The map, based on Reporters Without Borders’ press freedom rankings for 180 countries, shows home of the current Winter Olympics Russia in bright red, indicating a “difficult situation” for journalists and bloggers there. Russia, ranked 148th, shuts down seditious websites, bans so-called homosexual propaganda, prohibits religiously offensive expression, and heavily controls national TV stations, Russians’ main source of news.
The U.S. shows a “satisfactory situation,” but it has dropped 14 ranks since last year’s report and now sits at the 46th spot. This decline, according to the report, is due to the Obama administration’s hostility toward whistleblowers and leakers and the conviction of Chelsea Manning for releasing a trove of classified documents to WikiLeaks in 2010
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Google is measuring the most photographed places in the world.
It's called SightsMap and it uses Google Map's Panaramio platform, Wikipedia and FourSquare to determine what everyone is taking photos of these days.
“The dark areas have few photos, the red areas have more and the yellow areas have a large number of photos geotagged. The hottest places have markers linking photos, streetview, wikipedia, wikivoyage, foursquare and google plus articles about the site. The place names are selected by the wikipedia readership numbers and foursquare checkins. Area populations are based on the geonames database,” according to the makers of SightsMap.
The interactive heatmap, organized by photo concentration, lets you view the maps at various street levels. So you can view the most photographed places in your country or your neighborhood.
So, where are the most photographed places in the world, according to Google?
While an American city (New York) takes the top spot, Europe dominates the world when it comes to being photographable. Eight out of the top 10 cities are located on the continent.
When you zoom into Europe, Prague and Madrid make an appearance as desirable destinations for photographers.
While nowhere near as lit up as Europe, North America has it’s own hot spots. Most of these are on the coasts, with Chicago and Montreal representing more inland. Most of the American locations are also on the top 30 list in the world rankings.
South America holds its own against the rest of the world. Their top 10 is divided between ancient landmarks and modern metropolises.
Asian's most photographed places are clustered around the East Asian cities. While the Middle East makes an appearance, Dubai’s Palm Islands (a pair of man-made islands in the shape of palm trees) isn’t exactly representative of the region. While other countries have some isolated hot spots that get them on the list, Japan is definitely the winner.
Business Insider picked up a fun little project to find the most popular tv show in each state. To make their determination, they only pulled from scripted television shows rather than reality TV - Iowa was the one exception - and looked at each show’s longevity, audience and critical acclaim using info from IMDB/Metacritic, awards, and lasting impact on American culture and television. Some shows were gimmes, like Frasier for Washington and Seinfeld for New York, but others were less obvious. You can see the full-sized map at Business Insider, and if you're more literately-inclined you can see BI's list of most famous book in every state.
A fun new video from The Atlantic has been created to accompany a series of maps made by Joshua Katz, a student at North Carolina State University.
The maps, which highlight regions of the U.S. based on pronunciation and word choice, were originally conceived in conjunction with a 2003 Harvard study on the subject of regional dialects. The video takes the infographics one step further as interviewers call up people from various regions and have them answer questions as the maps light up. Unsurprisingly, and somewhat humorously, the Midwestern, Southern, and Northeastern regions of the country have the most varied answers.
What are your favorite regional differences?
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Vlogbrothers takes a look at one of our favorite things: maps!
If you love information density this is right up your alley.
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