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9 "Jihad vs. McWorld" by Benjamin Barber In "Jihad vs. McWorld", Benjamin Barber analyzes the paradox created by the relationship which he dubs the Jihad and the McWorld. Individually, the two concepts are polar opposites of each other, but when considered in relation to each other Barber reasons that both Jihad and McWorld work to diminish democracy in a nation-state. New Concepts/ Ideas: McWorld - According to Barber, McWorld can be defined as, ". .. a product of popular culture driven by expansionist commerce." McWorld is an extension of Western culture and thought across borders. One example of the McWorld that Barber is talking would be a Starbucks in Saudi Arabia that has two separate areas, one for women and one for men. Jihad - The idea of the Jihad, according to Barber, begins as an intense bonding over a common idea that eventually leads its followers to strong, often warlike actions that are intended to keep out the influence of the McWorld in order to preserve identity and culture. Media - One way that Barber relates Jihad and McWorld is through media. Both Jihad and the McWorld use the media to their advantage. Media is the main way that McWorld spreads throughout the world, specifically in the form of movies and television. Likewise, Jihad uses media to spread propaganda through their nation with the hopes of eventually eliminating an enemy. Democracy - Both Jihad and McWorld work to stamp out democracy in a nation-state. Jihad is a strong movement that is anything but democratic. The purpose of Jihad to is spread an idea and wipe out those who do not believe in that specific idea. McWorld stamps out democracy by bringing a global market into a nation-state. The global market threatens to take away the culture and identities of the people that live in a particular country. Analysis: Barber presents some interesting ideas in "Jihad vs. McWorld". The most interesting point that Barber makes is the impact that both Jihad and McWorld have on the identity of a person. Without an identity a person becomes lost, and while McWorld is working to take away identity, Jihad is working to regain that identity while at the same time creating a state of anarchy. It's almost as if Jihad and McWorld are reinforcing each other in a terrible cycle, which as Barber notes, will only lead to a loss of democracy. Discussion questions: In what ways are Jihad and McWorld related to each other? What affect does the Jihad-McWorld relationship have on democracy? Is there anything that can be done to break the cycle that Jihad and McWorld create? Jihad v. McWorld Summary: Benjamin Barber discusses the connection and similarities of the ideas of Jihad and the concept of the McWorld. Both shares a similarity Barber describes as creating “war on the sovereign nation-states and thus undermin(ing) the nation-state democratic institutions”. Although the ideas of Jihads and the McWorld are completely opposite, Barber uses the two idea’s opposition toward democracy to tie the two ideas together,
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This note was uploaded on 12/01/2008 for the course GLOBAL STU 1 taught by Professor Dunn during the Spring '07 term at UCSB.

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