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"Conversation. What is it? A Mystery! It's the art of never seeming bored, of touching everything with interest, of pleasing with trifles, of being fascinating with nothing at all. How do we define this lively darting about with words, of hitting them back and forth, this sort of brief smile of ideas which should be conversation?" Guy de Maupassant

Sunday, April 2, 2006

Here's a terrific view of the world ....  Worldmapper is a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest. [link via Simon Roberts at Ideas Bazaar]. It's really interesting to see visually how much of the population space China and India occupy ... and to see where the children of the world are. 

Here's one with Land area territories:
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Compare this with the territory occupied by children of the world and see how India, China and parts of North Africa bloat up:
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Also interesting to me was this map - which shows the population of the world 2000 years ago:
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India and China's proportion of population in the world seems to have shrunk since! :
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Mobbed - by MTV Networks Asia and Motorola. It is a digital entertainment platform which will be targeting youth in Asia-Pacific markets like India, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Free downloads, chat rooms, blogs, contests, blurbs, games. Interesting to see the Mobbster Rewards chart - among other things, they are encouraging users to generate content by sending pictures or blogging - users earn 'moolah' (explained on the site: moolah is like money, except it's not. It's what you need to get Booty, which is the good stuff. Earning Moolah is easy. In fact, you can earn it just by hanging out at Mobbed.) everytime they send a picture or a blog post through their mobile phone via sms or MMS.

"Mobbed reinforces MTV's commitment to connect with our audience on every platform possible. Not only do we create fun and cool branded content that can be downloaded easily at the click of a button, such as the Mob Squad mobile animated series, but we also allow for user-generated content so youth can express themselves and take over MTV via the cutting-edge MMS to TV platform - Mobtage," commented MTV Networks Asia Pacific president Nigel Robbins.

[Source: Indiantelevision]

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"One thing remains constant about our humanity - that we must never stop trying to tell stories of who we think we are. Equally, we must never stop wanting to listen to each other's stories. If we ever stopped, it would all be over. Everything we are as human beings, would be reduced to a lost book floating in the universe, with no one to remember us, no one to know we once existed" - Ruth Behar in an article called Ethnography and the Book That Was Lost

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JP Rangaswami, who's fabulous blog I only just discovered, articulates so succinctly, the Four Pillars underpinning the new world of information - Search, Syndication, Fulfilment and Collaboration/Conversation.

It's very difficult to share just an excerpt - read the full post for sure - still ...

"You create, publish, receive information that you never had before. Social information, cooking-pot information. You visualise it in ways you could never do before. You move it and share it and enrich it and aggregate it and disaggregate it using tools you could never have conceived before. And you do all this with presence and location and intention and mobility. You teach it and learn it and shape it and train it. You cleanse it and repair it and fuse it and melt it. The it is information. Yes, this is a blog about information :-)

And the you doing everything is not me nor my generation. All we are doing is preparing for Generation M and learning from them."

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