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Sample AQ (modified) response

The Economist discusses several concerns of social networking in the workplace and its impact on businesses.

How relevant are any TWO concerns with regard to young people in your society? Use your own reasons and examples to support your answer.

Firstly, you need to identify 2 concerns you wish to address and explicitly state these. In your response question, you should carefully consider which of the concerns (already identified in the summary) are most readily applicable or relevant – what occurs in the workplace is also a an area of concern for young people.

Here are the list of concerns

1.Can it really deliver genuine benefits?
2.broadcast politically incorrect comments.
3.Informal groups of workers to spring up that managers cannot control.
4.Make unfair judgements of people/assess them/Spying on others

Sample response for 1 point. 

The concern that the use of social networks may result in the broadcasting of politically incorrect comments [identifying the argument from the text] is a behaviour that deserves our concern with regard to the youths’ social media habits. [give reasons] In Singapore,  the youth are heavy users of the social media with Facebook and Twitter ranking as the top two social media platforms. This is partly a result of a tech-savvy childhood where digital conversations and net-based relationships are the norm, coupled with the fact that smartphone and internet usage or access is readily available in our wired nation.  As a result, Singaporean youth are used to expressing themselves online through forums, blogs and more commonly, leaving a stream of comments on each other’s facebook accounts or responding instantaneously to a tweet.  It is also the lack of other platforms to express themselves freely that propel teens to go online and complain about what they believe are unfair school policies, or societal concerns. They wrongly believe that the Internet space is an unmonitored, free space for self expression when in fact, the government does clamp down on what it deems as insidious speech. [giving examples] Such an attitude is clearly evident as there have been many cases of youth making insensitive comments online such as the recent case of a teenager lamenting that Singaporean men are “weak” after a National Service man died from smoke inhalation, or incidents of racist slurs, calling foreign workers of a different race “dogs”. It is an issue of concern that young Singaporeans lack a sense of control about their comments, as a result of being so accustomed to conversing casually online.

Questions to practice for the Mid Year Exam

  1. “A young person is powerless to influence today’s world.” How far is this true?
  1. Do you agree that Singaporeans today face great anxiety?
  1. “Modern life has made us lonely.” How far is this true?
  1. “The youth of today are a deprived lot.” Discuss.
  1. Is reading fiction a waste of time?
  1. To what extent do you think new forms of technology will render teachers unnecessary?
  1. “The harsher the laws, the safer the country.” How far do you agree that capital punishment makes a country a safer place?
  1. “He who opens a school door, closes a prison” (Victor Hugo). Is education the best way to solve the problem of crime?
  1. “Success is never final, failure is never fatal.” Is this true of your society?
  1. ‘Our leaders have failed us.’ In the light of developments in the world today, to what extent would you agree?
  1. ‘The most exciting way to live is on the edge.’ Is this necessarily true?
  1. To what extent do you think the media prevents us from thinking for ourselves?Drop me a mail and a text if you’re sending me essay plans or would like to meet for a review of a written piece – and in the absence of genius, try.