Listener Mail 133



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What do you want to tell Spotlight? Liz Waid and Adam Navis share comments and questions from Spotlight listeners.

Transcript


Voice 1 

Welcome to Spotlight’s Listener Mail Program. I’m Liz Waid.

Voice 2 

And I’m Adam Navis. Spotlight uses a special English method of broadcasting. It is easier for people to understand, no matter where in the world they live.

Voice 1 

In today’s program, we share what you had to say about Spotlight programs. We especially look at the internet. People use the internet for many things, including changing their local communities! But they use it for fun things too - like watching videos of cats or sharing memes! Join us as we hear what you had to say!

Voice 2

Our first comments come from the program “The Internet and Social Change in Indonesia”. Seventeen percent of Indonesians use social media every day. Social media includes websites like Facebook and Twitter. Through these websites, people in Indonesia have been changing their community. For example, people used social media to influence the actions of Indonesia’s president. Using social media also helped a woman fight for her human rights. Dela agreed that people could use the internet for many things. She wrote:

Voice 3 

“I agree that the internet offers many possibilities. There, we can find many different kinds of information. Sharing information, pictures, and comments can be amazing. And all of us should only use the internet for good purposes like to get an education, to study languages, and to know the most recent news from all over the world.”

Voice 2 

Nature187_vn also pointed out that the internet is not always a good or friendly place.

Voice 4 

“Life always contains two sides - good and bad. The internet is very popular in social life today. It helps us share information quickly - about culture, education, and medical policies. I feel the internet is useful for me to expand my knowledge in different parts of life. But there is a bad side of it. That is, many people have bad purposes. They spread bad information that affects people in our communities. So, we do need laws for using social media.”

Voice 2 

Many countries have laws about internet use. Vietnam is one of those countries. Trung describes how people use social media there.

Voice 5

“In the past, social media such as Facebook and the BBC have been blocked in Vietnam by the government. They are concerned about political issues updates by users who use their political rights, like the freedom of opinion. In every country there are always groups of citizens who sometimes are in the minority. But at other times, even the majority is unhappy with the social issues of corruption, bad morals, environmental pollution, and taking land. But Vietnam is a one party state and the government wants to keep it that way. The government wants to control information. Internet security officials closely watch blogs that publish articles about democracy, human rights, anti-corruption, and criticisms of government. They have ways to block the internet with firewalls, but they do not always work.”

Voice 2 

Ngaht describes how people have used social media in his country, Colombia. They use it as a way to let leaders know what they think.

Voice 6 

“I think that people in my country enjoy using the internet to express their ideas and opinions too. In fact, Facebook, Twitter or website comments have brought great changes for political issues, or have had a huge influence on establishing a new law. For example, recently there was a new law about vehicle ownership and the right to use a vehicle while travelling on the road. Because of a wave of protest through social media, the government reconsidered the law. They stopped the launch of this new law by recognizing that it was not helpful for citizens. I believe strongly that the internet is an extremely good tool. It will continue to expand in the future in every society.

Voice 2

Thanks for your comments! Internet use is growing every day. People must be wise in how they use the internet. But it can be a great force for change!

Voice 1

People can use the internet for good or bad things. But people also use it for fun! One popular thing people do on the internet is share pictures and videos of cats. We talked about this in our recent program “Cats on the Internet”. Many people wonder why cats are so popular on the internet. But our listeners have some ideas! Nature187_vn wrote:

Voice 4 

“I love pets, especially cats and dogs. They are friends to us. I always play with them when I feel stressed or need to relax.”

Voice 1 

So, maybe watching cat videos also helps people relax! Dela has another idea:

Voice 3

“Cats are a nice, intelligent pet. Their behaviour is full of elegance and dignity. Cats are beautiful and funny too. Everyone must love them! Cats have lived with people for several centuries. After watching cat videos and pictures on the internet I start to feel better.”

Voice 1 

Thanh also talks about a cat’s intelligence. But, he knows cats are useful too.

Voice 7 

“Many families have cats in their homes for catching mice. Cats are extremely intelligent. They can find their way home if you bring them to a place far from home. Images of cats often appear in children’s television programs and advertisements selling things. They make children interested and they are funny!

Voice 1 

Thank you for those thoughts. We may never know why people love cats on the internet so much. But we know they do love them! Cats are part of many internet memes. Recently, we released another program about memes called “Internet Memes: Sharing Cultural Ideas”. We told about how memes have spread around the world. You can share your favorite meme with us on our Facebook page. Post a popular meme in your country. Or post a funny cat video or cat picture.

Voice 2 

And do not forget that our Facebook page also includes resources for Spotlight listeners. You can find our Facebook page in a link from this program. Or search for Spotlight Radio. There, you can learn about different countries around the world. Learn a new word every day in Spotlight’s short program, Word of the Day. Meet a new friend who also listens to Spotlight. Or just practice reading and writing in English.

Voice 1 

That is all the time we have for today’s Listener Mail program. We invite you to write to us. Tell us what you think about our programs. But you can also tell us your ideas for Spotlight programs! Do you want to hear a Spotlight program about something particular? Send us your ideas! You can leave a comment on the script page of any program. Email us at radio @ radioenglish . net. Or, visit our Facebook page and post your idea there. We hope to hear from you soon!

Voice 2 

The writer and producer of this program was Liz Waid. The voices you heard were from the United Kingdom and the United States. All quotes were adapted for this program and voiced by Spotlight. You can listen to this program again, and read it, on the internet at www.radioenglish.net. This program is called, ‘Listener Mail 133’.

Voice 1 

We hope you can join us again for the next Spotlight program. Goodbye.

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Little Cat
said on July 28, 2013

thanks spotlight for sharing useful things