also compared with Faulkner and the Elizabethan language. It is said that McCarthy was influenced by these sources of style in writing this book.

The focus of this novel is more on the nature and horses than on the character. Throughout the novel, the characters exist almost as an entity just to continue the plot, while the depth of detail is largely focused on the vast landscape and the grandeur of nature. The horses are described with “human traits” including its strength and masculinity throughout the novel. Although the characters and their thoughts are regarded with some merit in the novel, it does not appear to be as important as the nature that surrounds it.

McCarthy’s style in this novel is something also special. It does not include any quotation marks, and seem to flow in and out of the narrative. It is almost as if the dialogue of the characters is engraved in the writing of the book. The style of speech is very colloquial and very much sounds like what we hear, more than what we would read. Also, his diction is quite unique in this novel. The article describes the writing as “full of archasims so unfamiliar they appear to be neologisms.” Unconventioanl descriptions such as “reefs of clouds” color the book with unusual diction that represents his complex writing style.

Are you a digital native? (Blog #19)

Posted in Live on April 28, 2009 by eddieha
This is a response to another blogpost.
This blogpost is a response to a Frontline documentary "Growing Up Online"

This blogpost is a response to a documentary "Growing Up Online"

If you’re reading this blogpost right now, you most probably know enough about the internet to search anything you want. Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Myspace, MSN, AIM. Our lives as modern teenagers are surrounded by these inernet utilities that we use everyday. They have even become culture-specific. While America has Yahoo and Myspace, Korea has its Naver and Cyworld, fitted to the Korean culture with different styles of advertisements, news and design. Nevertheless, it is difficult to imagine not to have access to internet, computer, or technology of any form. How would it feel to be “unplugged?”

I believe that much of the technology use may be seen as a state of addiction, with a potential power to harm. It is useful in many ways in that it allows us to do many things that would take much longer if we did without. It facilitates the experiences of meeting new people, typing up long papers and more. Being a digital native, it would be difficult to live without technology, but it’s entirely possible. Pick up a book or two. Go outside to exercise. Meet friends offline. Go watch a movie. Sure, it is much harder to do it than say it, but it is possible. As for me, I would just have to be plugged at least once a day, at least through my laptop. There are necessities that have become so crucial and important that I can’t do things without. Checking my e-mail, getting updates on friends abroad, and simply checking what my homework is.

As soon as I come back home either right after school, after my activities, or after tutoring late at night, I would do three things for sure. First: sit. Second: Open Internet Browser. Third: open two pages that would be permanently be left on my computer screen–Gmail and Facebook. The routine is so engraved in my daily life that it would almost be impossible to disconnect myself from all media. The only way to do so will probably be to seclude myself in the countryside of a foreign country or to sleep for a very, very long time. I wouldn’t be able to do the necessary things that are required everyday–sending e-mails to my friends abroad, my family back home (once I move to the states), complete assignments that require technology, and so on.

Facebook attracted a lot of teenagers when it was first recognized at our school. Its use spread like wildfire, and soon students were communicating with their friends through facebook without hesitation. However as time passes by, its fervor was slowly lost, and now it exists as a “what-is-the-point” entity in my comptuer screen. Sure, it does help me keep in contact with friends that I haven’t met for a long time, but I no more spend numerous hours on it. Just few minutes of a check is enough.

Many say that teenage internet users are easily “fooled” and “manipulated” under the advertorials that exist in the media. Many believe that these unsuitable “ads” pose a potential threat to the online users. But, as it is with everything in real life, I think the amount of experiences I had as an internet user since elementary school makes it easier for me to recognize the so-called “dangerous” marketing online, and I don’t see it as a big problem for “digital natives.”

Modernism! (Blog #21)

Posted in Uncategorized on April 7, 2009 by eddieha
 

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Simmons Hall @ MIT

This is one of the dorm buildings at MIT. This building portrays one of the unconventional ways in which architecture developed in the modernism era.

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera

HouseThe Sydney Opera House is one of the most prominent architecture that represents the elements of modernism. The structure of the building is obviously unconventional, and involves intricate use of modern technology. The inspiration for the building is said to have come from randomly peeled orange peels. 

 

Luigi Russolo

Luigi Russolo

 

Luigi Russolo is a musician that incorporated elements of modernism in forms of music. He incorporated a variety of sounds that were not known to be used as forms of “music.”

 
Picassos Massacre in Korea
Picasso’s Massacre in Korea

The drawing above is an example of modernism in paintings. Picasso is recognized as one of the most prominent artists in the modernism era, who represented human beings in abstract ways, as shown above in the right. He incorporated technological aspect in to human beings.