The benefit’s of hosting the Olymic

when it is announced that a country will be hosting The Olympic Games, the usual responce is celebration. But how much does hosting The Olympic Games actually benefit the country?

Many people think of hosting The Olympic Games to be beneficial, so what does it benefit in particular. One thing would be that the games will bring in 10,000s of visitors from abroad, not only will they pay for the games, they will also increase hotel business, local shops’ income, restaurants etc. This will benefit both the local area and the rest of the country. Another benefit would be that it will create more jobs. This is because the preparation of the games will require lots of work to be done. The idea of ‘The Olympic Effect’ is that hosting The Olympic Games will cause economic growth in the country hosting it. This is because of the foreigners visiting, and higher investment. These are all valid reasons as to why hosting The Olympic Games would benefit the country hosting.

With that said, what is the cost of hosting the games? not all countries benefit from the games, and the amount of money needed to host them is rather large. It has been shown that in the last few years the cost has risen quite a bit. One example would be The Sochi Winter Olympics, which costed around 50 billion USD. This could mean that in future, hositng the games will cost a much greater amount of money, and it will seem idiotic to want to host them. Another thing is overbuilding and future use issues. In many Olympic Games there have been many extra facilities built, which not only adds to the cost, but also has almost no future purpose. Many of the stadiums built for past games have been left almost unused after the games. This is a large loss to the hosting country as it will seem like a lot of money used on nothing. And about the visitors and jobs mentioned before, what happens to that after the games are over? The visitors are only there for the games so after the games finish the visitor rate will most likely drop significantly. As for the jobs created, there wil no longer be any use for the workers, so those who had those jobs will lose them and that could lead to unemployement for some, which is not good for the economy of the hosting country.

From what I have found out about the benefits and costs of hosting The Olympic Games, it seems that hosting the Olympics is a bit of a gamble but is more likely not very benefitial. My final conclusion would be that it is best not to host the games becasue of things such as the cost, future use and the dropping of visitors and employement. Though some countries do benefit greatly from hosting the games, it would be best not to as the outcome is not always positive.


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Top 4 visitor nationalities

  1. Korea 316868 people visited from Dec 2014 – February 2015
  2. Taiwan 235529 people visited from Dec 2014 – February 2015
  3. China 258458 people visited from Dec 2014 – February 2015
  4. Hong Kong 101112 people visited from Dec 2014 – February 2015

The number of foreign tourists to Japan on average from Dec 2014 – February 2015 1280491


  1. Increase the economy
  2. Strengthens international bonds
  3. Brings cultures closer together



  1. Culture loss
  2. Tourist spots will become overcrowded
  3. Tourists may pollute (litter etc)
  4. Cultural misunderstandings/offensive behaviour etc


The Bystander Effect

When researching the bystander effect I found a list of bystander effect cases here. Number 7 on the list is about the electrocution of Topsy the elephant by Thomas Edison.

Topsy of Luna Park Zoo, Coney Island, New York, had killed 3 handlers on 3 different occasions, because of this it was decided she would be electrocuted by Thomas Edison. Edison used 6,600 volts of AC and filmed the “execution” of the animal (video here).

This event was witnessed by 1,500 people, none of whom said anything in complaint. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) only said that hanging of the animal would be cruel as it would not break the neck, but just strangle it. Aside from that they had no problem with how the elephant was treated which includes cyanide poisoning as well as the main electrocution.

This happened in 1903 so if a similar thing happened today the reaction would certainly be different, but the fact that none of the 1,500 people watching showed no sympathy towards the elephant.

I think of this to be a good example of the bystander effect, and I think out of the 3 reasons as to why people do not react appropriately,  social influence would probably be the most fitting. Though all three do apply, this seems to be the main reason as there were many people watching so someone going against the crowd in such a large group would not have been very possible.

Classical Conditioning to Sell Products

I looked at 2 commercials for this task in I+S, the Razer Blade “commercial” and the Old Spice body wash commercial (its actually a compilation)

Razer Blade                I think that the Razer Blade commercial succeeds in making me interested in the product. One thing that I found was they used repetition and emphesis on the main point that it is the “World’s Thinnest Gaming Laptop” and this is to impress the audience and make them feel as if they are special if they have the “World’s Thinnest Gaming Laptop”. Other points they bring up in the video are that it is powerful and portable, this is to appeal to their target audience of “Gamers” who they hope will buy the laptop because it is exactly what they would want.

Old Spice
              In this commercial they emphesize the fact that the body wash can block body odor for up to 16 hours. This product is aimed towards men, specifically men who have trouble with body odor. The commercial has a quite muscular man starring in it which will make the veiwer think that if they use the body wash they will not only smell good for 16 hours, but also seem like the man in the video. There is a large presence of the word “Power” as well as explosions which also will appeal to most men as it is entertaining.


My defenition of aid is the act of giving help. This does not only mean from one country to another, which is mainly the case, but also from one individual to another.

Three types of aid are developmental, humanitarian and charitable aid. Developmental aid has helped over many years to improve the lifesltyles of those living in poorer countries. Humanitarian aid has helped people who have needed imediate help after a crisis. and Charitable aid has helped improve the lifestyles of individuals through the donations of people better off than them.

Inequality is when something is unequal, this can be between countries, people or groups of people, but in this case countries. Inequality between countries is when one has an advantage over the other, for example more money. This is a problem because the countries with less money have to work harder to get close to the wealthier countries and this makes the lives of the people on that country hard.

I personally think that aid does work, despite having many problems such as inequality. The reasons for this is that aid is not only the donation of money, but also physical resources and help. One example is after the March 11 2011 earthquake, though the effects still haven’t worn off, the aid from other countries has helped a lot, this could not have been done without aid and japan is doing much better than if aid did not exist. This link shows the amount of damage done by the earthquake after a year.

The image above shows a part of Tohoku in 2011, 2012 and 2013. As you can see it has improved a lot since and aid contributed to that.

Here is some information on the damage of japan.

The 5/11/11 earthquake is only one example but I hope I have proven my point in some way. There are some problems with aid but I still believe that it is a good thing and should continue.

How does living in a globalized world affect you and others?

Living in a globalized world helps people connect better, wether through language or culture. In Globalized community people are more open minded and accepting of other peoples’ choices and ideas. I think living in a globalized world has help people think less about what’s different and focus on what we all need as a race. Humanity is slowly getting less violent with each other and is starting to find new ways of living. This is all because we decided not to focus on where we’re from on Earth, but more that we are all from Earth and that we are all not so different. Overall, living in a globalized world has help people think more about the similarities we share as humans.


Visual Notes

Advantages of visual notes: it is easy to find what you need to know on the paper, It explains the topic and the more information you put in it makes it look nicer.

Disadvantages of visual notes: it is hard to draw about the topic sometimes, summarising the topic in drawings can be difficult, I personally had a hard time concentrating on how to show the information.

How what you read answers the unit question: It shows information about the industrial and ecenomical progress of countries. It also shows how th indicators of progress connect and how they effect the world.

I think that the visual notes help me understand the significant concept better and how it contributes to what we are doing in class.

What have we learned? #2

The reaserching and recording was easy but not too easy, I still needed to think of good key words and phrases to find what I needed. I think that the difficult part was finding good places to get my information, so I decided to make a survey and get my own results as well as the results from the internet. I think in future projects like this I will continue with the surveying (if necessary) and using the inter, to get a wider range of results.

What have we learned? #1

Whilst making this presentation and my script for it, I found many things about religion I did not know before. Most of what I found is in the presentation but I noticed that many people have very similar reasons as to whyb they follow a religion. I would have thought there would be more reasons but I could not find much more than what I have included in my presentation.

I have learned how to use key terms for my reaserch, and how to research an “un googleable” question. I thought it would be harder but it was not, I thought of a few different ways to gather information such as my form I sent out the the whole 8th grade.