The youth of today have never had it better – growing up with better nutrition and education, it seems as if they have a sea of opportunities. However this Economist article states that the truth is different – that we are cruelly wasting our talent. Government and employment policies favour the old more. And we don’t want frustrated and jobless youngsters leading our tomorrow. The article offers a few suggestions.
A text/sms just takes a few moments; chatting on WhatsApp can be even faster. However, sending a snail mail – a handwritten letter – takes time; an email takes lesser time than that. But, in a world where we need instant messages, email is still slow. My spouse sometimes complains about the amount of work mail that he has to first tackle in the morning. There is an email account of mine that I rarely use because it is so full of crap – advertisements, messages from social media etc. My email inboxes are cluttered. The first mails that I read are personal ones and then the ones related to work. Rest of them mostly go unread.
In spite of the issues with email, emails and emailing lives on – the article today explores the reasons for email’s longevity. It also has interesting snapshots of its history.
It goes without saying that writing influences us – it affects or shapes our ideas and thoughts. The more convincing the writer, the more persuaded we become of accepting his or her point of view. Novels can be vampiric and the art of storytelling is necessarily an exertion of power – as this writer tells us. I guess it is better to choose our reading well.
I am tea person but I do know a lot of coffee aficionados. One of them can have cold coffee almost anytime. Another won’t trade coffee for any other kind of beverage. They can go on and on about the kind of flavours that can go with coffee, or the places where great coffee is served, So while the people I know are mostly interested in the actual experience of having coffee (just like this food writer), the article says more about coffee than just that. It would, for example, tell you why a light or medium roast of coffee beans is stronger than a dark roast of the beans.
Happy New Year everyone! What I am posting today is perhaps not one of the best first posts of a new year; but, it is quite interesting.
I don’t like people using swear words. Perhaps I feel threatened, or I feel that it could be a result of limited vocabulary or limited imagination. The writer of the article does not believe so. He believes that expletives can sometimes be advantageous or that swearing has less violent functions than physically venting out anger. In this witty write-up, he also talks about the appropriate and inappropriate times to swear.