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Cultural Imperialism

The Battle for Soft Power: America's Digital Cold War with China

Justin O’Connor | Posted 08.23.2014 | World
Justin O’Connor

Talk these days of the creative economy as soft power and a harbinger of world peace, ignores the huge struggles taking place between Google, Facebook no one hand and Baidu, We Chat, Tencent on the other, pitching the U.S. and China directly against each other in a cold digital war of online platforms, search engines and aggregation algorithms. It is very nice to assert the diversity of cultures in a globalized world. But this diversity is in reality dependent on some very hard issues of finance, intellectual property rights and communications infrastructures.

Star Wars Endures: May the 4th Be With You. Always.

Edward Headington | Posted 07.08.2014 | Los Angeles
Edward Headington

The French have accused Hollywood -- and the United States by extension -- of culture imperialism from time to time but let's face it. You just can't keep good 'ol American pop culture in the armoire anymore.

Veiled Hostilities

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 10.21.2013 | Media
Richard J. Rosendall

We can respect religious diversity while disagreeing with particular practices. I criticize the French for prohibiting religious veiling, just as I criticize governments that require it.

Retiring the Western Hero

Dan Morrison | Posted 12.15.2012 | World
Dan Morrison

Aid organizations have long struggled with the issue of how to get donors engaged. Faced with the choice of making supporters feel they're saving the world versus showering them with administrative details, it's not surprising many choose to emphasize the individual.

America: A Modern Imperialist

Misa Mori | Posted 08.14.2012 | Teen
Misa Mori

Widespread American culture is threatening cultural diversity. And while some nations resist the temptation of American wealth, these corporations still manage to pry their way through those barriers.

Will the Critics of Sean Penn's Haiti Relief Please Stand Up?

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Ehrmann

Just hours before the Oscars on Sunday Sean Penn went on CBS TV and put a curse on alleged critics of his charitable work in Haiti, wishing that they ...