Month: April 2004

Chinese Cultural Sphere

Following is my critique of an article on Chinese Cultural Sphere. The Net is the world’s only functioning anarchy but it could soon become a major tool for democracy. By allowing anyone, everywhere access to the information and opinions of anyone else, anywhere else, a morsel is being given to mankind with one instruction: “Eat Me, so that we may grow.” (Fenchurch, 1994, p. 11) Goubin Yang assistant professor in sociology at University of Hawaii in Manoa, who authored and presented a paper “The Internet and the rise of a transnational Chinese cultural sphere” at a conference in New York, on China’s Environmental Discourse, makes case for two premises: one, that the internet for Chinese population, has facilitated global mass protest movements, and two, inside China, online ‘spaces’ have influenced civil society development. The paper appeared in ‘Media, Culture & Society’ (Vol 25, Issue 4, 2003) with the underlying assumption that online media have given birth to a transnational Chinese cultural sphere. Read the entire article here.

World Economic Outlook

The World Economic Outlook presents the IMF staff’s analysis and projections of economic developments at the global level, in major country groups (classified by region, stage of development, etc.), and in many individual countries. It focuses on major economic policy issues as well as on the analysis of economic developments and prospects. Click here to see it all…Its not worth reading it all, anyway….

Media research through the Western lens

My mediocre review/critique of an excellent work of media research: Kavoori’s work is unique from three standpoints: firstly, this is a comparative media study across five, instead of between two countries, secondly, it revisits the media imperialism theories with a changed premise and last but not the least, the dissertation deals extensively with globalization from an ethnographic perspective. “Globalization, media audiences and television news: A comparative study of American, British, Israeli, German and French audiences”, is suitably titled, deriving research data from a four year “Global Newsroom” project. Read the entire article here.

A Scary Performance, and a Signal for Slaughter

Matthew Rothschild, the editor of The Progressive discusses Bush, the performer. A Scary Performance, and a Signal for Slaughter George Bush’s press conference on April 13 was a scary performance. Not because his second sentence was ungrammatical: “This has been tough weeks in that country.” Not because he pronounced “instigated” as “instikated” in his fourth sentence. Not because he said Donald Rumsfeld was Secretary of State. Not because of his foolish comment that before 9/11 “we assumed oceans would protect us.” (Ever since the Russians built their first ICBMs fifty years ago, the oceans haven’t protected us.)

Manuel Castells Canonized

My arguments in favor of Castells: When Will Durant attempts at making Shakespearean literature a canon in Philosophy, he uses two well known quotes: Of Touchstone asking Corin “Hast any philosophy in thee, shepherd?” and Hamlet’s “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” Durant tells us that if Shakespeare made a guess he kept it to himself, and perhaps thereby proved himself a philosopher. But the confessed Shakespearean rival George Bernard Shaw refutes Shakespeare’s canonical status in Philosophy by claiming that there was no metaphysics in the latter’s works, no view as to the ultimate nature of reality, no theory of God. Even Shakespeare, according to Shaw, speaks with no reverence of professed philosophers and doubts that any of them ever bore the toothache patiently. The full article can be found here.