• To the YV community, this is my response to the Warm-Up for English class today. We are studying Shakespeare’s Othello and exploring the theme of appearance versus r

  • Dear Whitlee,
    I am astonished by your post “Social Media” because I feel like people are not aware about what is going around them due to the fact that social media is taking control over people. I’m our society today there is less verbal communication and more attachment of people towards the screws and many don’t really believe is a problem…[Read more]

  • In the book 1984 Orwell uses kinesthetic imagery to focus on the society that has been controlling people’s actions. Part two of 1984 Winston had received a note from Julia in which she slipped in his hands when

    • Hi Amelia,
      My school also read 1984. It is a very interesting book with a lot of curious events, especially this idea of being watched the whole time. If you have not read past this part yet, I’m wondering, what do you think is written in the note to Winston? Do you think that the way she passed it to him was smart, or do you think that it was also too risky seeing as how they’re always being watched?
      This book is interesting and the end, I found, somewhat unexpected. I hope you enjoy reading it!

    • Good analysis of Big Brother’s constant observation of its people. I had not heard of kinesthetic imagery before. Orwell describes the movements of the telescreens, following the characters, in an ominous way. Do you think that our government has the ability to watch us like that of 1984?

    • Amelia,
      I thought you were very well written and I enjoyed the points you brought up.When I read 1984 I was constantly filled with fear relating to the ominipresence of the telescreens. In a way, Big Brother and the telescreens instilled a feeling of anxiety in me, possibly similar to that of the characters. As you may know, Twitter and instagram are constantly filled with memes about the FBI watching us through our phones/tablets/laptops, and I can’t help but wonder if the governemnt has the same power in our modern world, as big brother and telescreens in the world of 1984. What do you think?

    • Amelia, I read 1984 in class not too long ago. The idea of constantly being monitored is eerie. People joke about being watched through their laptop and phone cameras, but there’s a part of me that kind of believes it. Being watched alters the way you act -often makes you act more mannered and in control. One of the reasons the party has more power. I enjoyed your analysis. Would you have passed the note?

  • Amelia wrote a new post, Amelia 9 months ago

    Everyone has a true side in which is hard to show since society today is willing to judge you in many perspectives. My classmates and I have had an assignment relating to one of the stories of Jamaica Kincaid

    • Amelia, this is a beautifully written piece. Would you explain to me what a “humid woman” is? I have never heard that term before. I relate to this piece on a very personal level. My parents have instilled many of the same values you mentioned into my being. I think that you can be your own person while still complying to all of these things, but as you continue to grow and create your own morals and personal values, aspects of what your parents have taught you will change. While under you parents roof, it may be hard to experience things the way you want to experience them, but that is how it is until you are on your own. You should write another peace, but reverse. Explain the way you want things to be, and then write the questions parents would then ask you in response.

  • Amelia wrote a new post, Stop the Hate! 10 months ago

    Dear Leaders of America,

     

    My name is Amelia Mendoza and I am a 17 year old Guatemalan who is a Senior at Fremont High School in Oakland, California. I have been researching  towards the incident that had h

    • Amelia, I loved your post. I thought it was very formal and very well written. One thing that I stood out very well was how personal you made it. It made me want to keep reading and help you out with your quest to “Stop the Hate!” Do you think it is possible for us, as Americans, to stop the hate? Do you think we are capable of making a more safe and loving envrionment? Personally, I think we HAVE to do it. We are a country built on differences and letting others in and right now we are doing just the opposite. I think it is our personal duty to stop the hate. I loved your post! I hope to see more of your writing.

  • Amelia became a registered member 10 months ago

    • Hi my name is fernando and i’m a freshman at LIfe Academy and I saw your post and I really like that you talked about that problem because that is crazy that this kind of stuff is acutlluy happening in our world and people should come toghther to stop these kind of stuff.

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