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handicrafts, and refined and highly developed artwork, drama and dance, was, essentially, for
sale.
This is still happening today, as scholars like Michel Picard have noted. In modern times,
the Balinese are exposed to technology, such as the internet, which brings the world much
closer together in the sense that allows for greater exposure to information available
throughout the world. Tourism has continued to affect Bali, both negatively and positively,
presenting the Balinese with both new opportunities and obstacles. As the Balinese are further
exposed to the development of continued and fast-paced ideas, more discussion around
identity, particularly in light of continuing globalization and advancement in technology, will
take place.
In the past several years, the Balinese themselves, who have been largely absent within
the scholarly discourse throughout most of the 20th century, have begun to present their own
analysis of Balinese culture. Scholars like Suryani, Pitana, and Geriya have offered new notions
based on an emic viewpoint. Many of these scholars have been able to further affirm the belief
that Balinese culture and people have felt the effects of rapid world change, and have had to
both adapt to them and integrate them into their own lives, without sacrificing long held
customs and beliefs. Other scholars, such as Suryani, have presented ideas that are often
contrary to that of other contemporary scholars. The discourse will certainly include more
contribution from the Balinese themselves as they continue to both witness and live the
changes influencing Balinese culture today, and to engage in further scholarship.
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