Week of 12/2
12/1/2014 07:45:57 am
The joy of reading and writing: Superman and Me”
12/2/2014 02:39:45 am
James Blandino – Cultural Rhetoric, 12.2.2014
12/2/2014 04:24:50 am
It was a nice experience to read the Sherman Alexie text “The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me”. He depicts a very clear reality in groups that are socially excluded: self-exclusion and he states that “we were Indian children who were expected to be stupid… most lived up to those expectations” (1). Minority group members tend to exclude themselves by accepting the connotations spread by the dominant groups. It was interesting to see that the other Native American students were accepting and going along with the expectations of the non-Indians, even though they had shown that they could do any of the tasks requested at school. Alexie tells us about a boy, which is himself, that loved books and allowed these books to broaden his horizons and created in him a sense of achievement that he perused and fulfilled. He refused to go along with the non-Indians expectations.
12/2/2014 05:11:45 am
HW # 12
Ailton Dos Santos
12/2/2014 05:58:18 am
Wampum as Hypertext by Angela Haas is an attempt of claiming Hypertext as something “created” by the indigenous. Hass says that the Western tries to take credit for the creation of the Hypertexts, which in her point of view is not accurate. The indigenous use Hypertexts through the Wampum, with different colors, each reminds them of their culture and heritage, as well as those who were lost and those who survived. The author intended to show the controversy about where did the Hypertext and multimedia start (with the Western claiming to have started the hypertext but the author reminds that the American Indian community used wampum belts as hypertextual technologies, where they would pass on the knowledge and traditions to the generations to come). The wampum were even used as a form of currency in the colonial times in America and even “…influenced the democratic thought that led to the Constitution of the Unite States.” (p. 81). Through the Wampums the indigenous could revisit their past and incorporate within them their culture and manneirisms; “…wampum embodies memory, as it extends human memories of inherited knowledge via interconnected, nonlinear designs…” (p.81). Indians have always been hypertextuals, it was their technology, not as phancy as todays’ technology, but technology nonetheless.
12/2/2014 06:00:39 am
This is it, the final reader response. Well, not for me exactly. I still have to make up another response essay. For everyone else this is the last response essay, and I feel odd writing that, in part because I don’t believe in endings per say. You might find it odd that I decided to place emphasis on the idea of the final response essay or the idea of endings. But, thanks to Sherman Alexie I can justify my decision. In his piece about learning how to read, Sherman Alexie recounted his exposure to a Superman comic at the age of three. Superman has always been seen as a symbol of American values, but he is also an alien therefore, making him the ultimate outsider. Superman is different because he is not human, even though he has to carry on the American ideals. Modern comic book writers have especially been interested in this idea: Superman as the ultimate outsider.
12/12/2014 12:23:53 am
The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me piece is incredibly inspirational. Even before he began to talk about his journey, he says he learned to read with a Superman comic book. I love that. It is actually one of the suggestions I made to my (ELL) case study in another class to improve his reading skills. While reading, I could imagine his house filled with books everywhere. This image made me smile because it was obvious how much of an impact the existence of these many books had on both him and his father. I absolutely love the line, “My father loved books, and since I loved my father with an aching devotion, I decided to love books as well.” I can relate to this because I wanted to be my mom so bad growing up. I always related to my dad because we were both weird, had similar humors, and the fact that I loved sports connected us… but I didn’t want to be my dad, I wanted to be my mom, so I wanted to love everything that she did. Alexie was just a kid, whose love for his father led to a personal love in reading, and I think a lot of us have passions that stem from the love of our parents. I admire Alexie for his drive to be successful and be the smart Indian that he is—he refused to be stupid. I like that he read books because he believed that it would help to save his life, which it did. The last line really stood out to me; “I am smart. I am arrogant. I am lucky. I am trying to save our lives.” Alexie is a prodigy that is for sure… he is also a talented writer who did what was “beyond Indians”, but was not selfish in this but rather was selfless because he didn’t give up on his people and continues to visit schools to empower the kids who are also trying to save their lives.
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