Living a Digital Existence Week 4

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  1. MunkyMagikUK

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    Living a Digital Existence Week 4 (a little late..)

    Another week, another blog. Please do enjoy...

    “Britishness”

    What is it to be British? This is a rather large question being asked by the government at the moment, with Gordon Brown saying that British youngsters aren’t taught about where they come from and from whom we descend. He is saying that we should be taught about British history at school, and to a certain extent, I think he is right.

    Ted Philips OBE, a black labour politician, has been quoted as saying “schools throughout the UK, especially faith schools are becoming increasingly polarised”, and I think that this is a very good point. Some people believe that faith schools are the way to go, and others firmly believe that religion and education should be kept separate. I believe that there shouldn’t be faith schools, but not for the reason that I don’t think that religion and education should not be mixed together. I don’t think there is anything wrong with this. After all, we are a very multicultural society and therefore need to learn, accept and integrate ourselves into these cultures, and religion is a big part of culture and so we need to accept that this needs to be learnt about. The reason why I think that faith schools should be abolished is that I think it unnecessarily segregates society, in the way that even if you don’t believe in religion, no matter how good the school is you are forced to be religious against your will. Now, some will say that these people have the choice of going to a conventional comprehensive school, but I don’t believe we should have to make our choices based on what we believe in, but I think we should be able to choose based on the integrity and reputation of the institution.

    So back to what is it to be British. When you say Britain, people tend to associate things such as the Queen, Fish & Chips and Cockney accents with being British. Whilst these may all be quintessential British things, I think we have “lost” what it is to be British. At the moment, you are “British” if you were born in the UK or Northern Ireland, Anyone born abroad to a British passport holder, Anyone who has lived in the UK for 5 years or Anyone married to a British Citizen. But I ask you, is this right? Someone can go to Japan, marry a Japanese citizen, and then the Japanese citizen is immediately a British citizen. What are they bringing to the British society? They may be very nice people, but I don’t think it is enough to just marry someone and become a British citizen. You may think, well that’s a bit racist, but there has also been a lot of controversy in the sporting world, with football players who have lived here for 4 years now becoming eligible to play for our national squad. Now, I don’t have a problem with this, as they have lived here for at least 4 years, have contributed to society, and are obviously willing and passionate about playing for England, and so why not let them?

    I bet if you went around and asked random people on the street to think of the top of their heads what makes them British they couldn’t tell you, and I know I certainly couldn’t until I thought about it today. In America you have the American constitution which everyone knows, and looks up to no matter what race you are. They can all join together and say “this is what makes me an American and I’m proud”. Over here in the UK we have nothing like this, and I think that we have now blurred the line between being British and being different races & religions. After all, there are now many Asian’s who were in fact born here in the UK, yet because they are Asian in appearance and religion, we class them as if they are not “British”. All I can say is, how bloody ignorant of us.

    I think that being British means that we are able to accept people for whomever they are. We are proud, brave and classy. We are able to make sense of bad situations, and then sort them out in a sensible manner. When people say Britain, I think: The BBC, paid for by the British people for the British people. I think the British Empire. And I think of the Queen. I understand what being British is about, and I’m proud.

    With all the success of the Beijing Olympics in China this summer, where they had both incredibly successful opening and closing ceremonies, which epitomized everything that is Chinese, I think it is important that in the next 4 years we figure out what it is to be British, so we too can hold a brilliant Olympic games in which we can say “Yes, this is Britain, and we’re proud to live here!”, and if we can’t do this, then I’m afraid I will have lost faith in society.

    Here's a brilliant quote from a national newspaper: “Being British is about driving a German car to an Irish pub for a Belgian beer, then on the way home grabbing an Indian curry to sit on a Swedish sofa and watch American shows on a Japanese TV, and most of all being suspicious of anything foreign”.

    So tell me, what do you think it is to be British? Are you proud to be British? And what could we do to make people a bit more patriotic. Maybe our American users can tell us what they think of when they hear the word “Britain”. Your feedback, as always, is greatly appreciated.

    As a final note, maybe you could try your hand at this test, and see just how British you really are (FYI, I got 7 ;)) BBC NEWS | Magazine | Can you pass a citizenship test?

    Until next time...

    David
    (MunkyMagikUK)

     
  2. Safinn

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    Just did that test and got a 7.

    Well at school back in the day when I used to do History (Droped it) we did alot about Britan but not where we came from.. It was more about big events.. I agree that there should be more taught on where Brits came from! But for the Non-Brits in the class it may seem a bit pointless for them lol...
     
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    I got a 9! IM NOT FROM THE UK!!! :)
    You got 9 right!
    0-5: Seat in Heathrow arrivals.... 6-10: Seat on the district council......11-13: Seat in Parliament.....14: Seat on the throne


    I was only expecting a 5 or lower...
     
  4. Nimrod

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    Are you forgetting than only 7% of our viewers are "British" or at least connecting from Britain, kinda feel like your stressing british'ness like everyone here is british ;)

    Anyways, 8/14 for British'ness!
     
  5. MunkyMagikUK

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    I was unaware of this fact. And I'm British, and thought that it was a good subject of discussion, other people are quite welcome to talk about their nationality (What it is to be American for example). :)
     
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    His name is dave and hes not friendly like the channel no he's foreign !!!! Wait just kidding hello Digiex and great article mate and ofcoure if he was from another country theres nothing wrong with that, I welcome all rich, any rich foreign people to marry a british woman I mean we could do with the money overhere. Seen as though this is my offical first post I would just like to say I come in peace (unless your on xbox live 8o|) but seriously good article dave, cant wait for you to do little articles for mine when I actually finish it !!!
     
  7. MunkyMagikUK

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    Haha Lee mate, I couldn't actually make any sense of this post! ;)

    Glad you decided to join up!

    EDIT: I know what your on about now, not very kind my friend. Not very kind. And you do babble on a lot about random shit, get on topic man! ;)

    EDIT2: Nimrod, no need to change the title to "A Little Late", I was waiting for inspiration!
     
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    Great article as always David, Its always interesting what random subject your article is on each week!

    I got 8/14 on the quiz! Good enough for a seat on the district council ;)

    Looking back in school right the way up until I was in High School you were basically forced to take part in religious stuff, we always did a Christmas play, made stuff at Easter and so in. Although in high school we did learn about other religions I remember not many people were interested at all.


    LOL so far you have done better than everyone here who is from the UK! (Y)
     
  9. Nimrod

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    I just put that there to stop the confusion, the arcade post was just before this, and that was Week 5, then we had Week 4's blog post ;)
     
  10. Trebor

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    I scored a 6. Does that mean I get deported? Well anyway some of them questions seemed a little daft so when it asked questions such as what is PG of course I was gonna reply TIPS! Also getting the dog neutered seemed like a logical answer at the time *-). On a more serious note, I'm not exactly sure what it is to be British. Maybe it's quirky humour (just look at Little Britain for a start) or maybe it's just an island full of a bunch of tea lovers. Of course all these things are stereotypes and can't really sum up the whole of a nation just like the American constitution and patriotism can't sum up the whole of America. I do feel that other countries have more of an identity than the UK but lets not forget that the UK has always been about embracing other peoples cultures and ideals (no matter how hard that is for some people to believe). Interesting topic you brought up this week MunkyMagik.
     
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    i got 10/14 =D
     
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    Problem is people saying being British is about "Accepting others" or "Embracing other types of people" seems to me like were trying to find anything possible to use to express ourself. Most other countries accept people and have high populations of ethic groups.

    There must be a real meaning to being british...
     
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    Eating Fish and Chips ^^
     
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    i got an 8 :P, some pretty weird qestions they ask, for example the father christmas one i got wrong becasue the myth origionally came from turkey. i do think its about time they added these tests becasue if ur going to move somewhere, doesn't mater if its the UK or any other country, you should make the effort to learn about it. As for what is it to be british..would be a very easy question to answer 100 years ago in the early 20th century, but now we large numbers of people moving to the UK, we are now a heavily multicultured country, so in a way you can say to be british is to live and respect all the various cultures that exist in our nation.
     

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