Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Question for Doctorow

Post at least one question you would interested in asking Cory Doctorow in our live discussion with the author, January 31.

31 comments:

  1. For what age group did you write this book? Why did you target this specific age group? What were you trying to convey to the audience that you wrote this for?

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  2. I heard you are possibly writing Little Brother 2. If this is true, could you give us some insight on what it is gonna be about?

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  3. Why did you choose 3 males and 1 female as the main characters?

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  4. What character do you most closely identify with and why?

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  5. Would you classify the DHS that you write about in your book as terrorists?

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  6. What was your inspiration for the book?

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  7. How much research was involved in writing Little Brother?

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  8. Did you base any of your characters off real people? If you didn't, was it hard to create them?

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  9. Why did you write such a controversial dystopian book in such a terrorist and civil rights activist world of today? How did the attacks on 9/11 effect the overall story line of the book?

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  10. Q: When you were writing Little Brother, were you ever worried about the reaction it would get and what people would think and say about it? When the reaction did come once the book was published, what was the general reaction and how did you handle it?

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  11. What events caused you to write this book? Our society is not at this point yet, but soon will be. What did you see in 2006 that gave you this future vision of society?

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  12. What is your definition of trust in the past, present, and future?

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  13. Was the Marcus character supposed to represent a younger version of Winston from 1984? Do you believe that we need more people in our world like Marcus and Winston?

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  14. Is Marcus supposed to represent the Winston in 1984 or is Marcus just an extension of the ideals of Winston? Are there opportunities for each of us to be like Marcus and Winston in daily life?

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  15. In Little Brother, why did you choose teenagers to be the ones to make a change in the world? In society, teens are the ones that are mostly looked down upon, yet from the perspective of this book, they are the ones changing the world for the better and standing up for what they belive is right.

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  16. Did you base Little Brother on events that have happened or are happening? What was going on in the world that compelled you to write this book?

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  17. The society shown in Little Brother is rather corrupt as are many around the world. How far/close do you believe the societies of reality are to becoming like that of San Francisco's in your book or has that point already been reached? What actions should be taken to prevent such a society from emerging?

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  18. Do you have similar beliefs that Marcus has, in that privacy is somewhat more important than security? If so, did you have an experience that made you think in this way?

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  19. If you were in the predicament that Marcus faces in the book, would you be willing to take the steps that he takes? Where did you get the inspiration for the rebellion he embarks on?

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  20. Do you agree with the statement that we have the right to overthrow a corrupt government? If so, how far do they have to go to cross that line?

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  21. How you do feel about security today? Do you supose that it will ever go as far as it has in "Little Brother?" Who do you think choses the level of security today, the people or the government?

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  23. After the terrorist attack, you created the Patriot Act II that monitored all debit card transactions. How do you think the second act differs from the first that was implemented post 9/11? Do you feel like the level of security would need to increase? When does giving up of all freedoms stop for brief safety?

    Furthermore, when will the government be releasing a Patriot Act III, and so on, to the point where people have tracking devices or thought controllers placed inside their head that monitor citizens 24/7? How do we know that isn't already the case? For example, could the government be placing tracking devices in our annual flu shots that are so highly recommended in our country?

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  24. How does the government in Little Brother compare to the government of today? What similarities do you see? What differences?

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  26. How do you feel about the SOPA and PIPA acts?
    Is there any specific event that inspired you to write Little Brother?

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  27. Were you inspired by 1984 to make Marcus a younger Winston and show what would happen if rebellion would happen in this generation?

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  28. What do you think about SOPA/PIPA? Also, what do you think about Anonymous and their retaliations?

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  29. If you were in the same situation as Marcus, would you be willing to challenge the system and go against what is expected in society, in order to promote what is right and just?

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  30. In the book Marcus feels paranoid about using his computer and switches to only using his Xnet. Do you think that people are this paranoid about technology today? Also, Marcus is really smart with his technology. Are all of the different programs that he uses and trusts available today? If not, where did all of those ideas come from? Lastly, do you think that 9/11 was a conspiracy theory? Our class has touched on it briefly, and we couldn't come to a conclusion as a government that would do that to its people is hard to imagine.

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  31. Had 1984 by George Orwell NOT been written, do you still think you would have chosen to write Little Brother as you did?

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