The traditions of going out (clubbing) 

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The traditions of going out (clubbing)

The growth of the “rave” scene in Britain has meant that dancing had again become a central activity, as it was in the dance halls of the 1950s and early 1960s and the discos of 1970s. Alcohol has tented to be a peripheral element of UK dance culture in the 1990s. Instead, rave places much more emphasis on taking drugs such as “Ecstasy”. People dancing constantly for several hours are more likely to drink fluids to avoid dehydration and to restore energy levels, which no doubt accounts for the cultish popularity of the soft drink in the rave scene. The counter-cultural status of raves can be compared to “blue parties”, or “shebeens”, which became particularly popular in Afro-Caribbean communities in the 1980s. Like raves, blue parties were associated both with a specific type of music (reggae and raga) played through enormous sound system, and with drugs (cannabis) more than with alcohol. Though cans of beer or other alcohol would usually be sold freely or are even included in the entrance price

But there is another way of going out on the town – pubbing.

In large cities, especially northern ones, such as Liverpool, Manchester or Newcastle, there is a whole ritual which revolves around “going out on the town” on a Friday or Saturday night. Long queues form as hundreds of people gather around the pubs, clubs and wine bars. Young women often dressed glamorously in thin-strapped or backless evening dresses, gauzy tunics or very short skirts, and young men in more casual shirts and trousers.

The more popular clubs, for instance, sometimes hire “queue spotters” who look out for particularly stylishly dressed “punters” – the best dressed may well be allowed to go to the front of the queue, while those guilty of certain “fashion crimes” may be not allowed in it at all.

So we see people are always keen on going out in a place, where music is widely accepted. But there are a lot of traditions, that are not understandable for those, who are not clubber or ‘pubber’.


Young people and the media.

Mass media have always played a considerable role in promoting popularity or sometimes criticizing things, particularly youth subcultures. Thus it was Media that are powerful vehicles for communication, translating words, images, sounds & ideas into easily accessible public resources. In this way media facilitate intellectual growth & expansion and are valuable tools for environment. Young people can use media to express themselves by creating documentaries, Internet blogs, multimedia art installations, and their own recorded poetry or music. Yet media can spread propaganda, reinforce misleading stereotypes & encourage violence & destruction.

As adolescents become more immersed in media-saturated environments, they may be adversely affected by these negative messages.

Negative influences:

Media have an immeasurable impact on the lives of young people. As the world becomes more media-saturated, young people increasingly turn to television, the Internet, video games, newspapers, music & radio as models for development. These in turn have the capacity to influence behavior.

They point out that seeing a nearing about the suffering & brutality in other areas of the world may inspire responsible & politically conscious.

Positive influence:

Young people note the many different forms of media & distinguish between their varying levels of impact on adolescents. Most believe that entertainment media are much more influential in their daily lives than news media.

Still young people recognize that media can also play an educational role. As the information highway becomes faster, cheaper & more accessible, young people over the world are finding new ways to educate themselves & some schools are taking advantage of media as a supplement resource.

The millennial generation.

The rapid changes in our swiftly developing world are bound to have a respective impact on people & the youth are especially responsive to, in 21th century, the new Millenial Generation is shaping out. Its representers are often refferednto as self-reliant, entrepreneurial risk-takers, aspiring to be millionaires by the age they are 35.

The children of the Baby boomers and the less uptight successors to Generation Xoverwhelmingly subscribe to the virtues of making money, dismissing government, party politics and politicians as irrelevance. They believe virtually anything should go. The MG seems to be self-confident and self-dependant. They aim high & don’t think themselves limited by background. Challenging to the dominance of the marcet economy they reject the outmoded motions of a job for life & express a desire to own thereown business. Safe establishment jobs are similarly dismissed(athough it isn’t true for all the countries) and is most regrettable, increasing number of youngsters is interesting in working in another European country.

Not any longer do young people believe that privileged background will provide a shortcard to success. Instead they herald the arrival of thr meritocratic society. In Briatan they feel responsible for finding a job & somewhere to live as a result of post-Thatcher credentials.

However the youth of the world put caring before job success, which is consoling after all. They see themselves as sensitive, sensible & responsible individuals. Is concerned with the environment, animal testing & heathy food. And when it comes to matters of crimes & drugs, they are more conservative than they have ever been. They are against legalization of light drugs, & less percentage is in favore of abolishig the death penalty. Nevertheless the youth are more liberal on adoption & don’t feel the necessity of explicit sex & violence on TV being outlawede. They are getting more individualistic, ambitious & tolerant, but don’t seem to care for politics. Either they have no political affiliations or lack faith in party politics. Holding such attitudes would be very frightening for young people. But we’ll do believe that still the MG is equipped with values of current impotance & that our future is in safe hands.


Monarchy or republic in GB?

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is one of the few developed countries of the world where a constitutional monarchy has survived with its ages-old customs, traditions and ceremonies, while the majority of European monarchies were swapped away or changed into republics through wars and revolutions.

But as history shows, monarchies need to continuously reform themselves if they are to survive. The UK is not an exception; it’s making efforts to adapt to a changing world. Today monarchy has been stripped upon most its powers. The monarch reigns, though she doesn’t rule. From the evidence of written low only, the Queen has almost absolute power. She can choose anybody she likes to run the government. If she gets fed up with her ministers she can gust dismiss them. She can also summon a Parliament and it is she, who dissolves it before a general elections. The Queen is head of the executive, an integral part of legislature, head of the judiciary, the commander-in-chief of all armed forces, the “supreme governor” of the established church and the personal Head of the Commonwealth.

In practice, of course, the reality is very different. Being a constitutional monarch the Queen acts on the advice of her PM and doesn’t make any major political decisions. Although the Queen is deprived of actual power, her value shouldn’t be underestimated. The monarchy gives British people a symbol of continuity and a harmless outlet for the expression of national pride. Monarchy is a part of a daily life, and it’s hard to imagine Britain without the Crown. Occasions such as the state opening of Parliament, the Queen’s official birthday, royal weddings and ceremonial events such as the changing pf the guard make up for the lack of colour and ceremony in most people’s daily lives. Today the monarchy is one of the greatest tourist attractions: Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Windsor Castle are on the list of priorities for most of tourists visiting Britain.

The British monarchy as an institution hasn’t been a burning issue in British politics for several hundred years. But during the last two decades of the XX century more and more people support the idea of Britain becoming a republic. Monarchy loses its positions, though the Queen herself remains popular, but the various marital problems of her family have lowered the prestige of royalty in many people’s eyes. Nowadays every 5th person favor Britain being a republic, people no longer want to be subjects, but citizens of their country, want to elect their governor and to rule their own country. The majority support the idea of having a constitutional reform, introducing a Bill of Rights and a written constitution. They think that monarchy as an institution is out of date and can’t keep in paced with the present quickly changing situation. Though other politicians claim that monarchy doesn’t negate modernity, it’s a nice remainder of the past, at the same time it keeps relevance to the present and the future.

The Queen herself is looking at ways to ensure the Monarchy remains in tune with the modern world. She’s considering changing some of the Monarchy’s most ancient rules



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