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DIGITAL REVOLUTION: Dumb on Smart: Is social media making us stupid? – By: Dhanpaul Narine

By: Dhanpaul Narine

The revolution is digitized. Are we a nation that has become dumb on smart gadgets?  Are we face-bookers that sit for hours staring at a screen where facetime, inbox, outbox, dropbox, and miles of sockets and dockets, have immersed us in a new vocabulary?

There are those that believe we’re hooked up, addicted and uneducated, and standing in corners glued to smart screens, as we invite internet apnea. Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist at New York University. He uses the story of Babel in ‘The Atlantic’ to argue that we live in a fractured society, and says that Babel is a fragmentation of America.        Continue reading

OPINION: The Dumbing Down of America- Anti-Intellectualism and Common Core – By: Dhanpaul Narine

– By: Dhanpaul Narine       

  The revolution is in our living rooms and it is digitized! We are surfers and face-bookers that sit for hours becoming dumb on smart gadgets. We live in a culture of low expectations. We laugh at ourselves when we fail to grasp the most basic of concepts and what is worse is that we shrug it off and simply refuse to revisit the problem and correct our mistakes. Who is using education for a voyage of self-discovery or to seize the technological moment?

    President Donald Trump accuses the media of fake news. But he produces a fake claim by saying that his administration received the most votes in the 2020 election. Trump has told the world for years that Obama’s birth certificate was a fake. He was forced to recant it publicly.      Continue reading

US POLITICS: Khaleel Anderson: Assembly Member. District 31 wins with 88 percent of the votes

— By: Dhanpaul Narine

Photo: Khaleel Anderson won 88 per cent of the votes in the November general elections, and will be going to Albany to represent District 31). His campaign managers are Guyanese.  

The year 2019 saw the advent of youth into local politics. They threw their hats in the ring, worked hard, and came out on top. One such person is Khaleel Anderson who won an Assembly Seat in District 31, in New York. What is remarkable is that Khaleel is only 24 years old and has a lifetime ahead in politics. Khaleel is from the Far Rockaway area. He attended school there and saw at first-hand what was needed to improve the area. It needed better schools, transportation, more employment, affordable housing, and criminal justice reform, among others. The District has a sixteen percent unemployment rate and it is an uphill battle to provide jobs.      Continue reading

The Tragedy of the Boat People: The Sea is not a Cemetery – By: Dhanpaul Narine

The Tragedy of the Boat People: The Sea is not a Cemetery

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

By: Dhanpaul Narine

It is brutal, heartless and disgraceful and it happens in oceans of despair.  It has been called slavery of the 21st century, an emergency and a crisis that defies description. The Mediterranean boat crisis continues to grab the attention of the world as politicians scramble to devise solutions. There was a time when the boats ferrying souls seeking a better life would disappear in the seas with little thought given to them. But these are modern times with the social media bringing to our doorsteps the plight of the boat people.

Can the world show compassion to a segment of the population that is asking for a second chance? This may appear to be a simple question but in reality the boat crisis is interwoven with politics, wars, poverty and countries seeking to secure their borders at all costs.  The problem of the boat people has not just arrived at the door of Europe. It has a history written with the indelible ink of cruelty that began in the developing world.   Continue reading

The Seekers – what manner of seeker are you? – By Dr Dhanpaul Narine

The Seekers

By: Dhanpaul Narine

There are four kinds that seek

Each with its own station and path

The first does nothing

And are resigned to whatever happens

Schools for them are factories

Where learning is done by rote

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Disconnect to Connect – By: Dhanpaul Narine

Disconnect to Connect

               By: Dhanpaul Narine

The Revolution is in our living rooms

and it is digitized!

There’s inbox, outbox, and dropbox

with miles of cables, sockets and dockets

And endless satellite links

to display websites in their thousands


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