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Social Media and Place

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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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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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Sorting the Real Sandy Photos From the Fakes

Sorting the Real Sandy Photos From the Fakes | Global Perspectives @ BM | Scoop.it
A pictorial investigation bureau, at your service.
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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

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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

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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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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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Shelby Porter's curator insight, November 4, 2013 10:39 AM

It isn't surprising that the more a country has developed, the more wasteful they are. I just think that we need to change this standard. We can not keep this up if we want to sustain ourselves for centuries to come. If we are going to change our consumption culture, we need to look at why it has become the way it is. Why do we see food as unappealing? This is an interesting video and certaintly makes you think twice about throwing anything away. 

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.

 

 

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Half The Sky

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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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Jessica Martel's curator insight, April 28, 2013 4:37 PM

its understood that catalonie has a completely different country from the rest of spain. In fact many people associate catalonia as a seperate country. It would be cool to see spain let them have thier independence. However that would mean spain would lose land and money. For the most part, atleast the catalonia poeple are expressing thier feelings and wishes in a humane manor, rather than with vilolence

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.

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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

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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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Emma Lafleur's curator insight, March 28, 2013 2:38 PM

Whenever we get a glimpse of Afghanistan in the news or in a movie, all we see are pictures of war. These photos show a different side of Afghanistan, a more real Afghanistan. Many people live in Afghanistan and many children call it home. Not everyone in the country are fighting in wars, some are just trying to live a peaceful life. It is good to see ordinary life of an ordinary person from a country like this, because we so often know nothing of it, and assume that all people in a war-ravaged country are constantly fighting and running. Assumptions like this make it hard to have good relations with other countries, because if we assume the worst, we can never learn and understand the people of another country. These pictures are a good way to get a small glimpse of what life is like in Afghanistan.

Rebecca Farrea's curator insight, October 22, 2013 9:08 AM

Photo essays are so interesting because they consist of photos that tell a story of their own.  This one is especially interesting because we learn about the daily lives of average, ordinary citizens living in Afghanistan.  We get to see pieces of their day-to-day lives, which we do not get to see in any news broadcasts where the focus is only on war.

Maegan Connor's curator insight, December 17, 2013 7:14 PM

These photos are beautiful in their own way because they show the simplicity of life in Afghanistan for the common people who were not Taliban extremists, but rather peaceful Muslims living day to day.  The landscape and housing on hills is similar to the favelas in Brazil as most of the Afghan population lives below the poverty line but this photo essay exemplifies the lives of the average people.

There is a photograph of a woman during a protest for violence against women which is still a very common problem in this region but the photo also exhibits that people are fighting it and it is no longer being covered up and quietly accepted.

Afghanistan is not just desert with U.S. soldiers riding through it heavily armed, it is home to people who want nothing more than live in peace.

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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

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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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