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Chart of the World Economy

Chart of the World Economy | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"Latest estimates put the world economy at about $80 trillion in nominal GDP. Here is how each individual country stacks up in terms of size."

Seth Dixon's insight:

This chart is reminiscent of another chart depicting the global economy.  Like so many things floating out there on the interwebs, it's  good but not perfect.  Part of what we need to do as educators is to help them assess the validity of online resources.   

Questions to Ponder: What data was used to create this chart?  Any limitation to that data/data source?  Do you agree with the regional divisions in the color scheme and where the countries were slotted? What other information would help contextualize this information? 

 

GeoEd Tags: globalization, industry, economic, visualization.

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The last Blockbuster: 'I'm proud that we've survived'

The last Blockbuster: 'I'm proud that we've survived' | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"The company was founded in 1985 in Dallas, Texas, and it was worth billions of dollars at its peak, employing dozens of thousands of people. It was so popular across the US that, in 1989, a new store was opening every 17 hours. The rapid rise of digital services such as Netflix, which launched in 1999, and online retailers, like Amazon, made Blockbuster's video and DVD business model practically obsolete."

Seth Dixon's insight:

In my neighborhood, as in neighborhoods around America, there is an old Blockbuster building that is used to sell fireworks before the 4th of July and Halloween paraphernalia in October.  Most of the year however the property is a vacant lot where you might find police officers filling out their paperwork in the parking lot.  If video killed the radio star, Netflix killed the Blockbuster storeCreative destruction leaves littered industries that, because of technological innovations, are no longer viable.  

In addition to technological changes, some product shifts hint at societal and demographic changes (see this witty article about the demise of mayo). 

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Why Asia is the center of the world again

"Asians don't think of themselves as Asian, but as the new Silk Roads re-emerge and propel Asia to the center of the world economy, Asians are rediscovering their greatness and forging a new Asian identity for the 21st century."

Seth Dixon's insight:

When discussing global economic growth, it is impossible not to mention Asia. Parag Khanna is the author of the book, The Future is Asian, and in this TED talk he highlights how Asia is growing.  More importantly, he looks at how discrete Asian cultures are becoming more intermixed as the economic infrastructure of Asia becomes increasingly interconnected (a summary article is titled, We are all Asians Now).  His 2009 TED talk, Mapping the Future of Countries, about border conflicts, is an APHG classic.       

 

GeoEd Tags: regions, political, globalization, culture, economic, TED, video.

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