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Paradise Domain (5/22)


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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 27 mins
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2001
Available in French: No

What's in a name? To a tiny nation in the South Pacific, plenty. The country of Tuvalu is a string of coral rocks in the South Pacific: nine low-lying islands that make up one of the world's smallest, most isolated countries. Largely unknown to tourists, Tuvalu and its 9,000 people suffer from underdevelopment and a lack of jobs. Other than fishing, people get by harvesting coconuts -- pretty much the only thing the soil will grow. But Tuvalu had one valuable asset: its coveted domain name -- dot tv. In 1999, the prime minister sold the name to an American dot.com company -- in exchange for several million dollars and access to the new wired-up world. But who's benefiting most? -- the Tuvalu islanders themselves, used to a relaxed, Pacific way of life with few modern conveniences, or the US corporation?

Links: http://www.lifeonline.org/archive/citylife5main.html www.tve.org/life - the producer’s site