Essay on Western Culture : The Middle East

1604 Words Feb 15th, 2016 7 Pages
The Middle East has the same stuff over there that the rest of the Western world has, but (in some cases) it’s different. They change it, adapt it, and make it their own. In some cases they don’t alter it at all, and keep it in its purest unadulterated form. They value the authenticity of western culture: the good, the bad, and the ugly. An appreciation for American gluttony and beauty at the same time. That’s not to say they won’t vehemently defend their own culture when the two worlds collide. When it comes to American culture in the Middle East, it’s been integrated, it’s been segregated, but what it hasn’t been is ignored. American culture is too pervasive, and sickeningly addictive. Billions of people all over the world enjoy the fruits of western culture. Not even the thoroughly anti-American Soviet Union could resist the allure of the Big Mac. If China, Russia, and even Cuba can’t resist western popular culture the Middle East doesn’t stand a snowballs chance in hell at isolationism. Polplak’s “The Sheikh’s Batmobile” doesn’t tell whether the phenomenon of globalization is good or bad, merely that it cannot be stopped. Globalization is a driving force for change around the world that will pervade the Earth. Globalization has (in some ways) bridged the gap, and widened it in others, between the Arab world and Western world through American popular culture.

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