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Nietzsche in the 21st Century

A little something I had to do  for English class. Took forever.

NietzscheFB

September 26, 2009 at 6:36 PM 4 comments

The Irresistable Click

Everyone whines about procrastination. I procrastinate, too. If I’m lucky, it’ll be “productive procrastination.” A good example of that is me writing this post.

Anyways,  I have something to say to the Internet:

Please remove your doggoned ‘Related Links’!!!

In today’s world of consumer convenience, more and more video content providers such as Youtube, and as I recently discovered, CollegeHumor, have these seemingly innocent and user-friendly gizmos titled “Recommended Videos” or something that like that.

The thing is, they are good recommendations. Which means we’ll click on them, and there goes another five minutes of a life (ten for me since I have to wait for buffering). It’s like a Super-size Me smorgasbord style.

This even happens in something as useful as Wikipedia! Reading an article, we come across something don’t but want to know. And how nice, it just happens to link to its own page.  There goes the irresistible click, and within that article, chances are we’ll find yet another irresistible click. Perhaps it would be best if Wikipedia was all black text and no blue.

September 20, 2009 at 5:36 PM 2 comments

au Naturel

My challenge to you:

Au Naturel 02

September 13, 2009 at 11:23 AM 2 comments

The Fuss

So I just wasted 14 minutes of my life listening to Obama’s speech and slightly less waste another 13 to listening to CNN’s Blogger Bunch (pronounced “Blo-ger Bunch”) in response.

I’d like to start off with the obvious: Obama is boring. Nothing new to hear. Not even much in the way of rhetoric it seems. I mean, in this day and age, it’s all about entertainment. The kids who were “forced” to listen to it probably dozed off by minute three.

I don’t see what was so controversial about it, either. I hoped it would be controversial. That would mean that it would be a bit more interesting.

Of course, the real concern out there seems to be the fact that the government is bypassing the parents and going straight to our children. Oh, please. They’re forgetting the real issue here: the children.

“Boo hoo. The President shouldn’t get to tell our children what to do,” say the parents and schools. Look who’s talking. What kid doesn’t feel betrayed when the schools send report cards straight home to the parents? They’re our grades. We should be the ones who decide who gets to see them. Afterall, as the teachers say, we weren’t given the grades, we earned the grades. The school shouldn’t forget that if it we students went on strike, they wouldn’t get paid.

Speaking of strikes, how come we don’t get student unions? Everyone else has unions. Don’t we count as a career? Every time I have to register for something online, I’m always asked for my occupation. And there just so happens to be one called “Students.” The closest thing we have to union is a student government. Certainly isn’t a chance for the student body to experience the democratic republic that the US has. I don’t remember voting for any legislation. We don’t even have a Congress. All I did was vote for the people who happened to be my friends, had other friends, had a golden voice, and wanted a ticket to college (or at least a nice little name tag). I think the only reason why schools have ASBs is so that they don’t have to hire anyone to plan and decorate our parties and assemblies. Which also reminds me of the days long gone when people ran platforms pledging to get more holidays and free ice cream. The ice cream part comes true once in a while if you wear a spirit shirt, but we never did get those days off.

Anyways, the next best of the worst things after ASB is the PTSA (which is really the PTA. The ‘S’ is just to be politically correct), which was formed as a way to for Parents and Teachers to form a conspiracy against the student, usually in the form of conferences, which once again brings me back to the whole bypassing controversy. How are parent teacher conferences arranged? Usually by phone. And there’s no third line for, again, the oppressed student to veto the meeting. So much for the separation of powers.

Wow. I’m pretty disillusioned.

Update 2009/09/10

I stand corrected. We do have a House of Representatives. But the fact that it slipped my mind shows how obscure and pointless it is. We vote for someone who itches to get out of our 4th period home room class to get out and essentially become a human bulletin board once a month. Why in the world is our homeroom 4th period? Everything happens during third. Besides, my 4th period always sucks.

September 8, 2009 at 6:29 PM 1 comment

Now that was fun

Since I have nothing else to blog about, or at least haven’t the time to, I thought I’d share with you this one piece I wrote for English that I actually liked. Granted, it’s not really an analytical essay or anything, it’s amusing if I may say so myself.

First, read this article: Students’ Confusion About Capitalism from Spectator.org

Then read my response:

No Wonder Why We’re in a Recession

The article Students’ Confusion About Capitalism, by Ralph R. Reiland, is a response to a survey by Rasmussen Reports on how the American public viewed different economic policies such as capitalism and socialism. The piece started off objective, citing quantitative data from the report, taking special care to note how the perhaps wiser “adults over 40” were only 13 percent in favor of socialism. However, it quickly revealed its biased nature, first by questioning the legitimacy of the survey by noting that many of the surveyed may not have had “even the slightest knowledge about” capitalism or socialism because they were not defined. Then Reiland fires off a broadside of totally erroneous definitions of capitalism given by high school graduates, from answers that “’capitalism is when an economy is based on the needs of the people’” to an honest “’I have no clue … because I’ve never paid any attention,’” in an attempt to not just undermine the survey, but to point a finger at our “allegedly high-quality school systems” as a possible cause of this disillusionment with our present state of affairs.

Following a collection of correct quotes, Reiland attempts to manipulate us with pathos into siding with the enlightened but hopelessly “out-voted” by the ignorant masses. Interestingly, it is here (“the bad news is…students.”) that Reiland commits a well-hidden cause/correlation fallacy for even though knowing does not necessarily entail preference, he finally explicitly implicitly states that capitalism is the better system, because it is what the “better-informed” would go for.

Finally, Reiland ends with a rather wordy quote that praises capitalism to the sky-high salaries the system creates for our corporate CEOs and a request for more pro-capitalist teachers, such as himself, one would suspect.

Interestingly, I actually went back and analyzed my own writing. Who woulda thought I’d do that?

Anyways, things I noticed:

  • I am as biased as the article itself. This is not to say I hate capitalism. It’s just easier to bash on something. Like I do all the time here at Moufflets.
  • I follow the same thing process: start off objective and then into all-out war.
  • My title doesn’t agree with my tone, but considering the article, laissez-faire.

September 3, 2009 at 9:46 PM Leave a comment


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