Alexander Graham Bell (March 3rd – August 2nd, 1922 a Scottish-born scientist) demonstrated the first practical telephone in 1876, when the world was not quite waiting for the telephone and had a hard time accepting the invention. Biss opens the essay with a quote “Of what use is such an invention?”, line 1. The quote appeared in The New York World, shortly after the presentation of Bell´s telephone. In this part, Biss seems ironic, as she has chosen to use that exact quote in an essay published in 2008. There is no doubt; The telephone had already made a great impact on us back in 2008 and most of us probably think of it as a tool we cannot live without. A telephone has become a matter of course in any household throughout most of the world and we definitely find the telephone of great use. In the 1870´s, people did not really understand the purpose of the telephone and even the idea of a national telephone network seemed useless, line 5-8. People were not informed about the benefits of having a
Although many people may like to think of America as a honest and moral nation, it is no secret that artifice has cemented itself as an indispensable skill, exploited by many to achieve their own ambitions. Artifice, characterized through the usage of cunning devices or expedients to deceive others, is often utilized by politicians and organizations to help push their own agendas. As illustrated by Chris Hedges in his social commentary, Empire of Illusion, “artifice” has emerged to become so ubiquitous and essential throughout American society, whether in business or the entertainment industry. Essential, in the essence that without it, people in any industry are more likely to be disadvantaged in achieving their personal goals. In today’s modern world, no area has seen more abuse of artifice than in the field of media and politics. Its common knowledge that newspapers skew reports to their own biases and politicians often tell half-truths to cover-up ulterior motives. Unfortunately, these politicians and media giants hold extremely influential positions in society, and their usage of artifice is extremely damaging to the integrity and accountability within the United States. As a result, the press as well as the general populace must utilize free speech to expose this behavior. Despite the complete immorality of the usage of artifice, such chicanery remains essential for success in media and politics.
unacceptable conduct and will not be tolerated” (para 3.) It also states in the overview that “The prevention of sexual harassment is a commander’s responsibility” (para 1.) This regulation is important because it gives clear information on where the Department of The Army stands on these matters. In section 7-7 “Techniques of dealing with sexual harassment”, the soldier is encouraged to handle the situation by using a “direct approach, Indirect approach, Third
We want to research and understand the usage and ownership of landline telephones, as well as the use and ownership of cellular telephones in Canada. Currently, there is not enough information gathered on the topic of how Canadians would react to the eradication of the landline phone. If this problem is not addressed, the risk of damaging the company’s finances increases.
The media and various technologies degrade democracy. Media and various technologies corrupt Americans and make them more of consumers than citizens. As Postman talks about in the book, politicians use television and other technologies only to win votes (Postman 129). The political ads that are available to the public rarely discuss a candidate’s ideas and honest thoughts. More times than not, political ads are used to entertain viewers, and this
After reading the article, “The dumbing down of voters,” by Rick Shenkman, I was first shocked by his claim that public has an immense lack of knowledge concerning politics. But the more I thought about the claim the more I realised the truth about the statement. Many people in the United States are oblivious to what the government is doing and who is a part of the government. The lack of knowledge from the public is also unsettling because if the public doesn’t know basic knowledge like what are the three branches of government, then the country could take a turn for the worst. Voters are also giving out their votes to presidential candidates that local newspapers focus on because they either are too lazy or ignorant to think for themselves
The decline in voter turnout at the turn of the century has always been a concern for politicians and scholars alike. The very fact that voters are responsible for changing or keeping the country’s leadership means that this development should be a concern not only to a few individuals but also to the whole nation. The government, political parties, and focus and interest groups have tried to find ways to increase the motivation to vote while easing the voting process. However, these methods have been less successful than expected. While the motivation to vote relies on factors such as the attributes of voters, political socialization, and electoral laws and rules, the impact of political parties and their aspirants supersedes any strategy
When watching the news, we often take what we see and hear as fact, rather than checking with other sources to make sure that what is being said is true. This is because we see these newscasters as credible sources to be listened to without question. These news channels have gained this credibility through many different methods. First, they do their research and check their facts for accuracy. They may omit some details, but never do they expressly lie. This is how they maintain credibility even when stretching a story. Second, they report on sensitive subjects and subjects we think are important. They like to phrase things to make it seem like they are they good guys and those who try to keep the information quiet are trying to keep their audience in the dark. By sharing these sensitive and controversial topics they are seen as more trustworthy, as though by telling us about these heinous acts even though they’ve been told not to is a heroic act. Third, they include interviews with people who have knowledge of the field they are discussing. For example, in the news broadcast I
In this year of 2016 many people of the middle class in the United States are going through a social crisis. Four years have already passed by in the blink of an eye and it is about time to elect a new president. Since president Barack Obama has served the maximum of two terms as president, he no longer holds anymore years of eligibility to serve as the United States of America’s president. In the first few pages of chapter ten social institutions: politics, education, and education it focuses on democracy and what voting in America is like. According to the chapter from a sociologist perspective, democracy is a government that confers power to the people through the election process. The people decide who they think should lead. But many citizens of America votes may differ due to many factors, one of them being every individual’s financial class.
A form of journalism called Muckraking was born during the Progressive Era at the turn of the twentieth century. Originally, Muckrakers, writers of muckraking pieces, told in their pieces the corrupt, unlawful, and dangerous goings-on of the middle class life via magazines, books, and other forms of writing. Muckraking since has evolved into a form of writing we today call investigative reporting, in which the author of the piece is forced to dig deep into a corrupt, unlawful or dangerous endeavor, and tell the world about it. An example of Muckraking is David Barstow’s piece in the New York Times in 2009 about a program at the Pentagon that took retired military officers and made them analysts for major TV and radio networks. These analysts,
When telephones were first introduced, customers were bound by switchboards. They could only contact those in certain areas. Slowly, as technology broadened and switchboards were no longer needed, customers could contact within other companies, other areas and eventually even globally. In the beginning,
The telephone that we know today is completely different from the one of the past. Today we can individually press each number quickly to call someone. We can even call someone through the computer without the person actually owning a phone. The telephone of the past had the numbers on a curricular disc. This design made forced you to tediously move each number to a specific
Finnish telephone network was never monopolized by the state, granting many licenses for telephone operations to prevent the Russia to seize its national telephone system when Finland was Russian Grand Duchy. After independence, Finland’s attempts to nationalize poorly performing telecom failed due to political resistance, but could stimulate private operators to upgrade their technology to prevent their nationalization. The legacy of communication business left a lot of competitive companies in the sector for development. However despite all the reasons mentioned above, emerging demand for such technology from global market would be the greatest reason why mobile communication industry emerged in Finland and made Finland a world-leading nation in mobile communication.
One of the largest obstacles VoIP needs to overcome is the issue of security. Just taking a look into the email of any person can show why this is the case. Spam is rampant in email and VoIP phones would be subject to the same spam problems. Scripts could be written to call numbers and speak or play the ad on the user’s cell phone. This could wreak havoc without proper laws and measures implemented to prevent this. There is also the issue of hackers gaining access to calls over the Internet. “VoIP devices such as IP phones, Call Manager, Gateways, and Proxy servers inherit the same vulnerabilities of the operating system or firmware they run on top of.” (Intrusion
We are living in an electronic age. The whole world is taking a new turn with every fraction of time. It has given birth to globalization. The world has been contracted and concise at a tip. There are a lot of new means of communication which have made our life so simple and easy going. Mobile phone be the most used present-day phenomenon in this fast-growing time. Mobile phone is a revolutionary step in the field of tele-communication. We had the days when the telephones only served the purpose of communication through sound. Mobile phone has completely changed the concept of the telephoning. Now a phone is not only a mere phone but it is a lot. The mobile phone has changed how people’s minds work.