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Friday, November 21, 2008

Has Media Liberalism Fallen into the Realms of the Ridiculous?

well i have decided to be intelligent, i know this does not happen often (especially going to university here :-s...but one can try!)
anyway, i have just been reading the news and there is suggestion lying around that the British public are purposely being civilly disobedient. Now, being a member of the british public, this has interested me...i always like a bit of disobedience in my life ('oooer' you may say, but yes it is true). Now the disobedience is in the form of reality TV shows. various 'celebrities' or contestants are being kept into the shows via public votes despite not deserving to be there (you see it is all rather scandalous, and yes there are probably more important matters in the world) and this is being deemed as 'social disobedience'.
I may be being slightly ignorant here but don't the TV shows make money by having scandalous voting decisions? It may be suggested to the general public that we are the ones who are being disobedient but actually it is the TV companies themselves who are making money from corrupt voting systems, or various other means to keep certain contestants on their shows.
it is slightly far-fetched to describe civilians as the 'unruly' ones...we are not exactly fighting/revolting/desperately falling into the grasps of anarchy...we are simply voting to protect our right to comical television. Who really wants to see 'celebrities' prancing around on stage with some kind of talent behind them...we would much rather see them fall over. Who wants to hear angelic voices? the British public finds great pleasure in moaning and groaning over the appalling noises that fill our kitchens at dinner time whilst we watch the X Factor...we like to recognise bad singing so that we can pride ourselves with the knowledge that we too know failure when we see it. We vote-in failure to make ourselves feel better.

this is not civil disobedience...this is media control. We are buying in to our own control. the media are making even more money from calling us disobedient, we couldn't be disobedient if we tried!!!

In other news today, there is an article about philosophy. It is national philosophy day or something. Anyway, there is this one question posed to the general public…
‘should we kill healthy people for their organs?’
Now it may seem a bit strange but they did argue it really well. This is their explanation of this suggestion:
Suppose Bill is a healthy man without family or loved ones. Would it be ok to painlessly kill him if his organs would save five people, one of whom needs a heart, another a kidney, and so on? If not, why not?
Consider another case: you and six others are kidnapped, and the kidnapper somehow persuades you that if you shoot dead one of the other hostages, he will set the remaining five free, whereas if you do not, he will shoot all six. (Either way, he'll release you.)
If in this case you should kill one to save five, why not in the previous, organs case? If in this case too you have qualms, consider yet another: you're in the cab of a runaway tram and see five people tied to the track ahead. You have the option of sending the tram on to the track forking off to the left, on which only one person is tied. Surely you should send the tram left, killing one to save five.
It got me thinking. Would I condemn the killing of a healthy human in order to save five others? Maybe I would if it would mean killing like a rapist or a murderer…should this be sanctioned? What happens to people in America when they are charged with the death penalty? What happens to their organs? In my opinion these should definitely be used to save lives…but would people want the organs of a murderer?
People who want to kill themselves, what about them? If assisted suicide was sanctioned then many lives could probably be saved from the sacrifice of a few, but I’m sure assisted suicide will not be sanctioned anytime soon. Assisted euthanasia is no good…the majority of these people want to die because of illness etc.
I don’t think we should kill healthy people randomly…this would probably turn into some sort of organ donation nightmare with deaths occurring left right and centre. I don’t think it would be right to kill a lonely person, just on the basis that they are lonely. A decision like this would lead to uproar and doubtlessly some sort of ‘civil disobedience’.

With all that in mind I think I can safely say that the British news is largely diverse. People complain about the chaotic, disobedient and excessively inappropriate behaviour of the ‘television voter’, while others consider taking the lives of innocent human beings because they see sacrifice as being a natural process of mankind not a decision made under extreme pressure and animal instinct. In the end it is all for one and one for all, this is how we were made to survive. It’s all about personal choice – we vote for what we think is right at the time and we vote for what we think is right for us and what we think we can deal with, no matter whether it is right or wrong.
Has the world gone completely mad???!

Monday, November 17, 2008

i fear i have become too complacent. Im starting to believe that this is where I am and I no longer mind that i am here. i have got used to being so far away. the only problem now is that i am going home in five weeks and as soon as i get home i will be afraid of coming back.
it is a positive thing that everything here is going fine and that home doesn't really feel like home at the moment, even missing people is no longer as extreme...i have gotten used to them just not being in the same place as me and having their own lives, and me having mine.

i am still looking forward to christmas but it concerns me that i have finally gotten over being away from home and now home feels so different to what it was when i left and i dont know what it is going to be like when i get back. i dont know what im meant to think anymore. i feel rude if i dont miss people but then feel clingy when i do. but then i guess this is why im here. to teach myself to not rely on other people, to become 'an independent human being', and not have to worry about things or care that maybe im not always where i want to be. im away from only here once and maybe ive suddenly decided that, at least until xmas, im going to make the most of it. 5 weeks is nothing compared to a lifetime and by this time next year, ill only have half a year of freedom left before my lifetime restarts at home!
i believe this is what some people call an epiphany!!!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

america's politics

it is the 5th of November. Yesterday Barack Obama was elected as President. AMAZING. am feeling as though I am a part of history and i am hoping this will entice America out of its Republican ways (at least a little). Louisiana on the other hand remains highly republican but at least i know that the rest of the country is not like this.
I have been reading the newspaper this morning and came across as article entitled 'Marijuana, homosexual marriage amoung hot button iniciatives' (i was not interested in the poor grammer).
this article appealed to me, mainly because i have strong opinions on same sex marriage.
the article starts off very positively: marajuana being approved in Michigan for health purposes etc. - all up for legal drugs etc, it did make me wonder what a white, republican, southerner would think about this iniciative but then again i dont really care, if they get ill, they cannot take it as southern, republican governors would never allow it! - Bill Cassidy has just been elected in Louisiana (a pro-life, pro-war, pro-firearms republican through and through!)
anyway, back to the article - a proposed constitutional amendment in California to limit marriage to heterosexuals...WHAT???? there are 47 states in America as it is who dissallow same sex marriage and California is the capital of Gaydom...??! what are they thinking? what is wrong with same-sex marriage? No-one is demanding for it to be a religious thing (although im sure Jesus was open to a bit of man-on-man action), but seriously religion does not have to play a part. It is a union between two people who love each other, it is not a commitment before God. It doesn't even have to be called marriage. I am glad I live in a country who, despite falling into conservatism, is still really rather liberal compared to here. AND as well as this hidious proposal, Arkansas is now suggesting that unmarried couples should not be allowed to adopt chidren. WHY??? apparently it is to prevent same-sex couples adopting. why is this such a bad thing? surely people would want a child to have commited parents. Parents who would love the child and bring it up to be a responsible human being. there are far too many married parents out there who are unable to do this. Futhermore, South Dakota wants to ban abortion, except in cases of rape (thank God). I see where they are coming from i.e. stopping people having unprotected sex and using abortion as a contraceptive...but this is not the whole truth. Places such as South Dakota teach their adolescents that having sex is a sin. Sex is not a sin. You should not have to wait until marriage. You should be taught about contraception properly. People should give out free condoms, free advice, free guidance etc etc.
I always thought my sex education was bad, but i was never taught that I would die just because i had sex. Colorado has suggested a complete rejection of Roe v Wade...where are these people coming from?
and finally, as if this article has not got me angry enough, banning race and gender based affirmative action. well let me tell you this, racial minorities and the country's women are certainly not getting the same opportunities as white men. People need to be forced into making certain institutions representative of the whole of the American race. Especially in the South. With the amount of discrimination still present, I still think it is needed. 'black people and women no longer need it' many cases here i have witnessed that yes actually, they do.

As democratic as the American government is getting I don't think the american way of life is going to change all that much. Powerful people seem to have the impression that they can change the world. Obama changed the world yesterday, he changed the world today. but come january, the world will still be where it is right now. Obama cannot alter the minds of the 400million people of this country, or the 6 billion people in the world. he has altered history but it will take a lot more than a black man to make everyone happy and pull a divided country into the liberties of the 21st century.