Nationalism In The Global Village Essay

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INTRODUCTION

     With the dawning of the information age there has been a shrinking of relative distances between people and places all over the world. With an increase in international communication comes an increase in cultural sharing. Cultures all over the planet reflect influences of neighboring cultures and other international trading partners. As these and many other factors work towards creating a global village many people are baffled by the increase in nationalism. Nationalism is a highly emotional phenomenon and as such is very unpredictable. Nationalism is far beyond its peak and the current rise is likely only an indicator of the transitional stage of globalization.

GLOBAL VILLAGE
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As people travel and migrate they are not only exposed to new cultures but also expose other cultures to their own ways. For example, a man from Italy may move to North America. While there he will grow accustomed to eating new foods such as hot dogs and hamburgers. He will also introduce a new way to enjoy these foods to the natives via his extensive use of spices. This sharing of culture is not to stop here. As the man corresponds with relatives in his homeland he will share stories of the strange new culture of which he has become a part. These stories lead his relatives to dream new dreams of new lands, customs, and products. The creation and spread of global culture is complex, timely, and far-reaching.
The evolution of this ethnic melting pot or global village installs fear in some and jubilation in others. While some people continue to doubt the existence and access to the global village it is a reality for others. Academics, activists, and business use the global village to promote global concerns.
Transnational social movements, movements where participants seek to influence the policies and actions of nations and international organizations, have been growing. Organizations such as Greenpeace or Amnesty International are strong catalysts of the global community. They operate on three different levels, individual, national, and international. By tying individual concerns into national and