Author: Sophie Simons

Predator Free 2050: An Achievable Goal?

Predator Free 2050, is an expansive network of community led projects across New Zealand, with the goal of becoming predator free by the year 2050. Each region presents its unique challenges and advantages in becoming an area without predators. As a goal, it is admirable of New Zealand to strive

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Fox News and Infotainment

America upholds the press as an important part of how its democracy functions, even to the point of amending its constitution to include freedom of the press. The aim of a free press is for news reporting to be unbiased and politically neutral in order to accurately depict news events

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Conflict Exaggeration In The News

In the article, “Why Are We Fascinated with Violence? An Investigation of Mass Media’s Role in Depicting Violence as Entertainment,” Kseniya I. Dmitrieva argues that humanity has an incessant need for conflict. By overrepresenting crime and violence, Dmitrieva writes that news organizations make a “strategic move” to increase their viewership

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Social Darwinism And The News

Social Darwinism focuses on the principle of “survival of the fittest.” Within the news ecosystem, this means that only news outlets which are heavily profitable will survive. Some news organisations receive public funding while others are privately run. This creates a competition environment for news organisations who are actively competing

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Platform Capitalism

Platform capitalism creates further social divide and inequality in our society, particularly within issues of information distribution, privacy and algorithmic bias. Platform capitalism is disproportional, negatively impacts the poorer subsets of our populations – especially people of minority backgrounds – and is manipulated by corporations and people in positions of power. As a

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A History Of The Pride Symbol

Symbols revolutionize social and political movements and celebrate a collective unity, community and history. Symbols define origin stories. A catalyst for the expansion of pride parades was the creation of the symbolic LGBT+ pride flag. Classification of queer people occurred throughout World War 2 by Nazi Germany. Adolf Hitler adopted

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WeChat And AliPay: Transforming Or Disrupting NZ Businesses?

On 4 July 2019, the North Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence held a revolutionary speaker event on the new payment and integration technology of WeChat and the Chinese payment system AliPay. Specifically, the speaker Ralph Shale addressed some key discussion points from Chinese e-commerce and mobile payments, why it matters,

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Cristiano Da Costa – Ambassador For Timor Lester To NZ

Cristiano da Costa, a representative from Timor Leste, was a very important voice on the perspective of international relations for smaller island countries. In a recent seminar, da Costa indicated that as a small country, Timor Leste has limited power and therefore has to create and maintain diplomatic relationships very

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Thinking Sustainably And Economically

Dr Barbara Nebel is a powerful woman in business doing amazing things for the good of the environment and is an expert in her field, which made her seminar “How do we determine if a cotton bag is better than a plastic one?” incredibly engaging and interesting. She discussed the

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Waikato Wars – Deep Parts Of NZ History

The Waikato Wars are a significant historical event in New Zealand’s history, occurring between 1863 and 1864 between the British settlers and Maori indigenous people. There are a few notable causes which are considered important in the wider picture, for example; the long-standing tension and conflicts between the Maori and

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Weaponry And Innovation In Medicine

Developments in chemical warfare during World War One were significant in driving the progress of medical advancement. Humanity has known for centuries about the impact that chemical weaponry has on casualties of war. In 1675, the Strasbourg Agreement was signed to prevent the extensive brutality of chemical warfare that was

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Global Enterprise Experience And Social Entrepreneurship

Modern problems require modern solutions. Global Enterprise Experience provides a unique experience to university students to create a business proposal for a profitable company that solves a global solution. Teams of 8 work from all across the global facing challenges with communication, access and resources. Teaching entrepreneurship programmes like these

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Peaceful Protests And Strikes In New Zealand

Peaceful protest underlies the importance of democracy. Recently in New Zealand, there has been a trend for protests to call on the government to make fundamental changes to legislation. On 11 April, the Postgraduate Students Association led a peaceful protest to call for the government to reintroduce postgraduate student allowances.

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Corporate Greed. Commercialization

Global conglomerates make millions and even billions of dollars because of their corporate greed and brutal marketing strategies designed to create publicity. With the recent memorials of ANZAC Day, commercialization would be on every marketer’s mind. Globally, it has become accepted for large companies to make political statements and commercialize

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The Mueller Report

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s special prosecutor Robert Mueller released his report on the alleged collusion of the 2016 presidential election last week, inciting significant global media coverage, delving into the depths of the extensive report. Mueller’s report had already received significant controversy by the Trump campaign as a result

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Blood Relations Project

Arguably, the most difficult and long-standing conflict in our society is the conflict between Israel and Pakistan. As the conflict has continued over 60 years, anyone would argue that the usual diplomatic and military strategies fail to end the conflict. Rather, many governments are taking measures that escalate the conflict.

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