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2 juin 2011 4 02 /06 /juin /2011 17:07

The cultural impact of Wikipedia

"Wikipedia is celebrating its 10th anniversary. What has been its cultural impact, and is it killing the concept of truth ?"

Channel 4 featured an interview with Jimmy Wales  -co-founder and promoter of the online enclyclopedia Wikipedia  ; this short video also includes interviews with UCL students and a short intervention by Pr David Nicholas, Director of the Department of Information Studies and the CIBER research group.



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29 mai 2011 7 29 /05 /mai /2011 08:39

Student bullying in schools is a serious issue

The statistics show a student is bullied every seven minutes in the U.S.A., and that most of the time, bullying occurs on playgrounds. 77% of students are bullied and cyber-bullying is rapidly approaching this percentage as well.

Student BullyingA Michigan personal injury law firm, Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C., created the infographic above to display the facts and statistics about student bullying in the U.S.A. 

  How to fight bullying

a few suggestions on the government website :

what to do when you are being bullied  <<<

>>> what to do when someone is being bullied  -take a stand !

The infographic by Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. is licensed under a Creative Commons        Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License Creative Commons License

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14 mai 2011 6 14 /05 /mai /2011 20:05


Many ICT tools you might feel like trying !

by Nick Peachey  -shared under the CC BY-NC license

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11 mai 2011 3 11 /05 /mai /2011 18:29

 Visualizing 38 million deaths from 25 conflicts



The artists Clara Kayser-Bril, Nicolas Kayser-Bril & Marion Kotlarski "[...] wanted to put a picture on these digits. A shocking, gory picture, like the reality of war. [...] Our understanding of conflicts is often nothing more than a handful of digits, the more precise, the less meaningful. The anchor’s tone remains the same when talking about major wars or isolated outbursts of violence. [...]

Figures give us knowledge, not meaning."

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7 mai 2011 6 07 /05 /mai /2011 16:15

Why was Geronimo  -the name of one of the best-known Native Americans- chosen as the code name for the operation to capture the (formerly) Saudi terrorist   ?

Click on Geronimo's   portrait below

to read the BBC news (U.S.A. & Canada) article -

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/89/Goyathlay.jpeg/357px-Goyathlay.jpegPhotograph in the Public Domain

A photo gallery of the life of Geronimo <<<

on the Indian Country Today Media Network.

An Apache tribe in the U.S.A. has  demanded an apology from the American President " for using the name of the warrior Geronimo as the code name for Osama Bin Laden" the BBC says : on May 3, 2011 the Chairman of the Fort Sill Apache Tribe wrote President Obama to tell him : "[My tribe and I] would hope that you would issue a formal apology to the Geronimo family members, the Fort Sill Apache Tribe and to all Native Americans for this action."

You can read the full letter on the Fort Sill Apache website


Photomontage by lunamom58 under a CC BY-NC-SA license

The indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com

is meant to be "a national platform for Native voices and issues" The website will "serve as a one-stop destination for the vast and growing number of people interested in [Native Americans] news, culture, ideals and businesses"


You'll also find videos and audio files

on Mr J. Sabiron's VIGILANGUES website, http://www.clker.com/cliparts/5/c/3/6/11954226271169522330transmission_tower_ante_01.svg.thumb.pngand a link to the "Apache Indian sheet" as well :)


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5 mai 2011 4 05 /05 /mai /2011 20:27




was formerly known as "The Manchester Guardian" and founded in 1821.

"The Guardian" is told to have the 2nd largest online readership of any English-language newspaper in the world (after the New York Times). On the first page of the May 5, 1821 issue, the first words published below the masthead "immortalised a lost labrador on a front page made up entirely of advertisements" ; on that day Napoleon died too -but no mention of his death for weeks.

 Click the illustration  to get a larger-sized first front page :



You can compare it with today's front page :

http://webmedia.newseum.org/newseum-multimedia/dfp/jpg5/lg/UK_TG.jpgIn January 2011, "The Guardian" paper form had an average daily  circulation of 279,308 copies. The newspaper identifies with centre-left liberalism ; its readership is usually on the mainstream left of the British political opinion. The daily is also influential in the design and publishing fields  -it supports many awards in these domains. News replaced ads on page one only in...  1952.

Among the cartoon strips issued in "The Guardian" you'll also find...

Doonesbury's :


Harry Venning's :




or Steve Bell's :


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1 mai 2011 7 01 /05 /mai /2011 18:53


"English is big business and languages are dying as never before.

Is there a connection ? Is this another manifestation of McDonaldisation – the undesirable face of globalization ? Do we want to lose the variety of languages and all the rich culture that comes with them ?"

"Longtime English teacher Patricia Ryan asks a provocative question : Is the world's focus on English preventing the spread of great ideas in other languages? (For instance: what if Einstein had to pass the TOEFL?) It's a passionate defense of translating and sharing ideas."


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28 avril 2011 4 28 /04 /avril /2011 20:32

Do you consider yourselves "Mac", "PC" or "neither" persons ?

'Hunch' used statistics based on more than 80 million responses to "Teach Hunch About You" questions : they were given by about 700,000 users of the website Hunch.com  -between March 2009 and April 2011.

http://blog.hunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/MacPCInfo7501.png  Among these answers 388,315 answered the question "Are you a Mac person, or a PC person ?"  A series of differences were outlined in self-identified PC and Mac people : those responses have been crossed with answers to other questions (among the 2,000-question question pool). The infographic eventually shows the various findings...

So... it's all relative 

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26 avril 2011 2 26 /04 /avril /2011 18:33

Listen to Mary :

she'll tell you about who is likely to be the next King  -and why...


Now you can answer the QUIZ

Who will be the future King ?
1) How old must one be to become King/Queen ?
Eighteen years old
Twenty-one years old
There's no age limit
Sixteen years old


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25 avril 2011 1 25 /04 /avril /2011 23:10

Focusing on the Royal Wedding :

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/8a/Royal_Coat_of_Arms_of_the_United_Kingdom_%28Variant_2%29.svg/690px-Royal_Coat_of_Arms_of_the_United_Kingdom_%28Variant_2%29.svg.pngYouTube Royal Channel above

The Royal Coat of Arms is illustrated by Sodakan & under the CC BY-SA license


On  the Official Royal Wedding website  you can view the formal consent of Her Majesty   the Queen to William and Kate's wedding

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5025/5641470738_098cdff38c_m.jpgThe Queen gave her consent on her 85th birthday -April 21st  :-)


BBC news U.K. : "Papers dominated by royal wedding" :

http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/48908000/jpg/_48908499_sundays304.jpgA newspaper review above - April 24, 2011

The map below shows the royal wedding route :


What do the Americans think of the whole buzz ?

Here are a few questions from a New York Times/CBS news poll :


April 15-20, 201



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