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    Has Shakespeare Shaped Contemporary Language? If So, How?

    Shakespeare created so many words still used in English and he used language to build meanings behind words and sentences in a way that was revolutionary at its time. How did his manipulation of the English language shape modern speech, vocabulary or language norms? The focus would not be on the content of his plays, but how he used language within the plays.

    • Shakespeare has had a greater impact on the English language than most people are aware of. First of all, many of our modern idioms are derivative from Shakespeare's plays. For example, if you ever said there's a method to your madness, you were in fact quoting Hamlet,or if you've ever referred to jealousy as a "green-eyed monster" than you have quoted Othello, or perhaps your name is Jessica, your nomenclature is one of Shakespearian creation! Other sayings include, "in a pickle", "the mind's eye, "rhyme or reason", "woe is me" and many more. In addition to his common phrases that have withstood the sands of time, Shakespeare's heavy use of literary devices such as metaphor, alliteration, simile and personification have been incredibly influential to writers for the past 450 years. Shakespeare is the most iconic writer of all time and he is in no way overrated, he may even be underrated. Shakespeare is a catalyst for much of American language and culture and without him our language would perhaps be more dull not to mention The Lion King would never have been created, thus my childhood would have be deprived. – sastephens 4 years ago
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    • Shakespeare has had a greater impact on the English language than most people are aware of. First of all, many of our modern idioms are derivative from Shakespeare's plays. For example, if you ever said there's a method to your madness, you were in fact quoting Hamlet,or if you've ever referred to jealousy as a "green-eyed monster" than you have quoted Othello, or perhaps your name is Jessica, your nomenclature is one of Shakespearian creation! Other sayings include, "in a pickle", "the mind's eye, "rhyme or reason", "woe is me" and many more. In addition to his common phrases that have withstood the sands of time, Shakespeare's heavy use of literary devices such as metaphor, alliteration, simile and personification have been incredibly influential to writers for the past 450 years. Shakespeare is the most iconic writer of all time and he is in no way overrated, he may even be underrated. Shakespeare is a catalyst for much of American language and culture and without him our language would perhaps be more dull not to mention The Lion King would never have been created, thus my childhood would have be deprived. – sastephens 4 years ago
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    What I find interesting is that since J.K. Rowling is well known for connecting with fans, why would her site choose to stifle that same communication from fan to fan by closing down the chat feature. Pottermore was once a place where fans could connect with each other about the world of the series while being able to participate in it as well, which is a unique opportunity. While I understand that websites change, but what I do not understand is why the minds behind Pottermore changed systems that did not seem to be broken.

    The Lost Civilization of Pottermore

    I think “Her”‘s status as a “classic film” will depend upon how technology progresses in our society in the future. If our technology resembles that of Samantha’s function in the film, I think this film would be heralded for its forward thinking views from its time.

    Completely agree with your opinion about “Boyhood.” Even if it is only for its filming process, the movie has fantastic lessons in filmmaking and character studies.

    The 21st Century Films Prepared For Classic Status

    As much as I love Netflix, it does not have every show or movie I want to watch, specifically network and cable TV shows. To get the largest selection, I would need to subscribe to Netflix and Hulu and Amazon Prime and I would still probably be missing something I want to watch. At least by still subscribing to cable I can get access to all episodes of my favorite shows, and most also providers have a Netflix-like set-up online where you can watch shows and movies you pay for in your package at any time.

    I do have a question though. With a great number of people moving towards online content providers like Netflix etc, do you think actual televisions will become obsolete, or will people still connect their computers to continue watching content on bigger screens?

    Online VS On TV: Is Cable Becoming Obsolete?