The Dark Shadow Shrine

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Analysts: Global match-fixing has strong Asian links

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Qn: 'Gambling on sport undermines its spirit and should be banned.’ How realistic is this position? (Cam. 2015)

Watch the movie first, then read the book

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I thought there is an interesting point to be made here...would u rather read or WATCH "Fifity Shades of Grey"? What about stories involving romping dinosaurs going on a stampede (think "Jurassic Park") and those with spectacular battle scenes (think "Lord of the Rings")?

Qn: ‘Any adaptation of a novel for film, television or the theatre is never as effective as the original’. Discuss. (Cam. 2016)

Monday, September 18, 2017

Spending money to buy time is worth every cent

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A useful idea to know for GP....

Qn: Wealth is no guarantee of a better life. How far do you agree? (TPJC Prelim 2017)

Indonesian police uncover 'fake news factory'

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How is this for an opening BANG!...a quote from Indonesia's President Jokowi about the internet scene in his country:
Vicious. That was how Indonesian President Joko Widodo described social media users in his country who, in recent years, have taken to the Internet to propagate hate speech, slander and fake news.

For qns on new media.....

Sunday, September 17, 2017

F1 successes go beyond the track

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-useful list of the benefits of hosting major sporting events for the host country....(see a similar link I posted some years back when S'pore first renewed the F1: Click HERE)

-Note the need to resort to compare/contrast to elaborate a point sometimes due to the nature of the point:
Fourth, the Singapore Grand Prix is not just for sports fans. Its wide appeal is on two levels, namely the accessibility of F1 racing as a sport and the multifaceted nature of the event itself. Tennis or golf tournaments, for example, appeal more to enthusiasts who are interested in the sport itself. However, the F1 race is a spectator sport for all, regardless of whether they know the teams, drivers or even the rules.


Qns:
1. Hosting major sporting events creates more problems than benefits. Do you agree? (Cam. 2005)
2. Does sport merit the vast sums of money that are spent on it? (Cam. 2010)

Friday, September 15, 2017

Superman's new villains: White supremacists

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For qns on comics, cartoons, the media's ability to influence our mindsets and values.....

F1 a boon to economy but some activities need spicing up, say observers

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About S$150m is spent by Singapore in hosting the F1 annually.

1) heighten Singapore's international profile; putting us on the world map; branding exercise:
-"Hosting the F1 race gives Singapore greater visibility globally, given that it is a popular sport around the world....
-"It allows us to showcase the city and the beautiful skyline. As a brand, Singapore is associated with efficiency but we are also generally seen as a less exciting city than other places. F1 helps to increase the fun and excitement quotient for the country.

2)contribution to local economy via tourism and in giving local SMEs the credentials to expand abroad:
-Statistics provided by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) indicate F1's strong contribution to the tourism sector. From 2008 to 2015, the night race attracted a total of 350,000 international visitors, generating an average of $150 million incremental tourism receipts annually.

-about 90 per cent of Singapore Grand Prix's race organisation being sub-contracted annually to these SMEs....."Over the years, these companies have reaped economic benefits and also built capabilities, gained exposure and established new business opportunities as a result of being involved in race-related work, and some have expanded their business overseas."

-The money spent on organising the race goes back into the Singapore economy and not out of the country; there is a recycling effect."


Qns:
1. Hosting major sporting events creates more problems than benefits. Do you agree? (Cam. 2005)
2. Does sport merit the vast sums of money that are spent on it? (Cam. 2010)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

What a woman learnt from interviewing 100 convicted rapists in India

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The writer draws a link between societal upbringing (and with it the inculcation of traditional mindset and values) and the rape culture in India:
"Men are learning to have false ideas about masculinity, and women are also learning to be submissive.... a lot of these men don't realise that what they've done is rape. They don't understand what consent is"....

For qns on the harms of tradition and culture....

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Physical campaigns in politics still matter in social media era

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This doesnt just apply to politicians, but any relationships where you want to earn the trust of the other party and foster greater bonding....There is a limit to how much technology can accomplish in this...one of its limitations is that tech cannot give us the sense of touch, which is very crucial in giving assurance to the party you are trying to reach out to, be it an affirming hand-shake, an affectionate kiss, hug, pat on the shoulder or a friendly slap on the back......This is why politicians cannot be complacent behind their screens but have to walk the ground to interact and meet with the people, esp during weekends when people are not cooped up in their office but roaming the public areas...not forgetting the Meet-the-People sessions on certain weekday evenings....
Making reference to something I mentioned in class recently, the politican's workload is not visibly lightened just because technology is available....

Debate over double-edged sword of technology

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Note the limitations of technology,,,it may solve the probblem at the surface level, but do little to address the root cause, which is our character or attitudes or behaviour...:
-- although the technology may help manage undesirable behaviour, it may not change the mindset that causes the behaviour.

-- "A sense of civic-mindedness has to do with attitudes towards others, which is perhaps better addressed through education at the formal and informal level

--it was important for people to "internalise" social values so that the use of smart devices would not make them careless, irresponsible and lazy.

Qn: 'Despite our rapid technological advancements, we have not improved our lives.’ Do you agree? (CJC Prelim 2016)

Asia's ageing population: A golden opportunity for business

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Qn: Longer life expectancy creates more problems than benefits. Discuss. (Cam. 2016)

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Social media 'can be a bane and a boon in politics'

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Bane:
1) when it is nasty
-Two women speakers recalled being threatened with sexual violence by people who disagreed with them
2) perpetuates misinformation
-due to its spontaneous nature and its lower, or even non-existent, thresholds of verification
3) prompts hasty judgment
-cues users to pass immediate judgments on complex issues that require more thought and deliberation
4) build echo chambers
-These are "chambers" which lack diverse viewpoints because people over time block from their news feeds what they dislike to hear....echo chambers do form, with opposing sides on an issue pushing each other further apart, worsening polarisation.
But without social media, people could end up living in worse echo chambers, consuming only from media outlets that reflect their own biases. Social media at least allows for some "incidental exposure" to contrary views.

Boon:
1) forges more direct and authentic connections
It also has the potential to build more direct and authentic links between voters and politicians, making the latter more accountable and responsive.
The German government does this well by using social media as a two-way channel. It tries its best to answer questions posted on its Facebook page...Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who would post a photo on Facebook and ask Singaporeans to guess where he had taken it...."That's a personal touch which I really enjoy. We do have the impression that he can connect with people, and he's just one of us," ....

2) projects underrepresented views
- provides a platform for disadvantaged or minority groups and viewpoints to get organised and be heard ... Egyptian protesters in the 2011 Arab Spring using social media to communicate and avoid the government crackdown.

Qn: To what extent can social media influence politics?

Mainstream media can take on social media and stay ahead: Panel

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"For democracies to survive and to work, it's absolutely critical that you have a good source of reliable information... fair, impartial, objective,"
-Note how the proliferation of fake news led to the undesried outcomes for Brexit and the US Presidential Election...

Note the potential pair of rebuttals here...in the past, people tend to turn to social media for the truth as they do not trust the traditional media, esp in countries where the govt controls the info on traditional media. But today, probably due to the proliferation of fake news online, people tend to distrust social media and are doing a U-turn to traditional media to verify the rumours circulating on social media...:
Malaysians typically dismiss traditional media outlets as propagandists. He attributed this to what he described as the Malaysian government's heavy media regulations, which he said have eroded trust in the mainstream media.
But the opposite was true in Thailand, said Mr Suthichai, and Thais have turned to traditional media to verify partisan views and stories making the rounds on social media . "Social media has empowered the existing traditional media in a big way. People come to us to get verification," he said.

Qn: In the digital age do newspapers still have a role in your society? (Cam. 2011)