Thesis statement: Capital punishment proves ineffective as an instrument of deterring violent crime on political, ethical and theological grounds.
The American public has long been supportive of capital punishment for convicted murderers, and that support continues to grow even today. In a Gallup Poll conducted in 1981, two in three Americans expressed overall approval for the death penalty. That support rose to three in four people in 1991, and to four out of five in 1994. Although these polls need to be interpreted with careful attention, it is obvious that there are . . . Read More
Sufism in India today is strongly linked to Imam Ahmed Raza Khan. In a way he was instrumental in the flourishing of Sufism and Sunnism. The Imam, who lived during the 14th century, tried to integrate orthodox Islamic values within the contemporary society. He explicated to his disciples such values as “the noble qualities of the beloved Prophet Muhammad, the permissibility or otherwise of the intercession of deceased ‘Saints’ (Pirs), or the . . . Read More
How useful is the concept of ideology for media analysis? Discuss in relation to soap operas.
Ideology as a sociological term has been interpreted in many different ways. But the following is an approximate definition of the term: Any system of beliefs, values and habits that are based on a particular political or religious school of thought. Media in general and Television in particular has always been used to propagate ideologies. Although the word “ideology” has come to carry negative connotations, the propagated ideas need not necessarily be detrimental to the well-being of the audience. A very good example of this positive use of ideology is the British government run propaganda machinery during the First World War. As the strength of the British army grew weak in confronting an imposing German hostility, the military administration had to resort to Conscription as a means of restoring its strength. But a glimpse at the history of media in . . . Read More
Various intervention programs have been proposed and implemented in the educational institutions of the United States to curb underage drinking. Some of them have met with success and some others not quite so. It is generally learnt that programs that cater to the specific demands of a particular risk-group have performed better than the rest. A review of literature on the subject has also thrown light on areas of deficiency with . . . Read More
IT professionals require an awareness of the business, economic, legal and social issues of Computing Technology in the modern world.
Before we delve into the reasons for Digital Rights Management’s disapproval let us overview the case in support of it. The case for enterprise DRM is synonymous with the case for a well-articulated, role-based technology and data protection policy. DRM simply moves the point of data security from . . . Read More
Within dystopic fiction, there is often a kind of way out to the dilemmas the society creates or enforces. What do you see as the principal “way out” suggested in each movie, and how does one differ from another? How, as well, do these visions of “wrongness” suggest what is wrong with our own culture, or at least as our culture was in the 1980’s?
Blade Runner depicts life in Los Angeles in November 2019, where human beings are manufactured genetically to carry out risky and undignified work in planet earth’s “off-world colonies”. In this urbanized society of chaos, fear is used as a way of coercing the collective will of its citizenry. Some of these fears include globalization, fear of aliens (earthly and otherwise), fear of immigrants, and a fear of loss of cultural identity. Other elements that contribute to the dystopic state are: widespread acts of violence within the working classes, and a dummy government that . . . Read More
It has become common to see the term “Hispanic American” being used in scholarship as well as mainstream media. This representation of the community implies an underlying cultural homogeneity. But in reality there is much diversity within this classification on account of linguistic, social, political, economic and religious grounds. The following passages are toward supporting this thesis. The Hispanic American groups chosen for discussion are Mexican Americans, Cubans, Puerto Ricans and El Salvadorians.
Subtle differences in . . . Read More
Every minority group in the United States had faced discrimination of some sort throughout their brief histories in the country. The particular ethnic group chosen for this essay is the Italian American community.
The prevailing political circumstances toward the end of the nineteenth century made the Italian immigrant group more participatory in labor activities. Their presence was first noticed in the labor movements of New York. Their native rural background acted as a deterrent in unionizing. Yet, under the leadership of the pre-eminent Socialist Salvatore Ninfo, Italian construction laborers working on subway projects went on strike. Once this precedent was set, other landmark events in the Italian labor activism followed. These include the 1909 protests of . . . Read More
How well a business corporation performs in financial terms is significant for a broad group of people that includes potential/existing investors, creditors, employees or managers. With differing information needs and purposes, each category of stakeholders should be provided with data that is comprehensive, relevant and reliable, so as to allow an informed opinion to be reached on the corporation’s financial performance. However, all too often, the general public is left out of this equation. A . . . Read More
Uzodinma Iweala’s critically acclaimed novel “Beasts of No Nation” is set a West African country. This unnamed country is in political and civil turmoil. The protagonist in the novel is the child soldier Agu, who is compelled to join the militia amid chaos, fear and uncertainty. Iweala adopts a social-realistic narrative approach in portraying the human condition in a war situation. Though it is a work of fiction, the novel brings to light the harsh political conditions in third world countries.
The character of Agu is a representation of all the . . . Read More