Monthly Archives: September 2010

The Lack Of Media Literacy

When you think of September 11th, what comes to mind first? Is it the sound of people screaming, the individual testimonies of politicians, or the numerous images in the press and on television? No matter what you chose, they all … Continue reading

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America the Idea Trumps America the Nation State

Arguably, the United States is increasingly becoming what Castells calls the “public sphere.” As immigrant populations continue to grow and thrive, what has become more important is less assimilation than the ability, right and freedom to retain that which is culturally defining. No-one … Continue reading

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Press 1 for English

I cannot believe the vehement reactions of some people when they are asked to press one for English when calling a large business or government entity. We’ve seen politicians, editorials, and even Facebook groups evoke the mantra “this is America, … Continue reading

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Cosmopolitanism- blame the media?

This week we talked at length about being cosmopolitan and that we were failures as a nation for not knowing other areas of the world as well as we know our own.  In social psychology, there is a theory called … Continue reading

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Why does my Chinese food menu have po’boys on it?

Sinclair presents us with a vision of globalization which I find hard to believe: Thai boxing by Moroccan girls in Amsterdam Sure, he’s using it to illustrate how seemingly incongruous ideas come together with globalization, with international consumerism leading to … Continue reading

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is the globalization of culture the same as the globalization of economy?

What is globalization? According to Wolf “Globalization is a hideous word of obscure meaning, coined in the 1960s, that came into ever-greater vogue in the 1990s. For many of its proponents it is irresistible and desirable force sweeping away frontiers, … Continue reading

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Whats wrong changing cultural Identity?

Why are people so afraid that nations and individuals are loosing their cultural identities? In today’s globalizing world, there is the ongoing notion of media imperialism- that the west is able to exert their ideological influence over the developing world. … Continue reading

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