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Let's Roar On Back To The Roaring Twenties!

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I loved Andrew’s interpretation of this article. I really enjoyed how he tied in Indiana specifically when he was talking about our “dilute culture”. Totally agree! The article hits hard on how the 1920’s really sets up the rest of the century. So many new ideas became popular and the stock market really grew. I think it’s a little odd how coming out of a war the outcome was a booming economy and growing industrialized world but I think it’s amazing how this really effects us today. Giving women the right to vote also made women almost more independent and willing to take chances such as wear new clothes. I was thinking about what our world would be like today if the great depression never happened. Would we still be living like those classy 20’s people or would we still be in the kind of world and economy we are in today. The 1920’s really set us up for what we are today. It just happens that our economy is not booming like it was back then. Unfortunately we don’t live in the same world that the people of the 20’s lived in, but hopefully it will get better. Thanks to that decade our country is what it is today!


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Eric Stockholm's comment, October 30, 2012 1:59 PM
I appreciate your humor Andrew.
Katie Smith's comment, October 30, 2012 2:13 PM
I agree Andrew! That was a really funny blog! I'm liking it!
Andrew Kathan's comment, November 12, 2012 7:10 PM
I came really close to rescooping my own blog. Wow that would've been embarassing
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What hurts the most Lyrics

When I was thinking about what character to pick for my scoop I was thinking about which chapter really stood out as an important moment to one of the characters. Chapter 4 really had some very important moments. The character that really stood out was Jay Gatsby and his love for Daisy Buchanan or as he previously knew her as Daisy Fay. Jordan explained how growing up they were so in love, but when Daisy wasn't allowed to go say goodbye to Gatsby before he left to go to the army they were basically over. The first song that came to mind was "What Hurts the Most" by Rascal Flatts. The songs main point is saying how he tries to hide how he feels about her but he can't help but miss her every day. It hurts him to not know what they could of been which is exactly how Gatsby feels. This song fits the situation so perfectly of Gatsby’s feelings for her.

What hurts the most
Is being so close
And havin' so much to say
And watchin' you walk away
And never knowin'
What could've been

These lines were the ones that relate perfectly to their situation. The only part different is Gatsby finally got the chance to meet her again but his feelings for those 5 years when they were apart goes perfectly with this Rascal Flatts number.



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What Is the "American Dream"?

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Everyone has their own opinion of the American dream. After reading this article, it made me think even more in detail how so many people can perceive the American dream so much differently. The picture that goes along with this article is a pretty white house with a yard and a pretty white picket fence. This might be the first thought that you or someone else has when they think of "The American Dream". Sounds like something that everyone would want to achieve. To be able to live in a house with plenty of money is what some people thinking achieving the American dream might be, but in reality not everyone can achieve that. When I think of the American dream I think of freedom and everyone having their own rights. Another component in my opinion is having a family or people to support you. In some people’s lives they don't have anyone to help them or be a support system in their life. I think we are lucky in American to have so many services for people to be accessible if people don't have family to rely on. The American dream can be interpreted in so many ways. Some people might think of being wealthy, but that is not always the case in America. And in addition to that, the people that are wealthy are not always the happiest or most "free". I think having supportive people in your life is the American Dream.

Shanon's comment, October 30, 2012 2:20 PM
I enjoyed your interpretation of the "American Dream"! I totally concur and respect your way of thinking. Thank you for your insight on the topic. This has allowed me to view the "American Dream" in a way I hadn't yet before.
MK's comment, October 30, 2012 2:26 PM
I like your version of the American Dream because it is healthy and positive to have supportive people around you, especially when you want to achieve a goal. Those people will help you all the way, no matter what goal(s) you set. I also believe that people should strive to have your type of American Dream.
Madison Scott's comment, November 1, 2012 11:56 AM
I loved the way you portrayed the American Dream! You are completely correct when you say that everyone's aspirations differ. For example, there are people out there who have never felt safe where they are and that has held them back. Their American Dream would be simply to be in a safer environment. Everyone has a different goal, a different "Dream", and I think you explained that very well here.
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Utah man charged with texting while driving, killing teen

The topic of texting while driving is the big topic of this past couple years. This wasn't really a problem at all until the past 10-15 years becuase a cell phone wasn't a common personal item. Now everyone needs their cell phone to be with them twenty four hours a day seven days a week. Especially when driving people want to be in constant communication or want to have the ability to look up directions if they get desperately lost. In the 1920's this wasn't a problem that came up becuase there were not any cell phones or even car phones. I think that if Daisy lived in our decade she would text and drive. We heard all about her recless driving skills in chapter 7 when she hit Myrtle and even other times in the book her poor driving skills were referenced. She also really likes new and expensive things. If she was to have a phone she would want to show it off and make sure she was in constant communication so everyone know about it. I think she would have no problem texting while driving. The article I choose was about a man who hit a boy becuase he was texting and driving. Daisy hit Myrtle while she was focused on driving. Just imagine Daisy distracted with a cell phone!

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1920's Dancing

Over the years dance has changed from many different styles and forms. Some of the first dances were the Waltz and the Foxtrot, but as the 1920's came about, the differences between styles of dances changed completely. The Charleston was the new dance for everyone to try. Dancing turned into being such a large focus in everyday life. It was taught in schools and dance marathons were a very common thing. Dance marathons were like big parties where people would go dance for hours. The Charleston was a fun new dance because not only was a new style, but it involved lifting your partner which added some thrill to the dance! The women also changed up their style from long skirts to shorter skirts and longer hair to bob haircuts. The men also changed their looks from dark colored straight pants to bell bottom pants. Before the 1920's the Waltz and Tango were thought to be scandalous because men and women came in contact, even the young people thought this. Just think about how much the world of dance has changed since then. I'm a dancer myself and my favorite show is So You Think You Can Dance. Once in a while a partnership on the show will do a Waltz. Watching that type of dance is so different than Hip Hop or other forms of dance that is common today. If people from the 1920's could come back today and see how dancing has changed I wonder what they would say. I find it amazing how the Jazz Age was really the big move in the dance world, which seriously effects today’s culture.

Eric Stockholm's comment, October 30, 2012 2:00 PM
This blog post really made me think about what people from the 1920's would think about dancing today. Thanks Katie!
Sara Wiser's comment, October 30, 2012 2:24 PM
It was interesting that you didn't only talk about the music, but the dancing that came from the music. I also that it was cool that you talked about how the Jazz Age affected today's culture.
Madison Scott's comment, November 1, 2012 12:07 PM
It is absolutely crazy to think about how ‘what is accepted in a community’ has changed dramatically overtime. This is exactly what this blog made me think. I love when you mentioned how some people would react if the came from the 1920's to today. I can't even imagine. Just like how if we were to go back to the 1920's. Even though that was a radical time and more and more things were being accepted, people in our time period would be in shock of how things were. Thank you for this blog, it really has got me thinking.
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PEN and Banned Books Week

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This article is about the group called PEN who invited authors and poets to read and talk about banned books. They wrote articles explaining their feelings about banned books. This is very prevalent now because this is right around the time of banned books week. My favorite part of the article was when Robie Harris a children’s author talks about why he continues to write even though some of his books became banned. He said "children, do not live in bubbles. They live in the real world". I just thought this was a very valid point. Children pay attention to things more than some adults think. Changing one word or one topic is not preventing a child from watching the news or talking to one of their friends about the same subject material. Its better if children are hearing about topics that are sometimes controversial in an educational way then an informed inaccurate way such as passed down from older friends or from rumor. Overall the authors and poets discussed and wrote essays venting their feelings on the subject. They are very passionate on not having banned books and letting children have the freedom to read. In future years they hope the amount of banned books decreases.

Andrew Kathan's comment, October 30, 2012 2:23 PM
I agree that banned books can harm children because it keeps them away from important material, but I do think that banned books are necessary in some circumstances, such as a young age group or, say, inappropriate pictures in books. However I do agree with Robie Harris' point of view in this case.