Maybe Jolu was upset because Marcus is selfish? Or that Marcus never involved Jolu in anything, only Darryl? Maybe we’ll find out..
another example of how the government is abusing authority in order to track citizens..more poignant because it is a child tracked
I think Marcus needs to know when to stop he always tries to get the best of people….he needs to relax
I think that Marcus makes a valid point in this argument. The fact that the computer system in looking for variations in patterns of traveling and suspecting them of criminal activity is ridiculous and could be avoided. As a human race we aren’t going to always do the same exact thing over and over again, events happen in life that would change someone’s day to day routine. Also, I would argue that the computer would also suspect someone of criminal activity if someone decided to be spontaneous and travel to different places.
This shows that Marcus mom is about to stick up for him if she’s upset, which is good!
I realize that there has been a huge terrorist attack in san fran but for gods sake if there gonna go ahead and question every individual in the city about “unusual routes” they have got to be kidding me. They might as well basically shut down the entire city.
Marcus doesn’t know when to shut his mouth. He needs to learn to cooperate with people and lose his attitude because its gonna get him in trouble
he’s so stupid he knows what his smartass attitude got him last time so why try and show it off again
he doesnt trust anyone. but i guess after what he’s been though its alright.
I agree with the above comments relating to the opinion that Marcus has not learned his lesson. By cutting school, I think that yes he is expressing his freedom and maybe looking for the emotional rush of getting into trouble.
He acts like he knows everything when he really doesn’t. He needs to think about the things before he does anything.
He seems to think he is more superior than everyone he comes in contact with. He thinks he is his own authority and nobody else can over power him. He needs to stop and think before he says things.
he does not care what any type of authority figuers say to him and he just wants to try to outsmart them in any way possible
Marcus hasn’t learned his lesson. He is still getting into trouble by cutting school again. I see where is is coming from though because he is trying to keep his freedoms even though the government is watching his every move. If he isn’t careful something worse will happen to him.
I understand why Jolu is upset but I have no idea why he is freaking out. It doesnt seem like such a big deal. I am confused, i don’t know why Jolu is acting this way.
Now a days you can’t be too sure about whos a real cop. Better be safe then sorry, by asking to seeing a badge.
wow i cant believe it hes actually saying its a complicated machine. go figure
marcus will learn his lesson when he gets into real trouble
haha im pretty sure all moms fold there arms when there upset
honestly but pushing the cops buttons is making them not like him even more
This kid is incredibly brave. Most teenagers will be sitting in the back of a cop car as a nervous wreck. Instead, he is trying to figure out how he can hack his way out of this situation. I do not have that courage.
By asking for the badges he is just showing the cops that they are not dealing with a stupid teenager. And they clearly weren’t because he quickly memorized Zit’s badge number.
This once again shows Marcus’s sarcastic attitude.
It’s funny how this small gesture of Marcus’s mother crossing her arms plays such signifigance in his life. I found it interesting how something so minor could have such importance.
I totally understand what you’re saying. Marcus is making the same wrong decision twice by cutting school again, and you would think after what he went through by being kidnapped he wouldn’t try it again. But Marcus is very determined and the government is is watching every single move that he makes. I think he’s more concerned with regaining his freedoms than something happening to him when he cuts school.
I don’t think it is a matter of recognizing authoritative figures, I think he is just trying to test what rights he still has left because it seems as though he is being stripped of all his rights. He wants the police to know that he knows what he is entitled to as a citizen of the United States.
But you can’t really blame Marcus for not stopping. The government is trapping him and he is trying to do whatever he can to regain simple freedoms without the government spying on every little thing he’s doing. I don’t think he is trying to over rule the government, I think he’s just a teenager trying to keep his privacy.
He is being profiled because of the way he looks.
As i pointed out in a previous chapter, he has no aknowledgment of authority or his superiors.
In order for Marcus to learn lessons regarding things he does wrong, he must be punished. I’m not quite sure what that punishment would be like or what it would consist of but I feel as though maybe he’d learn from his mistakes? Maybe not…maybe he’s just a lost cause. I guess we will never know…
I think that because Van knows about the horrors of a harsh govt that allows no freedoms she is more cautious about maintaining her own. She understands how difficult life can get and therefore she is trying to avoid the life that many of her relatives struggle with.
I feel like this whole situation is just so unrealistic. Call me naive but I don’t think the country will ever get to this point.
Marcus feels upset because his father is taking sides with the police officers. Marcus feels that his father should always be on his side and this argument is just making him more angry.
it’s like Days of Our Lives…. but the nerdy computer tech video game version
He doesnt care about getting in trouble i dont think. i dont even think he sees it as an issue. he knows he can get out of it && he’s just too bad ass for things like that
But i think marcus will only learn his lesson if it is a clear cut one. Like he touches a stove he gets burned, lesson learned. But as far as cutting school, he doesn’t get it because it’s not as clear to him….. if that makes any sense
he definitely doesn’t learn from his lessons. he kept ditching school and thats just one example
He gets caught once again. He tries challenging the cops even though he is sure they are really cops.
I agree. You would think that after Van had seen first hand what it was like to have no freedom, she would do anything in her power to maintain the freedom she had in America.
Is getting discriminated against for being different a typical pattern that can be seen through out history? I find it to be awful that discrimination has shifted over into technology as well.
I feel like the argument between Marcus and his father in this paragraph is a small scale example of the larger scale debate about the Patriot Act today. They help portray both sides of peoples arguments about the separation of peoples personal lives from the government in todays society.
He got in trouble again…wouldn’t he not want to get in trouble because of what happened last time.
of course…. like no one saw that happening. here goes a love triangle.
it only takes one person to articulate the problem of the government for there to be a reform or a rebellion…
okay so i got it that marcus has problems with authority but it seems that he doesnt learn from his lessons..
This reminds me about how LimeWire used to work. My cousin’s friend downloaded 5 movies in one day from LimeWire, and he was fined because all that information was traced back to one source. People need to be careful with the internet.
The whole internet would shut down just to do these simple tasks? Letters wouldn’t take that long to mail. From the US to the Philippines, it takes about 13 days to send, so coming from China, it would take a lot less time.
So in porn, bank fraud, or flamewars, there would be careless mistakes in the line-frequency?
The universal sign that a female is upset.