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Milton Beyond the Grave

In the first part of his grand poem Milton, William Blake comes up with his own various interpretations of his favorite writer and creator of Paradise Lost, John Milton. In his recounting of his life and call to use some of Milton’s energy in his own writing, it is clear that Milton had to “go down […] Continue reading

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Stones Cut, Freedom Frees

“Prisons are built with stones of Law, Brothels with bricks of Religion.” With this proverb, comes Blake’s bold aim at altering how humans view certain institution/ systems in our society. Here, Blake uses two separate contrastments: prisons with law, and brothels with religion. While at first, this proverb might grow as a striking proverb, due […] Continue reading

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Privacy VS Terrorism

At the beginning of the book, when Marcus skips the school with his friends, a terrorist attack happens and the Department of the Homeland Security “arrest” them since they doubt the Marcus and their friends may take part in this serious event. Without any strong evidences, DHS asked them to provide all of their privacy […] Continue reading

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Surveillance and Freedom of Speech: Should the U.S succumb to an 1984 type of Society?

Put simply, surveillance is a systematic way of searching for a flaw in a pool of data and when a camera is pointed at somebody, they knowingly change the ways that they act and even think while they are being watched. The idea that you are being watched is suggestive that you are already guilty […] Continue reading

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Digital Encyption: Modern Day’s Most Important Luxuries

Strong public encryption greatly benefits the general public. The ability to send all your messages with the knowledge that it is secure and will only be read by the recipient is a modern day luxury. One of the arguments against strong encryption points out that if you don’t have any secrets to hide then your […] Continue reading

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Off with the Wise Man’s Head

It is has been well established that Blake’s poetic genius attempts to get us out of our Urizen state, and ultimately reach that state of Los. In Blake’s annotations of Watson’s “Apology for the Bible” he reinforces that idea by claiming that “Our judgement of right & wrong is Reason” (Blake, 456). Thomas Paine seems […] Continue reading

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Are you the Eagle or the Crow?

When first reading the Proverbs of Hell, I read them as Hell’s version of the “Ten Commandments” simply from the title of the piece itself. However, after closely reading the piece, I came to the realization that it served more as a “list of truths and revelations”. Blake does not take a side in regards […] Continue reading

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What Would You Give Up to Feel Safer?

This question posed at the Newseum is a very important one in the world we live in today. Indeed, ever since 9/11 the amount of government surveillance has increased exponentially, threatening our privacy in all aspects of our lives. The formation of the USA PATRIOT Act gave the government the surveil its citizens in the […] Continue reading

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Privacy vs Secur–does it even have to be something versus something?

On the Newseum board, there are a lot of arguments for pro-privacy. At the same time, there is another compelling argument to take as much as it has to in order to make people feel safe.  I feel like people come from many different sides when they are voicing their opinions; their personal experiences in their […] Continue reading

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Freedom of the Press Still Requires Bravery – Taking on the NSA

“How to save the Net: Break up the NSA.” This is a bold statement for a bold article. Bruce Schneier, renowned cryptographer and writer, bravely authored this article for Wired as a part of the “Save the Net” series, “featuring bold solutions to the biggest problems facing the Internet today.” Schneier proposes that the NSA […] Continue reading

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