Blog 19: Making Fun of Stuff

I have much experience with satire and humor in general. I feel like satire and humor plays a big role in society today. Just take a look at all the big comedians in society today. They are multi millionaires, and are looked up to by thousands or maybe millions of people on the daily. In my opinion, the best kind of humor I enjoy is sarcasm and others kinds like it. The reason why sarcasm is the best is simple. Anyone could be sarcastic, and make a simple joke out of something sarcastic, or anything sarcastic in nature. There are plenty examples of sarcasm around you everyday. For example, you could make an obvious statement that everybody knows, and someone out of nowhere comes up with a smart ass comment. that is a prime example of sarcasm in your daily life. But one the most famous satirists was Mark Twain. To be honest, I did not know that Mark Twain was a satirist. I thought he was just an author and poet, but my assumption was obviously incorrect. Twain was also known as a humorist, writer, publisher, lecturer, and a entrepreneur. Mark Twain truly was an artist for his time, and expanded his view on society and he bettered it as a whole. One of his famous works/books was “Huckleberry and Finn”. Which changed how people write books back in his time, and in today’s society. So in conclusion, satire and humor plays a big role in today’s society, and played a huge role back in Mark Twain’s life because he was a very important satirist for his time.

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blog 18: Fear of Heights by Alfred Hitchcock

The film “Vertigo” by Alfred Hitchcock is a very intriguing, and mind numbing experience. Alfred Hitchcock uses elements of plot, and setting to set the mood and tone throughout the film. In my opinion “Vertigo” was one of the best movies I have ever seen in my lifetime. The way the movie used almost everything in the whole environment, and used it in the movie in some way, shape, or form. And to me that is incredible how Hitchcock uses that in this film. First off, the movie is set in a the great city of San Francisco, California. That is a great setting because it sets the scene for how Scotty is afraid of heights, and how he overcomes his fear of heights. Second, the way the characters develop over the movie is pretty cool also. Scotty for example is told just to follow Gavin’s wife around just to see what she is up to. But in the end Scotty becomes attracted to Gavin’s wife Madeline, and falls madly in love with her. Also Madeline, her whole part in the movie just messes with my mind in general. At first, she is just acting weird and pretending to be a dead mistress named Carlotta. But in the end she is killed in cold blood, and she is being played as a woman named Judy throughout the whole movie. In conclusion, the film “Vertigo” by Alfred Hitchcock is a great mind numbing experience, and in my opinion is probably the greatest movie I have seen in my lifetime.

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Blog 18: Whitman’s Song

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Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” is just a mish mashed pile of crap, that he threw together throughout his whole entire life. Just kidding, that is not true. Because, I feel like, that he was a very devoted man to his cause. And his cause was to try to make people better, and try to create a unified society. When we were talking about the poem, I was intrigued of how Whitman wove together the whole poem stanza by stanza. Also, how you were interpreting it as well (speaking to McGarry here). The section that I probably found most interesting, besides my own, was probably the first section. I say this because it is the start of the journey through life with Walt Whitman, and beyond the first section he explains everything that is going on in his mind. No matter how simple it is. You said people have called this the most influential American poem ever written, and I can see where people are coming from. Because Whitman speaks to the people through his writings, and he also reaches out to people. Trying to influence them, even beyond his days on this earth. The poem also applies to our society today in some ways. Whitman believes that all people are naturally good. Some people in our society think all people are naturally good. I honestly have no questions about this poem because this is the second time I have been through this, and I am pretty sure I have a good grasp on this beast of a poem.