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Post  Leong Jia Wei KEW080013 on Mon 18 Jan 2010, 8:20 pm

1. Choose any newspaper cutting and comment on what the reporter has written.

Google Looks to Pull Out of China
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Without a doubt, China has grown from a poverty-stricken country to an economic powerhouse in just a few decades largely thanks to economic reforms and changes in policies. Along the way, the country’s government has implemented a wide variety of laws and regulations to make the administration of such a big country smooth.

In accordance with these laws, lots of internet regulations were made by the government, and censorship systems are vigorously implemented by ISPs, business companies, and organizations. The country’s Internet repression is considered more extensive and more advanced than any other country in the world. China not only blocks website content but also monitors the internet access of individuals.

Such advanced filtering methods means that China is no slouch when it comes to computer technologies. Hence it comes as no surprise that sophisticated attacks to infiltrate the world’s largest search company and other significant databases are originated from The Land of The Dragon. Of course I’m not in a position to speculate about the origins of the attacks but the attacker clearly wanted to know its target’s plans on certain government policies in China.

You may wonder how can a company that detest censorship so much, get to do business with a country that glorifies censorship? One might say that China is a big market where huge business opportunities are made off. But since Google has already proved that losing its business operation in China contributes an insignificant amount of lost to the company’s total revenue, why all the fuss and worry? Well, in my humble opinion, China’s economic potential is still at its infancy stage; with the amount of people going online in China, coupled with Google’s potential at both searching and advertising, the so-called “insignificant loss” of Google’s China operation will eventually turn into a rather big piece of the total revenue pie.

Another reason why Google won’t abandon China just yet is that they think that, the “Great Firewall of China” was only a temporary hurdle — over the long run, as the thinking went, as more and more Chinese got wind of the possibilities of the free world as seen through search results, the Chinese regime would be forced to slowly dismantle its infrastructure of censorship. Obviously that is not going to happen today.

The case is, sensitive issues or words are not shown in the final output of the search results. This presents a serious dilemma for Google whose motto is “Do No Evil”, which eventually renders them impossible to conduct business without practising double standards, although Google did argue that giving the Chinese “some” information is better than giving them nothing! Hence, this may explain why Google intended to negotiate with the Chinese government on filtering its search results. Worst comes to worst, China will be freed of a censorship-hating company for four years.


Reference:
1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_censorship_in_the_People’s_Republic_of_China
2. http://www.slate.com/id/2241437/


2. Choose a live speech from the internet from anybody and comment on it critically.

Steve Jobs 2005 Harvard Commencement Speech
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“Stay hungry, stay foolish” he said, and then he left the podium, leaving awe and inspiration at his wake for the class of 2005 Harvard graduates to ponder. That’s how Steve Jobs ends his commencement speech. Throughout his speech, he talked about his life. So here I am, trying to contemplate on whether everything does indeed relates to the ending phrase that made his speech scored three million hits in YouTube.

His first story is about connecting the dots. Apparently, young Steve here can’t see the worth in studying what he’s supposed to study at that time, so he drop out and pursue some other courses that he finds interesting. He pursued a course in calligraphy, which results in the first Macintosh having esthetical typography. What he wanted to point out is that we can’t predict the future but only the past. But we’re weary that following our hearts may lead us off the well-worn path. Hence, the significance of this story with respect to the final quote is that we need to trust that somehow everything will click into place in the future. Then, we’ll no longer have the fear to pursue our dreams.

His second story is about love and loss. It seems that he’s fired from the company that he started after 10 years of hard work. He’s devastated but he’s still passionate about what he does in the past. So he started NeXT and Pixar, which he bought from George Lucas. NeXT in turn was bought by Apple, so he’s back in the game. What he wanted to point out is that in order to be successful in what we do, we must be passionate about what we do. Hence, the significance of this story with respect to the final quote is that before we found what we love to do most, we must keep searching and don’t settle for anything less.

His third story is about death. Exactly a year earlier before his speech, he’s diagnosed with a form of incurable pancreatic cancer. In the face of death, he experienced that nothing matters anymore. Only after performing a biopsy did the doctors concluded that their initial findings were a mistake and the cancer is indeed curable with surgery. Needless to say, he’s fine now after the operation. What he’s trying to say is that we must not let petty feelings and dogma from stopping us in following our dreams. Hence, the significance of this story with respect to the final quote is that we must not let the opinions of others drown out our inner callings of what we wanted to become in the future.

Well, that’s what he said at the commencement speech at Harvard. The most intriguing question now is whether Steve Jobs is a critical thinker. Critical thinking is the kind of thinking that accesses the worth and validity of something in existent and attempt to bring thoughts into a common conclusion. In my humble opinion, I think Steve Jobs is a critical thinker. All three stories do relates to the phrase “stay hungry, stay foolish”. He uses examples of his life to encourage the Harvard graduates to chase their dreams without the fear of straying away, without the fear of failing and without the fear of other’s opinions. And I totally agree with him that once a person is capable of all those things, he or she will be truly successful.

Reference: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/hiner/?p=1890


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Post  LEE JIAN HSIEN KEW080012 on Mon 18 Jan 2010, 8:39 pm

bravo! Well done, Jia Wei. I love you

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Post  WongKiaMing KEW080025 on Mon 18 Jan 2010, 10:19 pm

I am happy that the " Sleeping Lion " has finally waken up, and it grows outstandingly fast as compared with United states. However, I strongly disagree with the censorship systems implemented by China government because everyone should have the freedom of searching information. Crying or Very sad
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Post  Cheah Meng Kit KEW080006 on Tue 19 Jan 2010, 2:32 am

If Google pulls out of China, it is a big loss for Google and China as well Idea
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