The Continuous Spectrum of Society

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In most cases, we are our own limiters.

Without knowing, we set up boundaries that are supposed to define us, but in the long run, end up hindering who we are and where we can go.

If you look at Earth from space, one major thing stands out when trying to pick out where you live: no borders. The boundaries of the world to divide countries, states, provinces, etc. are all created by our us as a way to separate us from our neighbors and to have certain claims of land and resources.

Imagine for a second that none of these boundaries existed. Neighboring countries would be one landmass and each of their citizens would no longer have to claim a specific location as for what defines them.

This phenomenon would actually make our respective cultures more prominent to who we are. It is natural that living in different parts of the world would give us different experiences. Meeting someone from halfway across the world would still have the same effect as it does today, being able to talk about unique characteristics of your environment such as traditions, music, art, etc. The only difference is, we would not separate ourselves based on our nationality and would make us all a part of the same society. Looking at the world in this way, we will see a continuity in our society instead of a view that is segmented by one’s birth country of continent. Color Spectrum - Anthem Culture

Race is another aspect that is a limiter to who we are that is created by us. The primary reason why our skin tones range from the darkest of browns to the lightest of whites is due to melanin, a human characteristic that is affected by geographical distribution and the amount of sunlight that someone gets (Wikipedia). With so much “interracial” interactions over the years, race is starting to becoming more and more ambiguous. Instead of race defining a general category of society to place someone in, it is merely a characteristic of where you came from geographically, which, as states above, is another aspect of our culture.

We can metaphorically compare our society to a color spectrum. When looking at a spectrum as a whole, we are unable to pinpoint exactly when it changes from being one color to another, but individually, each point on the spectrum has its own properties. The same is naturally true for our society, when we look past the self-created boundaries. When looking at society as a whole, we are unable to distinguish the transition from one culture to another since so much is shared between everyone, but if you look at them individually, they each have their own characteristics based on their respective developments.

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Life and Happiness in Siberia’s Cold

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For outsiders, Siberia evokes images of harsh winters, political exile and a lone railway that winds through the mysterious landscape. But as Anton Chekhov once said, “Even in Siberia, there is happiness.”

Leah Bendavid-Val’s latest book, “Siberia: In the Eyes of Russian Photographers,” sets out to reveal a more nuanced portrait of this largely unknown territory through the eyes of those who know it best.

“It does make a difference that the photographers are from Russia, but not only because of the access,” Ms. Bendavid-Val said. “I think photographers from any country, from any culture, have a way of seeing their homeland and their own people that outsiders are unlikely to have.” FULL STORY Continue reading Life and Happiness in Siberia’s Cold

Mothers and Daughters Around the World

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On the eve of International Women’s Day, Reuters presents a set of portraits of mothers and their daughters from around the globe, posing in their respective homes. They each talk about their occupations and the plans for their daughters. FULL STORY Continue reading Mothers and Daughters Around the World

Theory of Complete Globalization

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The more connected the world gets, the more we begin to hear about this idea of globalization.

Globalization is the interaction of multiple cultures within one environment. With the increasing power of technology and access to travel, characteristics from one country may begin to appear in a new area. Although it was not discussed in the past, globalization has always been occurring. The introduction to new agricultural products, trade of finished goods, and even just migrating all lead to the globalization of our society.

When globalization first occurs, there is a clear, defined line separating the familiar from the unfamiliar. As time progresses, however, this line becomes more blurred as people and things become naturally integrated into the society.

Globalization is what brings our cultures together. Unconsciously, we experience aspects of various cultures at all times, from the food we eat, to the clothes we wear, to products we use, and even our overall lifestyles are influenced by one or more cultures.

As time progressed, the more globalization occurs, making us all a bit closer with each step. Globalization is not only about tangible traits, but also learning from another country and other information sharing.

What happens if we project the idea of globalization forward? Would we ever reach a point of complete globalization where our societies are so diverse that we have a hard time finding differences between them? Is the result a universal melting pot?

Our cultural identity will always be a relevant aspect to who we are. In theory, complete globalization leads to one significant change: instead of having one culture being concentrated in one area, it would be diffused throughout. This change would actually make society more efficient. Being able to have contact and exposure to other cultures, we are able to utilize the best of each. Our view of the world would also be expanded as we can more readily learn about history and current ways of life from other perspectives.

Some people push back on the thought of globalization, but it is something that can’t be reversed and the way that we progress, it is just a natural occurrence that will continue to happen. This Theory of Complete Globalization can be a positive change in the world to change our mindset of our societies all being different, to a mindset of them interacting together to progress exponentially.

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Anthem Culture Presents: The Ambassador Bridge Tour

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We are proud to present The Ambassador Bridge Tour! This two-stop tour will bring Anthem Culture to international audiences, stopping first in Windsor, Ontario, and then New York, New York!

The Ambassador Bridge is the busiest international border crossing in North America in terms of trade volume: more than 25 percent of all merchandise trade between the United States and Canada crosses the bridge.

This tour is symbolic of this relationship between the countries. Their shared border results in a near seamless blend of things such as music, fashion, and food, in addition to each having their own specific characteristics of culture.

For this tour, we will be exploring a part of the Canadian culture, going into Windsor to do promotion of the company and our message. While there, we will be gathering video for our #ACStreetSpotlight series, gaining different perspectives of culture in the area. This also will be done in New York. It will give a sense of how people in various location view culture as it applies to their everyday environments.

More information at www.AnthemCulture.com/TOUR.

Northern Lights Illuminate the UK

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The Aurora Borealis – better known as the Northern Lights – has been giving rare and spectacular displays over parts of the UK, from the north of Scotland to as far south as Essex and Gloucestershire.

The lights have also been clearly visible in places such as Orkney, Norfolk, and south Wales. FULL STORY Continue reading Northern Lights Illuminate the UK

Culture and Fashion…A Mutual Relationship

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Culture is a part of fashion just as much as fashion is a part of culture.

A characteristic that is often learned about when examining a culture is their style of dress. Traditionally, this is usually derived from the surrounding environment, including weather and materials. This is why fashion for a culture is important; it provides clues as to what the original cultural society had available to them as well as where they originated from.

In most areas, traditional style of dress has adapted to the times, often being changed so significantly that the original is not even recognized. Some of the traditional aspects of clothing may be incorporated into one’s modern style, however.

Even though this is the case, the traditional cultural fashions are not lost. During many cultural festivals, dances, and other celebrations, people can be seen in their native dress to honor the traditions and to reconnect with the core of their culture. It also serves as a source of pride, providing us with a visual representation of our heritage.

Fashion also influences culture, especially in modern societies.

We often see various fashion weeks spread out across the world, showcasing new styles for the upcoming seasons. With the fashion world having a global interaction, people from all over begin to pick up on the new styles, which are often borrowed or influenced by a specific region’s fashion. By bringing these otherwise foreign styles and incorporating them into our wardrobes, fashion is seen as a medium for sharing one culture with another.

Since fashion is never complete and is always changing, like culture, there will always be a cycle of trends, creating a seemingly new sense of fashion, but has been a staple in another part of the world.

Fashion will always grow with culture, just as culture will always grow with fashion, each evolving simultaneously to the modern times. While in a traditional sense, each is respectively preserved, fashion is becoming a lot more diverse from the incorporation of styles from all around the world.

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