Images vs. Text


Maus by Art Spiegelman is a great example of text images. It was a easy book to read, but because of all the pictures it slowed your reading down so you can pay close attention to the detailed pictures. Unlike text book reading you can read through the material more quickly without any pictures to distract you as your continuing to turn the pages. Most history book are more reading that looking at the pictures in the book. I think pictures are good to give you an visual idea of what the story is talking about. A lot of people would disagree. They say pictures take away from the person’s own imagination. The two come together to balance your ability to understand what you have read and give you a visual at the same time.

Other text book don’t use images through out the whole book. The images not only make the reading more easier but, it also give the reader a interest to want to keep reading the material. History is a sensitive subject like religion and politics. So a lot of people don’t want to hear or read about history. They feel it wasn’t their era so why should they have to hear or read about it, or it’s not a part of their background so why should I care to learn or read from it. Nowadays, it’s a melting pot of all races of people so it’s interesting and necessary to learn about all cultures not just one. If you are a open minded person you would agree. I believe traveling to different places help you think outside the box. It help you to not only be exposed to your own heritage.

If more images were displayed in text maybe people would understand the material more better. Have a better attitude about the subject because the pictures draw you in. History is sometime hard to read and figure out. I think images can help people to be more drawn into learning and reading more about history.


Living In A New Era


Many people believe video games, movies, televison and music persuade a person to kill innocent people. I personally have a hard time believing that’s true. I believe parents need to be more aware of what their child or children are doing when their around. Author John Leo wrote a piece called ” When life imitates video” and he speaks on the Colorado school massacre. Been from Colorado, I remember the Colorado news station 9news reporting the parents of the shooters could not go into their rooms due to they had locks on their doors. How do you “the parent” not have access to the rooms in your own house?  Which you own or pay for? 

Nowadays, we live in a world were parents are trying to be “cool” friends to their child instead of being a parent. Most children’s parents are both working. Back in the day the father was the only one working and the mother would stay home taking care of the kids, having free time to be more in tuned with what their child was taking part in his/her life.

Some parents feel gulity for not being able to spend as much time with their kid. They repay them by spoiling them with materialistic things and/or letting them get away with a lot of things they shouldn’t be doing in the first place. You know what I’m talking about if you have a younger sibling. Your parents were very strict with you. For example, You couldn’t listen to certain type of music. Now you have a younger brother or sister and their able to listen to all type of music. You ask yourself…… why don’t they have the same rules as you did growing up?

We live in a society were a lot of people are getting married at a later age. Which causes them to have children later in life. So the time they do have kids they have little patience and let their kid get away with a lot of stuff or aren’t aware of what’s going on with their child. The other scenarios is kids having kids and single parent homes. So they teach them on a child level of what little bit they know.The single parent has to work hard to be  mommy and daddy which leave little time to spend with their child.

Violence is everywhere. We see violence reported on the news, people’s own homes ( some people live in violence environments ), jail cells, police departments, sporting events, riots etc. People always seem to find away to blame someone or something instead of facing the true fact of the matter of what caused the problem. With all that been said it doesn’t give parents a pass for not knowing what’s going on in their child’s life.