Throughout the entirety of my time in English 131, my perspectives have been broadened and the overall concepts that I take from a class have been significant within this one. Through reading all the different narratives, essays, poems, etc. there has been a few that have really made an impact on me. Some of my favorites of the semester are Serafina and the Black Cloak, “Blogs vs. Term Papers”, and “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation”. These three have made the biggest impact on me because of the way they’re written, the message, and the take-away.
Serafina and the Black Cloak presents an interesting theme that has a great overall message to its readers. This novel by Robert Beatty indicates how people in society don’t need to be so worried in trying to conform to the norms of society. In this novel, Serafina isn’t who she believes she is. She finds out that her father isn’t really her father. People need to find who they really are and not worry about the effects of society. This includes, likes, dislikes, thoughts, opinions, and so on. While there are many perspectives and interpretations of different subjects, these are what make the world go ‘round. This has impacted me because society drills into our minds the whole idea of being politically correct when this is not necessary in the slightest and this novel helps us to realize that through a very adventurous story.
Matt Richtel’s article, “Blogs vs. Term Papers”, is another piece of writing that gave me a view of a certain subject that I never considered or paid attention to. This article gave the reasons on why writing blogs have so many more positives than those of a regular term paper. Within the article, an English teacher at Stanford University explains how “[t]he students often find their ideas much more crystallized after expressing them with new media, she says, and then, most startling, they plead to revise their essays” (Richtel). This is just one of many example’s explaining why blogs have a much more positive outcome than just a regular term paper. This has impacted me because up until this class, I had never had any experience of writing a blog. This, in the least, taught me how to navigate through a blog, and gave me a solid foundation to a whole new world of writing.
Lastly, another article that impacted me was “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” by Jean M. Twenge. This article really dove in depth on a crisis that is developing within the current generation. Everywhere you turn, there is someone with their phone out. Smartphones consume their owner and, in a sense, desensitize there way of life while on it. Twenge explains in the article, “The arrival of the smartphone has radically changed every aspect of teenagers’ lives, from the nature of their social interactions to their mental health” (Twenge). This article has opened a totally different perspective on the way I view modern technology. While technology has made such positive progress within the lives of so many, it still has so much that is unknown and effects that could result very negatively.
English 131, has transformed a lot of the ways I view certain aspects within society. What has made this so easy, is the way in which we, as students, have the material presented to us. The three pieces of writing that have been presented throughout this course will continue to be with me as well as the new concepts that I have learned. In conclusion, this class has led me to many take-away’s from the class that range heavily not only through the material itself, but through the whole experience.
Beatty, Robert. Serafina and the Black Cloak. Disney/Hyperion, 2015.
This is a novel of fantasy and has a theme of being yourself. I think this relates to the class by teaching very important lessons which can help benefit not only my life but those around me.
Richtel, Matt. “Blogs vs. Term Papers.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 20 Jan. 2012, www.nytimes.com/2012/01/22/education/edlife/muscling-in-on-the-term-paper-tradition.html.
This article was all research in which the author compared and contrasted blog papers in relation to regular hard-copy essays. This article is very credible and has excellent findings that can be used for future findings and research.
Twenge, Jean M. “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” The Atlantic, Atlantic Media Company, 19 Mar. 2018, www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/has-the-smartphone-destroyed-a-generation/534198/.
In this article, Twenge dives, in depth, to the a problem facing the world in modern society which is smartphones. The author explains that how though they may be used in a very positive way, they also are used very negatively.