Well I was reading a dictionary earlier today and… oh wait, that sounds rather geeky.. allow me to rephrase. I was reading aSociology Dictionary this morning to help me out with some key terms and, while flicking through, I came across the word “internet.” Curious as to what the internet has to do with Sociology, I decided to read the entry; and I’m rather glad I did!
It seemed to be outlining the history of the internet which I must admit was strangelyinteresting. The internet first started out in the 1970’s when the USA was involved in the Cold War. The US Government created the internet in order to, not only share information quickly with other people, but to protect communications in general in the event of a nuclear attack on the country. We can all complain about wars and violence, but just imagine if the Cold War never happened – you might not be reading this article now!
By the 1980’s, the internet had been developed as such so that it became ratheracademic. By making it academic, this meant that everyone could have access to a personal computer through the telephone line. It was beginning to have a purpose in wider society in terms of education and sharing skills with each other. But still, computers were very large pieces of equipment and they cost a fortune to produce. ICT lessons were unheard of and absolutely nobody could have imagined the scale of which they have eventually been produced at.
Apparently the Chairman of IBM said the following statement in 1943:
“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers,”
Amazed? Me too. Just imagine a world without computers and the internet.
Moving on, by 1995 there were only around 1 million users on the internet. I do find this slightly flabbergasting considering this is only around the time I was born! People however saw the incentive: and saw what the internet offered, and by 1997 (in just two years time!), the amount of people using the internet had increased to 40 million. What a leap. I admit it, a giant leap for mankind indeed.
In terms of the amount of web pages; the year 1993 saw 130,000 yet by 1997 there were a whopping 30 million web pages on the internet. It really is truly staggering the amount of progress which can happen in a matter of two years.
It really does seem strange that 40 years ago, the internet had never even been invented.
We wouldn’t be surfing websites, playing online games, doing online shopping and to me – the internet really is the product of the 20th Century. Absolutely brilliant. Now, what will the 21st Century bring? Well that’s up to our generation and our children to figure out.
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You better sit down before I tell you this because I nearly fainted! Rise Against have released a single from their upcoming album Endgame which will be released March 15th 2011! So save up some money, grab your headphones and buy buy buy!
I am very excited to announce this as Rise Against are actually my favourite band but before I go on about how much I love them, let me tell you a little more about this amazing band! First of all you probably know them from either Kerrang Radio as they play them on there quite often or even off Guitar Hero games. My sister told me about this band and as soon as I heard a song of them I was already obsessed!
They’ve been very famous on Kerrang, especially with one of their songs off the album Appeal To Reason which was released in 2008 and that song obviously has to be Savior! One of my other favourite songs from this amazing and beautiful band is indeed Prayer Of The Refugee which was infact on Guitar Hero 3!
Now you know of the band here is the information about the best part of this article! Their sixth Studio Album will be coming out next month and I can not wait. They already have four confirmed songs and if Endgame is anything like Appeal To Reason then I shall be the first one at the store when it comes out! Being a band for 12 years now I hope that this album will not be their last!
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Inception is one of my favourite movies ever. Some of you may ask – why? And the honest answer is, I don’t really know! It’s probably a combination of everything – the epic soundtrack, amazing (and hot) actors and the incredible script. When interviewed, Christopher Nolan (the director and screenwriter) said that it took nine years to write, as he wanted to perfect it, and it really shows. The script is one of the best seen in cinemas anywhere these days, I believe.
One of the most memorable quotes from the movie, in my opinion, has to be;
“You’re waiting for a train, a train that will take you far away. You know where you hope the train will take you, but you can’t be sure.”
I’m really reminded of my day in London in the summer when I hear or read this quote. Me and my best friend just bought a Travelcard and went tube-hopping, randomly jumping on trains and getting off where we fancied. At the time, the exhilaration of not knowing exactly where you are and the possibility of being lost (even though we had a map) was amazing, and the adrenaline was coursing through our bodies, giving us a chemical high. At the time, we had no idea where we were going to end up, and after 2 hours of various tubes, we arrived at Camden Market – which turned out to be the perfect end to an almost perfect day.
I’ve got no problem with planning out your life ahead – I’ve done exactly that. I know I’m going to be a teacher, but between university and then? I’m going to leave that to what I feel like at the time. The sense of unknown is kind of fearful, but exciting, as you have no idea what your life is going to bring you – and when something completely random happens, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
To the quote, the response is;
“How can it not matter to you where that train will take you?”
The doubt in this single line really points out one of my major flaws. I have a tendency to catastrophise about my future, for example, if I get one bad grade, I’m going to end up a hobo somewhere. I know it’s complete exaggeration, but that’s just where my (over-functioning) brain ends up as! My close friend has told me recently that it’s so important to live in the moment, and I’m beginning to 100% agree with him. Don’t plan out exactly what you’re going to do for the next month, leave some things until the very last minute (I’m aware that some things NEED to be planned), and I promise you’ll feel a thousand times better than you did before, if you see any of yourself in me.
Just remember – it’s your train, and it can take you wherever you want it to.
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I’m sure we’ve all heard it from somewhere. It’s that dreaded start to a conversation where you just know you’re going to receive a lecture about bringing back the cane or National Service. It happened to me today in fact. Yes, the “Back in my day” speeches. This article will look at one small part of the youth subculture that we live in and what’s the right response to it?
Currently in Britain and other western industrialised countries, the “chav” is considered a major threat to social happiness. That sounds a bit like an exaggeration but the media portrays this particular youth subculture as “yobs” and, along with the terrorist attacks, it creates this society of fear. A society where no-one can be trusted, a society where CCTV is a necessity for people to feel safe. Why?
Striking fear into any law-abiding citizens, gangs of youths “rule the streets.” They are quite often peaceful, possibly just standing on a street corner looking intimidating but not actually doing anything. However, I’d be a fool to suggest that the “yob” behaviour that is portrayed in the media isn’t at least half of the truth even if it is possible that they exaggerate the threat of the average youth. It’s just a small minority that are louder than the larger majority. They can destroy or steal cars, they do shoplift from shops, they do ‘bomb windows’ with stones or eggs. So what can we do?
Albert Cohen suggested that subcultures are due to status frustration. Youths get frustrated by a lack of status in society so create their own subculture that allows them that status. Subcultures are a culture within a main culture that, quite often, takes the norms and values of the main culture and changes them. This leads to conflict. If, however, this explanation of youth deliquancy is due to a lack of status, the obvious answer is to give them more status. That is easier said than done and often prejudice in society means that youths are trapped in a vicious circle that is hard to get out of. They commit crime for status in their subculture but as a result lose status in the main culture therefore making them commit more crime for status in their subculture… and the circle continues. But does it? Often, when the youths grow up, they grow out of their old habits for example by getting a job. That job gives them status and they do not need the prestige and the reputation of the subculture anymore. There are youths ready to take their place instead and so the youth subculture stays strong.
David Cameron, now Prime Minister, once suggested that we should “hug a hoodie” and this was naturally stomped on in the media but does he have a point? No, not literally. Don’t go up to a hoodie and hug them, it probably wouldn’t go down too well but if we embraced them more, if we did not marginalize them, it’d be easier for them to find a way back, to find a path on the straight and narrow and turn into a more respectable citizen. The further out of society we push them, the harder it is to bring them back.
What do you think? Are the current methods of cutting down crime working? Should we be tougher? Should we rehabilitatecriminals or lock them up and throw away the key? Let us know your thoughts by posting in the comments box below!
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Even know Cheryl Cole’s future as an X Factor judge is unknown, It looks like Simon Cowell has another plan!
Cheryl may have missed out on getting a judge role onX Factor, but Simon has another idea! If Cheryl is unsuccessful at becoming ajudge on X Factor USA, Simon is allegedly planning to get Cheryl to help him mentor the acts on the show.
It is thought that by acting as Simon’s aide, Cheryl can build her profile in the US and eventually work her way up to a role on the judging panel on the next season of X Factor USA. A source closed to Simon said: “Simon desperately wants Cheryl to be a judge but if that’s knocked back by Fox chiefs the next option is to start her as a mentor.”
They added: “It would be a way to test how she’s received in America. Plus viewers would be able to warm to her first, rather than having her thrust upon them by going straight on the panel.”
Do you think Cheryl Cole should become a judge onX Factor USA or just be a mentor? Let us know!
Good luck Cheryl!
Personally, I think that Cheryl Cole should just become a mentor. She is not known in the US, so it’s best if she starts of from being a mentor.
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