News is something that we listen to, watch or read daily to gain the knowledge of the activities and current situation of our area, city and country. News is an abbreviation for North, East, West and south i.e. news is something that covers every direction and each part of the world. I do not think that it is needed to explain the importance of news in our daily life. They are like food for our knowledge and help us in being in touch with all the current knowledge.
Sources of News: There are many sources of news. I would say anything that tells us about any information or latest activity is a news source. We get news from daily newspapers, from television, radio, the internet, even from other people by talking to each other. When there is an activity in our local area, it is spread through conversations among people and we usually get it before we read it in the newspaper or watch it on the television. This is the flow of information and all these are sources of news. The most common news sources are newspaper, television, radio and the internet. The best thing about the internet is that most of the things on the internet are free to access. The pr reach is a hub of information and news that information is regularly updated.
The Power of the Powerless is a unique political essay written in October 1978 by the Czech dissident and politician, Václav Havel. The essay was written during a time of communist oppression, which used various methods to pressure citizens into compliance. In the essay Havel exposes the inner workings of the communist regime at that time and reveals how by nature the regime turns ordinary citizens into dissidents.
The essay is of significant importance in the history of Europe as offers potential non-violent solutions and peace education whereby communities unite around a common cause. Because of its rebellious nature against the communist regime it was banned at the time, but later became the manifesto for dissent in Czechoslovakia, and various other communist regimes.
The main theme of Havel’s essay was how to deal non-violently with totalitarianism and from this came the phrase he coined “post-totalitarianism.”Havel was later quoted as saying: “I do not wish to imply by the prefix “post-” that the system is no longer totalitarian; on the contrary, I mean that it is totalitarian in a way fundamentally different from classical dictatorships… ”
The Power of the Powerless was dedicated to his mentor Jan Patocka, and coincided with the designation of Charter 77 aimed at helping those living within Czechoslovakia and “to give courage” to fellow opponents of the Soviet Union and other communist regimes.
One very notable example of Havel’s profound ability to speak to and unite the common people shows in his example of a grocer who displays a sign in his shop saying: “Workers of the world, unite!.” Because failure to show the sign could be seen as disloyalty, he shows it and the sign doesn’t show his hope for the regime, but rather a symbol of both his submission to it and humiliation by it. This theme is repeated to and returned to in order to clearly show how contradictory the communist regime is.
Eventually the essay spread and in August 1980 gained respect of the ruling class. Havel pointed out that a free society could only come about through a paradigm shift based on the individual, “human existence,” and “respect for self, for others and for the universe”.Havel eloquently explained how the ruling class was incapable of controlling all areas of an individual’s life and that trying to do so was simply blind obedience.
Havel was constantly monitored, jailed and threatened, but managed to eventually topple the communist regime with the help of common citizens and students through a bloodless revolution known as the Velvet Revolution based on The Power of the Powerless.
Global warming is being laughed at by millions of people as news about the weather continues to be very cold. On January 5, 2010 The Weather Channel said forecasters are bracing for the worst winter in 25 years for the United States. I personally left the Nashville,Tennessee area in below freezing temperatures on Sunday January, 3rd enroute to Lexington,Kentucky where it was below freezing. Alright, I went north but then I boarded a plane and a connector flight ending up in Charlotte,North Carolina where it was freezing Sunday night. Then I headed to Hickory,North Carolina where it has remained freezing Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. The temperature now on Tuesday evening is 25 degrees F and will reach 19 in a few hours.
The Weather Channel said the cold spell is expected to last for weeks. Now, how can global warming alarmist say the world is in danger of warming too much? Record colds are being reported even as far south as Florida for many cities. Add to this cold wind chills and the weather actually feels colder than the already below freezing temperatures in too many places to list here. Update on the weather in Florida as I am writing this just after 11:00 P.M. January, 5th. The state of Florida has announced a State of Emergency because of the record breaking cold weather. Wake up global warming alarmist to the news right in front of you. Check it out in other countries as well. Climate change is natural and will always happen in spite of mans shortcomings. Man-made or anthropogenic causes of global warming are so minuscule it will never stop global freezing temperatures.
Copenhagen,Denmark was cold for the Climate Change Summit and Washington D.C. was freezing as President Obama arrived back from Copenhagen. Is there not something wrong with this picture in relation to global warming? The temperatures are dropping still lower as I am finishing this article. If lowering temperatures were happening on a small scale then global warming enthusiasts might have a point. Global freezing is being reported on a massive scale. The winter of 2009 was brutal. The winter of 2010 is already brutal and it is in the beginning stages.
Record breaking cold and hot temperatures for every state in the U.S.A.are available online. Several countries record temperatures are also listed. People who were on the fence about global warming are now waking up to the facts. Media bias and false documentation on temperature readings by some scientists deceived many for a while. But who once said, you can fool some of the people some of the time but you can not fool all of the people all of the time? Let us heed the wise sayings and advice of our forefathers for our own earthly good. We might save ourselves from looking so foolish in the meantime.
Without a doubt, technology is all around us. Technology is a major part of our everyday lives and it is hard to imagine living in a society that does not have advanced technology. The affect that the current technological advances continue to have on our lives grows more positive with every new “thing” that comes out.
Here is a look at some of the impacts that technology has had on our lives.
Ten years ago, smartphones were mostly for the elite and a majority of people under age 16 were still dependent on the old house phone. Today, there are more people with a cellular phone than there are without one. Being able to communicate is not considered to be as important as eating and sleeping. The cellphone is the last thing that they see when they go to sleep and it is the very first thing they look to grab in the morning. Smartphones make it possible for anyone to connect to everyone out there in cyber world. Apps like Twitter and Facebook now come standard in a majority of smartphones. Now, when you have something to say, all you have to do is log on.
Quick access to information
With technology growing the way that it is, that makes it much easier for people to know what is going on all over the world. In the past, if you heard something big was going on, you had to rush to a television to find out what happened. Today, information is literally a click away. Believe it or not, most people learn of news breaks through websites that are constantly updated, such as twitter. If you watch the regular evening news, you may catch them encouraging the viewers to submit photos or video of news that they see happening. The built-in camera and camcorder that smartphones have make this possible.
Children of Tomorrow
Children born in this day and age have a leg up on prior generations because they are growing up in the age of growing technology. It can be a steep learning curve for older people to understand some of the new technology that is out. Younger children will not have that problem because they are playing with phones, computers and tablets before they can even talk. This means that when it comes to learning new technology, it will be second nature to them. They will be the ones who will be upgrading the technology that is currently available. Without a doubt, they will bring unforeseen changes to the world that will not have been possible without using the technology that they have been born into as a foundation to the future.
The impact of technology on society is positive in almost every way. The only downside is that some people may use technology as a substitute for real human interaction. That is a fact that we should all be aware of, but it is easy to overcome. All it takes is choosing to make a call instead of sending a text.