Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Reality Behind Interpretation

Interpretation plays a huge role in our daily lives. The way our mind chooses to see one thing versus the way someone else does. Is a crucial part of our lives, these interpretations determine how we are viewed by others and how we may react to things. In the article, An A from Nabokov, by Edward Jay Epstein, Epstein describes a situation where he confirmed the theory of Nabokov, which was that “ readers that go far beyond what they describe in the words in their books”; Not knowing that the interpretation that Epstein had gotten was from a film. This accidental proving of Nabokov's theory, interested Nabokov the most because Epstein was different from the others. Epstein used the director of the films interpretation as his own, and luckily Nabokov did not know the film. The article,Looks Can Deceive: Why Perception and Reality Don't Always Match Up, by Christof Koch, is similar to Epstein's article because in the end, the reality of Epstein's interpretation was not what Nabokov had thought it to be. The image,Insiders and Reality, above shows how Nabokov must have felt when he realized the reality behind Epstein's interpretations.
Finally, interpretation and reality tend to collide and this article demonstrated that.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Paperwork Against the People

        This article by Rob Horning is about paperwork and how it has gotten to the point where it is frustrating for most people. At first paperwork was supposed to be helpful for people to get more organized and to keep important documents. Nowadays paperwork has just made things more complicated and everything important is turned into paperwork for someone to handle. Even during the French Revolution (when paperwork was said to have started) paperwork was seen as menial and it would just undermine "the revolution as a justification for dictatorship."
       I think that paperwork can be overwhelming and boring but i also think that is needed to keep organization in companies and schools for example. Today more and more paperwork is being transferred to computers which saves trees but people still have to file and manage it. But, there is no doubt that paperwork is extremely important.  
       In the article in the link a couple has had legal issues when they failed to provide "adequate documentation about a mortgage they claim to own and service." This shows the importance of keeping track of paperwork and which ones are which. 
        On the other side of the arguement paperwork is frustrating and that is shows by this picture of the person behind the mountain of paper at his/her desk. In my opinion this representation of paperwork leads people away from a job that may include it. It is also portrayed in movies such as Office Space (a satirical film about the life of an office worker) where the main character is asked if he has done the same paperwork by many of his co-workers who deeply annoy him. 
       Paperwork is something that no ones wants to do but it must be done in order to stay organized.  

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Paperwork Against the People by Rob Horning

Paperwork has gone against the people whether its a phantom parking ticket or renewing your past port. Why does it haunt us. There seems to be paperwork for everything now. "We've all had infuriating encounters with customer service divisions, the prized bureaucracy of consumer capitalism." (Paperwork Against the People) Paperwork was meant to allow all of a nations people to scrutinize government activities.  A great idea came in mind for the people. This idea was that citizens can track whether the state serves their interests, it also makes paperwork into a voracious medium that authorizes surveillance of citizens and their reconstitution as vulnerable data sets as a condition of citizenship. Basically you are nobody without a permanent file. (Paperwork Against the People)

Paperwork can be very stressful to a person. There is so much paperwork people have to fill out everyday or throughout their life that it starts to become a bit stressful. Nobody likes the idea of filling out paperwork but nowadays you have to do it for everything. You need to fill out paperwork to get your license  to get a job, you even have to fill out electronic paperwork to create an email account. Many people get stressed out by it while others put it off because they don't have the time for it. This picture shows how a lot of paperwork and the expression on the mans face can prove that it is stressful to fill out paper work and if you don't do it when you get then it adds up and it adds up quick.

There are so many different types of documents or paperwork that people have to fill out. For example there are a variety of business documents that different people have to fill out for different things. "The term “business documents” covers various documents, reports and statements written by company executives and managers to improve operations, inform clients of purchases and share budgets with investors and shareholders. Each type of business document includes data, sections and visual graphs to illustrate the sales, annual income and internal operations of the business. Business documents may be between one page long and several hundreds of pages." (What are the different types of business documents) Now can you see where people get their frustration from? This is why paperwork is viewed as being against the people.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Books to Movies

There has been an increasing number of book being made into movies. Some include The Hunger Games, Safe Haven, and the Twilight series. Many people tend to just watch the movie and then read the book , to after realize the movie left out a lot of details the book contained. In the article An A from Nabokov by Edward Jay Epstein , Epstein experienced this first hand. Epstein watched a movie but was suppose to read the book in class, once he did read the book he realized there were added details in the movie that were not in the book. One critic recently pointed out the differences between the Hunger Games book and movie. In the book the main characters is referred to as Katniss Everdeen, in the movie it is just Katniss. In the book Katniss wanted to win the games to help her starving family, in the movie she just wanted to win. Overall the critic gave the movie a better rating than the movie. The image shows what the characters were wearing in the movie which was completely different in the book. More times than not books and movies tend to differ from each other

Sunday, April 14, 2013

A Paperless Nation


There seems to be a sudden decline of paper. Its original purpose is no longer needed and the world is taking note of it and moving on. With the sudden increase of technology such as tablets and the constant development of apps, paper is slowly becoming less needed. In the article, Paperwork Against the People, by Ron Horning, the beginning, describes the bothersome aspects of paper, and how many are turning to alternatives such as, technology. He also discusses the origin of paper and the sense of power that came with it at that time. The article, You'll Never Print Again, by defends Ron Hornings ideas that paper is losing its value and even provides readers with statistics (image) in order to display their accuracy. The Transition to Digital Journalism,the article by Paul Grabowicz, the author discusses the effect the decline paper has had on journalism , he too like the others believes that; what seemed to be a somewhat slow decline is rapidly approaching and before we know it we will be a paperless nation.
There doesn't seem to be much debate on the paperless route, many are all for it, due to its eco-friendly nature. The main problem talked about today is, whether the increase of technology will create a bigger issue in the future.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


It is no secret that  paperwork is not admired by a great number of people.  Many find paperwork to be tedious and pointless. Others believe that although paperwork is a hassle, it still is useful.  In one blog, the author explains how, when poor families are applying for tax breaks,  "The paper forms and bureaucratic barriers are just an obstacle course for families". In this case, it would seem like paperwork does not have a purpose other than getting in the way of important issues. In another article, the author explains how useful paperwork is, and how meticulous record keeping is important for a thriving small business. It is easy to see that there are two completely different sides to the argument. While some people may be on opposite sides, most believe in a happy medium for paperwork. They believe that paperwork is irritating, but it is useful. In an article, Paperwork Against the People, the author discusses how paperwork can sometimes be pointless, but it is "the means for allowing all of a nation's people to scrutinize government activities.". Clearly, people have varying opinions when it comes to paperwork, but one thing is certain, it is probably not going away anytime soon. 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Paperwork Analysis

When technology became the new way to communicate, keep records, data, and the new way to maintain all of your hard work, it truly changed a lot of peoples lives and ways to work.Paperwork everyone knows the nowadays paperwork is becoming obsolete, the old ways of filing and keeping bins full of statistics and papers is becoming old news. At the same time, jobs are being lost due to this however the old feelings about receptionists and clerk workers at the DMV, or phone receptionists being unhappy and unreliable still remains. Everyone who has had to wait on the phone for hours or go to the DMV and wait 4 hours for something simple understands our feelings. In the article "Technology as excuse for questionable ethics" by Abbe Mowshowitz it is explained how the new idea that everything can be done online has caused many people to resent paper more. Paper has become the enemy of new ways of business. Paper has it's advantages, it is portable and you do not need a console to keep in touch with your data, and most of the time the articles and records kept online are printed on paper. Paper is indeed necessary but it has turned into the excuse for many public workers to be rude, and disregard what the public may want if it involves paper. In "Technological advancements affect our daily lives" the question is brought up that maybe technology is not helping us, but instead it is depriving us. In terms of communication, less physical contact is needed and things easier to get out, without the hustle and bustle of talking and arguing over what needs to be done. While technology does have its upsides of course, like said before, technology makes life more accessible, and convenient work gets done quicker and can be sent back and forth without that exact hustle that was experienced before. However, as brought up in another article, "Paper may rib but it does not crash"

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Fear of Paper in Today's Technological World

Before the world started the era of technology everything was written and documented on good ol' paper. Paper has been in the driving force in all communication and documentation up until technology was introduced. After all these years is paper becoming less important and essentially useless? Based on the article " Paperwork Against the People" by Rob Horning paperwork has caused more harm in the world than good. Paperwork allows politicians , clerks , critics to exploit government and social problems. Today anyone can go online and find information about government and social issues. Paper is no longer needed to exploit people. On the other hand , many people believe getting rid of paper will only be bad for the human population. Paper holds a sentimental value to us because most people have grown up using paper during their whole lives.  Paper is portable, consistent and can be recycled. Paper also creates jobs for us, 3.5 million people are employed due to the paper industry. Paper can even be more a more effective way to communicate than technology. Most emails go to spam mail while direct mail goes right to the recipients hands.Direct mail is also a good marketing medium because it shows the response rates , paper also allows you to market directly to the consumers you want. Even though paper may be getting a bad rep because of technology it may not be the time for paper to go extinct. The image above represents how more and more people are feeling about paper but before you throw it out think again if it should be crumpled.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Unedited Man

"The Unedited Man," by John Simon talks about how Barzun refused to be edited. Barzun was obviously a writer. This essay explains that one has to be edited if they ever want to improve.

Pick the Brain agrees with this idea. Being edited, or recieving constructive criticis, a good thing! Pick the Brain states, "there is a strong foundation for learning to occur," when someone is being edited. This source actual highlights three advantages of being edited.
The University of SC also agrees with the above two sources that editting, and constructive critisism are both good things. They are almost the same thing. The University calls it "proof reading." These are all concepts in editting that can only allow someone to grow as a person and with their writing. 

Writers and Artists at Harvard

The essay, "Writers and Artists at Harvard," by Helen Vendler talks about how the world is full of talent but much of the talent is lacking in the poetic, and language areas. "We are eager to harbor the next Homer, the next Kant, or the next Dickenson." These are names all stated by Vendler who are famous for their own unique ideas.
DW disagrees with Vendler. DW states that "star authors nurture literary talent." This quote makes sense because of course those who already write would encourage their children, or those young people they associate with, to become more envolved with literature.

The Quest for Permanent Novelty

     This essay discusses the possibility of freezing time.  She starts off by giving an example of when someone may want to freeze time.  Many people can relate to this feeling.  It is very common for people to take an enjoyable moment and want it to never end.  But then she shows how unreasonable and possibly undesirable that is.  You can't freeze time.  And even if you could, that one memory would get old.  Eventually you would just be wishing for the moment to be over.  What people really want to never end is the feeling that they have in that moment.  Ideally, you would take what the heart feels at that moment and freeze it forever.

     This is a picture of a frozen clock.  It takes freezing time to a more literal level.  Freezing time in this picture is about the clock pausing in rotation.  Things may be going on around the clock, but no time is going by.

     This picture shows time frozen.  Everything has stopped.  The feeling, the action, and time.

     The three sources all have different views of frozen time.  The first one shows what people crave.  A feeling that lasts forever no matter how much time has passed.  The second one shows the clock frozen so that people can do what they want but no time has to go by.  This is also idealized by people.  In this situation, people never grow old.  They have as much time as they want to do things and the day never ends.  The third picture shows both frozen.  This shows that the ideal way doesn't work.  If you really could freeze time there would be no perpetual feeling and people would not be able to do whatever they want while no time goes by.