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(excerpt from cnn.com)

If the Internet wins the Nobel Peace Prize, do we all get a trophy?

Several nominees for the prestigious 2010 prize, which was awarded last year to President Obama, surfaced on Wednesday in news reports. Among them: “The Internet” and, separately, several of the Web’s creators, including Larry Roberts, Vint Cerf and Tim Berners-Lee, who is pictured above.

If one of those guys wins, it’s pretty clear who would receive the award.

But if the Internet wins? No one seems to know what would happen then. Maybe give it to Al Gore?

The Internet’s credentials aren’t bad. Recently, it helped speed relief efforts to Haiti and organized protesters in Iran. Wired Magazine in Italy, which has been advocating for the nomination, says it spreads “dialogue, debate and consensus.”

The truth is that the Internet is designed as a fairly neutral platform – and it’s used both for good and ill. That’s perhaps why the nomination has sparked so much debate – ahem – on the Internet.

Some Web sites, including the tech blog Mashable, have asked whether Wired Magazine in Italy is raising the issue to try to get publicity. One commenter on that blog wrote: “This is a really dumb idea for a bunch of smart people … I think it is just a publicity stunt on Wired’s part.”

Others say it’s silly to give the Nobel Peace Prize to a thing instead of a person.

The who-will-accept-this-award thread is becoming a running joke online:

“If the Internet wins the Nobel Peace Prize, I really hope a cat accepts the award,” Twitter user @joyengel wrote, in an apparent reference to  the goofy LOLcats meme.

The Internet has an unprecedented amount of competition. There were more Nobel Peace Prize nominees – 237– this year than ever before, according to news reports.

Not all of the Peace Prize nominations have been made public. Lots of people, from professors to government officials, can submit nominations for the prize.

The prize winner will be announced in October.

If the Internet wins, who do you think should get the prize? And do you think it would be deserved?

Click the image below and answer the following questions.

1.  What are 2 toxic chemicals found in our electronics?

2.  How many pounds of lead can be found in Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) monitors and TVs?

3.  Name 2 countries that may end up with our “recycled” products.

4.  What does EPR stand for?

5.  How can you be sure your old stuff isn’t getting exported?

6.  How long do most of your electronic devices (i-pod, cell phone, etc.) last?

7.  How can you be sure your old stuff isn’t getting exported?

8.  80% of the kids in Guiyu, China, where a lot of e-waste processing happens, have __________ .

9.  What fraction of natural resources are gone?

10.  What are the 2 most popular activities for americans during leisure time?

Part I

What are your thoughts on the video clip The Story of Stuff?  Please leave a your comments here.

Also, answer the questions below.

1.  What is Perceived Obsolescence?

2.  What is Planned Obsolescence?

3.  What fraction of natural resources are gone?

4.  What are the 2 most popular activities for americans during leisure time?

5) Do you agree or disagree with the video clip?

(Write a paragraph, at least 4 sentences)

6) How long do most of your electronic devices (i-pod, cell phone, etc.) last?

Click the image below to be taken to the story of stuff website for more information.

Part II

Click the image below to be taken to article/video.  Leave a comment with an invention of your own or addition to this invention.

click this link to see my invention, not really but it does show how to upgrade your i-touch or i-phone to an i-pad free.

This an excellent web site for college planning— Use it to help you plan for after high school.

http://www.educationplanner.org – Also, take the “What is your learning style” Quiz and leave a comment with your result.

Also, 10 Most Common Senior Year Mistakes.  Don’t make these common mistakes!

www.campusexplorer.com

high-school-diploma

Most of you are seniors in this class, the rest are juniors and will also soon be choosing what to do after high school.  Look up the cost to the following colleges, universities and technical schools.  Also find out if credits are transferable to other schools or universities.

1.  The Art Institutes
2.  ITT
3.  Yale
4.  Trinity University
5.  Harvard
5.  Kaplan
6.  Westwood College
7.  UCLA
8.  UTI
9.  College of the Desert
10. ICDC College

Once you’re done with this blog, continue working on your timeline.  I’ll see you on Monday.  Have a good weekend!

Yesterday we discussed the evolution of technology and audio products.  You were given time to research dates and when products became available.  I would like for you to get artistic and put your data to paper and create a colorful timeline.  I will be taking the best ones from each class and posting on our classroom wall.

Get creative in creating your timeline.  They can be horizontal, vertical or any other way you’d like to make it.  Here is an example, but don’t let the example hinder your creativity.

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