Monday, December 11, 2006

We Didn't Start the Fire

Billy Joel's jaunt through the 20th century in his song "We Didn't Start the Fire", is an excellent introduction into the modern era. It is interesting to consider one man's thoughts on the important issues of his lifetime.

We'll take a closer look at the lyrics to this song, we'll analyze his thoughts on why these specific events/people are important, and then you'll have the opportunity to create your own 1990-2006 verse. (extra credit if you perform it).

For now, listen to the song, enjoy the images and consider everything that has happened in the last 60 years.

Your posting assignment is to discuss in a few paragraphs why Billy Joel chose some of the events and people he did? (describe at least 2, and I don't want any repeats.)


Friday, December 01, 2006

The Cost of Advancement

We've been discussing how Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller built great fortunes through hard work and determination. We've also considered that their fortunes came at the great expense of competitors, customers and workers.

After Reading Howard Zinn's Ch. 11 (p. 253-299) what are your thoughts on the costs of advancement and the tycoons of the late 19th century who helped to improve the nation?

Are they ruthless robber barons who only care about making a profit? Or are they great businessmen who do contribute positively on society?

Use examples of what we've read and what we've discussed to support your claim.