Tagged: rant

Teachers, Exams and Riots

Revising for exams now, not much time to write so I put in a couple of links instead.

Although on the subject of exams, it’s probably a good time to fit in a quote during my hours of totally-revising-and-not-procrastinating: 

“When students cheat on exams it’s because our school system values grades more than students value learning.”

– Neil deGrasse Tyson

http://www.guardian.co.uk/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2013/may/11/secret-teacher-teaching-climate-fear-ofsted

I would say that this is quite relevant to the UK, and that the education system is now just Michael Gove’s (minister for education – in case you didn’t know) plaything.

There is a reason why the UK is in downturn, and it will continue in the future. The youth are being disregarded, even though we are the country’s future. Whilst David Cameron is making statements like this, proving that it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-13173505

The obvious disregard for anyone else other than his rich bum-chums is blatant, even for a 16 year old. How is it that the corrupt politicians get away with a scolding when they are obviously lining their own pockets; the bankers only lose their knighthoods after crippling the financial system and ruining people’s way of life, yet those who retaliate (london riots, anyone?) are immediately locked up and silenced? It’s pretty pathetic when the only voice some people have is mindless violence. Oh, don’t forget the sacrifices Cameron made during the riots: he had to cut his luxury holiday to Italy short. 

“They were careless people… they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”

– Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, The Great Gastby

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What’s Happened to the Music?

I strongly dislike chart music. It is full of air-headed “celebrities” who deem themselves important and are constantly followed around by a flock of sheep or “fans”. 
 
The industry itself has been consumed by the personalities rather than the music. Who cares what Kanye West is up to now? This has allowed any good songs to be buried under a tidal wave of tabloids and paparazzi. 
 
And then not only do these celebrities seem to be worshipped, they are soon mimicked. The music alone is not enough, they must then advertise themselves as perfect whilst using “beauty” products.  Suddenly, teenagers feel self-conscious about themselves, by not achieving the ‘perfect’ body. A lucrative market is suddenly created where these insecurities are exploited and money is silently siphoned away…
 
There are,of course, exceptions, those who I find inspirational. 
 
Lily Allen is not afraid to get her head into the politics, against the fascists of our day, against the clumsy oafs who we call “world leaders” and who history shall remember with resentment (I.e. the Bush administration, the BNP etc.) Lily even spoke out against the ‘celebrity’ singers: “I hate all these people who flaunt their beauty.” She may get into controversies, but for the right reasons: to highlight the fundamental failures of our society through her music. 
 
Lana del ray is one of my favourite artists. Her songs bring me down to earth when my head is in the clouds. The simplicity of her songs and their message makes me imagine a perfect world, just her and her lover, with nothing else to crack her utopian shell. 
 
Both of these artists seem to be genuine. You can take them at face value and know that there is not some sort of scandal, affair or ‘shock’ break-up round the corner. This cannot be said for all, or even most of the other singers also on the charts. 
 
I love music. I even play two instruments. I do not love the self-centred egoists that dominate the industry and exploit their position to become obnoxious celebrities.

Tech Wars: Return of the Fanboy

Hello all, 
 I thought I might start off this blog by saying that I’m fed up. Fed up of the money and litigation involved and the fanboy wars involved the so called “tech-industry”. 
 
Every product has its pros and cons, comparing the iPhone 5 to the Samsung Galaxy to the Nexus 4 is like comparing vanilla,strawberry and chocolate ice creams, it’s all about taste
 
At the moment it feels like the fanboys are a couple of three year-olds having tantrums, completely disregarding anything that has been said to rant on. You can scream ’till you’re blue in the face:  I’ve stopped listening. 
 
Personally, I think that there is some shameless copying going on. (Need I remind you of the HP Spectre One?)
And of course, the lawsuits (The Victoria School of Business and Technology had to change their logo as it was an apple) 
 
Do people really have nothing better to do? Think about what $1 billion would do to change the world, instead of lining the pockets of the privileged (reference to Apple winning $1 billion from Samsung, in case you’ve been living under a rock)…  
 
Think about what could have been achieved if both Apple and Samsung had worked together to create revolutionary products… Actually, we would probably be in the same place as we are now: constantly being extorted as new product comes on to the scene six months after the previous one.
 

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