BC: James Foster 2008
FC: Reflections of English 104 -James Foster-
1: "Men are like plants; the goodness and flavour of the fruit proceeds from the peculiar soil and exposition in which they grow. We are nothing but what we derive from the air we breathe, the climate we inhabit, the government we obey, the system of religion we profess, and the nature of our employment." -J. Hector St. John Crevecoeur
2: "... a new race of men." | "The American is a new man, who acts upon new principles." | "...they grow up a mongrel breed, half civilized, half savage..." | "...philanthropic government..."
3: This page needs a bit of explanation. As I read "Letters III," all that went through my mind was how many of the statements do not relate to today's society. This page is professing an idea mostly via satire. The only statement that is not satire is the final one: "they grey up a mongrel breed, half civilized, half savage." I feel this page expresses a lot. Take from it whatever you wish.
4: The video of Larry Lessig justified this class for me. I was very skeptical about an English class run through a wiki and various softwares, but after viewing the video I feel as if this is the right class for me. I will be able to express my opinions in new, interesting ways. I now look forward to this class, instead of being slightly pessimistic.
5: I took an image of the vietnam protest monks for this page, because it is evident that the editing of that image was done with current technology. I feel that was the main point behind Lessig's speech; that our current generation has "recreativity." Also, freerice.com is a website used to help feed starving nations. Technology at its best.
6: To be an American is to express oneself freely and to offer one's hand in a time of need. Being an American is more than "owning the atom bomb." To me, being an American is being selfless. | I have marched on Washington for peace. I have written essays about the unjust treatement of political prisoners. I have taken part in food drives for the homeless. I have volunteered my time, my skills and my money to build safer and drier homes for those in need. And I myself am the American that is described in TIME magazine.
7: Harold Ickles states very clearly that an American is one who is selfless and willing to help others in times of need. I do not protest racial prejudice, war, women's rights or the belief in god because it directly affects me, but rather because it directly affects other Americans and may someday impact my life. To paraphrase Martin Niemoelle's poem in terms of my life: They came for the blacks, and I said nothing because I was not black. Then they came for the women, and I said nothing because I was not a woman. Then they came for me and by that time no one was left to speak up.
8: Peter Farrara does a nice job of defining what an American is. He states, in a very boastful definition, that we are the best. I agree, as Americans are ubiquitous and it is hard not to be the best when we are so many different cultures, customs and ideologies.
9: Being an American is about taking risks. It is about not knowing what tomorrow will bring, but putting forth full effort knowing that day will come. Being an American is about living the life that you love and loving the life that you live. In 2006 I moved to Oregon, because I was not living the life I love. I learned who I was, who I wanted to be and what I needed to do in order to become that person. That is an opportunity I think was only possible, because I live in America.
10: I am stunned by Tancredo's remark. If we wish to be a country of opportunity, I should expect to press "1" for English. I would venture to guess that if Tancredo were to go to a foreign country, he would expect those people to accomodate his language. I highly doubt he would make every effort to learn their language, based solely on his absurd comment. We should be embracing other languages and make it easy for legal immigrants to to meld into our society. While Tancredo may have a problem with pressing "1" for English, I look forward to the day we will be able to press "6" for Russian.