Sunday, October 30, 2016

We need more "Avatar"

Back in 2005, Nickeldeon jumped on board with writers Mike Dimartino and Bryan Konietzko who created the now beloved animated series "Avatar:  The Last Airbender," and successor, "The Legend of Korra." Their universe takes place in a world where certain people have the ability to bend one of the four elements, air, water, fire or earth. The four nations are based around these elements as well. One person, the avatar, has the ability to bend all four elements and is his/her duty to keep balance in the world. Last Airbender, is centered around Aang and Zuko who have a parallel journey starting as enemies and end up defeating the firelord, Zuko's father, together. Korra shows the Avatar world 70 years later with more recent technology and even more frightening foes.  Now, my question is this: why not move onto a new avatar? Once an avatar, the cycle goes to the next born baby. The way this universe is set up has potential ability for constant new series, characters and avatars. I would personally love to see what Republic City looks like years after Korra's death, and learn about what good she brought to the world after her series ended. After all, she was only 21 by the end of book 4. I understand the writers dont want to relish on the past and want to make something entirely new, but the potential behind this universe is incredible. The avatar world, if properly expanded, can be as monstrous as Harry Potter, or perhaps a less-mature version of Middle Earth.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Working In/At Public- Social Media done wrong

Like any innovation in the world, social media has its benefits to society, while it also has its cons as well. Its main idea is to bring people together, and it works almost flawlessly in a classroom. Students can interact online with one another, along with obtaining information at ease. However, a person's social media identity can be vastly different than a physical one. In some cases, an error on social media can result in a permanent change in the way people look at one another. In Robin Derosa's article, "Working In/At Public," he describes how a professor's tweet was one step too far and caused an internet frenzy. Now in my preconceived opinion, I believe social media is taken too seriously anyway and websites like twitter and facebook should not be used for important issues like public schooling and politics. I think there should be some sort of second tier of media online dedicated to those causes. For one, the rise of social media has also caused a rise in "social justice" warriors who are like the sensitive police. Any opinion they do not agree with, or any statement that is somehow demeaning towards others is taken radically and attacked for being bigoted. This professor was scolded for her remarks when she was simply stating an opinion. Twitter is a public space, not one of those over sensitive safe spaces that make me want to vomit.