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Paul's English Paper 11-11-07

Paul's English Paper 11-11-07 - Shapiro 1 Paul Shapiro...

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Shapiro 1 Paul Shapiro November 13, 2007 Expository Writing, Final Draft Assignment 5: Globalization and identity McDonald’s Stole My Country’s Identity and “I’m [Not] Loving It” The emergence of complex national identities can at least partially be attributed to the effects of globalization . Alexander Stille in his work, “The Ganges’ Next Life,” touches upon how Hinduism in India is undergoing a gradual modernization where it has begun to utilize some Western science and technology . The incorporation of science and technology into Hinduism has not caused much disturbance to its fundaments, and as a result, Hinduism in India has been preserved . A complex identity has been created where old tradition and beliefs coexist peacefully with contemporary science . Globalization can result in the complete domination of a culture over another, where an existing identity is eradicated and replaced with a new simple identity . Eric Schlosser gives examples in “Global Realization”, of how globalization can cause a nation’s identity to be consumed by a dominant one . McDonald’s, although not a country, acts as a dominant culture in such a way . Additionally, Schlosser discusses the problem of obesity and how the fast food industry may potentially be the major contributor to the pandemic . There has been a
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Shapiro 2 rise of activism towards the fast food industry as exemplified by the “McLibel” case presented by Schlosser . The practice of globalization performed by McDonald's is detrimental to both world health and to the preservation of national identity; it should be controlled in a way that is similar to the way that science has not superseded religion in India . McDonald’s consumes the identities of various countries and replaces their long established tradition and culture with one that is fast food oriented . The fast food industry places little value on these things and treats them as nothing more than an obstacle to their domination . Schlosser explains that, “the values, tastes, and industrial practices of the American fast food industry are being exported to every corner of the globe, helping to create a homogenized international culture” (Schlosser 498) . People often place a high value on upholding traditions and preserving their cultural identity .
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