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Atlas of Prejudice — 20 ways to slice the European continent from Atlas...

Atlas of Prejudice — 20 ways to slice the European continent from Atlas...

“Your Map is Racist” Here’s How | SociologyInFocus Can maps be racist? Aren’t maps just a reflection of reality? In this piece Nathan Palmer will show us how maps are actually a social construction and how they can lead us to think that anglo nations are bigger and more central to the world than nations of color. A few years back I had the opportunity of seeing Jane Elliot speak at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln my alma mater. Elliot continued, “How many continents are there?” “Wait. Reading this doesn’t do it justice. “I’ve got another question for you.” Elliot then turned to the rest of us. “You people in the front row, where is the crease my assistant just put on the paper?” Before anyone could answer she added, “why would we use this map? “We use this map because it makes the United States and Europe look bigger than they actually are. Since that day, I’ve thought about Elliot’s talk every time I see a map. But this begs the question. Our maps are a social construction. Dig Deeper:

Fourquare: Si no es la tecnología, ¿qué es? | Michael Chambon El futuro de la herramienta más famosa del mundo basada en geolocalización está en dudas, luego de que un nuevo golpe le haya sido propiciado por Instagram, al anunciar que dejarían de utilizar su tecnología para pasar a usar la de Facebook Places. Esto coloca sobre la mesa una serie de cuestiones a analizar, y como principal, la incógnita sobre el futuro de 4SQ. Si no es la tecnología, ¿qué es?. Instagram cuenta con 150 millones de usuarios en 4 años de existencia. A pesar de eso, su desarrollo tecnológico ha sido el gran motor de su supervivencia. El estancamiento de su crecimiento en los últimos años, teniendo como contracara el crecimiento exponencial de otras redes sociales, ha puesto en duda su futuro, estando a la expectativa y espera de un “año de gran crecimiento” cercano. Foto: Mashable Por suerte, no todas son negras para el proyecto liderado por Dennis Crowley. El panorama nos recuerda al que en algún momento no muy lejano padeció Myspace con resultados oscuros. Fuentes:

Die Rache der Wiener Polizei an den deutschen „Krawalltouristen“ Obwohl der Wiener Akademikerball bereits sieben Wochen zurückliegt, beschäftigt er die österreichische Justiz immer noch. Der Ball gilt als Nachfolger des WKR-Balls, und damit als Treffpunkt für die rechtsradikale Szene ganz Europas. Wie jedes Jahr haben sich auch 2014 hunderte linker Aktivisten aus Österreich und Deutschland versammelt, um dagegen zu protestieren. Unsere Doku „Die Rechten und ihr Ball“ könnt ihr euch hier anschauen. Bei den darauffolgenden Auseinandersetzungen mit der Polizei kam es zu Sachschäden in Höhe von rund einer Million Euro—und die Wiener Behörden brauchten dringend Schuldige. Gefunden haben sie den Deutschen Josef S., der seit sieben Wochen in Wien in U-Haft sitzt. Das Foto von Josef aus der Ermittlungsakte Als ich ihn endlich sehe, sieht der Sündenbock eher aus wie ein Unschuldslamm. Er ist tatsächlich katholisch, aber in erster Linie gelangweilt. Was hat Josef eigentlich getan? Ab 0:32 sieht man Josef mit dem Mistkübel Marmeladenfresser Malte

Del espacio público y su significado en la ciudad La ciudad no es solo un espacio físico, un conjunto de edificios, de estructuras, de sistemas, etc.; es un también un espacio relacional y así, cultural y simbólico. Consiguientemente la esencia de la ciudad es el encuentro entre los diversos y diferentes; las relaciones entre ellos para constituir órdenes nuevos y diferentes, dinámicos. Ordenes que surgen del encuentro y la interacción entre diferentes. Además y desde otra perspectiva, puede decirse que la ciudad es por un lado un conjunto estructural de grandes estructuras y sistemas, lo supralocal; y que, por otro, estos sistemas se ven reflejados en el espacio de lo micro, de lo local. Así el espacio público es el espacio local donde se plasman y ven reflejadas esas macroestructuras que constituyen las ciudades. Como en la teoría de fractales, se reproduce en el nivel micro lo que aparece en el nivel macro. El espacio público es un “espacio de socialidad problemática donde deben coexistir todo un mundo de extraños” (Lofland 1973).

Interactive Game of Thrones Map with Spoilers Control Google Launches Maps Gallery To Make Public Data Maps More Discoverable Google today launched the Google Maps Gallery, an extension of the Google Maps Public Data Program it announced last October. The new gallery is meant to showcase maps from the organizations Google is working with, including the likes of National Geographic, the U.S. Geological Survey and the City of Edmonton, and to make them more discoverable. As Google Maps product manager Jordan Breckenridge told me, the idea behind the Public Data Program is to unlock the maps and geospatial information many organizations already have. The maps Google is currently highlighting in the Gallery range from land use zoning in San Jose and a U.S. Participants who applied for the program and were selected by Google received free access to the enterprise version of Google Maps Engine. Breckenridge assumes that most people won’t necessarily find these maps on the Gallery but through Google Search.

Visualizing 15 Years Of Acquisitions By Apple, Google, Yahoo, Amazon, And Facebook You grow old, you slow down, and you die. That is, unless you can inject some fresh blood. After watching the last generation of tech giants wither or stagnate, today’s juggernauts are relying on acquisitions to keep them young and relevant. Business insurance provider Simply Business created this infographic, which is only available here on TechCrunch. Trends crystallized by the Simply Business infographic include: And the biggest acquisitions (with disclosed prices) by the giants were: Apple – Anobit ($390 million), AuthenTec ($356 million)Amazon – Zappos ($900 million), Kiva Systems ($775 million)Google – Motorola Mobility ($12.5 billion), Nest ($3.2 billion), DoubleClick ($3.1 billion), YouTube ($1.65 billion)Yahoo – ($5 billion), Overture ($1.83 billion), Tumblr ($1.1 billion)Facebook – WhatsApp ($19 billion), Instagram ($1 billion, closed at $715 million) For more on the acquisition game, read: As Tech Giants Scramble For Talent, It’s Buy Or Die

e-Diasporas Quite Possibly the Most Brilliant Thing Ever — A Map of the Internet, Drawn to Scale o Click on the image above to expand, or click here to see the full-resolution version. From artist Martin Vargic comes this beautiful, ultra-high-resolution fictional map of the internet — scaled using actual from Alexa to rank the top 500 or so websites by traffic in the entire world. According to Vargic, it took 3 weeks of 10-hour days to create, basing the project off of National Geographic maps. "The map is divided into 2 distinctive parts; the eastern continent, 'the old world' showcases software companies, gaming companies and some of the more real-life oriented websites. The scale between a website's traffic and its size is not exact, but websites are generally portrayed in ratio relative to it." The final result is mezmerizing, with entire continents representing sectors of the web. The northwest is covered with the new web — the ominous and growing empire of Google, flanked by social networks like Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter. Tom McKay

Legendary Lands: Umberto Eco on the Greatest Maps of Imaginary Places and Why They Appeal to Us by Maria Popova “Often the object of a desire, when desire is transformed into hope, becomes more real than reality itself.” Celebrated Italian novelist, philosopher, essayist, literary critic, and list-lover Umberto Eco has had a long fascination with the symbolic and the metaphorical, extending all the way back to his vintage semiotic children’s books. Half a century later, he revisits the mesmerism of the metaphorical and the symbolic in The Book of Legendary Lands (public library) — an illustrated voyage into history’s greatest imaginary places, with all their fanciful inhabitants and odd customs, on scales as large as the mythic continent Atlantis and as small as the fictional location of Sherlock Holmes’s apartment. Eco writes in the introduction: Saint-Sever World Map, from the 'Saint-Sever Beatus' (1086), Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France T and O map, Bartholomaeus Angelicus, 'Le livre des propriétés des choses' (1392) Section of the 'Tabula Peutingeriana' (12th-century copy)