HUZZAH!

Hello World,

I have a friend in Ukraine who is currently mixed in the masses; however, she feels that a step like this is in the right direction.

Keeping it short and sweet. I did finals this week and I am rather burnt out!

So remember for those who are bogged up to their calves with essays:

“Procrastination is the thief of time.”- Edward Young

I wish you all the best,

BTB

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Dystopia

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Take a look at this quote:

I never thought it would get this bad. I never thought the reestablishment would take things so far. They’re incinerating culture, the beauty of diversity. The new citizens of our world will be reduced to nothing but numbers, easily interchangeable, easily removable, easily destroyed for disobedience. We have lost our humanity.”

So, i’m still on my Dystopian rampage.

My Politics teacher reminded me of the 1927 movie called Metropolis. Which I find to be one of the creepiest movements towards dystopia. It is based on a world divided into two where we have the thinkers who can’t make anything, and the makers with no vision.

This movie ignited a spiral towards media phenomena directed at providing dystopian horror. Through, V for Vendetta, 1984, and even the Hunger Games.

However, these all refer to socialism as the cause or symptom of dystopia (especially seen in 1984,) and their demise as the vicious circle between political philosophies continue. This is important in the World today because America plays the hegemon. With its influence in the IMF, World Bank, and historical victories. In respect to the world today, America is a thriving country (For some well-earned humour, take a look at this.) So why is America agonizing over the end of the world through dystopia and not a nuclear revolution?

The red button could be pressed at any moment, but no public audience is ready to acknowledge life ending in a heartbeat (and those that do have already built bunkers into mountains.) I believe it is because the world has faith in Utopia. The beginnings of something better.

In our society’s future, I recognize the paradigm of Utopia. Originally adored, then proceeded to be critically analysed. It makes me sad that I can guarantee, we will never see world peace that will last until the end of time; however, I am a fond believer of the Temple of Janus. Throughout, Ancient Rome. Whenever there was an extended time of peace (where there was absolutely no conflict in the entire Empire the doors of the temple of Janus would be closed.

These doors were largely closed during Octavian’s (Augustus’) period as Emperor. Albeit, I like to draw conclusions between Ancient Rome and America, because I believe they carry some similar values. I would like to see a leader such as Augustus (despite his conscriptions during the Second Triumvirate,) to truly live for the people and revive hope within America.

Wow, I can’t believe it is almost time for Finals.

Good Night World,

BTB.

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The 50 Years of Doctor Who

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Let’s talk Dr. Who,
SPOILERS:
Let’s consider this:

“Gallifrey falls no more.” -Dr. Who 50th Anniversary

World politics allows us to delve into the wonders and mysteries such as Dr. Who. A world wide phenomenon that is watched in over 94 countries.

The Doctor’s belief is that it is his duty to save every world since the fall of his own Gallifrey.
So how does a phenomenon such as Dr. Who affect the world?
Through globalization, political messages, and hope for change.
Dr. Who, reintroduces self-determination into society. However, this isn’t the message of this quote.

For those who have seen the episode, you will know that there are many allegories to support the process of time and how it changes society and the concepts of the individual. It also shows uniformity. Furthermore it shows people choosing to make the right decision. So why do people keep making bad decisions?

With respect to Ukraine, it could rely on the socio-economic pulls from both Russia and the EU. But as a people, why do we choose to make bad decisions in a group?

Let’s hope within the next few weeks we see some collaboration or agreement with the Ukranian people and President Yanukovich.

Happy 50th!

 

 

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First Video Blog and the Hunger Games.

Hello World,

Here is a little less reading, and hopefully a little more reasoning.
At least I hope so.

Let me know what you think.
Good night World,
BTB.

Sources:

Guardian Blog:
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/27/why-hunger-games-katniss-everdeen-role-model-jennifer-lawrence
College Humor:
http://www.collegehumor.com/video/6923018/yay-or-nay-do-we-even-need-a-government
SNL Skit:

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November 26, 2013 · 11:09 pm

Adele and Video Games

Hello World,

As promised here is some Adele and a video game:

“This is the end
Hold your breath and count to ten
Feel the earth move and then
Hear my heart burst again

For this is the end
I’ve drowned and dreamt this moment
So overdue I owe them
Swept away, I’m stolen

Let the sky fall
When it crumbles
We will stand tall
Face it all together

Skyfall is where we start
A thousand miles and poles apart
Where worlds collide and days are dark
You may have my number, you can take my name
But you’ll never have my heart”- Adele, Skyfall

So this is a lot to contemplate. The Armageddon. Whether it is caused by the sun exploding or a nuclear weapon. Adele makes allusions to uniformity, despite how little time there is in these last moments. Adele as an A-lister throughout the world is well heard when it comes to political opinion.

Let’s talk power and politics. Adele’s lack of faith in the NHS and tax percentages appear to be shallow due to her new found fame: many may disagree. The telegraph certainly agrees; however, her influence within world politics falls short with the rise of GTA V.

Yes, I said GTA V. It is a massively popular game that has racked in over One Billion in three days (THAT’S OVER 25 MILLION COPIES.) However, something amiss has occurred. A game site reviewed the game and gave it a nine out of ten because it was: “Politically muddled and misogynistic.”  There was outcry across the media stating that the critique “Carolyn” needed to be fired. Gamespot responded stating:

“The thing is, there were so many comments saying that political discourse has no place in game reviews, or that it’s just a game and we should just shut up and deal with it. Really though… what kind of attitude is that? How does that make the gaming community look?

If we ever want to see games being broadly accepted as an art form, or as anything more than a slightly quirky pastime, we have to include politics. We have to ask questions about gender, about the portrayal of characters, and about the limits of satire. Because satire isn’t satire if it doesn’t challenge the thing it copies. That’s just repetition” – Chiodini, GameSpot.

The reality of this situation is that the media plays a balanced game of controlling and being controlled by the media. Sadly, more people pay attention to superstars and feel more passionate about new games than they do about politics. We have reached the day and age where political campaigns grow in twitter, only to be shared on facebook. Therefore changing the world of politics today throughout the world.

Until next time World,

It’s looking rather exciting with Dr. Who and JFK!

Ciao,

BTB

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Political Violence and oppression.

Hello World,

Consider this image: Image Even though he was a leader of a Viet Cong Unit, injustice is evident in this photograph. He appears to be a normal man subject to a public execution.

Now imagine that geo-politics functioned similarly to this photograph. Resembling a half truth. Moves made with good intentions that may externally look unforgivable.

By combining this photo with the Rohingya. The “most forgotten people in the world”. Who are victims of genocide in Burma and are calling for a UN intervention. Conflict and oppression are too complicated to resolve swiftly. At least until the UN made the call for Burma to address the grievances of the Rohingya.

So what is the similiarity between the Saigon Execution and the Rohingya? Ideology.

It separates people who live close to each other. Turns them on one another. Then it has the power to believe that killing people is ok.

and of course:

“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that of the good people.” Martin Luther King Jr.

Next time, you’ll hear about how video games and Adele change World Politics.

Good night World,

BTB

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Guy Fawkes

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This week I saw something great:

“Remember, remember, the fifth of November. Gunpowder, treason, and plot. I see no reason why gunpowder, treason should ever be forgot.”

Let’s consider this: Many believe that this quote is directly related to this :

V for Vendetta HOWEVER, this is not an accurate representation of Guy Fawkes Night. King James I lit multiple bonfires throughout London to celebrate preventing the destruction of Parliament. In this movie’s case they explore the book 1984 and provide epic plot twists that I will not divulge into for the sake of spoilers.

Guy Fawkes is complete with burning effigies, parades, lighting fireworks, roaming vendors, and attempting to ride ever roller coaster during happy hour.

Further more, it is important to know that to summarize what Guy Fawkes Night means to the English, it is: “Anti-Terrorism Day.”

Which looks more like this:

Lewes_photograph_by_heather_buckley_from_flickrSo let’s talk politics.  The quote I would like you to consider is:

“People shouldn’t be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.” – Alan Moore.

The fascinating ideal of this quote is that both sides of the spectrum exist; however, what interests me is the opposite of grandeur. When a revolution takes place that no one knows about.

I find the case of Iceland’s revolt fascinating. Everyone has heard about Egyptians attempts (and successes) at overthrowing the government. So why didn’t anyone hear about Iceland? This may be because it worked efficiently and without a single drop of blood spilled. Both Guy Fawkes and the Egyptians plans (would have) resulted in a lot of death. It is possible that the rest of the World’s governments doesn’t want to let Iceland serve as an example. This is a case where governments (/bankers) were taken down by the people. Whereas the presence of an 1894 regime would indicate the government taking over the people. This could include Nazi Germany, or today with North Korea.

Overall, by balancing the two perspectives of governments fearing their people and people fearing their governments, we encounter the theory of consistent change. We can look all the way back to the Ancient Romans sense of politics and see the shift of: Monarchy to Oligarchy to Democracy all the way back to Monarchy.  Even with the mixed constitution: One exceeded the other and resulted in unexpected change.

I believe that this quote could use an addendum. That despite the faith in people that this quote is intended, it could politically assert that the balance of power requires both and hopefully without fear.

I hope that you all enjoyed Guy Fawkes Night!

Good Night World,

BTB

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