Kelsey Dunlap Robert Arnold LBST 2102 – H93 April 19, 2011 Globalization Steger raises interesting points in his

chapter on cultural globalization. He describes the two different types of hyperglobalizers and discusses their points of view. The “pessimistic” hyperglobalizer worries that globalization is stripping people of their unique cultural identities and will eventually cause the world to merge into one, mainstream culture. The other view is one that the “optimistic” hyperglobalizers take on; they agree that the different cultures in the world are becoming more similar, but they see this as a good thing. They argue that globalization can inspire small cultures to try even harder to preserve and maintain their culture and way of life and to not change for anyone. I’m with the pessimistic side of these two views. It’s good that the different cultures of the world have the ability to work together and cooperate but if the different cultures are adopting a mainstream language, clothing, behaviors, religion, etc., then what is there left to define that individual culture? What is left that clearly leaves that culture’s identity intact?