Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Ichabod vs. Ichabod, Film vs. Classic Literature

The original Legend of Sleepy Hollow was published in 1820 by American author Washington Irving, the story is one of the most well known works of classic american literature. The story itself is one of the most famous horror stories in the world, set in an early settlement in New York knows as sleepy hollow. The main character followed in the story is Ichabod Crane, a "awkward, lanky, schoolteacher" the story tells of both his courtship of Katrina Van Tassel, which leads to a mysterious figure, the so called headless horsemen consuming Ichabod's life. The story leaves mystery as to who the mysterious horsemen truly was this is part of the intrigue as, like many other early horror stories it leaves much of the details to be decided and thought about by the reader. The movie on the other hand features Jonny Depp as Ichabod, who rather then a school teacher is, in this case a detective sent to investigate murders in the small town. The similarities of the book and movie essentially end with the names of the characters and the idea of a headless horsemen. The role of the horsemen in fact is completely different in the movie as it adds an extra dimension of a mysterious murderer being controlled by an external force (the stepmother) this although entertaining is an obvious dissent from the original story.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Benjamin Franklin

The essay Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America, written by Benjamin Franklin goes against many of the commonly accepted ideas regarding Native Americans. A majority of the American colonists of the time viewed Natives as little more then savages, Franklin goes to show the point that the Natives, although not advanced by European standards are none the less generous kind people when left undisturbed. He goes to show that the social structure of the Natives also promotes generosity unlike that of european society, this is somewhat suppressing as I would have imagined his view to be much aligned with that of the society he lived amongst.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Print V. Digital

I tried as best I could to go into this debate as unbiased as I could as someone who enjoys technology. Both writers seem passionate about their respected topics as at first glance even the style of their respective pamphlets seems to radiate their objectives; with Hanna's being bound as a book and Dustin's being an exclusively digital file. Dustin's objective of supporting digital takes the form of three main reasons, convenience, cost, and environmental. All his points are convincing in their own ways and easy to follow for any audience, as all the points are very simple such as the cost being less or the fact it doesn't take trees to make copies. Hannah's arguments are almost a completely different direction as many are based on opinion rather then facts that can be backed up, for example the opinion that a generation as well as the current population will lose the experience of book, perhaps not all the public enjoys books in the same way. Also the fact that books can be passed rather then reprinted is a dull point as E-Books do not have to be printed in the first place. These simple points lead me to declare the winner to be Dustin on the side of supporting digital books.