Social Media Abuse

In the world that we live in today with easy access to the world wide web, it seems, in some people’s minds that bulling over the web is better than face to face. I makes sense, as it can be done anonymously but you can still really destroy someone’s self esteem, and now you can even harass people you have never met. I find it incredible how I am signed up to nearly every social networking sight under the sun, and out of all of them, WordPress seems to be the website where I get it the worst.

I have created my two blogs purely to aid my own education, what I publish is purely for work concerning my A levels, and is intended for personal reference and for my teachers to monitor my progress. We all make mistakes but the fact I have been receptively harassed for my spelling is pathetic. I have been accused of giving false information, but I implore that these blogs are my notes and thoughts on what I am learning thoughts my courses and are not intended for other people.

The one person that gives me constant hate for my blogs must get some sort of kick out of making other people feel awful because of a few minor spelling mistakes, but again, it is not intended for their reference.

PLEASE don’t harass people across the internet, it doesn’t make you big or clever, and its honestly pathetic if you can’t say it face to face.


Mark Pagel: How language transformed humanity

Mark Pagel: How language transformed humanity

Language allows you to implant something from your mind into someone else’s mind and they can attempt to do the same to you.

When you speak you are using a form of telemetry, language relies on discrete impulses of sound.

 You use language to alter the thoughts in someone else brain to suit your interests.

Languages subversive power has been recognised throughout the ages in censorship, books you can’t read, phrases you can’t use and words you can’t say.

The ‘tower of Bable’ a fable in the bible is a warning about the power of language. According to the story early humans developed their conduit that by using their language from witch to work together, they could build a tower to heaven together. God got angry and destroyed the tower and to make sure it never happened again, he scatted the people by giving them different languages and this confused them.

The wonderful irony that our languages exist to prevent us communicating with other people.

Even in this day and age we are not allowed to use certain words and phrases because if we do we will have to face some sort of punishment, be it a telling off, or even death is some countries.  

Why is it that we are the only species with coherent speech? Why don’t chimps talk? We see them to be intelligent as they use tools of grass stems to get termites out the nest, but why don’t they use a shovel? Chimps lack social learning, they lack the ability to copy others, so they just do the same things over and over again. We know this as the Homo erectus who lived in the African savannah over 2 million years ago made hand axes but they made the same axes for 1 million years, that’s about 44,000 generations.  The Neanderthals had more complicated tools but again very little change.

But we can learn, we can learn by watching other people and coping or imitating, we can then choose form a range of options to be the best we can be, it is a cumulative of ideas and adaptation.

Social learning is visual theft. A person can watch another person and take their best idea without putting in the time or energy to create the idea in the first place.

At the human Turing point we had two options, to either stay in family groups and only share ideas with them that would have led to our species dying out or to work as a community to benefit from each other, we chose the community and from that we cave created language to communicate and to stop the visual theft that was going on.

It is social technology to help with cooperation, for reaching agreements, for striking deals and coordinating.

In a developing society, language is so important, without is like a bird without wings. It is the panicle of the world, it makes things clear, and it’s what has made us advance.

Where an animal would have to stay in a certain habitat as it suits their needs, we have social learning that allows us to go where we want and change that setting to suit us.

As we evolved we created many different languages, over 8000. The greatest density of different languages is in the places where lots of people are crammed into small places. We use languages to establish identities and to protect it from other people.

EU language translation costs over 1 billion pounds a year. The EU employs 2000 official translators.

There lots of was to measure things, but the metric is used the most, with time all around the world most uses minutes seconds and hours.

In a world where we want to present exchange, at one point we may become one world with one language.

Foxp2 is the gene that allows language.


The answer is, FTALSTUCEish?

I saw this image today on Google images and it really did make me laugh, but it also made me think, how many people get away with the right answer by misspelling ehat it is they are righting? will tis gin us marks or will is make us lose them? Also is spelling inportasnt? is it becoming more inportant now that coreswork is being eradicated and it is all exam baced? Will this help some exseed, or the majorty fail? wot r ur thoutchts?

(sorry for the typos, they were purposeful)


Excuse the title rhyme it awful. Its important that you get this right because; ‘you only get one shot (so make it count) you may never get this moment again’ – JLS

Its important to nail question one so you stand in good stead for the rest of the exam. In question number one you are marked out of 48 marks, which is divided up into 16 per AO. SO if you are good at maths you would have worked out that there are three AOs and you have to cover them ALL in order to get a good grade. yay. 

The students that have done well over the last few years succeeded by;

– using different and original groupings that others may not have thought of.

– Being led by the data given in the exam, showing an open minded approach.

– linking to AO1 and AO2 consistently.

– Supporting their answers with linguistic terms, considering audience, genre and purpose. 

These are only a few points but they will definitely help when it comes to the exam. ‘Reach for the stars, climb every mountain high’ – S Club 7.

Life after the war: Spanish Flu

Kitty Gamble

Oh, the Spanish ‘flu. I hardly have to give a detailed description of it, I should think. Wikipedia says it was one of the deadliest natural disasters in human history – and claims it killed 3-5% of the world’s population.

Terrifying. But what was even scarier was that it was coming on the back of World War One. Or, rather, at the same time. The first wave happened early in 1918, and the second more deadly wave peaked (in the UK at least) in November 1918. It also killed a surprising amount of young people – unusual for a pandemic, when it’s usually the very young or old that die. The Spanish flu hit predominately young people, though – and apparently, modern science seems to think it was because of what is called a cytokine storm, which is very interesting.

But back to my research. By the time my…

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Your blogger needs you!

Jacey Lamerton

Take 37 million casualties, tortuous political machinations and an overwhelmingly arduous four years of mud, blood and tears in the deadlocked trenches.

Yes, take World War 1- one of the deadliest conflicts in human history …. and make FASHION!

Diving back into the classroom in my 40s has been a crazy challenge in itself. But now they’ve asked us to create a garment inspired by the death, destruction and utter misery that was World War I.

To be fair, it’s actually a fantastic opportunity. The labyrinthine treasure box that is York’s Castle Museum is opening a spanking new exhibition of the Great War next year – and we have been asked to create an item of clothing to be displayed in this very special gallery. 

More than 7 million tourists visit York, and a good proportion of them must trot across that rotten old car park to this major attraction…

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My first impressions on JE

I enjoyed JE for many reasons, and one of those it that it was written a short time after the war, so it was a very relevant piece of drama for many people. I also like the lengthy stage directions, of what the play is full of, these long stage directions give the actors a lot of time to build up tension through the silences. Its interesting to see the bonds between the different characters and how some of the men break social expectations, which would have been highly controversial at the time the play was written. Its intriguing to see the diversity of characters through the language used, and it would have been a big eye opener to the people who originally watched it in 1929.