Suburban Nation: Chapters 3-5

The very shape of your neighborhood can help build or destroy your community. “Community cannot form in the absence of communal space, without places for people to get together to talk… it is near impossible to imagine community independent of the town square or the local pub” (Duany 60). Independence is not welcomed. If your…

March 27, 2017

Spring is here and so are the allergies. The pollen and plants near my “throne” seem to be quite too much for me. My eyes are tearing up and my throat is scratchy, but I’m still enjoying the day. In lieu of the resisting works that we’ve read, I will not act out my example…

Suburban Nation CH 1-2 – Land of the Sprawls

“Sprawl: cookie cutter houses, wide… mindlessly curbing cul-de-sacs, [and] a streetscape of garage doors” My neighborhood: “cookie cutter houses, wide… mindlessly curbing cul-de-sacss [and] a streetscape of garage doors”  (Duany xx). I live in a sprawl. The Homeowners Association faithfully conducts their meetings once a month. The yard with the nicest landscape could have the…

What is authoritarianism?  The dictionary describes authoritarianism as, “the enforcement or advocacy of strict obedience to authority at the expense of personal freedom”. When looking at the history of authoritarianism, it is quite easy to notice certain characteristics even in the United States. Currently, now in our country, the United States, there are many who…

10 Ways to Resist Authoritarianism

The effects of authoritarianism have been delegitimizing the rights of citizens all around the world. Authoritarian regimes have a great way of manipulating others, usually upon political ideals. While experiencing the dehumanizing schemes of an “all controlling” regime, there is a way to fight back. To resist. To prevail. To conquer. Listed are 10 Ways…

Power of Protest

Without protesting publicly, protesting surely wouldn’t be protesting, as we know it. Protests involve getting the word out and expressing an objection to a situation. The system works by exposing information and that’s what occurs during a protest. Your ideas must be let known, whether its by subjecting your whereabouts to a square, public area, or through…

The Effects of Space

Imagine yourself as a little child. Where was the place that your felt the most free? Was it an area with few people? Were there many people around? Was it indoors? Was it outdoors? Thinking back into my elementary school days, the most liberating and freeing area for me was the playground, in particular, my…

Is Resisting Authoritarianism Easy?

When looking at the history of authoritarianism, it is quite. Currently, now in our country, the United States, there are many who argue that President Donald Trump engages in authoritarian politics. If you delve deep into his rhetoric and ways of commanding, depending on either your political view or moral compass, you will see the…

Maidan in Another Name

Chrystia Freeland writes to capture the essence of her once “least favorite Kiev Square”: Maidan (Freeland 167). After watching the Netflix Documentary, “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom”, reading that line took me back. The documentary gave raw footage and portrayed immense feelings of those who were unsettled by the wrongdoings of their government….

Heroism

Being African American, upon reading the prompt, I immediately say that African American heroism is much different than that of the white Mercer students who worked with Mac Bryan. Although they both endured a trying time, getting ridiculed for their actions, which both spoke heroism in the same light, each having skin, but who had…

Combustible/Burn – Act One

Reading Combustible/Burn has been extremely insightful, especially as a Mercer University student. Applying to Mercer, I knew nothing about the school. The only “monumental” information that I could find about the university was about the brutal killing of a law student. It is very rare that this information will be given upon the Internet, and…