Summary of the Game
The Legend of Zelda is an epic of a boy named Link, chosen from a young age who is prophesied to help Princess Zelda save the realm from the forces of evil. Along the way, you pick up skills, items (such as swords, instruments, bow and arrows, etc.), and friends that help on your path to It is an action, adventure, roll playing game that consists of 16 interweaving plot lines. It is a game that has inspired many to put together timeline theories in which game began the story and which ones continued it from there on.
Summary of Zelda’s Historians: Canonizing Fictional Chronologies
PastPlayer, the author, has a very interesting point of interest when it comes to The Legend of Zelda. He focuses on what millions of people have tried to dispute for years and years, timeline theory. Timeline theory is basically centered around the idea that the series has a continuing story line that goes on in a specific order. While each game acts as a stand-alone game and you do not need to play all of them to get the whole story (as they change with different generations), there are links and a clear tie between all of the games. However, not all can agree on a specific order of the games. The author brought up the fact that for a while, the creators wanted to keep the timeline a secret from the fans, mostly because they had not decided where the franchise and story were headed. He points out that with this strategy of game making, it can completely change the timeline depending on where they decide to have the characters end up in the storyline. Since the interview, however, there has been an official timeline created and released to fans with the release of the book The Hyrule Historia. Rather than discuss the official timeline, the author has decided to focus their point from a fan base’s perspective. He/she made the point that to compile a timeline properly, one must become a bit of a historian and not only provide evidence for ones reasonings, but also, have an authority. He states that this means that a historian “never accepts their conclusions as fact but rather as another interpretation of evidence”. Basically, the author uses fan based timeline theories to show how not everyone can just be a historian and claim that their theory is correct without providing strong evidentiary support and without accepting that their conclusion may not be fact. He also seems to hone in on the fact that history keeping isn’t just for real world events, but it also means something for fictional realms and it still stands with the same principles.
Social and Cultural Importance to The Legend of Zelda
PastPlayer makes a point that the Zelda universe is something very special to those who participate in its magic. It makes up for a lot of discussion online and in its following. One simple change in a games storyline can mess up the entire timeline for a group of people who have agreed on a specific timeline. It is a point of discussion that with the continuation of the franchise creates more and more discussion as the game improves and the storyline goes on. It is something that brings people from all over the world together in one space where they can debate, provide proof, and together, map out the timeline of a huge video game world. This article is bound to produce a debate throughout the inter Zelda Universe. Timeline theory is one of the games central point of interest to the world, its part of what makes the games interesting. Therefore, many agree that there is an obsession among the Zelda community that timeline is a strong point of contention, debate, and it brings people together.
This game/franchise is one of my favorites games I have ever played, and that is saying something because I have played a lot of games. I have not played all of the games, therefore I cannot agree nor disagree with a specific timeline theory. However, this was not the point PastPlayer was trying to make. He/she was stating that the timeline is constantly evolving with each game/storyline decision. I agree that there will always be a debate in the Zelda Universe, no matter how many “official timelines” come out, someone will disagree with it and try to prove why. I also agree with the standpoint the author takes on how these fans are, in their own essence, historians and that they need to provide proper evidence, as well as have the authority to know that their conclusion is not final say. Overall this game defines my childhood and continues to be on of the best franchises I know so this opinion is a tad biased. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
In the recent years, there has been a growing concern for our nation’s online privacy. However, when people think of internet privacy they are thinking about the government stalking what they do online. This is only a portion of the problem that many are debating over. The government is not only looking at what people search, read, and write online, they are also censoring what people can and cannot see/say, as well as trying to shut down downloading sites. There have been bills passed, such as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), Project IP, and Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). The article by Jason Havey titled “A Technical Examination of SOPA and PROJECT IP” does a great job outlining SOPA and PROJECT IP and their influence on the internet. Basically, SOPA and PROJECT IP are bills that try to combat online copyright infringement and online trafficking in counterfeit products. This article also states that the US Attorney General (as well as the qualifying plaintiff, “a holder of intellectual property who is harmed by the activity of a foreign infringing site”) can take action against these sights (in a court order) and there is an online of steps that a site has to take in order to comply with the government. In a separate article by Kim Zetter titled “Reddit Cofounder Calls on Google’s Larry Page to oppose CISPA”. CISPA is a bill that permits government agencies and the “private sector” to share private information about users in an effort to stop cyber attack threats. More on these things later.
This is where a group called Anonymous comes in. Anonymous is an i”international network of activist and hacktivist entities” (Anonymous Wikipedia page). In the article “2011: The Year Anonymous Took On Cops, Dictators, and Existential Dread” by Quinn Norton, it focuses on the big influence Anonymous had on the world. According to this article, Anonymous is made up of many people who are not only “trolls” (people who make comments on the internet with the sole intent to start arguments amongst others in the community), but also activists. This seemed to come to full light when a man named Mohamed Bouazzi, a produce vendor in Sidi Bouzid, had his produce cart seized by the police and then was beaten by them to the point where he had killed himself in the streets. This act alone was not enough to start an international line of people fighting for justice, it was the fact that the Tunisian dictator, Ben Ali, was censoring Wikileaks cables related to Tunisia and all of the stories coming out of it. People of Anonymous banned together and decided to take action. The article talks about how they defaced Tunisian government websites, as well as send reports of what is going on in Tunisia to media and news outlets that would report on the abuse. Finally, they sent what the article called a sort of care package in order to work around the heavy privacy restrictions. In that digital care package was a “Greasemonkey script”, which helps them “avoid proxy interception by the government” as well as a message to the people of Tunisia telling them that their revolution was not only not being televised to the world, their government was watching them, and the only way they were going to win their revolution was in the streets, fighting for what they believed in. This sprung into a whole campaign full of people who wanted to help the oppressed. It shows the pure power of the internet and how connected the world is to each other. It shows the raw power of the many and what it can do.
Anonymous is one of many fighters fighting for the right to internet privacy. They want the government to keep their noses out of what people do on the internet and stop putting so many restrictions on what they can do with it. Looking at CISPA, which has already been passed in the House with a 288 to 127 vote despite all of the negative attention from Anonymous, reddit users, and anyone who paid attention to the bill according to Kim Zetter’s article. Better stated that Reddit’s cofounder, Alexis Ohanian, called on Google’s Larry Page to help out in a petition against CISPA. To revisit what CISPA is, it is a bill that allows businesses and the government to share an individuals private information based on your internet records and searches. These are just some of the movements to get what the Constitution has promised, freedom, as well as privacy which many view as a basic human right.
All of these movements and organizations are fighting for privacy rights from the government. This easily folds into all of the attention and issues surrounding Edward Snowden. Edward Snowden is a man that worked for the US NSA and (long story short) gave highly classified documents to the press to expose how much the government is infiltrating our privacy. Most would view this as a good thing, however, the big problem is that it was not only highly classified, there is also talk of dangerous information being leaked. In the NBC News videos, Snowden never denied giving away military information. Although, he did say that all of the information that he gave that was published would not put any citizen in any danger. Essentially what he gave out proved that the NSA is looking into anything and everything we do. However, in the interview he did say that they only tap phones and computers of those they are targeting and are suspicious of. What he, and a good chunk of the nation, believe he did was try to force the government to look into the legality of their intrusion on people’’s lives. Edward Snowden is just another, although rather big, link in a very long chain that happens to include Anonymous, Alexis Ohanian, reddit users, and many more who value their privacy rights that fight to maintain privacy rights and keep the government out of things they do not need to be in.