Author Archives: Blair Gu

About Blair Gu

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

imagenative Geographies

Originally posted on Theoretical Musings:
This is an adapted version of a conference presentation I gave at SUNY-Brockport in April 2008. The title of the conference was– “Reconsidering The ‘Orient” and ‘Occident’ in the 21st Century: Observing the 30th Anniversary…

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The Sick Man of Asia

In their single-minded pursuit of economic growth, China’s leaders have long overlooked public health — which, by some measures, is now worse than under Mao. Despite recent reforms, China’s citizens keep getting sicker, threatening the country’s health-care system, the economy … Continue reading

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Cancer Villages in China

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1pbNTvkYSA

Dateline investigates the increase in cancer cases in rural China, which is being blamed on toxic industrial waste poisoning the water supply.

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Mass media and Celebrity in the Digital age

Burgess and Green argue that: ordinary people who become celebrities through their own creative efforts “remain within the system of celebrity native to, and controlled by, the mass media” (Reader, page 269) Nick Goudry argued that ordinary citizen and celebrity … Continue reading

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Luckily he didn’t get run over by a car!

Last year, an incident named the “Li Gang GATE” has bombed the web in China, and everyone online is talking about LiGang, and his son. Despite it not being a worldwide sensation, to some extend, it is similar to the … Continue reading

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Ai Wei Wei

Ai WeiWei is one of the artist who design the Olympic main stadium- Bird nest in China, and his artwork of porcelain sun flower is also made him well know in the world arts circle. However, because he is too … Continue reading

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Fans immediacy

My friend told me that the Lady gaga, the official proved version has followed her on twitter! Jealous, I don’t know why she only added her, is that simply because my profile photo doesn’t looks like monster? I like twitter, … Continue reading

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Microsoft is expensive

I bought a new laptop last April, and there is no any Microsoft in it, so I bought a Microsoft office which cost me like 150 dollar, I take home and my roommate call me a idiot because she know … Continue reading

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Ranking tactics on the formation of online ‘communities’

While discussing YouTube, José van Dijck argues that the site’s interface influences the popularity of videos through ranking tactics that promote popular favorites (Reader, page 94). How do ranking tactics impact on the formation online ‘communities’? Some rights reserved by … Continue reading

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Creative Commons

Explain why you chose the Creative Commons license that you added to your blog and discuss the relevance (or not) of adding the license.’’ By inserting the Creative Common license into the blog, readers are visually informed through the small image of … Continue reading

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