Globalization wields powerful influence over societies and cultures. Business travelers and tourists both observe and distribute new ideas. New ideas, interactions, foods and products are tried, then embraced or discarded. With the internet or satellite television, films, publications, photographs, news reports and cartoons can travel instantly, entertaining or angering audiences around the globe. With social media like Facebook or Twitter, individuals offer news and own instant pronouncements on trends. Whether slowly through immigration or immediately online, these connections bring about some convergence of norms on fashion to human rights while also provoking challenges from traditionalists. A global society has emerged, and it’s tightly linked.

"Copywood" No Longer

The South Korean film industry shows it can hold its own by combining local themes with Hollywood style
Christina Klein
October 11, 2004

Coping with World Population Boom and Bust – Part II

Measures to reverse declining birth rates are hard to implement
Joseph Chamie
August 24, 2004

Coping with World Population Boom and Bust – Part I

With populations booming in the less developed world, migration pressures will increase
Joseph Chamie
August 19, 2004

Why Does Hollywood Dominate US Cinemas?

A new generation of foreign films that combine Hollywood and art-house conventions has stymied American distributors
Christina Klein
August 17, 2004

Olympics in an Age of Global Broadcasting

Playing on a world stage, national pride and distinctiveness come to the fore
Emma Wensing
August 10, 2004

'Bad Press' Causing Headaches for Beijing

Chinese leadership struggles to control freedom of expression
Paul Mooney
July 22, 2004


Thailand’s Ultra-Monarchists Export Vigilante Justice

Harsh lèse-majesté laws do not prevent king from being targeted
Michael Peel
September 3, 2014

The Science Behind ISIS Savagery: 5 Ways Humans Become Hardwired for Violence

Religion, group-think, revenge spur vicious behavior
Ian Robertson
August 20, 2014

How America’s Police Became an Army: The 1033 Program

Military chickens come home to roost
Taylor Wofford
August 15, 2014

Brutality and “the Beast”: Why Child Migration to US Is Slowing Down

US gives aid to Mexico, to increase speed of trains and invest in military hardware
Gabriel Stargardter
August 13, 2014

World Will Have 13 “Super-Aged” Nations by 2020

But an old world could stay young at heart
Sarah O’Connor
August 11, 2014