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Steve Jobs, the recently deceased founder of Apple and technological wizard, made a tremendous impact in many spheres of people’s lives. However, one arena that Jobs’ impact would seem to not have reached is that of the world of theater. But after his death, Jobs’ influence continues to trickle its way through our society and has now landed itself a place in the world of theater.

Mike Daisey, the well-known monologist (well, as well-known as any monologists can be), has brought Steve Jobs to off-Broadway in his new one-man show, “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs”.  Daisey’s monologue is described on the show’s website as “illuminating how the CEO of Apple and his obsessions shape our lives, while sharing stories of his own travels to China to investigate the factories where millions toil to make iPhones and iPods.”

The show focuses on America’s obsession with technology and how Apple and its legendary founder have shaped American life. A large part of the talk fixates on the effect of this passion for technology on the producers of the physical product in China. Daisey draws on his own experiences and visits to the nation to make his arguments about the effect of technology on China.

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[[Editor’s Note: Since the writing of this post, Yue has succumbed to her injuries and passed away early Friday morning in China.]]

Two-year-old Wang Yue was critically injured after being hit by two vehicles within a span of several minutes in Foshan, China on Oct. 13. No one stopped to help her, though it is visible in footage from nearby surveillance cameras that several people walked by her between and after the two incidents.

Passers-by were criticized heavily for not stopping to help. I think instead of criticizing them automatically, it’s much more effective to question why they acted in that way. Basic human nature would seem to be more likely to drive us to help others, but I may be wrong about that premise.

Historically, there have been cases like the infamous murder of Kitty Genovese in March 1964, in which people stood by as a despicable crime happened. In the case of Kitty Genovese, that reaction has become known as the bystander effect. However, I don’t think that’s applicable in the case of this two-year-old. It seems more likely that no one stopped to help this little girl because they were afraid it was a scam or they feared being accused of contributing to her injuries and thus incurring partial liability.

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While answering “no” to the question above may seem like common sense, for a couple in Sanxiang City, China it clearly wasn’t.  In 2009, parents Li Lin and Li Juan sold their three children to pay for online games at Internet cafés.  Strangely, the parents didn’t know they were breaking any laws.  In fact, Lin and Juan said, “We don’t want to raise them, we just want to sell them for some money.”  After currency conversions, the baby girl sold for about $500 and their two boys sold for $4600 each.

I’ve heard of selling valuable items like cars to pay for online games, but this just crosses the line.  I know it can be hard to raise children, but no one should ever put a price on them, especially the ones they gave birth to.  The fact that these children were sold for entertainment purposes makes this act even more disgusting.  Whether or not Lin and Juan knew the laws on selling children is irrelevant.  What matters more is the immorality of such actions.  Let this be a lesson to all other addicted online gamers. For the sake of morality, and your own dignity, never sell your children just to play video games–or, for any other reason really.

-Mike Thal

[via College Humor]

~Krystie Yandoli, Blog Editor

Clinton: Global feminist

Clinton: Global feminist

She’s at it again ladies and gentlemen, conquering the world one country at a time. Rather, one person at a time. Clinton recently came back to the U.S. after her Asian tour, stopping in countries like China, Indonesia, Japan, and South Korea. Instead of following in the steps of past diplomats, Clinton is creating her own path of success concerning U.S. relationships with international governments. One way to win over a government: start with the people.

This strategy of cultural diplomacy that Clinton used in the last couple of weeks brings a whole new meaning to U.S. foreign policy. Finding a way to relate to the people of a state is a smart foreign policy plan—home girl obviously did her homework.

Hillary visited the University of Tokyo during this tour and not only did she speak about how the United States needs to maintain and restore its connections with the Muslim world, but she also responded to a student who asked her “how to become as strong as she is? (more…)