David to the Dentist!

Parents have caught the cutest, funniest, and most embarrassing moments of their children’s lives on camera. When i was a child, my mom brought her camera along everywhere to ensure she would capture every moment of our lives, so that one day in the future we could sit down and watch the moments that made our childhood a blast. These videos were shared to no more than our family, such as my parents, siblings , grandparents and cousins. Now a days, with the updated technology, parents can film their children and family moments and share them with the world on websites such as youtube. It has even come to some extent that parent take advantage of their children’s innocents and cuteness to attract fame into their lives, and get notice from the world. Which i think is something quite degrading.

Although this video is quite funny and adorable, i do object of the father neglecting his son when he is in need of him the most, and taking the time to video tape it, so he can get a few million people watching his video, making him a star in society.  You can see from the video that the child is feeling vulnerable unable to make sense, while his father filming him.[

By: MAYSE

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Cyber Bullying

Cyber bullying has become a great issue that the world is now facing. Children and mostly teens are being threatened on a daily basis by anonymous people, usually bullies from their high school and are being put to the ground by the mean and ugly words that are being sent to them.

This type of harassment usually occurs through messages that are being sent through the internet, usually by a message on facebook, or an email or even on msn. These bullies help torment other weaker teens and harass them through evil messages such as “everyone hates you” or “I will end your life.”

This cruel behaviour highly affects the teen’s inner feelings, leading some of these students to attempt or even actually commit suicide. Also, sometimes these teens go out of control and commit a mass murder in their high school, thus causing the deaths of many people including those who have hurt them and bullied them.

A question that may be posed by some would be why do some teens do this? The answer is that there are various reasons why some students would do that, usually it is just for entertainment or because they are bored, sometimes it is for revenge, and sometime they do it so as to act like the “tough guy” and therefore increase his/her popularity.

Students need to be educated more about this in schools so as to help prevent it. They need to learn more about the consequences in order to understand what their childish behaviour is leading others to do. They need to learn not to ignore the pain of others, because it might affect the people being bullied as well as the bullies themselves.

Every parent wants to ensure the safety of their child whether it is online or offline. Therefore parents should also contribute in making their children more aware of this violent behaviour.

-Mariam
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Peep Culture

Bloggr, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube…

We live in a society obsessed with social media. Most of us post intimate details about our lives online and on social media sites daily. Blogs have replaced the old school diaries, so now details of our lives are available online for anyone to access. Facebook has replaced photo albums, for the majority photos are now digital and stored online, accessible to friends and friends of friends on Facebook.

This can be damaging to the way we are perceived by others. You can post something online in a matter of seconds but it is nearly impossible to erase. Toronto writer and social commentator Hal Niedzviecki calls this desire to share our lives with others online “peep culture.” He says it allows ordinary people to get their entertainment from other ordinary people.

A big problem with peep culture  is over sharing online. By giving out personal information online it gives anyone access  to it, even people who could potentially do harm.

The subject of pop culture in the capitalist age was watching celebrities, the subject of post capitalist production is the ordinary individual through amateur video. Peep culture is simply an evolution of popular culture and its focus on entertainers and celebrities, Niedzviecki says. Therefore, our society has evolved from being completely fixated on celebrities to being fixated on the lives of ordinary people, through reality tv, blogs, and social networking sites.

By: Nicole Johns

Progress of Advertising on the Internet


Internet advertising began in 1994, but it was only recently that it reached a booming level. It has now become easier for advertisers to target the certain age groups they are aiming at. For example, placing advertisements on certain websites that are used by specific age groups allows for the target audience to be reached effectively.

The internet is one of the most emerging technologies and at the moment one of the most used by the majority of age groups. Therefore, advertising on the internet has now become much more productive and useful than television and newspaper advertisements, which people don’t have much time to access, watch or read anymore.

The marketplace has now found a new way to make billions of dollars, and that would be by placing advertisements on Youtube, seen as one of the top five most used websites in Canada. While people are browsing through random videos, different advertisements would be popping up on the sidelines of each webpage. Therefore, users cannot help but be exposed to those advertisements as they are right there on the screen.

The internet has now become a more creative way for advertisers to deliver their messages and to sell their products to a larger audience.

-Mariam

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Rate of Aborted Female Fetuses increases in India

Fetuses are being aborted at higher rates in India than ever before, new data from the national census have revealed a ratio of 914 girls for every 1000 boys, embarrassing a government with a nominal commitment to end discrimination against female children. This trend comes against an overall picture painted by the census of considerable progress in the country: Population growth has slowed, with fewer people being added in the past decade than the one previous.

This topic raises serious concerns about infanticide that is occurring in the most populated countries on the planet; India and China. “In 2011, to have sex ratios that are so pathetic – how can you talk about development?” states Ms. Sarojini a leading campaigner on the issue.

The gender selection issues all relate back to the anti-female bias that is rampant in patriarchal societies. Many times when baby girls are born they are forced to suffer neglect and lower education, that sometimes results in murder.

Although the government in India claims to be battling gender selective abortions they could be much more active in taking action against the issue. Gender inequality is still a huge factor in most of the world. Patriarchal societies enforce this and result in the mistreatment of women around the world. We need to fight back against gender inequality and keep the practice of feminism alive.

By: Nicole Johns

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People’s feedback matters on the Internet.

With the use of internet now a days people can practically share anything with everyone around the world. from files, to documents, movies, music, videos and everything else that can be found or put on a computer. A website that helps us find and share videos is YouTube. From immature home videos, to video productions and movies posted by record companies; and with these videos, members can like, dislike and even comment on videos and what they think of it. From there people have become very dependent of comments and feedback of what people think of things of themselves and their videos. It has even come to the extant that people post videos of themselves asking the public as to weather they are ugly or pretty. or videos of posting what type of personality they are and if the public would be accepting of who they are. videos of cleavage, and girls exposing their bodies to youtube viewers asking the public to be honest and comment of what they thought of their bodies. It has even come to the extent that people post videos to response of other people’s videos. Believe it or not people take the comments posted on their videos very seriously weather the commenters are joking or being judgmental or even bluntly mean; and it affects the people who post these videos lives and emotions. People shouldn’t post videos of themselves asking for the publics help and comments. I find this quite sad and a scream for attention. If individuals wanted the truth about their physical looks, they should ask those around them. weather it was a friend, family member or even a teacher or a class peer. Everyone should mind their own business and comment about things to themselves. But who m i to say anything. it seems as though the world is changing and everybody’s business is everybody else is business, and with that a new social network has been developed even perhaps a business that people profit from and become famous from.

 

by: MAYSE

Digitalization: Changing what it means to be a kid

The kids of yesterday looked forward to climbing trees, riding bicycles, playing hop scotch, and occasionally watching television. Within the past decade all of this has changed. Today’s kids are highly technological beings who spend upwards of 50 hours a week using social media according to experts. A new study called “Always Connected: The New Digital Media Habits of Young Children” reports that 80% of American children ages 0-5 use the Internet on at least  a weekly basis.

Although the effects of the extensive use of social media on young people is still unknown, there will likely be effects. Young people’s brains aren’t fully developed; and the daily use of internet and social media will impact the development of the brain in some way.

Things have changed dramatically from when I was young. The only computer I had access to was a huge monitor that took up most of the space on the desk. Today children have their own expensive laptops that they can use anywhere. Most children I grew up with were only allowed to use computers at home in a common area where a parent could monitor what was going on. This unsupervised Internet access causes serious privacy and safety issues for children.

Of course computers and the internet have become part of our every day life and life as we know it would not be possible without them. Children are changing now too as they become accustomed to using the internet at an early age parents need to take precautions to protect them from online predators and teach them to separate fantasy from reality.

By: Nicole Johns

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