Talk:The Girl Who Was Plugged In

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Are there supposed to be all those letters replacing other letters? Like r instead of t, b instead of h, etc. It's a little jarring.--Bhymel3 16:35, 31 January 2011 (UTC)

Can you give me an example of this (page number and quote)? Afamiglietti 18:05, 31 January 2011 (UTC)

I think an example would be the line "Bnt, but she's dead," Miss Fleming whispers widly." from the page 30 of the reading.

I have bee seeing the same thing. Is it intentional? Because the switching is not consistent either.

I would hazard a guess and say that it is intentional, it seems like it's much too common to be a scanner mis-hap. Pretty much any given page has a half-dozen u's gone n, t's gone r, etc. Sadly, the original text doesn't appear to be easily (or legally) accessible online, though, so it's tough to say if it really is a glitch or not. --Jmayhue3 04:55, 2 February 2011 (UTC)

I was also wondering the same thing, thinking perhaps that this was a secret code relevant to the story. However, Dr. Famiglietti confirmed that the switching of the letters was merely a transcription error when I asked him about it. --ltolentino3

I'm having trouble understanding this story at all. Could someone give me a brief summary or explanation?--Amilner3 11:15, 2 February 2011 (UTC)

Response to Amilner3: P. Burke killed herself at the beginning of the story. This company takes her "soul" pretty much and puts her into a new body named Delphi. Delphi was beautiful and flawless but P. Burke was really the one inside of her. They used Delphi as an advertisement tool and sent her out in the world. She eventually falls in love. He realizes that Delphi isn't really in control of her body but the company was. In attempt to turn her "off," she truly does turn off by dying at the end.--Ccarlson8

She didn't necessarily die but she was at the end of her rope and about to die. Legally and materialistically she was dead though because she effectively didn't "exist" except to play the role of controlling Delphi's body. With her controlling Delphi she effectively became Delphi because anything relating to P. Burke was gone. -David

Do you think celebrities today can match the gods mentioned in the Girl Who Was Plugged In, and can any of you think of any of the current celebrities that match the description in the story? -Sri

I definitely feel like the celebrities of today can be compared to the gods in this text. Where as most celebrities are followed daily through Twitter accounts and T.V. this is pretty much the same way the gods were followed in the text.

I feel like celebrities can be compared to the gods mentioned in the story, many people desire to be like the celebrities and it is weird these people have there own magazines and it seems like people just follow in there steps. Kind of like in the story people are manipulated to follow the gods.

I believe all celebrities match the gods mentioned in The Girl Who Was Plugged In; however in contrast to the normal citizens in the story, society can recognize that stars are walking advertisements.  We as people choose to follow the trends that certain celebrities wear.  We are by no means forced to worship these "gods" like the people in The Girl Who Was Plugged In are manipulated. -Ross

I don't think that people are really forced to follow trends in TWBWWPI either. Remember, the whole story takes place from the perspective of advertising executives. They have an incentive to make their program sound as successful as possible, but there's no real independent evidence.Robert'); DROP TABLE Students;-- 13:41, 1 April 2011 (UTC)

I don't think that the people are being manipulated to buy these products so much that they don't know that other products even exist. Since the companies were forbidden from advertising at all, their only real option to be able to get their product out was getting celebrities to showcase their product. Thus, I think the people either don't know or don't trust any products besides what they see on their "gods." -Curtis

There are some headers that are not in use. Should they be deleted? -jpham

Yeah, delete the extraneous details. I've got the analysis under control. - Sean

I have also added a list of sources as that is lacking.

I removed the unnecessary divider between characters in the character summary section. -Jarvis

I think that the picture of the girl with a cord for hair is a very appropriate picture for this page. --Jdavenport8 04:37, 30 April 2011 (UTC)


The last two sections (Class Discussion and Historical Influences) contain numerous grammatical mistakes, to the point where I wonder if they were intentional. Is this some sort of deliberate stylistic choice? Because it is very jarring to readers of the wiki. I'm thinking about reformating it all, but I thought I'd ask here first.Robert'); DROP TABLE Students;-- 13:44, 1 April 2011 (UTC)

I doubt the grammar errors are intentional. Reformatting them could be helpful. I'll get to work on it also.--Punnava3 19:13, 17 April 2011 (UTC)

To be blunt, those entries were probably done by some of the second-language-is-English students. There were a few grammatically poor entries in The Winter Market as well.--Eric.Yu 04:20, 29 April 2011 (UTC)

These pages concerning the readings we've been doing aren't particularly consistent in regards to structure. For example, this page doesn't even have a character list, while many other pages do. Should we attempt to create a more uniform appearance across these articles concerning in-class pieces? I'll start editing some of the general structure to achieve a better sense of uniformity. Msmith312 22:17, 26 April 2011 (UTC)

Sounds like a good idea, someone could even provide a general template that others could refer to when creating a page for a new reading. -Cwisdom3

The Girl Who Was Plugged In seems to mimic actual celebrities these days. They would be down to earth until they become famous and let that fame control them, after a while the person has lost everything that has made them famous and Hollywood is their master and controller.

Or, does being famous and controlling of all that's around them only attract more attention recursively putting them back into the eyes of the media for all to see. Is it human nature to subscribe to someone who is famous, and what qualities put them there in the first place. I have a sneaking suspicion that it's not simply being "down to earth" or laid back. - Jeff
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