Paper 2 Section B Possible topics… Communication and Media Social Relationships Global Issues *P.9 in your textbooks can be a good resource* Human beings are human beings. They say what they want, don’t they? They used to say it across the fence while they were hanging washing. Now they just say it on the Internet. Dennis Miller I’ll admit sometimes I do miss the simple life before mobile phones existed. Being connected to to the world at all times comes with an incredible number of perks, but it has huge disadvantages too. Consumer capitalism, anticipating every possible need and swaddling its subjects in convenience, is an infantilizing force. “The earth we abuse and the living things we kill will, in the end, take their revenge; for in exploiting their presence we are diminishing our future” Marya Mannes, More in Anger, 1985 My education taught me to be sympathetic to the desires of others and helped me recognize how that can alter the world. “I’m not convinced that what are traditionally considered to be male energies or qualities or female energies or qualities really have as much to do with gender as many people think they do.” Andrew Cohen “We are worried about violence being marketed to children as fun and entertaining…Our list is a little different this year because it highlights the ‘brands’ that are marketed to children through a combination of toys, video games, DVDs and other times.” Daphne White “Racism is man’s gravest threat to man – the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.” Abraham J. Heschel “My teenage years were exactly what they were supposed to be. Everybody has their own path. It’s laid out for you. It’s just up to you to walk it.” Justin Timberlake “It would be typical for a Third Culture Kid to say that he is a citizen of a country, but with nothing beyond his passport to define that identification for him. Such children usually find it difficult to answer the question, “Where are you from?” Compared to their peers who have lived their entire lives in a single culture, TCKs have a globalized culture.” Wikipedia “There is still time to avoid the worst impacts of climate change if we take strong action now.” Sir Nicholas Stern The key to revitalizing a language is by motivating a new generation of speakers.