Interesting things (and news) from South Africa

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  • Last week was a really exciting week at Stellenbosch University – Maties Diversity was celebrated. Here is a selection of events:
  • Where is South Africa in terms of the Age of Internet Empires? Mark Graham and Stefano de Sabbata from the Oxford Internet Institute put together a map of the websites visited the most by the respective countries in the world. According to the colonial styled map (see below) South Africa is clearly part of the Google dominion. In terms of the map, Google is the most visited website in 62 countries, while Facebook is the most visited website in 50 countries.

By Mark Graham and Stefano de Sabbata @ Internet Geographies at the Oxford Internet Institute

  • Here is something to think about: Why do we take photos, and is it sometimes done at the expense of experiencing the world around us? Nic Spaull asks this question in a recent blog post – The amazing Susan Sontag on photography…I sometimes wonder if these types of questions can’t also be extended to the use of social media in general while we travel.  It is so important for us to “stay connected” while we travel, but is this not sometimes done at the expense of the travel experience itself? Don’t we sometimes have a bad travel experience because we can’t get connected? These are questions to think about … specifically if you want to have meaningful travel (and study abroad) experience.

Until next time,

JW