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Samsung, The Consumer Electronics Colossus

Until twenty years ago, Samsung was virtually unknown outside Korea. The firm, the largest of Korea's family-founded and run conglomerates called "Chaebols," the cornerstone of the original government-private axis on which modern South Korea emerged as a powerful economy following Japan's colonial domination, was founded in 1938 as a trading company. In the late 1960's it entered…
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A Taste of South By Southwest

My wife and I have lived since 1984 in Austin, TX, the "Live Music Capital of the World." This rather ambitious tagline, adopted a decade or so after we arrived, was posted at the airport, where anyone arriving would see it when they deplaned, and soon was used all over town. The live music scene…
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The Media—Neutral, Liberal or Conservative?

The media—has it changed? Of course. In what ways? The major evolution over the past decade has been delivery of content to reinforce the views of their audience, rather than an attempt to be neutral and impartial. These changes have been clear in all forms of media: broadcast TV, cable channel TV (so many people now…
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Book Report: Citizens of London

Citizens of London, by Lynne Olson, is a revealing lesson in history, the sobering story of Britain's fight to hold off the Nazi war machine in World War II. The story highlights the savage hardships endured by the U.K. in general, and by the citizens of London in particular, during the brutal air attacks of…
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