Presentation on theme: "Effective V Ineffective Introductions. Introduction 1 In the past 24 hours, rap music has failed to make me consider shooting or attacking anyone; I miraculously."— Presentation transcript:
Introduction 1 In the past 24 hours, rap music has failed to make me consider shooting or attacking anyone; I miraculously navigated the treacherous world of Facebook without falling prey to sinister online predators; an endless procession of TV adverts have failed to part me from my hard-earned pennies and low and behold, I even managed to view the evening’s soap operas and avoid falling into a drug-fuelled, alcohol-induced cesspit. On this evidence, maybe it’s time adults stopped mollycoddling us fragile little teenagers and open their blurry eyes to the fact that we are not babies anymore, we are young adults and deserve to be treated as such. It is time adults realised that teenagers are more than capable of dealing with the “dangers” posed by the world of mass and social media we live in.
Introduction 2 F**K! BL**DY! SH*T! Are you shocked? B******D! PR*CK! T****R! Are you shocked yet? Sadly, I doubt it. Whilst I am courteous enough not to offend your sensibilities, others do not extend the same courtesy to me. Such genuinely offensive swear words are now common place in our society. In school playgrounds, on street corners and in our own homes, through the medium of television and the internet, we encounter vile language daily and no-one seems to bat a f***ing eyelid. However, when children in nursery schools are taught to recite “Baa baa black sheep have you any wool?” as they have been for generations, so shocked is our politically correct nation at the possibility of being accused of racism that the words are altered to “Baa, baa rainbow sheep”. When Home Office Minister, John Denholm, correctly used the phrase “nitty gritty” during a debate at the Police Federation Conference so shocked was our politically correct nation that he was threatened with a disciplinary hearing. So, is political correctness a force for good, or has it become a dangerous obsession? I believe that political correctness has gone mad and in the words of the writer Joe Eszterhas, I “worry that we are approaching a time when that which is shocking is squeezed out by the Stalinism of political correctness”.
Introduction 3 Many of us will have bought the album of our favourite band, or went to the cinema to watch the hot release of the week, but would we ever admit to obtaining these items by more nefarious means? Online piracy is becoming more and more predominant in today’s society, costing the film industry 5.5 billion dollars in 2006. This has become such a “problem” that the United States Congress has decided to pass an act, the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, in an attempt to drastically lower piracy in the online community by allowing copyright holders to take serious action against offenders, and eventually shut down sites. But, how does this affect us? Well, many of our favourite websites such as Youtube or Facebook will unknowingly be hosting copyrighted material, which could cause the sites to be heavily monitored, or shut down completely. This has rightly lead to outrage amongst the online community, myself, and most likely yourself, but is there a legitimate reason that SOPA needs to be passed, or can we keep turning a blind eye to piracy?
Introduction 4 The nearest HMV that I often buy my CD’s from bustles full off music fans every day. Last year, sales of singles soared to an all-time record of 152.7 million units, an astonishing 33% rise in a year, especially considering the economic climate contracted by 3.3%. Even though people seem to be poorer, music still seems to be the soothing ailment to the economic crisis. With this in mind, who can still say illegal downloading is the demise of the music industries? Illegal downloads, especially music, has exploded in the past decade as the introduction of ‘iPods’ and ’iTunes’ leave the younger generations with no need for CD’s but has this really had the destructive impact on the music industry that some suggest?
Introduction 5 In 2006 legislation was passed through the Scottish Parliament and given the go ahead. Once the legislation was given the green light, construction started which saw the budget being overspent, raised and overspent once again. So, what was the legislation for? Well, it was for the reintroduction of trams to the streets of our capital city, Edinburgh. Yes, it is 2012 not 1912, but some bright spark has decided that the reintroduction of trams was a good idea. In fact, the first tram line is nearing completion, the second and third are under construction and the fourth is being drawn up. Yes, you heard, only just being drawn up, despite the millions that have been bundled already. So, has the tram project got Edinburgh going in the right direction or is it all going to be a rather large waste of time and money?
Introduction 6 Turn the clock back twenty years; albums and records were commonplace in the household. Where are they now? In the attic, providing a spectacular museum of hits gone by. Now unable to be seen by the human eye, they are stored on one's iTunes library. In recent years digital downloading has become the norm leaving physical CDs on the shelf. With sites such as iTunes and Amazon, it has become easier and more convenient to download music digitally rather than buy a physical copy. However, this is having a dramatic affect on high street stores as sales figures hit an all time low. At the rate these figures are falling, we are left wondering; if digital downloading is the way forward, what is the future like for these stores if we fast-forward?
Introduction 7 According to the Oxford dictionary a home is “The family or social unit occupying a permanent residence”, the very definition of which has been thrown into dispute though the horrific images we viewed on our screens on October 19 th 2011. Young children and the elderly being torn from their ‘homes’ and forced to stand idly by and watch as the Essex council obliterate them. So, why did the council act so horrifically? Because the residents of Dale Farm broke the law? Is that really a good enough justification to uproot generations of travellers who have found a home on Dale Farm since the 1970’s or is “It spoils my view” more appropriate?
Introduction 8 Imagine, standing on a platform with a death- scented bag over your head and a noose caressing your neck. Imagine, kneeling in front of a blood-soaked wooden block and the swishing sound of an axe behind you. That’s what, I imagine, being in a slaughterhouse is like. It would be stupid to think that animals don’t have enough intellect to understand the situation they are in, Of course they so. Before you dismiss this for a classically tedious ‘veggie’ rant consider what are you really eating and how it affects everything.
Introduction 9 Behind the velvet curtains, the delicate moves and outstanding beauty, the art form of ballet holds a less appealing truth. A ballerina spends 8 or so hours everyday in front of a mirror wearing a skin tight leotard. And she doesn’t just see her own reflection. Nearby are her colleagues, or more appropriately her ‘competition. Ballet demands a sense of line, often fragility and the ability to perform a ‘role. A ballerina is as much a dancer and an artist as an actress. The captivating beauty of a ballerina often hides something somewhat dark: an eating disorder. The ‘size zero’ debate has received a lot of attention in recent year; with focus put on the modelling industry. The idea of ‘perfection that the media gives to our society is warped. It is known that the best dancers in the world are thin and only the tin ballet dancers get good jobs. It is therefore easy for a dancer to think that the development of an eating disorder is the only way for them to become an remain thin. Ballerinas are particularly subject to eating disorders because they are constantly aware and reminded of their appearance. The ballet industry demands athletes. However, a ‘ballet body’ is thin. The competitive nature of the art and a desire for ‘perfection’ often leads to this being taken to the extreme. Emaciation does not equal perfection. The ballet world should strive for a less confining and demanding beauty and give suitable help and guidance to those suffering from these diseases. ‘Perfection’ is taking lives.
Introduction 10 Football in Britain is seen as a form of religion rather than a mere sport, Hordes of men and women, from all levels of the social spectrum, flock to grounds up and down the country in their thousands to spend their Saturday afternoon watching their team. This makes football big business these days, with the English Premier League in particular attracting huge crowds with 12.9 million in total going through the turnstiles last season, according to worldfootball. Net generating huge cash flows for the top 20 teams in the country. To keep the attendences high, the standard of football needs to be good so much of the money the teams receive through many sources is invested in the team itself. Just recently, the English Premier League broke the world record transfer fee with Chelsea purchasing Fernando Torres for a massive £50 million. This fee is around the same as the average income over 1500 UK home’s annual income. The spending doesn’t stop at the transfer fee however with players like Wayne Rooney earning in excess of £200,000 per week and that’s before endorsements! With even the more mediocre of players who most of the country couldn’t recognise if they were right in front of them earning more in a week than a family does in a year it asks the question whether the FA should step in and put a cap on the wages that players in the Premier League earn? Or does the entertainment they offer as professionals warrant these vast sums of money?
Introduction 11 The Scottish Government is developing an Aberdeen Western Peripheral Routes for the north of Scotland along with the support of Aberdeen City Council and the Aberdeenshire Council. This road will be an Aberdeen City Bypass the AWPR is planned to improve the transport around the Aberdeen area. It’s a rather controversial topic as with most new road developments there are many reasons for and against it – such as economic affects and the cost of building it. I feel it would be beneficial to the area and ease congestion in the city itself.
Introduction 12 The question of whether prostitution should be fully legalised is an ongoing debate in the United Kingdom. The idea of totally legalising prostitution is abhorrent to many. However, perhaps a more realistic viewpoint is that fully legalising the trade would be a more effective solution to the problems associated with prostitution. Indeed, if the profession was completely legalised it could make life safer for prostitutes, help them to be in less vulnerable and dangerous situations and also help to stop human trafficking.