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Common Geographic Ignorance

Common Geographic Ignorance | Geo 101 | Scoop.it

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Just another prime example of American ignorance. We're all guilty! But to what extent is this our fault and to what extent is it what we're taught at a young age in school. 

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Existe la ignorancia geofrafica en personajes publicos.

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GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world!

GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world! | Geo 101 | Scoop.it
GeoGuessr is a geography game which takes you on a journey around the world and challenges your ability to recognize your surroundings.
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Pretty Interesting! My score was 10,583! Can you beat that? 

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Chris Scott's comment, July 26, 2013 10:04 PM
This is pretty awesome! I beat your score with 10,902!
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Mapping America: Every City, Every Block

Mapping America: Every City, Every Block | Geo 101 | Scoop.it
Browse local data from the Census Bureau's American
Community Survey, which was conducted from 2005 to 2009.
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Gendered Messages still Exist?

Gendered Messages still Exist? | Geo 101 | Scoop.it


Here are two shirts are from the Avengers.  Both are designed for their children apparel production line, but I don't have to tell you which one is marketed for boys and which one is marketed for girls.


Questions to ponder: How (and why) do companies use cultural ideas and values to market their products?  How do companies shape cultural ideas and values?  What impact do messages like this have on a society's culture?  Do seemingly subtle differences is pop cultural products like this matter?  

 

Tags: perspective, culture, gender,  popular culture.


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We live in a world where this shouldn't even be an issue right? Aren't woman supposed to be equal, earn equal wages, equal respect, 'anything you can do, I can do better' kind of thing? So, why do subliminal and not so subliminal messages like these still exist? You find this type of thing ALL over the world but here in America, we focus on it more. We were once a leading nation on the topic of women equality so as a leader who is trying to set examples for the rest of the world, how can we find this stuff still appropriate?
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Matthew DiLuglio's curator insight, October 12, 2013 6:14 PM

Commercials don't always try to sell you stuff, they try to appeal to you.  Heroism appeals to people, but people are trying to sell you shirts that advertise comicbooks in a trinity of marketing efforts.  Social appeal, by referring to heros, sales by selling the shirt, and advertising comics.  I like comics, but I would rather spend money on comic books, or go into the world and make a difference and BE a hero (or eat a hero at a hoagie hut) than buy one of those shirts.  My spiritual beliefs are open to allowing the sales of these shirts, but my preference does not incline me to actually purchase one.  I am 'free' in this country to buy or not to buy a shirt.  I'm a long-time supporter of art, and I like the idea the shirt puts forward- supporting heroism and comic books, belief in scifi/fantasy art and concepts, and I agree that someone should buy that shirt... but I feel that I could do more by actually being a hero than telling people to be heros.  By using comic book heros, the advertisers say that nobody on this world is a hero, because they 'aren't real,' but also that anybody can be a hero by striving towards virtue of the pure ideal idols in the comics.

Ana Cristina Gil's curator insight, November 6, 2013 9:15 PM

Companies before they put any product in the market they do research first for example; what people are buying, they take in consideration gender and culture. And why is that? Because they are not going to create a product that no one is going to buy. The impact that this type of messages like this have on a society’s culture. No matter how many laws are make in favor woman equality are created we are being  perceived as the weak sex, that we need the help of a man to do anything. Sadly but true this type of campaign it was sales

Michele Baker's curator insight, March 12, 2014 11:39 AM

This is a really depressing trend, and one that, as the parent of a daughter, I am all too aware of. It's way past time we start rethinking the way we dictate gender roles in children.

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Turning Salt Water Into Drinking Water

Turning Salt Water Into Drinking Water | Geo 101 | Scoop.it
It's surprisingly hard to find safe drinking water on Earth--this on a planet covered in water.
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Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink. With the worlds population quickly increasing, we need to take into consideration the 'carrying capacity' that we were discussing in class. What new technologies are available to us so that we can grow more food, have more clean drinking water, etc? But to also find a way to do it cheaply, because lets face it, what good is a $1,000,000,000 machine if theres only one and no one can afford it anyways. So, here we have an article discussing one of the many ongoing studies on how to turn our salt water oceans into drinkable water. If we can find a reasonable way to do this, we can then move onto the food aspect and agriculture and continue to grow food for our ever growing earth family.
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A bold new proposal: send American newcomers where they’re needed

A bold new proposal: send American newcomers where they’re needed | Geo 101 | Scoop.it
The case for regional immigration
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No secret that immigration is a touchy subject for most Americans. Funny, seeing how the United States was built BY immigrants. Here is an interesting article that makes it seem like everyone is trying to find a happy medium, a middle ground if you will. Taking immigrants and sending them to parts of the country that need workers/population. Now, is it just me, or does this seem like some sort of 'abuse of power'? Here, you can come play in my clubhouse but only if you stay in the corner and mop my floors and fix my windows and play only when I say its ok. Seems a little controlling, America. On the other hand, I can see where in lies the compromise... come to the land of the free, but put some work into it first. Do a little, to get a little.

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Facebook's Open Graph Personalizes the Web

Facebook's Open Graph Personalizes the Web | Geo 101 | Scoop.it

Facebook has created a platform that allows sites and apps to share information about users in order to tailor offers, features and services to each one's interests and tastes

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Something we were discussing in class, and I'm sure we've all noticed beforehand. At first you can't help but think, is it coincedence that I'm getting ad's on the side of my homepage about ultrasounds and going for my MA in pyscholoy? but then you realize that hey, your friends homepage has ad's about the local bars in providence and boston. What gives? Well, now that we all know that facebook 'personalises' your homepage for you, they also go on to share your information with sister companies who you are linked with. What will this new platform of the 'Open Graph' system bring? what will it mean for the future? who else will use it? What will they use it for? right now it's used for marketing but maybe in the future it will be used for school and teaching purposes, or online dating! 

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RI DEM Geographic Information System

RI DEM Geographic Information System | Geo 101 | Scoop.it

Rhode Islands very own Department of Enviormental Managment and how they use GIS to help better our state

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Rhode Island resource for GIS mapping. It was created for many purposes listed in the article but really just a great tool for local inspiration of GIS. 

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RI Casino Debate (Is RI a good location)

After the Massachusetts casino bill passed, Rhode Island lawmakers are discussing how the new gambling venues in the Bay State will affect business in RI.
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One year later the voters have spoken, Twin Rivers casino is to get tables games and become a full casino, but the question still remains... Is RI a good location for this?

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Farmers vs. Monsanto

Farmers vs. Monsanto | Geo 101 | Scoop.it

It's 10 o'clock at night, do you know where YOUR food is?

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Would you think that two competitive companies such as 'Hellmans mayonnaise' and 'Miracle Whip' are owned by the same parent company? Many of your favorite brands and foods are owned by one company, Monsanto, who is not only altering the way we grow crops, but refusing to label their products so the consumer isn't bothered by the idea of eating/using GMO products. Not to mention the impact it is having the regular 'farmer'. Not labeling their products is taking away the choice that we, as consumers, have a right to. Many people turn a blind eye towards the groceries they put in their cart. 'Deals of the Day' and name brand labels often distract us and in order to save a few bucks and earn some extra gas points (because lets face it, who doesn't love cheaper gas?) we forget to ask questions of WHERE our food is coming from! If you're interested in knowing where your food is coming from but don't know where to start I suggest downloading the app Buycott ( found here http://www.buycott.com/ ) and simply scan the barcode of your items. It's all about knowing, even if you don't switch brands, at least you have knowledge of where and what you are consuming. Knowledge is power.

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Eurozone unemployment hits record high

Eurozone unemployment hits record high | Geo 101 | Scoop.it
The 17-nation bloc had a jobless rate of 11.6 per cent in September, while inflation eased slightly in the last month.

 

Although some countries in the Eurozone have lower unemployment rates like Austria (4.4%) and Germany (5.4%), more are in the worst collective tailspin since the creation of the common currency.  Spain has the worst unemplyment rate at 25.8% of the adult population out of work.  It has taken a nasty cultural and political turn as resentments and frustrations are boiling over in the Eurozone.  Some are derisively referring to the struggling southern European countries as P.I.G.S. (Portugal, Italy, Greece, Spain). 

 

Tags: Europe, supranationalism, currency, labor, economic. 


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Al Picozzi's curator insight, October 9, 2013 12:20 PM

A big problem in the EU.  There are countries feeling the pinch becasue of the problems of other countries.  They feel why do we have to foot the bill of so many other countries that are just failing in their own economies through their own fault.  Sounds about the same as in the US when people say why do I have to pay for others mistakes and pay more in taxes.  One is on a macro scale, one is on a micro scale. 

Lena Minassian's curator insight, February 18, 7:48 PM

This article was interesting because unemployment is such a big topic discussed with many people today. Unemployment in the Eurozone has reached an all time high in September as their economy is falling into a recession. The highest rate was recorded in Spain where 25.8 adults are unemployed. Further layoffs are going to occur as their budget programs begin to kick in. Austria, the Netherlands, and Germany have the lowest recorded rates.

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38 Maps You Never Knew You Needed

38 Maps You Never Knew You Needed | Geo 101 | Scoop.it

Some prime examples of map awesomeness for all fellow amateur cartographers to get lost in. Get it?

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Map 20: Rhode Island = Hilarious

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Amy Marques's curator insight, July 30, 2013 11:39 AM

Awesome to see how maps can be used in different ways to convey a meaning. My favorite map is definitely the map of the world portrayed using Super Mario features!

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Common Geographic Ignorance

Common Geographic Ignorance | Geo 101 | Scoop.it

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Just another prime example of American ignorance. We're all guilty! But to what extent is this our fault and to what extent is it what we're taught at a young age in school. 

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Sabrina Conroy's comment, July 15, 2013 11:31 AM
What a burn!
David Madrid's curator insight, July 25, 2013 8:27 PM

Existe la ignorancia geofrafica en personajes publicos.

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7 billion people on 1 page

7 billion people on 1 page | Geo 101 | Scoop.it

Can you find yourself?

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A fun little website that gives you an idea of how many we really are. I'd hate to be the guy who created this page, imagine if he lost count?

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Most Drivers Using GPS Say It Has Led Them Astray

Most Drivers Using GPS Say It Has Led Them Astray | Geo 101 | Scoop.it
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Being a 'victim' to your gps, is apparently an all too common occurance. This survey sheds some light on approximatley how often that occurs and to who it occurs. Why is this so important? becuase of its relevance to your everyday life. Personally, I know I rely heavily on my gps to take me to my destination, but its an all too new technology still. and nothing is perfect.

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Remote Sensing: Using Landsat Satellite Data for Geological Mapping

Dr.Robert Vincent talks about geological mapping with LANDSAT.
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Absolutley amazing the technolgy advances in just a 10 year period. This is an older video but Dr. Vincent explains the technology boom in the remote sensing department over just a short time. They basically were able to get double-triple the amount of information with their second launch. They are now able to percieve so much more information about the earth and to help with data records over the last 30 years.

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Difference Between GPS and GIS

Difference Between GPS and GIS | Geo 101 | Scoop.it
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With so many new technologies out there its good to know the difference between them. What they're used for, who uses them, and most importantly WHY they're being used. A simple article to clarify some of those questions. 

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How People Use Social Media Around The World (And What This Means For Marketers)

How People Use Social Media Around The World (And What This Means For Marketers) | Geo 101 | Scoop.it
How People Use Social Media Around The World
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With so many outlets for social media, do you wonder if everyone uses the same websites and apps all around the world? Personally, I know that my family in Italy use tools such as We Chat and Viber... Here in the U.S. where unlimted data and text messaging is available with most, if not all, phone plans we take more advantage of the apps that give you special effects.
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Billions of Geotagged Tweets Visualized

Billions of Geotagged Tweets Visualized | Geo 101 | Scoop.it

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 1, 2013 11:55 PM

This is a small subset of 16 great maps created by Twitter, Inc. displaying the billions of geotagged tweets sent since 2009.  In this this great social media dataset, patterns of population density are immediately evident, with areas with great population densities not surprisingly representing the greatest concentration of social media usage.  On closer inspection though, the major transportation arteries become much more visible than a population density map would suggest.  

 

Question to Ponder: What does this map say about transportation networks and those that use them? 


Tags: visualizationsocial media, transportation, globalization, mapping.

Leoncio Lopez-Ocon's curator insight, June 2, 2013 3:17 AM

Visualización de millones de tuits en Europa y en el mundo que muestran la relación entre densidad de población y uso de redes sociales

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, June 2, 2013 8:36 AM

There are US maps as well.