Video games, subtitles, vocabulary.

Recently in class we were assigned to write an essay about an event or person that might have influenced us, to become what we are today! I wrote about living in three different states, which is important, but another thing i could have written on was a strange effect of playing video games; using subtitles to learn the English language. In restrospect, i think all of the games i played were played with subtitles. I didnt like the fact that, sometimes a character would say something incoherent and it would be confusing to the plot. Vocabulary and spelling is what i think was affected most, my first console was acquired at the age of six, and throughout grade school i was a good speller (got to attend two spelling bees). When you see the word spelled out on screen, and you hear the player say it, it just sticks naturally to the brain. Sentence structure and syntax were probably enhanced by my habit. To this day, vocabulary is very important to me and i think it is important for success. that would be a good topic for next week… 

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Wanna go out to the field…

I don’t mean in the sense of going to a lettuce crop; this phrase attempts to describe my desire to observe a subculture I have selected for my English 102 class. The name of our text-book is “FieldWorking” and so far what I have read is adopting the insider-outsider perspective, both of them and knowing when it is appropriate to take up either role. We couldn’t just choose any subculture though, we actually had to follow some guidelines for choosing them, the most important rule was that we couldn’t be a part of the subculture or have been in the past. The subculture I chose to study was criminal justice majors; I can sincerely say that I want to know what drove them to choose this major (AHS). Among many things, I really want the people in this subculture to disprove common stereotypes about themselves to me. Apparently in future weeks we will be observing our selected subculture for about an hour a week. Don’t know what to expect! Hopefully they will accept me as an observer. (not quite as a participant, because that could skew the reports, right?)

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Fast-writes in college…

Fast-writing is a tool which I am familiar with and is easy for any student to use. Chances are that you have already done a fast-write whether it was knowingly or not. A hint of nostalgia inside attempts to remind me of a possible introduction to fast-writing before college, but I can’t tell if its an actual memory or imagination. To be precise, fast-writing was introduced to me by Mrs. Bree McGregor (My first semester English professor) during the first week or so of classes during the Fall ’13 semester. Like I said it is an easy exercise, where literally all you have to do is write non-stop… NON-STOP! Any errors in spelling, syntax, or conventions is ignored… In my opinion, it is similar to slowly unraveling a ball of yarn. You begin on one end of the string and just follow it, to fast-write effectively one must shut the internal critic off (temporarily, you will need to turn him on again to make corrections). After a few minutes of writing you will probably not have strayed too far from the original writing prompt and will have produced a long, sloppy, chunk of text. Those words were inquiries of the subconscious, they are beaches from which we can climb up on from the sea of inquiry, in order to go up a more guided, focused path…

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Theres no fun in writing about the obvious…

On the surface of an  object, the light bounces off to hit the rod & cone cells in our retina, and it sends sensory signals to our brain and we perceive an image. My image is usually from a perspective five feet above the ground, my front body facing the subject, and with a passive attitude… BUT! What if one day I walk facing backwards, bend over backwards, and stare up at people, my perspective would definitely change and I would see normality from a whole ‘nother view. This is how it should be with writing! When I purchased The Curious Writer, never would I have imagined that the rules I learned in 5th grade were going to be rendered useless. Writing should be about discovery, every word on this page should lead to a new discovery. Can’t wait to go out and WRITE myself to a land where every step is a new perspective!

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