Globalization wields powerful influence over societies and cultures. Business travelers and tourists both observe and distribute new ideas. New ideas, interactions, foods and products are tried, then embraced or discarded. With the internet or satellite television, films, publications, photographs, news reports and cartoons can travel instantly, entertaining or angering audiences around the globe. With social media like Facebook or Twitter, individuals offer news and own instant pronouncements on trends. Whether slowly through immigration or immediately online, these connections bring about some convergence of norms on fashion to human rights while also provoking challenges from traditionalists. A global society has emerged, and it’s tightly linked.

Voices of Mumbai

World Social Forum gives platform for many, say key activists
Ian Douglas
February 6, 2004

Gaza Conflict Plays Out Online Through Social Media

Warring factions can’t stop ad hoc reports, and so join them by pressing their cases on Twitter and YouTube
Corey Flintoff
January 15, 2009

An Alliance of Values

Reaping globalization’s opportunities is impossible without respect for one other’s faith
Tony Blair
December 24, 2008