We are continuing our class discussion of “The Machine Stops” online this weekend / next week. The goal is to have some good virtual discussions here to help us all think critically about this short story. Therefore, your comments need not be very long, and there are a number of ways to approach/contribute to this discussion. For example:
- you can provide a quote/citation and a few sentences of explanation of how/why it functions in the context of some larger issue/question
- you can raise questions
- complicate issues
- extend discussions
- analyze a character, or setting, etc.
- discuss central conflicts/values/themes (especially in relation to the Science Fiction Framework)
- you can make connections to contemporary society (a lot of you mentioned parallels to our own society/lives in your blogs)
- and/or feel free to discuss the various short film versions of the story that are assigned for/will be discussed in class on Tuesday (9/6)
- anything else you believe would add value to the discussion of this text
The goal in all cases is to provide specific examples from the text (quotes/citation) with discussion/analysis and some connection to a larger point. In you are discussing an outside source (films or your contemporary/personal examples), though, make sure to discuss them in relation to the original source text (the Forster short story), and how that particular adaptation or contemporary parallel helps us to understand (or complicate) certain aspects of the story.
You should make your at least one comment (just hit “reply,” either to my original post or to another comment on it) by Saturday (9/3). Then go back/read through all comments and extend the conversation by making at least two more comments (of course, more are always welcome!) in response by Tuesday 9/6.