Technology? Has it changed our society?

over the last five years, technology has been rapidly changing and expanding in every field imaginable. Smart phones are now capable of acting as standalone computer devices that can take pictures, search the internet, send email and test messages and yes, make phone calls.  Twenty or so years ago, personal computers were becoming small enough and affordable enough for families to buy them for home use. The world of technology has shown no signs of slowing down and practically every device available today is somehow ties to computer technology.

It seems hard these days to image the original size of computers and how small they have become in the last ten years, within the last five years they have become even smaller and powerful and faster than before. The internet allows people to connect with family, friends, and co-workers from across the globe in the push of a button. Communication options vary with the instant text and video based chat as well as the near instantaneous method of email.  Gone are the days where one had to post a letter and wait a week or so for a response and long distance phone calls are unnecessary for anyone with a computer, a webcam, and a speedy internet connection.

Cars are now being manufactured with standard GPS and emergency call features for the convenience and safety of drivers and their passengers, making the days of carrying a map completely unnecessary and improving the peace of mind of anyone who must travel the roads alone or at night

Yes, technology advancement has changed our lives completely, and not always in a good way.

English Only!!

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It is no secret that the English-Only movements are aimed at Spanish speakers. Their movement is organized to make English as the official language of the United States.

Native Americans were in the Southwest first and Spanish speakers after that. After English, Spanish is the most used language in the United States. Over 30 million people, more than 12% of the population, use Spanish as their primary language.

Several states do not have an official language.

Hawaii has two official language: English and Hawaiian. Louisiana has both French and Spanish beginnings.  In New Mexico almost a third of the people speak Spanish.

Few would argue that knowing English is unimportant in the United States. It may well be the easiest and most effective way for a newcomer to achieve a decent living standard in this country, but knowing Spanish, or other language, can be a tremendous boost as well.

Some say making English our official language can be explained as racist. Many newcomers recognize the primacy of English in our society and want to learn English. Over 95% of the people in the United States already speak English and over 85% are native Speakers.

My personal opinion is that English should be one of our official language. We live in a Country of so many different race and languages. I do believe English should be our official language because it is the most spoken language in America. I do not think we should ban other languages. I do believe everyone should have a common language that they all speak.  A lot of people are also learning Spanish as a second language.  People seem to go to the extreme and think that English should be our only language in America.

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Technology in the 1920s

The 1920s was made by the boom in consumer goods. This was the decade that people started buying radios, toasters, alarm clocks, and other small appliances for around the house. This was a revolutionary departure from the heavy industry which dominated the economy in years past. It changed people’s lives forever as it introduced people to labor saving devices in the home.

There were many inventions and new types of technology developed during the 20’s, but possible the one that had the greatest impact before the turn and next decade was the Radio. It soon became a staple of people’s lives providing entertainment, news, and new ideas. Radio broadcasting began in 1920.

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Another very important invention also started to impact people’s lives and that was the uses of airplanes apart from as a weapon of war. Air mail would provide some of the impetus and investment needed to improve stability and provide a practical use, as a result the airplanes became used as a means for entertainment with stunts at fairs. Airplanes were used during wars for observation. Then airplanes had guns and rifles so they could attack.

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The greatest impact of radio and airplanes in the 1920s was that people realized for the time that information can travel around the globe in a matter of seconds and minutes, as opposed to hours and days, previously. This had a profound impact on the way businesses operate, the fact that investors could receive up-to-the-minute information, and it opened up a whole new category of employment in the areas of broadcasting, broadcasting technology including engineering, sound, and optics.

Yellow Journalism: scandal, sensation and gossip in the media

Journalism should be about getting the truth out, something that someone else is trying to hide. Journalist might stretch the truth or even fabricate the story, which is called yellow journalism.

Image is a short biased opinion masquerading as objective fact. Distorted stories and misleading images are the sole purpose of boosting newspaper sales and exciting public opinion. When the truth isn’t there and the facts are missing or twisted, this is when you have yellow journalism.

Throughout the history of the United States, media has been the source in which the public receives information over all aspect of life. Today’s world we revolve around technology. It’s everywhere; in our cars, phones and etc. Everywhere we go we expect internet to check our Facebook, Twitter, Instagrams and emails. Internet makes yellow journalism easier, our need for journalist, justifies them to tweaking their story and making sure they get it out first.

An example of yellow journalism today was the Casey Anthony case of 2011. They exploited her by digging into her past and over embellishing every aspect of her life up to the death of her daughter Caylee. After every trail there would be breaking news about the case and the next day the headlines would focus on Casey Anthony, giving her nickname and alluding to accusations of the truth

Yellow Journalism started well before the World Wide web came out. An example of this is the USS Maine battleship explosion.  The Spanish American War was a turning point in the history of the United States. The blowing up of the battleship USS Maine in Havana harbor on the evening of 15 February was a critical event on the road to that war.Image

 

Yellow Journalism sells because people thrive off drama and intrigue. Yellow Journalism will continue to live on as long as people continue to nourish off of it. Before believing everything you read, check multiple sources. Our world revolves around technology and information, the ease of the internet makes it easier to publish false or misleading material.

Sticks and Stones may break my Bones but words…???

Think about the last time you witnessed or participate in making fun of someone, calling them names, starting rumors, or even hurting them.  Bullying is a form of violence in which one person repeatedly targets another who is weaker, smaller, or more vulnerable. Bullying has long been witnessed in schoolyards, classrooms, online, and texting across the country. To a varying degree, bullying has been proven to cause anxiety and depression in teens. Today’s generation of teenagers, however, experience a heightened sense of fear due to increases in violent bullying behavior.

Bullying can be verbal, physical, and psychological. Verbal bullying includes taunting, name calling, making threats, and demeaning the target. Physical bullying can include hitting, kicking, spitting, pushing, biting, and taking personal belongings. Psychological bullying consists of spreading rumors, social exclusion, intimidation, extortion and sexual harassment.

 

Bullying affects both the target and the bully. Targets of bullying get depressed and feeling of isolation. while the bullies become adult criminals. Many people see kids, adult and teens being bully but do nothing about out of fear of been hurt themselves. I believe that bullying is a form of violence in America. If we can come together and put an end to the bullying will the country be safer or are we deemed to be an inherently violent culture? Stop Bullying!!