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Academic Post 06

Internet Monsters
Written by Julie Metni, October 7, 2008 

     I was pondering writing about the technology of the motorized vehicle… the car. However I feel that that topic is over-exhausted. We all know how terribly polluting cars are, how dangerous, how limiting, and how expensive they really are. So I won’t rant about that.

     Instead, I will over-exhaust today the technological advancement of computers, and the internet more specifically. Think about the amount of time you spend online in a day, week, month or furthermore, year. Can you therefore imagine how much of your life is wasted looking at a screen? Not just the computer screen, but any screen in general? Think about how much radiation is being consumed by your eyes and skin. How sickening.

     That’s why we wear ultra-cool stylish knock-off shades, isn’t it?

     Seriously though, when you think about it (it doesn’t take much thinking, this time), internet rules our sad, dreary lives. 

     For goodness sakes, I am paying someone to stand in front of eighty some students in a lecture room to make redundant statements about how the internet works. It is a mandatory course. I’m not complaining – nor am I insulting the professor. She is a very acknowledged woman who delivers a lecture quite well, makes sure we understand the information, and communicates with students thoroughly to the point where we are clear of any questions we may have had. But the fact that there is a full university course about the internet is really saying something about how technology governs our existence, both on and off the web.

     I think that it is simply degrading to me that we rely so much on technology. It may seem weird, to say the least, depending on your opinion, but I have had dreams of living on a farm somewhere remote, peaceful and quiet, with a child or two and some barn animals, leading a simple life but being at peace. No technology. Maybe a telephone and an oven, but computers, television, even a hair blow-dryer is excess to me.

     Maybe I’m just dreaming…

     … Or is it the mass media giving me ideas?

     Who knows anymore?

Thanks for reading. Go home and think.


Academic Post 05

Being Real, Knowing Truth, Understanding: Deciphering Lies and Agnosticism
Written by Julie Metni, October 5, 2008

     Controversy builds the development of society. A community of human beings will not grow and mature if issues with negative connotations or values are not presented. It is these controversial issues that a community will take into consideration, argument, and finally [hopefully] resolution in order to become a better rounded civilization. The majority may be inclined to secure themselves with common conventions [it’s just human nature], but the rest of the civilization who are not afraid of changing or of a broader perspective will be at peace.

     Such an example of this is the differences of religious beliefs within a community of people. Conventions are present in every religion. People who are scared shitless of dying lean more towards those religions [if they are choosing their own, not being forced] which allow an afterlife, reincarnation, or an ascension to some better place. This, for me, is much too easy. 

     How on earth can any living being create their own creation? What kind of fairy-tales are we willing to believe, and to what extent? The Son of God was no magician. They say Jesus walked on water… but what if it was the modern ”broken telephone” of their day and age? What if he actually was just the first surfer, or maybe not even the first; maybe he was just a popular guy? He got the publicity he wanted in order to make his point, grabbed a plank of wood from good old papa’s work shed (if you don’t get it, it was recorded that  Joseph was a carpenter), and went for a swim? Who knows.

     My point is, don’t believe everything you hear. And furthermore, to put a point to this post, don’t be suckered into common conventions. If you haven’t guessed already [or read the title], my theory/concept that I would like to discuss within this post if that of agnosticism. 

     As most things do, the word originated from the Greek: “a-“, meaning without, and “gnōsis, meaning knowledge. Ironic? YES. Why? Think about it!

     …Because no matter how hard you think, you will never find an answer. Regardless of the question… Knowledge is infinite.

     I believe, whether whoever is reading this agrees or not, that humans are simply incapable of knowing whether something greater than us exists out there in the wide space. Of course there has to be a way for everything around us to be, for matter to have been created, but who are you to say that it was one certain way or not? Get real, people (ironically).

   Why is this ironic? We have already stated that infinity is ceaseless. So figure it out yourself… It doesn’t hurt to think a little more than you usually would intend to.

     While it is nurturing, comforting, even refreshing to believe something or have faith or a solid ideology in a religion, it is still too much for extremists or people who are consistently over-naive to keep a closed mind to everything else in which they care not. I agree, there are possibilities. But under no circumstance can any creature created from the soil and sun tell me with 100% proof [whether it is based on fact or faith] that there is a god out there, or there is some supreme being that created the universe. What if I told you I was God? You would simply tell me…

     … Get real… (Insert sloppy teenage slang here).

See you soon, non-believers. Thanks for reading.

Academic Post 04

The Self-Controlling Advertisement
Written by Julie Metni, October 3, 2008 

     I do not know how to start off this post, to be honest. Just watch the advertisement below.

     What did you take from this? 

     If you have read George Orwell’s 1984(1) before, you get the general idea. I am not going to waste twenty-five minutes of my time or yours reiterating Orwell’s renown text. All I will say is this: control your thoughts.

     This may sound either ironic or creepy, depending on how you see it. Obviously the people are being brainwashed and have little to no ability in controlling their own thoughts or actions. So clearly, me telling you to control your thoughts is creepy. But there is a twist.

     In order to release your mind and decisions from those who are trying to capture them, you must control what you think and do; not by their standards, but by your own. You should become an educated member of society with a rounded perspective in order to analyze a situation correctly, such as a television ad. Having self-control will help anyone to understand what the media is implying, consider their options based on basic need and what they know to be true from their past experiences, and to make the right decisions or great breaks of gusto from the chains of manipulation, like the girl with the sledge hammer in the commercial.

     So for all of you new Mac’ers out there [including me], congratulations on buying in to the desire to acquire need in something completely materialistic and widely advertised. Did we have a choice? Did we overestimate self control? Did we give in to huge corporations to ‘suit our needs’?

     Of course we did…

     …Big Brother told us to.


     (1) Orwell, George. Nineteen Eighty-Four. (1929). Secker and Warburg.