Thursday, April 07, 2005

So Long Ladies

Well, our blog is coming to an end. It has been nice chatting with you, good luck on all of your finals. Until next time...

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

violence in our society

Referring back to Douglas Coupland's book "Hey Nostradamus!", it seemed crazy to make a columbian like story happen in Vancouver. Vancouver is supposed to be a place where nothing bad happens....but this is not true. After we were shown many newpaper aritcles we KNOW this theory is not true. What I want to ask you is, is our society becoming more violent as we read a greater amount of stories about killings, high speed car chases and even the dragging of a gas attendant, or are we just more aware of what is happening because of the technology today?

Today technology is so advanced that we can read about or watch on the news what happened only hours ago. We are so hooked up with these modern technologies that we crave to see the action as soon as it happens. Nowadays if you don't know what's happening in the world around you people wonder WHY?
But what about in the 1800's? We wouldn't know what happened in our own country, yet along the rest of the world. If we were to find out it wouldn't be to months later. Kidnappings, killings and other natural disasters happened back then but people just didn't hear about them everyday.
Is the world getting worse? Horrible events have been happening for centuries....what makes today's events different? What about slavery in the 1700-early 1900's, the World Wars, the Holocaust, to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, the columbian shooting and to the gas attendant that was dragged behind a stolen car. Are we just becoming more aware of these events now?

Terry Fox

I was looking on the Macleans wedsite and I came across an article about Terry Fox. We blogged about him earlier and I just thought this was interesting. Like all of us, we have been told his story by our teachers year after year but I only knew the basics about it. After reading this, it really made me realize what kind of person he really was.

"I've often wondered why this country hasn't produced more Terry Foxes."

"Why is Terry Fox a rarity? Because he was an exceptional guy with an uplifting story, and because -- by inspiration, good luck or higher purpose -- he was blessed with the proverbial village of support."

http://www.macleans.ca/topstories/canada/article.jsp?content=20050404_103116_103116

Monday, April 04, 2005

Help for the Final

Could we try try and help eachother for the final by discussing some ideas because I am a little scared.

He told us to try and find a quality of fiction for each book, and perhaps have some quotes to go with it.

Regarding All Tomorrow's Parties, Gibson demonstrates this idea of the future, our future. The way he uses grammer to demonstrate a point is pretty original and out there. The way that the characters become an adjective, they loose their being, is he trying to prove that we really are nothing when you consider the whole. Like how Laney is a nobody when just alone, like an adjective when not put into context? What is confusing me is this integration bit. Can anyone shine a light?!?.