Caught In His Own Net

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Kimberly S. Young: Caught In The Net

In the art gallery that displayed a good number of Timpson's latest creations, one of the pieces present was his "Caught in the Net". This artwork features a figure portraying man and an actual net. It is said that the inspiration for Timpson's piece of work, and a main element of the work, is the Internet. Timpson surely understands how easy it is for people nowadays to get caught in the world of technology and to forget about what is around them. Kimberly S. Young has written a book specifically about this topic of getting lost in the new gadgets of the century. According to, this novel focuses on internet addiction and the causes and effects technology has on future generations.

"...As anyone who has used the Internet for any length of time knows, the initial rush of excitement about getting connected soon wears off. Perhaps there are a few unfortunate souls out there who spend too much time online, but Young's attempts to demonstrate the imminence of an epidemic of Internet addicts seem spurious at best...."

Both pieces of work revolve around the addiction and the capture of one's attention by the internet, and for this reason, Young's tale closely parallels with Timpson's piece "Caught in the Net".

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David Biello: Overfishing Could Take Seafood Off the Menu by 2048

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In 1994, seafood may have peaked. According to an analysis of 64 large marine ecosystems, which provide 83 percent of the world's seafood catch, global fishing yields have declined by 10.6 million metric tons since that year. And if that trend is not reversed, total collapse of all world fisheries should hit around 2048. "Unless we fundamentally change the way we manage all the oceans species together, as working ecosystems, then this century is the last century of wild seafood," notes marine biologist Stephen Palumbi of Stanford University.
Marine biologist Boris Worm of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, gathered a team of 14 ecologists and economists, including Palumbi, to analyze global trends in fisheries. In addition to data from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization stretching back to 1950, the researchers examined 32 controlled experiments in various marine ecosystems, observations from 48 marine protected areas, and historical data on 12 coastal fisheries for the last 1,000 years. The latter study shows that among commercially important species alone, 91 percent have seen their abundance halved, 38 percent have nearly disappeared and 7 percent have gone extinct with most of this reduction happening since 1800. "We see an accelerating decline in coastal species over the last 1,000 years, resulting in the loss of biological filter capacity, nursery habitats and healthy fisheries," notes team member Heike Latze, also of Dalhousie.
And across all scales, from very small controlled studies of marine plots to those of entire ocean basins, maintaining biodiversity--the number of extant species across all forms of marine life--appeared key to preserving fisheries, water filtering and other so-called ecosystem services, though the correlation is not entirely clear. "Species are important not only for providing direct benefits in terms of fisheries but also providing natural infrastructure that supports fisheries," explains team member Emmett Duffy of the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences. "Even the bugs and weeds make clear, measurable contributions to productive ecosystems."
Although the trend is grim, the study of protected areas offers some hope that marine ecosystems can rebound, according to the paper presenting the analysis in the November 3 issue of Science. The 48 studied showed an overall increase of 23 percent in species diversity and a fourfold increase in available catch. "It's not a miracle. It's something that is do-able, it's just something that requires a big chunk of political will to do it," Worm observes. "We have a 1,000-, probably 10,000-year habit of taking the oceans for granted and moving from one species to the next, or replacing it with a technological fix like aquaculture. To me, the major roadblock is we have to change our perception of what the ocean is." Should we fail, we may lose the ocean's bounty entirely.
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Image: Daily Routine

I believe that this painting is about how consumed in their everyday lives people are. Many people seem to be stuck in a daily routine of doing things that makes their lives boring. They are caught in their own net and can't escape from it.external image shopping+crowd.jpgUploaded by Sam Jones----------------------------------------------------------------------AnalysisWhile looking at this piece, I really started to understand how our daily lives are so busy. No matter what it is (meetings, homework, sports, etc.) we are all caught up in our own lives and constantly busy. There is no escaping this "net" that we are in, no matter what age. Sometimes, it even feels as if everything is closing in around us and that there really is no escape hole. We are all caught in our own net trying to find a way out.--Posted by: Molly Leff------------------------------------------------------------------------

The net: A source of pride?

  1. luxuria (extravagance)
  2. gula (gluttony)
  3. avaritia (avarice/greed)
  4. acedia (acedia/discouragement)
  5. ira (wrath)
  6. invidia (envy)
  7. superbia (pride)
Above is a list of the seven deadly sins, a grouping of unacceptable actions that educate Christians of the sins they should not commit. The piece of art Caught in His Own Net is a view into number seven specifically, superbia, or pride.
Pride is sometimes viewed as excessive or as a vice, sometimes as proper or as a virtue. While some philosophers such as Aristotle (and George Bernard Shaw) consider pride a profound virtue, most world religions consider it a sin. This is because behind every sin is the worship of yourself. Pride is either a high sense of one's personal status or ego (i.e., leading to judgments of personality and character) or the specific mostly positive emotion that is a product of praise or independent self-reflection. Philosophers and social psychologists have noted that pride is a complex secondary emotion which requires the development of a sense of self and the mastery of relevant conceptual distinctions (e.g., that pride is distinct from happiness and joy) through language-based interaction with others. Some social psychologists identify it as linked to a signal of high social status. One definition of pride in the first sense comes from St. Augustine: "the love of one's own excellence". In this sense, the opposite of pride is humility.
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The net in the above picture is containing none other than the fish that the men caught. Obviously judging by the picture, the men are very proud of the contents of their net. They are holding the net closer to the camera than their bodies, and both of their bodies are angled towards it. Do this picture and the defininitions of pride show itself in Ben Timpson’s Caught in His Own Net? A net being a holder of an article producing pride, and pride being a high sense of self affection, does the man being caught in his own net show the pride of the man?
Posted by: Aubrie Holmes

Fish Caught in a Net


The picture above closely relates to Caught in His Own Net because the fish in the picture are desperately trying to get out of the net but can't because it is impossible for them. They are trapped and look like, in a way, as if they are suffocating. In Timpson's work, the figure that represents a person is struggling to find his way out of the net but cant and is trapped in this place. He is in a way suffocating himself because he has put himself in this "net" and can't find a way out.
Wyatt Ball

The image above is an illustration by Theodor von Holst for the 1831 edition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Both the novel and Timpson's "Caught In His Own Net" explore the theme of creating something that cannot be controlled. In each work, the creator is realizing that what he has created has become much more powerful than he imagined it could have, and backs away from it in fear. The man in"Caught In His Own Net" appears to be pursued by the net, which has taken on a life of its own, emphasizing the point that he is unable to escape the influence of his own device. Timpson points out that, like Dr. Frankenstein, people have created a monster in the internet and it has become both a source of awe and great influence and of new things to fear.
~Mary Lawrence

Analysis: Caught In His Own Net

The parallelism between a fishing net and the internet leads to an interesting perspective on what this piece means. As Ted Stevens said, the internet is "not a big truck," but a "series of tubes" that could be clogged with information. Caught In His Own Net shows how the internet is getting so clogged with information that it's spilling out into the 'real world'.
-- Elizabeth Lucas

Interwebz - Jason Wan

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The "interwebz" is a common slang term for saying Internet. Caught In His Own Net could represent the vast amount of information that constantly entangles us.

Online Communities

XKCD made an overview map of the internet as it is commonly used by most people. On top is a gigantic region labeled Facebook, which is divided into mini subdivisions, such as Farmville and Happy Farm. There are many other types of contininet-like areas, such as Forums, the Blogosphere, Twitter, Skype, and the MMO Isle. These all had smaller regions, showing where different people got caught up in the internet. This helps show how easy it can be to get caught up in the internet, especially with so many different things that can catch your attention at one time. To see the map, go to the following link:

Actually looks like a fishing net too.

The materials used in this creation are also peculiar. I believe the crab was used to symbolize the "over fishing" interpretation of this work being that it is in fact from the ocean. However, a hair net is also used. This represents the "technological" interpretation that we are consumed by new technology because the hair net is simple piece of modern adoption.
-Bailey Kirkland.

Kimberly S. Young's, Caught in the Net

Kimberly S. Young's book, Caught in the Net, is analyzed in the first post but I would like to take it a step further.

The book doesn't stop at the internet, but also discusses other self-created issues such as alcoholism. I believe Timpson's Caught in His Own Net also addresses all self-created problems.

It's also worth considering the tagline for Young's book: "How to Recognize the Signs of Internet Addiction- And a Winning Strategy for Recovery". Merriam-Webster defines addiction as the "compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal; broadly : persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful." It is possible to be well versed in the internet while avoiding the harmful affects it can have. With the growing power of the internet, we need to remember that most parts of it should be embraced.
-Chad Gallati

Overfishing, and what could happen in the future.

Ben Timpson is trying to portray the need to cut back in fishing to ensure that we have a fish population to draw on later. The net that is filled with fish is falling back on the fisherman, symbolizing that if we don't cut back in the quota of fish we take in each year, we're going to wipe out the fish population and its going to hit us hard. The fishing industries would fail, losing thousands of jobs. Plus, we wouldn't be able to eat fish anymore.
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