As we are approaching our last read in English 015A it is a good time reflect on the books we have read, and look forward to the last. The first two works we have read, Outliers and The Filter Bubble, are very relevant to our generation for obvious reasons. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, though, is going to be another interesting, and relevant work, but for a much more sentimental reason.
Clearly Outliers was a relevant work because it explained to us the lives of the people who rule our modern world, and explained to us the opportunities that they seized to disprove the common misconception that “simply working hard will make one successful”. Malcolm Gladwell made a strong argument that success is a mixture of work, and seizing opportunities than many others may not have. This theory applies to men like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.
The Filter Bubble was perhaps more relevant to the millenials. We live in a cyber world, and much of our lives reside and depend on the Internet. This work outlines the process of Internet personalization, and the ways in which the popular websites we visit find out who we are, and what we are interested in, and sell it to advertising agencies. It warns of the dangers of Internet dependence and our future with the Internet.
Our last read in the class, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, will also impact us, but for other reasons. The modern disease that impacts the millennial generation is cancer. Almost everyone has had a family member, a friend, or the family member of a friend who has lost the battle to cancer, and sadly many of us will too. This novel, about how this woman’s cervical cancer has helped in taking steps to understand cancer, and to prevent it will help to educate us on the disease the defines the millennial generation.
It will be very interesting to see how Lacks story has impacted our understanding of such an awful disease. I can only hope that someday more discoveries like those on Lacks body will help us to destroy the disease.