Archive | November 2012

How social media can make history

As a follow-up to my last post about Twitter and the impact on journalism, in this video from TEDEd we find out more about the impact of social media.

While news from Iran streams to the world, Clay Shirky shows how Facebook, Twitter, and TXTs help citizens in repressive regimes report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly). The end of top-down control of news is changing the nature of politics.

The beauty of data visualization

How important is data visualization ?

David McCandless turns complex data sets, like worldwide military spending, media buzz, and Facebook status updates, into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections. Good design, he suggests, is the best way to navigate information glut — and it may just change the way we see the world.


Dark matter: How does it explain a star’s speed?

In this educational video we get an insight into dark matter.

All the stars in a spiral galaxy rotate around a center — but to astronomers, the speed that each star travels wasn’t making sense. Why didn’t stars slow down toward the edges as expected? Don Lincoln explains how a mysterious force called dark matter is (possibly) the answer — and why the search for an answer matters.

The Impact of Twitter on Journalism

What is the impact in today journalism of Twitter (and social media in general) ?

The world of journalism has changed in the internet era. Newsrooms are significantly smaller now than they were 10 years ago, and news is no longer a once-a-day product, but instead a constant flow of information. The rise of Twitter brought concerns within the industry – would this overwhelming source of direct raw information put professional reporters out of business? Journalists are now faced with the challenge of adapting their roles in this digital era, finding new ways to add value to content, and helping to ensure that the internet is changing our worldview for the better.

Optical illusions show how we see

Do we see the reality or we see what we want to see?

In this talk from TED we get an insight into optical illusions.

Beau Lotto’s color games puzzle your vision, but they also spotlight what you can’t normally see: how your brain works. This fun, first-hand look at your own versatile sense of sight reveals how evolution tints your perception of what’s really out there.

David Christian: The history of our world in 18 minutes

In this talk from TED we witness the history on the universe in 18 minutes.

Backed by stunning illustrations, David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 minutes. This is “Big History”: an enlightening, wide-angle look at complexity, life and humanity, set against our slim share of the cosmic timeline.

Leah Buechley: How to “sketch” with electronics

Can we design electronic circuits another using pen and paper ?

Designing electronics is generally cumbersome and expensive — or was, until Leah Buechley and her team at MIT developed tools to treat electronics just like paper and pen. In this talk from TEDYouth 2011, Buechley shows some of her charming designs, like a paper piano you can sketch and then play.

Hannah Brencher: Love letters to strangers

In this digital age do we still need handwritten letters ?

Hannah Brencher’s mother always wrote her letters. So when she felt herself bottom into depression after college, she did what felt natural — she wrote love letters and left them for strangers to find. The act has become a global initiative, The World Needs More Love Letters, which rushes handwritten letters to those in need of a boost.

David Kelley: How to build your creative confidence

As a follow-up to my last post about Elizabeth Gilbert and creativity we get this interesting talk from David Kelley.

Is your school or workplace divided into “creatives” versus practical people? Yet surely, David Kelley suggests, creativity is not the domain of only a chosen few. Telling stories from his legendary design career and his own life, he offers ways to build the confidence to create

Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius

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Do we all have creative minds?

Do we all can become artists?

Author Elizabeth Gilbert is confused by how our culture regards writers and other artists—as people on the brink who are too easily undone by their talent. In this talk from TED2009, Gilbert reframes how we think about creativity—that rather than there being “geniuses” among us, that all of us have a bit of genius within us.