Wednesday, Jul 15, 2009
by PopMatters Staff
by Marc Lynch
Foreign Policy (13 July 2009)

Jay-Z (Shawn Carter) is the closest thing to a hegemon which the rap world has known for a long time. But the limits on his ability to use this power recalls the debates about U.S. primacy.

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Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

// Marginal Utility

"The social-media companies have largely succeeded in persuading users of their platforms' neutrality. What we fail to see is that these new identities are no less contingent and dictated to us then the ones circumscribed by tradition; only now the constraints are imposed by for-profit companies in explicit service of gain.

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