• To begin, the novel 1984 by George Orwell connects to our society today because in both worlds, the dominant group uses propaganda and censorship (forms of coercion) to control the oppressed group. For example,

    • Dear Alexa,

      I really agreed with your post “Fictional Novel and Reality: Do they connect?” I enjoyed that you talked about two modes of coercion and provided many examples to back up your point. I couldn’t agree more that your novel and reality today are very similar. Our government has done many of these things, and in many ways I wonder if this is something that happens in all governments and has happened under even Presidents we feel do represent us more than the current political leader. Thank you for sharing and I look forward to reading future posts.

    • Dear Alexa,
      I am amazed by your post, “Fictional Novel and Reality: Do they connect?” because you analyze the dystopian society in the book 1984 and connect it with today’s world which is really powerful. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “To begin, the novel 1984 by George Orwell connects to our society today because in both worlds, the dominant group uses propaganda and censorship (forms of coercion) to control the oppressed group” I think this is moving because it really makes the reader think about current events and ways the president/government uses their power to negatively affect people mindsets. Another sentence that I enjoyed was: “In today’s society, the government also uses technology and social media to monitor the people. If someone were to plan an attack on the president or something, because of the power they have over all the technology that is being used everyday, they could prevent the attack. ” This stood out for me because it shows us how how much power the government has. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time my teacher planted a secret camera in our classroom without us knowing and I felt deprived of my right to privacy.Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because seeing how you connect books to our current world is very interesting.

  • Hey Maria,

    I am glad you enjoyed my post. I agree that parents do have a really big influence on their children however, many parents are also the reason why teens takes drugs. Some children have guardians that are constantly doing drugs and actually encourage drugs. So yes informing/educating the parents is a great idea but we also need to make…[Read more]

  • Dear Mae,
    Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you brought up a very debatable issue and included the arguments of both sides. Personally, I was against the death sentence but after reading your post, I now realize why so many people are for the death sentence. This post opened my eyes and I look forward…[Read more]

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    81% of teens claimed to have the opportunity to take illicit drugs, 42.5% actually tried them. Drugs are a big problem among today’s youth. And the way we are attempting to solve this problem is obviously no

    • Dear Alexa,
      I am excited about your post, “Teen Drug Abuse: Prevent it” because I really love how you showed evidence on why this is bad for teenagers. I do agree on this is bad on teens because since we’re teenagers this help us to know that drugs aren’t good to use.

    • Dear Alexa,

      I am taken away by your post, “Teen Drug Abuse: Prevent It,” because of how direct and honest you have written on the topic of drugs among teens. Your post contains strong reasons that can inform those of whom still don’t understand why youth would give in to drugs. One sentence that stood out to me was when you were talking about the many influences a teen can have that will provoke them to use drugs. You had stated, “Other teens are pressured by family and peers to do well in either sports, academics, or both and will turn to drugs to improve their performance or release stress.” This sentence stood out to me because I agree that teens are often pressured by their peers and family in order to feel accepted. Your post reminds me a lot of one of my godbrothers who had passed away due to possible drug possession. He was often stressed out about things and had a temper every now and then. He wasn’t really a teen when he started, by he was really young when he first had an encounter with drugs.
      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you will be writing next because I feel like you have the capability to expand and incorporate your thinking on other topics that have an impact on our society.

    • Dear Alexa,
      Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time when I used to do a drug called marijuana I did it because of my friends kept telling me once I the blunt I won’t be feeling stressed out, and they told me I would be cool if I smoke with them. After that it was more of a habit it was something I would do everyday just to feeling good about myself, I only did because of peer pressure if they would have never convinced me to start smoking I would have never hit the blunt. Now I don’t smoke because I found out that there are better ways to relieve stress.

    • Hi Alexa!

      I feel like your article was very informative and the quote in the beginning instantly drew my attention to continue reading. I was definitely surprised with the statistic that “81% of teens claimed to have the opportunity to take illicit drugs, 42.5% actually tried them.” It is apparent that drugs are becoming a common thing in society and I do agree that teens need to be more educated on the topic especially the toll it can take in their life. I feel like you did a good job on your interviews because it helped support your article and gain a different perspective from the community. I believe it is important for teens to understand that being yourself is cool and should be the only thing that matters. I can’t wait to read your next article!

    • Hey Alexa,

      You have a great amount of information in regards to teens drug abuse. Ive always thought peer pressure was one of the greatest influences of why this issue has got so out of hand, but your point of wanting to be fit and accepted with society really caught my attention. With the ridiculous standards of body images the media portrays consequently does get to youths self esteem; I think even with adults this continues to be an issue. More so, education of the negative effects of drug abuse is a great way to start decreasing the use of it. Although, I think teaching parents how to speak to their children about it is a greater affect of it. When parents become educated it gives them more power to be more open while creating a closer relationship with their children. Parents are the greatest influences for their children, and I think thats something they tend to forget.

      • Hey Maria,

        I am glad you enjoyed my post. I agree that parents do have a really big influence on their children however, many parents are also the reason why teens takes drugs. Some children have guardians that are constantly doing drugs and actually encourage drugs. So yes informing/educating the parents is a great idea but we also need to make sure they aren’t the only resource youth have to go to when they have questions about drugs.

    • Dear Alexa,
      I think this is an important post because it talks about a very common issue.
      i know people my age who have been hospitalize because of drug abuse.

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