Hi Everyone!

Please post your summaries here:

Lucia, Nozomi, Tamaki, & Hang = Globalization and Local Culture
Fatimah, Ewelina, Marco, Yosuke, & Janete = Does the Internet Make You Dumber

Also, please finish 3 or 4 proverbs & paraphrases and bring these to class tomorrow.

Here are the most important criteria for good summaries (Don’t forget these):

1) acknowledge the original author and/or source

2) include only the most important information

3) write only a paragraph (thesis and main points)

4) paraphrase any information that comes from the original writing

5) be objective (not subjective)

Summaries are objective; Responses are subjective.

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  1. luciakye says:

    Globalization and local culture
    The Levin Institute, State University of New York

    Summary by Paragraphs

    Paragraph 1
    Globalization in international trading is welcome to people specially don’t have alternatives. however, others have concerns about losing market for local products and services by it.

    Paragraph 2
    Globalization opens up the market to foreign products and disrupts traditional products and services including those of cultural such as movies, Music and publications at the same time.

    Paragraph 3 Americanization
    the new globalization of culture is homogenized from different world culture and largely represented by “American” culture. e.g. food industry which has more influence and habits in societies with its integral aspect of the culture.
    and also there are strong opponents like in France.

    Paragraph 4 (supporting3/example1)
    Restaurant chains like Starbucks affect eating habits and also influence the traditions on their locations e.g.affecting coffee culture in Italy.

    Paragraph 5 (supporting3/example2)
    American style birthday parties at McDonald for kids are spread out in China, although it challenges Chinese tradition which doesn’t let children decide menus.

    Paragraph 6 (supporting3/terminology and facts)
    George Ritzer, sociologist, coined the term “McDonaldization” in his book “The Mcdonaldization of Society”. according to his book McDonald expanded to over 31,000 worldwide within the last 50 yrs.

    Paragraph 7 (supporting3/ example 3)
    McDonaldization leads to global uniformity and influencing local habits and tradition as a result of globalization. as a negative reaction Starbucks in the forbidden city in central Beijing, China was shut down after 7 years of opening due to heavy protests on China’s historical legacy.

    Paragraph 8 (supporting3/example 4)
    Dominance of US customs on film and entertainment industry.
    French government attempted to protect local cultural industry by restricting number of foreign films can be shown, but just partly succeed on privacy issues.

    Paragraph 9 (conclusion)
    Globalization may speed up cultural change and in this progress some culture will be affected by consumer’s choices inevitably.

    *a shorter one follows later this evening! See you tomorrow

  2. Hang Le says:

    In ” Globalization and Local Culture ” The Levin Institute, State University of New York, discuss the globalization of international trade. It is developing in cultural product and services such as movies, music and publications. However, many people think that globalization will change or destroy their culture. The new globalization of culture is about the widespread of the ” Americanization” of world cultures not only about homogenization of world culture. For example, the effect of American companies is more to another countries such as Starbuck coffee interrupt the traditional coffee culture in Italy. Also, McDonald’s in China make children changing their life, they can decide or buy food their own. American – style birthday parties more spread in China. McDonaldization is the consequence of globalization and affect to local habits and traditions. Others, the dominance of American are not only in food but also in film, therefore, government of some countries like French try to protect their culture by limiting the foreign film that can be shown. In addition, globalization can make culture change. However, it can be prevented by their choice of consumers.

  3. Nozomi says:

    This article mentioned Globalization has not only provided numerous choices for products to us but also has been accelerating cultural change. And it suggests the prompt change caused monopoly of world culture and Americanization of world culture. For instance, it is said that Starbucks and McDonald’s restaurants are the problematic cases to disrupt the traditional culture in some countries. In fact, Starbucks potentially change the cultural habit to have coffee in Italy. Also, MacDonald changed the child’s diet habit in China. A researcher, Ritzer,called it “McDonaldzation”, which is a result of globalization. Therefore, French government have tried to limit to import foreign film to protect the domestic industry. However, the article infers that the rapid globalization can be prevented by the customers’ choices.

    • luciakye says:

      prevented by customer’s choice? you mean, customer’s choice want something else than now? just curious ^^

  4. Janete says:

    The facility to obtain a lot of information using the Internet has a downside. Research by scientists has shown that the numerous distractions offered by it is transforming the people into poor thinkers.(Carr, June 5,2010). The author examines several scientific studies and concludes that people who use the Internet with several links or watch presentations with too much visual or auditive aids, are too much distracted by them to form a more deep memory essential to form complex concepts. The emphasis in the speed and quantity of tasks done at the same time is leading to a loss of critical thinking, abstract thoughts and problem solving abilities, as experiments with subjects on cognitive tests demonstrated. It is a worrying scenario that is surfacing and the author asks if the Internet is making us more stupid.

  5. Yosuke Aida says:

    In “Dose the Internet Make You Dumber?” Nicholas Carr (2010) write that the internet grants us easy access to unprecedented amounts of information. but a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that the Net, with its constant destruction and interruption, is also turning us into scattered and superficial thinkers. Internet and digital contents can be constant interruptions for people, also who read digital composition on the internet show less understanding than people who read traditional composition on papers. While we are interrupted by incessant digital contents, we can not construct our memorization, we are just input information into our short-term memory.As an example, the author mentioned an experimentation. In a university class, a half of the students were allowed to use laptop computers to browse the internet. Those students who browsed the internet in the class show much lower result on a test as compared to another students.

  6. tamaki says:

    In the short essay “Globalization and Local Culture,” an author argues that the globalization of production and distribution of foods and services has brought about welcome development and menace for many people. With regard to economics, the globalization has been enlarging international trades in everywhere, which gives rise to people’s concern of losing cultural identity. For instance, a fast food chain of American company has a certain amount but sometimes inconspicuous influence on a society where it is located in terms of eating habits and even the traditions. The sociologist George Ritzer wrote the impact of “Americanization” in his book that McDonalds had expanded to over 31,000 restaurants worldwide in last fifty years. He also urged that the globalization is likely to result in a monoculture world. These concerns have some people resist adapting for foreign cultures, such as French films in France.These days, we must take into account consumer choice when we think about cultural changes.

  7. Ewelina says:

    In his article “Does the Internet Make You Dumber?”, Nicholas Carr discusses the cognitive side effects of the Internet. He states that Internet itself and related to it technologies have negative influence on our process of understanding, learning and memorizing information. Thesis makes a sound argument that constant distraction of the Internet, emails or alerts and easy access to it highly reduce our ability to concentrate, obtain information and turn us into superficial thinkers. The article hightlites a numerous studies from Stanford University, Cornell University and University of California in San Francisco, that support the thesis by giving comprehensive evidence and proven statistics.

  8. luciakye says:

    Globalization and local culture
    The Levin Institute, State University of New York

    Globalization enables international exchange in trade and culture including traditions, movies, music and publications inevitably. in this process diverse culture formulates a grand homogeny referring to “American” style such as McDonald’s and Starbucks.
    As the sociologist George Ritzer mentioned in his book “The McDonaldization of Society” Americanization influences many different culture. in some cases they harm local products and services and are protested by the local on cultural dominating issues. But Globalization may speed up cultural exchange and it will be weighed by consumer’s choice to set a new globalized standard.

  9. help2013rick says:

    Good Job, everyone!

    I think it’s interesting to compare our summaries.
    We have written objective summaries for the same article,
    yet are summaries are written quite differently.

    Everyone has done a good job!

    • help2013rick says:

      Please read the summaries that your groupmates have written, and compare your summary to theirs. How are they different? How are they the same? Did both of you choose to mention the same points from the article?

  10. fatimah says:

    Grabbing that huge sum of information which is provided online easily made us a receiver without critical thinking, and also the speed pace in receiving all that information made us no more focused. the more people receive from many many sources like multimedia, internet, e-mail, and texts, the more they forget easily. Our attention becomes less and less with uncontrolled received information. Our brains are not able to process all that amount, so we become more and more forgetful. Many studies and research that have been conducted showed that people without any sources of distraction are able to memorize more information and be more focused.,(Car,2010)

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