Runaway Love

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Runaway Love by Ludacris and Mary J. Blige is a very powerful song that tackles the subject of kids running away from their homes because of their negative environment. He tells the story of three females and the obstacles they face in their home life. He first introduces us to Lisa, a 9 year old girl and the bad relationship she has with her mother.

Mama is on drugs getting high up in the kitchen
Bringing home men at different hours of the night
Starting with some laughs — usually ending in a fight
Sneaking in her room while her mama’s knocked out
Trying to have his way and little Lisa says ‘ouch’
She tries to resist but then all he does is beat her
Tries to tell her mom but her mama don’t believe her

Drugs and alcohol are very strong and addictive. Engaging in them can cause mothers to forget about caring and nurturing for their kids. They are careless to their surroundings and don’t realize the harm they’re doing to their children. When her mother doesn’t believe her, Lisa realizes that she’s alone. She has no one. Her only escape is to runaway.

Forced to think that hell is a place called home
Nothing else to do but get her clothes and pack
She say she’s about to run away and never come back.

Ludacris mentions these lines at the end of each verse with different stories. He tries to show that the only escape that these young girls see is “Running Away” They don’t feel safe in their homes and leads them to live life with guilt. They never want to return because their home is not a safe place as its supposed to be.

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The father bails out he ain’t ready for a kid
Knowing her mama will blow it all outta proportion
Plus she lives poor so no money for abortion
Erica is stuck up in the world on her own

The picture above shows Erica, a pregnant teenager attempting to return home to have the help of her parents after her baby’s father leaves her. When she returns she realizes that her family is in a worst situation then her. Her father is committing domestic violence. She doesn’t feel safe or protected in her home, so she decides to go ahead and runaway.

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The very important subject that Ludacris touches in this song is the thoughts of young innocent individuals who think there is no escape in life but to runaway. He tries to approach this by writing a song than can help them cope and not feel alone.

Sometimes I feel like running away myself,
So do me a favor right now and close your eyes,
And picture us running away together,
when we come back everything is gonna be okay,
Open your eyes…….

He helps them to feel like they’re not alone. He tries to assimilate with them and prove to them that they can’t run away. They can do it emotionally but they will eventually have to return to their life with everything being okay. Ludacris touches a topic that is very delicate in lives of teenagers. There are probably many people, not only teenagers that go through life problems. Sometimes it can be the alcohol that affects them and their life decisions or sometimes just their anger. Many people have felt like running away before. He tries to explain that Running Away is not the only way to solve these issues.

 

Jeopardized Authenticity due to Digital Freedom

Do humans really hold the key to digital humanities or are they key-picking themselves in? Digital freedom has expanded throughout the years. Individuals with easy access to computers, laptops, tablets and even cell phones are allowed to explore and view different things via the internet. Many sites such as Facebook or Twitter allow users to create their own profile and share their interests and ideas to the virtual world.

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Catfish, is a TV  show that streams on MTV, where two guys are on the search to link people together who have met online. After watching a couple episodes of this show, it reminded me of false perceptions that people try to create online. The people on this show hide their true self, their looks and sometimes even they way they really are in order to meet others. They have the freedom through the virtual world to create everything at their preference, which can then make them feel happier with who they are perceived to be. Throughout the show, the hosts show us conversations and phone calls that these two people have exchanged through long periods of time. By the end of the show they help these people meet each other for the first time. When the people often meet in person, they are in shock because they would have never expected the individual to be completely different than what they were expecting. The internet is a great way to connect with people but at the same time, are you meeting the real person or their imaginary interpretation of themselves?

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But the question I shall ask is, how much limit does each individual have in the internet? In order to test this question I’ve decided to find out for myself. I’ve decided to go on Facebook and see the limits or restrictions there are if I decided to construct a profile based on my imaginary virtual life. I signed up for the site, provided my email address, profile picture and was asked a few questions. I love Rachel Mc Adams so I figured I would be happy if people thought I resembled when they looked my profile picture. First name: I chose Alexis, because that’s the name I’ve always wanted. Last name: I didn’t know what to choose, so I picked Freedom. They also asked what school I attend and my hometown. I always wanted to attend Harvard so that’s where I currently attend school. I loved going on vacation to Cabo San Lucas so I decided that that’s where I’m currently living. Instead of asking for confirmations to decide if these were truthful answers, all that Facebook asked me was, “Please click here to confirm your email.” There wasn’t a button that said, please “type in your student ID so that we can verify that you’re a student at Harvard University” or “please provide your address so that we can confirm that there is a Freedom family living in this location”. The digital freedom that the internet allows is being abused. The freedom is allowing individuals to alter their authenticity at their preference in order to adjust their feelings and emotions. Their individuality and identity is being taken away. They aren’t really opening the lock with they key, they are key-picking themselves in.

Digital Humanities

Digital humanities is the spread and sharing of experiences, obstacles, happiness, culture, ideas and other characteristics of humans through text, photos and videos posted online, serving as a virtual representation of their life. Technology has become an efficient way to access information. Through technology it has become easier to find prior references that could be impossible to access if they weren’t saved and shared. For instance, if there was only one hard copy of The Constitution how would we be able to gain our historical knowledge? Because of the easy access provides, individuals can obtain the transcript of The Constitution in a matter of seconds.

Without the aid of digital humanities, individuals would find themselves searching through billions of files in order to find the documents or sources they’re looking for. It has become very convenient for individuals to easily access sources of accurate information from the past through the internet. For instance, in Guantánamo Public Memory Project, they have provided different information regarding different experiences people have encountered while at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. Having this collection in one piece of writing makes it easier for people to access it through the web. Digital humanities has become a great source in today’s life and is a great tool for exposing individuals to information from all around the world.