REFLECTION: International Perception

“Tolerance, inter-cultural dialogue and respect for diversity are more essential than ever in a world where peoples are becoming more and more closely interconnected. People of different religions and cultures live side by side in almost every part of the world, and most of us have overlapping identities which unite us with very different groups. We can love what we are, without hating what – and who – we are not. We can thrive in our own tradition, even as we learn from others, and come to respect their teachings” (Kofi Annan).

After 11 weeks of studying International Media and Communications here at UOW, I would have to say that my perceptive of the outside world has ultimately broadened. This time last year I thought I had a pretty good idea of what it truly meant to live in a globalized society, thinking that simply knowing about the customs of other counties and eating multicultural foods meant you were a global citizen. Now, having attended all my lectures, having read the works of several scholars and having participated in many interesting and somewhat heated class discussions, I have come to the conclusion that the concept of globalization is far more complex than I could have ever imagined. Firstly I learned that although the world is becoming more interconnected there is still a hybrid co-existence between Parochialism and globalization.

Through studying several aspects of the international media landscape in terms of Film, Television and News I found out that our individual perception of the outside world is shaped by what we see. This can narrow our perspectives by offering a limited viewpoint of other cultures or promoting Americanization but at the same time things like media capitals and  international education can increase our global awareness and create a sense of inter connectivity.

After studying this subject I learned that in order for globalization to work there need to be a healthy balance between the concepts of both assimilation and separation in the sense that we as global citizens need to learn to assimilate and adapt to cultures other than our own but at the same time we need to promote the cultures of our heritages so we do not loose our cultural identities. As Kofi Annan the former Secretary General of the United Nations States…

“We can thrive in our own tradition, even as we learn from others, and come to respect their teachings”

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