Class notes

Venezuela and Chavez

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOR-0vQAPm4] When it comes to Venezuela, it’s impossible to understand today’s media landscape without thinking about Hugo Chavez. The controversial Venezuelan president is one of the most media savvy politicians in the Americas. Alo Presidente, Chavez weekly radio/television show, is…
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Oh Canada, so close to the US…

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRI-A3vakVg] If history is right, Porfirio Diaz, one of Mexico’s most infamous dictators, once decried his nation was too close to the United States and too far away from God. Canada, though not as dramatically, might feel the same about…
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Global Twighlight Zone

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7owMXrLu2d8&feature=related] Globalization must be among the most contested terms in contemporary society.  It is, at once, the blessing that will unite the world in a common Kumbaya, or the curse that ravishes local economies, fosters inequality, and, at the end…
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The challenges of culture in the globalized world

In the early nineties, when I was an undergraduate in college, my mother sent me a tape recording of a very popular Salsa band. Their name was Orquesta de la Luz, and they were Japanese. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvF5amY3Wc4&feature=related] Now, salsa music is…
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