People around the world used their computers to buy goods, communicate with others, listen to music, see pictures and learn about different places and ideas. In 2006, more people around the world used new ways to communicate and connect with each other through the Internet.
The blog is one form of communication that enjoys growing popularity. Blog is a short way of saying Web log. Through these personal Web sites, people can share their experiences, ideas and opinions with anyone on the Internet.
People off all ages have their own blogs. For young people, they are a way to show their writings and other forms of self – expression.
Many Web sites offer free services to create personal Web pages and fill them with writings and pictures. These sites include “MySpace”, used mainly by teenagers and young adults. MySpace is an online community that lets people share messages and pictures with an increasing number of friends. It is the most popular social networking site on the Web.
YouTube is another Internet site that became more popular this year. This Web site lets anyone create, share and watch short videos. People can watch almost anything on YouTube: news, sports and entertainment events. There are music videos, and videos made by people in their own homes. These include videos of people singing or dancing, or animals doing funny things. Three young men created YouTube almost two years ago as a personal video sharing service. They recently sold it to Google for more than one and one half billion dollars.
Games and entertainment also became a larger part of the Internet this year. One Internet social site is called Second Life. It is an online world in which computer users create a new self and live a different life. They get married, build homes, operate businesses, buy and sell goods, work, play and attend school.
51. People all around the world use blogs to .
A. buy goods
B. express themselves
C. listen to music
D. watch videos
52. Blogs are popular with young people because they can .
A. share ideas with their friends there
B. download videos or music there
C. make lots of money there
D. live a new life there
53. MySpace in one of the most popular on the Internet.
A. Web pages
C. space stations
D. web sites
54. People visit YouTube and there.
A. create and share videos
B. sing and dance to music
C. get personal information
D. raise animals
You may be surprised to hear that children in Britain, home to the world’s most successful author, JK Rowling of Harry Potter fame, have a problem with reading. The problem, as far as the government, experts and many parents are concerned, is that kids are just not doing enough of it.
It’s not just a question of children not reading the classics—difficult works by William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens. Reading generally is in crisis in the UK. Many different reasons are given: lack of encouragement from parents, competition from TV, and the Internet and computer games.
But the government and schools have not given up on youngsters. There are many plans to