Western American and European Culture dominance across the World
Since the beginnings of civilization, people have blended ideas and ways of doing things from other cultures into their own culture. The same kind of cultural sharing and blending continues today. But, because of advances in technology, it occurs at a much more rapid pace and over much greater distances. Twenty-first-century technologies allow people from all over the world to have increasing interaction with one another. Such contacts promote widespread sharing of cultures.
I agree that Western domination of the worldwide mass media is a huge influence the West has on many different cultures today. However, Western influence on the rest of the world’s cultures is actually rooted in the 19th century. Western domination of areas all over the globe left behind a legacy of Western customs and ideas. Western languages are spoken throughout the world, mainly because of Europe’s history of colonization in the Americas, Asia, and Africa. Over the past 50 years, English has emerged as the premier international language. English is spoken around the world as their first or second language. Even though more people speak Mandarin Chinese than English, English speakers are more widely distributed, English is the most common language used on the Internet. The widespread use of English is responsible, in part, for the emergence of a dynamic global culture.
Western influence can be seen in other aspects of culture. For example, blue jeans are the clothes of choice of most of the world’s youth. Western business suits are standard. American-style hamburgers and soft drinks can be purchased in many countries of the world. Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters are almost universally recognized. Western influence also has an effect on ways of thinking in other parts of the world.
Western (American and European) cultures involve music, sports, movies, clothing fashions, foods, and hobbies or leisure activities....