World Affairs Council of Greater Houston presents Fatima Bhutto: New Kings of the World
The new global popular culture is a benign version of the challenge on multiple fronts - economic, political, military, diplomatic - to the ideas and norms that the West has tried to impose on the rest of the world. Fatimo Bhutto's book is an important dispatch from a new order that is taking form before our eyes. It isn't just globalization, as a broad concept, that has generated the radical changes in popular culture. The new popular culture meets a strong need that American culture has ignored for years. Around the world, people are moving from a traditional village life to megacities where the culture is jarringly different. Hollywood just doesn't address this vast, overwhelming experience but others do.
In New Kings of the World: Dispatches from Bollywood, Dizi, and K-Pop, Fatima Bhutto brings the news that this standard view is badly out of date. In popular culture, as in politics, we now live in a multipolar world. The United States is no longer the acknowledged leader; the global soft power that popular culture embodies emanates from places like Mumbai, Istanbul and Seoul.