Shadow People in Paper Towns

•June 8, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Hi all and welcome to my blog: Shadow People in Paper Towns.

I don’t want to spend too much time on an introduction post that is, in all likelihood, only going to be read by a handful of people so I’ll just skip ahead to the details.

Me in thirty-seconds or less: Hi, my name is Tim.  I’m a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education student from Brisbane, Australia.  I’m majoring in English and Drama.  This means I have an interest in books, TV, media, crit-lit, lit-crit and all things schooling.  I am, of course, interested in more than just these things, but this is supposed to be a brief introduction and I can already hear you typing the URL for Youtube into your browser…

This blog in thirty-seconds or less: This blog is essentially a pet project where I can express my thoughts about life, the universe and everything.  In particular, it will contain reviews of books, television, movies and plays, and commentary on the current state of education.

The title: The title, Shadow People in Paper Towns, was inspired by John Green’s novel Paper Towns.

One of the themes of this novel is that we, as humans, must attempt to imagine each other with greater complexity.  With the advent of the communication age and the ability to make comments quickly and anonymously about things, it has become increasingly obvious to me that people have a tendency to fail spectacularly at using empathy when discussing issues.  Instead, people reduce others to caricatures or silhouettes of who they really are; they cease to be people and become two-dimensional “shadow people.”

So there you have it, we’re all the “shadow people” living in our paper towns.  In this blog I will be trying to imagine others with a greater complexity, and while I will probably fail from time to time I can at least say that I’ve given it a shot.

Shadow People in Paper Towns:

Hi all and welcome to my blog: Shadow People in Paper Towns.

I don’t want to spend too much time on an introduction post that is, in all likelihood, only going to be read by a handful of people so I’ll just skip ahead to the details.

Me in thirty-seconds or less: Hi, my name is Tim. I’m a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education student from Brisbane, Australia. I’m majoring in English and Drama. This means I have an interest in books, TV, media, crit-lit, lit-crit and all things schooling. I am, of course, interested in more than just these things, but this is supposed to be a brief introduction.

This blog in thirty-seconds or less: This blog is essentially a pet project where I can express my thoughts about life, the universe and everything. In particular, it will contain reviews of books, television, movies and plays, and commentary on the current state of education.

The title: The title, Shadow People in Paper Towns, was inspired by John Green’s novel Paper Towns.

One of the themes of this novel is that we, as humans, must attempt to imagine each other with greater complexity. With the advent of the communication age and the ability to make comments quickly and anonymously about things, it has become increasingly obvious to me that people have a tendency to fail spectacularly at using empathy when discussing issues. Instead, people reduce others to caricatures or silhouettes of who they really are; they cease to be people and become two-dimensional “shadow people.”

So there you have it, we’re all the “shadow people” living in our paper towns. In this blog I will be trying to imagine others with a greater complexity, and while I will probably fail from time to time I can at least say that I’ve given it a shot.

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