• Hello, I have been reading 1984 by George Orwell in my english class and wanted to share my thoughts with you all. I will be prompting myself with the question: How does your novel connect to 2017?

     

    The 1984

    • Dear Fernando,

      I am intrigued by your post, “Change the way you Think” because it presents important themes in the book that are later are connected to current times. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ This quote also connects to the LGBTQ+ community because often people are not allowed to love each other because of the way they feel and there are a lot of people who are doing something about it. ” I think this is inspiring because it motivates people to keep fighting for an emotion that everyone has the right to feel. Another sentence that I liked was: “However, when someone lives in a world in which they are powerless, this can’t be the case. Change the way you think.” This stood out for me because the book does in fact change the perception of how power is distributed in our current society. Finally, thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because of your ability to quote the book and make a connection to present events or situations.

      Mauro

    • Dear Fernando,
      I am amazed by your post, “Change the way you Think,” because you analyze the book and how living in a dystopian society can change a persons mindset plus you also connect it with today’s world which is really powerful.One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “The 1984 world and the experiences my main character Winston goes through connect to our current world because of the oppression (Racism, Classism, Ableism, ext) going on in our everyday lives.” I think this is moving because it shows and sparks a sense to the reader that things present in our everyday lifes need to change. Another sentence that I enjoyed was: “For one, a woman is taking a risk and is not consenting to what society and the government tell her she can or can’t do. In our society, women are expected to act a certain way and to follow those expectations. ” This stood out for me because it shows us how gender roles contribute the way a woman acts in a society. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I was hanging out with my friends and gender roles depict men as tough so I had to talk to a girl I liked even tough I was nervous just so my friends would think i’m a man.
      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.

  • Deer Abraham,
    Thank you for your reply to my post. I appreciate you empathetic feelings toward my opinion. I very much agree with you that the line you highlighted was indeed, enlightening. I am sorry to hear that you have felt unsafe while just walking by a police car. Your story seems really interesting. I hope that in a few years your feelings…[Read more]

  • Dear Alexis,
    Thank you for replying to my post “Normal People”. I am very thankful for your feedback. I think that Oakland police are often not credited for the good actions they do for people. I would have loved to hear about your own stories. What are your opinions on police? How do you think we can get rid of the police phobia? I hope to hear…[Read more]

  • Dear Katie,
    I was intrigued by your opinion and topic, “Teenagers and reading books, what’s the big deal?,” because I really wanted to know what your piece had to offer since the title included the question, “what’s the big deal?”. I think your way of telling people to stop reading online… online… is a very interesting one. In your piece you…[Read more]

  • How often do community members receive help from police? How often do community members hate on police? How often do you ask yourself these questions? It has come to my attention that police are judged unfairly by

    • Dear Fernando:
      I am happy with what your post, “Normal People” because it explains the good side of the OPD in Oakland and how they create charities for community members. I also really enjoyed it because you said how sometimes mistakes are made and fear is created, but if we give police a chance, they are really nice. I also loved how you tried to express the good side of cops. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to reading your next post! Your ideas and mindset are those of a professional journalist of seeing both sides of the coin.
      Sincerely, Alexis

      • Dear Alexis,
        Thank you for replying to my post “Normal People”. I am very thankful for your feedback. I think that Oakland police are often not credited for the good actions they do for people. I would have loved to hear about your own stories. What are your opinions on police? How do you think we can get rid of the police phobia? I hope to hear back from you in the future, writer.
        Fernando

    • I am amazed by your post “‘Normal’ People?” because it is a new perspective on how police are seen. I respect you for being so confident and sharing your opinion. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Although police do in fact make mistakes, some of their actions include reaching out to the community in form the of providing charity for their community.” I think this is enlightening because it gives me a new interpretation of our oakland police. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I walked by a police car. I felt scared. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because It is enlightening. Something that will bring me back to your writing is really anything because it’s good. Love Abraham. 😀

      • Deer Abraham,
        Thank you for your reply to my post. I appreciate you empathetic feelings toward my opinion. I very much agree with you that the line you highlighted was indeed, enlightening. I am sorry to hear that you have felt unsafe while just walking by a police car. Your story seems really interesting. I hope that in a few years your feelings when you walk past police cars change. Why do you think you were scared when walking past the police cars?
        Love,
        Fernando

    • Hey Fernando,
      I have always been skeptical about police officers and how well of a job they are doing. Of course there are some bad apples in the bunch but I completely agree that they signed up to benefit the community, never take it down. I really like how you brought up organizations and how some are created by police officer, but it’s for the entire community to come together and not just police officers. I absolutely loved how you brought up the kids getting gifts when their mother was pulled over and she assumed she was getting a ticket. Whenever being pulled over you always think to yourself, what did I do or I knew I shouldn’t have done that. So the fact that a police officer took the time to just hand out gifts after sounding off his sirens really reduced the thought of police men and women “always one the hunt for their next paycheck.”

      Great Job!
      Brandon Monroe