It was a late night in New York City when two of my friends and I sat in the corner of a loud, bustling restaurant in the West Village discussing how to get on top of the glass ceiling in our entrepreneurial community.
While groundbreaking inventions may not have been at the fore of the commercial tech sector this year, new movements and trends in the social change realm (some related to tech, some not) have definitely been beneficial to humanity.
Over the years the struggle for human rights has had the benefit of some very captivating entertainers who have helped draw attention to the cause and raise funds for Amnesty's essential research and campaign work.
A clutch of Emmy-winning TV shows are outshone by the return of Foyle's War, a British mystery series that's regained its footing. Also out now are two more great Criterion releases, the godawful Hangover III and a clutch of movies perfect for Halloween.
The reach of oppression can be vast. The poor, outspoken, different, and dissonant are often harmed by political and social persecution; however, oppression can also hinder another foundational element of culture: artistic expression.
Graceland took world music to another level, turning some acts on the album into international superstars, expanding everyone's appreciation for world music, and establishing sampling as another way of building on what's come before.
"It's a really tough world for new artists. If you believe in what you do and you really want to be in music, just stick at it. It's always a learning process. Enjoy it because I think making music is a privilege, really."