The resurgence in Social Upheaval of Social and Political Issues

Controversies are the essence of any society, be it political, social or economic in nature. What was a controversy last decade might not be the one in question now? There are many trending topics that are coming to the surface, as a consequence of not having discussed them in detail or in any concern the last decade. The major topic that has been in the newspapers this decade is the issue of drug trafficking, as the market has only grown since the last decade.

People have not been very aware of the consequences of the drug market, until recently because of the streaming of a huge number of documentaries, TV series etcetera online. Netflix has been the true source of where these American Tv series are being streamed. Some of the show is, namely, Breaking Bad, Narcos, Drug Lords, Orange is the New Black, all of them published during a period of 2013- 2016. These Tv shows have an effect on the mind of their audience which is very devastating, hence this provokes the people to bring out these cases in public and talk about them at various possible discourses.

Some Tv shows also demonstrated how some drugs had been made socially acceptable and were being overused as a result. With the rise of crimes, with the consumption of such drugs, moreover led to a agitated aggression to bring out the debate of should drugs be used, which drugs, and in what quantity? Also, keeping in mind the need for creating laws for it, so that people do not move out of their limits. The idea of addiction is also disputed amongst the masses. This is because a decade earlier neither of these cases was highlighted. Now the debate is also related to the fact of intake of how much is actually addiction? What should be the limit to the drugs that have been ascribed as acceptable, socially and politically?

With Donald Trump’s new policy of making a white America, the question of racism is becoming very sensitized and a need to be discussed the topic. Intersectionality is also becoming a trending topic worldwide as the theory of this discourse helps us to look at how we are being marginalized under different subheads. For example:

To understand that a Muslim black woman is more subjugated than a white Muslim woman, there is this need of ongoing debate about the heterogeneity of women, which has come to the foreground only recently. Theorists like Bell Hooks, Patricia Hill Collins had already given us hints onto this upsurge of racism and how it is demeaning the masses, but the topic discussion on intersectionality, has given the topic of racism to come up to the forum so that it can be discussed at length as to how power dynamics in relationships can be deconstructed. Academicians, writers, politicians, parents searching for equal rights for their children, are also coming up in huge numbers to discuss racism under a political surveillance.

Thus, these two issues have come up with a lot of effects since the last decade and have created raucous around the world. These issues were not so much bent upon in the last few decades, until this decade as it saw the need for recognition of masses who take parts in such ongoing debates.

Robots And AI : A Possible Threat To Blue Collar Jobs?

Visualize yourself as an inexperienced and young worker whose grades were not that remarkable while you were in the college. In that case, what type of profession will be appropriate for you?

As a matter of fact, you will virtually have no preference in choosing your profession in future since automated technology is slowly replacing those blue collar jobs which were usually performed by the workers before. Thus it is quite challenging for us to be sanguine about our future.

In this present economy, 3 skills will prove to be useful namely working with innovative information, solving any unstructured problem and also performing blue collar jobs that are very difficult to be automated. It will not be possible for the robots to perform a number of skilled trades such as carpentry and plumbing for quite some time. The same applies to housekeeping, gardening, and other unstructured environments. But the question is that how many blue collar jobs will the robots be able to disrupt in the forthcoming years. Also, another query which lurks in our mind is that how is it possible for the vocational institutions to prepare their students for this type of economy.

Perhaps the best way will be to educate the students regarding how to work along with the robots and AI. As a matter of fact, the car mechanics at present need to be specialized on fixing any dent and so forth; however, in the upcoming days, they will be required to have much more comprehensive knowledge regarding various innovative things such as self-driving technology. In a nutshell, since the blue collar jobs are going to be more sophisticated in near future, it is imperative for the workers to know exactly how to adapt themselves quickly with the resulting alterations.

What can be said about the blue collar workers at present? There is hardly any doubt about the fact that already the skills of these workers fail to live up to the expectations of their employers. As per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the United States, although the unemployment rate has been more than 8% for a period of over four years, only about 4 million positions were still vacant until last year.

This is indeed a matter of great concern at present. The American government has tried every means to expand capital for job training and also set up a network of local manufacturing hubs which will be able to bring together private employers, academia, and the government to encourage innovation and also retain the workers. Furthermore, the certified apprenticeship programs where it is possible for the inexperienced workers to obtain proper training on different technological skills have a very bright prospect. Although it seems that all these are working perfectly well at present, they might not be able to deliver the goods in the long run.

The workers will need more response from the governments across the world so that they are able to navigate this change. Moreover, the governments might be required to make fresh plans on strengthening their social safety networks since inequality will probably be worsened due to robotic labor which will result in shifting the income from employees to the owners of the capital.

As a matter of fact, the medical practitioners, attorneys, and the traders, along with the journalists, all have some of their jobs replaced by machines at present. With the advancement of automation, the careers of the college students are surely going to be disrupted. In a nutshell, it can be rightly asserted that the individuals that will be hit the hardest will be the lowest-skilled workers.