Dynamics of Globalization and Diversity

By:
Prof. Beatrice Puja,
Sheldon Golumbia
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Both the Internet and world migrations, fundamental forces of globalism, bridge the differences and distances that once maintained the world fragmented into compartmentalized thinking systems. The Internet has democratized the access to information, universally. Everyone is plugged in, wired and connected. There are no secrets. This phenomenon of equal access to information connects us all conceptually, submitting us to the same thick flow of uncensored information. The universal exposure to data creates a « data net » through which reality gets sieved, and truth gets distilled. Reality is no longer constructed by the machineries of propaganda, conditioning or elaborate marketing strategies. Theories developed and publicized with the sole intent of confusing, deceiving and misleading the public no longer « stick », since information is continuously generated, checked, cross-checked, updated and disseminated universally. This abundance of uncensored data, speedily and effectively disseminated, creates a New World reality where any given fad has the life span of the next click of the mouse. Simultaneously, people now refuse to be contained within the frontiers and limiting definitions of the previous age, all anxious to contribute to the creation of, and participation in, our global society. Worldwide, our urban centers have become hubs of ethnic and cultural diversity. Economically advanced countries face the double challenge presented by their aging population and the massive immigration that they consequently have to encourage. Concepts of nationhood, identity, political and economical power have to be reviewed and redefined from the kaleidoscopic perspective of diversity. Our world is now one giant venue, where “other” no longer needs imply “foreign”. It is fused into one single arena. Only what is basic to all of humanity holds true and defines what reality is, an unadulterated organic reality. All concepts are distilled to their bare essentials, to what is basic and functional, to what is fundamentally organic, and get defined in core terms, reduced to the lowest common denominator applicable to all humanity. This phenomenon also affects the concept of beauty, the gambit of power throughout time and civilizations. Beauty is now defined in the fundamental terms of health, both physical and mental, symmetry and energy. To be beautiful as per these three building blocks, the individual has to achieve his/her unique beauty potential through an organic lifestyle. In achieving it, the individual mirrors the new global core/organic reality of his/her new world. Becoming a microcosm of his/her global reality, the individual thus becomes self-empowered. In this diverse yet universal world, shiny hair, glowing skin, bright eyes, vigorous bodies, self-assuredness, and dignity, in other words, general physical and mental well-being, bespeak the essence of beauty and empowerment, beyond color, gender, age or any other dehumanizing standard.


Keywords: Globalization, Beauty, Empowerment, Empowered Individual, Globalism, Diversity
Stream: Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Humanities
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Prof. Beatrice Puja

Independent Scholar
New York, New York, USA


Sheldon Golumbia

Independent Scholar
New York, New York, USA


Ref: I07P0057