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.

China's ‘Big Mamas' in a Quandary

Caught between the urge to repress and to make use of the Internet, Beijing sees its power eroded
Paul Mooney
April 12, 2004

Unnoticed, Democracy Gains in Southeast Asia's Islamic Countries

Despite extremist threat, pluralism flourishes in Islamic Indonesia and Malaysia
Goenawan Mohamad
April 16, 2004

The Hollowing-Out of Hollywood

'Runaway productions' boost profits but also take jobs abroad
Christina Klein
April 30, 2004

China’s Quiet Activists

Work by a network of NGOs to help people without challenging authorities gains new recognition
Shawn Shieh
February 25, 2009

Slumdog Paradox

Every city, every nation, has its riches and flaws – and globalization exposes them all
Sadanand Dhume
February 4, 2009

Headscarf Ban Misses the Point

France's proposed law illustrates cultural divide between the state and its Islamic population
Shada Islam
January 30, 2004

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Turkey's President Gul Challenges PM's Move to Ban Twitter

Attempts to evade modern scrutiny invite ridicule
Rory Cellan-Jones
March 21, 2014

Bloomberg Should Have Rethought Articles on China, Chairman Says

Company can sell news or business products in China – but not both
Neil Gough
March 21, 2014

“Netflix for Piracy” Popcorn Time Saved by Fans

Consumers prefer free popcorn time at home
Dave Lee
March 19, 2014

Are Big, Rich Cities Greener Than Poor Ones?

New urban data sets offer surprising clues
March 17, 2014

You Can Hunt for Flight 370

Satellite company tries crowdsourcing project, but interest is so high, site crashes
Lizzie Crocker
March 12, 2014

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