The writer starts the article by describing a setting in a town, Kumasi of Ghana. The town of Kumasi has had experiences with globalizations and cultural diversity yet the original culture of the town was still there. The writer explains a Wednesday festival occurring in the king’s palace. The writer explains how beautiful there was the combination of both globalization and culture at the same time in the festival when there were suited people sitting in the hall talking on their cell phones and on the same time the typical cultural display of honor and grace by the king. The writer explains in the essay that Kumasi is one of the few towns of Ghana which have a vast cultural diversity, one can find people from almost every ethnicity living in the city and yet the original culture of Ghana was observed on the Wednesday festival. The writer explains in the article that forced globalization has been affecting world’s cultures and the global imperialization by the media as well as the globalization has led much culture to the level of their extinction. The affect of globalization on the cultures is that the people watching TV have started to follow the cultures and trends shown mostly on it as they are shown so explicitly that it is almost impossible to avoid them. By doing so they have somewhat lost what was their original culture and are now lost in the modern world. “Across the street from us, when we were growing up, there was a large house occupied by a number of families, among them a vast family of boys; one, about my age, was a good friend. He lives in London. His brother lives in Japan, where his wife is from. They have another brother who has been in Spain for a while and a couple more brothers who, last I heard, were in the United States. Some of them still live in Kumasi, one or two in Accra, Ghana's capital. Eddie, who lives in Japan, speaks his wife's language now. He has to.” Talking from a religious point of view, the writer has explained in the topic how religions can have both positive and detrimental effects on globalization. As we all know that every religion in the world has given powers to the individuals rather than a central power source which controls everything. Giving powers to the individuals will allow them to decide what they want to have and what want to do. It is up to the people of a specific culture to decide whether they want to continue living in their culture or adapt to the modern world in which modernization is everything and globalization has affected the cultures so badly. Religion gives everyone freedom of speech as well as choosing what is suitable for him. This freedom has been affecting the preservation of cultures so far as impressed by the global media people are choosing ways which are taking them away from their original culture. This is what most of the religious people fear. The religious people who have taken steps for the preservations of their respective cultures fear that the globalization has been having severe detrimental effects on their religions. the most important issue raised by them is Media Imperialization as told by the writer in the article. This imperilization has been affecting many cultures of the world. the writer also describes his hometown that even though globalization has been visiting there too but the cultural roots of the people are still very strong. “Even here, the villagers will have radios (though the language will
The Case for Contamination “The case for contamination” an article written Kwamme Anthony Appiah, published in The New York Times on January 1st 2006 has raised main sociological cultural and ethical issues related to globalization of the modern world…
While this thesis is valid and important, it should also be analyzed from the perspective of religion as to how it is consistent with the goals of spirituality and traditional dogmatic belief. For example, it is common in contemporary society to hear people say that “all religions are one” or “all religions are the same,” yet this may betray a type of unwillingness to actually look at the differences that define organized religions uniquely, on their own philosophical terms.
In terms of media influence and culture, cosmopolitanism is a complex and controversial topic. Some of the issues related to cosmopolitanism relates to the means by which culture can be influenced on a global scale. Other questions relate to the extent that one world, or globalized, culture is truly an effective approach to humanity.
Kwame Anthony Appiah’s article in The New York Times of January 1, 2006 elicited a lot of debate then and still does to date. The article emphasized the need for the world to review and discuss as a single matter ethical considerations, the diversity in culture, and most importantly globalization.
To understand this article The Case for Contamination, it helps to know that Kwame Anthony Appiah is an advocate of Cosmopolitanism, a global ethics which aims ‘to establish universality and shared values as a determinant or common denominator.”(Appiah book, 2006).
as the option to offer foreign investors with state subsidies, exemption from paying large amount of taxes, and other special treatment and business protection which are advantageous on the part of the investors (Greider, p. 160). Basically, irregularities in government
These roles may have positive and negative effects on globalization. Religion can, therefore, be said to be a double-edged sword as for the roles it plays in globalization. An important role of religion in