Christian Long

Steven Johnson: Tours the Ghost Map

In TED Talks on May 25, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Reflection by BRAYDEN F.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Steven Johnson:  Tours the Ghost Map

In this TED talk you are taken back to a time where the necessities that we take for granted today, are not even a realization of that time period. Education, technology, and the knowledge of how to cure an outbreak were just not around in 1854 as it is today and Steven is able to tell that story very well in his talk.

What I found really interesting in this talk is that one little five month old girl can make a huge difference in your town. That little girl would end up killing masses or people. Who knew that she would have cholera and her cesspool would end up getting in with the city’s water supply? No one did, that’s why almost ten percent died in a matter of seven days. Who knew that having a cesspool in your basment was bad for your health. You would think that after a certain period of time where you were in a constant smelly area that you would WANT to leave, but they didn’t. Therefore, after every four years or so there would be an outbreak where 10,000 to 20,000 people would die. Luckily Snow, the name of a courageous man, was able to go “to the belly of the beast” and figure out that it was actually the water that was getting the people sick and not the air.

Aside from the interesting story I though that Steven did an ok job. I’m not going to lie, It wasn’t the best talk I have ever watched. I think that some more visuals could have given his presentation some more power. But all in all I think TED knows who to pick and this guy did it. So if you have some time you should watch this video.


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