Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wednesday 25th - January -2012

Today Cristina Blanco has been with us and Juan Carlos, Laura Bustamante, Andrea, Carmen, Yolanda Abad and Isabel have done the make up exam from the first Term.
We have had less homework today, I think is better because the ones who were doing the make up exam would be behind us and would have a lot of work. Well some students have finished yesterday's homework and others have started today's homework.

Today's homework has been to read points E about the second industrial revolution and point F about the consequences of the industrial revolution to do exercises 7 and 8 and also to read point 2 about the new class-based society and do exercise 9. During the class Cristina has checked our dialogues for Friday and she has also checked her computer with Angel because she though her computer had a virus send in an false email from Bea Yuste.

In the second industrial revolution new sources of energy appeared like electricity that was possible by the invention of the Dynamo, thanks to the alternator electricity could be transport to make machines work in factories, to illuminate, for trains and tramways, communications... and the Oil that became the main energy source of invents as the diesel and explosion engines.
And the two main fabrics which developed were metalworking industry to produce aluminium and stainless steel and the chemical industry that produced cement, concrete, pesticides, chemical products, dyes, pharmaceutical products...

But the consequences of this industrial revolution were that mass production led to more access to products, massive exploitation of resources as if they were unlimited, more pollution, immigration from the countryside to the cities, acceleration of the urbanization process and cyclical crisis related to overproduction in industries which remembered me to the one we are suffering now.

In this period bourgeoisie became the owners of the industries and enterprises. It was divided in:
High bourgeoisie: bankers, owners of big industries
Middle bourgeoisie: civil servants, merchants...
Petty bourgeoisie: shopkeepers, clerks...
They became the predominant group and their way of life became a model for the rest of the population.

And the proletariats which was the majority of the society, they had to work for a salary to survive, their life was hard because they had to work 12-14 hours a day and all the members of the family had to work to survive.

Well I hope my mates had passed their make up exam and you Paqui recovered soon but with caution, you can a worse injury. Bye see you tomorrow.
Proletarian worker of a fabric


Diego López-Casero said...

hi Alejandro,
very good journal but you could add that in the maintain that we have been doing today's homework Cristina have been cheking the dialogues.

bye see you tomorrow

Ana de la Fuente said...

Hello!! As we always say... Very good journal. Mmn I don't but I have done the exercise 9 from the book. Do we have to do it? Well, as Diego has said, Cristina has been checking and I think as you, Alejandro, about the homework. The number of homeworks have been perfect, because then they will have to do more and we have had time to end them. Paqui I hope you were better and come soon!! Bye

Alejandro Torrillas said...

sorry you are right Ana I forgot to add exercise 9

Paqui Pérez Fons said...


Your journal is very complete Alejandro. I think you´ve understood the content of the exercises very well. There are some spelling mistakes:

- Industrial Revolutio has to be in capital letters

- The bourgeois became the owners

- Proletarians is the plural of proletarian (worker). Proletariat is a noun to refer to the group of all the workers.

- Remember that "fabric" means "cotton, wool, linen tissue". I think the word you wanted to use is "factory".

You´re right, Alejandro. The current crisis is a typical capitalist crisis: it´s a mixture of overproduction crisis (at the beginning) and lack of credit, beacuse the banks invested a lot of money in stupid financial products, they´ve been bailed out, but they´re not using the money to give credit to the industries or the people. Capitalist crises are also related to human nature. We are greedy in general and we don´t have enough. We always try to get more. That´s why the capitalist system periodically goes through cyclical crises. If production was adjusted to necessities, we would be less rich, but we would skip all this suffering, cuts, unemployment, depression...

I hope to see you soon. I´m doing all the doctors have told me. What happens next will only depend on my "nature". Have a good night.