• To begin, the novel Fahrenheit 451 connects to 2017 because people consent to those in power. In the novel, Fahrenheit 451, by Rad Bradbury, is about the protagonist, Guy Montag, was a fireman who burns books

    • Dear Alex,

      Thank you so much for your post and uplifting the parallel you found of institutional oppression. I think it is true that both exist in both worlds. I really liked your line: “How this is parallel to our world and Guy’s world is that we both lived under institutional oppression.” It is a very strong claim that sets up your argument clearly. However, I then became confused in your post since you did not introduce your evidence instead it was just dropped in the next sentence without a citation. Was this from your book or was this quote from an article? I hope that you add to this post to make it a little clearer because you have a strong claim. Thank you for writing and I look forward to reading more of your thoughts on this.

  • Dear Michelle

    Thank you for commenting on my blog. I love your kind and heart-warming response on my post.

  • Dear Angel,

    Thank you for commenting a simple, but sincere response. It would’ve been considerate to read the entire article, and also giving me an academic response to help me improve my academic skills. This article is about how drugs associate with peer pressure and media glorification, mainly in Oakland, CA.

  • I disagree with you that your title seems unnecessary.

  • Alexander commented on the post, drugs 2 years, 8 months ago

    Nice thumbnail.

  • Why are drugs so common in California, specifically in Oakland? Drugs are obviously one of the main issues in CA, especially in Oakland because of peer pressure and media glorification.

    To begin, the obvious drug

    • What is this all about? I haven’t read it I just want a short summary

      • Dear Angel,

        Thank you for commenting a simple, but sincere response. It would’ve been considerate to read the entire article, and also giving me an academic response to help me improve my academic skills. This article is about how drugs associate with peer pressure and media glorification, mainly in Oakland, CA.

    • Dear Alexander,
      The topic you chose to write about is a very powerful subject. I agree with you, on the other hand, drug use is not just in Oakland but i like how you just decided to write about a place you know best. I’d like to know more, as to “why”… why should kids feel influenced? It would be interesting to keep talking to your coach, try to dig deeper as to what happened after. Was it worth it? If he could go back would he change something? I would like to understand, or put in your perspective. What if someone asked you? Now that you are more educated what would you have done?

    • Hey Alexander,

      Your post was very interesting to read, especially because you focused within your home town. For the most part, I think drugs are an issue everywhere, and peer pressure is one of the biggest influences teens face when it comes to it. Just how your interview said, “I did it to be cool,” I feel like this is the common situation most adolescents face. The sad part of being cool in the moment is that later on people get drug addictions, and they don’t know how to quit. In regards to your hometown in Oakland, I actually had no idea there was a drug lord named Felix Mitchell. When I think of the reasons why he might be idolized by teens I think in reality they idolize the respect he had from everyone, and all the money he gained. Overall, I have to agree with your cousin that drug glorification through the media is not the reason why their is such a huge issue in Oakland involving drugs. The atmosphere is what needs to be changed within the communities. Having reaching out programs that help parents speak to their teens about the health issues that come with drugs, and the consequences they could face with the law if they get caught doing them would be a great way to educate these young people. I remember as a child having assemblies that happened for a week about being drug free, but the sad part is within my community it didn’t work. People I went to kindergarten with are now lost in the streets doing nothing with their lives because of the drugs addictions they face. From my perspective I think parents need to be educated on how to discuss these issues with their teens. What would you recommend your community to do to decrease the drug issues Oakland is now facing?

    • Dear Michelle

      Thank you for commenting on my blog. I love your kind and heart-warming response on my post.

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