Not Winning

Popular culture seems to have an innate obsession with ‘screw-ups.’ Take for instance Charlie Sheen (actor) most known for his role as ‘Charlie Harper’ on the television sitcom Two and a Half Men.

Charlie’s personal life has been an up hill battle because of his hard partying ways. His personal life includes being married three times, having five children, shooting a fiancee in the arm, drug and alcohol abuse, violence, criminal mischief, and rehab too name a few things.

After recently being a topic of tabloid scandal, being fired from the popular sitcom Two and a Half Men, and coining the phrase ‘winning,’ Sheen announced a nation wide tour called, “My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not an Option.” Not only were people dying to see his show but the tour sold in 18 minutes, a TicketMaster record. On opening night “Charlie Sheen was heckled, booed and eventually abandoned by the crowd at his inaugural stage show, with many of the audience members chanting “refund” and heading for the exits even before the show abruptly ended, says Mike Householder and Jeff Karoub in an article for the Globe and Mail.”

Maybe some people have finally come to their senses and realized Sheen is no more than a pathologic screwup/drug addict that should not be glorified. It makes no sense why people would be willing to spend their hard earned money to go see this man when he is definitely, ‘not winning.’ I don’t support the choices Sheen has made and hope he is given help instead of glory for his actions.

By: Nicole Johns



the effect of Television to our children.

did you know that 99% of household possess at least one television, and the average U.S household has around 2.24 television sets. according to the A.C Nielsen Co. the average American watches more than 4 hours of TV each day; thats 28 hours a week, or 2 months of non stop TV watching per year. Meaning if a person was to live till the age of 65, that person will have spent 9 years glued to the Television. Researchers for years have studied and demonstrated that long hours spent on television can lead to serious health consequences. People have become addicted to television, and the American medical community has voiced its concern on this issue.

the average child will watch 8,000 murders on television before finishing elementary school, and by the age of 18, the child would have seen 200,000 acts of violence including 40,000 murders on television. With that, the parents are spending less time with their children. Parents these days spend no more than 3 hours with their children a week. Where as children watch over 1680 hours a week. Could it be that television is replacing parenthood? or day care? It has been proven by the A.C Nielson, 70 percent of daycare’s use television to educate or to keep children busy.

Television, is taking over our lives and our spare time. Technology and corporations are becoming manipulating, leading towards a more aggressive and inpatient and less educated generation. over 35 billion dollars are spread on advertisement with channels devoting almost 40 percent of there television time on advertising.

We have undoubtedly become a visual society, and this is likely due to television. In his book, The Empire of Mind, Strangelove states, “Being so entrenched in the visual logic of television we have dismissed words, particularly the humble speech of the unwashed masses as being of no import.” We have no time for spoken interaction, or quality time: only time to watch murders and commercials: sit and stare with glazed over eyes.


By: Mayse

Arab World Gone Wild

Revolution! Revolution! Revolution!

From Tunisia to Egypt to Libya to Bahrain to Syria and the list goes on. The people of these Arab nations have finally found the courage to revolt against their political rulers demanding for reforms and acknowledgement of their basic fundamental rights for which they have been denied.

The protests first began in Tunisia due to high rates of unemployment, government corruption and dictatorship. Their success to rid their countries of these corrupt rulers is what triggered the rest of the Arab world towards trying to achieve the same goal as well due to suffering from similar issues.

In Egypt, the 25th of January 2011 is now considered to be a memorable day, as it is the day in which their protests began leading to the oust of their president Hosni Mubarak of nearly three decades to resign on the 11th of February 2011.

What played a role and helped in the organization of these events was the use of social media, notably Facebook, Twitter and even YouTube to help spread the message. Facebook was thus used in order to plan and schedule the protests. Whereas Twitter was used in order to help synchronize between the people for them to effectively communicate amongst each other. YouTube was and remains and outstanding tool to spread the message to the rest of the world in times where the Media lacks to portray the truth behind the uprisings as well as footage banned from the public. Social media became such a powerful mechanism that in certain countries such as Egypt, officials cut off all Internet access in order to halt the spread of uprisings. As a result, social media was dubbed the primary tool for voices to be heard worldwide.


Normative debate

Just last week in one of Dr. Strangelove’s AMAZING classes, he lectured on the issue of  discussions on the internet. Through the last few years discussions forms have changed. Before the creation of YouTube and Facebook, contenders in discussion forms were limited and was not as distributed as it is today. Before the creation of social networking, the only international debate and discussion forms provided for the public was through capitalistic media, where corporations, and government would allow and disapprove any language or literature they felt was unnecessary for the public to hear and so forth. With the Help of YouTube and Facebook, discussion are no longer controlled by anyone, individuals form all around the world get an idea of what is going on with the rest of the world, and develop their own analysis without the influence of anything or anyone. These social networks, have created connections that corporations and government cannot control. For that many countries have band these social networking for the sake of their power. In the Last 2 months, most of the middle East have been dealing with violent protest created by the people due to the influence of Facebook and Youtube. Those who were involved in these


social networking, we’re discussing issues related to the government operations and the wages at work. Most individuals living in the middle east realized they are all dealing with the same problem, without the influence of the government to  scare them off. Individuals felt they had nothing to lose, and together they were all in charge. Normative debate is influenced on who the contenders are, years ago the contenders were controlled by those with power. Now we have more contenders, with no control. Which means the outcome will change, and change is good!








By: Mayse

Korean Game Craze

Many people around the world suffer from an online gaming addiction but in recent years many South Korean people specifically have become addicts. Analysts estimate 1-2 percent of South Korea’s online gamers suffer from addiction. To try and help the government has designed clinics to help cure addicts, and is talking with developers about creating advisory patches to alert gamers to the dangers of heavy play.

These precautionary warnings are necessary after several people have died due to excessive gaming. Obviously there is danger associated with online gaming as it can become addictive leading many people to quit their jobs and or school in order to game more.

It is unclear why there are more people addicted to online gaming in South Korea than in other parts of the world. Some have speculated that it is due to the fact that their culture is very intellectually competitive and that they have faster internet speeds, decreasing lag-time while gaming. Whatever the case it is time for the government to step up their involvement in the problem in hopes of helping the people that are addicted before there is any more casualties.

By: Nicole Johns

Online Discussion Forums

Does the implementation of online discussion forums, for university courses, help in the enhancement of our learning?

Online discussion forums could be of great help for students as this method would be a suitable solution to the problem regarding conflicting schedules of students and professors as well. With an online tool, students of a classroom, specifically large classrooms would be able to efficiently communicate any information regarding their assignments or any information that was discussed in class at their own convenience.  This would also allow the students to input concerns and at the same time receive answers to their questions rapidly.

It is considered to be a quick, easy and fun method, where students can raise and receive questions and answers that concern difficulties that were raised earlier in the classroom; it allowed participants to raise questions they were concerned about in a dynamic and more enthusiastic environment where the students were in control instead of having the professors’ be in control. This process could work on assisting the students in understanding and accepting not only their own concerns and ideas, but also the concerns of other students.

This process might help in the progress of our learning. Students feel more at ease communicating their concerns or opinions with other classmates therefore enabling an active learning environment. Through this tool, students will be able to gather various points of view in order to develop their own.


Models of Advertising

Advertising is a structure with embedded values in it and moreover it functions as a voice of the primary systems. Advertising consists of two general models known as the liberal model and the conservative model.

The conservative model describes the relationship between the advertisement and the customer to be so as like an exchange process of a so-called win-win situation. Individuals give out their time to be engaged in advertising as it is an informational service to us. It creates a flow of information and thus it reports to us and provides us with the information we need to know about the certain products we are interested in purchasing. The conservative model unlike the liberal makes sure we are informed about the product but does not manipulate our decisions as individuals towards whether we will purchase the product or not. In this case advertising agencies are known to be relatively powerless.

On the other hand, the liberal model ranges from advertisement to the other, it works on controlling the general public like puppets and thus works on manipulating individuals decisions on whether to purchase a product or not. According to Freud, ‘we are not masters of our own house, we are influenced by complex things we are not aware of.’ In this case advertising tend to have a privileged status. Thus this demonstrates that we are highly influenced by advertisements.


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