Category: response


I really like the blogging aspect of this course. I think it gives students the chance to say how they feel in a more casual way. Even though it’s public and can be a little intimidating, I still prefer this to writing actual papers for each book. I think that this is a much more interactive way to see what everyone else is thinking about the books we’ve read and see what alternate themes people picked up on while reading. I’ve never done blogging that is as extensive as this for a class, where we review each book we’ve read; it’s usually a lot less posting. But I like posting the reviews for each book because it gives me a chance to sort out how I feel about it before coming to class.

I think I’d prefer if we had mandatory reviews about the books we’re reading, and anything else we post or comment on could be extra credit. I’m not always searching the web for climate fiction news and when I did look, there wasn’t much that I could find that I thought was interesting and I didn’t want to post something just to fill a quota. I don’t think that that aspect of blogging is for everyone. People don’t always feel comfortable commenting on someone else’s post and like I mentioned, finding an article can be difficult. Hopefully I can find some interesting articles to post before the semester is over!

The Machine Stops- Joe Ridilla- Post #1

I found the article, “The Machine Stops” by E. M. Forster to be a very interesting piece on technology and climate change.  In this piece, in terms of climate change, the earth’s surface is no longer inhabitable.  This in turn leads to revolutionary changes in society and how life is lived in a futuristic system.  The part that I will focus on is when Vashti is in “The Machine.”  The funny part about the article in terms of today’s society is that we are so involved and lost within technology that it can feel at times that we as people individually are trapped within a “machine.”  I myself even feel this way when it almost always feels like every part of my life anymore involves some piece of technology.  Like the woman inside the machine, I feel like there is a button for everything and if there isn’t one at this moment, there will be soon.  As there is a button for everything in “The Machine”, there is an app for everything in our society.  I find it both comical and terrifying that our society today is slowly becoming something that is almost identical to the machine in The Machine Stops.


-Joe Ridilla