Monthly Archives: January 2011

The Language of the World

One of the perks of dominating the world as a hegemonic power is that everyone aspires to learn your language.  This was the case during the Roman Empire with Latin, the reign of French monarchs in the 18th century with … Continue reading

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Little Ado About Something

Obama’s State of the Union address highlighted an optimistic, centrist view of the United States.  He boldly proclaimed that the U.S. retains the most powerful and prosperous economy.  While he cited points of decline in our education system, job market, … Continue reading

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China Makes Strides and then Trips

Two summers ago, I sat in a conference room in a downtown editorial office in Beijing and listened to journalist Yu Xiaodong brief the office on a developing story.  He described a hot-line that Chinese people could call to voice … Continue reading

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The Invisible Hand: Corporations’ Grasp on the Media

When I read the first chapter of Manufacturing Content, I assumed that its scathing remarks about corporations’ influence on the media were irrelevant to the New York Times.  I remembered an article from two years ago that discussed the Sulzberger … Continue reading

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A Half Truth is a Whole Lie

“…in the mid-1840s, a German photographer invented the first technique for retouching the negative.  His two versions of the same portrait- one retouched, the other not- astounded crowds at he Exposition Universelle… The consequences of lying have to be more … Continue reading

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The Role of Media in Modern China

China is a country on the brink of yet another revolution.  This revolution will not be achieved through a series of mass protests in Tiananmen Square, or through Deng Xiaoping or Ma Zedong’s economic policies aiming to modernize China.  Rather … Continue reading

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“The Medium is the Mesage”: Photography In My Life

Over the last three years, I have spent four months living abroad in Beijing.  As time passes, my memories of China blur and my feelings about past experiences change.  I find it so challenging to re-experience the anxiety I felt … Continue reading

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