Diversity of Accents

There is a huge range involved when it comes to assessing the diversity of accents. Every country around the world has an accent or often a number of accents specific to that country, even though certain countries’ accents may seem similar.

There is often a large amount of diversity to be found in the accents of a single country alone. An example of this is Britain. While the country is not physically very big, it has a large number of regional accents. People from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland all sound dramatically different to each other. Within those countries itself there is further diversity, for instance people in neighbouring English counties or cities often have distinguishably different sounding voices. An example of this is that the British cities of Manchester and Liverpool are only 35 miles apart, but people from these two cities sound drastically different.

Accents and the differences between them represent more than a geographical difference. They also represent other factors involved in diversity such as social class, gender, age, level of education and sometimes race. The accent of a person offers a lot of insight into whatever their background may be, and accents are another diversity factor that make people unique and interesting.

Diversity of Language

There is a huge amount of diversity among languages across the world due to the fact that there are a huge number of languages in existence. There is also a huge range of diversity in the fact that some languages are extremely similar to each other while others are completely different. There are also languages that have a number of sub-languages or dialects. This is often the case when a language is spoken by people in different areas of the world. An example of this is British English and American English. Both are English and people from both areas can understand each other (sometimes!) because they are both the same language, but with grammatical and pronunciational differences. In contrast to this there are also languages so dramatically different from each other that they share no common words, use different characters and have their words read from different directions on a  page. Between the two extremes you have relationships between languages such as English and German or English and French where there are several common or at least similar words and the same characters but the languages are inherently different, and two individuals only speaking one of those languages would struggle to understand each other.

Diversity in and of politics

Politics is an area of society where diversity,  or often lack of it,  is a common discussion point.  Across the Western world the field of politics has frequently been dominated by aging white men.  This is reflected by a glance at the list of U.S. presidents,  British prime ministers and leaders of a number of other countries.  This lack of diversity often creates a certain amount of dissatisfaction due to the fact that a nation as diverse as Britain,  for instance,  has not seen this diversity reflected in its national leadership.  Despite this,  in recent times there has been a slight increase in diversity amongst politicians,  with Barack Obama elected in 2008 as the US’ first African American president and with the current prime minister of Britain being Theresa May, the country’s second female leader after Margaret Thatcher.

As well as diversity (or lack of it in some cases) in politics there is also diversity of  politics.  This refers to the fact that politics is a diverse field with advocates of the extreme left, right and everything in-between.  For instance,  in Britain there are five main political parties.  On the far left there is the Green Party,  the more mainstream, less extreme left wing party is the Labour Party.  The far right party is the UK Independence Party,  know as UKIP,  with the less extreme Conservative Party,  currently in power,  on the center-right.  The remaining party is the Liberal Democrat Party.  Despite what their name might suggest,  they are right on the centre of the political spectrum.  This illustrates that in Britain there is a large range among the major political parties,  and an even greater range when the minor parties are included.  This is also the case in many other countries.  With this,  it is apparent that politics is extremely diverse.

Diversity of religions

Religious diversity is arguably one of the main types of diversity across the world, in that it can be linked to nationality and culture. There are a huge number of religions across the world and in this country alone, some of which are similar to each other while others are dramatically different. While there is diversity amongst religions, it should also be noted that there is diversity within religions. For example, many major religions such as Christianity, Buddhism and Islam have different denominations within themselves. Religions also contain diversity in that a religious group will often contain followers of different ages, races, nationalities, genders and socio-economic backgrounds.

Religious diversity, like many other types of diversity, is often very beneficial as it gives people a chance to learn from those unlike themselves, and to see the world through a different perspective. However, differences in religion often lead to conflict. Throughout history, differences in religious views have provided the background to war and other forms of violent conflict in countries throughout the world. It could be argued that a better understanding of diversity would have reduced these conflicts, as people may have been less likely to violently disagree if they had embraced diversity instead of seeing it as a conflict point.

Diversity on Television

Diversity is everywhere. Most people witness or experience it everyday even if they are not aware of it. Therefore it is no surprise that diversity is often present on television shows. I believe it is very important that all television shows present diversity to their viewers, for two main reasons.

The first reason is that I believe a television show should represent the society it is set in fairly. Diversity of some form is present in all places and societies, although admittedly in some much more than others. Therefore, assuming a show is about human beings in some sense, which most TV shows are, it should contain a certain amount of diversity. Obviously the range of diversity expected in certain shows varies as the range of diversity in different times and places varies. In the case of “Doctor Who” the more recent episodes should, and do, contain a larger range of diversity than the early episodes of the show. This makes sense because Britain in the present day is  country with a huge amount of racial, cultural and religious diversity, much more than it was in the early days of Doctor Who, and it should be expected that the modern episodes present a fair reflection of modern Britain.

The second reason that I believe diversity should be present in television shows is that I see diversity as a positive thing. People are able to learn more in a diverse environment and if people are unwilling or unable to expose themselves to new cultures, viewing interactions of diversity on television shows would hopefully give them a more diverse perspective and encourage them to embrace diversity in real life.

Favourite fan video

 

“A Decade of Doctor Who” is my favourite fan video for two reasons. Firstly, the graphics are very good; the clear video quality makes it clear that this is a well produced and well edited video. Secondly, the clips that are taken from the episodes provide a sense of drama and conflict and make the series appear interesting to people who may not have heard of it before.