• All dystopian novels have certain attributes in common: oppressive governments, propagandist mass media, restrictions on free thinking. All of these common traits are meant to be used as commentary on contemporary

  • Lin,
    I absolutely agree with you. Whether or not it is an honor it is for no one to decided besides those whose culture is being depicted. There is clearly a large degree of separation between kids dressing up as native americans and the Red Skins mascot but I think a hard line needs to be drawn on this topic. Strict rules are hard to come by…[Read more]

  • AjBOHS,
    I think the topic you choose to focus on is very interesting and creative. I would be careful when quoting wikipedia both because of its low reliability and the stigma against it. you can find the primary sources at the bottom of the wikipedia page that will give you the same information from a more reputable source. I think it is very…[Read more]

  • We are told to respect our elders, learn from their advice, and honor them. Many of us find this difficult. It’s hard to awe at the wisdom of an individual who is clueless of how our lives operate today and who

  • Chuck! you know I’m a sucker for Hypotheticals and this presents a very interesting one. Since the roosevelt administration the US has placed value in preserving national park however we continue to allocate more land and resources to support our growing population much faster than can be replaced. I like the idea you add to this problem by…[Read more]

  • This post is very amusing and playful. The title originally drew me in to the post in the same way pop ads invites people. Im glad a simple cartoon could spark so much interested in who we are and am glad that we like to see ourselves in our childhood influences. I still cannot say for certain which turtle I am after all people are more…[Read more]

  • Utah is perhaps best know for the young men and women it sends out in white oxfords and names tags called missionaries. These religious missions are partially responsible for nineteen percent of Utah residents

    • Melissa, as a Utah citizen myself I definitely see what your saying, and Im always a sucker for hard facts and statics so no argument there. I did however wonder why the large influx of Tongan background people. The mormon concentrations is quite high here, you cant turn your head without seeing a mormon chapel. I myself am not mormon but it has influenced Utah a lot, like you said our legislature is majority republican and I think their decisions are heavily influenced by their faith. my question is is this a bad thing? what are the pros and cons of this influence in Utah. heres an article (http://archive.sltrib.com/article.php?id=5403049&itype=CMSID). please get back to me on this.

    • Missy, my girl. This is a very interesting post and growing up in Utah I have thought the same sort of things about how the LDS religion influences Utah as a whole. I liked how many links and facts that you included in your post. It is very interesting to the whole topic. I never knew that Utah is above average ins speaking of foreign language due to the mormon missionaries. I agree with everything that you said in this post. The Mormon faith has a huge impact on everything around us. Do you think that this a good thing or a bad thing? How do you think that this influences the state as a whole? https://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-harrison/the-lds-church-and-utah-p_b_9278128.html I found this interesting article on all the different aspects of life that Mormonism can affect. Great post!!

    • Hi Missy,
      Utah does have problems with the church but I belive that gerrymandering is the bigger issue then the morman church because the reson the church has such a strong grip is gerrymandering. The senators have figured out ways to split up uposing views into small fractions and make it imposible to become succesful at voting for what they beleive in. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/03/01/this-is-the-best-explanation-of-gerrymandering-you-will-ever-see/?utm_term=.9eb41f479114 this article is very good at explaining how this works and why it is so effective for one group to stay in power for so long.
      thanks, Simon

  • Gary, I am so glad you choose to focus on this issue. It is unexpected since you are a man but i am glad you did. men do have more advantages than women but that is because that is how our world is ordered not because of how we are born. domestic abuse is an difficult issue to handle and is incredibly delicate. I think solutions are in prevention…[Read more]

  • I didn’t know you could post a survey on this sight and I am so glad that you did. Im glad you picked this issue to analyze, I hope to see results and an article on the issue soon! Please keep pressing the issue of sexism. I am fascinated to not only hear some startling proof of sexism but also the results of your survey telling me what people…[Read more]

  • Keaton, I loved this article. I am an asian american myself living in Utah. Rarely do people think of my ethnic group when considering social or political activism. I admit this is the first I have ever heard of any notable again activist. I encourage you to keep focusing on this issue and maybe writing some on on going issues that effect asians…[Read more]

  • Melissa commented on the post, This? 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    I loved the part where you talked about how to grow. “This” is the soil and climate and sunshine that you grow in. I love this connection that you have made and I like how you are able to mention the more subtle expectations set for you without sounding like you’re just complaining about life. I do think that not all expectations and precedents…[Read more]

  • The human condition is to survive, my need to survive benefits my entire population by what I create, destroy, and pass on. however just benefiting the rest of the world is not the same a being selfless. I think generosity requires sacrifice, it is not something you do out of connivence. I think your right in saying were all ” oriented to help our…[Read more]

  • I am not afraid of death. The way I see it once I am dead and gone and buried I lose the ability to want to live and therefore won’t mind being dead. I am scared of zombies. It’s not the unstoppable illness, the

    • Missy,
      I think that your post is very clever. When you talk about the fear that our “…fellow humans see us as nothing more than meat on bone…” is utterly terrifying. I really found your connection to zombies with the collapse of humanity as something relatable especially when there are debates that people—especially younger generations—are becoming a little more disconnected. Of coarse, this theory is something that can be discussed in a more focused approach on a different post, but the connection of disconnection to roaming does show a side of concern. I also agree with you about how scary roaming can be. I believe A Brave New World has aspects of roaming that slowly destroys humanity. The advent of extreme readily information that seems to be the theme throughout the book, makes individuals less human in a way. Finally, I like how you mentioned that many books have an underlying truth about humanity in which we need to save from ourselves.

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