REVOLUTION!

It’s a word that inspires… It’s a word full of history… It’s a word of tremendous scale in scope… It’s a word that is simultaneously hopeful and frightening…

What comes to your mind when you hear the word REVOLUTION? What does it remind you of? How do you understand this word? In short, respond to the word REVOLUTION with any and all ideas you have!!!

 

42 thoughts on “REVOLUTION!

  1. To me, the word revolution means a group of people coming together to create change for everyone. One of the more recent and younger revolutions that is around is the “March for Our Lives” that was started after the Parkland shooting in Florida. Listening to stories and creating action is something everyone can be involved in and I feel that revolution can change the future for the next generations to come.

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    1. Jessica, very interesting response! Taking something bad/tragic and turning it into positive change for everyone. Revolution is not just about the change itself, but the journey (aka bringing people together) to give hope and inspiration to anyone who might need it.

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    2. Hi Jessica,
      I often wrestle with the feeling that no matter how much we protest there is no lasting change. An example I can refer to is the fight to end Gun Violence. I am in a unique position to be in a family that sees gun ownership as a right while I do not personally support it. I appreciate both sides arguments and am conflicted about how can a revolution bring change to this everlasting epidemic.

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    3. Hi Jess! I had some similar ideas on what a revolution was in my original post as well. I really like the example you gave of a recent revolution that is taking place in our society today. Revolutions are definitely an important part of shaping the future and the next generation. Great job on your response, looking forward to reading more this semester!

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    4. Hi Jess! I thought that your inclusion of storytelling referenced an important part of revolutions that isn’t often mentioned. Stories can evoke strong emotions within people and can result in people feeling inspired to enact change. The telling and sharing of stories is quite important to human connection and can teach, inspire, and influence people to take action and spark revolutions!

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  2. A revolution is a very intense change made to something. There are different types of revolution. For example, there are historical, industrial, religious, and scientific revolutions. Either way, I believe there are times when a revolution is inevitable. As humans constantly evolve, so does our technology and our minds. The French Revolution comes to mind as a very impactful historical revolution. From 1789 to 1799, there was a radical political and social upheaval that led to France changing from a monarchy to a democratic republic. Computers, x-rays, laser physics, and continental drift are all examples of the scientific revolution. Industrial revolutions are very interesting because even though they were necessary, there were still some cons. Industrial revolutions made goods more affordable and enhanced the quality of life for average households due to employment from mass production. In contrast, industrial revolutions led to overcrowding of cities and industrial towns. The use of certain machinery also led to pollution and environmental ills. In addition, people began practicing more unhealthy habits due to the use of machinery and less human labor. There were also very poor working conditions in certain factories.

    In conclusion, some revolutions are absolutely necessary. I believe a revolution is good if it is executed in a smart manner and leads to better conditions for our environment.

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    1. Hi Sam,

      From your post I believe it can be argued that certain revolutions come naturally over time. Using the Industrial Revolution as an example, with a period of intense growth, emerging wealth, and technology culminating in a capitalistic boom helping multiple countries across the globe progress. While there are negative aspects to some revolutions, if the benefits outweigh the costs then in the long run progress should be accepted.

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    2. Hi Sam,
      Great point about the French revolution. The gap between the rich and the poor was so significant that the people had to rise and demand change. We see the same happen with most revolutions where the wealth distribution gap became to pronounced that the poor have no choice but to rebel.
      I see a similar trend in present times. During the pandemic the wealth gap further increased with the wealthy increasing their wealth significantly. A questions that often ask myself is ” What would a revolution in our time look like?”

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  3. My interpretation of the word “revolution” is when a new regime overcomes the old one. A regime could mean many things. It could be related to the government, a group of people, an idea or many different things. When it comes to the technology revolution, older technologies are being recycled for new faster, more user-friendly ones. People often interpret revolution as a scary thing, but it can also be exciting. When looking at the technology revolution, the rapid improvements we are seeing have yielded unprecedented returns in applications including the stock market, supply chain, medicine, and many others.

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    1. Hi David,

      I find it very interesting that most people look at revolution as a scary thing. I believe it has to do with human nature and the discomfort and adjustment period that comes with change. Revolutions can be exciting if there is an open mind and a growth mindset to adjust to the change. It is difficult to picture this world without the technological revolution that has occurred. It still takes time to get used to these technological advancements but they are exciting nonetheless.

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      1. Hi Samuel, I agree an open-mind and a growth mindset go a long way. I think that fearlessness and an open mind are closely related. As an example, you can look at the learning curve associated with skiing for children vs adults. Children have a much easier time learning how to ski as opposed to adults. This is due to a child’s lack of fear of embarrassment or physical harm from a fall. Article: https://www.traveller.com.au/why-kids-ski-better-than-you-do-gow01p

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  4. Revolution to me represents an urgent need for change. its a signal that the status pro que is no longer acceptable and a replacement is needed. A Revolution represents the rise of new ideas replacing antiquated ones. A prime example is the fall of the soviet union and the rise of democracy in the eastern Europe in 1990. The people rose to demand better living conditions from the government and the ability to live their life as they wish.

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  5. A revolution is a fundamental change. In the realm of politics and government, this is generally used to describe overthrowing the party in power. The framework in this case, is relatively similar to revolutions in technology. When discussing technology, this can be related to the massive changes over the last two decades to cloud computing, surface computing, and other notable innovations. In most cases, a revolution will result in the previous dominating force being disrupted. Over time, developments in software have disrupted service models, from how consumers view movies and television to how biomedical firms test for prominent diseases. With these shifts in how processes are completed, many laborers lose their jobs. However, there are many new jobs created. It is akin to the creation of the automobile. Cars disrupted the horse service model, but produced new jobs and avenues for progression. Additionally, for a movement or disruption to be labeled as a revolution, it should result in a significant structural change. It should not be necessary that the change or disruption is lasting, in that this new change is not overtaken by a new revolution. It should not be so easy to revert back to a life before this change. After the invention of the internet, aside from luddites, people were unable to assume a life without this integral platform. The same would be true of smart phones and a litany of other life changing technologies.

    As of right now, mankind is in the midst of another revolution in the development of metaverse technology. This will change video games, remote work, online meetings, and arguably give surface computing a more practical foothold in the realm of daily consumer use.

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  6. Revolution from my perspective means different things depending on whether you are on the side forcing change or on the receiving end and being forced to change. Revolution can be a catch-all for a movement which gains momentum to the point where large scale change is secured. Change can be good especially if it is of benefit to the majority of people who live in the particular society. Revolution can be dangerous if it is unorganized and ends up in chaos and anarchy.

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  7. To me, revolution is a significant change of some kind. Personally, when I hear the word revolution, I think of sudden change. Things like overthrowing of a government, political change, significant inventions, etc. These things are transformational and impactful. It can be scary for many (whether the change is good or bad), as people in general are fearful of change, especially if they haven’t had sufficient time to prepare/absorb it.

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    1. Hi Joseph, I agree revolution brings change to the top of my mind. When I think of change, I think it is the scariest for people who are set in their ways and unwilling to adapt. I think specifically at a company where new management arrives because the results are not where they need to be. With this new management also will come the expectation of a new culture from the employees. It is critical that it is clear to the employees that the change in culture (and most likely the change in ways of working) are being put in place to yield better results. If the employees are unwilling to adapt, it will be very difficult for them under the new management.

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    2. Hey Joe, I totally agree that what makes a revolution so unique is its timing. It definitely is sudden, and often the body being revolted against isn’t prepared or doesn’t expect such a movement…I guess, from the outside looking in, you can argue that, a revolution builds and builds slowly over time, and it’s too late to fight it by the time it gains momentum!

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  8. When I hear the word “Revolution”, I immediately think of people coming together with the hope of making a change in order to create an improved society for themselves. These societal revolutions can be both peaceful or violent in their nature, and we have seen examples of both throughout history.

    It is also interesting to think about the word with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day recently passing. The actions MLK, and the other member of the Civil Rights movement, are just a recent example of a societal revolution as their sit-ins, speeches, and movements looked to achieve equal rights and change. Revolutions can also take a considerable amount of time. Using the Civil Rights movement as another example we saw over the past few years that race relations in this country are still prevalent across the country, with people tirelessly working to working to make a change.

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    1. Hi Joe,

      I find your post very interesting. While it is important to note that revolutions involve people coming together, it is also important to identify and acknowledge the leaders and those who ignite the revolution. In your example, Martin Luther King Jr made a huge impact in the civil rights movement. Examples of other revolutionaries in history include Mahatma Gandhi ( led the Indian independence movement against the British) and Nelson Mandela (first black president of South Africa from 1994-1999). These are just two examples of brave leaders who inspire or ignite revolutions.

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  9. For me, the word revolution is about radical change. We’ve known the word since Elementary school when we learned about the American Revolution. For the American colonies, radical change meant breaking off from the British Empire and forming their own country. For business, I see the term revolution as radical change towards business processes. An application or series of functions that revolutionizes how companies conduct business both internally and externally. For example, I view the ERP system SAP as a revolutionary data application. I use it every day at my job and can’t imagine how businesses functioned beforehand. It is very intuitive and saves hours of man power!

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  10. When I think of the word “revolution” I think of a massive abrupt change to something usually driven by the need for a new system, process, or technology. Specifically when I think of a technology revolution, my mind gravitates to old technology, products or resources, replaced or eliminated by a newer iteration. Throughout human history we’ve seen revolutions take place in the form of war, technology, and very important social issues. Today we’re living in a world with advancements across so many technology sectors such as telecommunications with 5G, space travel with Virgin Atlantic, SpaceX, and Blue Origin, artificial intelligence & robotics with autonomous cars, 3D printing and so many others most would say that were in the midst of a technology revolution that is changing the course of human history. Top that off with the fact that all of this has been greatly amplified by the pandemic we’re set up for a very different future.

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    1. Hi Christian,

      I enjoy reading your thoughts about “revolution”! Of course, my thought of the revolution was about all those significant historical moments in the history book. But your opinions about the Space X and the 3D printing technologies sound very attractive. I agree with you that all these new technologies could bring us to a different platform. I was doing research using 3D printing technologies on building houses. Such an eye open revolution! It could lower the cost for consumers while saving the environment. The technological revolutions are changing the course of human history!

      Thank you,
      Cici Ouyang

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  11. Revolution is most frequently used to denote a change in the social and political environment. However, in simple terms, it is a sudden, radical, or complete change.
    There are many different kinds of revolution which have taken place in past like political, economic, Social & cultural, agricultural, Industrial, information, religious, intellectual, scientific. Each revolution brings a drastic change in the way people do, see or behave around the things or environment and that is for the betterment of society as a whole. The Information Technology revolution has made dramatic changes in the way we live, work and even think. We could relate how computers and information technology have advanced over the decades. For example, the computer was 1st invented in 1832 and there have been significant changes in the computer which we use nowadays called the portable computer or laptops. Also, There has been significant use of the computer in the field of coding, robotics, and AI. All these are the example or effects of the Information technology revolution. There is change going on every day which will not be seen in few months or years, It’s only seen when there is a significant or major change and it takes many decades sometimes. People learn and get used to these drastic changes over the phase of life.

    It’s rightly said by. – Alan Kay (Computer Scientist) “Technology is anything that wasn’t around when you were born.”

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  12. To me, revolution can apply to anything that changes something that many people are already familiar with, and usually for the better. It can be a way to reinvent something in order to improve its functions or capabilities. It can also apply to groups of people who might come together in order to try and achieve something that would help them. There are ways that revolutions could be bad for some, but when I think of a revolution, most of the time it’s with a goal to make something better.

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    1. Hi Jared,
      Great job on your discussion. I agree that most people think of people coming together when they think of the word revolution. You said that a revolution is usually for the better, I do agree with you on this however i think it depends which side of the revolution you are on. There are many instances that had a revolution that did not turn out for the best. Revolutions are a powerful thing in our world and are something we need to pay more attention to.

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  13. Revolution could mean a lot of things but the most common one i could think of is complete change. Most of the time when you hear the word revolution you might think of war or overthrow of government. However, revolution can be and used today as a dramatic change to something. For example, the revolution of technology, social aspects and political procedures. Revolution should be expressed as complete change that can change the world forever. It could be either positive or negative revolutions. If the world is changed, a revolution for something has occurred.

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    1. Hi Anthony,

      I liked your perspective here, as when I first thought of Revolution I had not even considered the changes related to technology. My mind was immediately drawn to social change, like you also mention above. Considering the past two or three decades alone it is impressive considering how much technology has improved and developed, and how it has impacted our daily lives. From work, to communication, and even travel, technology’s growth has certainly changed the world.

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  14. The scientific word Revolution reminds me of the earth revolving around the sun for 365 days to make one complete revolution. It is a tumultuous act of bringing people or objects to turn around the center of other object or towards the rules set by the established government. Its impact can be to a nation, region or society or even the world. For example, the most important revolutions that shaped the world history are countries like America, French, Haitian, Chinese, Russian. It can take various forms by sharing four characteristics of dissidents, elites, mass frustration and shared motivations.
    In our daily life, due tremendous change happens everyday and every moment of our lives I believe revolution broadens the world and challenges us to sacrifice and comprise to benefit to the most because our universe is continuous and populating new born and deaths.

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  15. My first thought and impression of “revolution” were all those historical moments, such as people fighting for freedom or soldiers fighting for their country. Revolution to me sounds like something that could be proud of for many years, and it’s something more than just a simple competition. My second thought for “revolution” is about the government policy, such as specific regulations set by the government changing people’s view on the objects. Sometimes it’s not a great thing when too much politics are involved, and the revolution’s outcome might become critical. Last but not least, I would say the COVID vaccine is one kind of revolution that helps many save lives. Revolution is something that makes significant changes for everyone!

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    1. Hey Cici,

      I liked all your points about revolution. More specifically, I liked how you linked the technological revolution of the development of the COVID vaccine to the definition of the word. Most people think that these monumental changes are based on a shift in government policy. This is the case because they are associated with such historical events as the American Revolution of 1776 when American colonists were breaking away from Great Britain. However, I’m glad to see that you applied it not only to technology but to a current event with the COVID-19 pandemic. In the end, I’d like to add that just because this revolution of science was responsible for creating the COVID-19 vaccine doesn’t mean the pandemic is over yet, as we need more innovation in the medical field further to reduce the mortality and infectivity of the virus. Pfizer’s new COVID-19 antiviral could be the next step forward in this revolution to ending this pandemic once and for all.

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    2. Hi Cici,
      I enjoyed reading your post. I agree that a revolution is something that makes significant changes for everyone. I like how you tied the discussion with a real world situation right now with the COVID vaccine. this pandemic is definitely a revolution even though people might not realize it now. it is really going to change the world and will probably be something people learn about in school in the future. Great job!

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  16. I’ve always associated the word “revolution” with advancement. From the standpoint of society, I associate it with a breakthrough or hitting a tipping point. When I think of of revolution, I almost think of a “mob”. Many individuals in a group or society overthrowing a leader or political regime. In other contexts, a revolution also makes me think of technological breakthroughs. The Industrial Revolution is probably the most notable for most people. But sometimes there isn’t a conflict, there is just an advancement that society undergoes naturally. Most of the time, I think people give “revolution” a positive connotation but it also holds an element of mystery or unknown. One thing that’s important to note however, is that a change like this is not random or sporadic, it occurs when it’s supposed to. Personally, I’ve always been fascinated with individual or more personal revolutions. Ones that happen internally. I’m curious to discuss if there can be a scale associated with “revolution”. Does it have to be a large group or can revolution occur to or within a person?

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  17. The word “revolution” to me is a huge change to something in the world. This can often be seen in politics, social aspects,and technology. Throughout history we’ve seen revolutions in all of these categories. A revolution can be either good or bad depending on what side you may be on. With politics revolution have been seen in governments around the world for thousands of years. Changes in government and it being being overthrown have happened and is what most think of when they hear the word revolution. A social revolution can bee seen in America over the past years with the advancements in race discrimination and LGBT. We have seen revolution in segregation and gay rights like allowing marriage. Last we have seen Technology revolutions probably the most in the last couple of years. Technology is moving at such a fast pace now more than ever. We have had planes, the internet, the IPhone and so much more in such a little time. Right now space and space travel have been a huge topic with many companies going to space and wanting to colonize other planets. I cannot imagine what other revolutions we will see in our lifetime. This is what comes to mind when I hear the word revolution.

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    1. Hey Kyle, I agree with everything you mentioned here,. Revolution can apply to movements by people or advancements in our society. It’s great to see how groups of people an join together to achieve a common goal and revolutionize things we might be familiar with already, or like you said with technology, it’s always growing and will continue too change.

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  18. To me, a revolution means there has been a transition from previous ways to new ways. I think of it as a new beginning, where old ideals aren’t taking precedence anymore. The classic example that I always think about when hearing the word “revolution” is the American Revolution. I feel that this is because this was the first revolution many of us were taught about in school. However, there are more revolutions that arise other than from war. One of the more recent revolutions that we are living in is the technology revolution. Granted, technology has been around for 100s of years, but it is the way we are advancing that it gives meaning to the word “revolution”. For example, one of the greatest turning points in the technology revolution was the introduction of the smart phone by Steve Jobs. This one invention of having a touch screen, hand-held computer forever changed our ways of communication forever. We never looked back to using cell phones that have buttons and antennas, and kept building on this new technology that now includes things such as facial recognition. In a more general statement from this point, revolutions can also mean continuous growth. Once a new ideal is present, there are only improvements moving forward that come from the old ways.

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  19. When I hear the term revolution the first thing that comes into my mind is a group fighting for a change. This collective group believes that a change of some sort is necessary in improving a certain aspect of their daily life. A revolution doesn’t happen when you want to change a simple concept or topic. This revolution is going to impact the lives of the others on the other side as well. As I continue to write out my thoughts and express what I believe a revolution is if I could define it I would say a revolution is fighting for a change that is not only going to impact those that are a part of it, but will also have a large impact on those who are opposed.

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  20. In my opinion, the word revolution stands for a change in social, political, or technological policy. A revolution is often associated with a shift from the longstanding norm that can either be good or bad. One example of a revolution for good has been the environmental revolution and the growing awareness towards climate change from nonrenewable energy. People have begun adopting renewable and energy-efficient forms of energy such as solar and wind to prevent the demise of our planet. A negative revolution would be the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia during 1917, in which a group of radical communists rose to popularity and violently overthrew the statist government. The result of this revolution led to the country of Russia becoming a hostile dictatorship, in which its citizens had no civil liberties. The Russian government often killed them for speaking out against their actions. Despite the USSR collapse in 1991, Russian citizens still don’t feel safe in their homeland due to the previous government.

    In my mind, revolutions are neither good nor evil. Instead, they are just benchmarks for a monumental change from the practical norm. Societies that undergo a change of such magnitude can either be undergoing them for the better or the worse. Therefore, in my opinion, the topic of revolutions is a multifaceted and deep issue that requires much more than a compulsory glance.

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  21. When assessing the relationship between a revolution and a crisis, I believe it can be looked at like the chicken and the egg. A revolution normally occurs in response to a crisis. When we look at a major crisis such as poverty, there are many revolutions that are born due to the need to resolve the crisis. Likewise, a revolution can occur and change may happen, but it is not always good change. Specifically with the industrial revolution, the world was producing much faster, but at the cost of damaging the environment due to GHG. Now, there is a need for revolution to protect our environment.

    In my opinion, the technological revolution is more significant than the industrial revolution. One reason why is how all-encompassing it is. While the industrial revolution simply focused on manufacturing practices, the technology revolution applies to many more individuals. Another important thing to remember is Moore’s Law, which states that computers will become smaller, faster, and cheaper while the transistors become more efficient. While the industrial revolution was certainly expansionary, the technological revolution is seeing exponential growth more significant than the industrial revolution.

    Link: https://www.investopedia.com/terms/m/mooreslaw.asp

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  22. Revolution to me means a time of significant change. I find myself associating it with violence or war or overthrowing current powers. Revolution can either lead to short term production and better ways of living (i.e. Industrial Revolution and Ford’s assembly line) or turmoil and a time of chaos (i.e. American Revolution against the British monarchy). I tend to understand Revolution as a time of newness and uncertainty. Most times of Revolution seem to be in response to government or leadership. Society craves newness and is frustrated with current regulations. I think in regards to technology, revolution can mean the introduction of new products with new capabilities. These new products have the goal of making life easier whether it is in business or every day life.

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  23. Having spent the last 4 years in Newark, NJ, revolution is a word that I have grown to become quite familiar with. When I hear the word revolution, I immediately think of the documentary Revolution’ 67, which discuss the Newark riots of 1967. After the unfair death of two black men in Newark amid rising tensions, the people of Newark rioted to protest the unfair treatment of African Americans caused by white racism combined with high levels of poverty, segregation, and a major housing crisis.

    Another, more recent scenario that comes to mind when I hear the word revolution involves the shift from web2 to web3, which includes the metaverse. The idea of a decentralized, virtual world that runs on blockchain technology is quite foreign and radical to many people. However, we can already see this revolution occurring with the rise of virtual and augmented reality as well as the rise of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. The idea that there will be a virtual reality that parallels physical reality is revolutionary. This revolution was sparked in part, by the general public’s dismay with companies providing services to them in exchange for their personal data. Thus, I have come to the conclusion that revolution can be defined as a sudden and drastic change that is fueled by one’s unsatisfaction of the current conditions.

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  24. Revolution meant a radical change in the world. looking at the brighter side of revolution which is a new way of thinking about how to get around the enemy and solve problems in novel ways.
    Globally, developing countries such as India have seen tremendous breakthroughs in food production. The green revolution was one such breakthrough.

    The Green Revolution was a period when the productivity of global agriculture increased drastically as a result of new advances. During this time period, new chemical fertilizers synthetic herbicides, and pesticides were created. . The newly developed synthetic herbicides and pesticides controlled weeds, deterred or kill insects, and prevented diseases, which also resulted in higher productivity. Multiple cropping is when a field is used to grow two or more crops throughout the year so that the field constantly has something growing on it. These new farming techniques and advances in agricultural technology were utilized by farmers all over the world, and when combined, intensified the results of the Green Revolution.

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  25. 1. Would you agree with the thesis presented in the lecture that we are living in the midst of a revolution – – one that is even larger in scope than the industrial revolution?

    I agree that we are in the midst of a post-Pandemic revolution, and I’m confident of one thing: skill, rather than cash, will be the most crucial component in future production. As a result, the job market will become increasingly fragmented into “low-skill/low-pay” and “high-skill/high-pay” categories as the world needs new ways of thinking and acting in order not to blow itself up, leading to higher societal conflicts.

    2,And what would be some elements of your vision of a society that emerges out of this revolution?
    I would acknowledge some elements like Technological advancement will lead to a supply-side wonder in the future, with long-term gains in productivity and performance. Transportation and communication costs will be reduced, infrastructure and international operations will enhance, and trade costs will reduce, all of which will open new markets and promote economic growth.

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