Identifying a Good Read (On Flooding: Drowning the Culture in Sameness)

I knew, before I even read half of this story, that I was going to write about it. I read the title, “On Flooding: Drowning the Culture in Sameness” and I thought it would be interesting. I had already looked at a few stories, but none of them really stood out to me, except this one, by Soraya Roberts.  Before I was done the story I knew I was going to write about this one. I found that I agree with most of what the author wrote about. I liked the topic and wanted to share what I thought about it.

Soraya Roberts wrote about the internet, and what it’s like. She said that, even though the internet was supposed to give everyone a voice to share with the world, it didn’t happen that way. The first thing she brought up was the fact that in 1995, 1996, and 1997, the nominees for ‘Best Drama’ at the Emmy’s were all the same. As Roberts put it, there were ” Two cop shows set in New York, two medical shows set in Chicago, and some aliens, spread across four networks, represented the height and breadth of the art form for three years running.”(Paragraph 1) For three years, the very best shows were all the same. Nothing else competed against it. I see a slight problem with that. I’m sure they were all good shows but was there really nothing else that could have competed with them? Everyone was supposed to be able to have their own voice, but the same 5 TV shows were nominated for three years running.

Even if there are more diverse voices in the world, only the same few are noticed. Only the same few rise to the top. As the title of the story says, we are drowning in sameness. The majority of the population decides that something is now interesting, and suddenly that is what everyone is talking about. The media realizes this and starts to show content that is similar to what the majority is interested in.  All different platforms of the media are trying to appeal to the population. The problem is, they are all saying and doing the samething. There is very little variation. There may now be more websites and more diversity, but they won’t  be as successful as the mainstream websites. According to The Most Popular US Industries and Traffic Shares, “Over 80% of all US online surfers are divided among five industries.” The top three listed are Internet Telecom, Arts and Entertainment, and News and Media.

“On Flooding: Drowning the Culture in Sameness” was written in 2019, soon before Disney came out with their new streaming service. A quote from an article written by Sean T. Collins, called Netflix’s Bright Future Looks A Lot Like Television’s Dim Past, in the piece by Roberts said, “you could choose from six different street-level Marvel superhero shows set in New York City.” This means that no matter how many new shows are out there, they are all just a “reconfiguration of the same things over and over” as Roberts put it. In Collins’s article, he wrote, “Television was the art form of the future, and Netflix was the future of television, and the future was here at last.” Television used to be a great thing, and there were so many different kinds of TV shows and movies. Now that we have had Netflix for about 22 years, the future is now. Collins said the future of television was Netflix and now we have Netflix, bu all the shows are just reconfigurations of shows before them.

The world needs to notice that we don’t need more of the same differences, we need more that is different. There may be more diversity, but there is more of the exacp same diversity. When the movie “Black Panther” came out, there was hope for more diversity in movies and more diversity in storytelling. Instead there is just more movies with the actor for the character Black Panther. In TV shows and movies, they are all just the same stories in a different shape or format. The media should show the differences and diversity in the world, and not let the same few websites, people, or organizations get all the credit. Most people get news and information form the media, so they see what the media is providing and sometimes only that.

Time Travel

Unlike teleportation, I wouldn’t use time travel that much. I wouldn’t want to go back in time. I like the present time we are living in now. In the past women didn’t have very many rights and I would have a hard time being there and not telling them about the present. If time travel was available right now, the first thing I would do is go forward in time to when scientists came up with a way for safe, accurate human teleportation. Time travel wouldn’t make one move locations. The time traveler would stay in the same spot and either turn time forward or backward. If I did travel time, I wouldn’t go alone. I would go with someone who also wanted to do what I was planning on doing.

If time travel is ever invented in my lifetime, it will surely be after I graduate from university. I will probably go into a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field, and this would help me while trying to gain knowledge from the future. Firstly, when I got to the future Vermilion, I would ask around and see who invented safe teleportation. Then I would find out where they were. Since the future will surely have better and more efficient methods of transportation, I would go to the city where the scientist worked. In this scenario, teleportation is real, so theoretically, I could just teleport to the scientist’s lab but since I would be from the past in this world, I would have no idea how to teleport therefore I would use another method of travel to get there. After all, they would have to have other methods of transport. Not everyone would be able to use teleportation all the time. There would have to be rules and regulations for something this drastic. All along my trip to the future, I would take pictures and notes of all the new inventions I saw.

Once I got to the city, I would find the scientists and ask them about teleportation. My companion and I would ask how it works and how long it took them to figure it out. As long as they weren’t treating us like little kids who didn’t know anything, we would tell them about my situation. Hopefully, they wouldn’t think I was crazy. Since time travel would also be real in the future, one of my arguments as to why they shouldn’t think I was crazy would be that we just traveled from the past. That would be a more convincing story then than it would be now. Hopefully, the scientists would tell us how they did it. Since my traveling partner and I would already be somewhat knowledgeable about this topic, I think we could understand the basics of it. Once the scientists told us the basic formula and perhaps gave us something to prove what we had heard, we would thank them and leave. 

Even if the scientists didn’t give us what we asked for my friend and I wouldn’t be ready to go back to the present just yet. I would want to see if my theories about teleportation were true. If teleportation was accessible to the general public, there must be some form of anti-teleportation security systems. One couldn’t go teleporting in and out of buildings unchecked(especially private buildings and prisons). Another one of my theories is that there also must be a training course to teleport. One wouldn’t be born with the knowledge of how to teleport. Would there be an age restriction on teleporting? Would one have to get a license to teleport? Would there be specific teleportation zones or could one simply teleport anywhere they wanted? As you can tell, I have put quite a bit of thought into teleportation. If I was able to time travel to a time when teleportation was available, I would see if my theories were true or not. I would also want to see what kind of efficient, environment-friendly, energy source the people of the future thought up.

Overall, I wouldn’t use time travel a whole lot, but if I did, I would go to the future. I would go see how the brilliant scientists of the future figured out how to make teleportation possible. I would document all the new inventions I saw on my trip to share with the people in the present. I would convince these scientists that I wasn’t some crazy person who had no clue what she was talking about. Hopefully, I would get what I went for, but even if I didn’t, the trip would still have value. I would see all the rules of teleporting and which of my personal theories about it are true. Lastly, I would see what source of energy people of the future used. If time travel was real and teleportation wasn’t yet, I would use time travel to figure out how to make teleportation real as well.

Teleportation

I have always wanted to travel. The farthest I have been is the United States of America. If teleportation is ever possible, I would use it so much. I want to travel around Europe. There are so many places I want to see in Europe, like Germany, Italy, France, Spain, and so many more. If teleportation is possible, I would go to Italy, or more specifically Rome.

The first thing I would do when I got to Rome is wander around the streets. I would buy a map and walk around and look and the buildings and the differences in Rome than Alberta. There are some places in Rome that might be ordinary to people who live there, but you wouldn’t see something like that in Alberta, and I find it amazing. Just walking the narrow streets lined with shops. I love going to places like that. It has a different atmosphere than places around Vermilion. The closest place I can think of like this is Canmore, AB. If I was in Italy and I had all the time in the world, I probably wouldn’t look at my map a lot, only if there was somewhere specific I wanted to go, but if I was just wandering I might not use it that much. All the pictures I see of Rome are very cool. Even the residential areas look cool.

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(Street in Rome)

After wandering around the streets of Rome, I would go see the Colosseum. In this scenario, teleportation is real, so going to the Colosseum would be really easy. You could skip all the frustration of trying to figure out how to get there, the traffic, or public transportation. Even though I could just teleport from wherever I was in Rome to the Colosseum, I wouldn’t. I think it getting to it would be part of the whole experience of visiting a place like the Colosseum. It was built in 70 AD, which is almost 2000 years ago. Something that has stood mostly intact for the better part of 2000 years would be amazing to see. A place like that would hold so much history. I would really enjoy seeing the Colosseum and would definitely include it on my trip to Rome.

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(The Colosseum)

Once I got my energy back (it would be drained by visiting the Colosseum and walking around all day), I would go to see the museums at the Vatican. I would really like to see the Sistine Chapel, but you can’t visit just that. You have to buy a ticket for the whole group of museums. Since the other museums would be included in the cost to see the Sistine Chapel, I would enjoy seeing those too. The Sistine Chapel is famous because of the inside, not the outside. While the outside isn’t that interesting, the inside is filled with wonderful paintings painted by Michelangelo in the Rennaissance. Even though the Sistine Chapel is in Vatican City (which is technically a different country), I would include it on my trip to Rome, Italy because it is right inside Rome.

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(The Sistine Chapel)

I have always dreamed of traveling. If teleportation was real, the first place I would go would be the city of Rome, Italy. I would wander the streets and go to many different shops and markets. I would go see the 1950 year-old Colosseum, and I would visit the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. These are just a few of the things I would do if I ever got the chance to go to Rome. I would want to have the whole experience. Teleportation would make traveling anywhere so much easier.

Three Songs I Never Get Sick of Hearing

I love music and listening to songs. I love so many different types of music and so many songs that is is hard for me to pick only three. Days In The Sun, You Raise Me Up, and I Have A Dream are among many loved songs I have. Whether it’s the music or the lyrics, these songs would take a very long time for me to get tired of.

Days In The Sun is one of the songs from the live-action Beauty and the Beast movie. It is about the spell that the castle was put under at the beginning of the movie. The different verses in this song are sung by different characters. In the 5th verse, the first two lines are, “How in the midst of all this sorrow / Can so much hope and love endure?” sung by the character Belle. I really like this line, because even though the people who once worked in the castle are now trapped in normally inanimate objects, they still have hope. They still hope that the castle and the people will one day be restored to how it once was. They had hope that Belle could break the spell. In the first verse of the song,  it says, “Days in the sun / When my life has barely began/ Not until my whole life is done / Will I ever leave you”(lines 1-4). This is sung by the young prince, from before the spell. These lines are quite sad to me because the prince is saying how his life was drastically changed when he was still young. I’m not sure who the last two lines are directed to, but then the prince was saying that he would never leave the person. He was going to stay with them as long as he could. The last stanza is as follows; “Days in the sun will return / We must believe as lovers do / That days in the sun / Will come shining through”. These lines are also about hope. Hope for the future, that the days in the sun will be back again. They are saying that they can’t lose hope.

You Raise Me Up is a song by Josh Groban. I really enjoy this song and I don’t know if I’ll ever get tired listening to it. The first verse is “When I am down, and, oh, my soul, so weary / When troubles come, and my heart burdened be / Then, I am still and wait here in the silence / Until you come and sit awhile with me.” It is about a person who is having a bad day or struggling with something. Then, when we pray, God comes to comfort us. He will always be there for us, to help us deal with whatever comes our way. The next verse starts with “You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains / You raise me up to walk on stormy seas” It is like no matter how down we are or how bad the day was, God can turn it around and make it good, or he can help you see the good in what happened. He can make do things that we can’t even imagine.  The lyrics right after this is “I am strong when I am on your shoulders / You raise me up to more than I can be.” The first line of this seems to be saying that through God we are strong. We could never be as strong without him and are made stronger by him. The second line ties into this by repeating again that God raises us up to be stronger and more than we are without him. Even though this song repeats itself a lot, the music changed enough that it doesn’t get annoying. The melody and the way this song flows are so beautiful. I feel like I can feel the music in my heart.

I Have A Dream by ABBA has lyrics that I think have an excellent meaning. I love all the lyrics in this song and they have great meaning in them. The first few lines are “I have a dream, a song to sing / To help me cope with anything” would be about having something to motivate you and something to look forward to. If you have something to work towards and look forward to, it could help you through the hard parts of life. A few lines later, the song says “I believe in angels / Something good in everything I see.” I don’t think it means literal angels. I think the angels symbolize the good in the world. It is good to try to see the good in things. If you look at life in a pessimistic way, you won’t be satisfied with how it turns out. If you always look for the good, you can see it in everything even if it may seem absent is some things.  In the second verse, the song says “And my destination makes it worth the while / Pushing through the darkness still another mile.” When you accomplish your goal or dream, you would see that all the effort you put into it is worth it. You would see that what you were working towards was worth it after all. Along the way, it might seem like you are in the darkness, and you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, but when you get there, you see how great it is.

These three songs are among the many that I love. I love the lyrics and the music, and together they make wonderful songs that would take a lot for me to get tired of. I love the meaning of the lyrics in I Have A Dream and the way the different verses are sung by different characters in Days In The Sun. The whole song, music and lyrics together, really makes You Raise Me Up a wonderful song.

Visual Representation of My Favorite Poems

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The Road Not Taken – By Robert Frost

I have always liked this poem. It is about the decisions we make in life and how they affect us. In the poem, it is saying how the person had a choice on which road to take. He wasn’t going anywhere specific, so he had a choice. He took the road he thought was less traveled and was happy with his decision. I imagine he had a good life, and later on, when he was older, he looked back on this decision. He came to the conclusion that picking that road made all the difference in his life. His life could have been something very, very, different had he taken the other road. Not necessarily better or worse, just different. I think this happens to us more than we are aware of. We make decisions every day. Sometimes, we make decisions that will affect our lives greatly, but it seems like a simple decision at the time. If we chose the other option, our lives would be different. Maybe not better or worse, but different.

Beethoven – By Shane Koyczan

I came across this poem recently, but I like it very much. It is a partial biography of Beethoven. He was a deaf pianist who came up with some famous compositions. The poem was about what his childhood was like. It tells of how his father was a drunk and wasn’t satisfied with how Beethoven was playing the piano. He thought he should be the best there ever was. The first quote would be relatable to some because they might feel like no matter what they do they are not good enough. They might actually be very good, but they keep thinking that they aren’t very good no matter what they do. I can relate to the second quote because I love music and playing the piano. I love how it feels to get the notes right and have a song completed. Like the music is something that is physically there.

Still I Rise – By Maya Angelou

I like this poem because of the general message it gives. The moral of the pome is that no matter what people say about you, no matter how much they push you down, you can always get back up and keep going. If you’re not hurting anyone by what you’re doing, I don’t think there would be a problem. Everyone is unique and different. We shouldn’t hide our differences, they make us who we are. If everyone was the same, life wouldn’t be very interesting. The speaker in this poem says that no matter what everyone says about her, no matter what they think, she will keep doing it. They push her down but she rises back up and doesn’t let it stop her from being who she is. I think that is a very important message. I think the picture I chose really goes well with this poem. The picture is of a phoenix rising from the ashes. Phoenixes are fictional creatures with an unusual life cycle. During a Phoenixś life, they are reborn several times. When it gets old, the phoenix burst into flames. When the flames die down, the phoenix is reborn from the ashes. In my mind this poem is saying, no matter how many times they push you down and cover you with ashes, you can still rise up and carry on.