South Meridian
Learning from Latin America’s Media Pirates

Today’s illicit “DVD factory” in a corner of Paraguay might tomorrow become a node in a democratic, grassroots distribution network for Latin American media.

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4 Nov 2007 // 10:00 PM

Living on the Margins

The protagonists of tomorrow are people who are off-line, somehow off the grid, unsophisticated or simply unimpressed by the general spectacle of information-overload and conspicuous consumption.

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27 Sep 2007 // 11:00 PM

On Being Savage

In today's world, in which most native people live not in forests or on islands but in cities, savagery has become a state of mind more than anything else. Perhaps a little 'savagery' would be good for modern civilization.

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26 Aug 2007 // 11:00 PM

Playing from the Hip

Jorge Ben always sounds like he's playing from the hip, not from the head, not really from the heart either.

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Delfin Quishpe: Ecuador’s Unlikely YouTube Celebrity

Other than cute animal photos and pornography, the content that enjoys the most popularity on the Internet often has a link to real-world events of generalized significance – like Quishpe's 9/11 video.

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4 Jul 2007 // 11:00 PM

Blood Art from Africa?

Everywhere one looks these days, the supposedly "forgotten" continent is under the glare of spotlights. But there is a thin line between patronage and plunder.

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Tom Zé: Brazilian Music Machine

Tom Zé, the tough sertanejo, should not be crossed. Eventually he will have his way.

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The Resilient Works of Roberto Bolaño: Raccoon-Resistant, Water Resistant, Immortal

Roberto Bolaño's Los Detectives Salvajes, like so many good works, traverses time, language, cultures, and survives a bit battered, but little worse for the wear.

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On Revolutions, Civil War and Dictators: The Work of Ryszard Kapuscinski

Kapuscinski, a master of subjective journalism, once referred to news agency reporters as “terrible victims of information”.

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Brazilian Choro Music: The Oldest Jazz

Before jazz, before samba and bossa nova, before even Stravinsky had been born, musicians in 19th century Rio were testing their virtuosity playing choro tunes.

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Tropicália: Brazil’s Musical Revolution Turns 40

Tropicália would combine the cosmopolitan sensibilities and lyrical precision of rock with the entire geological depth of Brazil's considerable musical tradition.

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