Thursday, January 1, 2009

Bloging: the Good, the Bad, and the Wordy

I have to admit that when we were first given this blogging assignment I had not the slighest clue as to what blogging really was. And after I learned exactly what our assignment was about, I was absolutely certain that I would hate it. I was sure of this not only because of my hatred of computers ( a hatred that is recipricated on the part of the computers as proved by the many papers, applications, and variious other items that have disapeared into thin air right after I had saved them), but also because of the darkness of the topic we were to discuss and the conflict that was sure to arrise due to the nature of that said topic. I am a very opinionated person, but I do prefer to usualy keep my opinions to myself and avoid conflict whenever possibe. So the very idea of blogging did not appeal to me at all in the begining.
Over time, however, I surprisingy came to somewhat enjoy it. I found that I relish in having an opportunity to express my views on a subject, and see how others view it when we are all almost equally knowledgable of that subject. The posts were usually quite meaningful and heartfelt, and the debates were heated and, in my opinion, did not seem to get out of hand. I also came to realize even more the importance of studying the Holocaust, not only to hopefully ensure that history is not allowed to repeat itself , but also as a way of honoring those who had to go through the horrors of the Holocaust whether they be living or dead.
Still, even though I recognize the importance of being knowledgable of and discussing the Holocaust, I wish we would move on and cover something new. I do not like dwelling on something so depressing, nor do I like feeling so strongly about something that I can no longer do anything about. As far as actually reading the book, Night, I felt that it allowed us to get a better view of how the Holocaust effected a single idividual, that it was well written, and that, overall, it was a good book. However, I would not have read it if not instructed to do so because, as I said, I do not like to dwell on things that are so sad and depressing.
Overall my expirience with this blooging asignment was a much better than I had anticipated. I have learned a lot. Not only about blogging itself but also about the Holocaust as a whole, Elie's plight, and how different people view different things. And, Mr. Neuberger, I too, like this a heck of a lot better than that horrible research paper. :)

-Shelby Smith

1 comment:

Larry Neuburger said...

:) Thanks, Shelby. A most eloquent response.