I was watching TV the other day and noticed a commercial for a company named HughesNet. The video is below:

In the video we see an advertisement explaining how one can get high-speed Internet all the way out in the country. I don’t think it will be difficult for anyone reading this to make a connection to the pastoral topics we’ve been discussing in class. It seems as though this commercial was made as a parody just for us.

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Putting the pastoral back into Detroit

I went to Michigan for the first time last summer. Lake Leelanau was by far one of the most beautiful places I had ever been to and I would more than gladly go back every year. This is why after reading Solnit’s “Detroit Arcardia: Exploring the Post-American Landscape” it really struck a cord with me. Not only does Solnit highlight the ever growing desolateness of Detroit, but the state of Michigan as a whole. Detroit to me was always the motor city, the home of the Redwings, and one of my good friends, but I had somehow underestimated just how bad the city had actually gotten. From racism to unemployment, abandoned buildings, violence, crime, arson, you name it and Detroit is dealing or has dealt with it.

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