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Ivy Mix's 'Spirits of Latin America' Evokes the Ancestors

A common thread unites Ivy Mix's engaging Spirits of Latin America; "the chaotic intermixture between indigenous and European traditions" is still an inextricable facet of life for everyone who inhabits the "New World".

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Anonymous and the New Religion: Data

As the world is increasingly filtered through computers there is emerging a reliance on data as a belief system. Groups like Anonymous are pushing us further towards data, as they highlight the divide they see between belief and information.

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Thomas Friedman's Paean to Globalization 'The Lexus and the Olive Tree' Is Back, but We've Moved On

The Lexus is shiny and modern, the olive tree old and rooted, put them together and, dude, there's your simplistic guide to globalization.

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Grease and Grit, Blood and Steel: 'Metal Rules the Globe'

Metal Rules the Globe does a heartening job of dismantling myths and legitimizing the artistic and social significance of the genre.

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Hip Hop Es Mi Cultura

This travelogue takes us four locales: Havana, Chicago, Sydney and Caracas. Each locale translates into distinctive interactions with hip-hop and its pillars of deejaying, emceeing, b-boying, and graffiti.

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'The English Is Coming!' A Different Form of Global Domination

Robots! Bikinis! Language definitely influences society and culture; here is a glimpse into certain English terms that have made their mark on the world.

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A Complex Issue is Communicated With Admirable Concision In 'A Thousand Machines'

If the potentially hazardous relationship between pedestrian, motorist, and cyclist is one familiar example of machinic interdependency, another is the connection between social action and art.

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India's Fair Skin Ambassadors Welcome Hip-Hop's New Dark Knight (video)

Since Shahrukh Khan is showing Akon around Bollywood, imagine that awkward moment when the two are out on the town and they encounter the Fair and Handsome advertising chair, and Shahrukh Khan says to Akon, "I'd like you to meet my sponsor."

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Monsoon Wedding (The Criterion Collection)

A family drama, as mosaic of modern, globalizing India, as a love story that sneaks up on you, and as a discourse on post-modernity and tradition.

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The Shadows of Consumption by by Peter Dauvergne

Dauvergne acknowledges that globalization isn’t just about making life better; it’s about making boatloads of money.

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