Friday, May 16, 2008

what we see

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Alisa Miller, head of Public Radio International, talks at TED about Why we [Americans] know less than ever about the world.

Running time: 4.29 minutes


Lasse said...

That is so scary!!!!

Over here we here a lot (too much) about the Obama /Clinton fight - but I mean - there are other news - what about Dafur? or other European news? As a thinking person I just find it very strange. We almost never here about the news i Sweden or Norway - and Sweden is only 3 miles away. I don´t get it!

Mikkel said...

Don't listen to him. He's clearly crazy. We hear news about Norway all the time.

suttonhoo said...

I suspect this all ties back to the Ikea phenomenon, as reported by the London Times:

"A Copenhagen University academic has just produced some research that has shaken every Dane to his irreducible Viking core. He analysed all the products in an Ikea catalogue according to name. What he found was startling. It seems that Sweden's all-conquering furniture firm quite shamelessly names its fanciest futons, tables and chairs after Swedish, Finnish or Norwegian places, while reserving Danish place names for doormats, draught-excluders and cheap carpets."

Ikea's response to Danes' uproar? The Danes "appear to underestimate the importance of floor-coverings".

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