September 2010

Marcia Forbes PhD

Last week I started a discussion about the kinds of ways in which who we watch TV with, where we watch and the overall context of viewing can influence the ways in which we interpret what we see. This week I want to talk a bit more about this. 

Marcia Forbes PhD
The road to the World Trade Organization (WTO) for China was not an easy one. While the challenges and circumstances are different, the road to CSME for the Caribbean region, particularly Jamaica at this time, is similarly difficult. It has been almost 18 years since Grand Anse and the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas. So too was China’s accession to the WTO a very long process, extending over a fifteen year period. But they got there! The terms of China’s protocol of accession (entry ticket) were more far-reaching than those of any other country. These are described as WTO Plus.
Marcia Forbes PhD

In my quest to understand the relationships our young people have with TV and specifically with music videos, in the survey I asked them several questions pertaining to various aspects of watching TV as well as music videos. I was particularly interested in their opinions on some of the more contentious aspects of music video content e.g.

Marcia Forbes PhD

In order to determine whether we fit in or measure up, we compare ourselves with others who we perceive to be similar to us. The more favourable the comparison, the better we’ll feel about ourselves and the greater the boost to our self-esteem. Many of the people adolescents see in music videos are close to their age and in some cases are themselves adolescents. If only based on age therefore, adolescents have grounds for comparing themselves with these artistes. 

Marcia Forbes PhD

The dialogue regarding how best to arrive at a dispute settlement court to facilitate effective operation of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) in light of the recent ruling of the Privy Council, should now be on in earnest. There is no sensible way to avoid the establishment of a properly constituted dispute body if the CSME is to appropriately function within its anticipated parameters.

Marcia Forbes PhD

A regional trade agreement (RTA) is one entered into by countries wherein the parties align themselves for the purpose of achieving a pre-determined form of economic integration or for political and military concerns, as was the situation with the 1985 creation of the U.S.-Israel free trade agreement. An RTA is not necessarily based on geographical proximity of the participating parties. Under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)/ World Trade Organization (WTO) system RTAs can only be entered into by countries which qualify as customs territories. These are those which exercise

Marcia Forbes PhD

I laughed to myself when I hear the expression, but to the 10 year old beside me it was not a joke. She was quite serious in condemning her parents for making her suffer with what she described as a ‘sucky phone’. I later hear the very same expression from a 10 year old boy in another of my in-depth interviews. These were upper-middle class tweens who found it intolerable that they didn’t have the latest smart phone which would allow them to do much more than just send or receive phone calls.

Marcia Forbes PhD

The furor over whether or not there should have been a Jamaica House meeting with the now infamous Gully Gaza protagonists was expected. Damned if you do! Damned if you don’t! Symbolism is necessary. Unfortunately, it is never sufficient. We must now move beyond simply ‘meeting’ to the more important matter of working together toward solutions to the ongoing trace outs among our musicians.

Marcia Forbes PhD

“If ‘the people’ are ill-informed, then the question has been asked, who is to
blame? The politicians for not disseminating their policies well enough or the media for not reporting them often enough?” (Ross & Nightingale 2003).

Marcia Forbes PhD

Vybz Kartel has done the right thing in coming out against the use of his image accompanied by guns and other anti-social messages emblazoned across pins meant for adorning apparel worn by youths or whomever so desire. I heard him speak against the piracy of his image on merchandize he did not authorize nor from which he will derive any financial benefit. 

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