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.

http://www.csun.edu/science/health/docs/tv&health.html

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By: Mayse

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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

Chatroulette

With the success of internet, almost every social activity that can be made face to face, has been created virtually on the internet. From gaming, to dating, to viewing pictures and videos. A few years ago a new form of communication was formed through the internet which is called Chatroulette. This new form of communication is based on a website, which one enters freely, and can chat  to people form all around the world; by instant messaging as well as video calling. Once can talk to people from all over the world, weather it was form Canada, to the middle east even india and china.

Here are a few facts about this website and who exactly is using it:

-About half of all Chatroulette spins connect you with someone in the United States, the second country is France with 15%.
-Of the spin showing a single person; 89% were male and 11% were female.

  • 1 in 8 spins yield something R-rated or worse.
  • You are twice as likely to encounter a sign requesting female nudity than you are to encounter actual female nudity.
  • AGE: of all these people 70% were adults of 21 and 40, almost 20% were of age 20 and below, and only 10% were people aged 40 and up.
  • LOCATION: 47% of Chatroulette participants were from the United States
  • Italy had the highest concentration of solo males at 98%. It also had the highest concentration “Men over 40″ at 13% (more than 3x the US rate of 4%).
  • The US has the highest concentration of groups at 13%, followed by The Netherlands at 9%.
  • Canada had the highest concentration of solo females at 13%, followed by the US at 10%

PERVERTS:

In Chatroulette, you tend to see R-rated images, that can be repulsing and disgusting. On the website those who qualify to be under perverts are:

  • Those who appear not to  be wearing any clothes
  • Displaying explicit nudity
  • Appear to be committing a lewd act

The Overall pervert rate on Chatroulette is 13%-  with 8% as Female.

I find the website a truly disgusting and despicable thing, It was meant to be a new form for socialization, and somehow ended up being one of the most known websites to enjoy some sex video interactions and pornographic and perverted images and videos.

http://techcrunch.com/2010/03/16/chatroulette-stats-male-perverts/

 

By: MAYSE

Celebraties on the Internet

Almost 60 years ago, Famous people such as actors and performers where able to keep their fame, and personal lives separate. Their secrets and activities, were not exposed publicly and the actors themselves had control over what the world saw them as. At this day in age, famous people can no longer control what they want to show the public. With all the easy access to television and internet; you can now find out almost everything about these pop artist and famous actors. With the paparazzi and detectives that    fallow these people all around and post these pictures and videos online to viewers in order to make money;  Famous people no longer have lives of their own. They start to live the life the public wants them to live. When we ask for Britney spears to go to jail, or start drugs, we find that picture, that video or even that statement where she said jail or drugs and we emphasis that matter, and make it breaking news for the public to see. All these lies are written about all these famous people and are posted on the internet for viewers to judge on it and comment as to what they want to see more of; or what changes they want to see. And believe it or not. These changes happen so suddenly, and the lives of these actors and performers become a big gambling game that the public plays on them just to make themselves happy. We the public control these famous people and we tell them what we want to see.

Now the public can put and upload any file or video of themselves to make them who they want to be. Everyone exposes the good side of themselves, and shows the parts they want the world to see. But keep hidden dirty little secrets or defects everyone has in their lives. Giving us the feeling of a perfect life online. Being who you truly want to be. The internet has played the reverse cycle on society in comparison to how things were running 60 years ago. No longer do the actors control their lives, and the lives of society. But now we. the public, have control of these famous people, and our lives.

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By: Mayse

Internet replacing Television!

Television channels and news channels have seen a decrease in viewers, every month it seems as though less people are watching television, and are starting to turn their heads towards the Internet. People have come to realize that the entertainment that is provided on Television is now found on the internet for free, with no advertisements, and can be watched when you want. More people are relying to watch their favorite shows and movies on YouTube and other websites that provide that sort of entertainments to the viewers on the Internet. With that Television channels and cable companies are losing money and losing costumers. Not just that but also advertisements agencies are realizing that viewers are not viewing their commercials as much, Meaning they are not profiting from the advertisements they put on Television. For that everyone has started to shift their eye on the internet and how to regain the viewers attention back, as well as their money. One good way that has Brought the attention to the public, is television channels have started to post television shows and movies on their websites for people to view, so that hopefully they will regain their popularity and money from the audience and advertisements company. Television companies are starting to do well again. But not like they use to, maybe someday the television industry will regain its power with new technology, Who knows!

 

BY: MAYSE

The Age of Radical Transparency

The term radical transparency was originally used to refer to corporations and was a management approach in which (ideally) all decision making is carried out publicly. It is now being applied to the Internet.

Behind Facebook’s element of confession is radical transparency. Mark Zuckerburg, inventor of Facebook suggests, “more transparency should make for a more tolerant society in which people eventually accept that everybody sometimes does bad or embarrassing things.” Facebook and other social networking sites have made it the norm in society to open up online or be an outsider. We are moving towards an even more open society with millions of people signing up for Facebook and other social media accounts and sharing photos and personal information online for anyone to see.

The problem with this notion of radical transparency as Dr. Strangelove states, “is that we’re involved in it and corporations are not,” thus, “moving society into an unequal future, where the powerful are becoming increasingly opaque to us.” As the rich and powerful hide behind privacy policies and laws, average people are sharing more and more about themselves; becoming radically transparent online. Thus, giving corporations the ability to profile us based on insight into our lives. This is only making corporations and those in power all the more powerful over the average human being.

David Brin phrases the threat of radical transparency perfectly in his book, The Transparent Society, when he says,”sacrificing anonymity may be the next generation’s price for keeping precious liberty, as prior generations paid in blood.”

By: Nicole Johns

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