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In some countries, using the internet in schools is getting more popular. Is this a positive or negative development?
The issue of internet usage in numerous educational institutions are a contentious issue which has grown in importance over the years. Despite the tremendous benefits that can be derived it should not be forgotten that the internet is a relatively new phenomenon and still at an early age. This essay will discuss both issues using examples from the UK and the business world to demonstrate points and support arguments.
On the one hand there are ample evidences to suggest the benefits of the internet are increasing, especially related to an academic environment. This is because when a school is connected it has faster access to more information, furthermore it can bestow increases in efficiency. For example, in certain schools across the UK matters such as absenteeism, disciplinary procedures and general communication can be performed over the Internet through email. Therefore it is clear that if the internet continues gaining in popularity there would be more positive implications.
On the other hand, one of the negative effects of being connected are the possible over reliance on the private sector. This is due to the fact that educators is getting into the habit of consulting ‘Google’ for answers, this may be argued as putting too much faith into the hands of technology companies. For example, recent studies by a national teachers union showed that 12.3% of search engine results could be dubious, largely due to private enterprises tampering with SEO results. Therefore the over reliance on technology instead of traditional knowledge could be questioned.
To conclude, although knowledge acquisition online is a perilous issue there are still efficiency and operational advantages to be gained, for this reason I believe that school internet connectivity are a positive development.
“Prevention is better than cure”. Out of a country’s health budget, a large proportion should be diverted from treatment to spending on health education and preventative measures.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
Issue of public health has grown in importance since the inception of governmental bodies to administer such matters. Prevention has been the recent line of thought but it must not be forgotten that to cure is also viable option. This essay will illustrate that curing is fairer and superior to prevention, using tobacco as an example to demonstrate points and support arguments.
Firstly if citizens are permitted to smoke they should rightly be permitted to be cured therefore shifting money from curing to prevention is unfair. Furthermore smokers are net contributors to the fiscal accounts of national governments. This is because cigarette prices have been increased significantly through taxation. For example recent studies by consumer societies have shown that 97.5% of cost of a packet of cigarettes is tax. Therefore if government money were diverted from curing smokers it would be unjust because they end up paying for more than they would receive.
Secondly even if prevention were absolutely effective, there would still be people suffering just by pure chance. This is due to fact that people can suffer from lung cancer having never smoked anything. For example, in Manchester recent governmental studies showed that 5.3% of lung cancer victims had never touched a cigarette. Therefore, even having followed government guidance, there would still be need for treatment.
To conclude, although focusing on treatment is seen as expensive it is more just and there are still benefits to be gained especially for those non-smokers afflicted by similar diseases by pure chance.
Advertising is harmful for society, and needs to banned. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Explain your position.
The issue of whether advertising innocently informs or misleads the masses has been debatable since its inception around the industrial revolution. Advertising has become more sophisticated but it must not be forgotten that calling for an outright ban is close to censorship and borders on the ridiculous. This essay will discuss both issues using examples from UK advertising industry and fruit products from New Zealand to demonstrate points and support arguments.
In developed countries powerful consumer watch bodies or self governing agencies are set up to avoid any harm to the consumer. In the UK there is a self regulating industry body called the Advertising Standards Agency which deals seriously for any complaints from the public. This agency is extremely strict with members so as to avoid unwanted heavy handed government intervention. Therefore if company advertising were actually deemed harmful it would be prevented from being shown to the public.
Secondly, if there were a ban on publicity it would probably be a tremendous disservice at the end consumer. This is due to the fact that since the industrial revolution clients are increasingly separated of producers, thus creating an information gap. Take for example the New Zealand Kiwi coalition, their branding and advertising ensures a seal from quality which is trusted on the other side of the world. Without this communication from farmers in New Zealand one could be duped into buying lesser quality produce. Therefore banning interactions between buyer and seller would have the opposite effect of its intention.
To conclude, although on the surface corporate publicity can appear misleading there are still many overlooked advantages such as informing clients. Furthermore in most western countries harmful publicity often gets withdrawn. With these reasons advertising should not be banned.