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Is globalization making a uniform world tradition?

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Is globalization making a uniform world tradition?

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Will humans be unicultural in the near future when the world becomes more and more interconnected? originally appeared on Quora: the place to collect and share knowledge that enables people to learn from others and better understand the world.

Response from Balaji Viswanathan, CEO of Invento Robotics, on Quora:

The homogenizing forces are just as strong as the heterogenizing forces. In short, in the globally connected world, we may not be as homogenized as we assume.

For example, the Internet enables the homogenizing power of English as the common language of the world. At the same time, it allows the speakers of different small languages ​​to connect and create common content [like various regional Wikipedia] like never before. Were there encyclopedias in all regional languages ​​50 years ago? No. Most of them were in English. Now you have a diverse selection of languages ​​in Wikipedia that allows knowledge to be created in small languages.

In a globalized world, we see McDonalds and Starbucks all over the world. But the same globalization makes it possible to explore the kitchens of different nations by people all over the world. Think of all of the high quality Thai, Chinese, Indian or Mexican restaurants that have sprung up around the world in the last twenty years.

Here, too, a networked world enables the exploration of different religions and spiritual paths that were previously inaccessible due to geography. You could sit in Jakarta and explore Taoism, Shintoism, Hinduism or different African / Indian religions. In the past, your choices were very limited to what the local spiritual teachers could teach and what the local publishers could print.

Globalization / entanglements also give people from different cultures a voice. In the past, you would have had to rely on the equivalent of the New York Times or the BBC to develop your opinion, and that would be the majority opinion – highly culture-centered. Now you have the option of hearing many more different voices as the main filter [publishing houses and newspaper editors] are being replaced by more democratic forms.

We don’t become unicultural. We are becoming multicultural and slowly realizing the diversity of human culture.

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