One of the things that demonstrates how far behind Northern Ireland is in terms of what’s happening in the wider world. Even if you don’t like economics, I recommend heartily that you take some time out to watch this presentation from Hans Rosling, who notes how widespread preconceptions of how the world is split into two discrete world’s of rich and poor are profoundly misleading. The data, he asserts, is way more interesting than old narratives. Hat tip to Nestor!!It’s full of little gems like, “Mao brought health to China, then he died and Deng Xiaoping brought money to China”. David McWilliam‘s Wonderbra effect comes to mind.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty