Analyzing Superbowl XLVII Commercials

With the many memorable commercials I have seen in the last five to six Superbowl’s none have stood out like the most recent “God Made a Farmer” by Dodge. Voice over by the late Paul Harvey, he dives into what makes America the proud land it once was and still is and it reminds the mass of who establish America; farmers. The commercials hooks the audience through ethos by grabbing the emotional appeal of a deceased loved radio personality.

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Oscar Wilde and Victorian Literature

A journalist, poet, and author, Oscar Wilde influenced the world he lived in. He is most notable for his influences during the Victorian Era. In this era, writers took the initiative to state the injustices occurring in society through their writing.

The beginning to Modernism, Victorian Literature takes on some of the same concepts. In an example, writers of Victorian’s era wrote about evident poverty, work environments, and the status of a woman. Compared to its predecessor, Romanticism, it is a complete one-eighty from the previous happy, bright texture to the darker, heavier tone. Thanks to technological advancements, unlike previous literary periods, almost anyone could read Victorian novels, it wasn’t exclusive to the rich or educated anymore.

ACT I Journal Reflection

The whole theme of marriage takes up the First Act. Ernest Worthing, the main character planned to propose to Gwendolen, a yougng lady from the upper class, but her mother, Lady Brackneell doesn’t deem it appropriate the two should engage. Both she and Algernon, a man who knows both Ernest and Gwendolen, does not see it right.

Humor and Wit are the satire of the Act.Heavy sarcasm fulfills the marriage dialogues. In many moments, Algernon, Ernest, and Lady Bracknell all display heavy opinionated regards of marriage through witty remarks.

Honesty is another theme displayed. Algernon is extremely bland about his beliefs in marriage, like wise with Lady Bracknell. On the other hand, Ernest doesn’t fully take in the many jabs and comments said to him. In my perspective as a reader, I foreshadow that Gwendolen will not accept Ernest’s proposal and take him for a ride.

Life of Pi

Part 1: Kanye West – Homecoming (Ft. Chris Martin)

In theme and motif, the First Part, of the first book is the prelude of storytelling in the book and just the origins of both Pi and the origins of Kanye West. Pi tells stories about him at school and about the animal, while Kanye West told a story of Hip Hop’s impact on him. Yet both still carry a double entendre: how the book can carry more than one interpretation and meaning and how the song can be seen as Kanye talking about his origins in Chicago, as well as his origins with Hip Hop.

The melody of the song fits the section because it both pieces of literature are at the joyous stage where they establish the roots of their lives. Pi talks about his love for the animals which is ultimately a huge part of the book and Kanye talks about his love for Chicago which is a huge part of his demeanor and himself as a whole.

In relation to Existentialism, the fact that Kanye loves Chicago so much, that he comes to embody the life of Chicago in itself. Throughout his career he speaks of Chicago, he keeps the “Chi- state of mind” for the rest of life. So he thinks of Chicago, therefore he is Chicago; in existentialist terms: in his roots and soul.

Part 2: Nas and Damien Marley – Tribal War ft. K’naan

In overall theme, the second part of the book is about survival, plain and simple. Pi must survive against the odds with the hyena, zebra, orangutan, and tiger, as well as endure the tests of faith. He ends up becoming so savage it is difficult to tell if he is still humane, like when he pees to mark his territories. In the song, Nas and K’naan talk about the struggles in Africa, and K’naan goes in depth by talking about the different forms of savageness in the world that he has experienced.

The melody of the song fits the part because the beat has heavy drums and quick piano strikes. The song feels like hunting music. Where at any moment you could be attacked if it was playing while you were in the jungle.

In relation to Existentialism, the only thing that Pi thinks of while out in the sea is survival. Thus he becomes savage, animal like, and ultimately everything that encompasses the reasoning of savage. In Tribal Wars, the primary purpose of the song is to show savagery in Africa and how it affects the people there.

Part 3: Lupe Fiasco – Strange Fruition

In the third part, Pi has lost his sanity but he is in content with who he is now, kind of like how Winston from 1984 was like after he was taken into the informatory or like the main character of the Invisible Man was like after the lobotomy. Likewise in the song, Lupe Fiasco hasn’t accepted the evils occurring around him but is in content with the fact that nothing can be done by him anymore and is in content with the efforts he will or has to put in.

The melody of the song has a heavy scent of content. That it isn’t attempting to make you dense nor is it back ground noise, but light enough to know that it is where it is and it is satisfied with the way it is.

In relation to Existentialism, the song symbolizes who Lupe Fiasco is and what the world is socially. It takes strikes at the culture of America, the government, and at the youth. Pi has embodied what he has been through and symbolizes what is hope he isn’t out to prove anything anymore but to be who he is.

What are the Patent Wars? – Annotated Reference

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Over the past couple of years the emergence of smartphones has dominated the phone company and most of our lives as well. These little devices can give the average consumer more information than Albert Einstein, Henry Ford, and many of the other greatest thinkers in modern history had at their disposal. With such power and sophistication, these devices have made many of our lives much easier and more productive. With that said there has been much controversy between many of the cell phone companies, primarily Apple and Samsung that have brought up quite a storm. Questions of patent infringing with software and hardware have led headlines in many newspapers and online news reporting to the question, what are patent wars? Many analysts believe that the battles will be continue to be rougher and rougher with the next trial to begin in March of 2014. It will be a while away but until then more and more speculation on both parties, Apple and Samsung, as well as other major third parties, such as HTC, LG, and countless others will continue to accuse one another of some sort of patent infringement. (Stern, 2012)

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What are the Patent Wars? – Annotated Reference

Abstract

Over the past couple of years the emergence of smartphones has dominated the phone company and most of our lives as well. These little devices can give the average consumer more information than Albert Einstein, Henry Ford, and many of the other greatest thinkers in modern history had at their disposal. With such power and sophistication, these devices have made many of our lives much easier and more productive. With that said there has been much controversy between many of the cell phone companies, primarily Apple and Samsung that have brought up quite a storm. Questions of patent infringing with software and hardware have led headlines in many newspapers and online news reporting to the question, what are patent wars? Many analysts believe that the battles will be continue to be rougher and rougher with the next trial to begin in March of 2014. It will be a while away but until then more and more speculation on both parties, Apple and Samsung, as well as other major third parties, such as HTC, LG, and countless others will continue to accuse one another of some sort of patent infringement. (Stern, 2012)

Relating Harlem to Invisible Man

A movement not only of literature, art, and music for the involvement of African Americans, but the different minorities such as gays, and lesbians that remained in the shadows before, as well as after the movement. Dubbed as the New Negro movement, The “Invisible Man” may have been connected to the Renaissance because Ralph Ellison was attempting to shine light on the troubles African Americans were experiencing at his time and with such media attention at the time their wasn’t a better time to. Ellison used some particular concepts in the novel that aligned with the Harlem Renaissance: transcendentalism, homosexuality, as well as jazz music. These concepts fueled and eventually formed the reoccurring themes of blindness and invisibility.

Transcendentalism ultimately sought man to return to self-reliance and independent thinking. Created by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ralph Ellison makes his character seek individualism by fighting the norm of accepting Mr. Bledsoe’s authority of removing him from school by standing up to him in one instance of individualism. He even references Emerson in the novel when he named the last employee CEO as Emerson. Homosexuality was rampant through the Harlem Renaissance where many writers, both men and women, expressed their frustration of sexuality through literature. Ralph Ellison took the “frustration through literature” part seriously and vented his frustrations of the school that he attended and the time period he lived in by writing the Invisible Man. Not a biography but Ellison intended to inform the readers of the struggles he was going through except through the main character. Jazz music is the most apparent in the novel. It was the largest source of individualism through the whole Renaissance because it could be both heard and felt instantly by the artists lyrics and the sounds of their voice. Ellison used this at the very beginning of the novel when introducing the main character. HE listened to the song  Louis Armstrong’s “What Did I Do to Be so Black and Blue” repetitively because he found a similarity of the social injustice Louis faced like his. Which was the fundamental theme that blacks were invisible because stereotypes and pre-conceived notions are what whites will see, rather than the individuals.