To begin, the novel Fahrenheit 451 connects to 2017 because of how people in power use their privilege for coercion. This is true because in today’s day in age, President Donald Trump has passed multiple laws that
Thank you so much for your post “The Flames Happening Today – 451 and 2017.” I really enjoyed reading your opinions and the connection you made. It is true and I totally agree that often the groups in power coerce, and especially use propaganda, in order to suppress the larger populace and to oppress these people. Sadly, oppressed groups are “easier” to control as seen in the novel since often people consent because they do not know anything else, which was the case with Montag because he met Clarisse and read his first book. Thank you for sharing and I look forward to reading your future writing.
I am glad you found my post, “Impact of Gangs in Oakland,” intriguing because, like you stated, this is a very controversial topic and not many people would think there is a positive side of gangs. Something that stood out to me from your comment was when you stated, “The positive outcomes of being in a gang is probably something…[Read more]
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…[Read more]
When someone hears the term gang, what would come to their mind? Horrible? Dangerous? There are many ways to define gangs, but by popular knowledge, it is mainly defined as a group of criminals or juveniles active
I find your article to be very interesting, on both negative and positive sides. I have never read an article that stated the positive sides of joining a gang, just like you stated in your last paragraph, “not to persuade or motivate an individual to join a gang, but to educate those who believe there is no possible reason for someone to seek out gangs in the need of help.” Do you deeply believe that in order to seek help you have to join a gang? Don’t you think there are other resources for example, law enforcement, a counselor at school or a teacher? For example, there are a lot of youths who are being bullied at school, do you think that joining a gang will help them stop bullies from being so mean? Furthermore, just like you stated there are plenty of negative effects of joining a gang, such as drugs, a criminal record, and not obtaining their high school diploma, I completely agree with you on this. Joining a gang leaves an adolescent with negative consequences that could affect them for the rest of their lives. Don’t you think that maybe seeking the right help will eventually take them to better places in life and make better life decisions? You made very interesting points and made your argument very clear, it made me wanting to keep reading the rest of it to see your whole point of view.
I thought your post about gangs was very interesting and intriguing because you grabbed outside resources to explain your thoughts and reasons about being in a gang. I also liked how you included both sides of the story, the positive and negative. Something that stood out to me from your article was the interview with Alex Zuno, I thought the interview was interesting and added something different to your post. It added other people’s perspectives, besides your own. What I liked most is that your interview connected with the whole explanations of being in a gang and what happens to gang members. The positive outcomes of being in a gang is probably something that stood out to me the most because it made me change my perspective on how I view gangs now. The fact that these people feel protected and secure due to being in a gang is sad, yet a good thing. Everyone has the right to have a group of friends where they can be themselves without judgement. Great job, this is a very controversial topic. Can’t wait to read more of your posts.
I am glad you found my post, “Impact of Gangs in Oakland,” intriguing because, like you stated, this is a very controversial topic and not many people would think there is a positive side of gangs. Something that stood out to me from your comment was when you stated, “The positive outcomes of being in a gang is probably something that stood out to me the most because it made me change my perspective on how I view gangs now.” The fact I was able to change your perspective in a topic widely disregarded by the public makes me feel better about the impact of my post and my thoughts. A question I have for you touches on your perspective of gangs. Were your past perspective on gangs influenced by the media or another source?
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