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I live on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia.

Sports a View

Sports the View from the Bar

A typical Saturday evening at the local Sports Bar, where to

sit where could be the best place for you to watch the game,

any game Hockey, Baseball, Basketball,Boxing, UFC Mixed

Martial Arts. Why and how we choose our seats says a lot

about what type of sporting fan you are diehard or just

there to enjoy, as well as why the owners place the

televisions where they do how they layout their space.

         These business’s take a lot of time to place there

televisions in an aesthetically pleasing position for their

customers enjoyment and pleasure. This is how Slack

and Wise describe a concept of “cultural space: a space

unique to a particular way of life, articulation, or

assemblage” (137). How much effort goes into preparing

a space that encompasses what different groups are

looking for the diehards sitting at the bar closest to

the action as well as the service best seat in the house

for them. The social sports fan farther back so that they

can watch at a distance but still spend most of their time

communicating with others in their group.

      There is I am sure a perfect seat for each of us where

we can be as close with an event as well as close with those

enjoying it with us. This area is as much a part of each person 

as it is with the group and their needs as a whole. Business’s

understand this and cater to as many groups as possible to

make sure no person or group fells as though there is no place

for them in the Pub, Sports Bar, Social club.

Works Cited

Slack, Jennifer Daryl., and J. Macgregor Wise. Culture & Technology: A Primer. New York: Peter Lang, 2007. 135-47. Print.

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How Tethering a teen with a cell phone can be a bad idea dependant on the child.

I will give you two examples of this from my own personal experience. I wish to begin with my fourteen-year-old daughter currently in grade ten. Attached to her cell phone at all times. Had to remove the phone when my wife and I discovered she was sending and receiving text messages at two o’clock in the morning on school nights. Right now, she has been without her best friend for three days. She has yet to spend any time with the family, so that by her admission it will be easier to get back into the groove of texting with her friends. When she earns her cell phone back.

Our son twelve years old in grade seven, could care less about his cell phone.

He does however realize it does have it’s benefits. It allows him more freedom. He can cover a lot more area in a day if he has his cell phone because he understands that wecan reach him when required. The only real problem with our son is getting him to remember. Turn on your phone when you venture out. Charge your phone! not when it dies completely but overnight on a regular basis. Once this becomes a reality it is a great way to enable our son to have more freedom at a younger age.

There is good and bad to this in m y opinion. On the one hand I like the safety it brings to my children as well as myself. I still however do not like the way it disconnects us as a family.

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Turkle Always-On/Always On You: The Tethered Self (The tethered teen paragraph 7 page 127)

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