Globalization and Cultural Identity
Nowadays, the problem of cultural identity should not be underestimated. In fact, in the modern world, more and more nations are affected by the phenomenon of globalization. Some people think that culture diversity promotes the cultural prosperify, however, globalization leads to the loss of cultural and national identities. Some critics claim that globalization helps the integration of culture. People from different countries become more connected to share common culture. In my opinion, globalization plays an important role in cultural identity because globalization affects cultural identity positively in different aspects.
First of all, globalization has an impact on cultural identity because it fosters the decline of costs. Free flow of information, rapid progress in technology of transportation and communication as well as cheaper traveling have made the world a "Global Village". Declining costs have changed individual tastes because of integration of different cultures. However, not only smaller prices, but also digital technologies such as radio, television, Internet have made communication among countries possible and faster. What helps these processes is the factor of English. English is the language commonly used in globalization of international business and politics. It is the language of computers and the Internet, the dominant international language in communications, science and entertainment. Since western culture represents the dominant culture in the world, people from various countries want to learn western culture through English language. Therefore the factor of English plays an essential role in the issue of cultural identity and globalization.
In the present day, corporations are the central producers of cultural products. The vast majority of these products have been produced in the USA and other western countries. It is clear that the cheap, rapid communication and a common language allow the...