This past weekend a friend posted on my Facebook wall a link to an article at the Telegraph.co.uk about a new McDonald's opening at the Louvre in Paris. I experienced mixed reactions to this announcement. As a tourist, I know how nice it is to find something familiar while traveling, but as one having relatives in France, I share their disdain of the encroachment of American pop culture in their country.
A few years back we decided to go out for dinner to one of our favorite Mexican restaurants, Corona. When we arrived we saw on the sign out front that it was "Mariachi night." When we went inside, we saw that the restaurant was all decked out for St. Patrick's Day — green balloons, streamers, etc. everywhere. As we ate our dinner, we were surprised that the special music ended up not being a Mariachi band after all. It was an Oompah band! It was just too weird, sitting there eating Mexican, surrounded by Irish decorations, and listening to German polka music played by people with Southern accents and wearing Lederhosen and Dirndels!
That bizarre mix of dissimilar ethnicities here in the good ol' USA is no longer uncommon in our "American experience," especially as we rush faster and faster towards globalization. Our world is becoming increasingly interconnected and networked. Even if there are aspects of that that we do not like, very few of us would be willing to give up what we currently enjoy that is possible, thanks to globalization.
Here are several bits of humor that highlight some of the effects of globalization.
I recently received an e-mail showing the contrast between school buses in
Japan China and in India. (After I posted this, a reader commented to let me know that it is a Chinese school bus, from the writing on the side and from the side on which the driver sits. And so I have amended this post.)
Here are several pictures of a
Japanese Chinese school bus.
Here's an Indian school bus.
And where do our calls for tech support go??? India!
With tech support and actual production being outsourced overseas, here's a thought-provoking piece.
Global economy and outsourcing
Joe Smith started the day early, having set his alarm clock (MADE IN JAPAN) for 6 a.m.
While his coffeepot (MADE IN CHINA) was perking, he shaved with his electric razor (MADE IN HONG KONG).
He put on a dress shirt (MADE IN SRI LANKA), designer jeans (MADE IN SINGAPORE) and tennis shoes (MADE IN KOREA).
After cooking his breakfast in his new electric skillet (MADE IN INDIA) he sat down with his calculator (MADE IN MEXICO) to see how much he could spend today.
After setting his watch (MADE IN TAIWAN) to the radio (MADE IN INDIA) he got in his car (MADE IN GERMANY), filled it with gas (FROM SAUDI ARABIA), and continued his search for a good paying AMERICAN JOB.
At the end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day, Joe decided to relax for a while. He put on his sandals (MADE IN BRAZIL) and turned on his TV (MADE IN INDONESIA), and then his DVD Player (MADE IN CHINA).
He took out a movie (MADE IN JAPAN), made some microwave (MADE IN THAILAND) popcorn (MADE IN TAIWAN) and wondered why he couldn't find a good paying job in ... AMERICA.
Now he’s hoping he can get help from his president (MADE IN KENYA or AMERICA???) who is extremely pro-globalization.
Question: What is the best definition of Globalization?
Answer: Princess Diana's death
Question: How's that?!
Answer: An English princess with an Egyptian boyfriend crashes in a French tunnel, in a German car with a Dutch engine, driven by a Belgian who was drunk on Scottish whiskey, followed closely by Italian Paparazzi, on Japanese motorcycles, treated by an American doctor, using Brazilian medicines.
This is posted on a blog by an American and read in over 100 countries by people of who-knows-what nationalities on computers that use Taiwanese chips, and a Korean monitors, assembled by Bangladeshi workers in a Singapore plant, transported by Indian truck drivers in trucks fueled by Middle Eastern oil, hijacked by Indonesians, unloaded by Sicilian longshoremen, and possibly trucked to you by illegal aliens.
Now that is Globalization!
Here's a cartoon that expresses the feelings of many towards everything that's going on in the world today, including globalization.
I agree that this world is going crazier and crazier with each passing day. The Bible tells us that in the end days there will be a one-world just about everything. This world is definitely moving towards what the Lord has planned, and no man can stay His hand. What is going to happen is going to happen. That's not fatalism — it's a fact, plain and simple. As a believer, it is a huge comfort to know that the image below is a clearer picture of how things actually are.
What are you thoughts on globalization?
"There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you." - Will Rogers
The world is full of willing people: some willing to work and some willing to let them.
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