Recommendation 1 from ‘The Guardian’

Article Name:Which should I leave first, Twitter or Facebook?

By: Paul Mason

Twitter is the first global conversation – but it is becoming morally depopulated. We need radical, collective action to save it

Summary:

The world of social networking is one that generates a lot of debate, especially around issues such as freedom of speech, respecting personal boundaries and what are the limits of acceptability. The article explores the same and illustrates how twitter is being misused as of now. Interesting read, well written and illustrative of new side of the social media debate!

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Learn Words from the article:

Mulling: Reflect deeply on a subject
Minutiae: A small or minor detail
Insidious: Beguiling but harmful
Supercilious: Having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
Trolling: In Internet slang, a troll is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a forum, chat room, or blog), either accidentally or with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.
Apposite: Being of striking appropriateness and pertinence
Exhilarating: Making lively and cheerful

Recommendation 2 from ‘Philosopher’s Beard’

Article Name:Michael Sandel on the commercialisation of private and civic life

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We need to tame capitalism again, so that it works for us rather than tries to eat us.

Summary:

This is by far my favorite philosophy blog and I believe this is the one of the best ones if you are preparing for an exam such as CAT or GMAT. With a strong focus on topics which are serious/philosophical, it forms the perfect practice for CAT reading and gives you a chance to understand complex texts. Read this article and check whether you agree with me or not.

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Learn Words from the article:

Purports: The intended meaning of a communication
Degrade: Reduce the level of land, as by erosion/Lower the grade of something; reduce its worth
Deliberate: Carefully thought out in advance
Provocation: Unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment
Rapacious: Living by preying on other animals especially by catching living prey
Capitalism: An economic system based on private ownership of capital

Recommendation 3 from ‘The Guardian’

Article Name: We have another option in Egypt: to do nothing

By: Maha Azzam

We want to avoid another Syria but intervention could prove counter-productive. Britain should push for a diplomatic solution

Summary:

Most people would think about the crises in Egpyt and see it as one that demands immediate action from the international community. But not this article. This article does no such thing, and rather pushes for no action at all. Why so and arrive at your judgment. Interesting article with respect to how some think in the western world.

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Learn Words from the article:

Hippocratic oath: The Hippocratic Oath is an oath historically taken by physicians and other healthcare professionals swearing to practice medicine honestly. It is widely believed to have been written either by Hippocrates, often regarded as the father of western medicine, or by one of his students.
Tangle: A twisted and tangled mass that is highly interwoven
Hedged: Evasively worded in order to avoid an unqualified statement/Minimize loss or risk
Catastrophe: Minimize loss or risk
Inevitable: Incapable of being avoided or prevented

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