The idea of a World Government has been in currency for more than half a century. Though very idealistic, many practical geo-political considerations and private economic interests have come in the way of its fulfilment. The subject continues to be debated in academic institutions in North America and Europe, with various proposals being made for its constitution and regulation. But so far, all of these have remained theoretical and academic rather than concrete implementations. The United Nations, which was founded on the aftermath of the Second World War, is the closest we have to an international organization with a broad-based agenda. But in terms of its powers and influence, it doesn’t serve the role and function of a World Government. (Cronkite, 2000, p.45) There are many advantages and disadvantages to forming a World Government. The rest of this essay will explore both sides of the debate.
The idea of a world government, in the more informal sense, can be traced . . . Read More
Marilyn Monroe is one of the biggest celebrities of 20th century America. From baseball stars to movie actors, men of all ages and professions were awed by her beauty and sex appeal. Even the Heads of State were not immune to her charm, as it is an open secret that John F. Kennedy had a secret liaison with her during his presidency. It was the juxtaposition of her childlike innocence and a diva-like physical appearance that were key ingredients of her popularity. For example, Marilyn Monroe “was recognized around the world as the embodiment of beauty and glamour. Quite simply, her name and her image have timeless appeal.” (Lockwood, 2011) But behind the wealth, glamour and celebrity status was a lonely woman who was earlier an insecure child. It is now fairly conclusive that she died of over-consumption of sleeping pills – a sad and tragic end to an icon of American popular culture. She died so young – she . . . Read More
Michael Jackson, without doubt, is one of the greatest entertainers of all time. He is most remembered for the ecstatic energy of his musical performances. He was as proficient in his dance moves as he was smooth and superlative in his singing. His talents extended to writing lyrics for his own songs as well. In many ways, he was the most complete and accomplished musician-dancer of his generation. He was also a great humanitarian, who associated himself with various noble causes. But deep inside he was an insecure person with a disposition toward childish behavior. This is exemplified by his keeping of a pet zoo, which was not fully compliant with laws governing animal rights and civic safety. He was also accused and later exonerated of charges of child molestation and abuse. Despite the factuality of these claims, his image was irreparably tarnished by them. Thesis statement: the three main aspects of Michael . . . Read More
The most cherished memories from my childhood are those related to my annual visit to grandparents’ house in the countryside. The excitement of an extended holiday, coupled with the absence of routine school schedule, helped me enjoy every moment of the annual vacation. I was usually joined by my cousins during the vacation, who were the same age group as mine, adding to the fun and frolic.
My grandfather was a distinguished academic, holding tenure as professor in an esteemed university. He was a very keen follower of world affairs and took active interest in community activities. My grandmother was a school teacher with interest in music and arts. They were a great couple who played hosts to perfection. While my grandparents showered unconditional love upon me and made me feel at ease, they were politely assertive when needed to be. Both being academics, they emphasized the importance of discipline to me and other grandchildren. At the same time, they were not . . . Read More
The degree and scope of academic freedom has been a perennial topic of debate. But generally, it is the governing authorities who have their way, with students having to toe the line. In an ideal world, though, students will play a significant role in determining the courses and subjects to be included in their curriculums. While students in primary and secondary stages of education need to have a standard basic curriculum, those reaching college level should be given more autonomy. This relaxation is recommended keeping in mind that college students are entering adulthood and have a right to choose the type of individuals they want to become. (Robertson & Smith, 1999, p.69) As the system functions today, college students are forced to conform to an educational model that was not designed in their interests. In other words, the existing educational system serves to indoctrinate young minds into obedient servants of the established social order. At the top of the social pyramid . . . Read More
Alfred Stieglitz is perhaps the most important photographer of the century gone by. He played a vital role in developing photography into an accepted art form. The art galleries he arranged in New York city during his lifetime were instrumental in bringing attention to many talented artists from across the world. A polymath of an artist, Stieglitz helped promote various art forms, though he gave more focus to photography. To illustrate how influential Stieglitz’s work has been to his peers and subsequent generation of artists, two of his works are chosen for analysis in this essay. These are, namely, the ‘Cloud Images’ (1931) and ‘Hands, Dorothy Noman I” (1925-1930).
The series of photographs that comprise Cloud Images, showcase Stieglitz at his creative best. Nature photography is an arduous exercise, with results dependant on favorable climatic, ecologic and geologic conditions. The genius of the artist lies in seizing the right moment, which could . . . Read More
The very thought of Mr. Bean (the comic character conceived and played by Rowan Atkinson) brings a smile to the young and old alike. The sitcom series that featured Mr. Bean ran successfully in Britain between 1990 and 1995. A total of six seasons of fourteen episodes each was broadcast to a wide followership in Britain and elsewhere in the world. The titular character and the series was such an enormous hit that Mr. Bean is often used synonymously with Rowan Atkinson. Even to this day, the character and the series hold a cult status among sitcom aficionados.
Mr. Bean’s humor is atypical for a British sitcom. For example, British comedy series usually employ satire, parody, sarcasm and dry humor. But breaking away from this tradition, Mr. Bean thrives on a mix of visual and physical humor. While it is logical to believe that this type of slapstick humor appeals to children and adolescents, Mr. Bean’s appeal is near universal spanning across age, gender, . . . Read More
The Olympic Sculpture Park (OSP) in Seattle is a public place to be cherished, relished and visited often. The variety of the art items on display as well as the ingenious ideas behind them are a treat for the eyes and the mind. The sculptures that I’ve chosen for this write-up are as follows: Wake, Eye Benches, Father and Son and Love and Loss. A brief description follows.
Created by Richard Serra and installed in 2004, Wake is a one of a kind experience. I say experience because, as the artist had noted, the visitor is the subject and not the curvy sheets of steel that rise from the ground. Two sheets of identical weathering steel make the curvy objects that are called Ws or Wiggles. In order to fully appreciate the transcendent beauty of the work, one needs to walk the spaces between the Ws. The space between the two enclosing objects will constantly morph to give a unique experience to the walker. I much enjoyed this novel idea of travel through . . . Read More
What can police agencies do to better prepare police officers to understand diverse backgrounds and improve communications with people who are not native speakers of English?
As societies increasingly become more urban and cosmopolitan, it becomes imperative for police officers to understand cultural idiosyncrasies and sensibilities. It is an acknowledged fact that the history of American social life is littered with instances of racial and ethnic discrimination. Minorities had borne the brunt of undue discrimination from the law enforcement apparatus. With victories won by the civil rights movement of the 1960s, some of this injustice has abated. Yet, there is no occasion for joy today, as the traditional targets are added to newly conjured threats to law and order and security. In other words, in contemporary civil affairs, police officers tend to target two particular groups – poor ethnic minorities allegedly linked to the drug trade and Muslims with perceived . . . Read More
Structuralism as a social science discipline offers key insights in how social, historical and political contexts shape the lives of individuals and communities. Octogenarians living in America will recall the acute poverty and disarray that their parents faced during the Great Depression. Likewise, Baby Boomers will reminisce on the economic prosperity and social progress that they witnessed during their formative years. These events and circumstances do leave a mark on their personalities. Going further back into European Continental history, the great Bubonic Plague of the 13th century wiped out a third of the then population. In this vein, one could expect the current protracted slowdown in the economy, referred to by analysts as the Great Recession, will play a defining role in molding the tastes, choices and lifestyles of people of this era.
The current global economic slowdown is equal in scale to some of the major historical events mentioned above. As a . . . Read More