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Growing up in a Digital Age

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Dawn Gusick

on 2 December 2013

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Transcript of Growing up in a Digital Age

Here is where you embed your 3-4 minute video of your book's central idea. You can get a clip from the actual movie of the book OR any related material that shows the same theme. (Keep it school-appropriate:)
Martin Luther King's
"Why I am opposed to the war in Vietnam"

This was a famous sermon given in 1967 to King's congregation, which highlighted seven reasons why he felt the war was a mistake for America. He felt too many African-Americans were serving, and he felt hypocritical preaching against violence in the inner-city streets, but was being silenced by the U.S. government when speaking out against support for the Vietnam War. However, his sermon ended with the hope that we Americans could learn to love each other and fight injustice everywhere through peaceful methods.
Fahrenheit 451
is about a man named Montag, who became desperately unhappy with his life in a society that promoted non-thinking and mindless entertainment. He stole a book to read it and transformed into someone who defied the government in many more ways. In the end, he lost his wife, his home, his job as a fireman, and life in civilization in order to be true to himself and live a simpler, more satisfying life among "book people."
A theme in Fahrenheit 451 is that one may have to sacrifice in order to have an authentic life. Montag gained knowledge from reading and felt life was worth living after meeting other readers and Granger. They gave Montag hope for a better future through education, chatting with people, and living simply.
One claim that Martin Luther King Jr. made was that the Vietnam War was "unjust, evil, and futile" (King 1).
Growing Up in a Digital Age:
Fahrenheit 451
by Ray Bradbury and
Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Why I am
Opposed to the War in Vietnam"
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Evidence: pathos/emotional appeal

Martin Luther King used emotional appeal to convince his audience to buy his argument against support for the Vietnam War when he states that he knew "America would never invest the necessary funds or energies in the rehabilitation of the poor so long as adventures like Vietnam continued to draw men and skills and money, like some demonic destructive suction tube" (King 3).
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King effectively uses emotional phrases to help his audience see what a poor trade-off Americans made- using money for death rather than life. A demonic suction tube image would strike fear into the majority religion in the 1960s- Christianity, which makes a point of avoiding deals with the devil, another effective emotional move by King. It is also easy for the viewer to see King's compassion for the poor and his hope for them when he uses the word "rehabilitaton" to describe their impoverished state, inspiring listeners to feel the same way.
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Martin Luther King taught me his view about Vietnam in this speech. He shared the atrocities the Vietnamese people suffered during the war, including how the people were victims under cruel dictators like Diem and General Ky. But I do need to research why the U.S. did not support Vietnam's bid for independence in 1945, why President Truman felt they were not ready for it at that time, and why we supported France's hold on Vietnam before I fully accept King's views on our blame in this matter.
Author's Purpose in Giving This Speech
Martin Luther King Jr. gave this anti- Vietnam speech in order to persuade fellow Americans and congregants to oppose our participation in the Vietnam War. He convincingly shares that the war on poverty in the USA is lost when dollars are diverted to military battles. Finally, King gave this sermon to be true to himself and his conscience as a minister and a Nobel Peace prize recipient.
"We Shall Overshare" is an article by Mary Katharine Ham. She is related to Martin Luther King's speech in two important ways: First, both she and King use their voices to express their views to a large audience. Secondly, Ham and King realize that people will be influenced by their opinions, although Ham's feelings about Twitter could be considered less life-impacting that King's views on the Vietnam War.
Ham feels her life online is a balancing act between humiliating herself by revealing personal secrets to her Twitter followers and sharing information that could help her friends avoid "the sour cream at Chipotle that tastes 'a little off'." Ham acknowledges a "gradual erosion of dignity" in oversharing online, but calls upon online sharers to take personal responsibility for what they post. Finally, Ham feels the risks are outweighed by its benefits, like the renewed connection with old pals, as a respectful way to pay respect to those who have passed, and its power to "raise $800,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital."
Type of evidence: Ethos/ Ethical appeal

Claim: Online media users should be aware of both the benefits and dangers of the online community.

We can trust Ham's credibility to discuss the benefits and pitfalls of online sharing because she herself has a Twitter account and uses the technology herself. Ham has experienced both the embarrassment and blessings of social media, so her writer's voice rings true as someone who knows to "avoid a pictorial on the proper position for a keg stand" or say something naughty about a boss on Facebook.

Mary Katherine Ham
society by making online users think twice about their actions online. She writes in an engaging manner with vivid, concrete examples that help us remember that anything posted on the Web has a 30-year shelf life. Finally, she reminds us of our freedom to err or shine with her example of online censorship in Iran at the end of her article, which should encourage us to hopefully use our freedom online wisely.

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