Posts Tagged ‘china’
I am a little twisted, which you probably already know, when a catastrophe occurs I can’t help looking at the news footage, waiting for it to get better and secretly expecting it to spiral out of control. Perhaps it’s the televisation of disasters and catastrophes which has triggered this, or my attune sense of risk.
I remember watching the footage of the invasion of Iraq with Bernard Shaw in a hotel in the center, fascinated by the bombs and explosions coming from the sky, and the tracer fire coming from the ground. Secretly expecting that the hotel that they were broadcasting from would get hit. The same with 9/11 expecting that the situation would get worse just before the Twin Towers collapsed. The market catastrophes in 2000 and 2007.
The light at the end of the tunnel is an oncoming train.
—Wall Street proverb
The recent earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan causing the nuclear power plant to explode. In my head I just expected it to get worse, China Syndrome worse. I’m certainly not against nuclear power, as my party affiliations might suggest, I believe that the risk can be handled. I just don’t believe that people can handle the risk and accept the incidental risk that can’t be contained. And there is a certain amount of risk acceptance having the mission critical, single point of failure generators of a nuclear power plant run on diesel rather than using the power generated by the plant.
If we examine the Sony PSN hack and clearly see that risk avoidance protocols that PCI-DSS has in place were plainly ignored. The game companies – Nintendo and Sega – that followed who saw the hat-trick failure of Sony and ignored the warnings.
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I was reading an article in the International Herald Tribune which stated that the search in foreign countries, such as China or India, of foreign news sources, European or American, for news about the home country is high. Citizens of a country like to know what the foreign press is saying about their home country.
When looking at the statistics you can see that the search for India is obviously most performed in India, with second and third place locations being the United Arab Emirates and Singapore. For China the same can be seen, Hong Kong SAR is the number one searcher for China and the second and third place are taken by Singapore and Malaysia.
For me knowing how people search is as important as what they search for. Trends is a powerful tool to do this, and local knowledge is just as important. Whether you are targeting specific regions or want global reach. These search trends also show that some of the targeting also affects foreign nationals overseas.
So how can you use this information?