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The world we live in is much smaller then that of past generations. With the advancement of technology and with our ability to pass information on so easily,
borders and geographical boundaries are no longer an obstacle. The Cold War had countries choosing a side and only trading and dealing with those who they were aligned with. Now countries can freely and easily deal with one another through new methods of trade brought to us by technology.
The falling of the Berlin Wall brought the end of our past global state. Thomas Friedman calls this new post Cold War era, globalization. Friedman and as well as I believe globalization to be more then simply a fad or a global trend, it will known as an era or lengthy period in global history. This is the era where the world will perhaps grow closer than it ever has. We are seeing with the use of the Internet, television, and cellular phones, how once sending a message across the globe was a major task, now anyone can accomplish it. Terms like Mother Earth and Spaceship Earth truly make sense. At an instant we can communicate to whom ever we wish.
The paper that I am embarking on will try and show how globalization is the new way in which the world works. I will also try and discover what effects globalization has had on democracy in its current state and as well will touch on the spread of democracy through globalization. Will democracy in fact be strengthened by its growth or will its growth only dilute its strength and global influence?
One is certain that the course of globalization has been set for the most part by the United States. This paper will show what the affects that American culture and capitalism has had on other states, through the progression of globalization. It has been through this progression that American ideals and pop culture have made its way into the core of much of the worlds population. What will this do for the world and for America and how will it change the rest of the world?
Through the spread of globalization a faction of the world has begun to detest the United States. Our present course is very uncertain. War clouds now loom over once again another Middle Eastern nation. As America sets it sights on Iran, will there be another day in infamy like September the 11th. This paper will search for answers as to what direction terrorism will take. Will it lose its strength from American intervention or will it only become more powerful as the US chooses yet another enemy? Are we witnessing American colonialism, or is it simply the United States setting the world straight?
Religion as well has greatly been affected from globalization. Globalization, because of its American flavour has been seen as a means of spreading not only democracy and American ideals but also Christianity. Many Muslim states have feared such events. With George W. Bush as President and his many references to god during speeches, it is not hard to understand and relate to some Muslim states fears.
Speaking in general terms, my paper will explore how globalization has affected and has changed our current state. It will also try and discover what the future has in store for us from the affects of globalization.
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* Friedman, Thomas L. The Lexus And The Olive Tree, Farrer, Straus, Giroux, New York, 1999.
* Friedman, Thomas L. Longitudes And Attitudes: Exploring The World After September 11th, Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2002.