The Bieber Obsession-Healthy or Not?

2 12 2012

Having an obsession does not physically harm a person. Justin Bieber is the biggest teen heartthrob in the world. He is so incredibly successful and is loved for his beautiful, flawless voice, music and personality.
There is nothing wrong with having an obsession with him because he is a good role model. He is a good, kind and thoughtful Christian person.

Life has not always been good for Justin. He was raised by a single mother who gave birth to him at only 18 years old. His parents separated when he was only a few months old. He lived in a tiny town in Canada and was very poor. So poor that he slept on a sofa bed in public housing. Until he was discovered on YouTube, signed to a record label and moved to the USA.
You are not doing any harm to yourself by having an obsession with Justin Bieber because he inspires people and writes songs that really mean something to him. He doesn’t make music to be successful, he writes music for his fans.

Bieber also encourages people to believe in their dreams because his craziest dreams came true. He writes music to inspire people and wants everyone to believe in their dreams.
“I’m telling you, people. Every day we wake up is another blessing. Follow your dreams and don’t let anyone stop you. Never say never.” –Justin Bieber.

Bieber is a Christian and he does not write songs with raunchy lyrics or to encourage alcohol or partying. Justin Bieber is a good role model and every teenager with dreams should look up to him, because he never thought putting a few videos of him singing on YouTube would make him famous and loved by millions of fans who believe in him and support him.
“Haters will say what they want, but their hate will never stop you from chasing your dream” ― Justin Bieber

By Alexandra





Are teenagers too caught up in their celebrity obsessions?

2 12 2012

Teenage obsessions over celebrities have been a normal part of growing up, particularly with girls. But are these little teenage obsessions of our generation becoming something that everyone is getting too caught up in?

Recently, we had Justin Bieber come to Sydney for a three-night stay from July 15th to July 18th. He was a special guest on the most popular morning news show, Sunrise. That morning, fans from all over the country lined up for 20 hours straight, and numerous of fans had to be helped away by security. It even included of some fans being admitted into hospital. It was such mayhem that they had 35 security guards, 30 police and 8 first aid officers. 60,000 people applied for a ticket to see Justin Bieber perform three songs. Child psychologist Sally-Anne McCormack said “Remember when Justin Bieber was on Sunrise? It was really dangerous, kids got trampled in the crowd”.

Teenage obsessions over celebrities are becoming very unhealthily. Crying, fainting and staying up at all hours trying to spot their celebrity obsessions is becoming very popular reactions to hearing about their celebrity obsession. Some teens will sit on their computer all weekend checking up on their Facebook, Twitter or any other social networking site, to see if their celebrity obsession has tweeted back or accepted their friend request. It is getting out of hand.

Many teens’ lives are becoming based on celebrity happenings. Are they too bored in their own life that they become obsessed with celebrities? Or is it a conversation starter because every teen has their celebrity obsession, as it is a passing fad? News on celebrities is everywhere, we see them on the television, newspapers, magazines, and every form of media includes them, triggering many to idolize them.

Justin Glennon, a senior in High School said, “People shouldn’t focus on following someone’s every move, it should be about living your own life”. Whatever the trigger is for teenagers to become so obsessed with their celebrity obsessions and crushes, they need to be less recognized so that teenagers start to get more involved in their reality instead of getting too caught up in the gossip of their celebrity obsessions lives.





Horrible Homework?

2 12 2012

Homework is always made out to be the worst part of school. It is the worst memory when you think back to school. But is homework now days increasing to a ridiculous level? In a recent interview, Jasmine in year 7 shared her opinions on homework and shares what students of our decade think of homework. Jasmine was asked a few questions on the topic of homework, her answers are not surprising for a 12-year-old girl.

When asked about the options of having or not having homework, Jasmine answered like any other student would answer.
“I would definitely choose to have homework”, Jasmine said with sarcasm. Jasmine talked about definitely not having homework because she said that you need those lazy afternoons to recap and socialize with your neighbours and family. Although, Jasmine also had a reasonable twist to her answer, “I do think though that unfinished class work should be done at home as it shows that you were obviously not working hard enough that lesson”. This is a very fair perspective of homework that most people would relate to.

This then brought up the big question about the benefits, if any, of homework to children such as Jasmine.
Jasmine was very firm and knew what her opinion was on this topic. As any child of her age would say, “To be honest I really don’t think homework benefits our learning. All we achieve with our homework is frustration and a brain overload”. This is not a surprise as everyone remembers homework as a pain and a memory that should be forgotten forever. Jasmine also brought up the point throughout this question which was that sometimes, she has barley any time to spend with the family as she is in her room the whole night finishing off her homework.

When asked the question of whether homework is fair or not Jasmine answered with a “NO!” Her answer was very reasonable and would give a lot of teachers something to think about. Jasmine exclaimed that teachers don’t realize that students take other classes not just theirs. “Teachers give us a reasonable amount of homework for that class, but they forget about how many other classes we have that also give what they think is a reasonable amount of homework”. There is no doubt about it – every student her age would agree with this argument.

Jasmine then explained that the majority of her grade would agree with her about homework, but there are some students that appreciate being given homework as an extra time to study and get what they have learned stuck right into their brains. Although, it seems most students are fed up by the end of the day. But as Jasmine said, “If we had a grade vote, of course homework would be voted as a big no”.

By Chloe





How to Cope with High School

2 12 2012

There is a lot to cope with in high school. Homework gets harder and is given more often. You get busier and busier and the workload is piled so high that you can’t even see what’s in front of you. To top it all off the punishment for incomplete homework is detention. Fun, right?
In order to get some information about how students cope with the workload in high school an interview was conducted with a Year 9 student. Jess was certainly feeling the strain of the heavy workload and the number of assignments all due in the same week. ‘I thought there would be less work. In Year 8 we didn’t have that much and I was definitely not expecting the amount of work we have this year. Now I’m worried for Year 10 – I mean what’s that going to be like?’ I’m sure this is the same for many other Year 9 students. The sudden increase of work was a shock to Jess and she has had to find a way of coping.
‘You have to get into the habit of being organised. That is the number one thing!’ Jess made her point clear with this statement. Organisation is key. Luckily many high schools provide students with diaries so they can track when their homework is due and put it in order of priority. Jess also makes the statement that there are other things that you can use to keep organised too, but the way you organise your work is completely up to you. However, there are consequences of not being organised. ‘I was not, and am still not organised and it was really hard.’
A great way to make sure that you do your homework is to reward yourself for doing it. If your favourite thing to do is walk your dog then take him for a walk as soon as you have done your homework. ‘It’s a big motivation…’ Having something to look forward to after you have done your homework is great and Jess agrees. ‘It’s good to have some time to do what I want to do.’ Jess has pointed out that having the right frame of mind can make all the difference. So if you forget your homework, instead of stressing about your detention, remember to ask; what’s the worst thing that can possibly happen?

By Chloe





Pretty Little Liars TV Show Review

2 12 2012

“Never trust a pretty girl with an ugly secret.” Pretty Little Liars is a popular book series that has been turned into an even more popular TV series. It is based around four girls who are all connected by the mysterious disappearance of their friend. Each girl has their own secret, however and the mysterious ‘A’ seems to know them all. The girls are being ‘haunted’ by an unknown stalker who threatens to ruin them.
Usually the book is better than the movie, correct? Not in this series. Whilst the book still has the ability to draw the reader in and create drama and suspense it is nothing compared to the series. Which is no wonder, really, when the TV series has a whole lot of techniques, special effects, music and setting choices at its disposal. Combined with a great director, stunning actors and actresses and a great script we really begin to see the potential.
When comparing the series to the books, you can see that they are quite similar. Rather than deciding to make a movie the company chose to make a TV series, so that they have the advantage of more time and because of this they can include more from the books so no-one is disappointed.
The setting was everything the book said it would be and more. When reading it, the images that came to mind were of the perfect, “Desperate Housewives” style street, complete with manicured lawns and fresh flowers. The TV series ability to suddenly change from a bright and happy street to a dark and scary place to be was definitely better than the book’s ability to do so.
Overall, the book is certainly a great read and impossible to put down, but the TV series is just that bit better. What’s your opinion?
Chloe





Australia’s Got Viewers?

26 11 2012

The public display of one’s talent is important in the process of becoming who you are. Competitive shows, which air right across the country give ordinary people a chance to improve their skills and talents while also coping with the ongoing pressure that comes with fame. It is a great way to start a career as it provides the contestant with experience and knowledge on how to deal with cameras and paparazzi as well as the many rumours that circulate around the media.
Statistics have shown that rising stars who begin on competitive shows are 27% less likely to suffer from stress and emotional issues as those who rose to fame on their own. Psychologist Ian Somers explains, ‘a star has to cope with many issues in their everyday life on their own which often come emotional and physical consequences. Through competitive TV shows, they are able to slowly progress through the rise of fame, gradually dealing with media and fan base while being guided by experienced mentors. This provides them with the experience and support they need to keep a stabilised mental health status. ’
Not only do shows like this benefit the people involved, they also provide a great source of inspiration for viewer’s right across the world. Master Chef has a diverse fan base, which includes young children who are inspired to learn how to cook and create. This skill is essential in life and learning at an early age with greatly enhance the child’s abilities as they progress through life. Shows like X Factor and Australia’s Got Talent also offer encouragement to the younger and even older generations, to strive for their goal because anything is possible.
Television shows have such a big impact on society so it is only right to be portraying a positive image and promoting self-confidence and belief. Both of these aspects are positively publicized through the use of reality and competitive television shows. From these shows come inspiring stories and positive people which allow the world to see the real them and understand real life struggles that come with growing up and living life. The Biggest Loser is a great example of a positive influence. It inspires and creates opportunities for everyday people to get into shape and improve their lifestyle. This has a good feel to it and is truly inspirational to all members of the public.
In a survey conducted by our researchers at The Shore shows that 79% of people prefer television competition shows to soap operas and other genres. When asked their reasons, the common response was simply that it was much more relatable. These types of programs promote real people and real talents instead of the usual dramatic scene that is common in television shows. Most of these programs are audience based, allowing viewers to state their opinion and have their say. This gives them a sense of power as they are able to express.
Competitive television shows have a clear impact on the audience and should continue to promote the use of real people and real talents for entertainment.

By Ella





The Culture of Winning

26 11 2012

Winning is great. There’s no doubt about that. The feeling of winning a final, or
scoring a goal is something that we all love. But why is winning so important?
Why should not we enjoy the game, not the result? As a keen footballer and
cricketer, I have felt the pain of losing and the ecstasy of winning. The recent
Olympics and the current Paralympics do show many variations on the
importance of winning.

For some athletes such as Lam Shin of South Korea, losing is
unbearable. She lost in a semi-final match but refused to leave because she felt
she controversially lost. Now I understand that the Olympics is one of the most
important times in an athletes life, but to spit the dummy and to act like a child
is not the way to go. On the other hand though, British Olympian Tom Daley
only came third in his specialist event and had disappointing results in the others.
Despite this he was clearly happy with his bronze medal and even jumped in the
pool with his team mates. That’s the way to behave is it not?

This win or die trying mentality is not only affecting adult Olympians, but is also
affecting the youth of today. Maybe it is because of what they see on TV or even
the influence they receive from their friends and parents. This leads to many
games where they are ruined by the attitude of the players. Foul play and foul
language have marred many games that I have played in which previously had
expectations of being a fun (but serious), game. Why do people turn angry when
things are not going their way? Why do they have to resort to acting like children
whilst using words that would be inappropriate for even adults? It is a question
that I ask myself after most games and an issue that will most likely grow worse.

Parents are not blameless either. Even though it is in good nature for a parent
to encourage their child to win or to give advice on what they are doing wrong,
this interference can influence a child to place so much importance on winning.
This is the major issue that I have. I like it when my dad congratulates me on
winning and I appreciate the advice that he gives me because I love sport. Now
I am not saying that my dad is not perfect and blameless, but he does not care
about me winning or scoring goals just whether I try my hardest for my team.

This may seem like a biased view but I believe that is how every parent should
act regarding sport.

It would be an uphill battle for me to attempt to change people’s perspectives
on sport, as I know that I am not perfect. Even though I like to think that I show
good sportsmanship and am humble in victory whilst being grateful in defeat I
know that sometimes I may do the wrong thing. But that is the nature of sport
and I personally believe it is wrong. This article is not to have a go at people and
blame people, just to make them think about their attitude and behaviour towards
the pursuit of success and the culture of winning. In the future this may create a
better sporting atmosphere where no matter what the score or the result, we can
all get along and have fun.