Effects of ICT on Children and Teenagers

Effects of ICT on Children and Teenagers

Modern technology is a very ubiquitous part of life in the twenty-first century. Many people of all ages are using computers and other gadgets for various purposes. Children and teenagers are one of the most familiar users of computers and more importantly, the Internet. This brings about many effects to them, both positive and negative. Continue reading

Do We Really Understand Pop Culture? | An Analysis of How it Influences Our Lives

Do We Really Understand Pop Culture? | An Analysis of How it Influences Our Lives

Have you ever stopped and think about why you are wearing the clothes you are wearing right now with your friends? Or why you download music that you thought was cool after hearing it in the radio the other day? Or maybe why you learnt to play football or dance salsa even though they both aren’t even from your country? The reason is quite simple: it has become part of popular culture. You would only know about a lot of things it because it is popular, but again, what is it? Read more to find out! Continue reading

A Character Profile of Jay Gatsby  – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A Character Profile of Jay Gatsby – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Warning: Long, wordy post ahead. Why, you ask? Because it is time for the Creative Corner!!!

For those who don’t already know, the Creative Corner is where I post a lot of my ready-made pieces of writing from school which are posted onto this blog for everyone to see. I have posted some pieces of writing already which I have made as practice for my IGCSE English as a First Language subject. Now, since I am studying in the International Baccalaureate system, I am taking English A: Language and Literature subject. Throughout the study of this course, I have been tasked with writing many different essays and other forms of writing as part of my class and homework.

Last school term, my class studied The Great Gatsby as part of the Literature component of the course. A novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the book is renowned for its faithful portrayal of the lifestyle of the upper-class American society during the 1920s. I don’t want to bore you with the details of the plot, you could read the book yourself to find out.

I was tasked with creating a characted profile of Gatsby based around the accounts from different characters in the first three chapters of the book. There was a lot of intended vagueness, mystery and contradiction around his character which was deliberately done to reveal the plot in the story. Without further rambling, let us begin the analysis. Continue reading

My Language and Culture – An Analysis

Hello Internet. I know I have been absent for quite a while, so I want to make it up by posting this really in-depth piece of writing about – you guessed it – languages. I know I seem overly obsessed with this, but I suppose it’s part of who I am. 😛 Anyway I wrote this as part of an IB English assignment so I try to explain as much as I could to answer the given question. Without further ado, here we go:

Question: How does your language reflect your culture?

“Referring to your language bank, interviews, notes and knowledge gained thus far through studying language in a cultural context, write a 500+ essay explaining how your language (in all its forms) reflects your own personal culture (which may be a mixture of many different cultures).”

My language is an inseparable part of who I am. It is a complex reflection of all the different cultures and experiences I went through for the past sixteen years.” (Courtesy of wordle.net)

My language is an inseparable part of who I am. It is a complex reflection of all the different cultures and experiences I went through for the past sixteen years.. To better understand how my language works, I need to first give a brief description of which cultures I identify with and where I have been. I usually identify myself as a Muslim, Malay and Malaysian teenage expatriate living in Egypt but I feel like I can identify with so many more cultures. I have lived in Malaysia for the first eight years of my life (in different regions), moved to Oman and resided there for six years, returned to Malaysia to live near the capital city in an international boarding school for almost three years. I believe with so much interaction between people from different countries, backgrounds and communities, that listing all the cultures I associate with is near-impossible.
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