Thursday, May 21, 2009

Social network such as Facebook and Bebo are endangering New Zealand teenagers

I firmly go against, social networks are endangering New Zealand teenagers, because it is a faster and quicker way to socialise with online friends or family, and it entertainments users to personalise their own pages e.g.Bebo and Face book. However, there are problems and issues that can physically, and metally effect New Zealand teenagers e.g. Cyber-bullying . Cyber bullying, has grown in New Zealnd for years nows. Although there are solutions, that have been developed around the world that can stop this issue from occuring.

Bebo is one of the examples, where you basically make decisions of leaving a comment, or personally sending messages directly to that person. This social network, has been online eversince 2006, and the amount of members that have joined, has accelerated over the years. Bebo is also a handy socialising net, because members, don't have to leave there comfort zones, to meet others, instead of managing to socialise with other members, when ever and wherever they are. Although, socialising with others on a phone card, can be useful, but sometimes telephones play up, and make it difficult to talk to others, and it also costs more money than socialising on the net, where you could write a letter, add pictures and send.

Facebook is another example, of socialising with others online without having to translate words you don't know. Changing the subtitles could help, because facebook is available to anyone on different countries e.g. Hong Kong-Chinese, Spain- Spanish and Norwegian - Nynorsk etc. Facebook can also send messages, pictures, and others that can also be displayed on your page(s). This socialising network can keep users up to date, with the latest news headlines around the world. Facebook has been launced from 2004 and is still famous for it's managing network. I firmly go against social networks are endangering New Zealand teenagers, because these are one of the places, where people can socialise and be entertained.

However, there are issues that have been occuring on the net, cyberbullying has been growing in New Zealand that has lead to commiting suicide. Although ther are advantages that have been made to keep teenagers safe on the net. Personalising your page, is one thing, where only your friends can see your page or comment on your page etc. Another is whenever you are harrased by others, you could click spam and that blocks that user from going on your page.

In conclusion, I firmly go against social networks are endangering teenagers, because this is one of the quickest way and fastest to contact and socialise with others. Even though there are issues that worry teenagers, there are many solutions to this problem, that has been made stronger to keep New Zealand teenagers cyber safe.

Of Mice and Men- Second essay

Explain an idea or theme that interests you and explain what you think about it.

In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, George and Lennie share an important theme, which introduce the idea of their friendship. I think that, what George did, took lots of courage and guts to kill Lennie, because he was trying to keep Lennie safe.

The theme of friendship, between George and Lennie interests me, because they both have different skills and abilities, that they get along with each other and create a strong friendship. George was described as “…small and restless eyes and sharp…strong hands slender arms, a thin and bony nose…”, and is also quick on his feet, when ever trouble steps near himself and Lennie. However, Lennie was seen as an exact opposite as George, “…large pale eyes, with wide sloping shoulders…”. Including his sickness, with mentally challenged disorder where he stutters, and tends to forget what people say, apart from George.

An idea that interests me, was why George killed Lennie? As I read and studied the end of the text, my level of interest increased. “The crash of the shot rolled up the hills and rolled down again. Lennie jarred, and then settled slowly forward to the sand” .At first I was really sad and angry, but then when I thought about it more, I saw it as a positive thing, because George killed Lennie, to protect him from the alarming things, that Curley was going to do. But as Curley found out about his dead wife, he was furious and knew straight away who done it, “…I’ll kill the big son-of-a-bitch myself. I’ll shoot’im in the guts…” .

I think the theme and idea show, that George and Lennie have a strong bond between each other, that they trust and respect each other. “…George won’t do nothing like that. I’ve knew George since- I forgot when- and he ain’t never raised his han’ to me with a stick. He’s nice…”, when Lennie described George to Stable Buck. George also shares his friendship with Lennie, by talking to Lennie and giving instructions to Lennie, for a back up. “…if you jus’ happen to get in trouble like you always done before, I want you to come right here an’ hide in the brush.”

In Conclusion, the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, George and Lennie share a very strong bond and friendship, which is the main theme and idea in the novel. George took the courage of shooting Lennie to death, because he did not want Lennie to suffer, from the amount of torment by Curley or in prison.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Of Mice and Men- First Essay

In the Novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, shows one of the important characters that is involved and conveys the theme, and a heart throbbing scene. Curley’s wife is one of the important characters, because her experiences in the novel make the story more entertaining.

Curleys’s wife was described as a, “purty” and fashionable young woman who married the bosses’ son at the ranch. “She had full, rouged lips and wide spaced eyes, heavily made up. Her hair hung in little rolled clusters, like sausages. She wore a cotton house dress and red mules, on the insteps of which were little bouquets of red ostrich feathers…Married two weeks ago and got the eye”. Curly’s wife was very defensive over herself, sometimes she would yell with threats at the same time. “You know what I can do to you if you open your trap... Well you keep your place then, Nigger. I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain’t funny”. But most of all, she would run around the ranch with excuses, when she’s actually looking for a conversation. “I’m looking for Curley… you’re the new fellas that just come ain’t ya... All the guys got a horseshoe tenement goin on’y about four o’clock. None of them guys is goin’ to live the tenement. Why can’t I talk to you?”

Curley’s wife is important in the scenes, because she shows her true identity and American dream, to Lennie with many opinions and regrets. “... Coulda been in the movies, an had nice clothes… coulda sat in them big hotels, an’ had pitchers took of me… when they had them previews I coulda went to them, an spoke on the radio…”. But when she took a step to far in trying to comfort Lennie, Curley’s wife didn’t live her dream or get near it. “When I’m doin my hair sometimes I jus’ set an’ stroke it’ cause it’s so soft… here-feel right here”. As Curley’s wife let Lennie stroke her hair, he started to mess it up and she began to panic. Lennie quickly wrapped his strong hands around her mouth and nose, but Curley’s wife wouldn’t stop squirming and yelling. “Let go…You let go!”, but Lennie held on so he wouldn’t get into trouble from George. “…And she continued to struggle, and her eyes were wild with terror. He shook her then he was angry… and he shook her (again), and her body flopped like a fish. And then she was still, for Lennie had broken her neck.”

Curly’s wife is also important in the novel, because she introduces the theme of loneliness around the ranch. When she starts a conversation with Lennie in the barn, she admits her confessions and regrets about her present life. “… Why can’t I talk to you? I never get to talk to nobody. I get awfully lonely… Well I ain’t told this to nobody before. Maybe I ought’n to. I don’t like Curley. He ain’t a nice fella.” But the rumours around the ranch, ruin her chances of having friends, or someone to talk to, apart from Curley. “Know what I think… Well I think Curly’s married… a tart”. But the workers didn’t meet her; instead, they just looked at her appearance and lifestyle and judged her from there.

In conclusion the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck holds an important character that was involved in a judgemental theme and dreadful scene. Curley’s wife was very defensive and lonely, but she had many regrets, that put her in a place where she dreamt of, that came to soon.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Should the internet be banned?

Around the world, people use the internet for many tasks that include research, communication and entertainment. Others go against the web due to the amount of identity theft and other problems on the net. However there are solutions and tips that can stop identity theft from occurring. This is why I firmly disagree and go against the internet should be banned.

Firstly, I firmly go against the internet should be banned because many people worldwide use the internet for tasks that need research. Books are useful, but I personally think that the web provides more information that allows more than 100 users to log on to the same webpage at the same time. One of these sites that can help our research is an online encyclopaedia called Wikipedia ( Wikipedia was found in 2001 by Jimmy Wales & Larry Sanger. This site allows members to edit and provide useful facts about one subject e.g. Maori history etc. Another webpage that can be helpful to search for information is yahoo answers ( Yahooanswers is where you can ask any questions an recieve answers from users, this site was released in 2005 by yahoo. Not only can you ask questions but you could also edit an online person where you create your own style by choosing what your person should look and wear.

Secondly I firmly go against the internet should be banned because it’s a cheaper and faster way to communicate with others worldwide. Communication can mean keeping in touch and also giving and receiving updates from each other. Hotmail ( is one of the examples for emailing where you can send messages to other members that have the same or different email website. This site was found in 1996 by Jack Smith and Sabeer Bhatia. Another site that uses communication is bebo (, which was released in 2005 by Michael Birch & Xochi Birch. Bebo stands for “Blog early blog afternoon” which requires members to personalise their page with pictures, music, bands and other applications. But most of all this site also sends email and comments to friends or family anywhere.

Thirdly, I firmly go against the internet should be banned because most sites are created to entertain members and users. Entertainment may require downloading music or watching free videos without downloading. Limewire is one of the examples of downloading free music or videos from other members and also store, and play after the downloading is over. This site was found in 2000 by the company Lime Wire LLC and is available in 31 languages. Another website that can entertain people without downloading is Youtube ( Youtube was released in 2005 by Steve Chen, Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim, this site provides videos you can only watch on the net. Members of youtube can provide videos of anything that is acceptable.

Although identity theft has been growing over the years and is becoming an online put down. This is when someone steals other people’s identity online in order to steal money or other tasks that can lead to trouble. However there are solutions and tips to this fraud. First of all, keep your password secret that no one will know or find out. Secondly, never put your information about your backup question when you forget your password on your page. Thirdly, make sure no one is watching behind your back when typing in your password, and Lastly, if you are really worried about the fraud and nothing has made you feel safe you could download spyware doctor (, where the site deletes users that are watching your every move you take online.

In Conclusion, even though the amount of identity theft has been accelarating on the web. There are solutions and web sites that can help. Worldwide people use the internet for many tasks that require research, communication and entertainment. But if we banned the internet now how can we contact more than 10 people in just minutes. Or have fun with many games to play online instead of watching boring ads on TV. Or how can 100 people use the same source at the same time at the same place. This is why I disagree and firmly go against the internet should be banned.