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Lesson 4

Lesson 4

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Lesson 4

‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ News! Summary redo + latest summary homework Comprehension: Barbarians at the gates«

The death of BB

A woman speaks on her BlackBerry at a mall in Dubai on Aug. 2, 2010. Key services of the smart phone may be cut off for more than a million BlackBerry users in Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E.

Can Dubai Business Survive Without the BlackBerry?
‡ An easy place to do business ‡ Suspension of: e-mail, Web access and the BlackBerry instant-messenger service ‡ If a blackberry can be banned« What else can this lead to? How open is this market?
The UAE contends some BlackBerry features operate outside the country's laws, "causing judicial, social and national security concerns." At the heart of their concerns is the way the devices handle data, which get encrypted and routed through RIM's servers overseas. The automatic encryption makes BlackBerry data far more difficult, if not impossible, for authorities to monitor.

The sanity of city-dwellers city‡ Reasons they retain their sanity

‡ ´they learn to cope with the multiple problemsµ ‡ adjust to handle many varied situations

‡ ´learn to insulate themselves psychologicallyµ ‡ ability to shut out external world

‡ ´mental illness is a result of complex human and social problems« present wherever you liveµ ‡ serious psychological problems rooted in relationships with others - universal

‡ ´they sift out things that do not concern themµ ‡ distinguish important from trivia

‡ ´the stresses of city life can provide a temporary problem... but they are rarely the long-term problemµ ‡ at most - short duration

‡ ´cities are even organised to provide ties that help people copeµ ‡ capitalise on many people and services around

‡ ´with a wide-ranging network of secondary relationships which offer informal support and exchange of servicesµ ‡ large group of supporting connections

‡ ´the support systems that influence people·s perception of stressµ ‡ means to deal with strains

Complete answer
‡ ‡ City-dwellers have several resources to keep them sane. Firstly, « they have the ability both to adjust their lives so that they can handle many varied situations and to shut out the external world when they need to. Citydwellers are good at distinguishing important matters from the trivia, enabling them to cope better. Indeed, serious psychological problems tend to be rooted in relationships with others, a universal phenomenon not confined to city-dwellers. The environmental problems of the city are at most of short duration, rarely causing deep psychological problems. The social environment of cities, on the other hand, contains many people and services for people to capitalise on, as a means of dealing with strains. City-dwellers can draw on a large group of supporting connections.


The ritualisation of childhood

‡ http://hi.baidu.com/xoox/blog/item/40ab93583d66 1fdf9d820432.html ‡ What is ´childhoodµ? ‡ What are some of the things that happened during your childhood?

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Think about eugenics
‡ Consider this: ´If you don·t include your women graduates in your breeding pool and leave them on the shelf, you would end up a more stupid society. So what happens? ‡ ´There will be fewer bright people to support dumb people in the next generation. That·s a problem.µ ‡ Justifiable?

‡ "We must encourage those who earn less than $200 per month and cannot afford to nurture and educate many children never to have more than two... We will regret the time lost if we do not now take the first tentative steps towards correcting a trend which can leave our society with a large number of the physically, intellectually and culturally anaemic." - MM Lee in 1967

Your homework
‡ Rewriting ‡ Vocabulary-building ‡ Comprehension on cities

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