The Legacy of Elizabeth Taylor

Mar 19, 2021

“The Elizabeth Taylor who’s famous, the one on film, really has no depth or meaning to me,” the Hollywood icon told Life magazine’s Richard Meryman in 1964. “She’s a totally superficial working thing, a commodity. I really don’t know what the ingredients of the image are exactly —...

What Meghan Markle Failed to Understand About the British Monarchy
Mar 16, 2021

What Meghan Markle Failed to Understand About the British Monarchy

Harry and Meghan: In Pursuit of Wealth and Luxury
Mar 02, 2021

Harry and Meghan: In Pursuit of Wealth and Luxury

How Appropriate Is Kendall Jenner’s Cultural Appropriation?
Feb 22, 2021

How Appropriate Is Kendall Jenner’s Cultural Appropriation?

Can Chinawood Win Soft Power for Beijing?

Can Chinawood Win Soft Power for Beijing?

Feb 19, 2021

With movie theaters closed all over the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hollywood studios had little reason for celebration over the past year. In business for over a century, Universal Pictures (founded in 1912), Paramount (1912), Warner Bros. (1923), Walt Disney (1923) and Columbia Pictures...

Foreign-Language Entertainment Is Having Its Soft-Power Moment

Foreign-Language Entertainment Is Having Its Soft-Power Moment

Dec 18, 2020

Since the first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929, non-English films from all over the world used to compete for a nomination in one single category, best foreign film, as all the other Oscars traditionally went to American and, sometimes, British productions. But in 2019, Netflix’s...

Diego Maradona, the Perfect Celebrity Athlete

Diego Maradona, the Perfect Celebrity Athlete

Nov 26, 2020

Diego Maradona was an imperfect athlete, but a perfect celebrity athlete. His faults, inconsistencies, contradictions and oddities were clear in his playing years but became even clearer as he grew older. That’s why the media loved him and made him the most dazzling and fascinating footballer of...

Racism Is in Bollywood’s DNA

Racism Is in Bollywood's DNA

Sep 16, 2020

We are all influenced by our experiences. Growing up, a number of women have made remarks that have irked or upset me. One colleague once remarked, “The managers like me more because I am fair and I look like a foreigner.” Another lady gave me life advice that still remains an indelible...

The Kardashians Changed Everything

The Kardashians Changed Everything

Sep 09, 2020

They say money makes the world go round, but Kim Kardashian West surely chooses its direction. She seems to be able to do pretty much anything. Over the past 14 years, since the launch of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” Kim and her family have become some of the most influential people in...

Welcome to the Curiosity Economy

Welcome to the Curiosity Economy

Jul 27, 2020

In 1954, when television sets were just becoming widespread in American homes, Alfred Hitchcock made “Rear Window.” The film portrays L. B. “Jeff” Jeffries, a magazine photographer played by James Stewart, stuck at home in a wheelchair with a broken leg, whose only entertainment is gazing...

Media Match of the Century: Joe Rogan vs. The New York Times

Media Match of the Century: Joe Rogan vs. The New York Times

May 27, 2020

Bari Weiss is one of those oddly uninteresting personalities that The New York Times loves to elevate to the status of a columnist because her opinions reflect a certain strain of not quite hip but sufficiently arrogant trendiness that The Times finds marketable to its readership. Weiss conforms...

#MeToo: Power, Let’s Talk About It

#MeToo: Power, Let’s Talk About It

Feb 27, 2020

This is a story I have been sitting on for over a year, trying to get it right. It is a story about womanhood, immigration, my remarkably uneventful experience of dating R. Kelly, and the intersection between the American pop culture and the #MeToo movement. Let me start by saying that it took...

Is Brazil’s Soft Power Under Threat?

Is Brazil’s Soft Power Under Threat?

Feb 21, 2020

An image isn’t just worth a thousand words. A good public image generates better market positions, healthier interpersonal relationships and, of course, profits. When it comes to a country’s image, its importance is even bigger, not only for economic growth but for the safety of its citizens....

Is Twitter Killing the Written Word?

Is Twitter Killing the Written Word?

Feb 14, 2020

If Donald Trump had anything in common with a poet, it would be Homer. Homer was a pre-literate poet from Ancient Greece, while Trump is a post-literate US president who prefers to be briefed orally, gets his news from television and boasts that he likes to read as little as possible. Homer refers...

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