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The Naked Truth: Differentiating Explicit and Implicit

Apr 17, 2019

Sometimes life forces us in situations where we have to be transparent with the messages we relay. Sometimes we have to be vague and hope that the person gets it. Both of these situations call for us to either be explicit or implicit. Do you know which is which? Explicit and implicit are adjectives that have similar endings. This can cause them to be confused for the other sometimes. Let’s break them down and find out what they actually mean. When something is explicit, it means that something stated is directly. Messages that are said explicitly are to be taken literally and at face value. Here are some easy examples: Professor told the class explicitly to not contact her via......

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Blogging Bug: Building Up Your Blog-Reader Base

Apr 16, 2019

So you’ve created your blog and reeled in some interested readers, now what? Check out these helpful pointers to maintain your reader base and keep them interested in your content! Any seasoned blogger—or any online user, for that matter—would notice that the efficiency of the Internet keeps people either incredibly interested in something . . . or incredibly bored just as fast. Content creators in several social media platforms often come up with ways to keep their readers, viewers, and listeners hooked on to their blogs, video channels, portfolios, and so on. We’re here to offer some tips on how to not only help your reader base grow but also keep your blog fresh and attractive.......

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Don’t Let Them Get You Down: A Handmaid’s Tale Review

Apr 14, 2019

Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum. “Don’t let the bastards get you down.” In the world we live in today, this is valuable advice. In 2017, Hulu carved its position in the online streaming niche alongside established greats like Netflix and HBO by hopping on the original production bandwagon. The Handmaid’s Tale, based on Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name, was launched to great acclaim. It may not seem like it at first, but The Handmaid’s Tale actually classifies as postapocalyptic dystopian science fiction. The story is set after the Second American Civil War, which captured fertile women and wrangled America into “Gilead,” a totalitarian government pegged on extremist rel......

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Joe Hill: Stories over the Storyteller

Apr 11, 2019

There are times when we don’t really choose the path that we want to take; sometimes, it chooses us instead—as if there’s some invisible force that keeps pulling us, whether we want it or not. That, it seems, is how writing was for the best-selling American author Joe Hill. Joe Hill is the son of famous and celebrated novelists Stephen King and Tabitha King, a fact that he hid from everyone the moment he started to publish his works. Living with an entire family of writers, Hill could still have chosen any other career path, but it just can’t be denied that the talent for writing runs in the family. His siblings, Naomi King and Owen King, also showed keen interest and exceptional......

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Clarifying the News: Accident versus Incident

Apr 10, 2019

Journalistic writing, more specifically news reporting, requires the use of precise and simple language in order to convey events to a large and diverse audience. Incidents are reported all the time on the news, especially accidents. But what exactly is the difference between an incident and an accident? On one hand, “incident” is a synonym of event. This can be good or bad, intentional or unintentional, big or small. As long as it happens, it could be called an incident. Meeting a friend on the first day of school is an incident. An “accident,” on the other hand, is a more specific type of incident. Accidents are events that happen unintentionally. The word “accident” often......

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Blogging 101: Trolls Gonna Troll—How to Deal with Online Hate

Apr 09, 2019

Have you encountered Internet trolls or hate posts/comments while blogging? We’re here to give you some tips on how to keep it classy while addressing this common but pesky issue. Nowadays, people, especially bloggers, have a tendency to expect hateful or discouraging comments as soon as they post something new online. Think of it as a self-precaution or a shock absorber. Internet trolls are fond of using insults or discrediting techniques to put these people down or devalue their contributions—blog posts, artworks, even opinions. Some bloggers and content creators power over these hateful comments and go about their merry way. Sadly, however, others take a huge step back and even......

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The Bonds That Hold and Harm: A Review of The Haunting of Hill House

Apr 07, 2019

The latest on-screen adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel, The Haunting of Hill House (2018), is far from the first ever modern “haunted house” series to grow rapidly in popularity and critical acclaim. However, fans still laud Hill House as a worthy contender in the horror genre, praising its ability to both pay tribute to and subvert popular tropes and commending its multilayered storytelling. Indeed, underneath the seemingly simple “ghost story” lies such heavy themes as depression, abuse, trauma, and the dire consequences of long-term family estrangement. The 10-episode Netflix series, created by Mike Flanagan, contains a number of deviations from Jackson’s original work......

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An Iris through the Cracks: Louise Glück

Apr 04, 2019

Considered one of the most iconic female contemporary poets in the United States, Louise Glück has awed her readers with several poetry collections that emanate such precision and emotion. Her lines are straightforward but full of meaning, showcasing beauty in cold isolation, much like a solitary flower grows through the cracks of a stone wall. Glück was born in 1943 in New York City and grew up on Long Island. In 1961, Glück graduated from George W. Hewlett High School and later attended Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University. Around seven years later, Glück published the first of her many poetry collections, Firstborn (1968), followed by The House on Marshland (1975), Th......

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