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What Is the "American Dream"?

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The “American Dream” is an idea thought up around the 1600’s when people first began immigrating to America. It suggests anyone in U.S. can succeed through hard work and has potential to lead a happy successful life. I think in the past many immigrants assumed you could be successful just by moving to America. Many had very lofty goals and high hopes for what was to come in America, and I think many were dissapointed with receiving manual labor and minimum oppourtunity. It makes sense though, because with millions of immigrants coming in at the same time, not all of them can become rich. Those who did were one of the lucky few who established a successful business. The article talks about the sterotypical “American Dream”, which I think is the more realistic view in today’s times. Most set to achieve the idea of buying a house with a picket face and having a family. I don’t think anyone would complain with that kind of lifestyle, especially because the fame and riches don’t come as easily. A huge factor in acheieving the “American Dream”, is descrimination. Racism may not be as big of a problem today, but race and gender still effect the amount of opportunities a person may have.


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Samantha Long's comment, October 29, 2012 12:09 PM
Our articles were the same so our posts are very similar. I agree with the last sentence stating "America is the best because of its endless amount of creativeness from the peopel who are so diverse." I think that's why America is so great, its full of many cultures and so diverse that not many other countries have.
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Lifehouse - Hanging by a Moment (Official Music Video) Lyrics

 

The song “Hanging by the Moment” by Lifehouse is a song that relates to The Great Gatsby. Specifically, I think that this song is very relatable to Gatsby and his feeling for Daisy, but could apply to the other relationships in the book. He starts off saying “Desperate for changing, starving for truth”, which is how Gatsby feels until he gets to meet with Daisy again. Gatsby wants to find Daisy and asks around, but has no luck until he meets Nick. Nick sets them up, so he’s “closer to where I started, chasing after you”. I personally think Gatsby does not care as much about the money and fame anymore as he does Daisy. He’s had his parties, he’s traveled the world, and got his mansion, but I think Daisy means so much to him that “there’s nothing else to lose, there’s nothing else to find”, just like in the song. When Gatsby tries to arrange this meeting with Daisy, he is not exactly sure “what I’m diving into”, but I think he knows when he sees Daisy again everything will fall into place. The meeting was awkward at first, but then things lightened up and Gatsby was just “hanging by the moment here with you” , because nothing else mattered at that moment, besides Daisy.

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MediaPost Publications JWT: A Bit Tarnished, The American Dream Endures 09/27/2012

MediaPost Publications JWT: A Bit Tarnished, The American Dream Endures 09/27/2012 | Alex S. Blog | Scoop.it

Before I read this article, I thought of “The American Dream” as anyone having a chance of being able to go from rags to riches. Particularly, I think it pertains more to immigrants or people who move to America, because of the opportunities. Also, I assumed it was easier for Caucasians to achieve “The American Dream”. After reading the article I found out that it has become easier for Hispanic-Americans and Asian- Americans to achieve it. This really surprised me because of public media, which consists of more wealthy or famous African-Americans and Caucasians. According to the article, marketers purposely exploit confidence in the concept of “The American Dream”. In doing this, they can sell products or ideas that people will believe in, and will make them money.  I think some people’s image of the dream has become more reasonable. Instead of going from nothing to stardom, people have started going from the bottom to a sustainable life. They aim for a nice home with financially stable jobs, instead of mansions and millions of dollars. I think that new idea is more reasonable and still a very excellent accomplishment. With how bad America’s economy is, it is still a challenge for people to provide for a simple middle-class life. 

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Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Reunite for First Interview After Cheating Scandal

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It may seem ridiculous, but I think this article is very relatable to The Great Gatsby, in a couple of ways. If there had been so much social media during the 1920’s as there are now, maybe people would have known about “bachelor” Gatsby having an affair with Tom’s wife, Daisy. Daisy had feelings for another man just as Kristen did this past summer. I think it is even more relatable, because Tom forgave Daisy just like Robert did to Kristen, but Daisy also had to forgive Tom for his infedelity. It didn’t make sense that Daisy told Tom to his face that she never really loved him and wanted to be with Gatsby, and for some reason Tom still wanted to be married with her and even went home with her.  They had a dinner that wasn’t happy, but wasn’t unhappy either, so things could be worse for them.  I don’t understand why they still want to be married. I understand that they can’t get a divorce, because of religious reasons. What I don’t understand is that cheating and infidelity are condoned, but divorce isn’t. I know it isn’t technically condoned, but they still do that and refuse to divorce when they could just be happy and go their separate ways.

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Jazz Age

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I did not know anything about the Jazz Age, besides it had something to do with The Great Gatsby. Obviously, I assumed it had something to do with jazz being a prevalent fad in the time period. What I did not know was that it was an entire culture that was looked down upon by the older generation. Apparently that all started, because of the saxophone, which I thought was very surprising. The saxophone, when used in jazz songs, has been known to provoke close, intimate dancing. The article was quoted saying the saxophone had a loud and extraordinary sound, which happened to sound like sex. I thought that was kind of ridiculous to connect those two things, when they are completely different.  The use of alcohol was greatly increased, because of the locations jazz bands and shows played their shows. They were often played at “speakeasies”, which were illegal pubs, where alcohol was served even though it was illegal. This did not surprise me that much, because I had heard jazz had a strong connection with drugs and alcohol during the time period.  It also changed the way women dressed and wore their hair. Hair began getting cut short, and outfits showed more skin than previous clothes. 

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Samantha Long's comment, October 29, 2012 12:04 PM
My article talks a lot about what yours does, except I didn't know that the saxaphone was at blame for how things started to change during this time period. I find that very interesting.
Jason Baldridge's comment, October 29, 2012 12:13 PM
I find the Jazz Age amazing I think its really cool instruments provided such intamcy between two people and brought them closer to eachother.
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Censorship: We ███ know ████ ██ ████ what's ████ █████ best for you - Northern Arizona News

 

Some of the reasoning behind book censorship is ridiculous. The fact that people think Harry Potter books will make you worship the devil is one of the stupidest things I have ever heard. I have read every Harry Potter book twice, and seen every movie at least twice, and definitely do not consider myself a devil worshiper. The Harry Potter series helped open up my creativity, because there are not many books that have that level of writing, and are about such an imaginative topic. I have seen the banned books list also, and it contains many of my favorites from now and when I was a kid. None of which, have corrupted my mind. Parents are trying to be good parents, by forbidding books they have heard are inappropriate. Some books may be inappropriate for the age of their children, but they need to read and become more informed about these books, because they would find out most of these books are just different than your every day assigned English book. Also, just because a book has explicit material, does not mean it should not be read. Information can be learned from these texts, that might teach you what not to say or do.

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