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How fake images change our memory and behaviour

How fake images change our memory and behaviour | Global Perspectives @ BM | Scoop.it
Doctored images can affect what we eat, how we vote and even our childhood recollections. The question is why there’s nothing we can do to stop it.
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Zeitgeist 2012: Year In Review

See how the world searched with Google's 2012 Zeitgeist: http://www.google.com/zeitgeist Music: "All I Want" by Kodaline Video production by Whirled Creative
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Complete Video and Fact-Checks From the Second Presidential Debate Between Romney and Obama

Complete Video and Fact-Checks From the Second Presidential Debate Between Romney and Obama | Global Perspectives @ BM | Scoop.it
Follow along with this interactive replay of the second presidential debate, using fact-checks and graphics to take a closer look at attacks and assertions by President Obama and Mitt Romney.
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Europe Urged to Fight Modern Slavery at Home

Europe Urged to Fight Modern Slavery at Home | Global Perspectives @ BM | Scoop.it
Human trafficking run by organized criminal gangs is a growing problem for governments in Europe. Activists say authorities must do more to stamp out a phenomenon that entraps children as young as 5.
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Karadzic denies Bosnia war crimes

Karadzic denies Bosnia war crimes | Global Perspectives @ BM | Scoop.it
Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic says he should be rewarded for "reducing suffering", in his defence against war crimes at The Hague.
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The tech behind Felix Baumgartner’s stratospheric skydive | ExtremeTech

The tech behind Felix Baumgartner’s stratospheric skydive | ExtremeTech | Global Perspectives @ BM | Scoop.it
In a twin of James Cameron's record-setting dive to the bottom of the ocean, Red Bull's Stratos balloon launched Felix Baumgartner into space, allowing him to set a new world-record for high-altitude skydiving and freefall speed.
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The Cultural Geography of a Viral Sensation

The Cultural Geography of a Viral Sensation | Global Perspectives @ BM | 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 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, 2014 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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The Global Food Waste Scandal

TED Talks Western countries throw out nearly half of their food, not because it’s inedible -- but because it doesn’t look appealing. Tristram Stuart delves into the shocking data of wasted food, calling for a more responsible use of global resources.

 

No one should be surprised that more developed societies are more wasteful societies.  It is not just personal wasting of food at the house and restaurants that are the problem.  Perfectly edible food is thrown out due to size (smaller than standards but perfectly normal), cosmetics (Bananas that are shaped 'funny') and costumer preference (discarded bread crust).  This is an intriguing perpective on our consumptive culture, but it also is helpful in framing issues such as sustainability and human and environmental interactions in a technologically advanced societies that are often removed form the land where the food they eat originates. 

 

Tags: food, agriculture, consumption, sustainability, TED, video, unit 5 agriculture.


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Kenny Dominguez's curator insight, November 29, 2013 6:13 PM

Ted explains it well how we all waste perfectly good food that people would like to eat. Also it was amazing how much food was in the dumpsters that was just a day or week old. That meat could feed hundreds of people that are struggling to eat and all that meet to waste. 

megan b clement's curator insight, December 16, 2013 1:51 AM

Ted talks about just how wasteful our planet is. How we just ignore the issue and act like it will  not affect us in the future. When he shows you video and pictures of massive piles of the ends of a loaf of bread or all the food that Stop and Shop throws out because it does not "look" good for the customer. How every little bit of help counts you can try to make a little bit of an effort to be less wasteful. We have so much unnecessary waste. Like when he uses the example of how many people throw away the ends of a loaf of bread then he shows the waste of the ends of bread in massive piles it makes you sick. Especially with all of the hungry people in the world we need to be more resourceful.

 

 

Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 21, 2014 2:13 PM

No one should be surprised that more developed societies are more wasteful societies.  It is not just personal wasting of food at the house and restaurants that are the problem.  Perfectly edible food is thrown out due to size (smaller than standards but perfectly normal), cosmetics (Bananas that are shaped 'funny') and costumer preference (discarded bread crust).  This is an intriguing perceptive on our consumptive culture, but it also is helpful in framing issues such as sustainability and human and environmental interactions in a technologically advanced societies that are often removed form the land where the food they eat originates. 


Tags: food, agriculture, consumption, sustainability, TED, video, unit 5 agriculture.

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Haiti quake: Why isn't aid money going to Haitians?

Haiti quake: Why isn't aid money going to Haitians? | Global Perspectives @ BM | Scoop.it
Three years on from Haiti's devastating earthquake, the country's UN special envoy has revealed little official aid money has gone to the country's government and organisations. Why is the funding bypassing Haitians?
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Steve Troletti's comment, January 13, 2013 8:48 PM
It's called corruption! Sean Penn learned the hard way with his foundation. He had to pay customs and duties on the foreign aid he sent to Haiti. Once that was paid (Money in the Government's Pocket) he had front row seats to watch his stuff get shifted from one side of a warehouse to an other by workers. He watched that for 3 months while very little ever made it to the local population in need. Then he went home.
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More than a club: FC Barcelona and Catalonia's road to independence

As Catalonia goes to the polls, Sid Lowe looks at one of the region's great cultural sporting icons and its role in Catalan identity...

 

Sports and cultural identity of a region are often intertwined. As Catalonia is poised to break from Spain, this video shows how the local teams (especially FC Barcelona) are at the center of political identity and part of the very fabric of the political movement that is pushing for independence.  For more, see this recent GITN.

 

Tags: sport, Spain, Europe, devolution, autonomy.


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 12, 2013 12:54 PM

Sports and cultural identity of a region are often intertwined. As Catalonia is poised to break from Spain, this video shows how the local teams (especially FC Barcelona) are at the center of political identity and part of the very fabric of the political movement that is pushing for independence.  For more, see this recent Geography in the News article.


Tags: sport, Spain, Europe, devolution, autonomy.

Hector Alonzo's curator insight, October 30, 2014 9:10 PM

As a soccer fan and a fan of FC Barcelona, Whenever I watch FC Barcelona play against Real Madrid, the commentators always describe both clubs as a symbol of independence and the symbol of political identity. Both teams are embodiments of the struggle that Spain and Catalonia are going through.

Bob Beaven's curator insight, February 19, 3:01 PM

As a soccer fan (although of CR7 in La Liga), I know that Barca has the saying "Mes que un club" which means more than a club in the Catalan language.  FCB's colors, in fact, represent the colors of Barcelona, which is the major force in the region of Catalonia.  The club allows the ethnic people to express pride in their heritage, and allowed them in the Franco era, a freedom of expression that was not otherwise granted to them.  However, as the video discusses, FCB cannot be the main force for the region's independence, that will have to come from the people pressing the people to the Spanish Government.  However, FCB represents for the Catalans a pride in having their own unique culture, and being a unique people different than ethnic Spaniards.  Barca being more than a club is far different from the BPL team of Manchester United or the La Liga club of Real Madrid.  While these clubs may represent regions within the countries, they do not represent regions who are different than the status quo.  Followers of Man U are not very different than the Southern English (they are not their own people).  I think it is highly interesting how sports teams can mean so much to certain regions.

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Did Global Warming Contribute to Hurricane Sandy's Devastation?

Did Global Warming Contribute to Hurricane Sandy's Devastation? | Global Perspectives @ BM | Scoop.it
Although it will take months before the full causes of the storm are understood, climate scientists say global warming might have contributed to the storm's severity through above-normal ocean temperatures, the loss of Arctic sea ice and rising sea...
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Daily Life in Afghanistan

Daily Life in Afghanistan | Global Perspectives @ BM | Scoop.it
We tend to look at Afghanistan through the lens of conflict, with good reason. Deaths of American forces recently reached 2000 in the 11 years since US involvement in the country began.

 

Yes, Afghanistan is a war-ravaged country; but it is also a place that families call home and where children play.  This photo essay is a nice glimpse into ordinary lives in Central Asia.

 

Tags: Afghanistan, images, culture, Central Asia. 


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Shanelle Zaino's curator insight, October 22, 2014 1:35 PM

These images of everyday life speak to what we don't know about this country.As Americans we often think of only the bad that could be taking place and do not think that there are people living normal lives here.Work,play,prayer things we do here in the United States are also being done in Afghanistan. I think we need to stop seeing people from different countries as so polar to our country. Basically we are all humans and we are all the same.

Edelin Espino's curator insight, December 13, 2014 3:04 PM

In this photo essay you will see many pictures of the normal lives of afghan people. There is one of two young boys riding a donkey and one about a boxing wearing his best suit after hi won a fight the last night. He wanted to show his friends how happy he felt.

 

Good post.

Jason Schneider's curator insight, March 3, 1:09 PM

It appears that Afghanistan has a poor economy. It's lifestyle is definitely different from the way we live in the United States. The buildings are not as well-developed as the buildings in New York City and Chicago. Also, Afghanistan seems to lack cleanliness which allows diseases to spread throughout the country, and perhaps throughout small parts of other countries that border it.

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Cuba to End Exit Visa Requirement in January

Cuba to End Exit Visa Requirement in January | Global Perspectives @ BM | Scoop.it
The move by the government would allow many Cubans to depart for vacations, or forever, with only a passport and a visa from the country where they plan to go.
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Education Envoy

Education Envoy | Global Perspectives @ BM | Scoop.it
Ensuring that every child in the world has the opportunity to go to school and to learn is a longstanding passion of mine. Education breaks the cycle of poverty and unlocks better health and better job prospects.
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BBC NEWS | South Asia | Diary of a Pakistani schoolgirl

BBC NEWS | South Asia | Diary of a Pakistani schoolgirl | Global Perspectives @ BM | Scoop.it
Events leading up to the enforced closure by Taleban militants of private schools in northern Pakistan are recorded in this schoolgirl's diary.
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Social Media and Place

Social Media and Place | Global Perspectives @ BM | Scoop.it
Facebook most social cities: People everywhere use Facebook to check in to places. Here you can see the 5 top hotspots of the most "social"cities.

 

Questions to ponder: What attributes do these commonly 'checked into' landmarks have in common?  Are you surprised that some are or are not on the list?

 

Tags: socialmedia, place, tourism, infographic, London, NYC, Paris.


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