What have you learned about another country by watching a movie?
Movies are part of the recent technologies that have improved our general knowledge about the world. I believe the first generation that started to enjoy movies was my parent’s. The absolute first movie was silent that progressed into black and white and since then we have come a tremendous long way. Overall, I strongly state that movies today can take your mind places in the world you never thought you would experience.
Firstly I want to say that I didn’t grow up watching too many movies. Actually, my father prohibited me to watch movies during school semester (year), because they were seen as pure entertainment and not really a source of knowledge. Growing up I strongly developed a liking towards them and discovered that they range in diversity. Movies differ strongly depending what country they are made in.
For instance, a movie I recently saw called “The girl with the dragon tattoo” took place in Sweden. Besides the strong message of the plot it portrayed Swedish nature and gave me a sense of its culture.
The movie is a thriller portraying a sexually assaulted woman. This strong message implies that Sweden is a very liberal country, because it reflects an issue in our society that not many other countries are unwilling to discuss. Furthermore, the movie had no limits in showing strong images of rape and intimate scenes which also confirms the previous statement.
On a lighter note, the Swedish landscape as a backdrop was striking by beautiful views surrounding water. There were neither a shortage of parks nor green playgrounds. What strokes me the most is the clean environment shown in the movie. No garbage laying around, straight roads etc. Later I realized that Swedish tax money is well spent on the country and there are huge involvements concerning maintenance of the environment and developments in preventing air pollution and global warming.
The protagonist, a Swedish girl with dark brown hair and dark eyes was definitely not the typical swede I had expected. Yet, even more sticking was that the population consisted of multicultural people. I also learned that the people in Sweden are not aggressive. They rather hold back their opinions than confronting people.
The list of new things I learned about the Swedish culture is endless. In short, a valuable lesion is most definitely learned. Movies are informative but most importantly they abolished all presumptions I once had about a country I knew nothing about.
The Value of Technology In the Fashion, Music and Art Industries
Technology is a broad concept, but the true essence of it lies in solving a problem, improving upon pre-existing solutions to a problem, achieving a goal, or performing specific functions. For example, both the original pencil, as well as the encasement that holds the graphite in place, are considered technology. The pencil provided a more durable medium of writing and drawing, and the encasement improved the original design of the pencil and solved the problem of the core (graphite) from breaking. There are many forms of technology all around us, from the common wheel to the pencil, which was previously mentioned; however, as time progresses, the types of technology that we use take on new forms such as software programs, social media, mobile apps, smartphones or tablets - as we see today. These contemporary forms of technology, once relegated, primarily, to tech communities, are now a necessity for individuals in most professions, especially those within the creative economy.
Movies are part of the recent technologies that have improved our general knowledge about the world. I believe the first generation that started to enjoy movies was my parent’s. The absolute first movie was silent that progressed into black and white and since then we have come a tremendous long way. Overall, I strongly state that movies today can take your mind places you never could imagine before.
Firstly I want to say that I didn’t grow up watching too many movies. Actually, my father prohibited me to watch movies during school year, because they were seen as pure entertainment and not really a source of knowledge. Growing up I strongly developed a liking towards them and discovered that they range in diversity. Movies differ strongly depending what country they made in. I will illustrate it based on the last movie I watched called “The girl with the dragon tattoo” written by Steig Larsson.
“The girl with the dragon tattoo” was recorded in the Swedish capital, Stockholm. The strong message the story has about sexually assaulted woman, states that Sweden is very open about issues that in some less liberated countries are taboo. Furthermore, the movie had no limits in showing strong images of rape and intimate scenes which also confirms the previous statement.
On a lighter note, the city consisted of beautiful views surrounding water. There were neither a shortage of parks nor green playgrounds. What stokes me the most is the clean environment surrounding the movie. No garbage laying around, straight roads etc. Later I realized that Swedish tax money is well spent on the country and there are huge involvement concerning pollution and global warming.
The movie was lead by a Swedish girl with dark brown hair and dark eyes. Not the typical swede I had expected. Yet, even more sticking was that the population consisted of multicultural people with every shade of color. Another thing I learned from this movie was that the people in Sweden are not aggressive. They seem to rather hold back their opinions and swear for themselves than confronting people.
Apparently Swedish people are not all blond and the country do not consist of snow all year long. The list of new things I learned about the Swedish culture can go on. In short, a valuable lesion is learned indeed. Movies are informative. Most importantly they abolished all the presumptions I once had.
The Arab spring reached Syria over a year ago and still is an ongoing issue people are struck by. To be able to understand the underlining reasons behind this conflict one needs to break it down from an economical point of view. Like everything else in life, money controls a huge part of it, and this is certainly not something that escapes politics. In fact, to no ones surprise, it is something it feeds from.
Bashar Al-Assad is not running a democratic country, but in difference from Hosni Mubarak, he never claimed to. He inherited his position after his father’s three decades of rule. He was seen as a fresh start for the Syrian people because obviously, he was not as conservative. People had lots of hopes, but time changed.
In the 1970ies Syria’s population consisted of 6 million people in difference from the 20 million people they face today. In other words, Syria’s population increased with 57% during 25 years. Unemployment rose from 12% to 20%. The country is hosting 1.2million Iraqis, half a million Palestinians and 5000 Somalian refugees. Today, the average person in Syria earns about 100 dollars a month. It is a poor country. But what happened? The biggest economical drawback was the decrease of crude oil production. Export to Europe has decreased with 95%.
Another division Syria was facing in the beginning of the revolution was the political opinion that differed between the city people and people who live in the country. The reason for this lays in the 1970ies when the regime encouraged the provincial population to move to the cities. The purpose of this was to give the people the opportunity to climb the social ladder of the ruling Baath Party. This resulted to in an economical capital Aleppo and the political capital Damascus that together consist(s) of 10 million out of 20 million of the total population. The economical difficulties was felt more in the outlaying areas than the largest cities because of three distinct reasons. The extreme drought that affected Middle East and central Asia regions starting from 2008/09 has been the worst ever in 18 years for Syria and naturally has affected it’s agriculture. During recession, the economic fruits were not distributed equally between the cities and the country living people. And the third reason is that the urban areas thrived.
30% of Syria’s population consists of various minorities, one of them is which the President him self belongs to, the Alawite. The official institution of the state has tried to gain a wide base support by having a Sunni character in the government, parliament and Baath Party, meanwhile having strong alliance with minorities like the Cruze, Christians, and Islamist etc. The hidden face of the sector is that the Alawite sect controls the country by having total and solo involvement in the military and security.
The regime’s ability of censuring media since 1961 is a non physical method to repress it’s people. Websites are banned for political reasons, people who access them has gotten arrested. So the Syrian government always have monitored Internet use very closely and only 17% of the people use the world wide web. A sudden progress occurred in 2011 when the president stopped filtering Youtube, Twitter and Facebook due to the rise of the Arab Spring.
What are the alternatives?
Firstly, till today many don’t see any suitable alternative to the regime.
Secondly, another issue involve(s) seeing a raise of political Islam in Syria.
Thirdly, people are afraid that the country may break apart.
Why does Syria matter?
Its Iran’s only ally.
To whom does it matter?
Syria is one of very few countries remaining that hasn’t acknowledged Israel’s existence, thereby jewish people are not permitted to enter Syria. Syria hosts Palestinian rejectionists that is opposed to the (Israeli) peace process…
And last by not least existence of nuclear weapon is always an issue in the Middle East.
What makes a good neighbor?
Neighbors are those we share the same block, street and fences with but in most cases we don’t acknowledge. Their importance is though valued differently depending on culture, housing (apartment or house) and location (the big city or on the country). Some people associate neighbor with annoyance and irritation. Others consider their neighbors as relatives and close friends. No matter which opinion you hold, people are social human beings who like to be in good terms with each other. Following illustrations will explain the essential qualities an ideal neighbor should have.
Body 1: Consideration
The most important quality a person next door should have is consideration because one should treat others the way oneself wants to be treated. An example, a good neighbor should know when it’s appropriate to turn down the volume of his stereo. This doesn’t mean that one should live under restrictions it’s more about timing ones routines.
Body 2: Sympathetic
Another quality that’s important is to be able to put one self in others’ shoes. It’s important to have an understanding towards others and to behave appropriately depending on the situation. For instance if one knows that a neighbor is going through a though situation like a divorce, one should excuse her or his bad mood by ignoring it and thereby also avoiding potential conflicts.
Body 3: Manners
Further more, its important to have good manners when one passes by the same person every other day. When a person doesn’t say “Hello” we tend to make up excuses that the person just might have a rough day, but still, we do feel some type of rejection. Therefore no matter if the person may be shy or introverted a neighbor should always participate in a interaction with the other when passing by. A friendly smile or a greeting could smoothen even the roughest relationship and start a new friendly one.
There are many more characteristics that can be added to characterize the optimal person next door. However, no matter how much I try to portrait the best, a good neighbor starts by being one oneself. We need to by stop complaining and analyzing others and set a good example ourselves.
Is knowledge best to get from books or experience?
Books and experience are two sources of knowledge. Both of them are important but different from each other because knowledge from experience complements the knowledge gained from books, but does not substitute it. I will illustrate the differences to prove my point.
Body 1: Extend
Books contain detailed information about multiple subjects in a structural matter that probably has been collected from several generations of studies. Normally, this amount of information cannot be memorized for every subject.People gain knowledge from books to get a general idea of the subject itself. What differs practical experience is that practical skills give a complete understanding. To illustrate this better I want to compare following argument with learning a foreign language. One can study vocabulary, grammar and exceptional phrases by reading books. However, one can’t get a comprehensive knowledge if the language is not used in conversations, written letters and listened in speeches, which is accomplished from practical skills.
Body 2: Out of date or bias
Knowledge gained from books is not at times as accurate as often believed. Studies and discoveries are constantly developing and changing. Therefore could information read in books, when not updated actually be out-of-date. This effects studies at school and will deprive the students from the most recent development in the specific field. Another example of books not being as accurate as we wish them to be is when the author has a different opinion, which leads to a biased book with a conclusion that correlates with the author’s opinion. That could have a tremendous outcome in subjects such as politics or religion in school, and actually can lead to brainwashing the students.
Practical experience usually has a psychological effect leaving a memory that last longer than same knowledge found in books. Learning something one need to execute one self can be illustrated by following example. Rooming though a scientific article found on PubMed versus conducting the experiment one self in a laboratory. Conducting research forces one to examine details and most probably troubleshoot when information is misinterpreted. I can ensure you that the study it self will be learned and memorized better.
Knowledge is important to be accessed from both books and experience, which are two different mediums that are essential for learning. However, if one needs to choose, I would from illustrations presented say that practical experience is the one of most importance.