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[08/30/2008] Putting the "H" in Highschool
[08/30/2008] In North America, you say "Idiot"
[08/30/2008] Living a Lie
[08/31/2008] Is Smarter Technology making Humanity Dumber?

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Putting the "H" in Highschool

So, we all know that a lot of Visual Novels contain rather... 18+ material in them. At least, a lot of us do. However, there is a rising advance of Visual Novels that are placed in Highschool settings, resulting in having highschoolers talking part in some actions that normally, I'm pretty sure highschoolers, young as they are, should NOT be participating in. So, what are some results of that? Are there any? How does this affect school life, and how teenagers think of and view sex as a whole? I am I just over thinking this?
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Putting the "H" in Highschool

Regardless of how much you try to enforce rules, there are still people who will break these rules. Usually (hopefully!) most people have a good amount of common sense, and will not openly partake in something as this. Even if you were to remove any images or suggestive scenes, I don't think teenagers would view sex any differently, and would still continue to engage in well... *ahem*. My belief is that you shouldn't try to stop them from doing this, but make them fully understand the risks, responsibilities, and so on before doing so. I also DIRELY hope that this is happening due to a strong bond of love between the two. Usually, the guy is the one to put pressure on his girlfriend, though. >.< If he can keep it in his pants until marriage, great. If not, let's at least make sure he fully realizes what he's doing.
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In North America, you say "Idiot"

Recently, I've been noticing an outbreak of people who try to use as much Japanese as possible into their sentences. Especially on an Asian media site like CR. I don't think it's a problem that people are trying out new things, and even better, learning new and different things, especially if it's concerning a language as awesome as Japanese. I have no problem with that. My problem stems from the fact that people are trying to use Japanese, and looking down on other people who can't speak it, or, just using a foreign language as an output for more vexing reasons, such as using Japanese just to swear with it. Or, the more frequently used "baka" term thats been spreading like wildfire. That, and adding Japanese suffixes to names and ends of sentences desu. Its highly possible that this just bothers me, and that's fine. But I've been wondering: What is it that makes Japanese and Japan so special? And are kids and teenagers only looking at a very small portion of Japanese culture (a.k.a., manga, anime, etc) and ignoring the rest?
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Putting the "H" in Highschool

@Hiro: I guess it relies heavily on beliefs and upbringing, then. For example, a Christian, like me, believes that sex is sacred and should be saved for marriage. Also, if you grew up in a family that treasured the insitiution that is Family, then you would grow up knowing what is the quote-unquote "right" and "wrong" thing to do. However, I think that if you removed most, if not all images or suggestive scenes, then maybe kids and teenagers these days wouldn't think that having sex "whenever you feel like it" is okay, or "if the love is there". I agree that making them understand the risks, responsibilities, etc is a key point, but I think that being able to stop them from doing something like that is important as well. I think that a young woman in highschool just cannot take care of a baby, and is not mentally prepared for the responsibility of taking care of precious life, no matter how strong the bond of love between the two.
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This is sort of long so I put it in spoiler tags.

In North America, you say "Idiot"



Putting the "H" in Highschool


I'd write more/better responses but I have to go now. You can sort of tell I got too lazy to type near the end. And it was a bit hard to think of something to say because there weren't enough questions/opinions to talk about, haha. Or maybe I was just reading the other posts too fast. <.< I'll think about it while I'm gone I guess. I hope that's not too long either...
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Living a Lie

What is truth?

This topic has been on my mind for a long, long time. It's a really important subject to me, and I hope you can bear with me. Here's a scenario: You go to the doctor to get your usual checkup. Your doctor does his usual routine and you leave. What you don't know, is that the second you walk through the door, the doctor informs your family and all of your next of kin that you are going to die in a month from a heart illness that suddenly came up. How would you feel? Would you have wanted to know the truth? What if the situation was reversed? You knew your were going to die. Would you tell your family?

Some people go to great lengths to ignore the truth and continue living a life that is filled with lies, false-hoods and half truths. If you heard that your boyfriend/girlfriend/partner was actually cheating on you for some other person, would you go find the truth, or brush it aside and keep living the life of love with your significant other? Would you want to be told you were adopted? And if you were adopted, would you want to find out who your real parents were? If your friend murdered someone, would you go to the authorities?

How important is truth? Why is it important? If we had the power to hide the truth, which we do, what are the effects of it? They say "ignorance is bliss" - is it really? Would you rather have the horrible truth revealed to you right away? Or face betrayal?

Sometimes the truth is a burden. Sometimes the truth is painful. Would you to carry the burden of a keeping a secret, no matter heavy the burden becomes? Would you be willing to go through pain, no matter how horrible, no matter what the circumstances are, to discover the truth?
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In North America, you say "Idiot"

nothing really makes japanese special to me. i think it just thing that younger anime fan that watch sub after turning into. i think they also are ignoring the rest unless they are serious about japanese and not doing " weebo" things. and learn the whole picture about japan. and a something related to this topic does anyone wonder if we will slowly lose propers english? with all the leet talk and the word the sounds almost the same. i tend to type like that because of the time i spend on the computer has degraded my vocabarly.
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Living a Lie

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So long... ~_~

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@Shino, I think maybe in a hundred years or so, English will be completely different than "proper English". Like how Old English is so different from English now. This "New English" would probably be full of words like LOL, omg u dnt txt me ystrdy, u, etc. Lots of horrible spelling. People who are professionals in grammar and spelling would probably faint if they saw it. -_-
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Living a Lie

You know, I'd hate to use this as a reference, but Symphonic Rain just barely did this to me. .__. I'll try not to include any spoilers. After being used to a lie for so long, suddenly having the truth slammed in your face is shocking. Like skittty said, the longer you get used to the lie, the harder it is to correct it with the truth later. I personally believe telling the truth is extremely important. With truth builds trust and belief. Even if the lie benefits the person being lied to, if (when, more like, as all lies usually get exposed sooner or later) that person finds out the truth, how do you think that person is going to feel? Let them live in reality, and not a fake life shielded from anything bad that you would have to lie about.

@Shino, skittty: I can personally tell you that if a "New English" came out that was filled with abbreviations and internet slang, a part of me would most likely die inside from having to live in a world like that. x.x I'd continue to use this "Modern Old English" or "Middle English" regardless of all the texters/lazy people speaking "New English." I guess you could compare it to a guy speaking in "Ye Olde English" today. Long live literacy!
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@Hiro: I already kind of die inside when I see the "0mg _____-kUn iz s00 hAwt (^.^)" kind of comments here on CR and on many other places in the internet. Oh, and "New English" will probably also have "baka" and "kawaii". X_x I want to read someone's essay in New English and see what mark they will get...
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@skittty: Okay, I'm getting an idea of how that scenario would go. Teacher: Alright, time to grade ____'s essay. Let's see what his/her opinion was on the subject... "___ was sch a baka 4 not folling teh ruls liek he shud an now his fren is n jail lolz." Teacher: ... What? I swear, if I didn't know better this kid was trying to write in Russian or something. My God, what did this kid's previous teachers do during teaching hours? -essay gets hit by an F mallet- Teacher: Ugh, I think I got a bit of a headache. I'm going to go lie down for a bit, maybe read a good book to regain my sanity...
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Is Smarter Technology making Humanity Dumber?

TV. Computers. Internet. Cellphones. MSN. Email. Calculators.

With the rise of newer and smarter technologies and easier and more convenient lifestyles, are we in turn making ourselves dumber? TV and computers allow us to have entertainment just a click away. Internet made gathering information easier, and the method of researching through books is now “out dated”. Cellphones and MSN allows us to talk to each other without being together, and decreasing our ability to type and spell properly. Instead of using our minds, we have a calculator do our work for us. Are we are beginning to rely on technology too much? Is there a limit to how much we can rely on it? What are some pros and cons of technology?

EDIT: For the sake of debating, I'll have Hiro try to convince an unknown audience that technology is bad, and have Skittty take of the front for technology is good. :3 You don't have to if you don't wan't to though.
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Is Smarter Technology making Humanity Dumber?

Technology is a "benefit" to man .. And a "benefit" always comes with something done "less" and doing something less would mean degradation of the skill associated with the benefit recieved so ..

Yeah .. it's making Humans dumb .. -_-
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