Carolyn Cassady’s Off the Road

Off the Road: Twenty Years with Cassady, Kerouac, and Ginsberg is an autobiographical piece that chronicles Carolyn Cassady’s 15-year marriage to beat icon, Neal Cassady. The account describes her efforts to create a stable home for her husband and their three children. Off the Road challenges the masculine voices that dominated beat generation literature, such... Continue Reading →

Immigration and Sanctuary in Columbus, OH

First English Lutheran Church is currently operating as a sanctuary and houses Miriam Vargas, an undocumented immigrant from Honduras who faces the daily threat of deportation. My presentation focuses on the reality that many undocumented immigrants from Central America face upon arriving in the United States. Aggressive media attention has bombarded many of us with... Continue Reading →

Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Individual Action v. Political Reform

Individual Action vs. Political Reform in Uncle Tom’s Cabin  Within Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Stowe champions emotion and empathy over political action, resulting in the novel arguing for a shift in individual actions rather than substantial political reform. In doing so, the novel  reveals the limitations of sentimentalism rather than overcoming them. The cultural consequences of... Continue Reading →

Social Mobility in Stephen Crane’s Maggie

The Intersection of Violence, Sexuality, and Social Mobility in Stephen Crane’s Maggie In Maggie, A Girl on the Streets, Crane uses naturalism to challenge his middle class readership to recognize the lack of social mobility for lower class women during the Gilded Age. As a result, his social problems novella emphasizes the moral and ethical... Continue Reading →

Peters Response

Benjamin Peters explores the potential to rework and emphasize the history of new media by merging new media studies and media history literature together. He argues that new media needs to be understood as media with uncertain uses rather than emerging media. Much of today’s ‘new media’ is already developed and integrated into society which... Continue Reading →

Bruns Response

Bruns’ “Wikipedia: Representations of Knowledge” explores the implications of public participation in journalism and in Wikipedia, specifically. Trends in consumer produsage make a significant impact on economics and our sense of identity as a whole. Bruns views this emerging ‘knowledge space’ as a new horizon for society.  Exploring the accessibility of  tools and resources that... Continue Reading →

Kamentez Response

Kamentez’s article discusses issues of digital rights that extend far beyond the children of India. Topics such as digital literacy, the responsibility of video game designers, age restrictions on major platforms such as YouTube, and the role of both schools and parents when it comes to raising children in the digital age provide a meaningful... Continue Reading →

My New Media

My relationship with new media is incredibly polarizing. My use of it is either completely professional or painfully intimate. I would argue that many people share the same experience as I do when it comes to developing a relationship with new media. As we seem to embrace Haraway’s cyclops and move towards absorbing information directly... Continue Reading →

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