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Long after Ethel logs off of her computer, she still remains “plugged in,” and connected to her responsibilities via e-mail, voicemail, her palm pilot, and all her forms of “personal” technology. The globe in the room and the encyclopedia set represent Ethel's desire to appear cosmopolitan and wordly, but like most of her objects, these are merely possessions and signs of wealth and hardly progressive. The traditional nature of both the encyclopedias and globe reveal a continued ethnocentrism that privileges Europe over exploring one's own hometown.

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