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Globalization Case - in Praise of Cultural Imperialism - Article Review

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Globalization is a global process that connects countries with the action of sharing economies through business and trade. In the article, "In Praise of Cultural Imperialism", David Rothkopf argues that Globalization is something positive and does not harm people, rather is it useful for them. He agrees that it is not something that is threatening to one's or a nation's identity, and it creates more similarities and common lives between people all around the world. It also helps the development of the world economy. In his claim, he states that there should be a global culture that unites all people from different backgrounds, and this culture should be American. It is something positive if people from different nationalities, follow different religions, have different culture backgrounds, all adapt to the same American life style. He reasons that such influence will eventually create a common ground between all nations and will enable peace and improve economies. However, if the world adapts to the American culture and people become America's followers, there will be no uniqueness or individuality. 1This can be a negative thing because societies will rely on America's success and innovations that people will no longer come up with their own ideas and inventions.2

One of the main reasons Rothkopf gives to support that Globalization is something positive is that it diminishes cultural barriers and differences. Since he thinks that culture is not something real or stable, eliminating cultural values and beliefs by globalizing the world will lead to unity. Culture is just old habits and ways that have been inherited and passed on from ancestors. People got used to doing these habits and that is the reason people strongly believe 3that their culture is a part of what makes them who they are. He mentions that culture and religion are negative aspects of society that are often used as reasons for war and violence. He provides evidence of religious based conflicts between Christians and Muslims, Muslims and Jews, Sufis and Sunnis, Protestants and Catholics that have occurred in the past. His evidence is credible


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