• The Streets Of Oakland

    By: Marcos Chupin

    “You think Oakland California is a city of punks.” These famous lines from Too $horts song, “I want to be free” illustrates many of people’s thoughts about Oakland.

    • Dear Marcos, I think that your post was very interesting because I didn’t know that the colors that you wear can put your life on the line. A line that stood out to me was “But it’s never to late for the city to adapt” because I totally agree that people can change for the better and that we should change because people should be able to wear what they want without having to worry about something as important as their life. I agree with your point about the streets becoming more dangerous because parents in Oakland are even more afraid to let their children go out at night lately. Thank you for taking your time to write this article, keep it up.

    • Dear Baby Long Head, I think you did a good job. But You could explain more about the colors and be more detailed. But is whass good Keep it up boyfriend.

    • Dear Marcos, I am a student from San Jose State University and reading your post and can tell how you wanted to explain how much Oakland has changed and how it could be even with its bitter moments. When you said “Oakland CA is a city about excitement where nobody is antisocial and the community is diverse, in Oakland people make sideshows for fun and anybody is invited but one is there at their own risk”, I could tell that you wanted others to understand and see what Oakland was really like. Thank you Marcos!

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  • Nina commented on the post, Uglies 2017 3 years, 4 months ago


    Thank you so much for your post and I really agree with your post. I always wonder why people spend so much money on being “beautiful” in society’s eyes. In many ways, I wish our society could let go of all things – make up, surgeries, hair highlighting that separates people and causes things to be put into two categories “pretty” or…[Read more]

  • Nina commented on the post, Uglies 2017 3 years, 4 months ago

    Dear Yasmin,

    Thank you for your post. I really appreciated how you put “Pretty” in quotes cause it reminds us how subjective that word is. Who decides what pretty and ugly is? Why does our society have feelings about beauty? Why is beauty valued? I really appreciated your opinion and thank you for writing. Looking forward to reading your future posts.

  • Thank you Katie for your post. I really agree with you and your connection to our current administration in Washington. Keep writing your opinions!

  • Dear Mica,

    Thank you for your very energized post. I could feel your emotions as I read and your opinions about our current state. I really agreed with you around the importance of education and how our current government is really using coercion to disempower large ground of people in this country. One thing however that took away from your…[Read more]

  • Dallana,

    I really enjoyed your post. Your quick summary and background on the book was beautifully written and allowed me to really understand your argument. My favorite line was “But what is that ideal type, what is pretty? ” This rhetorical question, really made me as the reader think how hard the adjective “pretty” is because of how subjective…[Read more]

  • Dear Mario,

    Thank you for your post “Fahrenheit 451 Response.” I really enjoyed reading it and learned a lot from how you connected the fiction in your novel to the real world. I think often it is easy to point fingers at the coercers and only think about the tools and ways people oppress others, but it is important, as you highlighted, to also…[Read more]

  • Dear Hugo, I really appreciated your post and your analysis of the role fear plays. In both your novel and today fear is so important to how people rule, and how and why they rule. This is often overlooked, but I think your point on our president being scared of groups of people he can’t empathize with is really key. Thank you for posting and I…[Read more]

  • Dear Ingrys,

    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 g…[Read more]

  • Nina commented on the post, Divergent 3 years, 4 months ago

    Dear Brayan,

    I really enjoyed your post and the connection it made between your novel and 2017. I think your claim is really clear and your picture supports your claim that force plays a very large role in the book. However, towards the end of your post I became very confused because your sentence continued on for ever. It is also very important…[Read more]

  • Gilberto,

    Thank you so much for your post; I really enjoyed reading it. A line that stood out to me was: “many people that think women are weak because of their strength but that’s not true and women can be strong, like Tris.” I liked this line because it was a different way to look at your novel, but seeing the female protagonist. It is true w…[Read more]

  • Dear Gerardo

    I really enjoyed your post “The Book and The Real World.” A line that really stood out to me was when you questioned the society’s ideological beliefs: “A book is as dangerous as a loaded gun.” Why do you think in the book, books are considered this dangerous. In our society today so you think there is something that is as d…[Read more]

  • Dear Alexa,

    I really agreed with your post “Fictional Novel and Reality: Do they connect?” I enjoyed that you talked about two modes of coercion and provided many examples to back up your point. I couldn’t agree more that your novel and reality today are very similar. Our government has done many of these things, and in many ways I wonder if this…[Read more]

  • Alexis thank you so much for such a powerful connection and post. I especially liked your comment: “He spreads around all this biased, harmful, completely incorrect information about how he views society to his followers.” I totally agree with you and it reminds you how important what we see and take in, in terms of news. People are convinced by…[Read more]

  • Hector, thank you for your post about Divergent and its connection to today, specifically with the power of people consenting. I really like your examples of where people consent in both situations and thinking about how powerful consent is. Why do you think people consent? Do you think they really have a choice, or is fear too powerful?

  • Nina commented on the post, Racism 3 years, 4 months ago

    Dear Kevin,

    Thank you so much for your post and sharing your thoughts about your book. I too believe that there are connections between the real world and fiction. I really like your connection in regards to race and the factions. I think that it also can connect to ethnicities and countries of origin in our country too. I would love to know more…[Read more]

  • Dear Abraham,

    Thank you for your moving writing and your analysis. I especially want to know more about your line: “They are limiting us by making us watch things that will benefit us such as news.” What do you mean by this? Are you referring to fake news? Do you think that the government is purposefully changing our news like in your book.

    Keep…[Read more]

  • Dear Christian,

    Thank you for your post. I really appreciated your connection to coercion. I was wondering though if you could be more specific in your claim… what are the “some ways” they are similar. Being more precise in your first sentence will support your reader much more.

    Look forward to reading more of your writing 🙂

  • Nina commented on the post, DIVERGENT 3 years, 4 months ago


    I really was moved by your post and the connection you made to today. The part that really stood out to me was how you talked about Tris moving Factions in order to get more power. It is interesting how the government separates them, but allows them to move. This of course, is really not how it works in the real world. However, can you…[Read more]

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