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Why Save a Language?

Why Save a Language? | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
Hint: It’s not to preserve a different way of seeing the world.
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Preserving a different way of seeing the world is one reason, but there are others.

 

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Muslim Pilgrims Are Taking "Hajj Selfies" And Clerics Are Not Happy

Muslim Pilgrims Are Taking "Hajj Selfies" And Clerics Are Not Happy | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
Clerics are reportedly condemning the latest "selfie fever" at Islam's holiest sites.

Via Seth Dixon
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It was only a matter of time before this happened...

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CT Blake's curator insight, October 5, 2014 10:57 AM

More instances of how tech and cultural diffusion can impact culture...and create cultural conflicts.

Sarah Ann Glesenkamp's curator insight, October 26, 2014 10:11 PM

Pop culture and religion

 

Lydia Tsao's curator insight, March 24, 1:00 AM

This demonstrates perfectly the effect of technology on religion and culture. The technology of being able to take selfies is affecting the way people view major religious and cultural customs. I think it is very hypocritical of the Saudi government to ban selfies out of fear of desecrating Mecca and the Hajj because it has authorized and built tons of commercial and business centers right next to the Kaaba. The government has authorized the building of many five-star hotels next to the Kaaba for wealthy tourists to visit Mecca. Mecca has been more exploited by the Saudi government than those who take selfies at the Kaaba. Also, many claim that they find no solace in praying to the sound of major traffic jams and booming commercial centers. These centers seek to exploit the holiness and sanctity of Mecca and the Hajj.

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23 maps and charts on language

23 maps and charts on language | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
Did you know that Swedish has more in common with Hindi than it does with Finnish?
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Here is an incredible resource on language.

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World's most controversial monuments

World's most controversial monuments | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
Prodigal spending, political disputes and divisive revolutionaries have made these historical markers stand out for more than their physical enormity.

 

Admittedly, I have a 'thing' for statues.  Their powerful to redefine place and to mold communal identity is powerful.  Some of these attempts to both redefine place and mold a communal identity can spark controversies as the narrative that the monument embodies can be perceived as marginalizing alternative narratives or groups.   


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