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Eng B Eksamen

Eng B Eksamen

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Published by René Rubion
1. delprøve (den håndskrevne uden hjælpemidler) IKKE inkluderet. Opgaven blev bedømt til karakteren 12.
1. delprøve (den håndskrevne uden hjælpemidler) IKKE inkluderet. Opgaven blev bedømt til karakteren 12.

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Published by: René Rubion on Aug 10, 2011
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Engelsk B eksamen 25/5-2011

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René Rubion studienr. 54864

A1: Summary of Five clues that you are addicted to Facebook (150 words): The article by Elizabeth Cohen first describes the self-employed single mother Cynthia Newton’s addiction to Facebook. She spends about 20 hours of her time on Facebook weekly – roughly twice the time she can justify by also using the media as a tool for her work - and she gets so engulfed by it that she practically has become a dysfunctional parent for her 12-year-old daughter. According to the article, family therapists see more and more people who have developed an obsession with Facebook that comes close to an OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), even though it is not really a clinical diagnosis. These people get dissociated from the real world, seduced by the dream-like universe of online networking where everything is neat and life is happy and free from all the troubles and cares of the real world. In the end, five warning signs of Facebook-addiction are listed and elaborated on

A2: An outline of the positive and negative sides of social networking presented…: Some of the positive sides of social networking that are mentioned in the three texts are the development of social and technical skills among young people, the flourishing of autodidact experts on all sorts of subjects, a boost of motivation to learn from other young people and enhanced communication skills. Also the possibility of extending ones circle of friends and include people from foreign cultures and expanding one’s view of the world are issues on the upsides-list. And nerds with all sorts of specialised geeky interest can now find peers all over the world. On the negative side, the texts touch on things like engaged or married people playing with fire in connecting with old flames, the danger inexperienced youngsters face of falling prey to internet predators, and the risk of identity-theft or otherwise getting personal data stolen and abused. And, least but not last, the sole issue of one of the articles: Facebook addiction and disengagement from the real world.

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Engelsk B eksamen 25/5-2011

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René Rubion studienr. 54864

A3: Comment on the statement..: The statement ‘But we found that spending time online is essential for young people to pick up the social and technical skills they need to be competent citizens in the digital age.’ is, in my opinion, very true. But it is hardly the whole truth. While it is almost impossible to imagine a somewhat normal future for young computer illiterates of our time, it is at the same time a frightening vision to imagine a future with so many people growing up with the lack of reading skills and ability to concentrate and contemplate for hours on, caused by the widespread replacement of printed books by superficial skimming of online texts. It is true that lots of new kinds of jobs have grown out of the skills that youngsters can almost only gain online. And more new jobs are certainly yet to be invented. No printed computer manual or software tutorial is as comprehensive or user-friendly as Google or a shout for help on Facebook, Twitter or other websites when it comes to IT issues. But an inconvenient truth is also the fact that many young people today are exclusively using the social media for pure entertainment, rather than sources of information. And that, in combination with too much shallow entertainment on TV, is right here and right now nurturing what other researchers are calling ‘the dumbest generation ever’. The social skills the youngsters gain online are mainly a good thing in my opinion. I cannot imagine that social networking is creating more lonely people than there would otherwise be. To some extend, of course, there is always the temptation of just staying home and chat a little online. But I believe nevertheless that the benefits of a digitally extended network outweigh the downsides. A4: A text for the blog NetworkingOnline (150-200 words)..: Social networking is one of the greatest gifts ever that the digital age has spun off. It is a nice little pit-stop where we can rest and recreate a little, whenever we get tired of racing down the information highway. Of course, it has its pitfalls and one-armed bandits that can lure some people in and steal their time. But, looking at the benefits my teenage boy gets out of it, that I didn’t have, almost makes me envy him. He can throw an innocent “like” on almost any update on any girl’s Facebook-profile at any time. Or make a comment that has the same effect as a real-life live fresh remark without the risk of saying something embarrassing or stupid, as he has the time to think twice first. What a great tool for flirting! And what a great opportunity for him to make some statements, express and test some opinions and build himself an identity. He has a lesser risk of being tempted by bad company into hooliganism and drugs than my generation had. Three cheers for Facebook, Windows Live, Twitter and the rest of the social networks!

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