• 1984 is a book written by George Orwell. It was published in the Eight of June, year 1949. The narrative delves into a “utopian” society where every action is recorded in the public eye. You can never be sure if

    • Dear Arjen,

      I really was haunted by the connection you made in your post. In many ways your post read like a cliff hanger, leaving me to want more and more evidence to either disprove this scary connection or to prove it stronger in order to create social change. I really liked the line: “In present time, we may not be far from likes of this world.” Can you unpack this more? What are you seeing today in detail that reminds you of 1984, how are we not far from the description of 1984 you wrote about above. I do hope you expand more on this post as it is very intriguing. Thank you for your writing and I look forward to reading more of your thoughts.

    • Dear Arjen,

      I keep seeing this connection between the current world and the book 1984. I personally have not read it but am seriously looking at picking it up next time I am at the library. I liked the cliffhanger ending of this post quite a bit. It adds to the feeling of trepidation that connections to “utopian” books like this provides. I agree with Nina on the thought that I would like to see you expand your thoughts more. I really do enjoy the way you are going with this!

      Thanks for your writing,

      Natalya

  • Hey Sandra. Thanks for the feedback first and foremost. Anyways, I do find it disappointing that the Police oft forget their purpose and jobs when situations arise. Albeit, it’s hard to deny the fact that many bad things happen daily – especially for officers who work for hours on end. Things aren’t as simple as saying,”If we work together, things…[Read more]

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    Crimes are plaguing the many streets of Oakland every day. We as a community, depend on the authority of the OPD (Oakland Police Department) to put forth protection around the city. But what happens when those

    • Hi Arjen,
      Great post! Your introductory sentence was eye catching. You were very organized in your post. You introduced your statement, evidence, and conclusion. I want to say that I agree with you. Police should work with the community and the law. It is only that way that both sides can benefit. It is very unfortunate that there are police that do not do their job properly and let their emotions and personality get to them. Your interviews are great examples of real life experiences with police officers. Great job!

      • Hey Sandra. Thanks for the feedback first and foremost. Anyways, I do find it disappointing that the Police oft forget their purpose and jobs when situations arise. Albeit, it’s hard to deny the fact that many bad things happen daily – especially for officers who work for hours on end. Things aren’t as simple as saying,”If we work together, things will go well for us all”. I know this contradicts my writing since I’ve probably said a statement like this (or at a similar caliber) in my blog. But I guess in the end, we all have to walk the steeper paths in life. To keep asking questions and learn from things we would usually stray from.

        again, your feedback is much appreciated x

    • you make some very good points here, i would to add to your idea. i believe that the police suffer from the fact that they are seen as a unified and single entity. due to this if any police ever misbehave then now for that person any police officer is now judged by that person. a second factor for the police is that they are a naturally a position of authority but also a job, and thus any person who craves authority (but probably shouldn’t have it) will gravitate to a such a position. and finally the third problem i see is that the police by their nature deal with a large amount of morally hurtful things and as such must develop a lack of empathy to protect themselves and if they don’t then they risk having bouts of anger, especially when your job is to detain people and have arguments all day.

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