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ASIAN CINEMA


Over the years, China has been considered as the most vigorous and world’s largest haven for piracy and copyright offenders. In the late 1990s pirate videos first appeared in China, occasioned by the emergence of a cineaste culture, a piracy culture, that developed and matured with the fast boom of the pirate industry during its golden years from 1998 to 2005 (Mit.edu 2014, p. 6; Li 2012, p. 545). As a result of widespread of pirate and digital technologies that vehemently widened opportunities for film production and consumption, a new wave of the development of a series of cineaste clubs emerged in urban China. Due to China’s tight quota and strong censorship system there was extreme limitation of film availability in libraries, schools, and theaters. With the widespread of the cyber technologies and the rapid market boom of pirate DVDs and VCDs, various cineaste clubs metamorphosed into different kinds of organizations without the need for semi-public screenings.

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BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY


Blue Ocean Strategy is an innovative process aimed at creating new market space with strategic offering that creates a rise in value for both the company and the buyers. It offers reproducible tools and methodologies in the pursuit of innovation. It is not aimed at outperforming the competition in the existing industry but to create uncontested marketplace (Mathys, 2008). In Blue Ocean Strategy competition is out of the question because it entails innovative creation of demand rather than fighting over it. Blue Ocean Strategy is geared towards creating profitable high-growth for companies by venturing into a deeper and wider potential market space that is not yet explored (Kim & Mauborgne, 2004). The concept of Blue Ocean Strategy by Kim & Mauborgne (2004) originated from a decade-long study of 150 strategic moves spanning over a hundred years in more than thirty industries. While making the competition irrelevant and unlocking new demand, Blue Ocean Strategy creates a leap in value for the company's employees, company, and its buyers.

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THE MENACE OF ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT


The art of cheating in the academic settings has taken a new shape with the advancement in information technology and the prevalent use of internet. This is not to say that cheating has not been occurring in the academic settings before the wide use of internet; but the use of internet opens up another dimension of academic cheating. There are now many big online writing companies offering academic assistance to students all over the world, and making their thousands of dollar. Distance, time, and races are no constraint. These companies source human resources all over the world to complete assignments for students. If students do not patronize these online academic assistance companies, these companies would run out of business. Conversely, if these companies, in the first place, do not exist especially online, no students would patronize them. The paper will explore the significance, implications and possible solutions of the positions presented by Ed Dante in his article “The Shadow Scholar” and the articles on the academic misconducts in China.

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THE BANE OF PLAGIARISM


The fundamental concept of writing assignments especially in an academic setting is to present well-researched materials that are original, knowledge-contributing, ethically acceptable, showing the true reflection of the students' understanding and creativity. When this fundamental concept is defeated through academic misconduct like plagiarism, one of the main purposes of education in building and nourishing creativity and intellectualism is defeated. From legal point of view, emulating, copying or reproducing the work of another person without his authorization or without proper citations can be subjected to legal proceedings which may fall under civil or criminal laws. Therefore, plagiarism can simply be defined as the representation or presentation of someone else's words, ideas or thoughts as your own (Integrity.ou.edu 2013).

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WORLD RELIGIONS: EXPLORING DIVERSITY


It is crystal clear that religious perspectives all over the world are complex and multifactorial in nature. There is no generally accepted standard that can be used to judge the truism of any religion claims. I believe the experiential dimension of religions rooted in diverse experiences and environmental encounters brought above different religions all over the world. It is evident that there is a part of humans carving for the supernatural, this part of us has to be satisfied if we really want to lead a fulfilled life. Religions have charming and captivating impact on us, we believe in the supernatural and different religions devised the way to get in touch with the supernatural. My own religion experience has made me to believe in the Almighty God, the Creator and Architectural Designer and Programmer of life, who sent His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to the world to redeem mankind from the power of death and sin. No scientific method of empiricism can be used to prove this, but for the fact that my claims cannot be proven by empirical methods of science, does not make my claims nonsensical, this is the case of religions.

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OBAMA'S INAUGURAL ADDRESS 2009:ITS RHETORIC, RHYTHM, AND STRATEGIES


Politics is a skirmish for power to actualize specific economic, political and social ideas. It is imperative to know that language plays a crucial role in the process of politics particularly in the preparation, influence and accomplishment of every political action. It is evident that active politics cannot be devoid of the strategic use of language. Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address 2009 is a testimony to the importance of the strategic use of words to produce desired effects. Before going into the rhetoric, rhythm, and strategies of Obama’s Inaugual Address of 2009, let briefly go down the memory lane. Barack Obama in November 2008 emerged as the first African American president in the history of the United States. In the political and social arenas of the American society, his electoral victory was considered to be a leap forward. His victory consolidated the dream of Martin Luther King Jr., and millions of his fellow citizens.

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WOMEN FOR OBAMA: A RHETORICAL ANALYSIS OF AN OUTSTANDING POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT


Social media were used again and again in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Campaign as a form of political advertisement platform. On November 6, 2012, Barack Obama, the incumbent Democratic President, was re-elected as the President of the United States. The victory of President Obama was ascribed to superior campaigning strategies, massive support by women, Hispanic Americans and African Americans (Cohen). The winning Barack Obama Campaign targeted women voters via its Facebook page "Women for Obama." The metaphors embedded on the Facebook page "Women for Obama," serve as a potent medium to unearth the rhetorical strategies used to attract Obama's female voters.

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