Contemporary cultural colonialism (CCC) is distinct from past practices in several senses:
(1) It is oriented toward capturing mass audiences, not just converting elites.
(2) The mass media, particularly television, invade the household and function from the "inside" and "below" as well as from "outside" and above.
Western deception, distraction & domination
One of the great deceptions of our times is the notion of "internationalisation" of ideas, markets and movements.
It has become fashionable to evoke terms like "globalisation" or "internationalisation" to justify attacks on any or all forms of solidarity, community, and/or social values.
Having resolved to live without oil for one year, Mark Boyle discusses the impact this has had on his life, and what the future holds for him.
It’s impossible to tell how far down a certain path you’ll walk once you’ve taken that vital first step. Ten months ago I decided that I was going to live as oil-free a life as possible. Originally this consisted of me using no plastic, only buying products from local craftspeople, having no bin and eating nothing but local, organic and vegan food.
To begin with, people constantly questioned why I was acting so “extreme”, my answer always being that I had just become tired of being a hypocrite. I’d be marching for peace through the streets of London, criticising Mr Bush and Mr Blair, whilst expecting them to keep me supplied with cheap oil through my purchases at the checkout. I was sending them completely conflicting messages. Why should I expect them to care about something I obviously didn’t really care about?
Linguistic diversity is threatened in all four corners of the Earth. That’s the message in a ‘map of endangered language “hotspots” compiled as part of a project called Enduring Voices, which is backed by the US National Geographic Society.
Most attempts to document linguistic diversity simply count the number of languages spoken in each geographic area. By this measure, Papua New Guinea — with more than 800 languages — stands out as the most diverse country. Africa, meanwhile, boasts some 2,000 of the world’s estimated 7,000 languages.
However, neither feature in the top 5 language hotspots identified by David Harrison of Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and Gregory Anderson of the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages in Salem, Oregon.