The recent uprising that I decided to do further research on was that of the revolts in Egypt and Syria. As for Egypt, the people are fighting in protest against President Mohamed Morsi. The people are rallying against him in particular because he passed a temporary constitutional law that gave him unlimited power. There concerns are justly because since when should one people have complete control over thousands of people? Not only that, but the people were furthered upset because when Morsi withdrew his temporary ruling which had expanded his presidential authority and removed judicial review of his decrees, this in fact, resulted in the temporary declaration withstanding. When Morsi realized that people wanted to retaliate he acted in a spite way by leaking state secrets to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as a plan to weaken Egypt. In this uprising media definitely took part in the downfall. For instance, news reporters where showcasing everyone’s anger which then motivated rebellion in the viewers of Egypt. People wanted to take part in the revolution which was sparked by the media. (“Morsi Accused of Leaking Egypt Security Secrets to Iran.”)
In Syria the people are revolting because at one point locals went to the streets to protest after 15 schoolchildren had been arrested and then tortured for being involved with graffiti. The government retaliated in a negative way by then shooting at the citizens of Syria. The government is not taking care of the people, in fact, they are harming them. (“What’s Happening in Syria and Will the Violence End?”) Once again the media has contributed to the revolution in the sense that the Syrian government is trying to put a ban on protesters’ use of social media and the Internet to promote their rebellion. In fact, officials are demanding protesters to turn over their Facebook passwords and switching off the 3G mobile network at times. These protestors are calling themselves the “Syrian Electronic Army”. (“”Seeking to Disrupt Protesters, Syria Cracks Down on Social Media.”)
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Stem subjects are a plan for education that was introduced by the White House. President Obama classifies these subjects as a way to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (that’s what the acronym STEM stands for)(“White House Introduces Plan to Promote STEM Subjects in Education.”) It is said that by introducing a fundamental interest and academic teaching of sciences from an early age in students then they will struggle less in math subjects throughout their education careers. United States statistics show that students are falling behind in these subjects, therefore, they government is trying to implement a plan to help get students to achieve higher standards when it comes to the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics courses. They even implemented a “STEM Job Act” that allows for people from abroad to obtain jobs since they excel more in these students then Americans. Stem Subjects are meant to create standards that allow a years curriculum to have a connection of core subjects with each other in order to “emphasis hands-on-learning” and so students can get a better grasp on subjects that will ultimately benefit them when trying to get jobs in the future. (“STEM Education Crucial to American Competitiveness.”)
In terms of pay, STEM jobs pay better then non-stem jobs and are in high demands. It is said that jobs tailored to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics nearly double in salary compared to other jobs. (“The Highest-Paying STEM Jobs For Recent College Graduates.”) Also, employers are looking for candidates who have a great background with those subjects. Jobs like nuclear engineers, marine engineers, and petroleum engineers are the top three highest paid jobs and they are STEM jobs. So it goes to show that STEM jobs are what graduates are trying to obtain because they pay better then other jobs. Now that technology and big data companies are growing, these subjects are needed to go above the standard radar because that is the direction America is moving.
The major I am intending on studying is that of Computer Science. I chose this as my major because I have a past history with working with computers and technology in general. In high school, I was president of the robotics club and that really inspired me to want to have a future career working with machinery and programming. Computer Science was the perfect fit me for! In addition to my interest, my brother also studied a similar major at Syracuse University. His influence also contributed to me wanting to chose this major. Now that he graduated he first handily told me the benefits of having a degree in technology.
I can use this degree for the simple reason that the world is expanding through the use of computers. Businesses and companies all are using computers to evolve with the use of big data. I can use my prior knowledge along with my education at UAlbany to obtain jobs and help these companies grow. With the use of programing I will be able to create useful programs that will hopefully one day become standardized. I want to help make technology even more efficient then it already is today. In the near future computers will outsource even IT supports. They said in less then 20 year that’s a huge possibility. Although this sounds as a negative considering my major is basically that of IT support, I see it as a huge opportunity. I will be able to help regulate the robots since that is what I will be studying. At the end of the day humans hold all the knowledge that computers know, so if I will be able to program them, I will have a successful future.
In my opinion citizenship is only a legality in the eyes of our government. I say that because the government treats citizens with bare minimal rights that are “granted” only for pure structure of the country. The minimal rights that are given, do not insure that we as “Americans” are considered citizens. At the end of the day the government continues to violate our “ unalienable rights” so how could we consider ourselves citizens at all? In some cases, people of different races and skin colors are treated differently in the eyes of political officials or “people of the law”. Why is it that there are more African Americans in jail then there where African Americans enduring slavery in the 1800’s. Why is it that in the constitution it says individuals are subjected to some forms of slavery when incarcerated? That shows that the staggering amounts of African American citizens who are placed in jails are still facing some forms of slavery to this day. Why is it that there are people who are extremely rich while there are people who are extremely poor. The extreme differences of economic well-being shows that the government does not cater to all “citizens”. How can an individual be considered a citizen but is still being oppressed by the government? Why is it that the government refuses to grants their “citizens” human rights opposed to selective rights that we have today. This shows that citizenship is only a legality in the sense that it’s only proven because it is written on physical paper. Just because you can look up your “social security” in a giant book does not make you a citizen of this country for those very reasons.
There is such a thing as civic duty to a certain extent. To me civic duty includes helping a fellow neighbor in the time of need or trying to intervene when you see a threat approaching. Other than that, voluntarily fighting in pointless wars does not make you more of citizen than the next man. The government pushes for civic duty by displaying advertisements of recruitment on the television. These advertisements are tailored to make an individual feel imperialistic and patriotic. They end these commercials by waving the red, white and blue flag to show that you as an individual must fight and risk your life for your “grand ol’ country that cares about you”. Civic duty should be trying to make the country a better place by doing little considerate tasks for the people around you and not going to other countries and imposing terror on the innocent. How can you call yourself a citizen if public icons are pushing for destroying another country without batting an eye or shedding a tear but with a wave of an iron fist? That alone should make an individual feel unsafe and disposable. Why would the government treat their “citizens” any different if they can’t even respect the HUMAN RIGHTS of a citizen from another country? I was born in White Plains, New York in 1995 and to this day I can say that I don’t feel like my family and I are citizens of this country, We are just numbers that are at the mercy of the regime.