Diana Padilla AP Language Ruby October 1, 2014 Aiming for: A Précis: In "The Human Cost of an Illiterate Society", Jonathan Kozol, a Harvard graduate, argues that illiteracy cause the loss of choice or freedom and leads to many problems. Kozol highlights his argument with examples of when illiteracy can be binding such as "Many illiterates cannot read the admonition on a pack of cigarettes. Neither the Surgeon General's warning nor its reproduction on the package can alert them to the risks."(20). He gives extensive and detailed scenarios in order to raise awareness on the harm of illiteracy. Kozol addresses his readers so that they may spread awareness on illiteracy and eventually resolve the problem.
Should Addiction to Drugs Be Labeled a Brain Disease? YES: Alan Lesher maintains that chronic use of drugs changes how the brain works so drastically that recurring use of drugs becomes its sole focus and thus addiction is a brain disease. Lesher says that determining physical or physiological dependency of drugs will no longer help the cause of addiction, ad that the main aspect of drug use is whether the drug eventually causes compulsive, uncontrollable cravings. It is these compulsive cravings that will do the most damage to the individual, their families, and society. Lesher says, “Addiction is a brain disease expressed in the form of compulsive behavior.” As with most chronic diseases, addiction should also be treated with multiple recurring treatments since the brain chemistry of addicts often causes them to relapse into drug use.
The purpose of this paper is to explain Huxley’s future predictions of a corrupt society seen through: controlled reproduction, sexual freedom, brain washing/sleep-teaching and the use of mind altering drugs. Huxley’s Brave New World begins with humans no longer producing offspring. Ovaries, which produce ova, are surgically removed and fertilized in artificial receptacles and incubated in specially designed bottles. Each fetus is put in a particular caste. The five caste being Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta and Epsilon undergo a Bokanovsky Process.
Heilbroner he perceives stereotypes as “a kind of gossip about the world, a gossip that makes us prejudge people before we ever lay eyes on them” (5). Evidently we understand that to him our premature assumptions of cultures and people are created in the manner of a simple everyday commodity. We can clearly depict ones social class and well being by the way they are dressed and the color of their skin. In the movie Crash (2004) directed by Paul Higgins we can find a perfect example of how we life with our everyday premature assumptions encountered with our everyday premature assumptions that we create. In the scene where the mugging takes place, Peter and Anthony are presumed by Jean to be criminals and of a lower-class because of the way Peter and Anthony are
Amusing Ourselves to Death In the novel Amusing Ourselves to Death, Neil Postman analyzes the undeniable truth that the media, and its mediums, have caused a major cultural revolution. This dynamic shift from an age of the printed word, to that of the television, has created an epistemological transition that has led to the redefinition of the content and meaning of public discourse. The argument proposed by Neil Postman stems from the idea in which the entertainment power of images has caused the truth of these messages to be degraded and misinterpreted. Postman (1985) writes “we do not measure a culture by its output of undisguised trivialities but by what it claims as significant” (p. 16). Here Postman argues that televisions’ trivial nature
Technology’s Growth The rapid advancement of technology in our society is dangerous and Neil Postman’s book “Technopoly” will explain this when you read it. Neil Postman wrote this book to warn society about the surrender of culture to technology. He starts the book with the legend of king Thamus entertaining the god Theuth who was the inventor of many things. Thamus says that “new technologies change what we mean by ‘knowing’ and ‘truth.’” He then goes to break down society into three different cultures: tool-using, technocracies, and technopolies. He then goes into further detail describing the differences in each one.
However, Blade runner has very limited amounts of nature and shows a industrialized and scientifically advanced society thus the distinctive differences between Frankenstein and blade runner reveal more about the connections between them. Fears in society will always alter as time progresses however. This idea is further exemplified through the symbolism of Tyrell’s oversized glasses. The fear that humanity is blind toward the danger of the ultimate extinction of any form of nature is expressed in Shelley’s novel thus blade runner mimics the fear and effectively becomes a warning toward this issue. Hence forth, both texts effectively delve into the negative connotations that could come of the obsessive pursuit of
The Pedestrian In his thrilling short story “The Pedestrian”, Ray Bradbury successfully provoke the reader to recognise that the obsessive use of technology is brainwashing the unique human characteristics while technology dominates the world. He skilfully delivered this through the use of context, setting and characterisation. Ray Bradbury wrote this short story of a futuristic dystopian world in the early fifties, a time when technology was growing rapidly fast which resulted in a technological invasion of work places and homes promoting the fear that people would be replaced by machines. Furthermore, Bradbury was also influenced by the paranoia regarding the threat of Communist infiltration and the subsequent corruption of the American
name professors nam class 04June2012 An In-Depth Look at Bath Salts A new craze is sweeping the nation that should strike fear into the hearts of its citizens: Bath Salts. Also referred to as bath powder, herbal incense, or plant food (Haiken), this new drug has severe consequences that require an in depth examination. We will provide just that by analyzing multiple sets of incidents, the chemical composition of the drug, and how it is distributed throughout the United States of America. This will hopefully provide a better understanding of the horror that our country is now facing. The first thing that needs to be taken into consideration, is the shear number of violent and disturbing incidents that are attributed to the use of bath
Eric Scholsser gives information about how today’s modern industrial food system has changed what most Americans eat in their daily lives. The national uniformity for food Act of 2005 was passed and this shows how companies work hard to keep consumers in the dark (Scholsser 396).New laws such as this prevent states from having food safety. Safety regulations like keeping lead out of children’s candy and warning pregnant women of dangerous ingredients would no longer be told and informed to consumers (Scholsser 396).This system operates by harming consumers, mistreating animals and pollute the land. Letting the public have awareness would be a good thing that could change the US food system. Michael Pollan article brings forth information