That’s where I started: with a tweet that I wrote to Jeff Bezos but didn’t send. I mean, come on: if I sent that tweet, Bezos wouldn’t respond to it, probably wouldn’t even know it existed, and certainly wouldn’t care if he did. So here’s where I went instead.

I wrote that tweet after talking with my husband Jason about what I think I would do if I was the richest person on the planet, and then we started wondering why Jeff Bezos — the actual richest person on the planet — doesn’t do those things. “He probably has accountants…


English 206, Environmental Literature, Western Carolina University, Fall 2020

To quote Paul Bové in the chapter on “Discourse” in Critical Terms for Literary Study, discourses “produce knowledge about humans and their society,” and an analysis of discourse aims to “describe the surface linkages between power, knowledge, institutions, intellectuals, the control of populations, and the modern state” as these intersect in systems of thought, and as represented in texts (55–56). What does the above passage mean? We come to an understanding of specific circumstances, peoples, events, and cultures through the media and through art. …


Paiton Motley

A Tweet from CA Corrections from 2018

The use of inmates to fight fires in California is a practice that dates back to the start of World War II. When many of the healthy men were off fighting the war, California still needed able-bodied citizens to fight forest fires, so they began to recruit inmates. Inmates had to volunteer for the position and had to have a good reputation in the prison they were kept in. This meant that they had to conform to the rules of the prison and have nonviolent behavior. They also had to be…


Roman Johnson

Social media is undoubtedly the most influential and powerful form of communication to date. In seconds, news posts, videos, music, sports, and all other types of information can be spread throughout the world. This lighting like speed of spread of information is relatively new in the last century. Social media can be beneficial and detrimental to a lot of subjects in different ways. Something can spread entirely false and influence a whole world on a subject that the viewer doesn’t have to be knowledgeable on. This in turn causes the viewer to form an opinion loosely based on…


Linus Norton

Across the board, regardless of party affiliation, politicians around the country are struggling to find a solution that is viable enough to reduce the spread of wildfires in California, as they have been plaguing the state for a good portion of this year. Senator Kamala Harris, while running for Vice President, is trying to “expand federal funding for both fighting and preventing wildfires,” according to NPR. The main issue in California, her home state, is the money available for firefighting is significantly running out, due to sheer frequency of wildfires, constantly depleting funds. According to NPR, “This fiscal…


Debbie Sawyer

The wildfires in the California were devastating in 2020, although, many people do not know how these wildfire were created. On September 5th in El Dorado, California it was revealed that this wildfire, was from a gender reveal party. A small smoke machine ignited four-foot tall grass, and efforts to calm the flames with water bottles were useless. It wasn’t until September 7th when the family that started this fire, called 911 and explained to them what had happened. The fire continued to burn more than 20,000 acres of land up till September 18th. Many firefighters passed…


Laney Justice

Gender reveal parties gained popularity in the United States and around the world when Jenna Karvunidis and her husband, after several miscarriages, finally found themselves about to be parents to a bouncing baby. It was a relatively normal party, with a cake sliced to reveal to the attendees either blue (for a boy) or pink (for a girl). Since then, the gender reveal party has become an industry. Books, blog posts, hashtags, and party planners are devoted to the event. One frightening new aspect of it, however, is the potential to cause injury through two wildfires, death, and…


Peyton Leininger

President Donald Trump: Wildfires
In 2020, President Donald Trump has been silent on social media while fires are raging in California. According to CBS SF/ CNN, Donald Trump has not made any public statement regarding the damaging wildfires that are destroying parts of California and moving into the Pacific Northwest. Trump previously had vowed federal intervention in those affected states earlier in the summer due to the racial unrest. CBS SF/CNN states, Trump last publicly weighed in on the devastating fires in California in the middle of August, when another round of blazes were burning in and around…


Jena Brown

Firefighters are essential front line workers for wildfires. Without them, the fires would be out of control and not contained. More than 14,000 firefighters are currently battling the flames on the West Coast. As the men and women are trying to contain the fires, many problems are occurring.


Tanner Jones

The standing that comedians and Late-Night Show hosts are taking on the wildfire crisis in the Western United States? is that of a jokiness with a serious undertone, although the seriousness varies depending on who you watch. Although they are paid to expose the truth while making light of everything, they are very aware of how serious the situation is.

In one segment airing on January 11, 2020, Late-Night host Stephen Colbert of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert chose to discuss how people are trying to help with the Australian fires. He made jokes about people…

Laura Wright

Laura Wright is the founder of the field of Vegan Studies. She is Professor of English at Western Carolina University.

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