Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Design, Business and Law Assessment 1 Febrina Halim 141FHM4540 T3/14 Introduction Australian Consumer Law (ACL) The Australian Consumer Law commenced on 1 January 2011. It is a national, generic law, which applies in the same way to all sectors in all Australian jurisdictions (Australian Consumer Law 2010). This means that all consumers in Australia enjoy the same rights and all businesses have the same obligations. The ACL covers general standard of business conduct, prohibits unfair trading practices, regulates specific types of business to consumer transaction, provides basic consumer guarantees for good and services and regulates the safety of consumer products and product related services (Australian Consumer Law 2010). ACCCÃ¢â¬ ¦show more contentÃ¢â¬ ¦It provides a diverse range of communication service through two segments: Consumer and Corporate. The consumer segment provides services to residential and small business customers. The corporate segment provides services to corporate, government and wholesale customers. TPG offers nationwide ADSL2+, NBN, Fibre Optic and Ethernet broadband access, telephone services, Internet Protocol Television, SIM Only Mobile Plans and various business networking solutions. Background of the Case On 25 September 2010, TPG Telecom ran an advertising campaign about its TPGÃ¢â¬â¢s Unlimited ADSL2+ broadband plan for $29.99. TPG commenced a printed advertisement, radio, television and online campaign advertising until 7 October 2010. However, it failed to mention that it was only available with the purchase of a $30 home phone plan per month. Also, the consumers have to pay upfront set up fee of $129.95 and a $20 home phone deposit. Regarding that, ACCC found that TPGÃ¢â¬â¢s advertisements were false and misleading the consumers. However, after receiving a letter from the ACCC, TPG revised the advertisements and run the campaign for 13 months from 7 October onwards. The ACCC still brought the case in the Federal Court of Australia to against TPG. The ACCCÃ¢â¬â¢s concern is because the requirement bundling on the advertisements was in small and difficult to read print, which was insufficient to qualify the dominant
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
38 people witnessed Catherine Genovese get stabbed, in three separate attacks, over a period of 35 minutes in Queens. Even as the assailant returned twice to finish off the job people still did nothing to intervene. This is called the bystander effect. This is a psychological phenomenon that describes the decrease in a persons likliness to help someone in need when there are other witnesses around. As found in most everyday crimes, the bystander effect was also found during the Holocaust. In Night, by Elie Wiesel, the bystander effect is revealed due to ones inability to help others in need because of fear they will be persecuted as well. The Jews of Sighet did nothing to help the foreigners being expelled from the area, Elie could notÃ¢â¬ ¦show more contentÃ¢â¬ ¦I kept silent. In fact, I thought of stealing away in order not to suffer the blowsÃ¢â¬ (Wiesel 54). This is a prime example of the bystander effect because it shows a witness that is frozen and unable to act for a cert ain reason. In this situation Elie can not help his father because he knows that if he does, then he will suffer a beating as well. He would rather slip away then help his father in order to escape a beating. Fear locks Elie as a bystander unable to act but only watch. Prisoners during the holocaust normally could do nothing to help family, friends, and stranger who were falling victim to the Nazi regime. Many times they had to watch as their fellow prisoners were beaten and killed but could do nothing about it due to their fear. Elie describe what happened at the gallows when the young boy was hung, Ã¢â¬Å"Then came the march past the victims. The two men were no longer alive. Their tongues were hanging out, swollen and bluish. But the third rope was still moving the child, too light, was still breathingÃ¢â¬ ¦Ã¢â¬ (Weisel 65). After the execution each prisoner had to walk past the boy, but yet again could do nothing but watch him die. They knew that if they help the child then they would either be beaten or even worse, killed. These prisoners once again fall victim to the bystander effect because they are unable to help someone in need because of their ownShow MoreRelatedReflective Essay On Silence In Night870 Words Ã |Ã 4 Pagescontemplating me. The look in his eyes as he gazed at me has never left meÃ¢â¬ (115). This quote is spoken by Elie Wiesel in his memoir Night about his personal experiences in the concentration camps during the Holocaust. In the beginning of the story, Elie is a young teenage Jewish boy living in Sighet, Transylvania, who is also deeply religious. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, Elie and his family are separated into different concentration camps. During this period of time, he witnesses manyRead MoreElie Wiesel s The Holocaust1315 Words Ã |Ã 6 PagesWorld War II. 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Monday, December 9, 2019
Questions: 1. Compare the market structures of Perfect Competition, Monopoly, Monopolistic Competition and Oligopoly? 2. Explain what Non-price competition means? 3. Explain the term mutual dependence and which market structure experiences it the most? 4. Which market structure do you think each of the following businesses belong to? Explain your choice? 5. Diagrams of demand curves facing two firms? Answers: 1. Perfect Competition 1. Number of firms in the market: In such market structure, there are many firms available on the market offering products to the consumers. 2. Similarity of the products sold: The firms offer similar types of products or services to the target demographics. Precisely, there are no perfect substitute products offered to the consumers. 3. Barriers to entry: In such perfect competition market structure, barriers to entry in the market are substantially low. Meanwhile, the entry of a new competitor will not impact the competitors market share in direct order Monopoly 1. Number of firms in the market: In a monopoly market structure, the number of producer or firm is only one. 2. Similarity of the products sold: Due to lack of product substitute, the producer or seller has sold exclusive products to the target demographics. 3. Barriers to entry: As the product manufacturer in such market structure has got exclusive product rights, any other competitor cannot make an entry in the market Monopolistic Competition 1. Number of firms in the market: The number of firms in such market structure is many. 2. Similarity of the products sold: Similarity of products is less as the products are manufactured for the same purpose, but are differentiated by different factors (Feenstra, 2016). 3. Barriers to entry: Barriers to entry are relatively low in compared to oligopolistic or monopoly industry Oligopoly 1. Number of firms in the market: In such market structure only a few organisations have created an industry.2. Similarity of the products sold: In an oligopolistic market structure, the products manufactured by the firms are nearly identical. 3. Barriers to entry: Due to lack of several competitors in the industry, the barriers to entry are significantly high such as in monopoly business (Layton, Robinson, Tucker, 2012). 2. Non-price competition is a particular market situation in which the industry contestants would not reduce the product prices to get distinct sales benefits (Symeonidis, 2010). Meanwhile, to stay competitive, competitors uses extensive marketing promotions. In a non-price competition, the industry competitors often engage in other significant means instead of lowering prices. First of all, extensive advertising can be identified as one of the most common concepts to become competitive in a non-price competition. Secondly, efficient marketing strategies have been implemented to draw the attention of the target demographics (Layton, Robinson, Tucker, 2012). On another note, quality customer services will be provided by the sellers to stay ahead in a non-price competition market. In this way, sales of the products and services can be increased without reducing the price. 3. Mutual dependence is termed as the interdependence of planning the pricing and product differentiation strategy of the firms operating in the same market. By considering the fact of interdependence, it can be seen that the oligopoly market structure experiences mutual dependence the most (Layton, Robinson, Tucker, 2012). The primary reason for the extreme level of mutual dependence is the few number of sellers and differentiated products. Any change in the strategy of one organisation impacts the strategies and planning process of the other firms. 4. 1. Coles Supermarket in my city belongs to oligopoly market structure becuase of few number of sellers. It is interdependent on other firms operating in the market. 2. A hair dresser salon belongs to perfect competition market structure due to a huge number of salons operating in the market with similar products and services. 3. Metro Trains in Melbourne and Sydney Trains belongs to monopoly market structure becuase they are the utilimate seller in the market and any new entry to the market is restricted (Layton, Robinson, Tucker, 2012). 4. National Australia Bank belongs to oligopoly market structure becuase there are few number of Banks in the market that offers differentiated products and services. 5. Academies Australasia Polytechnic belongs to oligopoly market structure becuase there are few number of polytechnic institutions in the market that offers differentiated products and services (Layton, Robinson, Tucker, 2012). 6. A small store that sells souvenirs such wallets, caps, tee-shirts, key chains in your citys Sunday market that has many such stores belongs to perfect competition market becuase of large number of sellers with similar products. 7. A car workshop in your city belongs to monopolistic competition becuase of large number of sellers in the market that offers differentiated services. It is a free to enter market for new entrants. 7. Iphone and Samsung in the mobile phone industry belongs to oligopoly market structure becuase of few number of sellers and differentiated products. It is comperatively difficult for new entrants to start business in the mobile phone industry becuase of a large investment. 5. Diagram A Diagram B By considering the two diagrams given above, it can be seen that diagram A represents inelastic demand curve and diagram B represents elastic demand curve. The application of the above diagrams to two different market structures has been presented herein below: Monopolistic Competition: The diagram B is an elastic demand curve that belongs to monopolistic competition market. In a monopolistic competition, any changes made by a firm will highly impact its sales because of the high level of competition and product differentiation in the market (Yomogida, 2010). Hence, the demand curve in the monopolistic competition market is elastic but not perfectly elastic. Oligopoly: On the other hand, any changes made by the firm in an oligopoly market will make other firms to do the same kind of change in its strategy. For example, if firm A reduces the price of its products, the firm B will also do the same to compete and survive in the market (Yomogida, 2010). Hence, the changes made in the price will not impact its demand by a high range. Hence, the demand curve in an oligopoly market is inelastic in nature. References Feenstra, R. (2016). Gains from Trade Under Monopolistic Competition.Pacific Economic Review,21(1), 35-44. Layton, A., Robinson, T., Tucker, I. (2012).Economics for Today(1st ed.). South Melbourne, Vic.: Cengage Learning Australia. Symeonidis, G. (2010). Price and Nonprice Competition with Endogenous Market Structure.Journal Of Economics Management Strategy,9(1), 53-83. Yomogida, M. (2010). Fragmentation and Welfare in Monopolistic Competition.Review Of International Economics,18(3), 531-539.
Monday, December 2, 2019
The Somber Dance The Somber Dance Theodore Roethke, poet and author, has contributed many well-known pieces to American literature. Roethke wrote close to 200 notebooks worth of poems. Only three percent of the poems in his notebooks were actually published. Most pieces, well-known to the public, are collections of poems such as The Waking, which he won a Pulitzer prize for in the mid 1950's. The Lost Son and Open House are two other collections pieces of Roethke. A couple novels also helped this aspiring author and poet achieve his status among literature; Words for the Wind and The Far Field. All of the works just mentioned were not achieved by Roethke until he was well into his late 20's. As a child, he was hardly one who would have been expected to become a major American poet. Saginaw, Michigan, 1908, Otto and Helen Roethke welcomed their son Theodore into the world. Theodore's future relationship with his parents would not be a considerable special one, especially with his father. Otto, a floriculturalist and greenhouse owner would have his mood swings with his two sons. Mood swings increased as Otto's consumption of alcohol increased. On the outside it seemed Theodore could handle his father's awful drunken and abusive side. Years later, Theodore would express his true pain emotionally and physically in several of his poems. As for Charles, his brother, it was obvious he could not handle the pain. Charles committed suicide when Theodore was 14. Several months afterwards Otto passed away of cancer. These two deaths did not stop Theodore in his tracks. He graduated high school and went onto University of Michigan and later to Harvard for graduate study. Harvard is where Roethke first began to discuss and write poetry openly. Theodore's career began as an English instructor at a college in Pennsylvania. Just a few years later he became an English professor at University of Michigan. Roethke was a well-liked professor. He always wanted to be remembered as unique. In order to accomplish being unique, Theodore would occasionally extend the classroom sessions into a local bar. Some of his former students are well-known 2 poets now such as Richard Hugo and James Wright. During his employment at University of Michigan, Theodore began having nervous breakdowns and a slight problem with alcoholism. His father's problems with alcohol is reflected in Theodore's use of it. The nervous breakdowns, however, eventually led him to the hospital. He tried too hard to be such an outstanding professor by doing too much. His mind was not able to keep up with his body. Many co-workers did not understand the mental problems Roethke was having and assumed he was mentally insane and incapable to continue teaching. This began interfering with his job. Things started looking up however when he re-united with one of his former students, Beatrice O'Connell. The two fell in love after and became married when Theodore was 45. His happiness in his marriage did not keep away his mental frustrations though. It was interfering with work once again and was fired from University of Michigan the same year of his marriage. The newly married couple decided to drop everything and move to Seattle, Washington. Roethke found a job immediately at University of Washington as an English professor. Although he and his wife never had any children they lived a more peaceful life in Seattle. In 1963, just ten years after his marriage to Beatrice, Roethke passed away from a heart attack. Before leaving this world though, he left behind an extraordinary poem, ?My Papa's Waltz?. My Papa's Waltz The whiskey on your breath Could make a small boy dizzy; but I hung on like death: Such waltzing was not easy. We romped until the pans Slid from the kitchen shelf; My mother's countenance Could not unfrown itself. The hand that held my wrist Was battered on one knuckle; At every step you missed My right ear scraped a buckle. You beat time on my head With a palm caked hard by dirt, Then waltzed me off to bed Still clinging to your shirt. 2 ?My Papa's Waltz? was written in 1948. The main subject to this poem is a child's memory of his abusive, alcoholic father and their love/hate relationship. It takes place at night. This is shown through the second to last line, ?Then waltzed me off to bed?. The setting is the family's home due to the description of a kitchen and heading to bed (The glass house, p29). Due to Roethke's relationship with his own
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Capital Punishment Introduction This day in age Murderers' actions are getting more and more incomprehensive. They are no longer just committing murder: they are torturing, mutilating and engaging in grossly inappropriate acts against fellow human beings. Behaviors such as this will continue if nothing is done to stop them. The death penalty is a humane way to punish the convicted and deter these gruesome acts. Early as 1930, we can find the first recorded execution. Between the times of 1930 to 1967 there was a recorded number of 3,859 people executed. The following nine years would bring victory for those against capital punishment, there was no executions done in this time frame. Gregg vs. Georgia, Supreme Court of 1976 made a ruling that "the death penalty does not violate the Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause of the Eighth Amendment." The death penalty has been accepted by thirty-nine states of America (Newton, 1983). I will be showing how selections of death row are made. The last of subject matters that I will be touching on are the problems with the process of capital punishment and a possible more effective approach. I will also be concluding my findings and ending with a thought of my own. There are many logical factors that determine a person being sentenced to death. A criminal's past record and the seriousness of the crime currently committed are two major factors in determining death row sentencing. These factors are what have sent more men to death row than women. Some people believe that the selection of death row is unfair due to the number of men vs. women facing it. Jurors have many things to consider when convincing the accused. How brutal was it, how many people were killed, was it premeditated, was it torturous? These are all things that the jurors considering when determining the fate of the accused. Of course they also have to decide if the evidence proves, with out a doubt, the person is guilty. In se... Free Essays on Capitol Punishment Free Essays on Capitol Punishment Capital Punishment Introduction This day in age Murderers' actions are getting more and more incomprehensive. They are no longer just committing murder: they are torturing, mutilating and engaging in grossly inappropriate acts against fellow human beings. Behaviors such as this will continue if nothing is done to stop them. The death penalty is a humane way to punish the convicted and deter these gruesome acts. Early as 1930, we can find the first recorded execution. Between the times of 1930 to 1967 there was a recorded number of 3,859 people executed. The following nine years would bring victory for those against capital punishment, there was no executions done in this time frame. Gregg vs. Georgia, Supreme Court of 1976 made a ruling that "the death penalty does not violate the Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause of the Eighth Amendment." The death penalty has been accepted by thirty-nine states of America (Newton, 1983). I will be showing how selections of death row are made. The last of subject matters that I will be touching on are the problems with the process of capital punishment and a possible more effective approach. I will also be concluding my findings and ending with a thought of my own. There are many logical factors that determine a person being sentenced to death. A criminal's past record and the seriousness of the crime currently committed are two major factors in determining death row sentencing. These factors are what have sent more men to death row than women. Some people believe that the selection of death row is unfair due to the number of men vs. women facing it. Jurors have many things to consider when convincing the accused. How brutal was it, how many people were killed, was it premeditated, was it torturous? These are all things that the jurors considering when determining the fate of the accused. Of course they also have to decide if the evidence proves, with out a doubt, the person is guilty. In se... Free Essays on Capitol Punishment The Ultimate Punishment Your choices would be either to die gasping and coughing to try to force toxic chemicals out of your lungs, or to be injected with a lethal mixture of chemicals until your body submits to the poison circulating in through your veins. That would be a rather tough decision to make. It is the decision made by a few inmates on death-row. These methods of murder are an example of inhumanities and injustices in todayÃ¢â¬â¢s system of capital punishment. The commonly offered arguments for the death penalty are filled with holes. The death penalty has yet to be proven as an effective deterrent. And it is actually a continuation of the cycle of violence which Ã¢â¬Å"...degrades all who are involved in its enforcement, as well as its victim.Ã¢â¬ (Stewart 1) Realistically, the death penalty is an expensive and time consuming process. The death penalty is ineffective when it comes to serving justice to our society today. The most frequent argument for capital punishment is probably that of deterrence. The idea behind this is that criminals will choose not to do certain crimes for fear that a death penalty could be their punishment. Numerous studies have been created attempting to prove this belief; however, Ã¢â¬Å"all the evidence taken together makes it hard to be confident that capital punishment deters more than long prison terms do.Ã¢â¬ (Cavanagh 4) Going ever farther, the executive director of the Montgomery based Equal Justice Initiative, has stated that Ã¢â¬Å"people are increasingly realizing that the more we resort to killing as a legitimate response to our frustration and anger with violence, the more violent our society becomesÃ¢â¬ ¦We could execute all three thousand people on death row, and most people would not feel any safer tomorrow.Ã¢â¬ (Frame 51) In addition, with the growing humanitarianism of modern society, the number of inmates actually put to death is lower than 50 years ago. This creates a situation in which the d...
Saturday, November 23, 2019
5 Tips to Prepare for a Job Interview A good interview can mean the difference between a new job and more months on the unemployment line. ThereÃ¢â¬â¢s one rule when it comes to the contemporary job hunt: you can never be too prepared. LetÃ¢â¬â¢s take a closer look at why interviews are so important and what you can do to ace your next interview. Know the JobJob postings are carefully crafted to convey a message to potential job applicants. Have you thoroughly reviewed and analyzed the job posting? Doing so can give you valuable insights into what a company is looking for to fill a particular vacancy with the right candidate.Rather than playing it by ear, be proactive. Take time to match up your own qualifications - including skills, knowledge, experience and character traits - against the job description. The more matches you make, the more closely your candidacy will align with a prospective employerÃ¢â¬â¢s expectations. Review this list before the interview to optimize your chances of impressing when job-speci fic questions arise.Know the CompanyThe internet has opened up a whole new world to job seekers. ThereÃ¢â¬â¢s no Ã¢â¬Å"flying blindÃ¢â¬ when it comes to selling yourself to a company you donÃ¢â¬â¢t know. A breadth and depth of information - from logical strategies to corporate culture - is readily available via web pages and social media. Researching the company doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t just help you be more prepared to answer any question that come your way; it also indicates initiative and interest to employers.This is also an opportunity to use social networking sites to your advantage. Do any of your friends or contacts have a relationship with a prospective employer? If so, they become a potentially valuable source of information.And be sure to evaluate your own social networking accounts, and clean up, if necessary. The best interview in the world wonÃ¢â¬â¢t overcome an inappropriate Facebook photo.Demonstrating knowledge of the market in addition to the prospective company also contributes to your ability to make a winning impression. Are there any interesting industry trends happening right now? How is the company positioned within the current market? TodayÃ¢â¬â¢s employers arenÃ¢â¬â¢t just looking for the Ã¢â¬Å"yes menÃ¢â¬ of days past. Rather, theyÃ¢â¬â¢re looking for progressive-minded leaders who will forge the path to innovation.Practice Makes PerfectThe more confident you are in your ability to answer questions, the more positively youÃ¢â¬â¢ll represent yourself to prospective employers. Enlist the help of a family member or friend in advance to practice with you. While it may seem silly, it will lay the groundwork for a successful and in-control interview. Make sure to review these 6 hardest interview questions and be ready to tackle these questions with thoughtful answers that will help you land the job.In addition to practicing answering questions, make sure to have plenty of questions of your own. Ultimately, the interview is as much an opportunity for you to get to know a prospective employer as it is for a prospective employer to get to know you.The Clothes Make the Man/WomanFor better or for worse, we live in a world where material things matter. Choose a professional interview outfit and have it ready at all times. Business attire is essential for interviews with professional organizations. More casual environments may require less formal clothing, but the commitment to a neat appearance and personal grooming remains.Etiquette MattersYouÃ¢â¬â¢re not just being judged on what you say during an interview. YouÃ¢â¬â¢re also being judged on what you do. Maintain a polite and pleasant demeanor with everyone you meet - from your fellow elevator resident to the receptionist.Body language plays an increasingly important role with employers: sit upright, maintain eye contact, and pay attention.Demonstrating the ability to listen during an interview is just as important as answering questions. The best inter views include both give and take: theyÃ¢â¬â¢re a discourse as opposed to a stilted series of questions and answers. The more engaged you are in the conversation, the more engaged a hiring manager will be by you.Taking time to prepare for an interview can be time-consuming, but the potential payoffs are well worth the work. After all, one of the best investments you can make is a well-prepared interview that results in the job of your dreams.
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Managing conflicts assessment - Essay Example When conflict occurs finding a resolution is imperative because conflict can disrupt the work environment of an organization. Five recognized techniques that line managers can utilize to resolve conflict are accommodation, collaboration, compromise, avoidance, and authoritative command. Accommodation involves playing down the differences and finding areas of agreement among the parties. Collaboration allows the parties to recognize that something is wrong and the problem needs immediate attention. The underlying problem is the root of the conflict. A compromise is a good method to find a resolution because each party gives up something of value to the other in order to end the conflict. Avoidance pretends that the problem does not exist. The assumption is that the problem will play itself down through time. Authoritative command uses formal authority to end the conflict. As a manager I would create harmony at work and engender a positive atmosphere by focusing on building a strong corporate culture. The corporate culture of the company should bring the employees closer to each other. A second technique that I would use to build a better workplace is by empowering my employees. Employees that feel they are valued by their supervisors are more likely to achieve job satisfaction. A third technique I would use to create harmony is
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Benner's Competency - Assignment Example tal health is a significant of the general wellbeing of an individual and hence I engaged the patient to regain normality through constant support on all aspects of the day to day activities and counselling to alleviate depression that was overwhelming to the patient thereby diminishing the chances of recovery (Benner, 2000). The patient attempted to commit suicide twice while undergoing mental rehabilitation. I understood and responded to the patientÃ¢â¬â¢s reactions to distress that came as a result of hopelessness and anxiety. I managed to guide the patient through behavioural and emotional changes that were occurring in his mind while recognizing and promoting effective participation in the day to day activities to help him understand and live to his full potential. According to Masters (2011), a nurse needs to promote a feeling of resiliency which is critical to a mental patientÃ¢â¬â¢s recovery. I helped the patient to re-gain self-esteem and confidence through inspire hope and power in him, which positively influenced his behaviour after realizing that his contribution is necessary to the development of his community. I coordinated with his family that provided useful historical information on the patientÃ¢â¬â¢s previous engagements, which helped me to make out the impact of culture and tradi tions on the healing process. I was able to evaluate and explain the effect of the patientÃ¢â¬â¢s beliefs, principles as well as life engagements on the condition. I shared this information with the physician in charge and other colleagues and together we were able to develop care strategies that were culturally welcome thereby enhancing the recovery process. Communication skills were significant in dealing with the patient. Listening carefully to his incoherent speech helped me to make sense out of it and also understand him better. I also observed his behaviour keenly and tried to relate it to past experiences with similar patients that I had come across before, which helped me
Sunday, November 17, 2019
Antitrust practices Essay Antitrust practices are practices carried on by businesses that end up destroying perfect competition in the market. Antitrust laws are laws prepared to seek and promote healthy market competition by preventing anti-competitive practices by companies. Some of the illegal practices that constitute to antitrust behavior include corporate mergers, monopolies and price fixing conspiracies (Bailey, 2010). The Clayton Act of 1914 was passed by the U.S Congress. It was an antitrust law that was amended to stop and prevent practices that led to unhealthy competition in the market. The Clayton Act was amended in order to complement an earlier version of the antitrust law referred to as the Sherman antitrust Act of 1980. This was a federal law that sought to prevent practices that were harmful to consumers such as cartels, monopolies and other unfair business practices (California Association of REALTORS, 2005). Google Company One of the recent firms to be investigated for antitrust behavior is Google Company that leads the online searching industry. According to Weiss (2014), the firm recently was being investigated by Competition Commission of India (CCI) for claims that it abused its dominance in the online search engine industry by mainly promoting its own services over those of its rivals. This reason is considered to create unhealthy competition in the business as the search engine company dominates its rivals in what is considered almost a monopolistic market. Antitrust behavior brings about both pecuniary and non-pecuniary costs. Since it damages healthy competition in the market, monopolies can result and this has adverse effects to the prices of commodities. The products end up becoming costly and expensive for the customers and, therefore, affecting the society negatively (Bailey, 2010). On the other hand, antitrust behavior leads to the output of products falling below the market competitive le vel and this is mainly witnessed in monopolistic markets. Then again, the antitrust practices can be costly for any company that has engaged in them since if investigations prove that the company is guilty of the said acts then heavy penalties can be imposed on them. Furthermore, this can ruin the reputation of any company and, therefore, ending up losing its customers (Bailey, 2010). Monopolies andÃ Oligopolies Monopolies and oligopolies are not always good for the society. Their presence in any market simply means they have all the power to control the prices of their products and services. This is not favorable to the customers since prices can always go up any time especially when the demand for certain commodities is high. One good example of an oligopoly is the Coca Cola and Pepsi Companies. These are the worldÃ¢â¬â¢s largest beverage companies and demand for their products is never decreasing. However, these two companies represent a market with few suppliers while the consumers are many. They have all the power to dictate their productsÃ¢â¬â¢ prices and the consumers have no power whatsoever (Hovenkamp, 2011). On the other hand, some government monopolies can be considered beneficial to the members of the society. Many governments in the current world control the production and supply of electricity and other forms of energy. This is useful because the governments aim at providin g such services to the citizens at affordable prices and across the countries. It is the responsibility of the government to enhance infrastructure development in the country and, therefore, running such sectors of the economy can be beneficial to consumers. Conclusion In conclusion, it is important to point out that antitrust practices are unwanted behaviors since they destroy healthy competition among businesses. However, the law is strict on companies that engage in these practices and heavy penalties can be imposed on them. Antitrust practices include price fixing, corporate mergers and creation of monopolies (Reeves, 2010).
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Case Study In this paper, I will present a case study in which I will describe the struggles of living with an adolescent diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I will discuss the case, the family relationships, the causes and diagnosis, and the treatment options currently available to those with bipolar disorder in general. The purpose of my paper is to make the reader aware of what goes on in the life of an adolescent with bipolar disorder type II. VR is a vibrant, beautiful, fun loving 17 year old. She is witty, creative and has a deep passion for dance. Over the last couple of years however, there are many times when she becomes so sad that it is difficult for her to function. She will go to sleep immediately after school and still have a hard time getting up in the morning. My parents have received numerous phone calls from her teachers advising us that she will fall asleep in class and this is after having slept 12 hours the prior night. During these times of sadness, VR refuses to talk with her friends. In fact, she refuses to talk to anyone or do any of the activities she so thoroughly enjoys. VR also has times when she is extremely full of energy and nothing stops her. Although this doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t happen as often, this excess energy is much more extreme than normal adolescent behavior. When she experiences these bouts of excess energy, VR talks non-stop. She talks so fast that people have a hard time comprehendin g what she is saying. It is during these episodes that she will go nights without any sleep and still function normally. In addition to days of complete sadness or excessive energy she also has to deal with erratic menstrual cycles. During these times, she gets extremely bad headaches, throws up, and bleeds qui... ...ents. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 1, 439-449. Lewinsohn, P.M., Seeley, J.R., & Klein, D.N. (2003). Bipolar disorders during adolescence. Acta Psychiatry Scan, 108(418), 47-50. Miklowitz, D.J. (2007). The role of the family in the course and treatment of bipolar disorder. Psychological Science, 16(4), 192-194. Morris, C.D., Miklowitz, D.J., & Waxmonsky, J.A. (2007). Family-focused treatment for bipolar disorder in adults and youth. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 63(5), 433-445. Sullivan, A.E., & Miklowitz, D.J. (2010). Family functioning among adolescents with bipolar disorder. Journal of Family Psychology, 24(1), 60-67. Wilkinson, G.B., Taylor, P., & Holt, J.R. (2002). Bipolar disorder in adolescence: Diagnosis and treatment. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 24(4), 348-357.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Animal rights, or the establishment and the idea of them being official, have become an increasingly interesting controversy for quite some time. The topic seems to question the common morality and ethics of man, while simultaneously questioning practices that target humanityÃ¢â¬â¢s safety, luxury, and in some cases, survival. In such a debate, three articles come to mind.The debating articles: Ã¢â¬Å"Cow VS Animal RightsÃ¢â¬ , Ã¢â¬Å"Animal Rights, Human WrongsÃ¢â¬ , and Ã¢â¬Å"Proud to be a SpeciesistÃ¢â¬ all deliver a very strong argument to the topic, yet making it quite difficult to ignite a solid solution around the topic, being that each article is elaborate and thorough in arguing their point. In Ã¢â¬Å"Animal Rights, Human WrongsÃ¢â¬ , the idea of animal rights is directly and thoroughly supported.Written by Tom Regan, the article presents a several cases of animal cruelty in a seemingly attempt to put the reader in a parallel perspective of each animal in attempt to cause the reader to feel sorry or some form of sympathy for each victim. Regan challenges the methods of hunting, industrial forming, and scientific practices on animals, and, using his pity-the-victim strategy, urges the realization of the rights of animals as a group that stands side by side with the humans in matters pertaining legal rights.In Stephen RoseÃ¢â¬â¢s article Ã¢â¬Å"Proud to be a SpeciesistÃ¢â¬ , this thought is contradicted directly. Stephen Rose gives an entirely different perspective and idea on the matter of animal rights. In the article, Rose proposes a situation in which the rights, if any exist at all, of mosquitoes and other pests are violated once theyÃ¢â¬â¢re exterminated by human choice. This situation provides a just argument, being that such pests are killed all the time, yet, if they were ever to attain such rights, concerns questioning their existence would arise and put a complicated spin on the basics of life itself.In Ã¢â¬Å"Cow VS Animal R ights ActivistÃ¢â¬ , written by Linda Hasselstrom, a different view is exploited. The article retains a neutral perspective, being that the writer explains the uses of animals (primarily cows) but does not refrain from informing the reader of all the cow endures while under human use. Even so, Regan uses pathos while illustrating each animalÃ¢â¬â¢s demise to convince the reader to share the same view, or Ã¢â¬Å"idealÃ¢â¬ , in the matters concerning animal rights.In each situation, he gives a victim, portraying each one as innocent and helpless, and then he gives the description of their death. He paints incredibly vivid pictures of the situation by elaborating on what would presumably be the last moments each animal experienced before their death. Rose, on the other hand, uses a weak form of egos in his writing. Arguing solely from his position as a researcher, Rose has dim credibility and most of his arguments are biased from the perspective of a researcher.This is made obvio us when he tries to justify animal research by claiming that it has resulted in many cures for diseases human encounter today. HasselstromÃ¢â¬â¢s form of logos contributes to her argument in a seemingly complementary fashion. From her perspective, she simply states the pros and cons of ranching and hunting, as well uncover the hardships faced by ranchers that many activists seem to overlook. With all of these arguments at point, the matters of animal rights will remain a controversy as long as the morals and ethics of the common man play a part in its decision.
Sunday, November 10, 2019
The United States has no more important foreign relation ship than that of which it enjoys with Mexico, and vice versa. These two countries share interwoven societies and economies. Although there have been disagreements and turbulence between the two countries, which partnership is without these? The Strength of each countryÃ¢â¬â¢s democracy is fundamental to the otherÃ¢â¬â¢s. This relationship that the two countries share directly affects that lives of millions of Mexican and United States citizens everyday. Recently these two countries have become even more unified than ever before. Tackling issues such as Border Control, Countering Narcotics, Dealing with multiple Law enforcement agencies, Human Rights laws, trade and development, etc. There are many issues that they are mutually interested in and must deal with. Yet, there are some vast differences in which these two countries are run. There are also many similarities, which we must take into account. Both Democratic Governments have similar structures, containing a legislative, judicial, and executive branch. Yet, these structures are very different internally, containing specific duties that the other countryÃ¢â¬â¢s branch may not have. The Executive Branch refers to the Presidential seat in both governments. The Presidency is a paramount institution, not only of the Mexican Government but of the US Government as well. The Countries entire political system is positioned around the presidency. In the United States the President also serves as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. The President appoints the cabinet and oversees the various agencies and departments of the Federal Government. The Executive Branch is checked by Congress which would be the Legislative Branch. In order for someone to become President, he or she must be a natural -born citizen of the United States. He or she must be at least 35 years of age and must have resided in the US for at least fourteen years. Once elected, the President must serve a term of four years, and may be re-elected only once. Now, the Executive Branch of the Mexican government is very similar to that of its neighbors, but there are some pivotal differences in the institution. Presidents are elected by a majority of registered voters in the thirty-one states and the Federal District. The President holds the formal titles of chief of state, head of government, and commander in chief of armed forces. The candidates must also be at least thirty-five years of age by election day. And they must not only be Mexican citizens by birth but must also be the offspring of Mexican Citizens by birth. Unlike the US, the candidate cannot have held cabinet post or a governorship, nor have been on active military duty during the six months prior to the election. Critics have labeled the presidency the Ã¢â¬Å"six year monarchyÃ¢â¬ due to the length of the term being six years, and because of the seemingly unchecked power that has resided in the office. Much of the presidential power is derived from the presidents direct and unchallenged control over both the state and the ruling party, the PRI. One of the Unique features of the Mexican Presidency that has caused a great uproar since the 1930Ã¢â¬â¢s is the process of presidential succession. Mexicos PRI presidents have enjoyed the right to personally name their successor. This privilege is known as the dedazo, which means the Tap. Also, one huge difference in the executive branch between the two governments is the issue of Vice Presidency. Mexico simply has no Vice President. Further reinforcing the presidents unchallenged power. Meanwhile the United States does have a Vice Presidential position . A position that is voted on in the same campaign as the President. They are looked at as more of a team, a two for the price of one deal. Legislative powers consist of the congress, which is divided into two chambers, the senate and the House of Representatives. Each member of the congress is elected by the people of his or her state. The Senate holds 100 seats, two seats per state. The House of Representatives seats are based on the poplation of each state, holding about 435 seats. The difference between these two is that a representatives term is for two years, while senators are elected for six year terms. In Mexico the legislative branch of government consists of a bicameral congress, El Congreso de la Union. This congress, like the USÃ¢â¬â¢s, is divided into an upper chamber, the senate, and a lower chamber, chamber of deputies. Just like the US, both chambers are responsible for the discussion and approval of legislation and the ratification of high-level presidential appointments. The senate consisted of sixty-four members, two members for each state and two representing the Federal District elected by a direct vote from the population for a six year term. In later years, as part of electoral reforms the size of the senate doubled in size and now holds 128 members. Since 1986 the house of deputies consisted of 500 seats. 200 of these seats are elected by a proportional representation from among large districts. Members of the Chamber of Deputies serve three year terms, All members are not allowed to run for re-election, but they may serve non-consecutive terms.
Thursday, November 7, 2019
The life of Martin luther essays Martin Luther was a genius in his time, starting out as a monk, and then later on becoming a teacher, then to some viewed as a leader. Most people in todays world dont even know who Martin Luther is and when they here his name they think of Martin Luther knights man was responsible for many good things as in starting the reformation of protestants. He also wrote the 95 thesis which changed many peoples views on the church after reading these thesis. Luther was a great speaker and a better writer when it came to his work you never wanted to get in his way. Back in the 1490s the church was the all mighty of the lands and they had more power then even the government. If you didnt obey and follow the churchs rules they could punish you and condemn you. Send you to heaven or hell, and even to forgive your sins for payments. You were also expected to pay ten percent of your wages to God. Church was everything in this era and almost every person had something to do within a church. Martin Luther thought different of the church and said that no church should have more power than the government. Also that no church should be able to make you pay taxes since the church is a tax-free branch. Most people in this day couldnt even read and if so could only read one language. Martin Luther believed that everyone should be able to read the bibles and understand it so he acts on this. He felt that everyone just listening to whatever was preached wasnt good enough. Martin Luther was born in Eiseleben Germany in 1483 and lived with both his parents. He was an alterably who sang in the choir for the church. Luthers father looked after him and told him he would become a lawyer one day in the future. Luthers parents were very harsh and would beat him all the time. Martin was a quiet but relevant student and was a great musician with the violin. When he was eighteen he enrolled in the very rit...
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
The Sinking of the Lusitania and America's Entry into World War I On May 7, 1915, the British ocean liner RMS Lusitania was in route from New York City to Liverpool, England when it was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat. Over 1100 civilians died as a result of this attack, including more than 120 American citizens. This defining moment would later prove to be the impetus which eventually convinced United States public opinion to change from itsÃ¢â¬â¢ earlier position of neutrality with respect to being a participant in World War I.Ã On April 6, 1917,Ã President Woodrow Wilson appeared before the U.S. Congress calling for a declaration of war against Germany.Ã American Neutrality at the Start of World War I World War I had officially started on August 1, 1914 when Germany declared war against Russia.Ã Then on August 3rd and 4th, 1914, Germany declared war against France and Belgium respectively, which resulted in Great Britain declaring war against Germany. Austria-Hungary declared war against Russia on August 6th following GermanyÃ¢â¬â¢s lead.Ã Following this domino effect that started World War I, PresidentÃ Woodrow WilsonÃ announced that the United States would remain neutral. This was consistent with the public opinion of the majority of the American people. Ã At onset of the war, Britain and United States were very close trading partners so it was not unexpected that tensions would arise between the United States and Germany once the Germans started to conduct a blockade of the British Isles. In addition, a number of American ships that were bound for Great Britain had been either damaged or sunk by German mines. Then in February 1915, Germany broadcast that they would be conducting unrestricted submarine patrols and combat in the waters which surround Britain. Unrestricted Submarine Warfare and the Lusitania The Lusitania had been built to be the worldÃ¢â¬â¢s fastest ocean liner and shortly after her maiden voyage in September 1907, the Lusitania made the fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean at that time earning her the nickname Ã¢â¬Å"Greyhound of the SeaÃ¢â¬ . She was able to cruise at an average speed of 25 knots or approximately 29 mph, which is about the same speed as modern cruise ships. The LusitaniaÃ¢â¬â¢s construction had been secretly financed by the British Admiralty, and she was built to their specifications. In exchange for the government subsidy, it was understood that if England went to war then the Lusitania would be committed to serving the Admiralty. In 1913, war was looming on the horizon and the Lusitania was put in dry dock in order to be properly fitted for military service. This included installing gun mounts on her decks Ã¢â¬â which were hidden under the teak deck so that guns could easily be added when needed. At the end of April 1915, on the same page were two announcements in New York newspapers. First, there was an advertisement of the impending voyage of the Lusitania scheduled to depart from New York City on May 1st for itsÃ¢â¬â¢ trip back across the Atlantic to Liverpool. In addition, there were warnings that had been issued by the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. that civilians who traveled in war zones on any British or Allied ship was done at their own risk. The German warnings of submarine attacks did have a negative impact on the passenger list of the Lusitania as when the ship set sail on May 1, 1915 as it was far below itsÃ¢â¬â¢ capacity of a combined 3,000 passengers and crew on board. The British Admiralty had warned the Lusitania to either avoid the Irish coast or take some very simple evasive actions, such as zigzagging to make it more difficult for German U-boats to determine the shipÃ¢â¬â¢s course of travel.Ã Unfortunately the LusitaniaÃ¢â¬â¢s Captain, William Thomas Turner, failed to give proper deference to the AdmiraltyÃ¢â¬â¢s warning. On May 7, the British ocean liner RMS Lusitania was en route from New York City to Liverpool, England when it was torpedoed on its starboard side and sunk by a German U-boat off the coast of Ireland. It only took about 20 minutes for the ship to sink. The Lusitania was carrying approximately 1,960 passengers and crew, of which there were 1,198 casualties. In addition, this passenger list included 159 U.S. citizens and there were 124 Americans included in the death toll. Ã After the Allies and the United States complained, Germany argued that the attack was justified because the LusitaniaÃ¢â¬â¢s manifest listed various items of munitions that were bound for the British military. The British claimed that none of the munitions on board were Ã¢â¬Å"liveÃ¢â¬ , so therefore the attack on the ship was not legitimate under the rules of war at that time. Germany argued otherwise. In 2008, a dive team explored the wreck of the Lusitania in 300 feet of water and found approximately four million rounds of Remington .303 bullets that had been made in the United States in the shipÃ¢â¬â¢s hold. Although Germany eventually gave in to protests made by the United States government regarding the submarine attack on the Lusitania and promised to end this type of warfare, six months later another ocean liner was sunk. In November 2015, a U-boat sunk an Italian liner without any warning whatsoever.Ã More than 270 people perished in this attack, including more than 25 Americans causing public opinion to begin to turn in favor of joining the war against Germany. Americas Entry into World War I On January 31, 1917, Germany declared that it was placing an end to itsÃ¢â¬â¢ self-imposed moratorium on unrestricted warfare in waters that were within the war-zone. The United States government broke diplomatic relations with Germany three days later and almost immediately a German U-boat sunk the Housatonic which was an American cargo ship. On February 22, 1917, Congress enacted an arms appropriations bill that was designed to prepare the United States for war against Germany. Then, in March, four more U.S. merchant ships were sunk by Germany which prompted President Wilson to appear before Congress on April 2nd requesting a declaration of war against Germany. The Senate voted to declare war against Germany on April 4th and on April 6, 1917 the House of Representatives endorsed the SenateÃ¢â¬â¢s declaration causing the United States to enter World War I.
Sunday, November 3, 2019
King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschilds - Term Paper Example One prominent thing about this book was refusal by nine publishing houses in United States to publish this book. Most of the colonialists invaded Africa with the motive of getting industrial resources and enriching themselves. However, they gave false pretexts for the scramble saying they were after benefiting their colonial subjects. Some of these pretexts included spreading the gospel, educating their subjects and delivering benefactions to their colonial subject. Different colonial powers worsened the living conditions and lives of their subjects. Most of the atrocities and crimes done by King LeopoldÃ¢â¬â¢s and his army as the author describes. While most of these colonialists exploited their subjects, King Leopold representing the Belgian imperialism over-exploited the people of Congo, made them slaves and even tortured them. This is something truly different as compared to the French imperialism in Senegal. Useful Discussions from King LeopoldÃ¢â¬â¢s GhostÃ During the ti me of European imperialism, there are so many things that took place, with many nations trying to build empires in different parts of the world, including Africa and Asia (Hochschild 21). The term Ã¢â¬Ëcivilized peopleÃ¢â¬â¢ was used by a Swedish missionary, C.N. Borrisson, who described their different intentions for the scrambling for African resources. According to the known facts, the colonialists lied about their reasons for invading some of these nations. The facts are that the colonialists wanted raw materials for their industries. There was also need to get cheap labor for their industries. These colonialists took this opportunity to develop their economy so as to increase their kingdoms. One thing about this book is that it offers a lot of information about these developments in Congo by the Belgians. There were many things that transpired in the name of colonialism. There was an increase in support for the colonialists by other nations such as the United States and Can ada. The main explanations given by the colonialists or the Ã¢â¬Ëcivilized peopleÃ¢â¬â¢ for the exploitation and colonial imperialism included the need to spread Christianity also extend their benefactions abroad (Hochschild 26). Many humanitarians view this as a stratagem that does not make any sense at all. The increased settlement by the colonialists in these countries justifies the materialism and desire for wealth. King LeopoldÃ¢â¬â¢s Ghost is a story providing a focuses on the vivid accounts of what took place in Africa. Adam HochschildÃ¢â¬â¢s book therefore, deals with the continued looting which took place in Congo. It is worth noting that people went through traumatizing events apart from been tortured by the colonialists. This helps us understand the main reasons why the Ã¢â¬Ëcivilized peopleÃ¢â¬â¢ invaded these nations. This neglect by the colonialists to care about the colonists was a crucial issue for consideration when examining the roles played by these Ã¢ â¬Ëcivilized peopleÃ¢â¬â¢ in Africa. The other noteworthy thing to consider is the colonialistsÃ¢â¬â¢ callous disregard for the lives and the dignity of others based on the color of their skin, nationality, religion, or ethnic backgrounds. During these days, the colonialists prejudiced the Africans without giving them any opportunity to express themselves (Hochschild 62). The Ã¢â¬Ëcivilized peopleÃ¢â¬â¢ continued disregarding the dignity and lives of others based on their skin color, religion, nationality and ethnic background. The whites treated Africans indifferently on their
Friday, November 1, 2019
Discuss Tennessees labor laws and how these laws impact employers and employees - Research Paper Example Since then no major changes took place in the current labor laws (Gould 47). The labor laws of the United States of America are mixture of federal and state laws. The labor laws of the US extend limited rights to the employees of federal government. The laws in vogue safeguard the interest of employees irrespective of federal or state laws and regulations. It provides protection to the employees of federal and state against any discrimination based on race, gender, cast, creed and age (Gould 62). The Lawful Employment Act came into being on 1st Jan, 2012 ensuring that all employers hired employees in Tennessee through rigorous selection process and strictly in accordance with the legal parameters (Tennessee: Wage and Hour Laws). Under the mentioned act, employees may take up the matter with the concerned authority for removing the work place employment discrimination and receiving unemployment compensation since it falls under the employment law. Further, employers are responsible to maintain safety and security standards work premises, ensuring fair wages, pre retirement and post retirement benefits etc., being part of legally provided rights (Tennessee: Wage and Hour Laws). Cited laws deal with the employer, employeeÃ¢â¬â¢s action, legally entrusted rights and responsibilities. The laws in question could be a useful instrumental in maintaining cordial relationship between the employee and the employer (Tennessee: Wage and Hour Laws). Employers Tennessee laws are not bound to provide vacation benefits to the employees. However, if it is a part of approved policy of the employer or part of employment contract, it shall be honored. In approved policy of an employer permits accrued vacation pay to its employees, the company has to fulfill its commitment. An employer may offer its employees utilization of accumulated leave within the
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Genetically Modified Foods - Research Paper Example Despite this, the development of these foods has met sharp critics from various stakeholders in the field of agriculture and medicine, and this has resulted to legal debates in parliaments of various countries, United States of America included. In the production of genetically modified foods, scientists usually select desirable genes from crops, combine them and come out with crops that are more superior in regard to disease and pest attack, as well as production. This is contrary to traditional food reproduction technology, in which unrelated crops were used. The cliche in the technology, as argued by opponents is based on the idea that recombining inter-species genes do not have ways of evaluating the potential threats and long-term effects on the consumption of genetically modified foods by living organisms. Since food affects each and every one of us, the discussion on food safety is of great importance to all humankind, and thus proper evaluation of both thee merits and demerit s associated with the technology is necessary. This essay seeks to outline the merits and demerits of genetically modified foods, and argue that the merits outweigh the demerits, and thus production of foods using this technology should be encouraged. Advantages of genetically modified foods To adapt to the technology of GMOÃ¢â¬â¢s, consumers need to be well informed on all aspects of the food starting from its production to preparation and consumption. In this regard, the consumers also need to be informed on the nutrition levels of different foods in order to ensure they purchase and consume foods that meet their health requirements. Opponents argue that GMOÃ¢â¬â¢s harm other organisms, human included; the recombination of genes may at times be ineffective and lead to the production of poisonous foods, which when consumed can be fatal. This is contrary to the current standards as all genetically food are tested against health standards before being released to the market. In t he production of genetically modified foods, the recombination of genes is strived to ensure that the crops are less exposed to pest and disease attacks. This is beneficial to the farmers as it reduces their cost of production and consequently increase yields and return. Therefore, the farmers can use the saved money in meeting other economic demands, which is also necessary for the economic development of a country (Skinner and Liang 12-78). On this point, opponent base their argument on the taste of foods and argue that genetically modified food have bad taste in comparison to natural foods. Although the taste of foods affects the appetitive of an individual, the nutritional value of the food is more important and thus their argument does not hold sound ground for an argument. Our ecology is very important in ensuring that all life of living organisms is sustained, and chemical components usually affect our ecology by tampering with the water systems as well as the exposure to che micals, which have adverse effects on humans, as well as animals (Shepard 34). Through the production of genetically modified foods, fewer chemicals are used, and this ensures that humans are less exposed to chemical hazards, as well as our environment remains unpolluted. Opponents argue that since genetically modified food are not good for human consumption, their production may lead to cross-pollination thus making it hard to identify genetically modified foods. Drought and other natural disasters have become a common occurrence in the recent past, and this has led to various organizations across the world striving to innovate new means of producing high yields in crop production
Sunday, October 27, 2019
Sociology, Germov and Smith Introduction We often think of theory as somehow divorced from reality, but we actually make use of theories every day of our lives (Germov 2009, p. 25). In this assignment I will examine two theoretical perspectives. I will then discuss their similarities and differences in their approach to studying health and illness. I then aim to discover which perspective has greater contemporary relevance in todays society. The two theoretical perspectives I have chosen to investigate a structural functionalism and symbolic interactionism. I chose these two perspectives as I am interested in finding more information about them both, I would like to discover more information about how they relate to health and what perspective is has more relevance today. According to Germov (2009, pp. 26) A theory is an explanation of how things work and why things happen. They allow us to make sense of our world by showing us how certain facts are connected to one another to show us the answers to the how and why questions of life (Germov 2009, p. 26). Germov (2009, pp. 26) states: A theory attempts to simplify reality and generalise its common and related features relevant to the topic at hand. The sheer variety of social life and the diversity of human behaviour mean that there is no single sociological theory of everything. Many social theories have been developed over the years. There are seven main theoretical perspectives including structural functionalism, Marxism, Weberianism, symbolic interaction, feminism, contemporary modernism and post-structure/postmodernism (Germov 2009, p. 27). However I have chosen to only investigate two of these theories, functionalism and symbolic interactionism. Functionalism is the oldest and dominant theoretical perspective in sociology (McClelland, 2000). The key theorists for this perspective are Emile Durkeim and Robert Merton (Germov 2009, p. 27). Emile Durkheimis considered to be the father of sociology. He is credited with making sociology a science, and having made it part of the French academic curriculum as Science Sociale. Emile Durkheim gave many lectures, and published an impressive number of sociological studies during his lifetime. His lectures and studies were on subjects such as religion, suicide, and all aspects of society (emile-durkheim.com 2002). This perspective is built upon twin emphases: application of the scientific method to the objective social world and use of an analogy between the individual organism and society (McClelland, 2000). It studies the way social structures function to maintain stability and social order (Germov 2009, p. 27). Summary Structural-functionalism is a consensus theory, meaning that it sees society as built upon order, interrelation, and balance among parts as a means of maintaining the smooth functioning of the whole. Structural-Functionalism views shared standards and values as the basis of society, focuses on social order based on unspoken agreements between groups, and views social change as occurring in a slow and orderly fashion (Unc.edu 2004). Functionalists accept that change is sometimes necessary to correct social dysfunctions, but that it must occur slowly so that people and institutions can adapt without confusion (Unc.edu 2004). Structural Functionalism has made a number of main assumptions which focus on several levels of analysis society, community, individual and social unit. The assumptions include that societies and social units such as families and organisations are held together by orderliness and cooperation, societies work best when they function smoothly as an organism and that the system may be static or involved in an ordered process of change. Another assumption made by structural functionalism is that the nature of one part of the system has an impact on the form that the other parts can take. Also those external environments adapt to each other and more (Unc.edu 2004). Functionalism focuses on the MACRO level, meaning it looks at large-scale social institutions like society compared to looking at international networks such as the government. Structural functionalism pays little attention to individual agency and personality development. The functionalist analysis of health care has been mainly influenced by Talcott Parsons. He viewed the health of individuals as a necessary condition of a stable and ordered society. He conceived illness as a form of deviance meaning he viewed it as stopping people from carrying out various social roles which were essential to the functioning in society (Germov 2009, p. 30). In other words, when you are sick you are not being a productive member of society. The general idea is that the individual who has fallen ill is not only physically sick, but now adheres to the social role of being sick. The pathway to health was achieved through the sick role. Being Sick is not just a state of fact or condition, it contains customary rights and obligations based on the social norms that surround it. The theory outlined two rights of a sick person, the sick person is exempt from normal social roles and the sick person is not responsible for their condition. The obligations are that the sick person should try to get well and that the sick person should seek technically competent help and cooperate with the medical professional (Millon, Blaney Davis 1999, p. 446). An example of this is that students often have to supply a medical certificate to support their case for not performing their students roles of not turning up to class or submitting work on time. Symbolic interactionism is one of the major theoretical perspectives in sociology. This perspective has a long intellectual history, beginning with the German sociologist and economist, Max Weber and the American philosopher, George H. Mead, both of whom emphasised the subjective meaning of human behaviour, the social process, and pragmatism (McClelland 2000). According to Smith (2001): Max Weber was born in 1864 and looked at sociology in terms of it being an extensive science of social action and in the beginning he would only focus on specific social contexts. Somewhat in contrast to this belief, he later believed that one of the most distinguishing characteristics of a society is their change or shift in motivation that is caused by structural or historical forces. Symbolic interactionists focus on agency and how people construct, give meaning and interpret their behaviour through interaction with others (Germov 2009, p. 33). The main assumption is that humans create reality through their actions and the meanings they give to them. Therefore, society is the cumulative effect of human action, interaction, and interpretation, and these are more significant that social structures, hence the focus of the perspective (Germov 2009, p. 33). For interactionists, humans are pragmatic actors who continually must adjust their behaviour to the actions of other individuals. We can adjust to these actions only because we are able to interpret them. Germov (2009, p. 33) states: Symbolic interationism provides a theoretical bridge between sociology and psychology by concentrating on a small-scale interaction and how this impacts on individuals identity or image of themselves. An example of the quote above is when someone is to receive a compliment regularly such as you are attractive and intelligent the reaction can impact on what you believe and how you behave. In contrast to functionalism which focuses on the MACRO level, symbolic interationism focuses on the MICRO theories meaning it looks more on individuals and their everyday interactions with others and small-scale social groups and organisations (Unc.edu 2004). Symbolic interactionism emphasises that health and illness are social constructions that vary over time and change between cultures. Meaning that what is considered an illness is socially defined and passes through a social lens that reflects the culture, politics, and morality of a particular society and a certain point in time (Germov 2009, p. 33). Therefore an illness in one culture may be considered a wellness in another culture. Also now in the 21st century a plump woman would be considered healthy where as a thin woman would most likely be seen as unhealthy (Anderson Taylor, p. 540). Both functionalism and symbolic interactionism are sociological theories. There are a wide variety of sociological theories which can be grouped together according to various criteria. One of the most important of these is the distinction between structural or macro perspectives and social action or micro perspectives. These perspectives are different as they approach the analysis of society in different measures. Functionalism is an example of a macro perspective because it analyses the way society as a whole fits together whereas symbolic interactionism is a micro perspective as it stresses the meaningfulness of human behaviour and denies that it is primarily determined by the structure of society (Langhoff 2002). I believe that the perspective with the most contemporary relevance is structural functionalism. Parsons views are correct in saying that the health of individuals is a necessary condition of a stable and ordered society. The sick role ask people to supply evidence when not being able to perform their normal social role. This has contemporary relevance as for example, in todays society if people are unable to work they are to supply a doctors certificate to prove they were deemed unfit to work and contribute to society. This is because as according to Parsons, illness disrupts the normal functioning of society; therefore it is important that the sick are encouraged to seek expert help so that they can return to performing their social role (Germov 2009, p. 30). Conclusion Furthermore, functionalism has contemporary relevance because of the rights and obligations stated before are true when discussing society today. If people are sick they are exempt from normal social roles and they are usually not responsible for their condition. The obligations are also true as when sick, it is looked upon that if the sick person is unable to perform their social role they should try to get well and that the sick person should seek expert help and cooperate with the medical professional. After investigating the theories of functionalism and symbolic interactionism it is clear that functionalism has more contemporary relevance in society today. However over time social theories change as society itself changes and new knowledge, ideas and capabilities emerge (Germov 2009, p. 39). Bessants and Watts 1999 study (cited in Germov 2009, p. 38) state that sociologists constantly hover between and in and out of different traditions, and specific social theories are not as neat or coherence as grouping then into theoretical perspectives implies. This meaning that sociologists tend to include a range of perspectives into a specific theory. This essay has focused on sex and gender and the nature vs. nurture concept and in doing so as assessed Freuds notion of anatomy is destiny. After gaining an understanding of the concepts associated with the nature vs. nurture concept it can be suggested through research that there is no evidence to prove that one concept is of greater significance to the development of a child. In saying this it can be concluded that Freuds notion of anatomy is destiny is still relevant today in society, however is not the underlying factor that contributes to the development of a child. It can now be suggested that although the nature theory is always going to contribute to the development of a child, more research is suggesting and offering evidence to believe that the nurture theory contributes significantly to the development of a child.
Friday, October 25, 2019
A Consumer's Buying Behavior A consumer's buyer behavior is influenced by four major factors; cultural, social, personal, and psychological factors. These factors cause consumers to develop product and brand preferences. Although many of these factors cannot be directly controlled by marketers, understanding of their impact is essential as marketing mix strategies can be developed to appeal to the preferences of the target market. When purchasing any product, a consumer goes through a decision process. This process consists of up to five stages; problem recognition, information search, evaluation of alternatives, purchase decision and post purchase behavior. The length of this decision process will vary, ranging from a shorter routine response behavior, to limited problem solving and a more comprehensive extensive problem solving. A consumer may not act in isolation in the purchase, but rather may be influenced by any of several people in various roles. The number of people involved in the buying decision increases with the level of involvement and complexity of the buying decision behavior. Consumers buyer behavior and the resulting purchase decision is strongly influenced by cultural, social, personal and psychological characteristics. An understanding of the influence of these factors is essential for marketers in order to develop suitable marketing mixes to appeal to the target customer. CULTURAL factors include a consumers culture, subculture and social c...
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Appearance vs. Reality is a prominent theme in The Crucible as some people are carried and blinded by appearance while others actually look at the facts, John Proctor and Elizabeth are not carried away by lies while Abigail and the rest of her friends are ignorant and spread lies. The town of Salem, Massachusetts went through a yearlong period of witch trials. A group of girls led by Abigail the reverendÃ¢â¬â¢s niece manipulated the people of Salem to make them believe that witchcraft was happening in Salem. It began with Mrs. Puttman wanting Tituba to conjure up spirits of her dead babies, Abigail and her cousin Betty joined in along with other girls. Ã¢â¬Å"She always sings her Barbados songs, and we dance.Ã¢â¬ (Act1 line102)This is when she is trying to explain to her uncle what was actually going on in the woods. They were caught by Parris, Betty became sick and the girls decided that they were going to convince everyone this was witchcraft. This led to Abigail spreading rumo rs about people she did not like in the town. Ã¢â¬Å"We must tell the truth Abby!Ã¢â¬ (Act1 line 318) this was Mary Warren trying to convince Abby to tell the truth. It appeared that Elizabeth was committing witchcraft because of the voodoo doll found in her house when Cheever went to her house to arrest her. Ã¢â¬Å"TisÃ¢â¬â¢ hard proof?(To Hale)I find here a poppet Goody Proctor keeps. I have found it, sir.(Act2 lines 812) Marry Warren told her she was mentioned in court but not yet accused and she attempted to clear her name but clearly failed. She knew that Abigail just wanted to get rid of Elizabeth because she wanted John for herself. Ã¢â¬Å"ItÃ¢â¬â¢s a bitter woman, a lying, cold, sniveling womanÃ¢â¬ (Act1 line138) Abby was bitter that Elizabeth had fired her from the job but it was all AbbyÃ¢â¬â¢s fault as she was getting to close to John. She needed Elizabeth in jail or killed for that to happen. So Abigail started the rumor that Elizabeth was doing witch craft on her. Ã¢â¬Å"Why Abigail Williams charge her.Ã¢â¬ (Act2 lines753) and that the voodoo doll was for her, she even went as far as stabbing herself with a needle. Ã¢â¬Å"And in the belly of the poppet a needleÃ¢â¬â¢s stuck.Ã¢â¬ (Act2 Lines813) Mrs. Putman is also adding to the fire of the hysteria, she brings up her even dead babies heÃ makes a big deal to reverend Hale Ã¢â¬Å"They were murdered, Mr. Parris! And mark this proof! Mark it! Last might my Ruth were ever so close to their little spiritsÃ¢â¬ (Act1 lines232) She wants everyone to believe it wasnÃ¢â¬â¢t a coincidence all but one of her babies died. And now Betty is sick and so she is blaming it on an unholy cause. She is representing the appearance of things. The reality is Ruth is faking being sick and maybe she wasnÃ¢â¬â¢t making healthy babies, enough for them to be alive and well. Another example of appearance vs. reality is when john proctor finally gives in and admits he is a witch, he goes to the court. Ã¢â¬Å"HeÃ¢â¬â¢s only playinÃ¢â¬â¢ you! He means to hang us all!Ã¢â¬ (Act3lines 382) He realizes that the truth will set you free he confessed but later took it back because he didnÃ¢â¬â¢t want his name soiled in the town Ã¢â¬Å"I have given you my soul; leave me my name!Ã¢â¬ (Act4 lines728) He doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t want his children to grow up having a father with a soiled name a blackened name. He prefers to be hung rather than lie to keep his life. In conclusion Appearance and reality are too different things it is one thing to see something but another to understand it. Appearance is never enough you must know the facts before jumping to conclusions. Most of the town would be better of knowing this lesson before they got carried away with silly stories made up by bored teenagers. They should look at the facts before getting carried away with appearance.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
For many years, people have invented new technology equipment which became part of our lives. With existence of technology, people tend to depend on modern machines like smartphone, laptop, television and others. Moreover, the sharp development of technology has extremely expressed the humanÃ¢â¬â¢s intelligence and creativity. Thanks to technology, everything becomes easier, more convenient and enjoyable for us. However, the matter is whether or not we use these technology efficiently. This essay will tell you more about advantages and disadvantages of technology Once upon a time, people did everything by their own hands. They washed clothes beside the rivers, cooked meals by firing wood, walked on foot from one place to others. At that time, the communication was so limited and inconvenient. People who were far from each other were difficult to connect. Nonetheless, technology appeared and obviously changed the whole world so far. Technology apparently has become part of our lives since it brought large benefits to us in communication, entertainment, business, educationÃ¢â¬ ¦.It appeared to make peopleÃ¢â¬â¢ matters easier, to save time, to bring people closer and closer. In the past, a woman was always busy with the housework, taking care of children, cooking for meal manually. Contrarily, nowadays everything becomes faster and easier with the support of washing-machine, microwave, television and many technical equipment. Instead of spending more than hour only in order to wash clothes by hands, they save time and energy by putting it into machine and doing other stuff. With microwaves, you just spend few minutes even few seconds for a meal. Thus, with much developed technology, you can save times and feel like you have more than 24 hours a day. With smart phone and internet, we are able to talk and see our friends and relatives who living far from us and feel like they are beside us. Moreover, the development of digital technology helps people not only expand relationships over the world but also learn more new things. With a laptop connected to the internet, we can easily find information from many sources and relax with many online games or music. It is also so amazing that we can find our old friends through social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and share information to any part of the world only milliseconds. The communication becomes cheaper and more convenient thanks to peopleÃ¢â¬â¢ great inventions. Especially, we must consider how effective technology can help work. AmountÃ of modern applications and devices help people easily manage their work and their time such as take-note schedule, remind tasks and important events. In the past, we took at least two or three days to send a letter to another place. Now we can send an email just by click Ã¢â¬Å"sendÃ¢â¬ , it takes only few seconds. Moreover, some people also might choose to work at home and j ust connect with other by network. Even though technology brought us many advantages, have people utilized it as efficient way? It will be negative effort if we abuse of it too much. Unfortunately, almost every one of us are depending on modern equipment and not realizing the unpredictable consequences. While people are able to talk with their friends who are far from us, they may have difficulty in communicating with others around them. They are more comfortable with hiding behind the screens rather than talking face to face. It is actually sad to say that we are becoming less social interaction and insensitive to each other. Young people tend to be alone and passive with smartphone, laptop and uncommunicative to people around them. With state-of-the-art devices, we work more efficiently than before. However, there are also some drawbacks. Abusing of technology might make us become a machine: work, work and work. Some firm owners try to extend more time work and employees probably become workaholic because of the benefit and convenient devices. Businessmen tend to bring work to home and no more time watching TV with their children and family. Obviously, their wives and children extremely donÃ¢â¬â¢t like that. Moreover, life of people are under the heavy threat by internet crimes. Exploiting the development of social networks or computer tricks, they steal information, documents from other device. More dangerous, they also rape the young girls who have the habit check in on Facebook, Instagram or kidnap children for a ransom. Therefore, the more developed of technology also internet, the more dangerous people have to face with. Every part of our daily life is almost related to technology and its development continuously satisfy our demands. Unfortunately, our dependence on technology currently is too much, it is considerably alarming. The impact of technology on our lives can be devastating if we donÃ¢â¬â¢t keep ourselves in check Technology is like a coin which has both positive and negative sides. We should decide and choose how to use it. The advantages of technology areÃ very helpful for people if we use it right, it will be effective to our lives and society. Nobody can deny positively development of technology, but it must be the positive developed and shouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t have any negative affected in present or future. Comments: Good argument, perhaps you guys can add more argument about using technology, because I saw no clear argument about it. Does people today really using technology effectively? You can write also about the crime using technology. For example: People who rape young girl who they knew from facebook. (Renitha Ã¢â¬â 02910116) Interesting topic with good explanations and examples. Although there are some unclear parts but in the end, readers can get the points. There are some grammatical and colloquial errors, hope you can put on more attention on it. Overall, this is a fine essay (Danny Ã¢â¬â 02911741)