My Sweet Lord, Copyrights Are So fine!

Submitted by Adam D. Ketchum on Sunday, 10/24/2010, at 5:15 PM

    In the United States, we have an obsession with property.  This obsession can be traced back to our foundations.  The founding fathers, (Jefferson is a great example) were very much influenced by political theorist John Locke.  As anyone who has read Locke’s treatises can tell you, Locke envisions government’s primary purpose is securing the property of its citizens.  The means by which government does this is fairly obvious in cases of physical property.  If you steal from someone, you are held criminally liable.  The question is what happens you aren’t taking anything physical?  What

The Clash of World Music

Submitted by Adam D. Ketchum on Sunday, 10/10/2010, at 6:48 PM

            We are all familiar with the concept of “world music”.  This pseudo-genre is the amalgamation of different musical traditions from all over the world.   The problem is that is isn’t a natural classification of music, but instead a pointless label that serves as nothing but in instrument of simplification for people can’t be bothered to investigate the true origins of the various sonic elements present in “world music”. 

Simon says while the Congo plays

Submitted by Adam D. Ketchum on Sunday, 10/3/2010, at 6:36 PM

Two very different examples of music that was shaped by their respective cultures is Paul Simon’s Graceland and Congotronics by Konono Nº1.  Despite their obvious differences sonically or otherwise, the two share a connection: Africa.  Graceland features various influences from South Africa.  Some of these, such as the inclusion of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, are very obvious.  Other inclusions such as the way the bass line in “You Can Call Me Al” or the slide whistle on the same track are references to traditional African music called Mbaqanga.  On the other hand, Congotronics connection to A

Connections and Complexities in Brass Band Music

Submitted by Adam D. Ketchum on Friday, 9/24/2010, at 4:32 PM

The music of Brass Unbound was unique and a distinct pleasure to experience.  While listening, I was struck by the way various regions appropriated what was originally a strict European form of music for their own cultural purposes.  The regional influence was very apparent.  For example, the track “Gurans Ko Phool Siuri” conjures up the almost cartoonish image of a snake charmer playing in the streets of Mumbai.

You can't escape the "scapes".

Submitted by Adam D. Ketchum on Wednesday, 9/15/2010, at 11:57 AM

    Globalization expert Arjun Appaduri wrote an incredibly fascinating, though jargon packed, article for the academic journal Public Culture (of which, interestingly enough, he was a co-founder).  In this piece he coined several terms which describe the new emerging global world.  They are:
    - ethnoscapes
    - mediascapes
    - technoscapes
    - financescapes
    - ideoscapes

Joseph E. Stiglitz '64

Joseph E. Stiglitz, the John J. McCloy '16 Professor of American Institutions and International Relations at Amherst College and professor of economics at the graduate schools of both business and international relations at Columbia University, has delivered three lectures at Amherst College: "Globalization and Its Discontents," on March 1, 2002, "Information Economics: A New Paradigm," on Feb. 28, 2002, and "A Tale of Two Countries: Russia and China's Transition to a Market Economy" on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001.

“Argentina: What Went Wrong?” at Amherst College April 10

March 25, 2002 Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417 AMHERST, Mass.—Economists and political scientists will consider “Argentina: What Went Wrong?” at a panel discussion at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10 in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hallat Amherst College. The event is open to the public at no charge.