I don’t usually do reviews on more recent content, but Suicide Squad (still in the theaters) is worthy of discussion. There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding the movie, and as a generally fair reviewer, who has covered a few things now, from video games like Empire at War and movies like Jobs; I thought I’d take it on. Now, what’s my opinion? Woah there, champ! Let’s talk a bit about the movie first!
G’ Day mates! Today, we’re going to start to delve into some more serious issues, for the first time ever on this site, and for good reason. This is obviously going to be a controversial issue, much like any other issue that involves killing something. It’s because of the divided opinion, it seems that there’s always only a black and white way of looking at it. You’re either in the same camp as option one or you’re with option two, but that’s just not the case, however, that won’t be the focus of this article. Today, we’re going to be looking at a more statistic way of looking at this issue, and see if that can help shed some light onto it.
According to this site, there have been only 1,437 executions in the USA since 1976, the countries bicentennial. Not that many, when you consider that there are about 16,238 murders committed per year (source), or, using this same statistics, about 649,000 murders since 1976. That means that only about .22% of murderers are sentenced to death themselves, not accounting for multiple kills, or multiple murders, or other crimes that are worthy of death. According to this site, two thirds of all of the nations in the world no longer practice the death penalty, and many are still on their way out, with Japan and the United States being the only two industrial nations left who regularly practice capital punishment. Finally, according to I Side With (which you’ll remember from the Trump Vs. Clinton Article) 72% of Americans agree with the use of the death penalty in general, while 11% of that think it should always be employed as a punishment for horrific crimes.
As you’ll no doubt remember from the last installment in this series, we discussed what VR and AR were, and how they could be potentially used to create advanced simulated environments, more advanced and detailed than the real world. However, beyond the prerequisite leisure and entertainment these technologies will no doubt bring about, how can they be used practically?
G’ day mates! Although I haven’t uploaded at all this week, I haven’t stopped thinking about this subject. What can we use this for? That’s the third step in the inventing tier, by the way. Step one, what can we do? Step two, what could we do? Step three; what can we use this for? Step four, how can we make this? And step five, how will we be making it? Let’s go over some of those now.
Everywhere, all the time, someone's trying to persuade you. Big business wants you to buy their goods, media wants you to believe how they view society, and education wants you to learn what they want you to know. The best persuaders can convince you to believe there's a problem when there clearly is not one. Even the anti-authority supporters want to convince you that they’re on your side, by pointing out the problems of other institutions, and are just trying to get you to do something that you don't want to. Even I’m trying to convince you of this truth right now, but why? Why do we allow ourselves to be influenced by others? Instead of just looking into this from a psychologically stand point and looking at the societal aspects of persuasion, we are going to look at some pros and cons of being influenced by others.
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