Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Performance Task Team Evaluation


Evaluation Criteria: 


  • Independence of thought and action 
  • Creativity in approach to problem 
  • 10 Cs
  • Determination and effort
  • Effective use of time
  • Leadership
  • Contribution to team effort
  • Input in preparation of web page
  • Completion of assigned or agreed-upon responsibilities 
  • Completion of assigned or agree-upon tasks on time 
  • Participation in team meetings
  • Quality of written contribution to team effort 


In your team, take a 5-10 minutes to discuss and answer these questions about your team’s function. Focus your discussion on the process -- what you experienced, felt and thought while working together.
  1. What are three ways you did well in functioning as a team?
  2. What problems have you had interacting as a team?
  3. What is a specific action that would help the team function and interact even better next time? 

    Leaders to post your teams' evaluation report on the blog by Friday evening (28 February, 2014).

Monday, 24 February 2014

Independent Learning Log T1W7

T1W7
25/2/2014
10:00pm - 10:30pm
Source(s):

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/539/01/
http://examples.yourdictionary.com/examples/examples-of-active-and-passive-voice.html
https://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/CCS_activevoice.html

What I did:

In accordance with the task, I went to research more about active and passive voices and what is the difference between the two.

What I learned:

An active voice is when an action is performed by the subject and a passive voice, conversely, is when an action is received by the subject. We should use an active voice as much as possible, unless writing a report.

Some examples:

Active: The candidate believes that Congress must place a ceiling on the budget.
Passive: It is believed by the candidate that a ceiling must be placed on the budget by Congress.

Active: Researchers earlier showed that high stress can cause heart attacks.
Passive: It was earlier demonstrated that heart attacks can be caused by high stress.

Active: The dog bit the man.
Passive: The man was bitten by the dog.

Independent learning log

T1W7

Date: 23/2/14
Ding Ruo Qian

What I did: I wanted to learn some new vocabulary so I looked up on vocabulary.com for some new vocabulary.

Source: vocabulary.com

What i learned:
Adumbrate:  To sketch out in a vague way (The coach adumbrated a game plan, but none of the players knew precisely what to do.)
Anathema: A cursed, detested person (I never want to see that murderer. He is an anathema to me.)
Approbation:  Praise (The crowd welcomed the heroes with approbation.)
blandish: To coax by using flattery (Rachel’s assistant tried to blandish her into accepting the deal.)
Discursive: rambling, lacking order (The professor’s discursive lectures seemed to be about every subject except the one initially described.)

ILL

T1W7
23/2/2014
6:00pm - 6.30pm (Forgot to post it.)

What I did:
I read up on what passive voice and active voice was about. http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/active-voice-versus-passive-voice

What I learned: 
Active voice is a sentence whereby the subject is doing an action. Whereas for passive voice, the target of the action gets promoted to the subject position. 

Examples:
Active: Harry ate six shrimps at dinner.
Passive: At dinner, six shrimps were eaten by Harry.

Active: Beautiful giraffes roamed the area.
Passive: The area was roamed by beautiful giraffes.


Sunday, 23 February 2014

English PT Group 2 (Space Exploration)

Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5WL1UOIXyE
Ikmal
Kang Zhi
Farruq
Jia Yi
Crystal

Independent Learning Log

T1W7
23/2/2014

source: http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/passive.htm

What I did: I looked up on what active and passive voice means and how they are used.

What I learned: In a sentence using active voice, the subject of the sentence performs the action expressed in the verb. In the passive voice, the subject of the sentence is neither a do-er or be-er but an agent, which can be a non-subject.

For example: 
Passive voice: The new policy was approved by the executive committee
Active Voice: The executive committee approved the new policy

Group 4: English AA Podcast (Genetically Modified Foods)

Group Htet:

Htet Wai Yan (12)      
Ain Nuha       (1)
Claudia Khin (4)
Cindy Heng   (3)
Shawn Low   (21)

Video Link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kEZuMpJqms&feature=youtu.be

Notes:

Enjoy!
Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLRifsxhw24&feature=youtu.be
Markus Lim
Ding Ruoqian
Danish Bin Massuryono
Marco Obé

Excuse late posting, the video took forever to upload.
P.S. 3 members down with cold. Ruoqian's , Markus'  and my voice might sound a bit weird.
video
Markus Lim
Danish Bin Massuryono
Ding Ruoqian
Marco Obé

Group 4: The Mighty Midgets - EL AA Podcast (Genetic Engineering: Designer Babies)


Meredith Teo (08) - Editor & Scriptwriter
Matilda Woo (09) - Leader & Scriptwriter
Nah Yee Cher (19) - Scriptwriter
Ryan Pek (20) - Scriptwriter
Tan Shi Jie (23) - Scriptwriter

Independent Learning Log - Tan Shi Jie

Tan Shi Jie (23)

T1W7 Independent Learning Log
23/2/2014
9.30am-10am

Source:
http://examples.yourdictionary.com/examples/examples-of-active-and-passive-voice.html

What I did:
I went online to read up more on the use of passive voice and active voice

What did I learn?
I learnt that passive voice is the way of speech in the third person view, but active voice is the way that we normally speak, in the first or second person view.

Example:
Passive: The dog was walked by Tommy.
Active: Tommy walked the dog.

Independent Learning Log

T1W7 Independent Learning Log
23/02/2014

Source(s) :
https://www.e-education.psu.edu/styleforstudents/c1_p12.html
http://www.westga.edu/~jloicano/Stephen_King_Passive.pdf

What I did :

I searched up on the internet on the differences between the active and passive voices and when to use either.

What I learnt :
In a sentence using active voice, the subject of the sentence performs the action expressed in the verb. In a sentence using passive voice, the subject is acted upon; he or she receives the action expressed by the verb. In an active sentence, the person or thing responsible for the action in the sentence comes first. In a passive sentence, the person or thing acted on comes first.

The active voice is preferred as it is clearer while the passive voice is ambiguous, and mostly used when the actor is irrelevant or unknown. It is also easier to understand sentences which use the active voice than sentences that use the passive voice. The active voice is simpler in comparison to the passive voice.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Independent Learning Log

T1W7
22/2/2014
8-8.30pm

Source: http://www.towson.edu/ows/activepass.htm

What I did:
I went online to look up on active voice and passive voice

What I learned:
Sentences in the active voice have the subjects doing or "acting upon" the verb in the sentence.
Example:
The man (subject) have just eaten (verb) 2 hamburgers
Mary (subject) mailed (verb) the letter

In the contrary, when the verb "acts upon" the subject, the sentence becomes passive and this can be achieved by changing the normal word order of active sentences with a direct object, so that the subject is no longer active.
Example:
2 hamburgers have just been eaten (verb) by the man (subject).
The letter was mailed (verb) by Mary (subject).

Independent Learning Log

T1W7
22-02-2014
5pm-5.30pm

Source : http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verbs-voice.htm

What I did : I looked up on Active voice and Passive voice

What I learnt : 

Active voice is like our 'normal' voice or the way we speak. Passive voice is like a third-person voice or the 'less usual' voice.  In the active voice, the 'object' of the sentence will receive the action of the verb. However, in passive voice, it is switched over. The 'object' of the active voice will become the 'subject' of the passive voice. In the passive voice, the subject receives the action of the verb.

For example :

Active Voice : Tom(subject) painted(verb) the entire house(object).
Passive Voice : The entire house(subject) was painted(verb) by Tom(object).




ILL T1W7

22th February 2014
1:30PM - 2:00PM


What i did:

I researched on passive and active voice

What i learned: 


Active Voice:

When the subject does or "acts upon" the verb in sentences, it is called active voice.

Example :

Bobby threw the orange out of the window.

In this sentence Bobby is doing the throwing. 



Passive Voice:

The normal word order of an active sentence can be changed till it's no longer active, and is instead acted upon by the verb which is also called passive voice.


When the subject is being "acted upon" (or is passive), it is called passive voice.


Example :
The orange was thrown out of the window by Bobby.


In this sentence the orange was being thrown.



Tuesday, 18 February 2014

ILL T1W7

18th February 2014 9:40pm-9:50pm Source: What I did: I read up on Active Voice and Passive Voice What I learnt: -Active voice describes a sentence where the subject performs the action stated by the verb. eg. Henry ate six shrimps for dinner - In passive voice sentences, the subject is acted upon by the verb. eg. Six shrimps were eaten by Henry

T1W7 PPT

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-HlyDNBe3bjNURJVGc1NW5pbzg/edit?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-HlyDNBe3bjeUZDa1h6NGllMlU/edit?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-HlyDNBe3bjZ2pVcmJDRXVYY2c/edit?usp=sharing

Monday, 17 February 2014

ILL T1W7

17th February 2014
2145 hrs-2215 hrs
http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/active-voice-versus-passive-voice

What I did: I searched the Internet on passive and active voice as per Mrs Jang's instructions.

What I learned: In a active sentence, the subject is doing the action. A straightforward example is the sentence "Steve loves Amy". Steve is the subject, and he is doing the action: he loves Amy, Amy being the object in the sentence. in a passive sentence, the target action is promoted to the position of the subject. Instead of the sentence "Steve loves Amy", it is changed to "Amy is loved by Steve". Amy becomes the subject of the sentence, but she isn't doing anything. Rather, she is just the recipient of Steve's love. The focus of the sentence is changed from Steve to Amy.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Feedback on ILL

Dear Students,

You have been working on ILL in the past weeks and there were some excellent records of your learning and effort to improve your language skills.  Keep it up!

So far, many of you have embarked on vocabulary and grammar practices, reading comprehension exercises and summary writing. Your friends have also commented on your entries with words of encouragement and thoughtful suggestions! Good Job!

I am proud of your determination to  excel.

After OBS, please continue to work on critically analysing what you are reading using Paul's Wheel of Reasoning.

Do your best!
Mrs Jang

Monday, 10 February 2014

Grammarly


Dear Students

We have subscribed to a web-based grammar database "Grammarly@EDU".
Grammarly@edu is an automated writing tutoring program which 
  • helps students develop sentence-level writing skills like grammar, punctuation, sentence structure and vocabulary usage;
  • reinforces proper citation habits by directing students to improperly quoted content in their texts;
  • encourages students to revise their writing, helping to improve the quality of written assignments which students turn in;

To access the program, here is a brief guide below:

2) Click on "Sign-up" button at the upper right corner of the page.
3) Enter your name and institutional email (SST email) address; choose a password.
4) Click "Continue", you will receive an email confirming your registration
5) Click on the link in the confirmation email and you will have access to Grammarly@EDU

Check it out soon!
Mrs Jang

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Work to be submitted before OBS

1.PODCAST SCRIPTS: Leaders to share google doc with Mrs Jang for grading on Friday, 7 Feb 2014. (Late submission penalty: -10%)

2. 2013 Level Test 1 ESSAY: You should have completed your body paragraphs outlines. Type your three body paragraphs on 'S301 PEEL BODY PARAGRAPHS' shared doc (Shaun to prepare and share) by Saturday, 8 Feb 2014 in the following format:

PEEL = Point (topic sentences), Evidence (facts or direct quotes), Evaluation (or explanation of fact’s relevance to point), Link (back to the paper’s topic/thesis question NOT to the next paragraph).

An Example:

Name

Class

Date

Question# 


Paper Thesis: 

Because of it’s abnormally high academic standards, Lincoln is a great high school.

Supporting PEEL Paragraph:

(Point) Lincoln’s graduation requirements are very high. (Evidence 1) In science classes, students are required to cure “at least one major disease” prior to completing their Junior Year. (Evaluation 1) This is a much higher standard than in other PPS high schools, where typically a student is only expected be able to vaguely describe an episode of “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” (Evidence 2) English teachers expect students to have a critical analysis of the entire works of Shakespeare, Joyce, Neruda, or Rowling published in a scholarly journal. (Evaluation 2) Two years ago, one student successfully published a critical analysis of Lady Gaga lyrics, and only earned a C in the course. (Evidence 3) Perhaps most difficult are Lincoln’s requirements to complete the field of study in History. (Evaluation 3) To successfully earn their History credits, Lincoln students must  build a time machine and actually become a famous historical figure: Karl Marx-Cardinal class of 2010! (Link to paper topic) These are just three of the many examples of how Lincoln’s graduation requirements make it a school with high academic standards.


Source:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1q92fQj27AedSwK-VV8C27a4hyAe0azXG2EWdNwrD_Ok/mobilebasic?pli=1




Useful references: 
http://www.kean.edu/~roneilfi/Essay%20Planning%20Guidelines.pdf

http://www.thestudygurus.com/files/products/ESK/%5BTSG%5D%20Essay%20Plan%20Template.pdf

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

ILL T1W4

T1W4 4/2/14 8:15-8:30 Source: http://www.establishmentpost.com/punishment-worse-crime-case-anton-casey/ What I did: I read about the case of Anton Casey What I learnt: Anton Casey is a British banker who outraged Singaporeans with his captions of pictures which he posted online. He did apologize, but he realized, that was insufficient and personally issued not just an apology but also admitting it the greatest mistake of his life and offered to do community work. The captioned photos include words like "Daddy, where are your car and who are all these poor people?" He then posted a picture of his son in his car, with captions saying "Ahh, reunited with my baby. Normal service can resume, once I've washed the stench of public transport off me." He was fired after he made these offensive remarks and pictures.

Independent Learning Log T1W4

Area to work on: Comprehension and Summary

What I did: 
I read the headline article on the Sunday Newspaper about Anton Casey and his remarks about Singaporeans and Public Transport in Singapore. I then made a summary about the issue in point form below. 

What I learned: 
Anton Casey: A British Expatriate who has lived in Singapore for the past 12 years and worked as a Wealth Fund Manager. 

What did he do: 
When his car broke down, he took public transport and posted a picture of his son in a bus with the captions “Daddy, where is your car & who are all these poor people?” on his Facebook account. Another photo posted a while later showed his son in his Porshe with an equally offensive caption: "Ahhhh reunited with my baby. Normal service can resume, once I have washed the stench of public transport off me.” As expected, due to these postings, he received a lot of hate from netizens and eventually even lost his job due to this incident. He was last seen on board a Singapore Airlines flight to Perth. 

Reflections: 
Although some people commented that we were too harsh on Mr Casey, I feel that he should have thought about the consequences when posting the pictures online and what he got in return was entirely his own fault. It is evident from this incident that whatever we post online does have consequences and i think is relevant to the essay about “Ranting Online” and that we cannot be truly anonymous. Actions in cyberspace do have real world implications, in this case, It cost Mr Casey his job, friends and “adopted home” as he put it. 




Independent Learning Log-T1W4

T1W4
ILL
2/2/13
8.30 P.M. to 9.00 P.M.

Source: 


What I did:

For ILL this week, Mrs Jang asked us to do it based on the Anton Casey case. I decided to write down my reflections on this case for the purpose of this ILL.

Reflection:

In my opinion, the Anton Casey case could be avoided if Mr Casey practiced a little more discretion before posting his opinions online. This is directly related to what we learnt in English Lesson on whether it is accepted to degrading remarks online. Because of his 15 second video, he lost his future and probably would not hold any important positions. Added top that, I believe that we as Singaporeans should also put in more thought before commenting on something. On Facebook, many Singaporeans retorted to the video by using vulgarities and degrading remarks against him and his family. To be fair, we should only hold Mr Casey accountable and not his family members as they had done nothing against us. Even if so, we also should not use vulgarities online as it will show us Singaporeans in a bad light. In my opinion, we should also forgive Mr Casey for his actions as it is human nature to make mistakes and we should bury the hatchet and move on. 



DM

Independent Learning Log

Date:
T1W4 3/2/14

Source:
http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/anton-casey-loses-job-friends?page=0%2C1

What I did:
I went online to search for some articles which reported on the consequences of Anton Casey's insensitive posts which went viral online.

What I learnt:
Anton Casey left for Australia after his post, one of which as a photo of his son and the caption "Daddy where is your car and who are all these poor people" and another where his son is sitting on a silver Porsche with the caption "Normal service can resume, once I have washed the stench of public transport off me"
His posts went viral online and caused an outrage, and he was seen leaving the country due to "serious threats sent to him via snail mail and social media." Though many people have criticized him, some people have added, saying that it could have been British humor and Asians would not have understand it, causing the incident to get "blown out of proportion." 
Some of his friends have even unfriended him on his facebook account.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Independent Learning Log

Date:
T1W4
10pm-10.30pm
3 February 2014

Source: http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/anton-casey-furore-british-expat-leaves-job-after-singapore-poor-people-remark

What I did: I read up on what Anton Casey did after the backlash caused by his offensive comments.

What I learned: 
I found out that Anton Casey's employer, Crossinvest Asia, fired him after he made his offensive remarks online. He had received many death threats and  a lot of verbal abuse after his comments went viral. Anton Casey had tried to make a public apology, but it backfired as many people thought he was insincere. Due to the threats he received, he and his family have moved to Australia.

Independent Learning Log

Date:
T1W4
8:10-8:40
3 February 2014

Source: http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/anton-casey-loses-job-friends

What I did: I went up online to see what were the consequences of Anton Casey's posts which went viral online.

What I learned: 
I found out that Anton Casey has to leave for Perth, Australia due to his hurtful postings on the internet which included a picture of his son with the caption: "Daddy where is your car and who are all these poor people?"
and he later posted a picture of his son is in a silver Porsche with the caption: "Normal service can resume, once I have washed the stench of public transport off me." This caused a major uproar and even the Law and Foreign Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam had mentioned that the posts are "deeply offensive". Crossinvest Asia's states that the comments went against their core values. Despite his friend had mentioned that it was a statement that caused much misinterpretations as Singaporeans did not get the message behind it, it has caused much unhappiness to many.

Independent learning log

Ding RuoQian

Date:
T1W4 3/1/14 ILL

Source:
http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/anton-casey-loses-job-friends
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/anton-casey-fired-and-flees-singapore-in-economy-class-over-poor-people-comments-9088199.html

What I did:
I followed Mrs Jang's instructions and read up on the Anton Casey incident where his offensive remarks on facebook has caused an uproar.

What happened:
British businessman who mocked the poor has fled Singapore after receiving death threats and losing his job as a wealth fund manager.Anton Casey caused an uproar in the country after posting a series of abusive photographs on Facebook where he called a local taxi driver a "retard" and referred to commuters as "the poor" which was deeply offensive to locals.

Mr Casey's social media comments caused a major uproar when he posted a picture of his son with the caption: "Daddy where is your car and who are all these poor people?"He later posted a picture of his son is in a silver Porsche with the caption: "Normal service can resume, once I have washed the stench of public transport off me."

What I learned:
We should not post disrespectful remarks on any social media platforms which can upset and anger others. Just because of Anton Casey post, many angry Singapore residents have begun retaliating to his disrespectful comments towards the citizens of the nation he lives in, some even made death threats against him and his family. One important thing we must learn from this is that we should think carefully before we post stuff online, especially because the internet is such a good device now, people from all over the world can see what we post. We should not destroy our country's reputation with our own insensitive comments.

Independent Learning Log

Date:
T1W4 3/1/14 ILL

Source:
 http://sg.news.yahoo.com/british-expat-anton-casey-fired-by-employer-crossinvest-asia-023757837.html

What I did:
 I read up on the Anton Casey case do understand it and to find out what happened.

What I learned:
 I learned that he had to leave Singapore for Perth with his wife and son due to his actions. He had shared a picture of his son with the caption, “Daddy where is your car & who are all these poor people?” as well as a second image of his son in a silver Porsche with the line, “Normal service can resume, once I have washed the stench of public transport off me.” In a separate public post, he had also taken a picture of a taxi driver, calling him a “retard” for wearing gloves and covering himself with towels in 37-degrees-Celsius weather. His actions had led to many people who have seen them to feel that he was being disrespectful to the Singapore community. CrossInvest is a family business built up in Singapore therefore it was said that what he had said and posted go against their core corporate and family values that are based on trust, mutual understanding and are respectful of diversity.

Independent Learning Log

T1W4
4.30pm-5pm
3/2/2014

Source: 
http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/singapore/story/scoot-takes-dig-anton-casey-20140126
http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/anton-casey-loses-job-friends

What I did: 

I looked up some news articles regarding the Anton Casey incident, which had occurred recently here in Singapore. It was about a British expat, Anton Casey, who posted offensive comments about poor people in Singapore.

My point of view about the incident: 

I feel that it was really inappropriate for Mr. Anton Casey to post insensitive and offensive comments about Singaporeans and Singapore's public transport. Although he might think that it is funny, he should also think about how his comments would affect other people, which, for this incident, is us Singaporeans and public transport users. 

In one of his posts that he made online, there was a picture of his five-year-old son and himself taking a train, as well as the caption which said 'Daddy, where is your car and who are all these poor people?'. Another of post that he made showed his silver Porsche with a caption that read 'Normal service can resume, once I have washed the stench of public transport off of me'. These posts were met with angry responses from netizens and these comments also caught the attention of the UK, Hong Kong and Australian media whose audience also responded scathingly to these comments. An apology that he had issued backfired as people felt that his apology was insincere.

As a result of his offensive posts, he was fired from his wealth management job. He was also faced with threats sent to him via mail and social media. He was forced to leave Singapore and was seen boarding a flight on a Singapore Airlines plane for Perth in the economy class.

An airline company, Scoot, had posted and advertisement on its facebook page which announced its discounted price for a travel to Perth, Australia, mocking Mr. Anton Casey's escape to the Australian City. In the post, it said, 'Hmm... we heard that Perth has become the destination of choice for an escape. So we decided to work overtime to bring you The great A.C Perth Escape Sale! (A.C for Amazingly Cheap of course.)'. It garnered 878 likes and 755 shares within 4 hours of its posting. There were more than 125 people who commented on that post, some applauding the parody and some saying that the post was insensitive.

I have learnt that whatever we do online has consequences, be it bad or good, and we should be aware of what we are posting online and we should not post insensitive remarks about someone of something, as you could get in trouble.

Independant Learning Log

T1W4

03/02/2014

4:00pm - 4.30pm

What I did:I went to search for some articles regarding Anton Casey and his postings that went viral on the internet. 

Sources:

http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/anton-casey-loses-job-friends 

http://sg.entertainment.yahoo.com/blogs/singapore-showbiz/local-actress-oon-shu-ann-open-letter-anton-031951568.html 

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/anton-casey-banker-who-sneered-3063154#.Uu9VCmS1aRI

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2545824/Anton-Casey-British-banker-living-Singapore-provoked-fury-ridiculing-poor-people-parted-ways-company-gone-Australia.html

What I learned:Anton Casey enraged many Singaporeans with his postings online. He posted a picture of his son with the caption: "Daddy where is your car and who are all these poor people?" and later posted a picture of his son is in a silver Porsche with the caption: "Normal service can resume, once I have washed the stench of public transport off me." His postings were not appreciated by Singaporeans as they responded very angrily and even Law and Foreign Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam lambasted the posts as "deeply offensive". Mr Casey has made an attempt to apologise, issuing a statement through a PR firm but the attempt backfired as the move was slammed as insincere. The story has made it to the UK, Hong Kong and Australian media, whose audience also responded scathingly to Mr Casey's comments.The company that Mr Casey works for, Crossinvest Asia, has said that his comments went against their company's core corporate values and he has since lost his job and flew to Perth because his family was facing too many death-threats and backlashes. A Singaporean Actress, Oon Shu An wrote a letter to Mr Casey that has gone viral. In her letter, she explained to Casey why these “poor people smell”, a reference to Casey's "poor people"Facebook post. “Poor people stink because they run ten times as fast to earn in a lifetime what you earn in a month… Poor people smell. And it’s the smell of a fight,” said the actress, who has been acting since she was 14. The 27-year-old Fly Entertainment artiste's letter has been shared over 400 times and garnered over 200 Likes as of Sunday. It has also received a string of praises from other Facebook users. Oon, who appeared in local movie Becoming Royston, then turned the table around and said the rich expat — who lost his job as a private wealth manager and packed his bags and left for Perth with his family on Friday -- had a stench too. “You stink, like the rich people who think of ways not to change the system that allows people to be paid less than minimum wage, [the system] that allows contracts that terminate you for bogus reasons because it’s cheaper to get someone else.” This incident is one of the many that tells us to be careful of what we post online and that whatever we say can and will be held against us and could bring repercussions that could be life-changing and we could go as far as moving out of the continent, just as Mr Casey did.

 In my opinion, I think that Mr Casey's case was blown way out of proportion as moving out of the continent to get away from death threats is pretty extreme. Singaporeans are very technology-inclined and thus his posts went viral very quickly, and enraged many people. I think that what he did was very wrong, even if he meant it as a joke. He was not tactful and insulted Singapore. Adding on to the fact that Mr Casey is not Singaporean, Singaporeans would see it as a foreigner looking down on us and thus react very violently, going as far as to issue death threats to protect our pride as a Singaporean. This shows that we have to be more tactful online as whatever we say and do is seen and spread very quickly. I'm sure nobody wants to be on the receiving end on a case like Mr Casey's.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Independent Learning Log

T1W4
02/2/2014
9:00pm - 9.30pm

What I did:

What I learned:
I learned about the Anton Casey case that was quite a buzz in our country. Before this, I stumbled upon a screenshot of what he posted on Facebook on a page. Firstly, I think that there are two point of views to view this case. 

I think that what he had done was a rather huge mistake and that it should never have been said by him about us Singaporeans being "cheap" or "poor" in the first place to avoid all the commotions that are happening now. Like said, "When in Rome, do what Romans do", it should definitely be applied to everyone that is here especially in a multi-racial country like Singapore. Being an adult, who I would presume that he is definitely mentally-stable and mature, it was definitely wrong for him to say such immature things that are insulting to Singaporeans. Not only was he being insulting, he also bragged about his wealth.

However, despite his immature acts of belittling Singaporeans, he was quick to apologize about what he had said and was regretful of his actions. Not only that, he was fired from his well-paid job and was shunned by the foreign minister, and quickly moved to Australia after all that. Though, not all of us were satisfied about his apology as it sounded nowhere near sincere. Above all that, he served a good reminder to all of us to be careful of what we post online and what we say about our country.

Independent Learning Log

T1W4
02/02/2014
8.30pm-9pm

Source :
http://news.insing.com/feature/scoot-ad-cashes-in-on-anton-casey-fracas/id-d5373101
http://sg.entertainment.yahoo.com/blogs/singapore-showbiz/local-actress-oon-shu-ann-open-letter-anton-031951568.html
http://www.tremeritus.com/2014/01/21/briton-anton-casey-apologises-to-the-people-of-spore/

What I did : I followed Mrs Jang's instructions and went to read up more on the Anton Casey issue.

What I learnt :

Anton Casey made insulting remarks about singaporeans being poor and the 'stench of public transport'. It has since created an uproar amongst Singaporeans and the Briton was fired after his remarks started circulating online. His posts were deeply offensive and he has received threats towards him and his family. Mr Casey has apologized and he hopes that he will be forgiven. He has also volunteered to do community work to 'make up for his mistakes'.

My point of view :

I think that Mr Casey was extremely insensitive towards the feelings of Singaporeans. Having lived in Singapore for 12 years, I am quite sure he would have understood that such comments is not tolerated in Singapore. Although he is wealthy, he does not have the right to insult the 'poor'. Singaporeans taking the train did not offend him in anyway and yet his posts were directed to all Singaporeans. Actress Oon Shu An, wrote a post on Facebook which was directed to Mr Anton Casey, about his insulting comments and his insensitivity towards the people of Singapore.


However, I think that Singaporeans should not make threats towards him and his family. We, as Singaporeans should not be like him and make nasty comments about others. Singaporeans should move on from this incident as it is not good to harp on this case and Mr Casey has already fled to perth.

Independent Learning Log 4

T1W4
02/2/2014
1:30pm - 2.00pm

Source(s):

What I did:

In line with Ms Jang's instructions, I decided to revisit the Anton Casey issue again, but instead of reading from another perspective, I am going to research and elaborate about how the saga has progressed.

What I learned: 

Apparently, Scoot has managed to take advantage of this little fiasco caused by Anton and used to as an advertising opportunity, as shown below:


Also, a bar called 'The Tuckshop', located at Guillemard Road, was seen displaying this rather eye-catching sign:




I feel that, although both advertisements are quite laughable and attention-catching, they are of rather bad taste, capitalising on the mistake of another (this is directed at Scoot more, being a very big company). As I have said in my previous ILL (T1W3), I pity this guy due to the fact that 'his whole life practically got destroyed in a week (whether he deserved it or not)', quoting myself. Perhaps this is due to the fact that I am not the kind of person to hold a grudge, but, just to make my point clear (or clearer), I'll weigh in what he did and what he got for it.

A summary of what Anton did:

- Insult Singapore's rather advanced transport system
- Called Singaporeans 'poor people'
- Following up with an insult 'I don't mean to offend anyone, don't be angry with me. Be angry with your mum and dad for raising you a wuss' instead of a proper apology
- Calling a taxi driver a 'retard'
- Making an insincere public apology

What he did/got in return:

- A mob of angry Singaporeans armed with hate and words
- Publicly denounced by Singapore's foreign minister, K. Shanmugam
- Flew to Perth, Australia
- Infamy around the world

Although the patriotic part of me took a slap in the face from his comments and casual insults, I understand that, after all the things he did, his life has already been totally upended, his reputation ruined and whatever future he had, destroyed. Therefore, it seemed to me that he already got what he deserved. So I felt that it was not necessary for Scoot, in particular, to take a dig at this man and create a tongue-in-cheek advertisement like that, spreading his misfortune even further (this isn't really the first time Scoot has done something like that. The other time, they named a Boeing of theirs 'Bo-eng', after a suggestion from S-GAG, which is something like a local satire, but I digress). Of course, it could also be said that Anton does not deserve pity of any kind, as he did not seem to be very sincerely sorry for his mistakes and even tried to fight back against all the flak he was taking, to no avail. Still, I think everyone is deserving of pity and forgiveness, if, that is, they are willing to repent for their mistakes (sincerely).