Tag Archives: Opinions

Partial Refutation of the Argument of a Peer

LOTFLast Friday (Dec 13), Teen Blogger Kendall from Northgate published a post on this blog recommending four books that everyone should read in their lifetime.  This is inspired by her recommendation of William Golding’s The Lord of the Flies. I wish to be absolutely clear that this is my opinion. I am not an English professor, or even an English major. I am certainly not the most qualified person to offer this argument. That said, this is a blog post, and what are blogs for, if not for the opinions of those without the scholarly clout to write articles?

William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies” is taught in high schools around the country, and considered a book that everyone needs to read.  But while I find Golding’s work interesting, it is fundamentally ungrounded in human nature.  Golding suggests that the natural state of humanity is violence and death, and manufactures an unusually dystopic world. Individually, each of Golding’s worst-case assumptions is a possible outcome of the situations he describes.  For all of them to happen in sequence, however, is supremely implausible. Continue reading

Is Print Dead?

be_magazine_logo The nice folks at Be! Magazine interviewed a couple of our librarians recently regarding the big question: Is print dead? Read what Nathalie and Lupine had to say about the rise of e-books and the fall of print as a medium and leave your comments below.

Same-sex marriage

According to the New York Times in a recent article from May of this year, 50 percent of Americans approve same-sex marriages and the numbers continue to rise after President Obama’s announced support.  However, on the other end of the spectrum, opposition is quickly dwindling.  I, for one, don’t see why there should be so much confliction in morality regarding this issue because to me the answer is obvious: gay marriage should be 100% supported.

Although I make my position on gay marriage very clear to anyone who approaches me on the topic I do respect other opinions although I obviously don’t agree with them.  I’m definitely one of those people who have a unique family situation considering I’ve been primarily raised by two gay parents.  However, I’ve never understood what’s so ‘unique’ about it, probably because I’ve come to see it as a way of living verses something “different” from the “normal.”  Since I was little I can recall people asking me question such as “what’s it like to have two dads?” and “how can you live without a mom?”  For most people I retort with a short answer that generally puts an end to their pondering about my life.  However, in this case I feel it would be beneficial to voice my living situation to give context into my beliefs on the controversial issue of gay marriage.  Having two dads is like any other family, truly nothing is different aside from the obvious “no mom” aspects but in my unique situation I spend partial time with my grandmother (who’s my “mom” to me). I think of myself as someone who does have a mom, even if she’s biologically my grandmother, because a mom is not someone who gives birth to you, a mother is the person who’s there to love you, support you, and be there for you through everything.  I’m proud to say my grandma has done just that. Continue reading

Teens' privacy from their parents

The Thinker

Rodin’s sculpture The Thinker: Hmmm….

 I am a high school senior and a volunteer at the Delridge Branch Library. My research paper for my senior project was about social networking. I discovered an interesting article in the Opposing Viewpoints In Context database, “Teens Have a Right to Privacy from Parents”. This article supports teen privacy from their parents and tells parents to respect their teen’s privacy. Here is my opinion on that subject. Continue reading

We Want to Suck Your Brains

No, we’re not talking about some sort of supernatural thriller here.  It’s just us, your friendly Push to Talk Editorial Board, and we want to hear your opinions.  What is the easiest way to hear from you?  Just push the comment button, enlighten us with your thoughts, your ruminations, your opinions, your musings, or whatever else you choose to call them.  Seriously, we are dying for some feedback.

You might be saying to yourself,  “Yeah right, I tried to comment before, and it didn’t work.  Why would I try that again?”  I have good news for you.  The commenting feature is fixed.  We were waging a spam war, but the war has been won, and commenting is back. 

Share what you love about Push to Talk, The Seattle Public Library, books, blogs, life, flowers, cute animals, memes, songs. . . I could go on and on.  The question is, will you?

Teen editorial: Are schools doing enough to stop bullying?

Bullying - book coverRecently a teenager from Ohio shot and killed three students and injured two others. He now awaits trial. I bring this up because he was allegedly a victim of bullying. And that may have possibly contributed to the reason behind the deadly attack at Chardon High School. Another reason this has really caught my attention is because a problem with my sister and her friends teasing another little girl was recently brought to my parent’s attention. According to that little girl’s parent, this had been going on for months. I could probably have not been more disappointed in my sister. All I can think is, why? Why do things like these have to happen? Because I honestly think it’s pointless to make another person feel bad about themselves.

Another thing my mom made clear in addressing the family about my sister’s case: TEACHERS DIDN’T DO ANYTHING TO TRY TO STOP THIS. It had been going on for months and teachers have done nothing. It’s utterly disappointing.

Dear BullyA few months ago a fellow student of mine was mentioning a girl that had killed herself because she was being bullied. I replied by saying how horrible it was. Her response was simply, “Yeah, it happens all the time.” And I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. The simplicity and plainness in her response infuriated me. She acts as if it’s no big deal. It’s a HUGE deal. Whatever schools are doing to prevent and stop bullying is far from enough. And something needs to be done.

–Aldo, 15, Teen Center Advisor

A real live teen solves your problems

My friends have asked me a lot of interesting questions lately, so I decided to write an Ask Me column!  If you have a question, send it to teenblog@spl.org.  Of course, please keep in mind that this is just friendly advice!  You should talk to your parents or a trusted adult if you really need help.

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Dear Taylor,

I was sitting in class the other day and watched some guys talk to each other. Then when they talked with me they acted completely different than they had with each other. Why?

~ Confused Girl 122

Dear Confused Girl 122,

The Girls' Book of LoveWell, to be honest, I know I act differently with someone when I am trying to impress them, so perhaps they were trying to impress you? Flirting happens, especially between teenage boys and girls. We all know it is important to just be ourselves, but it is always easier to be ourselves with people we know really well. For example, I have known my best friend since I was age three, so I act differently around her than I do with people I do not know as well because she brings out the little kid in me. There is a book from the library you might find interesting and helpful called The Girls’ Book of Love.

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Dear Taylor,

The Teen Survival Guide to Dating & RelatingI have had some situations in high school lately when I have accidentally made someone feel like the “odd person out.” For example, I took someone’s regular seat at a four person table without realizing it. Also, I joined a group for a class project and then the teacher told us our group was too big and someone had to leave. I was about to offer to leave when everyone else in the group asked another person to leave. I felt so badly for them. Should I talk to them and apologize?

~ Awkward

Dear Awkward,

High school is tough. There will always be awkward moments, especially when you try to make new friends or fit into a new group. The next time you accidentally make someone feel like the “odd person out”, ask them if they are OK and perhaps offer to move or leave. Try The Teen Survival Guide to Dating & Relating for some guidance.

–Taylor

–Taylor, 14, teen blogger