Tuesday, July 29, 2014

AIDS Researcher Killed in Plane Crash

Article 4.
'Leading AIDS Researcher, 'Always Traveling', Is Killed on His Way to a Conference'
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AIDS Researcher Killed.
Joep Lange

What is this article about?
It's about the AIDS/HIV researchers, activists, and more people in that community, who were killed in a 'senseless act of violence', on MH17 from Amsterdam to Malaysia. 

What is the main idea of the article?
The AIDS/HIV workers were killed for no reason. These people have changed lives, and they could have done more. 

Why was this article interesting?
This article touched me mostly because it's about my country but also because aboard the plane, there were life-savers, who died. The plane was shot down by an air-missile, fired by Ukrainian separatists, above the border of Ukraine and Russia. It held 298 passengers total, from 10 different countries. The MH17 was on it's way from Amsterdam to Malaysia, and had only been flying around an hour. 
An Aids researcher who was aboard this plane, Joep Lange, has been researching HIV/AIDS since 1983. It is devastating to know that he was killed in a 'senseless act of violence' (President Obama). "Joep was always travelling," said Michiel Heidenrijk, the managing director of the institute. Joep, as well as many other HIV/AIDS activists, were on their way to the International AIDS conference in Melbourne, Australia. This disaster claimed many lives who had contributed to helping the world with these diseases. "The deaths of so many committed people working against HIV. will be a great loss," Michel Sidibé, executive director of the U.N.AIDS, the United Nations fighting the disease. 

Passengers on the plane: (298 total)
• 193 Dutch passengers
• 43 Malaysian passengers
• 27 Australian passengers
• 12 Indonesian passengers
• 10 English passengers
• 4 German passengers
• 4 Belgium passengers
• 3 Philippines passengers
• 1 Canadian passenger
• 1 New-Zealandish passenger

Can You Speak Emoji Language?

Article 3.
'The Emoji Have Won the Battle of Words'
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Can You Speak Emoji? Quiz

Emoji vs Words
What is this article about?
This article explains how emoji's are being used a lot more frequently than words, when communicating online. 

What is the main idea of the article?
The main idea of the article is how emoji's are being used now a days and how they are affecting us. 

Why was this article interesting? 
I found this article interesting, because it explained something I use daily. It's funny how emoji's can be used now a days. "I love emoji because I don't like to make small talk," one woman said. Emoji's are replacing words when texting, and now a days, knowing how to speak emoji can be very important when texting. The website: 'Emoji Tracker' uses Twitter to calculate emoji usage, said that people are averaging 250-350 emoji tweets a second. Something that surprised me even more, was that emoji's are nearly able to be used legally. 'Legal experts have even discussed whether and emoji death threat [gun and face] could be admissible in court.' If that happens, then it clearly shows how much online communication can be used in the real world.

Personally, I think it is amazing how emoji's are being used now a days. I use emoji's all the time. When texting friends, and also for posting things on social media. Emoji's can represent a lot of things. I think that just like it said in the article, they can be used for any situations. If you don't know what to say, you could just put a smiley-face, or a heart. My friends and I can have emoji conversations for hours. Their not that hard to use. I just wonder if maybe the use of emoji's will change our language and grammar rates negatively..? 

Can You Resist The Urge?

Article 2.
'Reclaiming our (Real) Lives From Social Media'
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Social Media

What is this article about?
This article explains the balance that is necessary between life and social media.

What is the main idea of the article?
We need to 'reclaim our (real) lives from social media.'

Why was this article interesting?
I find this article interesting because it explains that we need to balance out more. I learned so many new facts about social media and how it effecting our lives –positively and negatively. This article spoke to me, as if saying: "WAKE UP!" After reading this article, I reflected upon how many times I turned on my iPhone to check what's new. A LOT of times. Once on the device, it's hard to get off. There are notification settings. For a 7-day trial, I turned off all of my notifications and it turned out that I stayed off it so much more than I usually do. After that experiment, I turned back my notifications on and I spent so much more time on social media than necessary.

I couldn't believe it when I read that "18-34 year olds spend an estimated 3.8 hours a day on social media. 35-49 year olds spend around 3 hours a day on social media." With all these new devices coming out day by day, people get carried away and this is is changing, or modernising, our society. It's amazing to see how this civilisation has created these things, but I'm wondering if it's becoming way to much for us humans to handle.
I hope that I can try to resist the urge to click the "on" button, just like Nick Bilton pointed out we need to balance out.

The Tournament Has Come To A Closing

'World Cup 2014: Germany Defeats Argentina in Finals'
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                                                                  World Cup 2014
" Bastian Schweinsteiger, second from right, and his teammates celebrating their victory over Argentina. "

What is this article about?
This article uncovered the different perspectives from different people. The winning team, and the loosing team.

What is the main idea of the article?
Germany's win against Argentina, in the FIFA 2014 World Cup finals.

Why was this article interesting?
I think it's interesting, because it describes the different feelings that the players had. "It is absolutely sensational," Götze said. "A dream became reality." Götze scored the goal against the Argentineans and so brought the Germans to the top. The Germans have waited 24 years and a little bit, and now, they have made it again. I have some German friends, and once the final whistle was blown, they erupted into cheers. It was amazing how much soccer had invaded their lives for the 100-day period.

Though the win is the main idea, it also explains the feelings of the Argentines, such Lionel Messi. He said: "Right now, nothing else is important. All I wanted was to raise the cup." But not just the star of the show, also Javier Mascherano felt disappointed after the final whistle. "We were gutted. The pain will be for life because this was our opportunity." This article revealed the different perspectives of different people, and not just the happy parts of the tournament.