On war and peace, and their influence on culture

Discussion on global socio-economic issues and their effect and influence on global cultures. Art, fashion, music, and activism in the world today, and its relation to previous historical events.
~ Wednesday, May 16 ~
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Which photo belongs to which decade?

The similarity between the fashion and trends of the 1960s and those of today, is extremely evident. Socio-economic events in society may be a cause for the re-popularization of such trends, including: capri’s, bell-bottoms, cropped tops, bikinis, and embossed head-wear. The implementation of bright colors and exotic patterns embellished the clothing of the ’60s, which are now manifested in present-day style and trends.


~ Monday, April 2 ~
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Over the past few years, the popularity of music festivals has significantly increased. House Music, Techno, and Trance have captured the favor of individuals in their 20s and 30s. Different festivals occur at different times, in different locations, throughout the year, where fans can gather to appreciate a love for music.

Originally popular in Western Europe, the genres of music that are now popular in America, generate hundreds of thousands of listeners. Music festivals including Ultra, Electric Daisy Carnival, and Tommorrowland are only a few of the popular festivals, that attract followers from across the globe in each of their locations.

Comparable to Woodstock, the music festivals of today’s generation attract music enthusiasts, and the modern-day hippies, who wish to “get lost in the music” for days at a time. Experimentation with illicit and psychedelic drugs are the norm, and the venues are usually large plots of land to accommodate the huge crowd that is sure to attend.

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http://electricdaisycarnival.com/LasVegas/

http://insomniac.com/

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~ Sunday, April 1 ~
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I took this picture at the Old North Church Boston Memorial Garden. This peace memorial recognizes the men and women in the Armed Forces and the civilians who have lost their lives in the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars.
This memorial is extremely important and will serve as an honorary artifact for the duration of its existence. It is in the same location as the signal from Paul Revere, “that warned the town that the British were marching to Lexington and Concord by sea and not by land.” This “fateful event” sparked the American Revolution.
Such a prominent location and historical context of such location emphasizes the importance this peace memorial has in American history.
Quoted source: voiceseducation.org

I took this picture at the Old North Church Boston Memorial Garden. This peace memorial recognizes the men and women in the Armed Forces and the civilians who have lost their lives in the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars.

This memorial is extremely important and will serve as an honorary artifact for the duration of its existence. It is in the same location as the signal from Paul Revere, “that warned the town that the British were marching to Lexington and Concord by sea and not by land.” This “fateful event” sparked the American Revolution.

Such a prominent location and historical context of such location emphasizes the importance this peace memorial has in American history.

Quoted source: voiceseducation.org

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~ Tuesday, March 27 ~
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Flower power

The recent 2012 Marc Jacobs advertising campaign for the fragrance “Daisy” seems to represent that of the aesthetic hippie culture. More natural aspects including organic-looking models laying in fields, or wearing clothing representative of the 1960s or ‘70s embody the campaign.

The free-spirited aura that print, as well as TV, commercials of the campaign advocate, bring many back to a time when free-love was a main component of society. It is evident that advertisements are used and aimed toward a target audience to increase product brand awareness and sales; thus the Marc Jacobs “Daisy” campaign clearly serves as evidence that today’s society looks to the trends of the “hippie era” for inspiration in its consumer behavior.      

Photo Credit: http://www.secondcitystyle.com/2011/11/30/video-marc-jacobs-debuts-first-daisy-commercial/

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Woodstock reincarnated

In the summer of 2008, a museum opened that would allow a generation of US history to reminisce. The Museum at Bethel Woods in New York hosts memorabilia of the 1960s and ‘70s, including “a real-life hippie bus in psychedelic colors,” clothing ensembles, and images and videos of the infamous Woodstock festival.

Today, one famous hippie from the Texas Panhandle “who came to Woodstock and never left,” Duke Devlin, represents the transition of the “Woodstock generation” into the “AARP generation.” When interviewed in regards to the new museum, or “time capsule,” Devlin commented, “A lot of the same ingredients are still the same” in today’s society. “We’ve got war, we have civil rights, we have women’s issues. […] I don’t know if this can be recreated, but something like it can happen again. We’re back in the ‘50s, man.”

The 6,728-square-foot permanent gallery is part of Alan Gerry’s recreation of Woodstock. The museum does not serve as a vehicle for peace and love; rather as a vehicle for Sullivan County’s economic development. A substantial arts center, there is also an outdoor performance space with a capacity of up to 15,000 people.

Content credit: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/29/nyregion/29towns.html?_r=1&ref=hippies

Photo Credit: http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2008/05/29/nyregion/29towns_CA1.ready.html

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~ Thursday, March 22 ~
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North Korean art; one shaped by conflict 
The history of North Korea’s political roots in communism, as well as the strict state of nature the country has been submissive to, has affected the fashion and art thus known to the global community.   
Under a communistic government it is uncommon to release news, art, and essentially the status of the country’s development, to the rest of the world. Thus, unless one actually travels to the country itself, society is left ignorant of potentially masterful, or intriguing, concepts sourced in such countries. 
North Korean culture has fundamentally been ignored by the world due to its Communist government. Besides potential threats that the country may exhibit globally, society really has not bothered to learn about, or explore, the intricate culture that resides in this Asian country. 
“The art of propaganda” is the most popularly known form of art in reference to North Korea. Due to its negative relations and unwillingness to negotiate with the world, North Korean artists convey the oppression citizens feel in the country through their work. Socialist Realism portrays an art style in relation to a revolutionary ideology.     
Mediums characteristic to North Korean art include oil, woodcut, jewel, and embroidery.  
Despite the absence of North Korean art in the rest of the world, it is actually a part of everyday life in the country itself. Commonly in the form of posters in the streets, schools, cinemas, and official buildings, art can be found almost everywhere in this country. 
The idea that art in this country has been shaped by decades of conflict regarding nuclear issues and threats, leaves the individual curious still about other aspects of the North Korean culture. Representation of family, community, and morals are not commonly produced in the medium of art. Thus, the art of many other cultures of the world, which portray the norms of that society, is unlike the art found in North Korea. 
The communistic state of North Korea has only recently created two conflicting political groups within its society- one fighting for human rights in North Korea, the other devoting itself to silence, portraying reluctance to address the issue of government. Activists for human rights are fighting for democracy and equality in their country.
This conflict between groups may eventually cause a deep ideological divide over issues of North Korean government, which in turn will affect the messages  portrayed by the artwork of the country.  

Photo Credit: 
http://www.pyongyangartstudio.com/socialistrealism/index.html

North Korean art; one shaped by conflict

The history of North Korea’s political roots in communism, as well as the strict state of nature the country has been submissive to, has affected the fashion and art thus known to the global community.   

Under a communistic government it is uncommon to release news, art, and essentially the status of the country’s development, to the rest of the world. Thus, unless one actually travels to the country itself, society is left ignorant of potentially masterful, or intriguing, concepts sourced in such countries.

North Korean culture has fundamentally been ignored by the world due to its Communist government. Besides potential threats that the country may exhibit globally, society really has not bothered to learn about, or explore, the intricate culture that resides in this Asian country.

“The art of propaganda” is the most popularly known form of art in reference to North Korea. Due to its negative relations and unwillingness to negotiate with the world, North Korean artists convey the oppression citizens feel in the country through their work. Socialist Realism portrays an art style in relation to a revolutionary ideology.     

Mediums characteristic to North Korean art include oil, woodcut, jewel, and embroidery.  

Despite the absence of North Korean art in the rest of the world, it is actually a part of everyday life in the country itself. Commonly in the form of posters in the streets, schools, cinemas, and official buildings, art can be found almost everywhere in this country.

The idea that art in this country has been shaped by decades of conflict regarding nuclear issues and threats, leaves the individual curious still about other aspects of the North Korean culture. Representation of family, community, and morals are not commonly produced in the medium of art. Thus, the art of many other cultures of the world, which portray the norms of that society, is unlike the art found in North Korea.

The communistic state of North Korea has only recently created two conflicting political groups within its society- one fighting for human rights in North Korea, the other devoting itself to silence, portraying reluctance to address the issue of government. Activists for human rights are fighting for democracy and equality in their country.

This conflict between groups may eventually cause a deep ideological divide over issues of North Korean government, which in turn will affect the messages  portrayed by the artwork of the country.  


Photo Credit:

http://www.pyongyangartstudio.com/socialistrealism/index.html





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~ Monday, March 12 ~
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Hippie habitats

A common misconception that hippie subculture was merely a fad of the 1960s and 1970s, contradicts the existence of hippie communities across the world. In fact, tolerance toward hippies permits such a group to pursue their lifestyle with community support. Harmonizing with nature, appreciation of music and art, as well as the experimentation with drugs compose the unique community.

The United States is host to numerous hippie communities. In the northern forests of Alabama, one can find a group called the “Rainbow People,” who commonly visit Mount Cheaha to harmonize with nature. Multiple cities in Alaska also foster hitch-hiking hippies, who travel across the state to experience different music festivals and different types of marijuana.

According to one source, Delta Junction, Ala. is considered the “highest per capita weed smokin’ community,”  with approximately 85 percent of its population engaging in the sale and use of marijuana. Many hippies formed communities in the state because marijuana was legal there until 1990.

Campgrounds, cabins, and school buses, many of which do not have running water or electricity, are common dwellings for hippies. Many traditional people may consider such a habitat as “living off the grid;” however, hippies are happy to revolve their lives around spirituality, and non-superficial amenities.

From California to Florida, Colorado to Maine, multiple hippie communities can be found across America; however, hippie communities also exist around different regions of the world.

Canada remains home to many peaceful hippie communities. Despite the stereotype of hippies being activists and revolutionaries, most of the work in Canada remains behind the scenes. Europe including Spain and Holland, Asia including Thailand and Indonesia, Australia, and the Caribbean, as wells as Israel and South Africa are hot-spots for hippie accumulation and community also.

Wanting to live peacefully with nature, while freely expressing themselves, hippies are certainly a visible group. The emergence and sustainability of their communities demonstrate the evidence of their active role in society across the globe. The hippie generation is not a lost one.        

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~ Sunday, February 26 ~
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TOMS: fashionable and charitable

2006 marked the beginning of a global movement that would start with one American traveler, Blake Mycoskie.

After befriending children during one of his travels to Argentina, Mycoskie noticed that many did not have shoes to protect their feet. Repercussions of bare feet include health dangers, as well as educational impacts that children of developing nations cannot afford.

Many children in developing countries grow up barefoot, thus Mycoskie wanted to make a change, and help his new friends in Argentina. He created TOMS shoes, a company that would donate a new pair of shoes to a child in need after the purchase of a pair of shoes through his company; ”One for One,” the movement’s motto.

After the company’s first year, Mycoskie and a group of family, friends, and staff members, were able to return to Argentina with 10,000 pairs of new shoes for the children, made possible by TOMS customers.

Whether at play, doing chores, or going to school, children in developing countries are at extremely high risks without protection of their feet.

Soil-transmitted diseases, which can penetrate the skin of bare feet, serve as one of the leading causes of disease in developing countries. Shoes, which provide a barrier, prevent long-term physical and cognitive effects of such diseases.

This barrier that shoes provide from the earth’s harsh terrain also prevent feet from getting cuts and sores. Open wounds provide the ultimate opportunity for infection. Such bacterial disease that can enter a body from one small cut, could be fatal.

Oftentimes schools globally mandate that children wear shoes, which serve as part of the students’ uniform, at their institution. Children without shoes would not be able to attend school, and receive their education. Without education, the children of developing countries would not be able to realize their potential, and make change for themselves and the country in which they live.

As of September 2010, TOMS has donated over 1 million pairs of new shoes to children in need around the world. This of course would not have been possible, without the help and contribution of TOMS customers.

The widespread impact of the TOMS movement has led to the creation of campus clubs, job and internship opportunities, as well as the infamous event “One Day Without Shoes,” in which people across the globe go 1 day without shoes.

As awareness of the company and its movement expand, so does its consumer base. With the increased consumer base, the number of shoes given to children in need around the world also increases.  

The effects of one, single traveler and his idea have been exceptional. With one idea or concern, individuals have the opportunity to enforce change around the world.

One small step at a time, members of society work together to make their world a better place.   

TOMS trendy shoes can be found and purchased in-stores and on the company’s website www.toms.com.


~ Saturday, February 18 ~
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The resurrection of The Beatles

1960s artists, specifically The Beatles, are making a comeback in pop culture. The featuring of their songs, old photos, and artwork is evident.

This week, Apple i-tunes top charts featured The Beatles on its store homepage. The comeback of the band has recently been seen both through the promotion of their albums and songs on music sites such as i-tunes, as well as through modern art being sold at popular, trendy stores such as Urban Outfitters.

The resurrection of music from the 1960s era may be correlated to the current socioeconomic state our country is experiencing. Being that the United States is involved in overseas conflict, American citizens are looking for outlets to free themselves from thinking of wars.

Music is also historically known to serve as a source as something for people to relate to. Lyrically, instrumentally, and vocally, music creates an outlet for expression. Wallowing in the complexity of expression, it becomes clear why music such as “Come Together” by the Beatles is re-emerging; people want the freedom to express themselves.

The song “Come Together” conveys a feeling of anti-war protest that many Americans feel today. The simplicity of instrumental elements allows listeners to focus more specifically on the lyrical message of the song.

"One thing I can tell you is you got to be free, come together, right now" lyrically relates listeners to the ideas of freedom, unity, and urgency. The urgency to which we must divert our attention to a unified global nation, where one is able to live freely. 

With the emergence of pop culture that portray anti-war feeling, governmental or political action is bound to take place. The same way anti-war activism during Vietnam affected political action, perhaps present-day activism in relation to the United States’ wars will stir a similar response.


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About my Blog…

With this blog, I will discuss various global wars, pressing social issues, as well as reforms activists are currently trying to make to better society. I will include elements of how these issues affect fashion, music, and art, and relate such elements to previous historical trends.