Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
So that is the NO part of my answer. The YES part of my answer is I believe sometimes we communicate too much. I think rumors spread easier these days, friendships are more fragile since if your "best" friend today pisses you off, your chat-room bud in Tokyo may make your new "best" companion to confide in for a while. People get famous on youtube and next thing you know they are touring the world singing "BABY BABY BABY OOOOH" wow, yes technology can isolate an American. Quality friendships are hard to come by these days, but i dont solely blame technology even though i can see it as a contributing factor. Along with the increasingly "dog-eat-dog" American society we live in. People just dont trust anyone anymore, everyone has had their heartbroke, credit card stolen, popularity hijacked, and a less-than loyal significant other at one point or another, and its hard to find the "substance" and "deepness" in todays commercialized society, where its all about what car you drive and what store you shop at. Not about who you are as a person. Thats the main factor why i think Americans are so "isolated."
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Just watched this video, which was a PBS documentary, unfortunately only the trailer is available on youtube. The video really makes us question the reason why people really deviate from the law and go to jail. I reccomend the full video to anyone curious, it was really interesting, and definitely leaves you hungry for answers. I think our criminal justice system is flawed in our country. We imprison 750 people per 100,000 on average every year in America. Even the Russian Federation imprisons over 120 less people on average. I think our system is easily exploited and abused. It sometimes victimizes innocent people, when even 1 innocent person behind bars is too many. It also many times shows too much leniency to repeat offenders or people who committed serious and inexcusable crimes. Appeals many times are not shown the proper attention and judges/attorneys tend to generalize often, as well as operate strictly on the premise of finacial motivation, abandoning some pivotal moral principles. Cases aren't treated as uniquely and not investigated as adequately as they should be, mostly due to financial reasons. This is why I believe our system is flawed, but then again, what system isn't flawed? -in any country....