Is Globalization a Good Thing? Discuss with Reference to Either Culture, Economics or Politics.

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Globalization is a process of interaction and integration among the people, companies, and governments of different nations, a process driven by international trade and investment and aided by information technology. This process has effects on the environment, on culture, on political systems, on economic development and prosperity, and on human physical well-being in societies around the world. In this essay I will use culture as reference to discuss the above question. I will look at the Globalists ( positive and the pessimistic globalists ), Inter-nationalists and the Transformationalists view points of how globalization affects our culture. The term globalization is often used in the sense to refer to the growing integration of…show more content…
Cultural flows are seen as imbalanced where dominant cultures e.g. US culture overpowers more vulnerable cultures e.g. Russian culture. An example of Cultural Imperialism is the structure of world news. The five major western news agencies are responsible for producing 80% of world news and only a quarter of all world news focuses on the developing world. Therefore the dominant culture is focussed on and given precedence over the weaker. One argument, which could be raised to this Pessimistic view, is that Western countries are the highest consumers of news and media in general and perhaps the ratio of television receivers may also be a lot higher in developed countries as opposed to developing countries, in which case the supply reflects the demand. It is not just the import and export of products that plays a part in cultural imperialism but also language. English is seen as the “language of advantage” (Collins, 1990, p211) and is the communicative language between global organizations. This evidence supports the notion that the globalization of culture is not the emergeneeemergence of growth of a global culture but a spreading in English language of US and Western cultural goods and practices. Inter-nationalists focus on the continuities for local, national, cultures, but also accept some changes have taken

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