Search Cosmopolitanism Cultural Anthropology is excited to present six essays that it has published in recent years as part of its third virtual issue for on the theme of Cosmopolitanism. Together, these essays push us to ask: What are the politics and ethics of being and belonging under contemporary conditions of globalization? How do people make sense of the ever-shifting grounds that they tread on? What are the technologies of self-making available to them? The politics and ethics of worldly belonging and recognition is an obvious theme that connects the essays presented here.
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Questions for Classroom Discussion 1. How are the effects of remediation shaped by unequal positions of power? Consider the political consequences in a particular instance of remediation. Does the remediation of a media object benefit certain people more than others?
How do different objects of media circulation enter into your everyday talk and interactions with other people? What does remediation have to do with the way we think about globalization? Give examples of cases in which the circulation of media changes the interactions between global cultures. Does the process of remediation look different from a local perspective? What is the role of embodiment in remediation?
How do dance, movement, costuming and other bodily performances change our cultural interpretations of media? Are these corporeal aspects more important for the circulation of some forms of media than others? How does remediation create opportunities for new social identifications and exchanges?
Describe some recent cultural discourses that have developed through creative projects of remediation. Further Reading Arnold, Alison. Bolter, Jay, and Richard Grusin. Remediation: Understanding New Media. Cambridge, Mass.
Ganti, Tejaswini. New York: Routledge. Gaonkar, Dilip Parameshwar, ed. Alternative Modernities. Durham, N. Ortner, Sherry B. Rajadhyaksha, Ashish. London: Seagull Books. Sarkar, Bhaskar. Shankar, Shalini.
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However, the reuse of media is unacceptable when it negatively affects the original source or when the remake is interpreted as culturally derogatory to some viewers. It should also be noted that I am analyzing the reuse of media through a social and cultural framework rather than a legal framework, thus ignoring how legal issues, including copyright infringement, may hinder the acceptance of the reuse of media. Both narratives have been widely accepted, however the former is a direct remake of the original, whereas the latter is an unofficial cross-cultural reinterpretation for the American audience. A simple explanation of why the Ringu remake was acceptable is that the American version of The Ring was faithful to the plot while sustaining the ambiance and suspense of the original—thus the remake was able to successfully convey the aura of the original film. Also, an important aspect for the acceptance of the remake may have been the fact that the plot and theme was more of a universal narrative rather than a cultural narrative. In contrast, the second film, Yojimbo, was inundated with Japanese culture as it was about a samurai who convinced two opposing crime lords to hire him as a bodyguard.
Questions for Classroom Discussion 1. How are the effects of remediation shaped by unequal positions of power? Consider the political consequences in a particular instance of remediation. Does the remediation of a media object benefit certain people more than others? How do different objects of media circulation enter into your everyday talk and interactions with other people?