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culture shockers: Facebook game America 2049 asks, do we want a future where our religious faith makes us a target?

The tragic events of September 11, 2001 also proved to be an unfortunate turning point in America’s socio-cultural dynamics. For a nation that’s built upon the principles of separating church and state, America’s multi-religious identity came to the forefront as specific groups, especially Muslims or Hindus and Sikhs (who were presumed to be Muslims), became [...]

May 31, 2011 by Pulkit | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

culture shockers: Gay couple in America 2049 join LGBTQ social media movement

In a boost for the LGBTQ movement, a recent nationwide Gallup poll found that 53% of Americans support making gay marriage legal. This comes as a noticeable increase from last year, when 44% favored same-sex unions. The Gallup poll is one of several polls that have been conducted nationwide this year that are showing increased [...]

May 24, 2011 by Pulkit | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

culture shockers: Native American identity & rights – past, present and 2049

“Nothing is as sweet as self-determination.” – Zia, a character in Breakthrough‘s America 2049. This week, in Breakthrough’s Facebook game America 2049, players continue their mission in the fictional country, Independent Pueblo Nation, that has seceded from America. Players meet Zia, the Secretary of State for the Pueblo Nation, and discover the plight of the [...]

May 17, 2011 by Pulkit | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

culture shockers: Fictional ban on interracial unions and abortion in America 2049 becoming all too real today

Games, it turns out, imitate life — sometimes eerily so — just as history so often threatens to repeat itself. This week, Breakthrough‘s ongoing Facebook gaming event, America 2049, tackles two major issues that become linked within the narrative of the game: interracial unions and abortion. During gameplay, players encounter the story of Bonnie, a [...]

May 10, 2011 by Pulkit | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

culture shockers: “With Osama Bin Laden dead, can we have our rights back?” – How the effects of 9/11 could lead to America 2049

On Sunday, May 1, President Obama announced the death of Al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, the notorious terrorist who spearheaded the 9/11 attacks against the U.S. While the predominant reaction from around the world has been one of relief and joy, bin Laden’s death reminds us of just how big an impact the 9/11 [...]

May 3, 2011 by Pulkit | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

culture shockers: Re-enactment of Chinese immigrant exclusion and recent quelling of protests show a future without diversity and freedom

“The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don’t agree with.” – Eleanor Holmes Norton, civil rights activist and Democrat Delegate to Congress representing the District of Columbia. The freedom to disagree forms the bedrock of a thriving democratic society. Today, as we [...]

April 26, 2011 by Pulkit | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

culture shockers: Tax day, Passover week: labor, migration & justice, now…and in 2049

On this year’s Tax Day that has just passed, several organizations including the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), MoveOn, Daily Kos and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) joined forces for ‘Tax Day: Make Them Pay.’ The groups organized peaceful protests around the country outside the offices of big corporations and [...]

April 18, 2011 by Pulkit | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

because we found it: Fox News’ awkward reaction to SNL’s “Fox & Friends” spoof

“Fox News: Coffee, smiles, fear and terror!” On April 9, NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) actors Taran Killam, Vanessa Bayer and Bobby Moynihan played the presenters of Fox News’ morning talk show ‘Fox & Friends’ Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson and Brian Kilmeade, respectively.  The cast discussed several current issues starting with the federal budget showdown [...]

April 12, 2011 by Pulkit | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

breakthrough beat: Breakthrough’s new Facebook game, America 2049, featured in TIME, Wired

Breakthrough is pleased to present our ground-breaking new Facebook game, AMERICA 2049! (Twitter hashtag #America2049) The game has already been featured by TIME.com and Wired.com and this is just the beginning! We invite you to play by becoming an agent, charged with the responsibility to protect the future of our country. The game features appearances [...]

April 5, 2011 by Pulkit | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

guide to: 10 out-of-the-box ways to contribute to relief efforts in Japan

The devastating magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that rocked Japan on March 11 has left the country and its people in dire need of the world’s help. As the search and rescue efforts yield little results, and some of the country’s nuclear power plants are at serious risk of meltdown, governments and institutions across [...]

March 14, 2011 by Pulkit | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

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