Globalization is Harms the Worlds Cultures

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"Globalization, both as an ideology and process, has become the dominant political, economical and cultural force in the 21st century." Quote from "Globalism: The New Market Ideology" by Manfred D.Steger Globalization essentially is the growth of an industry to a world wide scale. Globalization is seen in several varying ways. Many tend to believe that expanding the political, economic, and cultural spectrums of the world will essentially lead the masses in to an enlightened future. However, there are many counter arguments that portray globalization as a greedy power hungry mechanism used to exploit poor and undeveloped countries. The effects of globalization are both long term and lethal and should be counteracted immediately. Globalization is often seen as a way to expand cultural diversity. Over the years globalization has become a sort of window in to other cultures by exchanging languages, food, and other traditions. By expanding the cultural spectrum, Phillipe Legrain, declares, “It spreads diversity, strengthening all cultures…” (Globalization Benefits World Cultures 34). Movies, music, and art from other cultures are now present in other societies that would have otherwise been ignorant to such customs. Hollywood for example is a global industry with many foreign actors, directors, writers, and studios. On the downside however, many unhealthy cultural exchanges are taking place as well, for example food companies like McDonalds and KFC are leading the world into a new and obese era. (La Bella 53-65) Another, positive aspect of globalization is the amount of flowing capital into developing countries. Expanding foreign investments are in turn stimulating the economies of otherwise “Developing countries ... ... middle of paper ... ...ntures should be cause enough to end globalization and seek other more ethical ways to market and produce products. There is no fast or easy way to end globalization because it has existed for centuries and has been solidified in many capitalistic societies. Steps towards a brighter future for the entire world would involve holding major corporations accountable. Instating international environmental laws would cut down on greenhouse emissions and ensure toxins stayed away from water supplies. Globalization should be benefitting everyone involved but it works to make the poor poorer and the rich richer. If globalization is not slowed down we could be staring into a bleak future, improving the world’s current condition is the only option. Work Cited Steger, Manfred D. Globalism: The New Market Ideology. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2002.
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