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Discussions Discussion Pop Art
Lauren Z-United States, Nov. 15, 2012

Hi I’m Lauren from Texas. My favorite Pop Artist is Wayne Thiebaud. I love that almost everything he paints looks realistically delicious, the combination of magnified and muted colors, linear order, and defined shadows. I come from a school that boasts several bakesales so we can all relate to his love of pastries and baked goods. I also have recently painted a recreation of his works in the form of a simple, but in my opinion, elegant pastel-colored cupcake with a cherry on top. This picture below is definitely my favorite of his.

http://www.google.com/imgres?q=wayne+thiebaud&um=1&hl=en&sa=N&tbo=d&biw=1280&bih=675&tbm=isch&tbnid=oUjrfaJDMCPZVM:&imgrefurl=http://voices.washingtonpost.com/blog-post/2010/09/wayne_theibaud_google_c
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Discussions Discussion Pop Art
Yasen Kanchev, Nov. 26, 2011

This is a monument to Soviet Army, which is located in Bulgaria’s capital city Sofia. There is a large park around the statue and the surrounding areas. It is a popular place where many young people gather. It represents a soldier from the Soviet Army, surrounded by a woman and a man from Bulgaria. There are other, secondary sculptural compositions part of the memorial complex around the main monument. The monument was built in 1954. But on June 17, 2011 the monument was painted overnight by unknown artists, who “dressed” the Soviet Army soldiers as american comics characters: Superman, Joker, Robin, Captain America, Ronald McDonald, Santa Claus, Wolverine, The Mask, and Wonder Woman. After this action a lot of people said that they like the new look of the monument and that now it looks modern. The monument was cleaned in the late hours of June 20, 2011. With this post I want to show you the vandalism wich pop art can make.

http://www.technostroi.com/images/stories/technostroi/s.jpg
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Discussions Discussion Digital Africa
Bert Breton, Nov. 18, 2011

Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9Ihs241zeg
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Discussions Discussion Pop Art
Tatiana Demianoff, Nov. 16, 2011

Hello, I’m Tatiana and i love this design , i have a pencil with this design !

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Discussions Discussion Cultural History of Technology
Esteban Amaya, Nov. 13, 2011

Technological artifacts are products of an economy, a force for economic growth, and a large part of everyday life. Technological innovations affect, and are affected by, a society’s cultural traditions…

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Discussions Discussion Food and Gender
Emily Nelsen, Nov. 8, 2011

Good background article about food and gender and their interactions. Its interesting that this stuff involves everyday life but we take it for granted. For me its interesting food for thought- pun intended!

Across many cultures and epochs, people have constituted, expressed, and bridged gender differences through foodways—the beliefs and behaviors surrounding the production, distribution, and consumption of food. Through the division of labor, alimentary exchanges, access to food, and the meanings surrounding eating, men and women have enacted their identity, roles, and power.
……. more of the article after the link:

http://www.answers.com/topic/gender-and-food
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Discussions Discussion Understanding Societies
Vittorio Masoni, Oct. 24, 2011

I would add that the understanding of our culture and of the cultures of other people, as well as the depth at which any culture is rooted is fundamental to many aspects of life. It is vital for the whole country, in order to make enligthened decisions in both internal and foreign policy.
From R. Quintamara

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  • Bedford Wells Bedford Wells Oct. 24, 2011
    The CNN blog entitled, “America must learn from Germany - before it’s too late,” presents a scenario in which international cultural understanding of Germany could help forge more successful domestic policy towards the US manufacturing sector

    Why has Germany managed to retain and create research-intensive, high-wage manufacturing jobs while the USA manufacturing sector has lost 5.5 million jobs and 54,000 factories over the past ten years? Why hasn't Germany fallen prey to Asia's low waged base manufacturing model?

    One key reason is that Germany has put in place a strategic, well-funded industry research institute that forges partnerships in applied research in key areas. In other words, while the United States focuses most of its R&D investment on mission-oriented research (e.g., defense and health) or basic research, Germany focuses on industrially-relevant applied research that gives their manufacturers and technology firms a leg up in global competition. This is why almost one third of German firms in a 2009 survey credited their innovations to German government research and innovation policies!

    Understanding the culture of others, in this case Germany, must play a role in shaping US policy at home and abroad. More here…

    http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2011/10/24/america-must-learn-from-germany-before-it%E2%80%99s-too-late/

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Discussions Discussion Dialects of the World
Jenny Rothberg, Sept. 7, 2011

This one’s great! …Air Berlin is considering asking its flight attendants to make some announcements in regional German dialects after a YouTube video of one of its attendants speaking Swabian became a web sensation. Instead of standard High German, flight attendant Michaela Bahnmüller, decided several weeks ago to speak in dialect after her plane landed in Baden-Wurttemberg’s capital of Stuttgart, where Swabian is proudly spoken. The industrious southwestern state’s motto is even: “We can do everything - except speak High German.” If you understand Swabian, here’s the Youtube clip. Can you believe someone recorded it?! A million views too!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shl7ORqbkOw
Jenny Rothberg
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  • Bert Breton Bert Breton Sept. 8, 2011
    Even multi-national corporations forget about the importance of using local dialects in their regional marketing campaigns. Imagine how much more brand trust and loyalty a company could generate by implementing the use of regional diaclects in their advertisnig communications across the EU or Asia, for instance. This would take the old business adage of, “Think globally, but act locally,” to a higher, more impactful, level. “Bravo!” to Michaela Bahnmüller, the Air Berlin flight attendant who, in my opinion, has provided an important lesson to marketing executives around the world.

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Discussions Discussion Dialects of the World
Jenny Rothberg, April 18, 2011

The ancient Basque culture has survived against the odds. This documentary shows you the region and discusses what’s being done to preserve the language and the unique Basque identity.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9Fw82uYw14&feature=related
Jenny Rothberg
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  • Amy Sutherland Amy Sutherland April 18, 2011
    The Basque region is an amazingly beautiful and culturally rich place. It's influence extends into both France and Spain. Thankfully, their language is not at risk of disappearing. On the contrary, cities such as Barcelona are mostly Basque speaking!

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Discussions Discussion Dialects of the World
Jenny Rothberg, March 23, 2011

Napolitano! Here’s a fun, learning video on the Italian dialect spoken in Naples, Italy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84BOS8hUOTY
Jenny Rothberg
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