Issue/Reflection Paper

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choose any topic relevant to the lessons and discussions in the classroom (religion, culture, wars, creation and evolution, good and evil forces, family and family structure, travel and transportation, global relations, brutality/crimes, poetry, sports, modes of entertainment, racism, significance of numbers, moral/ethical matters, governments/politics, forms of dictatorship, philosophy, logic, and the like) and using sources of your choice, present the Issue (50% of your paper) in 250-350 words. Then discuss the similarities in our modern times and how the Issue has evolved/modified, improved, challenged, diminished, etc. You can also include your own opinion as well to Reflect on that Issue (the other 50% of your paper) in 250-350 words based on relevant details specified in your textbook. Format: Issue/Reflection papers are informal essays; however, to present the Issue, you need to make references to the facts outlined/discussed in your primary and secondary sources. You do NOT need a Works Cited page.

I’d prefer family and the family structure as topic but anything works

Don’t use the words I or You instead you can use according to the author or according to the writer of this paper. Here is an example attached.

700-750 words

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A.M. Dr. Kay ENG 201 September 19 2014 The Significance of Entertainment Entertainment is an important social component of human relations and can be defined as the act of receiving or providing interesting activities for shared or individual amusement. The constructive expression and exchange of creative and original ideas is of great social consequence as people interact on a daily basis and for civilization at large. As specified in “The Evolution of Fun,” being able to utilize entertainment as a means of healthy stress release is also an important positive psychological benefit. In addition to its innumerable mental and emotional dividends, the cultural significance of entertainment practices lies in the inherent expression of beliefs and ideas help by a particular group of people, community, or nation. Accordingly, several political implications arise as a natural consequence of this connection to views and principles. The development of techniques of entertainment is one of the most informative anthropological tools in studying human history and evolution. Jonathan Agah points out that its origins can be traced from prehistory, to ancient empires of Rome and Egypt, on to Shakespearean and contemporary forms of literature and theater. As time progresses, the methods human beings choose to occupy themselves in leisure will remain a poignant glimpse into the collective social and cultural psyche. Although scientists and archeologists (textbook) state that the ability to develop language and tools is what most separates humans from animals, perhaps an even greater measure of human intelligence is the use of these two skills to development of cave art, storytelling, ceramic objects, and music. As civilization became more stratified, the innocence of early entertainment faded. With the emergence of biblical, Roman, and medieval cultures public punishment and brutality moved to the vanguard of not only entertainment, but as the predominant political tool for conquest and intimidation. While banquets, theater, and sporting events were common in these periods, what extravagance and attention surrounding them pales in comparison to that of gladiatorial brutality of the coliseum or the spectacle of the guillotine. Bearing in mind the violence of these cultural settings, the overall historical context of entertainment reveals a diverse heritage of ingenious thinkers and creators who have left a considerable legacy of literature, art, and music that continues to be enjoyed in contemporary settings (Entertainment and Punishment). Modern forms of art, sports, and musical entertainment display aspects that are uniquely specific to the current mindset with new performers and artists using innovative technology and mediums to build on established, classical works. Modernization of traditional forms of entertainment including plays and novels have found new life in film and television. Likewise, innovations in computer and telecommunications combined with the accessibility provided by advertising and social media have enabled the mass sharing of ideas and talent to audiences on a global scale. Diversity and cultural sharing have also brought a unique aesthetic to drama, literature, and music that is palatable to people of different backgrounds, nationalities, and languages. Nonetheless, despite all of the collaborative work being accomplished, the pervasive evils that often plagued the preceding eras have surfaced once more on the contemporary stage. The writer of this paper believes that unethical practices such as the exploitation of animals and people, the control and ownership of media by a select few, and disregarding of the harmful psychological effects of various forms of entertainment are an affront to the greater good of continued social progress. One consequence of the modern accessibility to people and information is the dehumanization of individuals as a means of industry and profit (textbook). Though this phenomena is rampant in several sectors of business, the entertainment trade has unique vulnerabilities to exploitation with victims including both animals and people. According to AnimalLaw.com, the instances of cruelty and sub-par living conditions for performing animals including circus and carnival acts has continued to rise in spite of activism, legal documentation, and public outcry. In recent months much media and political concern has also emerged concerning ethical treatment of student and professional athletes. In a study published by NationalPsychologist.com, unethical medical treatment, pressure to perform, and under reporting of illegal substance abuse have contributed to an increased rate of antisocial behaviors, mental, illness, and rate of suicide among elite athletes. The ethical crisis among sectors of the entertainment and sports fields can perhaps be correlated to the immense pressure for profit among team and television network owners who now represent a hand full of people who hold virtually complete financial control of television, film, and radio markets. Historically, human beings have depended on one another for social interaction, entertainment, and sharing of knowledge. By contrast, the unforeseen consequence of the modern ease of access to entertainment is the socially isolating and insulating effect of instant gratification. As new technological updates appear on the consumer landscape every few months, an increased social pressure on individuals to participate in virtual communication rather than authentic interaction with others is created. This emerging paradigm of extreme individuality is in direct opposition to the innate generosity of spirit, heroism, and cooperation that serves as the spark of human ingenuity and strength. Word Count: 725 ...
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