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So Valuable, It Could Almost Be Real

So Valuable, It Could Almost Be Real | Human Geography | Scoop.it
“Intent to Deceive,” a forthcoming exhibition at Springfield Museums in Massachusetts, explores the mystique of forgeries and fakes that duped the art world.
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Art is an important part of a specific culture. It demonstrates characteristics specific only to that culture or era. Art is one of many items that represents the material culture of a group or single person. The extent with which many paintings were forged has just come to show how much people value art. It emphasizes and event, memory, or idea in the history of a culture and expreses it. Originals and fakes have always been a large part of any culture and continue to have an important influence.  

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In Egypt, change comes slowly to pop culture

In Egypt, change comes slowly to pop culture | Human Geography | Scoop.it
CAIRO - When filmmaker and Egyptian democracy activist Amr Salama watched Hosni Mubarak's regime collapse in 2011, he couldn't have been more heartened. Salama had been making films for years...
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Governments change, new people are elected, but some ideas stay the same. The censorship board in Egypt has not changed though, even with new leaders in charge. Egypt continues to keep its folk culture and refuses to change even as the rest of the population continues to evolve. These small things prevent an industry from expanding into an ever changing world with increase competition. No industry can grow without the small changes that need to be made. 

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Chess Has Pop Culture’s Attention

Chess Has Pop Culture’s Attention | Human Geography | Scoop.it
Is chess cool? Judging by a new movie, Vogue magazine, a book and a pop star’s comments, it is.
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Chess is starting to become game within pop culture. It used to be a game played by a few but is starting to become a larger activity and even is now considered a sport. This is just one example of material culture that has tranlated from folk culture into popular culture. Chess is just one example of something that has slowly progressed through culture and is now played by some of the most influential people in the world.   

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His Refuge from the Digital Din

His Refuge from the Digital Din | Human Geography | Scoop.it
Brian Faherty, founder of a Portland, Ore., home décor company, has a special room with axes and a wood stove but not a single computer chip.
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Smart phones, computers, and other electronic devices have taken over many peoples lives. Material culture has become more important to the younger generations. Brian is just one person that has become glued to electronics all day. He saw it taking over his world and decided to do something about it compared to others. Nowadays, many people have a very short attention span and have started to value nonmaterial culture even less. This has impacted our generation in many ways and will continue to have an affect for future generations to come.  

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A Tasty (and Cheap) Escape to Dutchess County, N.Y.

A Tasty (and Cheap) Escape to Dutchess County, N.Y. | Human Geography | Scoop.it
Dumplings and doughnuts were just two of the ingredients that fueled a budget-friendly getaway to this region north of New York City.
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The food and arts represented in the article are great example of diffusion of folk culture into popular culture and everyday things. The couple visited many places that had art work from another country and food from another. These things are offered at wonderous prices if one finds the right place. The food also is part of the material culture in the town of Rhinebeck, N.Y. Stores like these are located all around the world and comes to show how things have diffused from place to place.

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The Return of Logo Culture

The Return of Logo Culture | Human Geography | Scoop.it
The recent rise in logos is in part a rejection of the anti-capitalist, grunge, no-logo 1990s.
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This article displays a good form of Hierarchical diffusion around the world. Large corporations put their logos all over cities, clothing, and everyday items. These logos and advertisements move into small rural towns, allowing everyone to see it leaving everyone with a thought about that corporation or company. Thoughts and ideas spread, leaving bussiness like these to conquer the market with bombardment from advertisements.  

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