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Eminent Annotated Bibliography: Ray Bradbury

Works Cited

American Writers Museum. Typewriter Tuesday: Ray Bradbury | The American Writers Museum. 7 May 2019. Document. 28 November 2019.

I used this source frequently when I was working on my learning center. This article thoroughly describes his typewriter and was very informative. Also, I found some fun-facts in this website such as his “Don’t Think” sign above his typewriter.

Biography.com Editors. Ray Bradbury – Books, Fahrenheit 451 & Life – Biography. 2 April 2014. Document. 28 November 2019. <https://www.biography.com/writer/ray-bradbury>.

This biography about Ray Bradbury is a good place to start off but isn’t too in-depth. The biography briefly highlights his life and outlines the main events, but doesn’t have enough information in the smaller topics. Overall, this website would be a good starting point for a project, but I wouldn’t only use information from this website, as it doesn’t explain specific topics enough.

Bradbury, Ray. Mr. Electrico | WIRED Bruce Sterling. 6 June 2012. Web Site. <https://www.wired.com/2012/06/mr-electrico/>.

As I was working on my speech, this website was very useful as it gave a very informative and detailed interview with Ray Bradbury about Mr. Electrico. This interview helped me stay in character and know how to behave like Mr. Electrico. During this interview, Ray Bradbury goes in-depth about his description of Mr. Electrico which was really amazing.

Famous Authors.org Writers. Ray Bradbury | Biography, Books and Facts. 22 August 2007. Document. 28 November 2019. <https://www.famousauthors.org/ray-bradbury>.

Flood, Alison. Ray Bradbury’s influence on our culture was transformative, says Barack Obama. 7 June 2012. Document. 28 November 2019. <https://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/jun/07/ray-bradbury-influence-barack-obama>.

Independent.co.uk Writers. Ray Bradbury: Author of the sci-fi classics Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles. 7 June 2012. Document. 28 November 2019. <https://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/ray-bradbury-author-of-the-sci-fi-classics-fahrenheit-451-and-the-martian-chronicles-7821162.html>.

This website was one of the main sources of information I had to write my blog post. Ray Bradbury’s life is described enough to get a clear understanding of his life – both struggles and achievements but doesn’t make it confusing. Overall, this resource was very useful as it was clear and descriptive.

Jonas, Gerald. Ray Bradbury, Who Brought Mars to Earth With a Lyrical Mastery, Dies at 91. 6 June 2012. Document. 28 November 2019. <https://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/07/books/ray-bradbury-popularizer-of-science-fiction-dies-at-91.html8>.

I used this article to check my other sources and get a general understanding of how his life went. Since the New York Times is a large company, and usually trustworthy, I knew the information isn’t likely to be false. Also, the article went more in-depth in certain areas, such as his awards and books he wrote.

Jordison, Sam. Fahrenheit 451: Reading the 1950s | Books | The Guardian. 21 September 2011. Document. 1 December 2019.

Open Culture Editors. Ray Bradbury Gives 12 Pieces of Writing Advice to Young Authors 2001. 4 April 2012. Document[. 1 December 2019.

Paper and Salt. Ray Bradbury: Pappa al Pomodoro. 27 Feburary 2014. Document. 1 12 2019. <https://paperandsalt.org/2014/02/27/ray-bradbury-pappa-al-pomodoro/>.

 

 

Ray Bradbury Eminent Blog Assignment

“If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.” – Juan Ramón Jiménez (Epigraph to Fahrenheit 451)

My first choice for Eminent Person is the author Ray Bradbury. He wrote Fahrenheit 451 which captured the political and social environment of the 1950s while also predicting society today. In the 1990s, Ray Bradbury also adapted his short stories for the “Ray Bradbury Theatre Television Show” I am selecting Ray Bradbury as my Eminent Person because I find his writing descriptive, imaginative and visionary. I enjoy creative writing and stories in the Sci-Fi genre. In his stories that I’ve read; “The Veldt”, “All Summer in a Day” and “Fahrenheit 451”, I love his use of description and personification within his stories. In addition, many aspects of his stories written in the 1950s and 1960s are eerily seeming true today. For example, the “Picture Painter” from “The Veldt” is almost like a modern camera, as the machine is doing things automatically for the Hadleys. 

One commonality that I share with Ray Bradbury is an appreciation of the writings of Edgar Allen Poe. Ray Bradbury was influenced by Edgar Allen Poe and he discussed Poe’s influence on Science Fiction stories. In Grade 5, I presented a speech about Edgar Allen Poe in front of my school. Poe’s stories influence my creative writing, specifically “The Raven”, “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Fall of the House of Usher”. Additionally, we are both curious explorers aby nature. We both value detailed descriptions in our writing in both plot and character building. We are both determined to capture our understanding of the world around us and portray our concerns of society’s problems that may lead to future negative consequences. Although we share many passions and interests our background and upbringing is very different. On one hand, Ray Bradbury was an American writer whose parents couldn’t afford to send him to university or college. On the other hand, I am a British-Japanese-Canadian whose parents will support me through University. Ray Bradbury was a self-directed learner who designed “Futuria Fantasia”, a fan magazine of his creative stories. I aspire to become self-directed like him. Finally, Ray Bradbury exemplifies my own goals in TALONS of improving my creative writing ability and communication skills. He said “Everyday of my life I’ve worked only for myself and for the joy that comes from writing and creating. The image in the mirror is not optimistic, but the result of optimal behaviour”. In TALONS, I strive to have a similar perspective in creative writing. 

 

One barrier I might face in connecting with my Eminent Person is that we belong to different generations. Ray Bradbury was born in 1920, while I was born in 2005 (85 year difference). Furthermore, we differ in cultural backgrounds because Ray Bradbury was Swedish-American and I am British-Japanese-Canadian. Moreover, he was from a working class family (his father was a Telephone Lineman) whereas my parents are university educated professional accountants. In order to address these differences, I plan to research life in the 1950s when Ray Bradbury became a writer. 

 

Ray Bradbury has contributed to American literature through over 50 story collections, novels, plays and screenplays. Over the course of 60 years, he commented on society as well as influenced other media and American culture. His stories are convincing reminders to critically think and not over rely on technology. Ray Bradbury couldn’t afford to go to college or university, so he decided to visit the library 3 times a week for 10 years as an alternative education. He overcame this obstacle through determination and hardwork. He was driven to create, whether it was through stories, television shows or movies. I think Ray Bradbury is worth acknowledging at the Night of the Notables because he was one of the major American science fiction writers of the 20th century. His writings provide a commentary on major issues including the use of technology, the role of government and exploration. Our class studied “The Veldt” recently as part of our short story unit and I think many people might be curious to learn more about this amazing author. By studying Ray Bradbury, we might better understand how the process of creating brought him both joy and success. I believe that he had a very positive outlook on life.

Goal: As my next step, I would like to read more of his writing to further my understanding.

Citations:

  1. Jonas, Gerald. “Ray Bradbury, Science Fiction Master, Dies At 91”. Nytimes.Com, 2019, https://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/07/books/ray-bradbury-popularizer-of-science-fiction-dies-at-91.html.
  2. “Ray Bradbury Theatre, The | History Of Canadian Broadcasting”. Broadcasting-History.Ca, 2019, https://www.broadcasting-history.ca/programming/television/ray-bradbury-theatre.
  3. Jordison, Sam. “Fahrenheit 451: Reading The 1950S”. The Guardian, 2019, https://www.theguardian.com/books/2011/sep/21/fahrenheit-451-reading-the-1950s.
  4. Static.Episodate.Com, 2019, https://static.episodate.com/images/tv-show/full/6052.jpg

Digital Footprint Assignment

1. How might your digital footprint affect your future opportunities? Give at least two examples.

A digital footprint represents all your online activity from the first moment you logged onto the internet. Whenever you post a photo, video or comment, it stays online forever. A digital footprint can make a positive impression or have negative repercussions. For example, many companies will google prospective employees to see if their behaviour differs from their resume. Disrespectful or inappropriate behaviour online will diminish hiring opportunities. Similarly, a simple photo promoting Pepsi on Instagram might severely hurt an applicant’s chances of being hired by Coca-Cola. However, if the interviewer finds that you post images of you volunteering or being a kind, respectful person in general, then it may positively affect your job opportunities.  A digital footprint can also impact your future university applications. More often than not, universities also search prospective students online and examine their digital footprints. Don’t post anything online that you wouldn’t show to your university, as the internet will never forget. 

2. Describe at least three strategies that you can use to keep your digital footprint appropriate and safe.

There are multiple strategies to protect your digital footprint. Three strategies I recommend are “THINKing”, keeping information private and maintaining a separate email account for professional and educational use. “THINKing” is the strategy of remembering the following acronym before posting anything online: 

T – Is it true?

H – Is it helpful?

I – Is it inspiring?

N – Is it necessary?

K – Is it kind?

Private information can be kept secure by creating a “friends only” instagram account, not using full name online and not posting unprofessional images of your face. 

3. If you could go back in time, is there anything you would do differently online? Think of what type of advice you would pass on to your younger self or other students. How could you go about explaining it to them?

Some advice to my younger self or to younger kids would be to always picture yourself after a decision. In the words of my elementary school principal, what do you see yourself as in one second? One minute? One hour? One day, one week, one year, one decade, etc. Make sure you know what you are doing before making a decision. Especially online. The internet lasts forever.  

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