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.

Firewalls to Freedom

Governments can manipulate the internet to limit free speech and dissent
Rebecca MacKinnon
March 9, 2009

Year of the Monkey Has Not Yet Brought Tourism Money

Hong Kong waits for mainland visitors
January 23, 2004

The Knowledge Economy

The South may appear to have shaken off the colonial North, but in Egypt research is big business and money is influence
Mustafa Kamel El-Sayed
February 25, 2004

A Global Generation Gap

A global generation gap surrounds globalization, nationalism, and immigration
February 24, 2004

Chin Chin Choo!

Bollywood films, once a big draw in China, seem to have missed the beat
Pallavi Aiyar
March 18, 2004