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Freedom of the Press

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"Freedom House has been at the forefront in monitoring threats to media independence since 1980. A free press plays a key role in sustaining and monitoring a healthy democracy, as well as in contributing to greater accountability, good government, and economic development. Most importantly, restrictions on media are often an early indicator that governments intend to assault other democratic institutions." 

 

This interactive map shows some intriguing spatial patterns about the freedom of press internationally.  What other patterns to you see in matching up with the most free presses in the world (in green)?  How does a free (or not free press) influence the cultural and political values of a country? 


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Folk Customs From Around the World

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Gender pay gap 'could worsen'

Gender pay gap 'could worsen' | AP Human Geography Finnegan | Scoop.it
The pay gap between men and women is at risk of worsening for the first time, an equality group warns, as a survey shows a woman can earn £423,000 less over her career.
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Killing Sexy Halloween: The Ethical and Practical Complications

Killing Sexy Halloween: The Ethical and Practical Complications | AP Human Geography Finnegan | Scoop.it
Why adults have so much trouble convincing girls not to wear revealing costumes...

 

So more insight of the cultural/gender issues on the Halloween Topic.


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Ageing China: Changes and challenges

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Interactive look at China's changing population structure and the challenges facing the younger generations.

 

Dependency ratio, greying population, restrictive population issues


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The Cultural Geography of a Viral Sensation

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The Gangnam Style! sensation is all over the internet, complete with parodies that both honor and mock the original.  This first video is the original, which in a few short months received well ove...

 

The following link has the video, parodies and infographics to help student explore the meaning behind the cultural phenomenon. 

 

Questions to Ponder: Considering the concept of cultural diffusion, what do we make of this phenomenon? What cultural combinations are seen in this? How has the technological innovations changed how cultures interact, spread and are replicated?

 

Tags: popular culture, video, diffusion, globalization, culture, place, technology, unit 3 culture. 


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Rich's comment, October 3, 2012 2:27 PM
When I first saw this music video and heard the song I remember myself saying "I have no idea what is going on, but the human race is a better place thanks to this guy." I may not know what he is saying but it puts me in a great mood. This guy is breaking cultural and geographical boundaries with music.
Lauren Stahowiak's curator insight, April 14, 6:07 PM

Culture and globalization has spread this song across the United States breaking records and trending on sites such as Twitter. Our exposure to different cultures is great. However, if you do not like songs that get stuck in your head, do not listen to this song . LOL

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Refugees as a Part of World Migration Patterns

Refugees as a Part of World Migration Patterns | AP Human Geography Finnegan | Scoop.it

A refugee is a person who has been pushed away from their homeland and seeks refuge in another place. The United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) provides a more narrow definition of a refugee as someone who flees their home country due to a “well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.”

 

As Neal Lineback notes in this Geography in the News post, not all refugees are covered by this definition.  Environmental refugees have been forced to leave their homes beause of soil degradation, deserticfication, flooding, drought, climate change and other environmental factors. 

 

Tags: environment, environment depend, migration, unit 2 population.


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Briley Angle's comment, September 16, 2013 9:58 PM
* chance *
Blake Welborn's curator insight, November 11, 2013 10:34 PM

A map that details the countries with the highest count of refugees. This map shows the patterns of immigrants and possible areas that would be prone to conflict and refugees. 

Lauren Sellers's curator insight, May 20, 11:55 AM

This shows us how people have been pushed away from various places around the world and congregated to form large communities in other areas.

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Separatists On The Rise in Europe - Associated Press

Separatists On The Rise in Europe - Associated Press | AP Human Geography Finnegan | Scoop.it

Despite just being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its promotion of continental unity, several regions  want independence so they don't have to share their wealth with the rest of their struggling countries or the EU in general.  Belgium and Spain are facing factions within their countries who want to break away - Flanders and Catalonia want their own states.  Scotland is another territory seeking independence from the UK.  Will these efforts be successful?


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Detroit Issues a Challenge to Save the City

Detroit Issues a Challenge to Save the City | AP Human Geography Finnegan | Scoop.it
An economic development group has brought 30 innovators to Detroit in an effort to revitalize the city.

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A Campaign Map, Morphed By Money

A Campaign Map, Morphed By Money | AP Human Geography Finnegan | Scoop.it

NP: Four years ago, Channel One News, the weekday news program for middle and high school kids featured a dynamic area cartogram as a way of making the point that some states have much more electoral weight than others. In that broadcast, the map of the United States, featuring the familiar red and blue states indicating presidential election results, became animated. States with smaller populations squeezed into tiny shapes, while states with large populations expanded. At the time, we didn't know this kind of map was called an area cartogram; we called it a "squishy map." It does a nice job of making this case: some states matter more than others when it comes to US presidential elections.

 

Seeing the map on Channel One also launched me into work that continues with my dissertation. What kind of sense do kids make from complex representations like an area cartogram? In the Channel One broadcast in 2008, the map was presented as part of a sensible lesson about "electoral weight." With Vanderbilt professors Rogers Hall and Kevin Leander, we wondered if the map made sense to kids and if the argument was strengthened by the map.

 

Four years later, I'm still working on those questions and others like them. In the mean time, here's another awesome area cartogram. In this case, NPR's "It's All Politics" blogger Adam Cole makes an argument about the advertisement spending of superPACs and other outside groups. Which states matter to these groups? And how much do they spend per voter on these ads? The squishy maps tell the story. Cole has a great video here as well--it's whimsical and informative. Finally, another move by Cole in these maps is the scaling of elections at the level of the state by popular vote. This means that states that are more contested turn purple (half blue and half red) rather than the color of the winning candidate from the last election.

 


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Matt Mallinson's comment, November 5, 2012 11:28 AM
All the states blown up in size are the deciding factors in this years election as usual, this map is an interesting way to look at things. It's still crazy to me that this is how our voting system works and that some states dominate the others.
Lindsey Robinson's comment, November 5, 2012 11:32 AM
This map is perfect for young voters. It uses visuals to show how important states like Ohio and Florida are during the election. It shows people why the candidates are always spending campaign money on these swing states and not states like Massachusetts, Rhode Island, etc. In states like these, Republican voters almost don't even matter because the two states are so democratic. The electoral votes automatically make the state blue. The same goes with strictly Republican states like Texas or Oklahoma.
Lisa Fonseca's comment, November 6, 2012 9:56 PM
I found this article to be very informative, it represented information to those who aren't familiar with the facts of an election. It demonstrated that it isnt the size of a state that matter it is the electoral vote that counts, therefore regardless a state is so large it may not count as much in electoral votes as a smaller state. It also explained how bigger states need to spend more money because they are the states needing to get their point across and making a larger difference.
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Who Would Have Won If… » Sociological Images

Who Would Have Won If… » Sociological Images | AP Human Geography Finnegan | Scoop.it
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Smart cities | ITWeb

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In 2008, for the first time in history, the majority of the world’s citizens were living in cities. This is a figure that is expected to reach 70% to 80% in the next 20 years.

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Urbanisation in Bangladesh proves a double-edged sword for women

Urbanisation in Bangladesh proves a double-edged sword for women | AP Human Geography Finnegan | Scoop.it
Annie Kelly: Bangladesh's textile industry has given women greater economic power, but exploitation and discrimination are major problems...
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Two weeks with the Hutterites

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Afghan Troops Get a Lesson in American Cultural Ignorance

Afghan Troops Get a Lesson in American Cultural Ignorance | AP Human Geography Finnegan | Scoop.it
Afghan troops are told that insulting behavior by Americans is an oversight, not a slight.

 

Cross-cultural interactions can be beautiful when immersed into a new cultural setting and the visitor learns to appreciate it.  Unfortunately, it can often lead to clumsy missteps that are born out of ignorance of a new guiding set of cultural norms.  Some missteps can lead to great laughter while others can be gravely insulting.  The United States military seeks to train U.S. soldiers about Afghan customs, but they are trying a new tactic as well to minimize these issues.  The U.S. military has prepared a cultural guide to teach the Afghan soldier that they work with about the curious customs that are part of social interaction in the United States but not considered offensive. 

 

Tags: culture, war, unit 3 culture, conflict.


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Charles Matley's comment, October 1, 2012 11:31 AM
Shows that the United States could use a higher quality education.
Rich's comment, October 3, 2012 1:28 PM
We could have used an idea like this quite a long time ago. The cultural bridges have already been burnt to the ground.
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Interactive World Statistics

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The Brazilian government's geographic department (Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística-roughly equivalent to the U.S. Census Bureau) has compiled an fantastic interactive world factbook (available in English and Spanish as well as Portuguese).  The ease of navigation allows the user to conduct a specific search of simply explore demographic, economic, environmental and development data on any country in the world.    

 

Tags: population, worldwide, statistics, mapping, zbestofzbest.


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Leonardo Martins's comment, October 20, 2012 11:08 AM
So cool…thank you very much!
Jesse Gauthier's comment, October 24, 2012 10:23 AM
The world, here, is literally at your fingertips. It is a simple way for anyone to locate a multitude of data about any given place around the world. It is another way that brings the whole world that much closer in this technological era.
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The 2010 Census: How Is America Changing?

The 2010 Census: How Is America Changing? | AP Human Geography Finnegan | Scoop.it
The 2010 U.S. census provides a glimpse of where the country is heading demographically. Already it is clear that change is being propelled by two engines: immigration from abroad, and the aging of the large baby boom generation.

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The Misogyny Behind an Attempted Assassination of a Man in Congo

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A doctor who's treated tens of thousands of women raped in the Democratic Republic of Congo was fiercely attacked last week.

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Think American Politicians Say Crazy Things About Rape? Then You Haven't Been to India.

Think American Politicians Say Crazy Things About Rape? Then You Haven't Been to India. | AP Human Geography Finnegan | Scoop.it

Earlier this fall, what can only be described as a raping spree broke out across the north Indian state of Haryana, claiming nearly 20 young women and girls, including a 6-year-old and a mentally handicapped 13-year-old, as victims in separate...


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