From the First Sight – Evolution of Perception in Human Society

October 25, 2012 § 2 Comments

There are, perhaps, two main factors influencing the process of development of human society – information and communication, and nowadays both of them are rapidly changing. Written text as the way to transfer data and news becomes outdated – we read less and are more interested in photographs, comics, pictures and posters instead. This switch to video form of thinking and perception has both its advantages and disadvantages.

A social network, which occupies the third place in spread and popularity after Facebook and Twitter is Pinterest. Pinterest allows a user to create a collection of images divided into theme groups. The communication between the users is minimal; the friendship is based only on the similarity of aesthetic perception. The words in Pinterest plays insignificant role as this social network presents the exchange of purely visual information. This tendency can be noticed in Facebook and other social networks as well, as virtually-oriented blogs are the most popular ones. The post or article without a picture will hardly attract the reader’s attention.

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The awfulness of female circumcision

July 9, 2012 § 1 Comment

A 22-year-old Marwat shakes her head, trying to get rid of terrible memories. Like most of the other Egyptian women, she also experienced all the awfulness of circumcision. According to some data, from 60 to 80% of African women are victims of this practice, which exists since the Pharaohs time. About 6 thousand girls undergo this operation in Africa every day. It is considered to be a part of traditional beliefs and acts of initiation of a girl into a woman. The operation is being done in extremely unsanitary conditions and without any painkillers.

One of the main aims of this manipulation is to reduce sexual desire and maintain a reproductive function, but it is proved that the effect of this operation is quite opposite – girls often become infertile, crippled and unhappy. In addition, according to scientists’ investigations, female circumcision has nothing to do with religion. That became a motto for their advertising campaign.
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