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Tuesday, March 30, 2004

I think that baseball should have mandatory steroids testing starting immediately. Steroids are illegal in the US and they are banned in every sporting league all over the world. Many, such as the NFL, NHL and NBA all test their players for illegal substances. It is time that Major League Baseball realizes the danger that having no testing will ruin the sport down the road. With widespread use of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs the publics interest in the sport will fall. The NBA, NFL and NHL have all achieved record attendance and ratings while interest in baseball has fallen over the years. In order to gain back some of thier fans, baseball must implement drug testing policies and create harsh penalties for those that test positive. The NFL uses year round random testing for their players and immeadiate suspensions for those that test positive. I believe that that type of program would work best for MLB and resolve a lot of the complaints that the public has.

Sunday, March 28, 2004

The best paper that I have ever written is the first paper in this class, which was about the comic book guy who sold an adult comic and was sent to jail for it. The main reason I think that it is the best one I have ever written is because it contains the most in-depth argument that I have ever written. With that paper I put in the most effor that I have every put into a paper. The high effort helped me create the most complex argument that I have wrote a paper on. I also made good relations to other stuff such as video stores and cartoons, which greatly helped my argument. I even included a simple counterargument, which I have never done before. I also thought it was fun to write the paper opposite of what my personal beliefs were. I argued that the comic book guy was wrongfully convicted, however I believe that he should have been punished.

Thursday, March 25, 2004

The article that I looked at was "No Time Like the Present: Narrative and Time in Art Spiegalman's Maus" by Erin McGlothlin. One of the main claims made in this article was discussing how the graphic novel aided in the shift in time periods from the past to the present. It also aids in showing the physical difference between the father in the past as a starving prisoner and in the present as an old man. I think this is true, the pictures help distinguish between the past and the present in how the characters are drawn. A second claim is that the images also create a link between the past and the present. The comic is able to create a sense of how time spent in the camps has affected the character. I did not notice this when I first read Maus II, but the author provided a great example of this in the article with the father and some of the things he did in the camp that he still does. The author also claims that there are three main levels of narrative. Those three are narrative in the past, present, and the narrative that connects the two. The past narrative is when the father is in the camps, the present is the modern storyline involving Art and his father. While the "metadialogue" happens when Art tries reflect and interpret the stories that his father tells him. This third type of narrative is set off by the use of lowercase letters instead of the uppercase letters in the rest of the novel. I found it difficult to at first understand what the metadialogue that the author talks about was. I still don't fully see the difference between that and the other narratives.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

3-24-03 Journal

The comic book that I chose to read was Maus II by Art Spiegelman. One possible thesis could be about how comic books are able to convey deeper meanings than just childish stories, such as superheroes. Maus discusses the Holocaust and the effect it had on the survivors, and the despair that the survivors feel that they survived and other didn't. Another possible thesis could be about the use of symbolism in comic books. The mice as the prisoners and the cats as the Germans are very important connection in how the Jews were seen as being inferior to other races. A third possible thesis could be about how visual stories, such as Maus, are easier to understand than normal novels. The pictures aid in the storytelling which allows the reader to better follow and understand the story and yet not take anything away from the true meaning of the story.

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