Category Archives: Longer Essays

The Music Industry: How Record Labels Changed Everything

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The days of the superband are over. Artists do not make extravagant amounts of money or dominate the market for decades anymore. The middle class of musicians has emerged, and it is here to stay, but  the artists that comprise it are not as permanent (Holmes, “There’s A Rising Middle Class”). In today’s music industry, survival is the name of the game.

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Multicultural society

Today, you can easily see people with different race, culture, and nationality in many places around the world. Multicultural society is becoming common in rapid pace, and connections among people of different culture and race will increase significantly. Multicultural society is made out of necessity and definitely contains lots of benefits, yet, many people do not see the danger hiding behind it. In world history, there are numerous instances of conflicts made when groups of people from different culture or race live in the same place, and some of those conflicts went as far as wars. Some might say those concerns are overstatements, but human nature has revealed its ignorant jealousy and aggressiveness too many times throughout history. People should also take attention on not only what to gain, but also what can they lose and how to not repeat the same mistakes over again.
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Reddit.com and its Influence on the World

Reddit.com is one of the most influential websites today. It was created in 2005, and today, it brings in over 2 billion page views, 35 million users, and it contains over 100 thousand sub-reddits. Reddit works by allowing anyone with an account to post, comment, or vote on anything they want on the site. The way reddit operates is why it is one of the leaders of free speech on the internet. The posts are organized by categories called “sub-reddits” which contain a wide range of material on one specific subject. An example of this would be a sub-reddit for a television show such as Breaking Bad where users can discuss episodes, write fictional fantasies about the show, or even post original art. The use of Reddit is very common among high school and college students to organize and regroup thoughts, and it is a great tool for learning. There are quite a few sub-reddits on science, engineering, and how our world works that are very popular on the site. Though, users come to reddit from all around the world, the community on the site is very close-knit with very similar thoughts and views. Most of the time, the community feel is a good thing, but other times it can lead to bullying and misinformation. Reddit.com is one of the most influential websites out there today because of its devoted and consistent community-base. Continue reading Reddit.com and its Influence on the World

Video Games vs. Violence

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Due to the increase in the popularity of video games over the past two decades, they are present in almost every household throughout the United States. But the new ability to create whatever designers want in a game has led to an increase in violence-based games. Due to more and more gruesome releases, people assume that the players that enjoy these games become more prone to violent lifestyles. However there are several different positions taken by researchers based on their findings.

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Video Games in the Workplace

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Concentrating for several hours on end without social interaction is a difficult task, and can seem like a mental marathon. Going through such conditions on a daily basis, employees find that the typical, segregated workplace not only discourages communication, but also makes them much more prone to distraction. After searching for a solution for decades, employers may have finally stumbled across the breakthrough they needed. Video games have always been looked down on by the older generation, and dismissed as a waste of time. However, when perceiving them from a new angle, one may recognize their potential use as a form of cognitive exercise.

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The “Gold” of the Information Age

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A report by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in 2012, recognized “Big Data” to be a completely new class of economic assets, much like gold and currency (Lohr). Big data is becoming as valuable as gold to large companies and governments around the world in the “Information Age” of the 21st century. During the California Gold Rush of 1848, thousands of people moved to California from 1848 to 1855 in hopes of finding gold and becoming wealthy. The gold rush sparked the American economy due to the vast amount of laborers and gold being acquired on U.S. soil, which helped fuel the United States through the Second Industrial Revolution. Today we are experiencing the “Rush of Big Data” around the globe. Thousands of businesses, such as Google, Yahoo, and IBM are using large quantities of data in order to create new products and markets for consumers. The “Rush of Big Data’ is fueling the Information Age of the 21st century, and causing major impacts on businesses and economies all over the world.

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LINKED—Why Do You Play Video Games?

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With time, video gaming has become an integral part of global culture, reaching across the globe as a popular and much hyped entertainment medium. However, while we regularly indulge in this medium, we don’t know the reasons why. What compels people to play video games? Is it just because video games are fun, or is it all part of something greater? In this essay, I will delve deep into the human psyche and the global culture, to answer the titular question: WHY DO YOU PLAY VIDEO GAMES?

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Culture’s Big Impact on Health

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Culture is integrated into all aspects of a person’s life. It can determine the type of food they eat, the level of hygiene and even social interactions. These factors determine the level of well-being of an individual and overall health of a society. Healthcare can be drastically different depending on factors such as religion, economics and education. The implications of such diversity could mean that while one person is being healed from a disease in one country, across a border there may be another who is dying from the same disease but with no means of help. Ultimately, our own interpretation of health is defined by our individual culture.

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Classical Music, the Brain, and Education Intertwined

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Classical music has not only been listened to but has been widely studied by researchers and scientists across the world. Research suggests classical musical can lead to increased cognitive thinking and therefore foster learning. The research is based on neurological studies and personal accounts assessing the relationship between music and the brain. Studies of the brain, surveys of students, analysis of music, and teacher-student interaction have provided credible information to draw certain conclusions that there is a beneficial correlation between classical music and the learning capabilities of a student. These studies should provide enough evidence to start the implementation of classical music in the classroom.
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Self-Driving Cars Could Save the World

Self-driven cars may bring about a transport revolution. They work off of sophisticated sensors and algorithms that allow self-driven cars to operate extremely efficiently, and safely, while also reducing congestion. However the costs and legal issues could potentially prohibit the proliferation of this technology

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The Unconstitutionality of Warrantless GPS Tracking: Missteps in US v. Jones

Rapid advances in technology often leave the written law behind, allowing for unprotected rights, and freedoms temporarily trespassed. GPS has enabled law enforcement agencies to track movement of suspects remotely. In US v. Jones, the FBI placed a GPS tracking device in the defendant’s vehicle without a warrant. Although the Court overturned the conviction, it was based the on act of physical trespass, not the act of GPS tracking itself. This is problematic. Continue reading The Unconstitutionality of Warrantless GPS Tracking: Missteps in US v. Jones

How music genres reflect the times

Music has long been imbedded into American Society and prevails to this very day. It is heard and adored around the country and it is reflective of the society’s interests. Popular songs are simply a result of a multitude of people enjoying and promoting a song by means of ratings and purchases. Based on this principle, it leads one to believe the idea that the general mood of the country, as well as prominent events, is reflective of the popular songs during that time.

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Best Sellers

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Everyone has a different taste in books. Some like the thrill of solving a murder case while others like to believe that their letter to Hogwarts will come one day. Why are these certain genres of books more popular than others? What makes them appeal to the masses of people that it would rank itself at the top of the best sellers list of the New York Times? There are so much more types of genres out there that it might be difficult to know which is the best, but there are a few genres that just pop out at people.

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Battle of the Data: Brain vs. Computer

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The question has arisen of whether the brain or the computer is superior. The brain has the capabilities to drive a complex organism while learning new information constantly as well as applying it to the future. Computers are super-fast in today’s time and can out perform any human being in complex calculations as well as having as much memory as can be created in a factory. However, the brain has the advantage of being organic and able to withstand damage while recovering to perform just as well as pre-trauma, and in rare cases, better. Continue reading Battle of the Data: Brain vs. Computer

Zionism has gone to far

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Injustice has always existed in this world. An ever pervasive enemy of true humanity itself, it takes shape when one person or group feels so incredulously proud of their own humanity that they see particular groups of people as less than human. The results of this way of thinking are often horrifying, resulting in the very least a great loss in human rights and freedoms, and more often than not human lives are lost shortly thereafter. Organizations such as the United Nations have been created to finally put an end to human injustice and as a result, cases of human injustice have begun to decrease in volume. However, one particularly major form of human injustice still remains in this world, a case that was a side effect of one of the United Nations’ first policies, Zionism.

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Removing the Nerd Stigma

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For the longest time, and to some extent today, nerds were the target of intense bullying and social ostracization. Only in the past decade have people with traditionally “fringe” interests been able to enjoy their hobbies without being considered a freak. The stigma that was once associated with nerdism has been erased; the reasons for this change include these kinds of activities going mainstream, a more general acceptance of other ideas, and the growing confidence that this demographic is experiencing due to the internet.

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Some Music Only Hints at Treble. (Ha,How Clef-er)

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Because music plays such a large role pertaining to people’s emotions, viewers are, in many cases, drones to the feelings that producers want them to feel. Movie makers are able to manipulate different aspects of the music that they insert into movies in order to better suit the emotional atmosphere they are trying to evoke. Through the use of music, movie producers are able to govern the emotions of an audience to better follow the plot line they have created in a film. 

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Foreign Influences

The Western world has dominated the rest of the world for centuries now. The countries of the western world have colonized all of the Americans and set up trade companies from the Kongo to Japan, but it seems everyone traces the beginning of western civilization back to the Roman ancestry. The truth is we share more ancestry with the German and Turkish tribes that conquered the Roman Empire than the Empire itself.

A short background to the fall of the Roman Empire is that Rome was fighting against the some of the German tribes to the north, at this point it is important to know that Rome had become extremely corrupt from within and was much weaker than its size would suggest. To help with the fighting the Roman commanders hired German mercenaries to fight in the army and before long most of the Roman army was made of Germans and some were even commanded by Germans. The Germans stayed loyal but in the Roman cause but when the emperor died trouble started. The Roman Empire had loose rules of succession and because of this and the cultural differences many German commanders thought they should be the emperor this lead to civil war and at one point there were twenty-eight different emperors.

During the fall of Rome many of the Germanic tribes left Germania to more civilized roman land. One of these tribes were the Lombards. The Lombards have a very dynamic and interesting history, but in a short summary as Rome retreated from Italy to Greece the Lombards crossed the Alps and settled the peninsula of Italy. Another migration during the fall of Rome was the Saxons. This was another Germanic tribe but instead of going south these Germans decided to sail Great Britain. This type of migration was not just restricted to the newly catholic Germanic tribes, the Turks also took advantage of the fall of Rome to leave the Steppe of Asia a move into Persia and Asia Minor.

The Lombards have a very interesting and dynamic history, but the most curios part of it is their migration into Italy. There is a good chance that as the reader you have heard words based on the name of the tribe “Lombards”, like Lombardy, but you have never actually heard on the tribe itself. This migration started in 568 AD and ended four years later in 572 when the cities north of the Po River fell. After this point the tribe of the Lombards now adopted a feudal system. So they would now be known as the Kingdom of Lombardy. The feudal system itself lead to many complicated transfers of power and once Charlemagne conquered Lombardy in the late 8th century the Lombard rule of Italy ended. (“Lombard (people).”)

Why is this migration important if the Lombards ruled Italy for such a, respectively, short period of time? The major effect of this is that Italy was known no longer Roman. Today we think of anyone in Italy as Italian and we think of all the Roman influences on Italy, but in truth the Italian people are more Lombardy than Roman. The best example of this is to think of Milan. Milan is one of the largest cities in Italy and is home to many companies, but Rome did not create Milan in fact, during feudal time Milan was inside the duchy of Lombardy.

The Saxons, properly known as the Anglo-Saxon, were three different German tribes. They were the Saxons, Angles and Jutes. This cultural migration is my personal favorite because it is unique in that it happened over sea. Since Great Britain was not nearly as civilized as Italy during this time period there are less specifics about the migration itself. What is known is that the British Isles were originally 100% Celtic and then the Saxon sailed over and settled modern day England. The Saxon also decided to adopt feudalism but the kingdom of England was not formed for a few hundred more years instead there were four kingdom that occupy current day England. (“Anglo-Saxon (people).”)

There were actual two migrations into England. The next one would not come till 1066 with William the Bastard, or better known as William the Conqueror. The specifics of why William invaded England are very complex but a simplification is that the king of England died without an heir and Pope said William could have England. William was the duke of Normandy, the north coast of France. The culture of Normandy is a subgroup of the Frankish culture, it first developed when the Vikings started forcefully occupying Frankish territory. The Frankish culture was originally another German tribe that settled France, then known a Gaul. This meant that England has experienced two German migrations.

There were many more than just these two German migrations. The largest was the previously mentioned Frankish invasion of Gaul. These different migration means that if you are English, Italy, French and German when you trace your family history back to the pre feudal times you will find German ancestry. Today these culture are distinctive from each other and this had to do with one of the general reasons for the German migrations. One reason the Germans left was looking for a better more conferrable life and this is why many Germans adopted aspects of the region they settled, like the language. (“Seljuq (Turkish Dynasty).”)

This type of cultural migration was not only for the western world, one of the largest and most distinctive eastern migration was the Turks. At the time a large Turkish tribe that lived in Central Asia was led by a man named Seljuq. This migration happened slowly and over different rulers, but in the end the Seljuk Empire expanded from India to Asia Minor. At the beginning of the 13th century the Seljuk Empire fell apart but a large portion of the Turkish population had settled Anatolia, modern day Turkey. This region was already occupied by many Greek colonies but a majority the inland region was unoccupied and the Turkish people had an easy migration.

This Turkish migration was very different from the German migration in that the Turkish people did not adopt the customs of the Greek people in the area. They kept their own language, religion and more subtle cultural distinctions. The Turks have had great influences on the rest of the world since their migrations. They were the primary reasons for the crusades, they conquered the remainder of the Eastern Roman Empire and they formed the Ottoman Empire which was a superpower during World War I.

 

Bibliography

The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. “Anglo-Saxon (people).” Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 03 Nov. 2014.

The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. “Lombard (people).” Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 03 Nov. 2014.

The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. “Seljuq (Turkish Dynasty).” Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 03 Nov. 2014.

 

The 1% of Everything

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The influence and discussion of the term “1%” has become almost ubiquitous in today’s society. It has become synonymous with the ultra wealthy and the lavish lifestyles that they live. The influence of public opinion and media coverage has transformed “the 1%” from a factual threshold into a mere colloquial term. Since the beginning of print news, we have been exposed to not just the 1% of wealthiest Americans but rather the 1% of everything. Instead of being a source of jealousy and protest, “the 1%” should be a term for a goal that is attainable for the general public. Continue reading The 1% of Everything

Enough about Risk, Let’s look at Danger 

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The field of aviation is extremely valuable to transportation and it is by far the fastest and safest method of long distance travel, especially when compared to automobile transportation. Unfortunately, public perception of flying is often skewed and many people fear aviation. This becomes a problem when an accident occurs and the media offers in-depth coverage of the event because people cease to fly and resort to driving instead. What the average traveler does not consider is the number of death that occur on the roads as a direct result of this decision. In effect, the media is killing travelers by scaring them away from the field of aviation.

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