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I’m an engineer, not a cheerleader. Let’s abandon silly rules about gender roles.

I’m an engineer, not a cheerleader. Let’s abandon silly rules about gender roles. | annabelle's page |
Society dampens the spark that girls naturally have for science and technology. It's time to fix that.

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Lee Yang Peng's comment, March 13, 2014 9:25 AM
Females face discrimination mainly in the science and technology fields today, mainly because they are not generally expected to excel in those categories. There is an abhorrently skewered ratio of males to females in the field of computing, higher math, and robotics, and this ratio is only propagated by the gender stereotypes where females are discouraged from performing in these sectors. It is a vicious cycle: The smaller the ratio of females to males in the field of science and technology, the more prevalent the gender stereotype. This in turn reduces the ratio of females to males in these fields as they follow these expectations set by the public, and causing a positive feedback loop.
Audreyyyヾ(@⌒ー⌒@)ノ's comment, March 15, 2014 12:09 PM
Gender stereotypes are still largely present in our world today. Just like how even little boys and girls will describe girls as those who play with dolls and dress-up and boys who play with toy cars and robots, in the “grown up world”, females are not associated with the STEM fields, as males are usually seen as more superior in these areas. However, that is not so. Girls who have the passion in these areas should be given the same opportunities and support as boys. Times have changed and women have proven themselves to be as able, if not more as compared to men in various areas, including Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Thus, females should not be deprived of equal opportunities and support as males in any way as long as they have the passion and interest.
Shermaine Loke's comment, May 5, 2014 10:45 AM
The article mentions that females face discrimination in the field of science and math, fields where men are generally perceived to be “the best”. Although this is slowly changing, many females still face challenges in these fields. Furthermore, they face discrimination in jobs which require physical strength, such as the police and even professional cooks, because men are simply better built for the job. Females are seldom seen holding top positions and are restricted to more nurturing roles instead. While this is not necessarily bad, there should be more freedom for both genders to pursue their passion.
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The Meanings of the Selfie -

The Meanings of the Selfie - | annabelle's page |

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Gabriel Lim Zong Yi's comment, March 12, 2014 10:52 AM
Selfies are the icon of this age like how playing with marbles defined our grandparents’ generation. They are an expression of one presented in the visual form rather than writing a diary or singing a song about them. They should not be frowned upon as a method to attract attention or to fish for compliments as they are no different from ordinary photographs. Maybe the perception that the photo-taker is yourself gives the idea that you are delusional and narcissistic but then the same argument can be used against any other photo. Should all types of photographs be destroyed then? Selfies also play a role in highlighting the self-confidence and an occasional need for reassurance in the current generation of young people.
Keith Tan's comment, March 12, 2014 1:04 PM
Selfies are an example of a generation’s need for attention and acknowledgement. It serves as a form of self-gratification as selfies often garner a lot of compliments, as well as a form of self-expression at times, depending of the nature of the photo. Hence selfies can become a major factor in how everyone else perceives a person. However, the selfie is not representative of the attitudes of a generation, as not all individuals have the same opinion about selfies. Even still though, we cannot deny that the selfie is becoming more and more prevalent in this generation of people.
Audreyyyヾ(@⌒ー⌒@)ノ's comment, March 20, 2014 10:06 AM
Selfies are increasingly common in this generation. Undeniably, selfies are seen to be something that aims to attract people’s attention and garner “likes” and compliments. However, social networking sites are so common now and it is wrong to say that people only use them to attract attention. Social networking sites also promote communication and helps people to connect easily online and share their thoughts and emotions. Similarly, selfies are also used to convey one’s emotions at a point in time. It is not representative of the attitudes of a generation as the emotions and meaning behind selfies are not always the same.
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Olympic charter features on Google as it enters row over Russian anti-gay laws

Olympic charter features on Google as it enters row over Russian anti-gay laws | annabelle's page |
Search engine's logo presented in the colours of the rainbow flag to coincide with the opening of the Winter Games in Sochi

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Gabriel Lim Zong Yi's comment, March 12, 2014 10:51 AM
I feel that Google is taking a brave stand for the LGBT community in protest against Russian anti-homosexual laws which show serious discrimination towards those of non-traditional sexual orientations. Google is one of the websites with the largest traffic daily and its stand holds substantially more weight than the entire LGBT community itself. Hence there’s comfort in the knowledge that such a corporation does not mind siding a minority to fight for their rights. This is a strong statement against Russia that homosexuals should have equal rights and representations regardless of context as they are still human beings like anyone else.
Keith Tan's comment, March 12, 2014 12:57 PM
Google is most likely against the stand that Russia has taken towards homosexuality. The fact that Google changed its homepage logo to the colours of the gay pride flag, emphasises this. By doing this, Google wishes to remind us that the Olympics are a platform where men and women can compete as equals, and by banning homosexuality, Russia has perverted the original intents of the Olympics. We should be inclusive and diverse, like the colours of the rainbow flag. Considering that is the most visited website in the world, Google has definitely helped in spreading awareness towards this issue.
Chienni( ='w'=)?'s comment, March 12, 2014 4:24 PM
By linking it to the charter, Google wants to share with the world that everyone should be treated equally with respect no matter who they are and what they believe in. They should be recognized by their talents even if they are homosexuals. The Olympics is held to promote friendship and against discrimination of every kind yet this contradicts to the anti- gays laws in Russia. Thus Google’s intention may both be to a protest to Russia’s anti-gay laws and to empathize the message that homosexuals should be treated equally as straight.
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Barbie in Sports Illustrated? Time to challenge gender marketing to children - The Guardian

Barbie in Sports Illustrated? Time to challenge gender marketing to children - The Guardian | annabelle's page |
The Guardian
Barbie in Sports Illustrated? Time to challenge gender marketing to children
The Guardian
The model of play takes the kinetic and building functions of K'nex and other construction toys and ties in a storyline.

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Jaztina Poon's comment, March 12, 2014 5:36 PM
Gender marketing is everywhere, and it is unsurprising to find children exposed to gender stereotypes through their toys.I feel that these toys should be eradicated, as they propagate all the wrong values we want our children to learn. If a girl wants dolls to play with, get them the new Russian made Lammie dolls by Nikolay Lamm. They are proportionate to the average human, and dressed in more appropriate clothing. Marketing should also be gender-neutral so that both boys and girls are allowed to explore their internal world and find out what they really like to play.
Audreyyyヾ(@⌒ー⌒@)ノ's comment, March 15, 2014 1:11 PM
Gender marketing has undeniably played a huge role in our perceptions of males and females from a young age. Children from as young as four years old, are exposed to gender stereotypes through television programmes, toys and advertisements. For example, Disney Princesses always portray the Princesses as the weaker character that needs saving by the Princes. This unconsciously creates the impression that females are weaker as compared to males. This shows the great influence that gender marketing has, especially on children. Barbie being sports illustrated in this case, shows how women do not have to be bound by the traditional views and can do whatever they want. Although there is a fraction of truth in this, it is not entirely an accurate display of what all girls and females should be like, everyone is different and the view of what females should be like should not be confined to a doll.
Shermaine Loke's comment, May 13, 2014 10:21 AM
The media plays a big role in the way we perceive things. When children come into contact with such gender marketing, their mindset is inevitably affected and this leads them to grow up with perceived gender roles. Children should be exposed to a variety of toys before they choose their interests. While this way of marketing is effective in selling toys, we should reconsider it in order to give children a more balanced childhood.
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NTU launches mobile phone-free campaign

NTU launches mobile phone-free campaign | annabelle's page |

SINGAPORE — A social campaign aimed at addressing mobile phone usage amongst youth has officially been launched today (Dec 20) by students from Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU) Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information.

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Chng Qi's comment, March 12, 2014 2:08 PM
This initiative is very applicable to the current generation. With easy and convenient access to the Internet, almost all teenagers have a mobile phone to themselves. With the introduction of social media, many teenagers spend their free time browsing through social media sites and tend to interact with their friends more on these social media sites. As a result, very few of the current generation go out with their friends or spend quality time with them. This campaign will allow students to cherish their friends more and hopefully spend more time with them in the future instead of interacting with them virtually.
Chienni( ='w'=)?'s comment, March 12, 2014 5:06 PM
The initiative is very applicable in Singapore where everywhere you go, there will be people using their mobile phones, whether is it alone or with friends, waiting for bus or eating together. Another initiative was carried out during Valentine’s Day this year by two students where they went up to couples who are using their mobile phones instead of interacting with each other. These initiatives, and many more others, are useful in reminding us that sometimes we should put down our phones and get to know the people around us, Beside this, I feel that not using phone while having meals or when talking to people is a social etiquette and everyone should keep their phones except if they are waiting for urgent calls.
Lee Yang Peng's comment, March 21, 2014 9:57 AM
I feel that this initiative is a step in the right direction for the society. In today’s technologically bound generation, it is impossible to live without the influence of technology in the world today, and almost everybody in Singapore owns a mobile today. A growing majority of mobile phone users have smartphones, and these have been accused of demeaning personal face-to-face interactions as more users begin to communicate using instant-messaging applications on their smartphone. Indeed, there is no question that smartphone usage is increasing every day, but this does not necessarily mean that personal interactions with friends and family are being cut off. However, regardless if increased smartphone usage causes ill effects to the society, this initiative has a good intention and a great end goal: to let the youth in Singapore make the commitment to give their friends and loved ones their attention while in their company, thereby opening doors to better conversation and better quality time.
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Teenager’s honesty is what sports can teach, says Heng

Teenager’s honesty is what sports can teach, says Heng | annabelle's page |

SINGAPORE — It was, in his eyes, the right thing to do.

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Chienni( ='w'=)?'s comment, March 12, 2014 5:23 PM
Participating in sports can teach us many things, such, resilience and like what Tai Yu had demonstrated –honesty. I think that these two values are the hardest to achieve. Many at times, things are just so hard that one may want to give up, but the determination to achieve something will be able to push us forward. However when the desire to achieve a result is too strong, we take the short cut to it. Thus it depends on the meaning of victory to the athlete, which is a result of values instilled by teachers and parents.
Audreyyyヾ(@⌒ー⌒@)ノ's comment, March 20, 2014 9:46 AM
Character is not something that can be taught or studied. Instead, it is learnt from the experiences one goes through, and sports offers that experience that develops a person’s character. Through the tough trainings, one will learn about determination, perseverance, discipline and grit in striving towards the goal, step-by-step, passionately. Patience is also trained, besides physical fitness, as success in sports is not something that can be achieved overnight, or even over a month. Behind successful athletes are always years of hard work, sweat and sacrifices. Many athletes start off with fiery passion, but end up tired and worn out after just awhile. However, successful athletes have their eyes set on their goal and are courageous. Courage in this case is not about never being afraid, instead it is about facing one’s fears, about still trying even though one will most probably fail. Through the intense competitions and matches, athletes learn how to control their emotions - the sense of nervousness and fear – and most importantly sportsmanship and integrity. These are only some of the values and positive attitudes that sports can teach. I feel that, although different individuals respond differently to all the hardships and experiences when playing sports, the values and character taught by sports is essential in the all-rounded development of a person.
Lee Yang Peng's comment, March 21, 2014 9:58 AM
I like this article a lot, as it is a brilliant example of the success of the holistic development of a student. The student from Dunman High showed extraordinary integrity, honesty, and humility, and reported a mistake in the official’s decision in a high-stakes tournament match, which had resulting in the student’s forfeit of the game. However, this overwhelming integrity awed the audience, including Education Minister Heng Swee Kiat, who had awarded the student, Tai Yu, the Sportsmanship Award and highlighted his actions to the nation. Sports can definitely teach character, as it can teach people resilience, sportsmanship, humility and the perseverance to win. However, care must be taken to prevent the subject from becoming too competitive or only being focused on winning, as these are negative attitudes that we seek to avoid.
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No, You Aren't Crazy for Thinking You're Getting Fewer Facebook "Likes" Than Before

No, You Aren't Crazy for Thinking You're Getting Fewer Facebook "Likes" Than Before | annabelle's page |

This post originally appeared in Business Insider.

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Audreyyyヾ(@⌒ー⌒@)ノ's comment, March 18, 2014 1:52 AM
Facebook's News Feed algorithm is designed to restrict the reach of posts that get little reaction from friends and followers, but to promote posts that get high levels of engagement. So some posts may not be seen on people’s news feed, as it is not “interesting” enough. Although this helps us to sort out our news feed and filter out the more unimportant posts, it is quite unfair if some people can pay to make their post seen by a larger audience. I strongly feel that Facebook should not just assume the right to curate the posts users see to earn profits.
Shermaine Loke's comment, May 5, 2014 11:03 AM
While it is reasonable for Facebook to curate our newsfeed, doing it in such a manner where only the posts with the most “likes” and comments are shared is skewed. In the first place, this is not a good way of measuring audience engagement or interest. Like what Muller said, we do not always “like” a post when we like it. Secondly, this would lead to the same type of content shared. Posts which garner large amounts of attention are usually those with emotional appeal or outrageous ones. We might not be viewing posts we enjoy, yet there would be little we can do about it, unless we decided to furiously “like” many posts from a favourite page.
Liew Kai Lin's comment, September 1, 2014 9:44 AM
Though many Facebook users may contend that Facebook has no rights to curate the content users view, I feel that it is reasonable for Facebook to do so. With the high number of users using Facebook and posting things on Facebook every single day, users will be bombarded with all types of content, most of which may not even interest them. By curating the information being seen by its users, the users will be exposed to a comfortable amount of information as well as more well liked posts which are more likely to engage and interest the user.
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Ellen's preplanned Oscar selfie: a Samsung product placement

Ellen's preplanned Oscar selfie: a Samsung product placement | annabelle's page |

Samsung spent nearly $20 million on Oscar TV ads and part of its sponsorship included getting its Galaxy smartphone integrated into the show.

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Keith Tan's comment, March 12, 2014 12:58 PM
Given the role that the media plays in most people’s lives nowadays, it’s no surprise that advertising companies are making use of this to advertise their products. Often, whenever there is any resemblance to product placement in the media, some people might be quick to judge, saying that the person is a “sell-out”. This holds through to some extent as product placement is widespread nowadays and it is a very profitable business model for both ends. This is why I believe that the media is, to an extent, simply falsehood as we do not truly know what goes on behind the scenes when it comes to such business transactions.
Jaztina Poon's comment, March 12, 2014 7:25 PM
As orthodox methods of advertisement are getting little to no interest these days, there has been a rise of more "unorthodox" methods such as product placement as seen in this year's Oscars. Sad to say, the media has inevitably become the icon for falsehood as many interactions and actions portrayed are merely publicity methods, both for products and people. Product placement, especially seems to be really effective as it is subtle yet impactful. However, this has led to confusion. Many people are now hesitant about what to believe in as they get caught up in a whirlwind of lies and controversies.
Audreyyyヾ(@⌒ー⌒@)ノ's comment, March 16, 2014 12:34 PM
Product placement has become far more effective as compared to other forms of advertisement. As such, it has become widely used in advertising various products, in this case, Samsung smart phones. Furthermore, given the role that the entertainment media plays in our everyday life, product placement is probably one of the more effective ways in advertising a product. However, although advertisers make it seem like Ellen DeGeneres’ selfie was completely impromptu and spontaneous, it was actually planned and staged. This brings us to the point that media is very much “unreal”. The media, given its tendency to make information go viral, has often been abused by advertisers to portray a certain image of a product that is not true. Thus, we should remember to be discerning, and not blindly trust all the information we get from the media.