Production Notes: Globalism, So Long as It's in English
Are we truly globalists?
While the promise of a cross-cultural, multi-cultural world is at the other end of our internet connections, are we participating?
Scroll through your Facebook friends or Twitter followers. . . how many of them aren’t American? Have you ever been on a site in a foreign language?
For the rest of the industrialized world, surfing English websites (and not just localized versions of American ones) is commonplace. It gives the internaut the opportunity to inform, engage and participate in our culture. We could do the same.
Allen Ginsberg famously stated, “Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture.” While major media companies continue to consolidate their empires, more and more content is being created by us, the viewing and producing public. Disintermediation is King. We should use our new tools to inform and entertain, ever mindful that the rest of the world is watching us.
What's more, we should surf away from our usual haunts online and go explore what's happening outside our hermetic media culture-- the world is truly out there.
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-- Allen McLain