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9.4.03

Many people are worried that globalization is bringing about a homogenization of culture. They see things like McDonald's in every country as a sign that the great diversity of the world's cultures is being lost. At the same time, however, there seems to be a diversification. I have access to many more cultural options than I would without globalization. This is not just because of having access to the cultures of other places, but also because of the emergence of cultures -- such as the Brunching community -- that would never have reached the critical geographical concentration of people with the right interests and inclinations were it not for globalization. In a sense you could say that there are fewer cultures, but each individual has more choice among the ones that there are. In a crude mathematical analogy, instead of being given no choice about which of the 100 cultures you were part of, you can pick from the same 5 options as everyone else.

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