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What happens when a Hindi cultural symbol meets the Western idea (as expressed in the writings of John Milton and John Stuart Mill) that democracy benefits when forums exist where a free and open debate can flourish? This blog might be one answer to that sort of 21st Century mash-up. If you are looking for an intelligent conversation that includes diverse cultural references, global insights and well-sourced opinion, we’ve got those bases covered too.

This site is the semi-official blog of the graduate students of the International Media program at American University, (at least for the half of the program housed in the School of Communication), and this site also includes contributions from others who have found their way into some of the International Media classes.  For more information about the authors of this blog, please go here.  Expect some insightful analysis from both students and faculty regarding the global media and their effects on politics, culture and society.

Also, in this day and age, the legal niceties must be addressed.  All multimedia on the site (pictures, video, and audio) that are marked as public domain may, of course, be reused.  All multimedia on this site marked as used with a Creative Commons share-alike license may also be reused.  The articles on the site are copyrighted and may not be reused without the permission of the authors and this site.

Thanks for reading.  And commenting.  Enjoy.

Photo Credits:

The original header blog photo is from a market in Pakistan and was photographed by babasteve – also known as Steve Evans of Atlanta, Ga.; the photo is used through a Creative Commons license.

The other photos in rotation include:

A farmer’s market in Nice, France by Luca Nebuloni of Italy via Flickr, using a Creative Commons license;

A farmer’s market in Playa Vista, California by Justin Sewell via Flickr, using a Creative Commons license;

Berries at a market in Germany by canong2fan via Flickr, using a Creative Commons license;

A market in Turkey by Chris Stickley of London, U.K. via Flickr, using a Creative Commons license;

Belgian candies by Vince Kmeron of Brussels, Belgium via Flickr, using a Creative Commons license.

Decorative lamps at a shop in Germany by ekieraM via Flickr, using a Creative Commons license.

A market in Saigon, Vietnam by flydime via Flickr, using a Creative Commons license.

A market in Guatemala City, Guatemala by Clark & Kim Kays via Flickr, using a Creative Commons license.

A vendor selling chillies at a market in Accra, Ghana by Transaid of London, U.K. via Flickr, using a Creative Commons license.

Textiles at a market in Otavalo, Ecuador by Adalberto Jose Perez Lopez via Flickr, using a Creative Commons license.

Fruit at a market in Xiamen, China by Henrik Berger Jørgensen of Oslo, Norway via Flickr, using a Creative Commons license.

(The basic blog design was built on a WordPress template by Rick Rockwell.)

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