User:TSmith2020/HUMN 4472 Journal
August 14, 2019: Science Fiction
Science fiction is what it sounds like to me. It is happenings that occur versus the theories in science that have been proven. Fiction in literature means not real. When I think about science fiction I think of supernatural powers. For example, shooting spider web silk from your hand. It is impossible because humans and spiders have two different genetic makeups. Another example could be someone having psychic visions. No one can see into the future and know what will happen next or have something happen and try to prevent it. How about people creating weather like storms and tornadoes? I don't think that we as humans can make weather patterns but how we treat our planet and litter can affect the weather. My last example since we are coming up two months from Halloween would be witches on brooms flying in the air. All of these things are impossible because of the science we have today. Until science evolves we are stuck where we are.
August 30, 2019: What I Learned
The three aspects I learned about are speculation of future, impact on science and technology, and in a different time or space. After watching The Truth About Science Fiction  I learned that science fiction helps scientists embark on new journeys and seek the unknown. Science fiction helps take things out of perspective and put in what-if scenarios. Science Fiction shows us different perspectives. Two definitions I read that stood out to me from this week's readings. One was from Isaac Asimov his definition of science fiction is that branch of literature which is concerned with the impact of scientific advance upon human beings.” The other was stated by, Robert Heinlein, his definition of science fiction is a handy short definition of almost all science fiction might read: realistic speculation about possible future events, based solidly on adequate knowledge of the real world, past and present, and on a thorough understanding of the scientific method. To make the definition cover all science fiction (instead of ‘almost all’) it is necessary only to strike out the word ‘future.”
- @TSmith2020:: Science fiction definitely shows us different perspectives, I agree. For example, the trope of "aliens" can mean so many different things thematically in a story. With that, we're able to explore and understand what it means to be an alien, not just the kind with the big eyes and spaceships, but also the perspectives of those that are foreign or different. -MorganAtMGA (talk) 19:53, 8 September 2019 (EDT)
September 7, 2019: "The Swimmer" With Allusions
In John Cheever’s book/film “The Swimmer” the aspect of different allusions and symbolism is a science fiction element I picked up on as I read up on it because of funding reasons. I had a chance to read “The Swimmer” through a google book. The plot starts with a guy swimming home from a social function using his neighbor's pools. As the plot of the story thickens the setting of the scene changes. The weather changes from being sunny to gloomy. Not only did the weather change but the attitudes of the people he was surrounded by were getting worse. The final thing that went through a change in this production was the pool’s water level. Metaphorically the guy is experiencing change which helps a person grow. The different dimensions give the man different obstacles that he has to hurdle over to get home. Different dimensions is another element of science fiction as it deals with different perceptions and altered worlds. The production changing the scenery and vibe of the people helps a person see their alter ego. He named the journey he took through the pools as a river after his wife. <ref> As seen throughout the film the guy loses everything he has as and is no longer young as the weather represents the seasons changing. The seasons changing not only tell us the time of year but also how things didn't happen all in one night but all over time.
@TSmith2020: I agree with your statement that “things didn’t happen all in one night” because if you separate this story from its aspect of time, you get a man that neglects the problems of the present. This accumulates to impacting his future life and persona in a way in which he never wanted, but avoided fixing. As a result, he can never return to his past self or the image it held since it is too far gone. Atallent (talk) 10:31, 9 September 2019 (EDT)
September 7, 2019: Theme comparison between "The Swimmer and "La Jetée"
I have seen “La Jetée” directed by Chris Marker and read “The Swimmer” by John Cheever they both have time travel and symbolism in common. Both of the main characters that are the protagonist live in their past lives. Neddy the main character in "The Swimmer" goes through life in disbelief. As the story plot progresses he loses everything of value to him. Throughout the plot, the season and his age changed to reflect the time travel. the main character in La Jetée is a male prisoner of World War 3 who is being experimented on for time travel. He travels through time to find this woman that he once saw in his past to start a romantic relationship with her. He soon realizes that the death of a man he saw in the past was his own death. The works in this post both tie together through the symbolism of death by Neddy’s family breaking apart and the guy who time-traveled just to understand the man he saw dead was himself.
- @TSmith2020:: I also talked about how time travel was a common theme in both the stories. I think both protagonist were trying to escape the horrible present realities they were faced with.--Daisja30 (talk) 18:20, 8 September 2019 (EDT)
- <https://youtu.be/OqFTDSsaFJE/> The Truth About Science Fiction />  retrieved 28 August 2019.
- <Cheever, John, and Eleanor Perry. The swimmer. HarperCollins, 2009./>  retreived 7 September 2019
- <Morgan, Robert. "The Swimmer: Burt Lancaster Journeys Upriver Into the Dark Heart of Suburbia." James River Film Journal. James River FilmJournal, 26 Mar. 2014. Web. 7 Dec. 2015. <./> retreived 7 September 2019.
- <Rudy, Lisa Jo, M.Div. “The Swimmer (Film).” Salem Press Encyclopedia, 2019. EBSCOhost, [search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx direct=true&db=ers&AN=89403180&site=eds-live&scope=site] retreived 7 September 2019.
- <Analysis of The Swimmer/> retreived 7 September 2019.
- <Matthew Croombs. La Jetée in Historical Time: Torture, Visuality, Displacement. no. 2, 2017, p. 25-45. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1353/cj.2017.0001. retreived 7 September 2019.
- <Marker, Chris, et al. La Jetée. Criterion Collection, 2007. EBSCOhost, <search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=cat06566a&AN=mga.992306844602955&site=eds-live&scope=site/> retreived 7 September 2019.