User:Tami Marie/HUMN 4472 Journal
August 24, 2019
When I would think of Science Fiction, I always associated it with just aliens and technology. I don't really have any other thoughts on Science Fiction as it wasn't really my genre and while it is interesting for some I didn't have an interest in it. For me, I would define Science Fiction as a genre that is associated with sciences and other worldly beings. It also associates with how the future may be or how technology can be advanced.
August 24, 2019
From what I learned of Science Fiction, I would say that I was right to think how I did on the definition of Science Fiction. Science Fiction is a literary genre that is focused on science and is also focused on technology. I found out from the documentary Brave New Worlds: The Science Fiction Phenomenon, I learned that it came in 1926. The authors then were trying to show the younger audience at the time how their world can be different. I think I was also right to think that it was the focus on technology because they were thinking about how technology is advanced.
@TamiMarie: Hello! I thought of the same things when science fiction came to mind because science fiction is not really my genre either. Do you think that now that you have done more research on the topic that it has made you more interested in the genre?--Daisja30 (talk) 22:05, 31 August 2019 (EDT)
September 5, 2019
"The Swimmer" by John Cheever is a short story about a man named Neddy that is swimming in a pool and he tries to get home by swimming through the pools of his neighbors. As he kept doing this he was greeted warmly by his neighbors but overtime things became more and more darker. When he makes it home, he sees that his home is desolate. The science fictional elements in “The Swimmer” is how time and space is used. Time and Space in science fiction is essentially when time and space are warped in some kind of way. The protagonist, Neddy was swimming in pools and he was pretty much going to different pools at different houses that belonged to his friends. Overtime as he kept going, things started to become more and more distorted and surreal.
- @Tami Marie: Hi Tami! I saw Neddy as someone who was struggling with reality throughout the story. It is clear that his life is not as perfect as it seems, and as the story progresses we start to see the truth behind the curtain. Nice job! Christina.moore2 (talk) 17:16, 6 September 2019 (EDT)
@TamiMarie: Time and space in "The Swimmer" is warped in Neddy's mind. I think that the pools represent a portal that goes to another "dimension" from fantasies and memories to reality. Instead of things becoming more surreal and distorted I think that everything becomes clearer and focused. It is his transition from being drunk to being sober. At first his mind was hazy in another place. He was feeling great and happy, but as the alcohol began to wear off everything became much clearer. He wanted alcohol again to go back to his past. The pools technically sobered him up. MarinChristina (talk) 20:16, 7 September 2019 (EDT)
September 5, 2019
The similarity that both “The Swimmer” and “La Jetee” is the concept of time and space. In “The Swimmer” Neddy is going from different pieces of his friends’ homes and things started to become surreal and distorted. In the end Neddy comes back to his own home to find that it had become deserted and empty. In “La Jetee” the protagonist goes through time travel and he ends up in many different parts of his life. “La Jetee” takes place during a post-war era and at some point the protagonist ends up in the past before the war happened and he meets a woman and falls in love with her. He does eventually die when the people who were experimenting on him, follow him and they get ready to get rid of him. For here the common trait that the stories share is how time is used in both of them.
- @Tami Marie:: Although I agree with you on most points, I think the further along Neddy traveled and the more people started to talk to him, that he began to question his reality. Then, like you said, once he reached his house, everything became crystal clear to him. I think both protagonist were trying to hang on to the good times of the past.--Daisja30 (talk) 18:33, 8 September 2019 (EDT)
- @Tami Marie:: I agree that time is definitely one of the things the two stories share in common. I feel that both stories chose to use time as the focal point to show the extreme suppression or trauma both men experienced.Ambersmith5 (talk) 09:34, 9 September 2019 (EDT)
- @Tami Marie: Your analyses must be a bit more in-depth and use strong secondary sources. Thanks. —Grlucas (talk) 16:43, 9 September 2019 (EDT)
September 14. 2019
In a previous post, I stated that science fiction isn't my genre. With that being said, I never seen an episode of Doctor Who until now. I had never watched Doctor Who previously and I don't have much knowledge of the show. The only thing that I know about it, is that it's about a person who can travel through time and space and I do know that their main enemy are these machines called Daleks. That's all I knew of Doctor Who. This episode, Blink, was a very interesting episode. The angels on this one aren't actually angels but are called weeping angels. My first impression of these are that they were just statues that covered their faces and they would kill people. It turns out the weeping angels send people back in time and leave them to die. The weeping angels prove to be a very dangerous bunch and it is advised to not blink.
- @Tami Marie: Hi, Tami! I also had never seen an episode of Doctor Who before this one. I have to admit, I found it a bit confusing because I had never seen a previous episode, but I did enjoy it for the most part. The Weeping Angels were interesting to me because, as the Doctor said, they kill you by sending you back in time and letting you die slowly.
- @Tami Marie: Hey Tami!! I'm glad we're in class together! As far as the Weeping Angels are concerned do you feel that their punishment was actually a punishment? From one perspective, the Weeping Angels never killed a person and only place them in another part of history. There might have been a little comfort knowing how certain world events would play out, which I suppose is an odd advantage to have. That individual still had the chance to have a life. I'd love to hear your thoughts! SaraKathryn (talk)- 22:45, 15 September 2019 (EDT)
September 14, 2019
Doctor Who’s Blink and William Gibson’s The Gernsback Continuum were what we had to read and watch this week. In the Blink, the weeping angels were able to seed people back into time and leave them in the past to die. The Gernsback Continuum is about a time continuum. The protagonist in The Gernsback Continuum is in a flying ship that goes from one image to the other. Between the two there is a common theme concerning Time. The weeping angels send people in time and that is how they essentially kills their victims. In the Gernsback Continuum, the narrator is seeing images of a parallel world that is similar to his. In both of Blink and Gernsback Continuum, both of the protagonist are trying to change something concerning time. The Doctor is alerting Sally from the past and the protagonist in Gernsback Continuum is trying to change images. In Getting Out of the Gernsback Continuum, Andrew Ross writes: "Because of the obligations of the conventions of historical narrative, literary historians of science fiction tend to favor linear accounts of its development as a cultural genre". This is evident here as in both episode and story the protagonists are favoring something else and are trying to change things.
- @Tami Marie: Did you proofread? Did you listen to my feedback? While I applaud your effort to add some research to your post, you must get the more foundational detail correct first. Go back and read the directions for the lesson carefully. Please see me if you need more explanation. —Grlucas (talk) 12:41, 16 September 2019 (EDT)
September 20, 2019
We Can Remember It For You Wholesale is a story about a named Douglas Quail who wants to go to mars. He wakes up thinking about it and he does actually get a chance to go to Mars. There is a twist to this however; he actually had a false memory inserted in his brain to make him think that he actually went to Mars. From what I saw of Douglas, I could tell that he did not like his life and obviously wanted to be somewhere else. At first, I thought that maybe he was just thinking about going to Mars as an escape from his reality. To my surprise and I’m sure everyone else’s, Douglas actually visited Mars and saw aliens but they made him suppress the memory.
The theme of the story is about Memories.Douglas is trying his best to get to Mars, but it would seem that he could've already made it to Mars. As it turned out, he did make it to Mars but he could not remember whether or not he actually made it to Mars. His memory was hidden from him as he met aliens and so they made him suppress the memory about meeting them. With his memory being hidden from him, I got the feeling of him being empty on the inside and that he felt a part of him was gone since he doesn't remember whether he made it to Mars or not. In the story it is clear that their is the back and forth of what is real and what isn't real. Did Douglas go to Mars and kill someone or did he not go to Mars and he did not kill someone? When he tries to get a memory implant it turns out that he did go to Mars and he was actually a secret agent. As previously stated he did not remember it because the aliens made him suppress his memory. In the article False Memories For An Analogue Trauma: Does Thought Suppression Help or Hinder Memory Accuracy it says "People are vulnerable to memory distortion for traumatic events. Indeed, researchers have suggested that intrusive thoughts in particular might lead victims of trauma to memories". Douglas did go through a trauma and that was having his memory suppressed. While this was for the benefit of others he still suffered a trauma of having his memory taken away.
- @Tami Marie: Hi, Tami. I think the trauma Douglas might have gone through could possibly be him killing someone. While he was trained for years as an assassin, the act of actually killing someone might have been harder on him than he thought. It is clear throughout the story that he did not want his memories to be taken from him, but instead was forced to forget what happened. That being said, I am sure that his struggle with having more than one memory erased and replaced with a lie was very traumatic. Nice post! Christina.moore2 (talk) 15:42, 22 September 2019 (EDT)
September 22, 2019
The story, We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, and X-Files episode, Jose Chung's From Outer Space, are both very similar to each other. They both deal with a person dealing with aliens in some kind of way. Douglas had met the aliens from Mars and Chrissy and her boyfriend were abducted by aliens. They both deal with having their memories tampered with. Douglas's memory were taken away and Chrissy couldn't remember much about her abducting by the aliens.
Douglas and Chrissy
As previously stated, Douglas and Chrissy both have their memories manipulated but they both have their memories manipulated in different ways. In Douglas's case he had it taken away from him because of the aliens decided to take it from them. When he goes to get memory implants, they discover that he was actually a secret agent and an assassin that visited Mars. Chrissy's situation is entirely different as she was abducted and her memories were tampered with. A difference between the two is that Douglas had previously stated that he wanted to go to Mars. Douglas had been thinking about this since the beginning of the story. From my persepctive I saw his obsession with going to Mars as being a dream of his since his own life was empty. It turned out to be a reality for him, it's just that he did not know he's been to Mars before. For Chrissy, she did not want to be abducted and she was taken against her will. Unlike Douglas, who had been wanting to go to Mars, Chrissy did not want to go anywhere and was put in a very complicated predicament. The experience with the aliens was pretty traumatic for her, rightfully so since no one would really want to be abducted by aliens. For Chrissy, she also underwent hypnosis, something Douglas did not go through. One thing they did have in common is that they both were told it was for the greater good of others. For Douglas, the aliens decided not to invade Earth because of him, and for Chrissy, the government did not want her to remember her experience. It could actually be for the greater good for Chrissy as her experience was scary and it would probably been best for her not to remember. Regarding these two, Douglas and Chrissy both had run ins with aliens and had their memories taken away both in different ways and for different reasons.
@Tami Marie: all of the characters' memory lapses all deal with losing their freedoms to keep their memories. The government agencies, Interplan and the Air Force, alter and direct the characters' memories by convincing them that they are not in the right states of mind. The government is censoring what these characters know. They do not want their voices to be heard and to keep them out of showing others what is really happening. It is like media censorship. MarinChristina (talk) 21:42, 22 September 2019 (EDT)
Brave New Worlds: The Science Fiction Phenomenon
Getting out of the Gernsback Continuum: http://eds.a.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.mga.edu/eds/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=11&sid=535c9f88-285f-45e3-971b-86934f359a06%40sessionmgr4007
False Memories For An Analogue Trauma: Does Thought Suppression Help or Hinder Memory Accuracy: http://eds.b.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.mga.edu/eds/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=4&sid=f41d2257-4183-4085-a10b-73a1a07fe51c%40pdc-v-sessmgr05