Sunday, July 16, 2006

Who Rules the World?

Who does rule the world? What does that mean? Does anyone or anything rule the world? Perhaps it might be better to ask, who or what is the most powerful or influential entity, force, company, country, group, person, or idea that has an impact on human existence in the 21st century.
Ther have been times when you might have said the British Empire was most powerful, or earlier, the Roman Empire. Perhaps now it might be America - but is it George Bush, or his political party, or the US military, or the people of America who vited for him? Maybe it's not people or political groups. Is it Microsoft Corporation, or Bill Gates, or Google, or Coca Cola, or MacDonalds, or simply the idea of capitalism?
To answer this question, you have to decide, how do we decide what power is and what will help us decide what is th emost powerful 'thing' around at present? What is capable of making the biggest impact on your life without your permission?
PLay station? School? Your parents?
Try to think creatively of what if scenarios and post your ideas as you have them. You don't have to be right straight away. Just share thoughts about it. Generate a discussion and we'll see if we can work out what we think.
The people who come up with the best posts will be the news team for week one and have computer time to construct a news programme to be viewed on Friday.

Happy thinking....

28 comments:

Urxan said...

Mr Woody,
The answer to your question has many possablities. I don't know who rules THE world, but I do know who rules MY world, HER world, HIS world and THEIR world. Siblings. Siblings are the human beings that have the MOST influence on you, for your ENTIRE life. That, Mr Woody, is my answer.

Urxan

Urxan said...

P.S. It's actually scientificly proven!

Mr Woody said...

nice one, urxan. can you find internet references to the scientific proof you mentioned? post a link here if you can. if you can't, then you can't make that statement. you must justify all your statements.
well done for startingf the discussion! go and tell your parents your'e in the good books.
8>)

Urxan said...

The info is from:The July 10th, 2006 TIME magazine. Author:Jeffrey Kluger.

=D

Mr Woody said...

Very good, Urxan. And the name of the article itself???
Keep up the good work - top of the class!

Jess said...

I think that your parents have the most influence on you but you siblings (if their older) are very close behind! And at school I think who you hang around with have the most influence because if you hand round with bad youll turn bad probably!!!!!!!!!!!! BBBBByyyyeee

Ernesty said...

Like you said, it could be America! I think IT IS America!

Heres why:

1) They act as international policemen and interfere with other peoples problem. They usually try to solve it by... fighting!
2) They cause the most wars, probaly because of the influence of George Bush.
3) They have Nuclear Weapons, they could threaten any country by using the Nukes! Nukes should be banned from the world!

Hope that helps!

The Paradise Man

Mr Woody said...

well, interesting points paradise.
some points to consider:

firstly, america has been imfluencing other countries through devious or outright illegal and violent means for a lot longer than bush's reign.

secondly, not only america does this.

thirdly, many countries have nuclear weapons and it is seen by some as a deterrent. that means, it stops others from going to war because of the threat of nuclear retaliation.

what do you think? do nuclear weapons reduce the threat of war?also, have you got any references to back up your opinions?

Ernesty said...

yeah maybe, usually they start the wars though!

Mr Woody said...

paradise - i'm not stating an opinion either wayt - i just want you to justify your statements - give some examples of wars america has started..
you might also want to consider how it has surreptitiously controlled the politics of all central and south america...
oops - now i have to justify my statement!
when you're old enough, try reading the opinions of Noamh Chomsky

* AnnA * said...

I think it is everybody at a time...I mean everybody who like... i dunno? Your parents, friends, teachers, heros...
Did you know my grandad is practically Mayor of Kawakawa??? Cool aye!

ash said...

i think many people rule the world like the queen rules the commonwelth and presedents rule there country

Urxan said...

Mr Woody, please tell me what you think of the article in the mag I gave you in class!

Urxan

Mr Woody said...

okay urxan - i got distracted reading a biased article about the palestinian israeli problem. it raised some interesting points about palestinians breaking the recent cease fire.
its very easy to take sides on emotive issues, yet we often misunderstand the situation.
also, please remember i have only so many hours in a day, planning assessing [well, theoretically - ahem] and this blog to do, as well as exercise, eating, relaxing, being with my lovely wife, etc.
8>)

Sig said...

My opinion is that you decide who influences you the most! I chose my parents and, I don't know why, my brother. I don't look up to stars or anyone like that.

Mythril Saber said...

U.S.A used to rule the world but I think that it is losing it's influence and that it is getting a bad name with the war in Irac and stuff.

I also agree with Sog that you choose who rules your world. You could choose who your role models are and they would affect you and INFLUENCE you in what you do.

blondebob said...

hi guys,
i think that no one person rules the world, but we are influensed by advertisements, magazines and television.
if a new magazine came out and had pictures of the new look is, we would all copy it. Don't you think?

laffydaffy said...

Hi! I think that you ever rulz the world is..... CHINA thier becoming to come a big country or it depends on daily life, like the people who rule my world is my mum.

Bubbles!

young veteran said...

ye no body, no body rules the world, ye no body, no body rules the world.

Sig said...

Did you know that the Americans take the credit for winning the war when it was the British and us? Also, if they take the credit for winning the war then they should take the credit for preventing anti-gravity in our system of things today. Do you know why I say this? Well, Adolf Hitler had started inventing things that would let you have anti-gravity fun! Isn't that COOL!

bobmarley said...

I believe that our siblings that are little children like in the todler age rule some of our ives for they demand attention all the time nothing can be done unless it happens to involve them or they are asleep for example if ever i want to do something it is almost every time interupted by my younger sister but our parents play a huge role in ouur lives as well we learn of them and they even help mould our personalities, plus they have huge amounts of power over you for they can choose everthing you do, teachers also have alot of power but you are not with them all the time.

sk8_4_life said...

mr woody in different peoples opinions u will get a different result but in my opinion i think that america rules because if someone does something that
doesnt agree with them then they can cut off their trading supplies and not help them when their in need so that is why i think that america is the most powerful in the world.

come to my blog please...

sk8_4_life said...

Also i agree with urxan (gwen) because your older brother/sister has majority of the influence that u recieve in your life because you are with them most of the time.
PLEASE COM TO MY BLOG MR WOODY

【※ 『§mr. brainy§』 ※】 said...

Everyone rules the world. Even me or it can be YOU.

teacher14 said...

I think that teachers rule the world. We have so much influence over students.(whether it be good or bad.)Just think what trouble could be caused if we purposely tried to indoctrinate our students instead of just doing it accidentally.What do you think?

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Mr Woody said...

interesting point miss prew - but i suspect the kids would take no notice anyway.

what about microsoft or apple mac or google - people who control our access to information and communciation?

please respond, room 9.

laffydaffy said...

I've had another think about this and my answer is........ Noone rules the world, Every leader in every different country and everyone leading thier lives.

You relize this topic randomly changed to who influences you, sorry but i am comscious about things.

Bubbles.