Saturday, January 11, 2014

My Steps to Reading : "Journal"

After class yesterday, Friday the tenth, My friend and I, when to the school library searching for the books that we needed for our assignments over the weekend. After getting the books I had appointments to career help and other school related things. When I get home I chose to sit and devote my time to getting the reading accomplished. Sadly I sat in front of my television with the Xbox 360 next to it and had to play and hour or so to get it out of my system, telling myself I would definitely get back to it.  Unfortunately that was not true. The next day, my family and I went to iHop for breakfast, on the ride there I thought to myself that as soon as I got home I would begin. Walking into my apartment, I made it clear to everyone that I needed to concentrate so that I could be done with the reading. Having my girlfriend over was hard, so I included her in the reading. This didn’t work so I asked her to leave the room. After 10 minutes I was done.
I had an interesting clip that i took on my IPod, that was taken while i was actualy reading and took a video of what my family was doing. Which was watching breaking bad with my cousin and girlfriend very loud. i wasn't able to link or insert it for some reason. 

 


"How to make your academics more fun and interesting?"

            The question of how to be strong and intelligent rises after reading the article of “Hidden Intellectualism” by Gerald Graf. Who begins his article with the intelligence of the person, and that its not only comes from our school academic but also from our side of the school, in his article he debates between street-smart and school smart. In his article he begins with the general explanation of school and colleges, who do not take for granted the works of those who are street smart, even though every teacher tell us in school to think out side of the box, they themselves fail to do so by leaving those who are street-smart outside.
Gerald Graff begins his interpretation with his personal story from his childhood. He was growing up during the ’50, those times was a hard time for each family. The author wasn’t “school-smart” he was interested in reading sport magazines; eventually it helped his to expand his knowledge in other fields as well. But his strategy of applying his personal experience into the academics helped him in the achievements.  To be intelligent its not always meant to be smart at school and have high grades, our intelligence develops throughout the time; street-smart people might be more smart at a certain field rather then those who were smart at school. Of course, schools and colleges are very important for our development, but most of the time they fail to think that there could be drawn a parallel between “street-smart and school-smart”.
“…the real intellectual world, the one that existed in the big world beyond school, is organized very much like the world of team sports,” stated the author of the article. The use of this quote helps us to draw the connection between being in a closed space (school” and being outside of that “closed space”.  Outside of the school we all work as a community, but at school you are standing for yourself, and mostly at school we are doing the things that 50% of the time we won’t be using them in real life. Gerald Graf makes a great point that by connecting the sport and academics could help students to find school more interesting, each of us most of the time want to be in the center of the attention and write about what we want to write about, so there would be more effort that is putted into the work. Gerald Graff states, “…it does not have to be a pedagogical cop-out as long as students are required to see these interests “through academic eyes”. By making associations with the real world and school, it helps the students be engaged more with the work that is required. Eventually during those readings and evaluations the students could go further of reading other books, articles, literacy which he considered being boring. But just by bringing person into the attention and look to the things from his/her point of view makes them to be interested in the work that should be done.


Every person has their own strategies of reading and remembering the key points from the text. Me reading process don’t include any fancy strategies that I apply, but I want to share some of them. As I begin my reading I always have a highlight in my hand, usually I don’t highlight the whole sentence I highlight only some of the key words that will help me memorize the particular part. When I was at school I preferred holding the book in front of me, feeling that book, and the smell of the pages made the book more interesting as I wanted to continue reading. I also carried always the sticky papers with me and then I summarize the particular page or why I found it interesting. As I didn’t have the dictionary of all the words I used to write also the words that wasn’t clear for me, then after coming back from school I was looking those words up. Also, as the words seem very complicated during the free time I used to make the sentence with them or associate with the particular person from my life.  When I entered college, I have my phone on me as in school it wasn’t allowed, now I found iBooks more interesting as I could highlight whatever I want, in addition to that I could make a note with a particular quote, and I could look up the words at the same time. Usually I read everything twice, as if English sometimes isn’t clear for me, it also helps me to understand more information that wasn’t clear from the first time. After I finish my reading I go for a cup of tea to the kitchen, while I do that I think about the passages of the chapter that I read and think how can I apply certain things into my life, or what lesson I can learn. It helps me memorize it faster. When I am on the train or bus, I also read because I found that it makes my trip faster. Also, when I read I try to imagine what the author of describing in his book.
 Going back to the article “Hidden intellectualism” I found it interesting, and everything that author said I am agree. But some parts of the article were confusing for me for example: “sports world was more compelling than school because it was more intellectual than school, not less”. Also, some words seemed very unfamiliar for me, but I looked them up. I also made the notes in my 

Friday, January 10, 2014

My Journal

    I should be doing this along side my reading, however, the journey I have had so far could take me to Africa and back. After class yesterday, Thursday, I ran to the library to get a copy of whatever book I could lay my hands on preferably "Reading Pop Culture." I approached the first desk and I managed to get a copy of  "They Say, I Say" but could only use it for four hours.This was not possible because I have to go to pick the kids from school. Anyway, the second book was not available and the Kind Lady sent me to check if I could get it as an e-book.
     When I came to the reference desk and mentioned "RPC," he only touched a key and informed me he just checked it for someone else. He confirmed it does not exist at the college library. I sat down and read the introduction of "TSIS" and took the photos of Chapter1. The interesting bit is that it is not clear on the enhanced page of the google photo viewing. I have tried a little and if anyone has faced this before, I will appreciate your advice on how I can make it bigger.
     Meanwhile, thanks Professor for the pages on "Hidden Intellectualism." Between the subway journeys and my night shifts,something should come out of this. "Christmas Carol" is our family book at the moment and my daughter is ready to do the reading this moment.Have a great weekend y'all.     

Thursday, January 9, 2014

In the essay " The Art of Immersion" written by Frank Rose, Rose explains how the revolution of technology has effected the way people are now reacting to the new forms of technology.This was done so in England during the early 1800's. England began industrializing and sooner or later thousands of fellow  British citizens began to mobilize to the cities and the art of literature became a very much popular thing amongst the people. The authors would publish their work by serialization which meant the books would be published and sold only by one chapter at a time.

Rose also mentioned when the film Avator came out to the scene editors quickly wondered would it be something people would be interested in watching or their minds would just revolve around and it. Josh Quittner from the Time stated "I couldn't tell what was real and what was animated". Phenomenally the 3D movie became a hit just for the fact the realistically animated had the audience in aw due to the fact they were able to have a connection with the film. even though Avator had both aliens creatures and humans the connections because it felt so real.

Question #4
Rose argued that the audience felt the realness of the movie because    Pandora was made up place it felt real enough for you to imagine you were in there by watching the film for example Harry Potter you could probably imagine some students or yourself attending Hogwarts the only thing that makes it fiction is the magic and the silly things they do but overall the connection is visible.

Fiction Addicts ?

We are addicted to fiction for many reasons. The way the stories are told. How they are made to come to life in a movie so something so unexciting not real becomes reality . Frank Rose got right down to this in The Art of Immersion Fear of Fiction.  when he quoted Josh Quittner and what he wrote in Time about Avatar “I couldn't tell what was real and what was animated. The following morning , I had the peculiar sensation of wanting to return there as if Pandora were real.” In response to this Rose wrote It was was not the first time someone found an entertainment experience to be weirdly immersive. All the technology put into making Avatar, there was nothing new about it. This is not the first time fiction made someone feel this way. The fact that its a movie does not make it anymore wow or special as if this was not done before, just because of all this animation put into it. Someone can get lost simply by reading a novel or a short story. The presentation on the stories where just different thats all.
The only reason Tv is considered more real by people its because the environment is as real as the world and you can see it right before your eyes, but a book you can just close it. What Rose was trying to say in (pg 369) is that movies is been there done that. Novels, stories, are dangerously immersive in other formats. All these movies came mostly from a stories ,novels or books.
4. I would further Rose’s argument we see all these places in movies and we want to go there but in reality he have already been there we have people before us have. Thats why a story was written from there it made it into a big extravaganza on tv. Take example The Christmas Carol a popular book during the christmas season. A simple story that was meant to be different to stand out during the christmas time back in London in 1840s. This story made an impact on us today all the movies and remakes of the Christmas Carol it became so real. I know there were little kids out there and adults for that matter that slept at night thinking three ghosts of some kind will visit them telling them of their wrong deeds and they will have to change or go through this experience as well. This connected to the readers and made them feel things that were unimaginable before that’s what fiction does.

The Narrative Power

The Art of Immersion: Fear of Fiction by Frank Rose is an article about the great power the narratives have over their audience and with the advance of technology that power multiplies. Rose gives examples of how the power of the narrative is increased by each method that is used to convey it’s story. For instance he talks about a satire novel by Miguel de Cervantes and in it a man named Don Quixote was reading all day and night and because of that he felt the need to transform himself into a night because of the books that he was reading. During the time of industrialization in london serialization started to become popular and because of men like Don Quixote a new author named charles dickens was inspired by the thought of having the audience so immersed and eventually became well known for having readers drift off from reality. To take things up a notch Rose talks about Ray Bradbury book and the book talked about how television is having a stronger hold on people and books took a backseat. Bradbury problem was that television was too real entrancing. Furthermore with technology advancing you have a movie like “Avatar” with its 3-D effects propel things even more. Rose says how a writer in Time magazine wrote he could tell what was real or animated in the movie and the next morning he had the urge to return to a place in the movie as if it was real. Moreover with technology the internet is the new medium that have the power to put people in a trance and concluded that people want to be immersed into something that is not real at all.
Rose’s belief that we don’t want “authenticity”  but what we really want is the opposite I think that is true. In his passage when he refers to the writer for “time” magazine wanting to go back to pandora I think that shows people like to fantasize just to escape reality for a moment. Just like “A Christmas Carol” I believe that book appealed to snobby wealthy men like Scrooge and by reading books that’s almost practical to there life it just makes them want to read more and that’s why they're so into the narrative.

Reading Closely

This weekend you'll be choosing between reading Chapter 1 and 2 of They Say / I Say. Take good notes because you'll be explaining your chapter to someone in class who read the other chapter.

You'll also be reading and blogging about the article "Hidden Intellectualism," also in They Say / I Say. This blog post, however, will also be practice in the first part of your Close Reading essay (or an early draft if you plan on writing about this article). Now, as usual, begin with a short summary of the piece.

Then write about your reading process as you tackled the piece. Think of this as a kind of "reading journal." Where did you read it? Did you read it all at once or take it in parts? Did you devote time to just reading or were you tackling other responsibilities/distractions at the same time? Do you listen to music or watch TV while you read? Include a clip!

Lastly but most importantly, consider your interaction with the text. Which parts were confusing or which words did you not understand? Did you go back to reread those parts or look up those words? Did you take notes as you read? What kind? In the margins? A notebook? On Twitter?! Share some! Take a picture and include it in your post! What kinds of things did you note: facts, ideas, main points? Did you have to reread the article to write your summary or did you just use these notes? Write about anything else related to your experience of reading this article. Did you talk about it with anyone? Who? Where? In person? Online?

Above all, be honest! You're not going to lose points for not reading the way you think I want you to read. But if you are honest, you might learn something about your reading process that can help you going forward.

In case you still feel lost, here are a couple of samples from my last class:

"Popular readings inside the academia"

"Intellectual Equality for ALL!"

Questions? Quibbles? Controversies?

Fictionally Speaking.

How many people actually enjoy fictional work? The popularity of fictional stories on screen and in print come into question in the article ‘The Art of Immersion: Fear of Fiction’ By author Frank Rose. Rose starts by focusing on the two year prior movie release of Avatar, by James Cameron. Avatar set off numerous debates throughout the media. A fictional movie that totaled over $200 million for production costs struck major curiosity about whether or not it would be a successful piece. been newly released. A Time magazine journalist John Quitter wrote an article about his opportunity to get a view of the movie before its release. The movie was reported to be highly immersive which came by surprise being that the movie was fictional. “I couldn’t tell what was real and what was animated,” states Quitter in his reaction to the film. Technology and its constant updates have brought a new life into fictional work. “... every new medium has aroused fear and even hostility..” was a statement taken from a book written by Janet Murray of Georgia Tech. The future would just expand the possibilities of broadening narratives in print to screen. Fahrenheit 451, a novel written by Ray Bradbury is discussed in the article. Fahrenheit 451’s society has banished books. All written print has been burned and replaced with large screen television sets. This story was written around the 50’s, right at the peak of the television era. Ray Bradbury created a society that is completely wrapped in the advance of technology, gradually attempting to make written print narratives obsolete. Faber, one of the novels characters of the story separates himself from society and indulges in the joy of books though it is against laws and the beliefs of his own wife. Faber sacrifices his safety to defend the books and prints that once meant something to everyone else. The televisions covered the walls of everyone's home. This detail made its way into the story signifying Ray Bradbury’s dislike of the fact that television was indeed so immersive. This was seen as a danger for not only for television, but also for the movie theatres. All of the technology going into creating these films and stored inside televisions were feared for their immersive nature. “Dangerous, immersively, more-real-than-reality real..” was how the movies and television were described. It seemed that books were preferred. Books were safer to capture a great story from, until they were said to be immersive as well. Books went through a struggle of acceptance but they gradually made it as a rise in literacy took place. Many authors began to get published by serialization which originated in England.This was an easier method to publish books piece by piece, and gaining literacy followers to support the gain of popularity in written text. To present date, the internet has now taken the place of being dangerous and immersive. Authenticity has grown old. In the ending of the reading, Rose speaks about people not being interested in authenticity but instead just the thought of authenticity. I must agree with Rose when he says that people would rather return to Pandora. The excitement of all of the fictional activities surrounding society, overtake the publications and all things that do not have any technological link. In a Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge preferred his work and money over company of living things. I find that his desire to be away from the world links to the text because with the use of technology, people always find themselves wrapped in every new way to avoid physical contact with the world if not needed. The scary part about today’s fiction and real life, is that real individuals have resorted to becoming fictional in order to seek attention and or approval. After they’re portrayal is over, they take back to their technology and discuss their fictional lives at a distance.

The Art of Immersion: Fear of Fiction

The Art of Immersion:
Fear of Fiction
 
In Frank Rose’s article he is talking about how different writers and critics write about television and being immersed in it verses reading print.  They say that its appeal draws you in then becomes real life for those immersed in it.
 
Rose states that authenticity isn’t what we really want; it’s what we think we want.  I think that’s true for a lot of people because they take what they see on television and try to play it out in real life because they apply scripted solutions to real life problems most of the time.  In using an example with Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”, turning fiction into real life would be that some readers/movie goers actually believe that past acquaintances, families, loved ones, friends, etc. can and would (out of care and love) visit them to warn them of a path they are headed that might lead them to doom, in the hopes to turn the person toward the right path.  Now whether one believes in ghosts, or mediums, or spirits or the spiritual realm aiding in life doesn’t suppress that the idea it’s usually a ghost or such a one who haunts and taunts, and torments – not help.  Angels or God or living beings are usually the ones helping.  But when reading this semi-horror story from Dickens, we may tend to accept the visitation of a ghost (especially of whom we were familiar with before they were dead).
 
The word “immersed” was interesting to me because it kind of means to be sucked-in, or completed covered by dipping in liquid.  Sticking to the “sucked-in” non-formal meaning – made me look at a few sentences in Rose’s article to which I agree.  They are when Faber (a character in Ray Bradbury’s writings on Fahrenheit 451) replies to a man saying that his [own] wife declares that books aren’t real, says in ¶ #6, p. 367, “Thank God for that. You can shut them and say `Hold on a moment!’ But who has ever torn himself from…a TV parlor?...It is and environment as real as the world.  It becomes and is the truth.”  So while the wife is saying books aren’t real, assumes that she thinks her “televisors” are, and paraphrasing Faber is saying: that one watching TV hold its contents as true because they are immersed into it as much as to call it “real life” and while they say books aren’t real - he is acknowledging that that’s the real truth – you can close it when you want because the printed book doesn’t have the same holding effect on someone like the television.  That in essence, the same way someone feels about a book not being real is the same way they should feel about TV.  About fantasy and ten second solutions to a major problem; getting rewarded for every good deed; always catching the bad guy; and always falling in love with the ideal person of your imagination – I agree that TV is more immersing than the printed book.

How fiction can change reality


The Art Of Immersion: Fear Of Fiction” written by Frank Rose is an essay in which Rose explains the history of new technology and the way we respond to the new technology.  In the 1830’s England was transformed by technology. Industrialization began in England where thousands of people flocked to the cities and literacy rose tremendously. At the time young authors have published books through serialization.

In the early 1950’s housewives were star struck with watching TV icons in their living rooms. Then came the movies, TV games, social networking and the Internet.

Avatar that was made by James Cameron is one of the best fantasy films of all times. The imaginary figures in avatar are brilliantly created to appear like a “human being”. Its as though you are part of the film. Immersed within it not realizing what is real and what is fiction. It is so real that it is hard to tell that it is hard to tell what is real and what is not real.

I agree with Roses claim that we do not want “authenticity”; we want the Pandora effect being in a fantasy world. We are living in a fantasy world because real life is Painful, Grueling and mundane. Avatar and the A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens are revolutionary fantasies that audiences want to sit back and experience the new science fiction that opens up our mind and heart into a brave new world of fantasy figures. In A Christmas Carol Scrooge is running out of reality by going to sleep after the ghostly image of his friend and business partner, Marley, appears to him warning him of his peaceful life after his death because his miserly ways.

Harry potter is another film series that can serve of an example of a magical wizard figure that restored the harry potter legend of magical wands and brought down the dark elements of the dark courts of England. The Harry Potter movies were made to entertain and to transmit the story of Harry Potter in visual form to the world and make it feel as if its reality.

There is a great video on how fiction can change reality and how culture affects it. I found it very interesting and related to this topic were discussing in class. 


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol Stave 1
 
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in the first chapter sums up to a narration by the author and dialog of characters focusing on a wicked and greedy man named Ebenezer Scrooge, who doesn’t want anything to do with other people except get their money (which he demands his debtors to pay by imprisonment or a workhouse) and shuns the idea of generosity or anything kind and nice.  Scrooge is visited by a long time business associate’s ghost and is warned of future fate if he doesn’t change the way he is toward his obsession with money and mean character.  The partner Marley lets him know of three more visits to expect from three more ghosts in the next three days.
 
From Stephen King’s perspective I think that this novel supports King’s theory about people who like horror films in his thesis: Why We Crave Horror Movies.  King states in ¶ #4, “We also go to re-establish our feelings of essential normality; the horror movie is innately conservative, even reactionary.” I used this example because in Dickens’ novel he has some nice details about the settings of the surrounding area where Scrooge works and inside where he lives.  Those include: “The city clocks had only just gone three, but it was quite dark already: it had not been light all day…candles were flaring in the windows of neighboring offices…fog came pouring in at every chink and keyhole; and “…lived in the chambers…belonged to deceased partner.  They were a gloomy suite of rooms…dreary enough, for nobody lived in it but Scrooge…”.  For this to be around Christmas time, it sure seems like a Halloween novel.  I believe it was written for those who like a scare.
 
I love the intimate details that Dickens uses in his writing.  I could tell from this stave that he knows how to relay his message of what imagination to have when in-taking his work.  He described everything from how Scrooge’s demeanor was to the environment around him, even down to almost being able to feel the aura of all his characters (his nephew included, who was a jolly soul).  I look forward to reading more of this novel.  It’s a turn-on (in a hungry for good writing kind of way).


The Power of Fiction

     The Art of Immersion: Fear of Fiction by Frank Rose tells what the power of fiction truly has over us. Fiction becomes so real that people begin to believe it is real and try to become it. It provides many examples such when John Quittner wrote in the Time "I couldn't tell what was real and was animated. The following morning, I had the peculiar sensation of wanting to return there, as if Pandora was real." Its not only fiction movies that make people want it to be reality but novels, television and even Internet. Ray Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451 in the early 50's when television era began. They discuss how television makes everything so real and that books don't exist any more. Faber says "It becomes and it is the truth." Television is so real that we never leave it and continually watch it making it become the truth. As novels became more accepted for what they were a more dangerous method of novels came out called serialization. This was the process of selling books in parts so the poor could afford them and was practiced by none other literary master Charles Dickens. A critic in 1845 from North British Review says the selling books in parts creates a dream that we act out just to be sent back to reality to soon go back into that same dream later on. As the Internet begins to arrive authenticity becomes scarce. With TV and photo shop what else can we do but ask if that is real or not. It also provides us the find the fake and find out what is authentic. But it is that what we really want? No, we want to go back to a place Pandora even though we never been there.
   Number 4
      Rose believes that we do not want authenticity and we don't want reality. The Christmas Carol is a great example to prove this right. In the time when this book was sold it was considered Christmas crawler. All this was a scary but pleasurable book that was sold during Christmas time. It was very popular for people to read ghost stories when this book came out. Christmas Carol was a very popular book. It shows how people wanted to escape reality and go into another world just for a little while. They would read the book and become engaged into Scrooges life and not their own. People wanted to live in a ghost story.
    
  
     

Is fiction better than reality?



                “The Art of Immersion: Fear or Fiction” was written by Frank Rose and it’s about how people connect with different technologies.  He started off by saying how before the movie “Avatar” came out, editors wondered if people would watch it or not but when it came out; Josh Quittner said “I couldn’t tell what was real and what was animated”.  The amazing 3D in the movie was so realistic that people could feel a connection with the movie. Even though it had real actors and fake alien characters in it, the graphics were so real that people could imagine themselves being there on Pandora. I think that’s what immersion is about. It’s when you can feel yourself having a mental connection with fiction.
                Then Rose mentions the book “Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury”. That book was about how everyone lived in a society where books were illegal and had to be destroyed. Only TVs were allowed. The TV screens would take up the entire size of a wall probably to get people addicted and it was possible that the government was watching everybody from the insides of their TV screens. The main character in this book is a man whose job it is to burn books but eventually meets Farber and becomes a savior of books. The reason why books are prohibited in that society is because knowledge = power. The government doesn’t want people to be able to think for themselves so basically they’re somewhat mind controlled through TV screens. On page 367, paragraph 8 it says “That was Bradbury’s beef with television-it was just too immersive. Logical, linear thought was no match for its lively phosphorescent glow”. The meaning of this is that people choose TV over books because you don’t really have to think as much, the TV does all the work for you, and it even glows so people are attracted to it more than a book. You may learn a lot from television but with books you actually have to think about the meaning behind everything. TV is just fast paced and always changes so you literally sit there, think quickly and move onto the next thing that pops up.
                In the end Rose makes a bold claim saying that we do not want “authenticity”; “It’s what we think we want. What we really want is to go back to Pandora, even though we’ve never been there in the first place” (par.25). What he means by this is that fiction can be so good that the reader gets immersed in with what’s going on in the book. We might not want to be realistic all the time because sometimes reality isn’t that great. But with a good fiction book where the story is made up, people might be able to connect with it and use it as an escape from reality. It’s just like how sometimes people wake up from a really good dream and try to go back to sleep because dreams are better than reality sometimes. In “A Christmas Carol” Scrooge has a bad day because it’s Christmas. He hates Christmas spirit, is coldhearted, rejected people that asked him for donations, and saw the ghost of his dead friend Marley. Marley appeared in shackles and chains and told Scrooge this was going to be his fate if he didn’t see three ghosts. Most likely the ghosts are going to tell him to change his ways and become nicer or else he will have to end up like Marley. In the end Marley tries to blow it off by going to sleep. This is an example of how fiction is better than reality. In reality he had a bad day and saw a ghost that told him bad news so in order to escape it, he’s going to sleep because like I said dreams are better than reality sometimes.

What If It Was Real?


In the article “ The Art Of Immersion: Fear Of Fiction” written by Frank Rose, explains how advertisement, industrialization, ways stories are being told, and how a generation changed by the immersion of books and movies making fiction stories feel like reality. Rose starts off his prologue by talking about the need for people to tell stories. Two of the reasons being that there’s a special bond between a good storyteller and a listener who is interested and simply because mankind want desire meaning. He explains his thoughts and point of view on how fiction can grow on people. This book also states that there are unseen forms of advertisement, implying that anywhere, anyone and at anytime people can be trying to draw your attention.
One way that that story telling changed in a dramatic way from the 1700’s which is the era in which one of the first novels ever created was written, to today, would be the major advancement in technology and special effects in movies of all genres, and especially the 3D effect which makes someone feel as if something that was being displayed was more real. 
            One of the reasons fiction stories draws a huge audience to the scene is because people love the sense of imagination. In “ Why People Love Science Fiction Movies” by Lisa Burkes, Lisa says “ people also like to ask, “what if…”. Which in my case is one hundred percent true in almost any fiction movie that I have seen.
Question 4: Rose says that people want to feel as if they were living in a fictional world . I would agree especially because as I said before a huge percentage of people that watch or read fictional stories love to ask the question “ what if they were in that situation” and many other like “imagine that would happen”. In “ A Christmas Carol “ by Charles Dickens, many who read Roses article would feel almost the same curiosity to, what if they were in that predicament and how they would go about things.

living in Pandora

               In the article "The Art of Immersion: Fear of Fiction" by Frank Rose talks about the way people get to involved in the movies they see and books they read at the time due to the advances in technology that make these means of entertainment more available and more entertaining. many a times these people feel that  what happens in these movies or books are so weirdly fascinating that they envision themselves in those scenarios or places. for example Miguel De Cervantes wrote about a man named Don Quixote that after reading so many books constantly from morning to night he had lost his sanity to the point that he envisioned himself as a knight looking for adventures and living his life as according to his books a knight had lived  long ago. Frank Rose also talks about how many movies and shows would make their content so believable and surreal that many people felt it was too real and very immersive. with the advances in technology things like the internet have evolved  to the point that it shares the same intense immersion feeling people experienced with the coming of movies, television, and books. the internet although it is very up and coming has a rare occurrence for authenticity but also has features to catch those fake ideologies and content on the internet. even thought technology gives us that feature to weed out the fake and the surreal occurrences on movies and television we choose to be immersed in what is known to not be real.
              To answer question number four from what was mentioned in paragraph 25 in this article, i agree with what is stated because everyone wants to have some sort of fantasy world they can run to from the real world they are facing at the moment. the fantasy world such as Pandora is a place where you feel no tension and are not in suffering of any sort. you forget whats happened and live for the now and imagine only great things or things you have scene else where which you did not have at present or in the past. a lot of people seek fantasy worlds in books and movies not only to escape their reality but to also make sense and to help them deal with reality. in the book A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens there is an example for how people seek a different idea of life from what they have now. it says on the last page of stave one " the air filled with phantoms, wandering...and lost the power for ever."(page 52) it goes to explain about phantoms that are wandering around right outside Mr. Scrooges window seeing how they all looked awful and wished to be in a different world they presently were in which happens to be their after life. for those people the after life is having to walk the earth for eternity while carrying all their possessions since they were greedy and didn't help others in their past life and were then burdened to lead their knew lives  for this purpose. now that they have nothing good and just suffer so they fantasize to interfere in good deeds helping others now that they are not able to do that in their after life which they dread.

Art of Immersion : fear of fiction

Written by Frank Rose the Art of Immeersion: Fear of Fiction is an essay from his book about the "weirdly immersive" , meaning things that alter the mental state of an individual. Rose also writes on "authenticity" and how scarce and important it is to find.
Rose begins to talk about the immersion of books and movies throughout history,  and how highly immersive they appeared to their audiences.With today's modern technology we find the graphics of many movies such as action and horror movies highly immersive , drawing the eye to things that normally wouldn't appear or happen in reality, giving off the feeling of  living in fantasy world. The main example that was used with in the text was avatar , claiming that the movie was "weirdly immersive". But before the use of  technology , books appeared to seem immersive to their audiences , sometimes even captivating their mind too much.
"He read all night from sundown to dawn ,and all day from sunup to dusk, until with virtually no sleep and so much reading he dried out his brain and lost his sanity....... He decided to turn himself into a knight errant, traveling all over the world with his horse and his weapons  seeking adventures and doing everything that, according to his books , earlier knights have done." Rose estates this quote to show how a book/movie can be so fully captivating and immersive to an individual that it makes the individual feel that are actually within the story , like it is happening to themselves , affecting there way of thinking and their actions.
Reading the first stave of  the Christmas carol , the stave and the article do give somewhat proof the same perspective . In the Christmas carol Scrooge works as someone who gives mooney away to people who need it . But according to the Christmas carol Scrooge seems to be always upset , but does not describe why . But we can tell that Scrooge is overly immersive in his work , turning him into a different person , displaying actions because of maybe his immersion of work , just like when rose mentions the quote on page 367 and how the individuals actions changed because he was so immersive when it came to his book.

Can Fiction Feel Like A Reality ?

The Art of Immersion: Fear of fiction, by Frank Rose talks about how people became more connected to the thought of fiction, it first started in books than began to shift into the industrialization of the television, which made it more powerful because now technology arose with fiction. Rose also talks about a certain character named Ray Bradbury (Bradbury367),Bradbury writes a book called "Fahrenheit 451" this book states that in early 50's the television era was beginning, and it is about a man who had a job which was burning books, the man's wife was fascinated by the television, However Bradbury thought that the television was  realistic in a fictional world. Example, a movie called Avatar arose to the big screen this movie has so much technology it made the picture realistic, Although, it was a fictional movie the impact of the Avatar's world looked and felt real to the people watching the movie. One person who saw the movie Avatar first was  Josh Quittner a editor from the magazine "Time", Quittner wrote how amazing the technology was in this film, Quittner felt that this fictional movie felt like reality, the word of Pandora felt real to Quittner (Rose366.) Quittner stated and I quote," I couldn't tell what was real and what was animated, " the following morning, I had the peculiar sensation of wanting to return there, as if Pandora were real." Doesn't this happen to all of us? Some people get caught up on fiction that they make it a reality in their own life.


Question 4:
Rose argues about people wanting to feel real in a fictional world. I agree, with Rose's claim, because, people want to live in another world even if it is fictional. For example, "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens, people who read this book left the world they were living to come into Scrooge's world. People felt that the visits by the ghosts were real even thought it was a fictional book. We all leave our world just to enter a new world even if it is not real. Therefore, we get to feel the chill of the ghosts as if we where in their world, even if it is all fiction.



“Our imagination helps us to create a different world in our mind"


“The Art of Immersion: Fear of Fiction” is an article where the author states his point of view about the fear that fiction creates on people, and they tend to live in their own believes. In the begging of the article there is an information about his earlier life, he the journalist and the writer.  In his essay he is raising a question about “…conventional wisdom that people desire “authenticity”” (p.366). Through out his article he provides a reader with lots of evidence about his main point, to prove his point he used pieces of literature, media, and films.
While we watch and read fiction our mind begins to develop different perception on the world, and fiction has a main impact on us. In 2009 “Avatar” becomes a sensation of the year, a lot people went to the cinema to watch that amazing fiction movie. The movie itself were creating a fairytales for the viewers, “the following morning, I had the peculiar sensation of wanting to return there, as if Pandora were real” says the author. In nowadays the technology is so widespread, that certain things doesn’t seem unusual, but still they inspire us and we want to have a life as shown in the film. As the author continues his article he gives another example from Miguel de Cervantes piece of writing, there was character whose name is Don Quixote, and his unbelievable story of characters life that he lost his mind while reading days and nights books about knights and one night Don Quixote left his house for adventures, to follow knights life. Another example that Frank Rose brings from Janet Murray observation, he found out that with every new inventing people change and new technology “arouses fear and even hostility as a result” (p. 367). 
Frank Rose shows even more examples, he uses the book by Ray Bradbury “Fahrenheit 451” about a man who is a firefighter, and they live in the world in which the books are not exist, and who ever had a book they were burn by those fire fighters. Eventually the main character turns “into the savior of the books” (p. 367). The author of the book was showing us what the technology does to human being; it blinds human minds as “phosphorescent glow”.  In 1932 “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley’s came in the production as a movie, and it seem “dangerously, immersive, more-real-than-reality real”. There were also, phantom and fiction characters, which again created a fear to he audience.
          18th hundred was the time of big invention in industry and other fields of human creation.  It was also a great time of writing and one of the best-known authors is Charles Dickens, Frank Rose gives a brief explanation of his works. The most famous book that was written was “Oliver Twist” about an orphan, this book “gives a rise to the workhouses Dickens describing also creates a readership of his story and a way of reaching then that was cheap enough to be practicable” says the author of the article. What Dickens was showing in his novels is the future of writing as well as then goes into the new technologies.  Fiction novels according to a critic “North British Review” create a dream in which person wants to live.
Toward conclusion the author of the article talks about nowadays, how technology impacts our society, we live in illusion, we are afraid to show who we really are, because we can hide ourselves under the mass production of different programs that changes our behavior as well as our physical look. “We think this what we want” (p.370) but it is now what happens in the real world.
Answer to the question #4 page 371.
“It is what we think we want. What we really want is to go back to Pandora, even though we’ve never been there in the first place,” (par.25) states Frank Rose. I agree with the author because I personally sometimes do that, when I watch a great movie with the happy ending, or the life situations change the person dramatically, I sometimes want to be in his spot even though I might have not react/respond to that situation same as the fiction character does. I want to relate this quote to the piece of literature of Charles Dickens “Christmas Carol” the main character’s personality is very cold, after his friends death he becomes even more lonely in the world, his greediness’ and cruelty is beyond him, his love for the money creates different set of his mind, he doesn’t care about the surrounding. In his perspective money plays a main role in life. But, when the ghost of Marley arrives he tells Scrooge of what now he goes through after his death, because he was same as Scrooge they were almost living in the cell not knowing what goes around them.  There are people who needed their money to survive, after that fiction ghost arrives and told all these things to Scrooge, he didn’t want to belie in that a slight fear took over him, Scrooge says: “A slight disorder of the stomach makes them cheats. You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of an underdone potato. There's more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are!” (p. 67, iBook version) he makes those excuses, because he has a fear to accept the truth which ghost tells him. Eventually that fiction character will have a great impact on Scrooge’s life in the future.
While reading this article it reminded me of a movie “The Truman Show”, Jim Carry plays a main role, since his birth his lives in peaceful city, with a nice and kind people around him, and as he growth he doesn’t realized that everything around him is just a stage with actors who seem very happy, but they really play a role of being happy. As the movie goes on the main character Truman starts to realize that something is wrong, when he wanted to run he was on the boat while he was traveling he hit the wall with painted clouds. Suddenly he realizes that it is a fantasy, and everything is made up, then he met with the producer of the film. He was terrified by what he heard of the producer, that people were watching on TV and following his life. It is very sad what media does to us; it creates fiction, and destroys people’s lives. Truman had just a different perception on life, he never faced the reality he live in created by someone world.