Thursday, August 25, 2011

Another Geography Flub...

Came across this tv still on Twitter, posted by @TheTruthLibya of an map error on CNN!  This particular error labels Tripoli in what seems to be Lebanon when in fact Tripoli is on a whole other continent.  Tripoli is in the country of  Libya, along the Northern shore of the African Continent.  I still cannot believe that in this day an age major news outlets still make mistakse like these!

Now the nations of the world...

Another clip from the cartoon Animaniacs that share some geographic knowledge, although some areas might be out of date now! 

Wako's 50 State Capitols

A fun video from the cartoon Animaniacs, great introduction to the states and the capitols!  entertaining as well!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Infamous Geography Flops

Geography gets ignored by many and on occasion it shows! Here are some funny, yet sad moments that really shows the lack of geographic knowledge in this country!
1. The first flop has to be one of the funnier ones! I remember seeing this on the news, in my geography class, and every where online as it went viral.  You probably remember Miss Teen USA 2007 pageant, more specifically a blond from South Carolina.  Well not only was the question being asked of this beauty queen about the lack of geographic awareness in the United States, she demonstrated that she's not that aware as well.  Its ok to laugh at this one! watch the video below

2. On to the next geographic flub, one that took place in politics during the 2008 Presidential Election.  If you don't know where I'm going with this I have one name for you Sarah Palin.  Yes the republican vice presidential candidate, new to the national scene, fresh out of Alaska seemed to have many flubs that year with the "lame stream media" as she calls it.  However one comment that seems to have stuck with her even after losing the election is one that she didn't say! In an interview with Charles Gibson, she was asked about Russia and respond that you can actually see Russia from land in Alaska.  Although this comment has no implications on foreign policy, which is why the comedy of queen of SNL and 30 Rock turned it into a joke that has stuck to Palin's character.  The infamous quote "I can see Russia from my house"!  The issue with what Palin said and what Fey joked about is that proximity doesn't always mean interaction and knowledge is great, due to political geography and physical geography, you may be able to see it but knowledge of it might as well be on the moon!
 Original Palin interview:
Tina Fey, playing Sarah Palin on SNL (follow the link)
3. Fox News Map mistakes: Every once and a while Fox news shows a map that although at quick glance looks good, its completely off!  For example the map below has Iraq labeled as Egypt, its not bad enough that many in this country don't know where Iraq is, even while we fight a war there, they go and mislabel it.  Not sure Fox News should be supporting privatization, defunding, and reorganization of the education system...
This image is from  a story about the geography mistake of Fox News

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Geography in the Oceans

Here’s a video of a group of researchers and photographers who document Humpback whales.  Just by taking pictures and labeling where they are these men are practicing geography! The data collection allows for the number of whales to be estimated as well as any patterns of movement in the ocean, effectively mapping a variable in the ocean.  This means they are tracking space, one of the important issues in Geography.  Also as you can see in the video, it’s quite touching and amazing to experience the human/environmental interaction.  Human/environmental interaction is one of the main branches of Geography.  This video shows a few different interactions, including the fact that the whale is caught in a net, made and fished with by humans, but then the whale is also freed by these men.  There is no denying the unique relationship man has with nature in this video.  That relationship can be explained through geography!