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Sense and Sensibility at the World Cup

I've sworn, after learning about the latest kleptocrat billionaire to buy a club, or scrambling from the clash between hooligans and riot police, or hearing a homophobic chant rise up from the stands, I would give up on the game. Anyone with sense would.

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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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