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Wikileaks

I’m hesitant to lean to far one way or the other on the Wikileaks situation.   In terms of a security breach, it is simply remarkable that one person would have access to 250,000 files.  It is even more remarkable that … Continue reading

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An Anti-Muslim Media?

In Havez’s chapter on international reporting, he says that although it is hard to prove that media caused the “fear and aversion” that 70-80% of Germans feel towards Islam, the hypothesis that they bear some of the responsibility is “highly … Continue reading

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Twitter as a Political Tool

I don’t know exactly how things used to be, as I am 22 years old and was not either around or not paying attention to how exactly things worked until around 2006, when I turned 18.  The 2008 elections were … Continue reading

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English

People love to complain about English as a universal language.  It demonstrates the hegemonic nature of the United States, and it has all kinds of negative implications for places that speak anything else, and it shows that the U.S. is … Continue reading

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Microsoft’s Piracy Problem

This week in class we talked about piracy, and whether it is good or bad for society.  Of course, the notion of good or bad is entirely relative; from an economic perspective, it would most certainly be described as a … Continue reading

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The Media

Somewhere in the last few years, we have confused “The News” and “News Commentary.”  Glen Beck and Rachel Maddow are not news broadcasters; they are political commentators.  It used to be that when we watched the news, we learned facts … 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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