Graphic Novels; Good or Bad?


Nowadays, with books like 50 Shades of Grey, many readers ask “are books too graphic for some readers?” Some say yes and others simply say no. Many can argue that it is not good for a book to be that graphic, and how a teenager were to react if they pick it up and start reading. On the other hand, people say it’s what makes the book good, and a seller. Author Hillary Chute agrees to the fact that books aren’t books anymore and neither are comics with all the graphic writing there is in them. She talks about Spiegelman’s graphic novel Maus and describes how that novel is graphic. Chute the describes what Maus is about. It is about the author’s father’s experience in Auschwitz as a Jew in the holocaust. We can see where the graphic scenes might lead too since it is taking place during the holocaust. She also talks about how graphic novels are now gaining acceptance in the academy and press, since book two of Maus was published and won a “special” Pulitzer Prize. She mentions about how popular the graphic novel is compared to others. The book was a bestseller and has been translated into many languages.


Chute suggested that comics nowadays may be ideal to portray traumatic events and extreme circumstances. Like Maus talks about the author’s father as a Jew in a concentration cap during WWII. Chute says that these comics like these helps the author, artists and narrators express their meanings in a way that cant be described in other forms. According to Chute, these narrative techniques contradicts. She thinks that visual literacy is replacing a verbal literacy. Meaning that pictures are replacing texts since she also thinks pictures show more feelings and emotions than texts themselves do. She quoted, from a times magazine story that these graphic narratives or graphic novels are a growing importance. She says “Comics may be what novels used to be, an accessible, vernacular form with mass appeal” Are these graphic novels really necessary? Should they be allowed to be sold in bookstores where anyone, including a young teenager, can go up to them and start reading? Is Chute right on her opinions about these graphic novels?  


Violence in the Media


There are two sides to every argument. For the case whether or not the media has had an impact on causing children  to become more violent is more complicated then you would initially think. One side of the argument is that kids can benefit from the interactive battles by taking out their aggression in the “rageful fantasy.” Jones argues that these children playing the games projecting all their negative feelings such as anger, depression, or aggression is a healthy way to learn how to deal with these emotions in a controlled environment, or “creative violence.”

The other side to this argument is the idea that the violence surrounding the naïve minds of children can lead to antisocial behavior or even violence itself. In my opinion, I actually agree more with this side. Growing up I can remember playing the popular 90’s video game Mortal Combat on my Nintendo 64 with my two younger brothers. After finishing playing virtually, we would then usually turn the game into reality trying to imitate the same violent hits and kicks at each other as we had seen in the game. At the time it was just fun, but when we got in actual fights we often used the same techniques we had learned, causing an innocent fight to become something much more serious. Also, there is a lot of evidence linking young mass killers to violent video games. “You shoot a guy in ‘Doom’ and he gets back up. You have got to shoot the things in ‘Doom’ eight or nine times before it dies,” said Evan Ramsey in an online article for fox news, who killed two people at his Alaskan school. He is just one example compared to the hundreds of others out there.

Violence in the media is an every day occurrence from video games to what we see on television. Everything should be distributed in moderation, this applies to the exposure of violence seen by our youth as well. If parents do allow their children to be involved in such activities, then I believe there should be some restrictions set forth such as a time limit to enable the well being of our youth. If more precautions were to be taken, then there is less of a chance that something will go wrong.

Violence as an Aid?


Many people believe that children exposed to violent media at a young age will develop anger issues and encourage them to participate in wrathful acts to harm society. I also used to be a skeptic of violent video games and comics, thinking it had a negative effect on how the adolescent mind matured. There have been studies conducted to monitor this behavior and the results, although fairly vague, may still be shocking.

The easy solution to this question is just to blame all violent acts on the use of slightly inappropriate media, but this is not the case. The studies that have been performed have had no positive result that individuals who partake in heinous crimes do so because of influences from any media source. While the idea of violent media causing real-life acts to be committed seems logical, there is still room for doubt.  In fact, those simulated and bloody games have been found to allow timid children to open up and build a self confidence that they have never contained before. Some even say that the violent media guides them to truly find themselves and discover their passion in life.

Adults need to teach young minds that is would be morally wrong to reenact anything they see on these games in a real life situation. Personally, I find that violence in media is useless. I was hesitant at first about the idea of allowing this cycle to be continued, but as long as these games are used responsibly, there should be no problem. If these guidelines are followed, then there might be a decline in the number of violent acts committed in cities today.

Is Violent Media good for Kids?


I can see where both of the sides are coming from with the people who think it helps with kids and where you get considered as the “bad parent”. I honestly thin that it depends on the kid. I believe that for some kids violent media will make them try to act violent towards others and think that it’s okay because that is what media is telling them. For others they may see it as something to use to express their anger and get it out in away of an art like comics, writing, ect…

I do agree with the other when she says that if you use it in the right way then it could be used for a greater purpose than what some parents think that it really is for. Like she said “it’s helped hundreds of people for every one that it’s hurt” because “rage can be an energizing emotion.”. I do belive that it does help kids with their conflicts and what they are going through in their lives bringing it out in these violent characters.

Violence in Media

With the impending release of the latest installment of Grand Theft Auto, a game which has been mired in controversy since its original iteration in 1997, a national conversation regarding violence in the media will undoubtedly begin anew. For those unfamiliar with the game, it allows a player engage in a wide array of illicit activities and in general saturates the user with digital violence that opponents of violence in the media have pointed to as the decline of civilized entertainment that will eventually unravel our society unleashing a post apocalyptic wasteland of Thunderdome-esque proportions. Unlike the late 90s, however, statistical evidence has been collected demonstrating the exact opposite trend within American society. Simply put, criminal activity has decreased since 2002, even with all of the violence the average person is exposed to through entertainment media.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics released its annual report of criminal victimization for 2011 in October of 2012 and presents some clear findings on crime rates, namely a steady decrease in violent crimes and property crime. From 2002 to 2011 violent crime not including murder reported to the police dropped 32%, with violent crimes excluding murder not reported to the police but still occurring dropped 29%. Property crime, including motor vehicle theft, dropped 22% in reported crimes with a 15% drop thefts that took place but were not reported to the police. These statistics included victims ages 12 and older. These are incredibly strong downward trends indicating that violence in entertainment is not even remotely causing an increase in violent behavior within society.

Is violent media good for kids? Certainly not all subjects are appropriate for the very young, and entertainers have adopted rating systems to warn parents of potentially inappropriate content for just such a reason. However, to deny that violence is a part of our genetic and cultural history seems foolish and violent entertainment provides an outlet for people to explore their own nature. Ultimately, the increasing inclusion of violent content in media has not affected society in a negative way and will continue to play an important part in how we as a people tell stories worth hearing.

Understanding Self and Others Through Argument

Arguments aid in the evaluation of one’s ideas and beliefs in a very real way. To make a proper argument one must look at a topic in a majorly objective way, which is something that a person is not naturally inclined to do. To make a good argument, many sides need to be presented and researched objectively. In doing honest research one must see some validity in other ideas, albeit with their goal in mind, asking “How can I use this opposition to strengthen rather than hinder my argument?” This process not only aids in personal growth, but helps in the process of becoming closer to others both in friendship and community. This does not mean surrendering one’s own views completely; for, after research one might very well, and often does, remain loyal to previous beliefs. It simply allows a better understanding of other world views and opinions, and therefore allows one to better understand other people and respect ideas outside of their own. When you can’t respect the beliefs and ideas of others you are listening without hearing.

To say that there are no other valid opinions is to say that an idea is either fact or personal preference. If it is fact, such as that the sky is blue, it is of course not a basis for argument. Nor is a subject argument if it is based on personal preference, such as a personal aversion to sushi. An attempt to find opposing argument to either of these would be futile. However, many things that a person believes to be true can be argued and often are.

Argument is so essential to personal growth in that it requires one to step outside of self and discover things that they would otherwise like to remain ignorant of. Argument forces one to look their ideas in the eye and question them and in doing this either reshape belief or make existing belief stronger. Without any doubt or research at any point, how can one claim a solid belief? Something can be claimed and paraded all day, but if one has not sat down and honestly evaluated their positions how they can say that they really believe anything at all? An idea that cannot be tested and remain solid is not really an idea at all. It is not right, it is not even wrong.

It Doesn’t Hurt To Read


Mostly, I despise the internet. I try to avoid using it at all costs, but I end up using it every day. I am regularly looking up phone numbers for businesses, finding out the name of an actor from a new favorite film, or getting directions to a friend’s place. Rarely, do I use the internet for researching a paper because it is so frustrating to find reliable sources. I also have a serious case of over thinking every task put in front of me.

In the reading I found that there are many aspects to analyzing a website. I know that I have been taught to analyze web pages in a high school class which is why I only remember half of the steps. It is not all that hard to remember them since the process mostly involves using common sense and context clues to figure out if a source is reputable or not. I think using the internet can be extremely useful because of the quickness and ease it takes to highlight something you find on one page and research it in a new page.

At the moment, I prefer going to the library to find sources because “Most sources in a college library have been evaluated by a reference librarian” and having librarians around comforts me (291). I like having a real person to ask questions. Another thing I completely prefer to using a computer is reading ink from real paper. Reading articles online makes them feel temporary and fleeting to me. My brain doesn’t register the light or something.

Fortunately, with the help of this reading I can successfully research online using only the most current, accurate, and comprehensive sources. Now, when I look to the internet for assistance I will know exactly what I am looking for. Not to mention I won’t be wasting time looking through an outdated page or a page full of LIES. I am looking forward to using these observation skills to narrow my searches and ease my pain of internet use.

Brick of Paper

Brick of Paper

As much as many of us run from books, and maybe even reading we’re stuck with it. From work, to school, to fun articles, reading is inevitable. It’s like a game of hide and seek that we usually lose. I have spent a great deal of time running away from sitting down and spending hours reading chapters and chapters of a book. This activity, as a child, was entertaining, but now has become boring and tedious. However, we can never run from text books. These are the books that all wish to get rid of, yet we are essentially married to these thick books when we come of age. Math texts, Government texts, English texts, we’re always being thrown another text book to read. Moreover these aren’t small reading assignments, they’re copious amounts of reading material to soak in, and later apply on an exam.

It would be okay if all we had to do was speed read and voila we got it all, but we must pay attention to what we’re reading the whole time. Text books have been an enemy to my days that I think I have off. They’re always there, and there is always something that needs to be read. No matter how much reading I do, there always seems to be more. Textbooks are like Marry Poppins magic bag, no matter how much you pull from them there is still and endless pool of knowledge waiting to be read. This being said there’s been the wonderful “invention” of eBooks, now one doesn’t have to do so much reading, one can just listen. However, not all textbooks have accompanying eBooks, so there’s still a great deal of reading to be done. I guess I’m fighting a losing battle; it may just be time to embrace textbooks, and the reading of them.

I believe it


Credibility and believability seem to be in completely different ballparks. Something can be believable and not credible, especially if you are talking to a particularly gullible person. Believability is something that is within the realm of reason. While credibility is something solid that can be proven and backed up with facts. Just because I choose to believe something, doesn’t necessarily make it credible.

The text states “just as you would not naively believe a stranger who approached you on the street, you should not automatically believe a site that you randomly encounter on the web.” I love that logic, but there are holes in it. Imagine you are waiting in line at Starbucks and the guy behind you mentions that cinnamon is better for you than nutmeg, you might just believe him and order the cinnamon latte instead of the nutmeg blend. However if a stranger ran up out of no where while you were walking to work and began sputtering about how it was going to rain later and maybe you should have considered an umbrella. You wouldn’t assume he was a meteorologist, instead you would check his credibility by using a trusted resource such as The same goes for websites.

When you open up a new website the first thing I notice is the layout, but very soon after that I start to read. It doesn’t take long to decide if it looks and sounds legit. When I’m looking a fact up quickly I will often find myself in Wikipedia, which is an awful habit. I read what wiki has to say and then knowing that they aren’t entirely credible I just base my answer off of believability and previous knowledge. Many times I have been given incomplete information from which I drew my own conclusions. Credibility feeds off of believability. Once you believe it you can choose to look deeper or take it at face value.