John de Graaf’s well researched and eye-opening book “Affluenza: The All Consuming Epidemic” brings up several issues ailing contemporary industrial society, such as deceptive mass advertisements, over-population, environment damaging toxic dumping, corporate greed, etc. Of these, Corporate America has been chosen as the topic for this paper. The United States of America, being the world’s largest economy and the world’s only military superpower, can virtually dictate terms of trade for the rest of the world. And being the torch bearer of unfettered laissez faire capitalism, American business interests often dictate government policy decisions. This heady mix of wealth and power need to be counterbalanced by accountability and responsibility for the general public. But, going by the evidence presented by de Graaf in his book, the outcomes so far have been harmful for the people at large and the environment in which they live. In this context, one can understand the . . . Read More
The Pursuit of Happyness, starring Will Smith and ably supported by Jadie Smith & Thandie Newton is an average movie overall. The rest of this essay will briefly outline the areas where the movie fails and areas where it succeeds. In doing so, I hope to convince the reader of the veracity of the following thesis statement: The Pursuit of Happyness is an average commercial film that fails to live up to its initial promise as a result of redundant themes and a predictable plot that leaves the viewer lingering with the question “What’s new?”
The title of the movie promises . . . Read More
The Historical Background:
The collapse of Yugoslavia into smaller states is a significant event following the collapse of the Soviet Union. To understand the complexities involved in this outcome, we have to grasp the history of the region going back a millennium. The middle centuries of first millennia AD was a period of continuous change in Europe. There were widespread animosities between various tribes in their quest for geographic locations rich in natural resources. At this period of time, around 6th and 7th century AD, no one tribe could claim nativity over a piece of land as there were constant displacement from and conquering of new lands. It was then that “the Slavonic tribes, mixed with the Avars, made their appearance in the Balkans, which was sparsely inhabited by many different tribes of the Illyrians, the Dardanians, the Thracians and probably others whose names have fallen into oblivion” (Almond, 1998). The present day . . . Read More
Bringing forth the intensity of her French-language movies but still maintaining aspects of conventional English movies, Director Lea Pool’s maiden English language venture represents a sound, if somewhat cloyingly romantic, over-earnest film. While the film could be criticized for being overwrought with growth, discovery, adolescent love and passion in the confines of a girls’ residential school, its overall impact is bolstered by commendable lead performance from Piper Perabo, which, alongside the film’s erotic moments, should help win new audiences. Adapted by Canadian screenwriter Judith Thompson from Susan Swan’s novel “The Wives of Bath,” the movie is Lea Pool’s first experience working from a script she didn’t write herself. While most of the successful lesbian movies of previous years, including “Go Fish,” “The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love” and “But I’m a Cheerleader,” . . . Read More
The official signing of Camp David Accords took place in Washington D.C. in the March of 1979, where President Jimmy Carter played the role of the mediator. The accords were signed between Israel and Egypt, effectively handing over the contentious region of Sinai to Egypt, causing indignation to Palestinians and Arabs who felt their religious sentiments were ignored. The parties to the pact, Israel and Egypt also agreed to negotiate on the issue of Palestinian autonomy in Israel occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, which to this day remains strife torn and without any suitable political arrangement. The rest of this essay will discuss the reasons for Arab and Palestinian denouncement of the Accords and criticisms, if any, of the same.
It is an open secret that Israeli government is subordinate to orders from Washington D.C. Israel is heavily dependent on the United States for its military and diplomatic efforts. The United States too has strategic interests in the Middle East . . . Read More
Jean Piaget was born in Switzerland in the year 1896. He would go on to become one of the most influential philosopher and psychologist of the twentieth century. He achieved worldwide renown for his theories of child development and for his work on genetic epistemology. This essay will confine itself to an overview of his theory of cognitive development in children, which continues to hold its cornerstone position among discoveries in the field of psychology. But, it would be simplistic to classify Piaget as a theorist and philosopher who deals in mere abstractions. Rather, . . . Read More
Advertisements are a true reflection of the society we live in. A methodical study of advertisements can lead to an understanding of attitudes, beliefs and priorities of the citizens. This essay will confine itself to a few salient beer commercials that were run in the television screens of American homes over the course of last few years.
Commercial 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRcZSViUr4A&feature=related
Firstly, let us consider the Budweiser beer advertisement released on October 2002. As Johnny . . . Read More
The scholarship of Brown, Bromley and Athreye present a detailed and analytical account of the relations between cultural claims, power and universal human rights. From a historical perspective, ever since the conception of geo-political organization through formation of nation-states, the notions of national identity have been at the forefront of politics. The roles of cultural and political history in constituting this national identity have been much debated. The rest of this essay will attempt to elicit the relationship between these concepts and their relevance in a world that is marching toward economic globalization.
To begin with, let us consider the controversy surrounding the design of the Australian flag. This case is representative of the ideological and power struggles that is rampant everywhere else in the world. The Australian flag evokes starkly different emotions from different sections of its populace. For the indigenous community, it denotes a . . . Read More
Purpose of NCLB Act
The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) initiated by the George Bush Administration was a response to the declining standards and outcomes of educational institutions across the United States. The NCLB was founded on the notion that “an enterprise works best when responsibility is placed closest to the most important activity of the enterprise, when those responsible are given greatest latitude and support, and when those responsible are held accountable for producing results” (www.ed.gov/nclb). Falling . . . Read More
The VLR on Declining Fishing Stock presents arguments from both sides of the depleting fish populations across the world. The video clip also explains how unsustainable fishing resulting from poor management of fisheries and inefficient fishing practices is eating away on the existing fisheries as well as putting to extinction entire marine habitats. On top of this, many unwanted fish and other marine animals get caught in the nets and get killed.
The primary reason for the present situation is commercial greed. Fishermen at all levels depend solely on the profit they earn out of their catch. The equipment required for fishing including the boats and nets are expensive to maintain. So, the last thing in their mind is the conservation of the marine environment. Also, the nature of marine life is such that it is difficult to estimate the existing population levels at various marine habitats. This means that the problem of over-fishing comes to light when it’s too late to . . . Read More