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Verbal Communication

Dec. 9th, 2006 | 11:08 pm
posted by: rainstorm159 in teh_biscuit

This is somewhat of an old observation of mine, but I’ve noticed that as society progresses the amount of oral communication seems to decline.

For example, while walking around campus many students can be spotted with headphones on. In a way this stop a certain amount of communication as people may choose not to talk to someone who is listening to music for several reasons:
(1) They feel that they would be “interrupting” the person who is listening to music.
(2) They worry that the person may not hear them call out their name, especially if it’s over a distance.

Also, online shopping has now become such a major phenomenon in American society. From this there is now less in-person shopping because lets face it, why go out and spend time and gas money when you can order whatever it is you want with a single click. This is not to say that there is a dramatic drop in in-store customers, but for many the internet provides a nice convenience. Plus in some cases what you want is not offered online and so you must therefore go out and look for it in person. Things like clothing can also be hard to shop for over the internet because you want to see what they look like and how well they fit on your particular body.

In addition, I’ve noticed that people’s literacy levels are going down. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen poor grammar/spelling from others. My pet peeve is people who spell “a lot” as one word. I don’t know if the education system isn’t teaching children literacy or if people just don’t care and get lazy about it. I think that internet slang has contributed to this lack of knowledge. I had one college professor who told the class that they had received a paper in which the student had written it in the same manner as one would talk. Their paper consisted of things like, “So you know… like umm.” This makes one wonder what is happening in the world to result in something like this.

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Invisible Privilege

Oct. 24th, 2006 | 12:23 am
posted by: rainstorm159 in teh_biscuit

This quarter I’m located in a lecture hall that has really small seats and barely enough room for me to move my legs. As most you know already, I’m pretty small myself, just barely 5’2” and slender. So I thought to myself, if these seats are small for me, then how on earth does the rest of the majority of the population feel? If I can barely fit in and already feel squished, then the rest of the population must feel like they’re being crammed into a box. In fact, if an obese person were to take a class in location that I’m in now, there’s no way they would be able to fit in the seats. Imagine how embarrassing it would be to walk into the lecture hall on the first day of class, and not be able to sit down.

All of this falls under the idea of how people don’t realize how much privilege they have, until something comes along which isolates them out. For example, the timing of the crosswalk light. Sure it’s easy to get across the street if you’re physically fit, but what about the handicapped or elderly people? Sometimes ten seconds isn’t long enough for some to make it across the street. But most people would never think the time limit was a major problem as they would just jog across if they run out of time. Yet I’m guessing that some people (who don’t have cars) are nervous about going out because they know that crossing the streets is going to be a major hassle.

It makes one realize how lucky they are to be fully capable of participating in society, and how different things could be under different circumstances.

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Smile!

Sep. 14th, 2006 | 02:18 pm
posted by: rainstorm159 in teh_biscuit

As I was walking from my apartment to the computer lab the other day, I passed this young woman and we exchanged a quick smile. This got me thinking as to why it is that we feel the need to smile at strangers. The obvious answer is "because it's polite." However if you look deeper, it also becomes a gender issue. What i mean by that is, you rarely see men smiling at each other as they pass by. They tend to give a nod of the head to acknowledge each other. It appears to me that smiling is more of a female thing to do. So does that mean that smiling is a feminine trait?

Perhaps.

For example, if you go to a local bar Friday night, you will see many men hanging out with their buddies, drinking, laughing, and having a good time. Yet let me point out, there's a difference between laughing and smiling. A laugh requires a sound, and a smile is a simple movement of the mouth. You rarely see men talking and smiling at each other (except of course if they're gay or whatever). Yet it's very common to see women having a conversation over a meal and smiling at each other.

Maybe smiling is really a showing of friendliness and "I like you/I'm interested in you." Yet with America's large amount of homophobia, and men being conditioned to believe that one of the most important things in life is to be a "man" (which requires physical strength, lack of emotions, as well as other things), perhaps men are scared to smile at other men because they fear that by doing so, their action would be regarded as "coming on to the other guy."

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Let's Talk Money!

Aug. 10th, 2006 | 10:49 pm
posted by: rainstorm159 in teh_biscuit

Q: Do rich people deserve to be rich?

A: I've found that most non-rich people seem to be jealous of the rich (who wouldn't be). In a perfect world, they'd probably rather have the rich people share their money with them. However, since they cant demand that the rich give them money, they say/think that the rich should give it to the "less fortunate" (homeless, organizations, etc). To sum it up, that sort of thinking is, "If I cant have it, then you shouldn't either!"

Some people inherit money, and this is where I notice most of the "hating" happening at. For example, Paris Hilton. Why do so many people hate her? Have you noticed that the majority of those people are females? Perhaps they're just jealous of her looks (a tall, white, skinny blonde). Let's go back to the middle school and high school days. Remember how when there was someone that everyone envied, how people would make up rumors and/or try to find flaws in that person to bring them down? I believe that the same thing is going on here with Paris. She was just happened to be born into the right family.

Ok, so what about if everyone had equal amounts of money. All that would do is turn the economy upside down. Let's face it, having lots of money is one of the most important things in American culture. It gives people something to strive for.

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Cancer

Feb. 21st, 2006 | 10:52 pm
posted by: rainstorm159 in teh_biscuit

I was in Bio class today and several people were doing their reports on cancer, and one woman mentioned how men can also get breast cancer but it's a 1:100 ratio (in favor of women).

I got thinking to the breast cancer support pins/whatever and how they're always pink. Now, just to clarify, I think that men should be able to wear pink without feeling that their "masculinity" might be challenged. So in a way, I feel that if a man wanted to support breast cancer, for either himself or another (male or female), that he may hesitate to do so because of the color...

Therefore, I say that there should be light blue ribbons for men (and women if they want)!

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