Some previous presentations

These two presentations from the last couple of years show some aspects of the presentation quite well executed. What do you think? Are the Knowledge Questions clear? Are clear claims and counter-claims offered. Have implications been considered? What about use of technology – were slides helpful and adding to the presentation, or did they just repeat what was already being said? What changes would you have recommended to these students?

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TKPPD – Presentation Planning Form

The future of white South Africans

Do whites have a future in South Africa?

Read John Simpson’s report here:

Are ‘white’ shanty towns shocking in a way that ‘black’ shanty towns aren’t? Why? Perception is all. Some cry revenge, others justice – or are these just natural patterns playing out?

Possible KIs – To what extent does absolute power corrupt absolutely? Can revolution bring lasting change? To what extent is this generation ethically responsible for the actions of its forebears?

Do ‘good stories’ distort our world view?

Photographer Brandon Stanton gave a talk  at Columbia University last October about “How our world-view is negatively affected by good stories.” Stanton is the photographer behind the website ‘Humans of New York’.






Stanton graduated from the University of Georgia with a history degree before spending three years in Chicago as a bonds trader. After losing his job and moving to New York City, Stanton started his Humans of New York photography blog in 2010. It quickly became an Internet phenomenon, and is now followed by over half a million people (in fact, it’s the fastest growing Arts and Humanities page on Facebook).

Stanton says that early on, he noticed something interesting about how photography and news work. When attending events, instead of seeing photojournalists distributed evenly among the crowds…

…he saw that coverage almost always focused around single individuals or groups of people that stood out:

While these photographs make for “good stories,” they aren’t always representative of the facts.

It’s important to realize that the news we hear is largely a reflection of what we find interesting, as opposed to a representative reflection of the world in general. When we pick up the newspaper in the morning or turn on the television in the evening, we’re not necessarily seeing a reflection of the real world — we’re seeing a reflection of our interests.

Being inundated with “images of extremes” is “changing our perception of the real world around us,” Stanton says.