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Yes, this is clearly one of the best non conformist television reality programs out there. It is great to see that while shows like Americam or Pop Idol are gaining worldwide popularity and being copied simply by changing the name of the show to the local name, there are those who acknowledge that there is a great need for “real” shows about real issues throughtout the world. Learning that the program will not contain the same unimportant entertainment as most programs, it is with great admiration that we learn that the show will provide a need for social change among Iraq-or at least try to bring some kind of social change to a forgotten people.

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I agree that she must have been inclusive with her thoughts about Britain, but she also appeared to be mocking the girl with her facing expressions. It is a tough situation especially in a show such as Big Brother where such different people are brought together. In this case, there has to be a level of acceptance up front. We all learn differently about other races and cultures from our schools and our familiy. However, it is up to us to be tolerable to difference and not to be ignorant in times of anger.

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Avi Santo

Agreed, but should hip-hop become a “fragrant” global commodity that any group can simply appropriate in order to express struggle?

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Avi Santo

What “truth” does it reveal? It certainly complicates assumptions about Desi relationships to India/ South Asia, but is it any more “true” than an advertisement encouraging Desis to invest India, instead of against it?

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Avi Santo

While I agree Jonathon that the more diversity one is exposed to growing up, the more likely one is to be accepting of other groups, lets not forget that schools are institutions that have varied individual cultures, but largely adhere to very similar educational formulas that regularly marginalize non-Anglo history, culture, etc.

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Avi Santo

Possibly, though it also might speak to the contingent relationship that a transnational star like Shetty has in Britain, where her popularity might be partially tied to her “difference” and partly to her keeping her opinion about Britain to herself…

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Avi Santo

Lets not presume some mythical, authentic Japanese culture that is being eroded by American culture, but instead, how might this commercial speak to/ complicate questions of glocalization?

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Avi Santo

or perhaps not your taste. It is important to think about who the target audience for these ads really is…

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I don’t know if calorie mate is a japanese originated product or not. It seems ironic that a culture who’s healthy food habits have been poisoned by the western diet would choose an actor from an American sitcom. Let alone, a man who represents much less than the majority of the American image.

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the man speaking in the ad seems extremely passionate about the point he is trying to make. However, this passion may come across as angry, rude, and out of bounds to those who don’t fully understand the point he is attempting to make. When people come across as angry, people begin to put boundaries up against the entire group being represented. This definitely gets the shock factor, which I am assuming was MTV’s goal, but taste was oviously not in the agenda.