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Old 04-30-2008, 03:15 AM
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Originally Posted by SmerkyGrl View Post
McDonald's has not changed a culture? Tell that to the rice-eating Chinese kid or the Sushi-eating Japanese kid that's never seen a burger before McDonald's invaded. If you read international news at all, you'll see that the obesity rate for both those countries are rising at a rate that is alarming government and health officials. And McDonald's is NOT welcomed in France and Coca Cola is NOT welcomed in India. Do your research. As for providing employment for the countries they go to, this may be true but that still changes their CULTURE nonetheless. The sweatshops (characteristics of Western civilization) that helped boost the economy in Hong Kong greatly changed the flavor of the area from a small, rural fisherman's village to the booming world economic presence it is today. Not immediately, but definitely slowly and now the area reaps those benefits AND is more western than many other "eastern" influenced places. As for Target changing our culture, like heck it hasn't?! It is the prime destination many college students as well as first apartment renters go to for their shopping/home decor needs!

are you really this racist, ignorat, stupid or all three? Soon, Mexico will surpass USA in regards to the obesity rate. If you live in Metro LA, go to any Mcdonalds any saturday morning, tell me what you see.

When you mean sweatshops being a Western Phenomena, didn't the Aztecs & Mayan & other ancient American cultures have slaves?

You're a classic case of failure to fully understanding what you've read. So, the obesity is rising in Asia. I guess its Big Mac's fault. Try living there, like I have, before forming any opinions.

Target? Walmart? Fedco? Gemco? Fedmart? Woolco? Zodys?
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Old 04-30-2008, 09:05 AM
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Originally Posted by SmerkyGrl;
Observation 1:

American culture is spreading to the rest of the world. More and more McDonald's are popping up in obscure places such as a tiny city in China or a small town-village in India. Coca-cola is being consumed as a worldwide drink. English is being learned as a second language in many non-English speaking countries as well.
I completely reject this premise!

What is spreading around the globe is not American culture, rather it is a kind of post-national, consumerist, globalism weltanschuung that initially took root here in America. The real American culture has been in decline and is receding.
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