May 3, 2011 |
If you had a thousand ears, each one trained on a different radio outlet, you couldn't have heard all the great radio on offer yesterday. On the day after Osama bin Laden died, the full spectacle of radio was on display. From local talkers to Radio France International, the venerable mass medium showed its stuff, pulling together memorable, mind-changing facts, viewpoints, and you-are-there vignettes to explore the complexities of an incredibly rich story. All radio today is global.
February 18, 2010
IN HIS GROUNDBREAKING critique of popular culture in the electronic age, Marshall McLuhan coined the phrase the "global village. " But not even this prescient prophet of the new age envisioned people who use "social media" to form "flash mobs" that wreak havoc on total strangers. Incidents such as the mob rampage in Philadelphia this week -in which 150 mindless marauders took to the streets of Center City in a wave of assaults and property damage - are being played out all over America.
August 24, 2007 |
Claudena M. Skran is associate professor of government and coordinator of the international studies program at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis. At age 12, orphaned Abu Marah mined for diamonds in a country torn apart by civil war. For his labors, he earned one cup of rice a day. After three years of hardship, Marah moved to the capital city of Sierra Leone, where he worked selling water on the streets. When Freetown was sacked by rebel forces in 1999, Marah walked to neighboring Guinea as a refugee.
April 6, 2007 |
In broad daylight, at least three people fire 40 shots in front of 20 witnesses, killing a mother trying to protect her children on a narrow little street in Southwest Philadelphia. And nobody sees a thing? In North Philly, a shell-shocked mom tries to point out the person she thinks shot her teenage son and people in the crowd warn her she'd better not say anything or "we'll get you, bitch. " And she doesn't say a thing. The message is clear. No snitching. Or else. Here in Philadelphia, where the blood drain totals 104 victims, most of them black, we've got public mourning down to a science.
March 26, 2006 |
In a single day, my friend and I danced the rumba and jitterbug to Chinese pop music, lingered over Malaysian curry and tofu, and savored slowly roasted Cuban pork and a hearty Irish ale. Though we sampled many of the borough's sights, sounds and tastes, we had barely begun to dig into the international delights of Queens, home to people from more than 150 countries. A day there is a fast-motion trip around the world. At Times Square, we stepped onto the 7 train, also known as the International Express because it zips through so many different ethnic neighborhoods.
March 5, 2004 |
I moved to Camden 18 years ago, having been born and raised in Manhattan and after graduating from the University of Michigan and living and teaching in Tokyo and Honolulu. It is in Camden where I find my global village. Americans of African, Hispanic, Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, Polish, Irish and German descent (to name a few), about 1,700 of us, all live in the Waterfront South neighborhood. It's the same Waterfront South that the people managing the Camden Recovery Act want to exclude from "recovery.
October 21, 2002 |
As she moved through the cafeteria line for her first meal at Seabrook Farms in Upper Deerfield in 1945, Iddy Asada's mother was startled when a tall man tapped her on the shoulder. The tiny Japanese American woman looked up into the face of one of the first African American men she had ever seen. "Welcome to New Jersey," he said. With that greeting, the nine-member Asada family, seeking a new life after spending three years in an internment camp in Arizona, felt at home in what has been called "the first rural global village.
August 13, 2002 |
What aspect of America's international policy causes you the most distress or the greatest disappointment? It was, of course, the sort of fat-pitch question reporters don't like to ask. I asked it because I thought U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan would use it to provide a much-needed glimpse of how America is seen - not by its enemies but by its thoughtful admirers. He didn't disappoint. Americans, he told a couple dozen African American journalists recently, are full of talk about a "global village" as an acknowledgement of the shrinking size and growing interdependence of the nations of the world.
June 15, 2002
It's a global village and the Internet is its crossroads. Like a New England village in a Hawthorne novel, the Internet crossroads bustle with people eager to trade rumors and gossip, to believe the worst about their fellow man. Yes, rumors and gossip have always been around to erode civic trust. But with the speed-of-light reach of the Internet, the adage that rumor can be halfway around the globe before truth gets out of bed has more validity than ever. Sometimes, the results are funny - but even then, the laughter can leave a bitter tang.
October 17, 2001 |
They fly through the air with the greatest of ease. They stand on lightbulbs en pointe while balancing other performers on their shoulders. They dive through hoops with the grace of dolphins, with no water to cushion their landings. And when they are done, the acrobats, dancers, gymnasts, jugglers, contortionists, stilt-walkers, musicians and clowns who perform with Cirque du Soleil are mighty hungry. "Look, he just took a second dessert," teased American-born Amrapali Ambegaokar, 23, who dances the role of an exotic water goddess in the production of Dralion that runs through Nov. 4 under the big top at Broad Street and Washington Avenue.