Sunday, February 23, 2014

Revealing Doon

Is Doon who you think he is?

Doon has a lot of mood swings because of the lack of resources that Ember has, and then that the mayor is using all of it only for himself. On page 158 he is telling Lina bout what he saw in the room in tunnel 351. His word choice shows that he does not like it at all that the mayor is eating rare food and nobody else gets a bit. All the medicine and clothes in the room and being kept in boxes, while for example, Lina's granny just died. She could have been saved if there was medicine, which is running out in the city, while there is a whole supply kept in the small room. Then continuing on his actions show that he never really liked the mayor. (158-159) Earlier on in the story, on page 88, he is talking with his father, right after Mayor Cole announced that they're working on finding solutions. Doon asks his dad if he thinks that the mayor is a fool, because that is what he thinks. His actions and language clearly show he has no interest in the mayors ways. After he talks with his dad, ‘he shoves his hands in his pockets, and scowls.’ You can tell by his actions and language, that he gets worked up because of what the mayor is doing; eating all the food and not sharing whilst the city has barely anything.


Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Command Economy Reflection

Once it was announced that there was going to be a bake sale, we straight away all started thinking about what we have at home. After class, we quickly exchanged some ideas, then later at home, on Gmail chat, communicated more. This way we could know that one person was bringing this, and another that, etc. Our group raised R$55.50! We sold cookies, chocolate chips and cinnamon, chips, fanta and guaranĂ¡, candy, ice cream, and chocolate. We were all there the whole recess. I was behind the counter the whole time, my co-worker Lys, was dealing with the money, and Logan and Nadya were getting customers. This way we all had something to do and we all could get more money. 

When we got to class the next day, and we heard that the money that we raised was to be distributed evenly, I was kind of disappointed. My group worked hard for that money and it wasn't fair that now it had to be distributed evenly. Also, the week before, we did a simulation on a free market economy. There the money was not distributed evenly. So I think that you can't just "swop" economies, stick to one. Since last week we did a free market economy, then let's do a free market economy again! One group raised over R$100, because they stayed up later to get their goods ready. Other groups didn't, and so raised much less money, but still they got more money than that they'd raised. I think that if I knew the money was going to be distributed evenly, I would definitely not have worked as hard as I had during the bake sale. 

This system evenly distributes the money which is both an advantage and disadvantage. I think that is has more disadvantages though. When people are working in a command economy, they won't work hard, because they just get the money. Even though they did less work than if they were in a free market economy. In a free market economy, they would earn their money. A doctor has to pay attention very well in school, then goes to college for 4 years, then hopefully gets accepted to medical school, which takes another 4 years, and then 3-5 years more in residencies. When they get a job being a doctor, they get the money they deserve. If you're a waitress, you don't need to do anything. Maybe some simple addition, but that's it. You definitely won't get paid as well as a doctor then. That's a disadvantage to a command economy. An advantage though, is that if you are a teacher, and you have a family of four, you can treat your family, so when you are a doctor and you live by yourself, then you would get paid less, because you have no one feed. 

More countries have moved away from communism because it is affecting their society negatively. 

"Price controls in Venezuela have led to a shortage of basic goods like milk and toilet paper being produced.  Businesses say they can't make a profit at the low prices set by the government."

This is just sad. If countries don't even have basic goods, then how will they survive? I mean, if you are a business manager, and your company manufactures paper for schools, and the government sets the prices lower, I can imagine that you'd be fed up because paper isn't cheap. You need to cut down trees, which could lead to deforestation, then you have to chop up the trees, which without the right materials, or the machines that we have now a days, it would take ages. Then you have to stack them up, distribute them and send them to stores, for which you would need a truck driver for, who would need his license. That also costs money and experience.
People should earn what they deserve, and what they work hard for.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Free Market Reflection

We were sitting at our table, discussing what our product could be. We kept on sharing our ideas. Then as a group we thought about our good, if it would be functional, appealing, and helpful to the students at Graded. Then we went to the "store" and looked at all the resources that they had. Once we made a list of what we needed to make our product, there was a bidding for the different resources. The resources with not a lot of supplies, would have a higher price than the resources that had more supplies. Each group, had a total of $100 to spend. After we bought our resources, we went straight into the production. When we started producing our good, some of us realized that we didn't have enough resources to produce our good, so there was some scarcity. Some companies went to others for different resources because of supply and demand. Having 30 minutes, each group started right away in constructing their good. My groups good was a "Stick-On Phone-Fan." It was difficult at first to produce it, but eventually it turned out great! The next step was to advertise and market our product. My group had a commercial and a sales pitch. As a group we decided the price, and we had to figure out how much we would profit per product. For example, my group would profit $4 per product. Lastly, our good went up for sale. We sold 7 goods to our classmates, and in total, we profited $28. 

A free market system is good because then you can see who actually has the better imagination and who doesn't. You can figure out your strengths and weaknesses. For example you could be better at thinking of the product, but not how to market it or advertise it. 
A free market could be bad in some ways because when you're working together with another company, you could have a partnership, and then if one company goes down, the other company could help them grow again. In a free market though, that's not the case. So when you lose, you snooze. No second chances. 
A way to improve this economic system is to set to limits with the competition. Make it more fair. Also, even though it is a free market economy, the government is still very involved in the economy. So they should let the companies be a bit more independant.