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While casting and editing do play a huge role in the outcome of these weekly episodes, there are some actions that cannot be justified. True, the argument may have been small, from our point of view, but this could have easily been the results of a butterfly effect. All of the small things and the fact that she keeps her opinions to herself may have finally gotten to Shilpa, which caused her to confront Jade. It seems as though Jade simply throws up a defense mechanism and afterwards tries to comfort her pride, by her uncontrollable ranting. Once again, nothing justifies the words; just trying to get an understanding of the situation at hand.

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This clip complicates glocalization because of the fact that the commercial is completely Americanized. The only thing that makes this a Japanese commercial is the school girls and the announcer. Even the woman at the end of the clip looks Americanized. The brand of the product is in English and “Jack Bauer” does not even interact with anyone, showing disconnection from the culture. I don’t know if the product itself caters to the likes of the Japanese, but the commercial definitely focuses on the fascination with the American culture.

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I liked the clip. To me, it seemed as though he was making a proposition towards Indian-Americans and the NRI population to not fall into the stereotypes behind the term Desi, but to stand up and support the country that they claim to love so much. The only way that he could get the attention of his targeted audience was to challenge their heritage. The “shock factor” is needed to get such strong points across.

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I agree that the forceful nature of this clip completely got his point across and made us listeners get the total point. As unscholarly as this sounds, this situation is basically correlated to the ‘bandwagon’ when one only roots for a team if they are winning. I believe this is an apporach that alot of people take and it needs to stop; It is obnoxious and wrong. The truth comes out when a nation is in despair and nobody wants to be associated with it. Just look back to 9/11 — many were ashamed of their culture. Are the actions of some and the situations of our origins something to be ashamed of?

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I in no way shape of form agree with the racism allegations. Like Jillian stated- why did she take them back? I just have come to the conclusion that ‘reality televison’ is always going to consist of bullying and confrontation, or else it would not survive. Editing plays a huge factor and YES they pick and choose candidates that they know will not get along. It is part of our sick new society, but to be completely honest I think this instance has been read into at a completely wrong angle.

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I cannot seem to find where the glocalization is present in this clip? I am clearly aware of the infestation of the Japanese culture and the everyday life that they lead— riding to school in the subway on a day-to-day basis. But all I see here is the corporate America bleeding into the Asian culture. It seems to me that through discuss in International Media Systems that the Japanese are completely infactuated-if you will with “Hollywood”. They see it as a whole other world and lucky for Kiefer Sutherland, he is actually a celebrity over there!

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I think this is a stupid argument in the first place. From what I saw they were arguing over cubes of chicken broth and how much should of been used ?? It is easy to blame something like this on racism because you see 3 girls ganging up on one girl, so the 1 girl is going to do whatever it takes to defend herself, while the other 3 continue with their ignorance and bully her around.

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I don’t really think any blame or anything can be placed on Iraq for a reality show like this. Because what is a reality show ? It is dealing with people and their actual lives. And in Iraq this is what people are dealing with, bombings and war. So when they are choosing houses to makever, why not a house that has been bombed ?

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I agree totally with what Juan said. Being a desi myself it is still hard to connect with the way life is in India. I was born here in the states and this all I pretty much know. I can sit and watch MTV Desi and try to relate but it’s not really showing me anything because it is all so americanized. I think one of the best ways american desi’s can relate to indian born desi’s better are by the televsion shows that are being shown on networks such as Zee TV. In some of those shows and movies they help people relate better because it is not as americanized.

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Yes, this is true, Avi. It is not my taste nor Jill’s, but it would be of interest to those who are desis. Most desis, I think, would agree that while they are ‘of the homeland,’ that they relate more to the American ways rather than the Indian ways. While it may be true that India is gaining worldwide attraction because of its economy and nuclear proliferation-especially from the U.S)- it is still very poor and very tough to lead a good life.in India. Desis are living in America, a rich nation with unlimited opportunities. Why would a desi want to be associated with India then?