Friday, September 30, 2011

Digital Vs Printed Books

     In Hannah's pamphlet, she talks about certian expiereces while reading a book.  One point that she brings up that I am able to relate to easily is being surrounded by books in a bookstore or library and being so excited to know that there are hundreds of stories and some that may strongly impact you.  When receiving a book in the mail, like Hannah, the feeling of opening it up, reading the back, and starting it is one that a digital print cannot bring.
     In Dustin's pamphlet, he talks about the easiness of downloading a book, how it will save thousands of trees, it will be cheaper than a huge expensive textbook simply needed for just one class, and how many people already own electronic devices.  His pamphlet truly persuaded me, not fully switching my opinion, but to accept his idea and highly consider it.
      Although I personally believe that books should remain to be sold in print rather than online/downloaded, I think that the digital essay persuaded me more.  I like how Dustin talked about how costly books can be and how they may only be read once or twice, because I find that particularly relevant to me unless it is a book that I really enjoy.  Both bring up strong points--Hannah on how many people cannot afford such technology and Dustin on how eco-friendly and convenient digital books would be.  Even though I am a fan of printed books, Dustin did open my eyes to the opposite opinion.  Sure, I do enjoy the convenience and simplicity of digital/downloaded books, but there is something about holding a book in your hand that cannot be expressed through an image. Not to say that I don't read books on my phone, but being able to flip through the pages of a book once you have finished and see all of the pages/words you have read is very gratifying.


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Ben Franklin

Dear Benjamin Franklin,
I really found that "Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America", was an interesting piece that I found lots of aspects that I agree with.  For example, I find it essential that people are able to understand that everyone has different opinions and idea on certain matters, and not to think less if someone's opinion does not match up with yours.  You write, "But you, who are wise, must know that different nations have different conceptions of things; and you will therefore not take it amiss, if our ideas of this kind of education happen not to be the same with yours."  I also personally enjoyed when you touched upon politeness, hospitality, and even common manners.  You write that many people do not have the politeness that the "savages" had, and although you wrote this in a different time period than I am reading this, I find it very relevant today.  I observe that some people are still filled with arrogance, ignorance, and their own self absorbance to even consider the manner in which they are acting.  You say, "It is mere civility".  To add to your point on ignorance, I like how you later write about the moral "do unto others as you wish to be done by" regarding curiosity.  All in all, I thought this was an excellent piece of writing that should be commonly read by all people, in the present as well as the future, because you provide good lessons to draw from.
Your second cousin,