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I like: ten minutes and you will know China | 双语字幕][十分钟让你看懂中国

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Ok so the title is a lie, as one of my friends once told me “you could live here a lifetime and still not know it” but I really like this video which is a whistle-stop tour of Chinese culture, economics, history and politics.

The video is on Tudou, so you may need to be patient with it.

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London conference on cyberspace

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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the British Government has always had the best online presence of all the different government departments, but I still find it interesting that it is they rather than the department of media and culture who are looking to lead a discussion on the future of the web and associated technologies. The FCO are hosting a conference in London on November 1-2, 2011 and are extending it online through social media platforms. I can’t help but feel the dialogue is aimed as much within the UK as internationally.

Of course, the ironic thing is that the UK isn’t at all progressive in terms of all things internet related compared to the likes of South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Iceland or Finland to name but a few countries. The Digital Economy Bill and actions done by the likes of Ed Vaizey have shown resistance rather than working out how it can benefit from the change. The music industry tried to fight the change and has torn itself apart so it will be interesting to see how that stance will work out.

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Wall Street versus Sesame Street |華爾街 与 芝麻街

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I noticed the #occupysesamestreet hashtag on Twitter and decided to delve a bit further vis-à-vis #occupywallstreet.  #occupysesamestreet is a small meme but I wanted to get an idea of how many people it had reached versus it’s more serious competition. I used Google Insights for Search as a kind of measure of wider audience awareness.
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Orange is the search term occupy wall street and blue is occupy sesame street. There isn’t much competition but you can just see the slight uptake that Sesame Street has gained over the last few days measured.
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Then I dipped into the great satan of social: Facebook to see what was happening. I was quite surprised to see that the Occupy Sesame Street page had over 35,000 likes compared to just south of 5,000 for the Occupy Wall Street page.
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Now there are factors that come into play with Occupy Wall Street:

  • People maybe reluctant to put their name down as they may be seen as a troublemaker
  • People may be interested in signing up instead for their local protest page

I suspect that at least part of it is that the silent majority (yes I am aware of the Richard Nixon reference), whilst curious about the happenings are just not that engaged with the political action taking place. They are passionate about Sesame Workshop (what used to be Children’s Television Workshop) programmes and shows the continued power of the Sesame Street brand amongst adults.

Which is why I won’t be holding my breath waiting for a popular uprising leading to a worldwide revolution just yet.