Monthly Archives: September 2014

Trendy Tuesday: I Am Otter

For today’s second trendy Tuesday post, I will be reviewing I Am Otter, illustrated and written by Sam Garton. I Am Otter follows the story of Otter, who lives with his two best friends Otter Keeper and Teddy.  The story begins with Otter explaining that no one knows where he came from, but that Otter Keeper found Otter […] Continue reading

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Trendy Tuesday: Not Your Typical Dragon

Today I decided to review Not Your Typical Dragon. This book was published in 2013, but I believe it can still be considered “trendy”.  Not Your Typical Dragon is written by Dan Bar-el and illustrated by Tim Bowers. It is the story of a young dragon named Crispin. The story opens with him anticipating his birthday and being […] Continue reading

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Coffee shop owner attempts to protect customers’ privacies

One passage that stood out to me while reading Little Brother was on pages 90 and 91. Here, Marcus speaks with the owner of a Turkish coffee shop. As Marcus tries to pay for his coffee with a debt card, … Continue reading Continue reading

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Every Security Measure Has a Weakness

One of the things which stood out to me throughout the book Little Brother was how it was so easy for even everyday people to foil the security measures put in place by the Department of Homeland Security. One of … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Paradox of a False Positive

As I was reading Little Brother, there was actually a passage that made me stop reading and reread and think about it for a while. This really never happens to me so I figured it was something I should take … Continue reading Continue reading

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Taking control

In chapter 4 of Little Brother, there’s a passage where Marcus talks about the idea of privacy. He says that it is a feeling of liberation when you have an aspect of your life that is completely under your control. … Continue reading Continue reading

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Privacy: From Times Square to the Percent Accuracy

The overwhelming theme of the novel Little Brother concerns the privacy of an individual and a society in all aspects of life. From the moment in which Marcus is first questioned by the National Homeland Security (NHS) until the end … Continue reading Continue reading

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Abolishing the Government: Terrorism, or Activism?

Of all the themes hit upon in this novel, one of the ones that intrigued me the most was that of the rights of American citizens to alter or abolish our government. In a passage from Chapter 11, Marcus’s teacher, … Continue reading Continue reading

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Security and Privacy

In the thirteenth chapter, the students talk about a question that “Under what circumstances should the federal government be prepared to suspend the Bill of Rights?” What they are talking exactly, in other words, is that should government suspend the … Continue reading Continue reading

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More than Privacy

Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother is a great read that makes the reader question whether privacy is worth giving up for security. In the third chapter, Marcus is detained and told to unlock his phone and decrypt the files for the … Continue reading Continue reading

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