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Unread 04-08-2012, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
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Globalization is often presented like some romantic idea of global harmony, but it is nothing but downsizing of costs for big businesses. Impose the same global taste and you will easily sell the same type of iPhone produced in China anywhere in the world, and in no time you will end up with 500bn $ in your pocket.

The same food, cosmetics, fashion… chains in centers of all major cities are just pioneers of that mega-dull future world we are, sadly, heading to.
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Unread 04-08-2012, 01:03 PM
 
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Or do you think the trend will eventually stop or even reverse? The Internet may connect us all in theory, but I don't think it will ever completely homogenize culture, most people still don't travel that much and focus on their local area more than anything.
yes , check out the movie starship troopers
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Unread 04-08-2012, 04:30 PM
 
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It's so cheap to travel now that most Europeans take full of advantage of budget airlines and eurostar train discounts. An increasing number of people also move abroad for work and retire abroad.

In terms of the high street a lot of international chains have emerged, and you can find the same high street chains across many parts of the western world.

I recently noticed that Taco Bell are expanding their franchise throughout the UK, along with Dennys, both of which are set to join KFC, McDonalds, Burger King, Subway, Quiznos, Starbucks, Krispy Kreme, Subway, Pizza Hut, Papa Johns, Domino's Pizza and numerous others. Ruby Tuesday also recently opened an outlet in Cardiff and Mexican Food Chains Chipotle and Freebirds World Burrito are also expanding. Whilst in terms of fashion groups such as Gap and Abercrombie and Fitch can be found on many UK High Streets.

These American chains are on top of the mass of home grown food and coffee chains seeling everything from noodles to pizzas to burgers and fried chicken etc.






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Unread 04-10-2012, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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The Internet is a tool that different cultures utilize in their own subtly different way. Let's use Facebook as an example. Among white Americans, people normally use their real names, or their real first name and an initial (or a fake last name). Black American users often insert a creatively-spelled adjective or noun or phrase into their names, like "Dewayne swaggggtastic Williams". The Mexican friends I have on Facebook tend to use fake names, or names without the original spelling. One friend of mine, whose first name on Facebook is intentionally misspelled, told me this is (partly) due to fear of kidnapping. It's rare to see a full Mexican name (two first names, two last names) on Facebook, so you might see "LuZZiaa Hdez". Another uses her nickname and the initials of the university she went to.
My black and latino friends in facebook never practice that. They use their real names.
I have friends tho who uses nicknames or fun names. And that is regardless of ethnicity & age.
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Unread 04-12-2012, 06:51 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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The Internet is a tool that different cultures utilize in their own subtly different way. Let's use Facebook as an example. Among white Americans, people normally use their real names, or their real first name and an initial (or a fake last name). Black American users often insert a creatively-spelled adjective or noun or phrase into their names, like "Dewayne swaggggtastic Williams". The Mexican friends I have on Facebook tend to use fake names, or names without the original spelling. One friend of mine, whose first name on Facebook is intentionally misspelled, told me this is (partly) due to fear of kidnapping. It's rare to see a full Mexican name (two first names, two last names) on Facebook, so you might see "LuZZiaa Hdez". Another uses her nickname and the initials of the university she went to.
Interesting, if true. Most people I know, from many countries, use their real names.

I mean kinda frustrating if you're trying to look up your old classmate, Eugene Simmons, when he goes by 'GeefromtheWestSide.'
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Unread 04-12-2012, 06:54 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I think globalization/globalism has plateaued since the late 1990s or so. It's hard to predict what will happen in the future as anything could happen.
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Unread 04-18-2012, 01:23 AM
 
Location: Manila
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I would be sad if every country became absolutely the same in the future! What's the point of travelling if that happened? And this is coming from someone who loves to travel.
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Unread 04-19-2012, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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My black and latino friends in facebook never practice that. They use their real names.
I have friends tho who uses nicknames or fun names. And that is regardless of ethnicity & age.

It made me laugh because most of the latina girls I know have weird names written hahah
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Unread 05-06-2012, 03:55 PM
 
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Aspects of Globalization is actually beneficial, can unite the world, and diversify local areas.

The positive aspects of Globalization should be maximized and can be used in a harmonious and balanced way with the negative aspects of it being minimized.

I don’t think Globalization would ever make every country the same and it can actually bring more variety and excitement for different local areas of countries if it is expressed properly and in a high quality way.
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Unread 05-06-2012, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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The Facebook thing is funny because I see it ALL OF THE TIME. Maybe its a young person thing?

Globalization won't last forever mostly because of increasingly scarce resources. We will all remain connected via electronics and the internet but I bet you will see less physical spread because average people will be more concerned about honing in their finances and resource consumption.
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