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.