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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 11:27 AM
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, 3:07 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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HowStuffWorks "Geography of Oceania and Australia"

HowStuffWorks "Geography of Oceania and Australia" | Geography 400 Class Blog RBroderick | Scoop.it
The geography of Oceania and Australia is fascinating. Learn more about the geography of Oceania and Australia at HowStuffWorks.
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Gillian & Alexis's curator insight, October 3, 2013 10:14 AM

A great resource to use when determining the latitude/longitude of AU, NZ, or islands within Oceania. Gives information on major physical and geographic features; makes for a great study guide.  TOPIC: Area/Geography

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Continental Divides in North Dakota and North America

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This is an article about continental divides
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This is an article that talks about borders and continental divides in North America.

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Blackwater mercenaries indiscriminantly fire at civilians in Iraq

Do you think they are firing at civilians for fun or because they deem the incoming vehicles to be imminent suicide bomber attempts?

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Mistaken Sense of Security Cited Before Envoy to Libya Died

Mistaken Sense of Security Cited Before Envoy to Libya Died | Geography 400 Class Blog RBroderick | Scoop.it
Defenses at the American mission in Benghazi have become a major issue as the Obama administration struggles to explain what happened there and how Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens ended up alone.
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Independence Day in South Sudan

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As Americans celebrate the Fourth of July each year with cookouts, concerts, and fireworks, it is almost easy to forget the holiday’s connection with the nation’s independence and the struggles to achieve it.
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U.S. Protestants Lose Majority Status

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For the first time in its history, the United States does not have a Protestant majority, according to a new study.

 

Interestingly, this is not due to the rise of a new religious group, but the rise of secularism in the United States. The fastest growing group in the United States is the religiously unaffliliated. Click here for a simplified AP news story on the report. 

 

Questions to ponder: What are some causal factors that might explain why there is an increase in the non-religious population in the United States today? How does this impact American culture and politics?

 

Tags: religion, USA, culture, unit 3 culture.


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Seth Dixon's comment, October 9, 2012 6:20 AM
And the report outlines that since 2010 (when the chart data ends) Protestants have continued to lose members.
Ali and bradyn's curator insight, December 1, 2013 10:14 AM

A religious article that shows U.S Protestants Lose Majority Status 

 
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Bridges For Animals - Wildlife Overpasses

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Our modern society depends on greater connectivity between places.  Regionalized economies, politics and transportation networks are increasingly integrated with far-flung places now more than ever before.  Our biosphere and natural environments are exceptions to this pattern.  Wilderness areas are 'islands' in an ocean of human controlled environments.   We create transportation linkages that unite people economies and cities, but separate herds from there extended habitat. 

 

We've all seen road kill on major highways.  Species like deer, elk, and grizzly bears and other large-bodied animals need a wide range for numerous ecological reasons.  These bridges are an attempt to ameliorate some of the problems that our roads pose for the non-human species that still call Earth home.  From a purely economic standpoint, many argue that these bridges save society money given the accidents and property damage that can be avoided. 

 

Tags: biogeography, transportation, environment, land use, sustainability, environment adapt.


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Carly Schaus's comment, October 3, 2013 6:48 PM
I think this would be a great idea! it would keep the animals, nature and people safe. They have protection from motor vehicles where they crash on.
Courtney Gritman's comment, October 4, 2013 12:22 PM
I think this would be a wonderful solution from innocent animals from being killed and thousands of car accidents being prevented.
Jerod Garland's comment, October 15, 2013 5:55 PM
This is very interesting! Good scoop!
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Pentagon: SEAL's book has classified info, didn't follow protocol - CNN.com

Pentagon: SEAL's book has classified info, didn't follow protocol - CNN.com | Geography 400 Class Blog RBroderick | Scoop.it
The much-anticipated memoir of a Navy SEAL who helped kill Osama bin Laden hits bookshelves Tuesday despite Pentagon objections.
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The United States in Afghanistan

The Afghanistan War has become one of the longest in U.S. history. United States military forces entered Afghanistan in late 2001, a few months after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

 


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Maegan Connor's curator insight, December 17, 2013 4:04 PM

I think the most interesting question asked was whether or not America will continue to care about wartorn, impoverished Afghanistan now that Bin Laden is dead.  The answer is conflicted.  Obama brought home large numbers of troops after being voted in for his second term but now that America is well aware of the country and its problems, there are still people who care about what is happening to it.

I always advocate for taking care of the U.S. before going out to fight someone else's war and the U.S. certainly needs plenty of help right now. But humanitarian assistance is also needed in Afghanistan and considering it was America that contributed to the problems, we should probably also contribute to the solution (although we should back out before forcing too much of our own flawed system onto their government.)

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The Geography of Russia Through History | ComingAnarchy.com

The Geography of Russia Through History | ComingAnarchy.com | Geography 400 Class Blog RBroderick | Scoop.it
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This scoop goes through Russia's ever changing geography through the centuries with detailed maps of the changing landscape.

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Barbara et Estelle's curator insight, January 15, 1:07 AM

Un scoop qui témoigne de l'évolution constante des territoires et de leurs évolutions au fil de l'histoire. Article (anglais), accompagné de nombreuses cartes.

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How Geography Contributes to the Israel-palestinian Conflict.

How Geography Contributes to the Israel-palestinian Conflict. | Geography 400 Class Blog RBroderick | Scoop.it
Most of the conflict in the region is between the Israeli Government and the various Palestinian organizations intent on the destruction of any lasting peace in the region.
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Video: The Ivory Wars

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Heavily armed platoons of rangers at Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo wage war against elephant poachers. This is important because soon enough there will be no elephants left, also this is significant because the Ugandan army has been linked to the poaching. It is related to geography in the aspect that it is an international issue with the ivory recovered from the slain elephants being distributed internationally.

 

 

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Inclusion of Heglig in South Sudan’s new map unsupported by evidence, Khartoum says - Sudan Tribune: Plural news and views on Sudan

Inclusion of Heglig in South Sudan’s new map unsupported by evidence, Khartoum says - Sudan Tribune: Plural news and views on Sudan | Geography 400 Class Blog RBroderick | Scoop.it
May 14, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – South Sudan's decision to include disputed border regions such as Heglig in its new map is lacking in evidence, a (...)...
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80% of Americans Live Within 20 Miles of a Starbucks

80% of Americans Live Within 20 Miles of a Starbucks | Geography 400 Class Blog RBroderick | Scoop.it

The green dots on this map representing Starbucks locations which are obviously clustered in major metropolitan centers.  Cross-referencing this Starbucks address location with population data, Davenport explains his mapping technique: "By counting the number of people who live within a given distance to each Starbucks, we can measure how well centered Frappuccinos are to the US citizenry. In other words: draw a 1-mile circle around every store, then add up the % of the population living within the circles. Repeat for 2, 3, 4....100 miles."   The result of this data is a fabulous logrithmic S-curve which explains much about the American population distribution.   

 

Tags: statistics, density, consumption, mapping, visualization, urban.


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Rich's comment, October 10, 2012 10:26 AM
That is insane how large that corperation is.
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The Cultural Geography of a Viral Sensation

The Cultural Geography of a Viral Sensation | Geography 400 Class Blog RBroderick | Scoop.it
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 11:27 AM
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, 3:07 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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Afghan Troops Get a Lesson in American Cultural Ignorance

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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 8:31 AM
Shows that the United States could use a higher quality education.
Rich's comment, October 3, 2012 10:28 AM
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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The Carolinas Work to Clarify Their Borders

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As a team works to restore the North Carolina-South Carolina border to the original 1772 lines, some worry about the consequences. So this lady and her dog live in seperate states....
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