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Postmodernism and globalization are two key words for understanding this post.  Postmodernism is a fancy term for our society’s intellectual mood.  Some ideas of this mood include: pessimism, all religions are equal, non-confrontation, embracing multiculturalism, and the uncertainty about knowing anything with certainty.  Globalization is simply a word that illustrates how our world is getting smaller.  Technology, like the Internet, has not only allowed the transport of goods and services at fast speeds but ideas get transported too.  One consequence of the intersection of postmodernism and globalization is a blurring of cultural differences.  Here’s a case in point: do you see it?  Consider this example close to home: at one time mostly African American males turned their car radio volume so high that the decibels of the sound shook not only the car but homes as they passed; at one time mostly African American males ‘pimped’ their rides (=large silver rims, etc.); once upon a time, mostly African American males wore their pants hugging only their back sides; once upon a time, mostly African American males, wore their large baseball caps cocked to one side.  Now, I see Asian, white (rural, urban, suburban), and Hispanic young men blasting their radios, wearing their pants on their butts, and wearing the baseball caps cocked to one side.  When I was in Cape Town, South Africa – I also saw young South Africans males wearing their pants on their backsides and I also heard radios blasting hip hop music. 

Do you see it – this blurring of cultural differences among males of all cultures?  Is this good or bad?

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One Comment

  1. Me personally, I think it is bad. If we’re all the same, what a boring world that would be.


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