In the modern world today activities are becoming faster, closer, and easier than they had ever been. Communication has never been easier. At the click of a button people are able to exchange information almost instantly. Not only is the rate of information becoming faster, but also the rate of exchange of goods, services, and money. With all this exchange of information, what keeps us separated in the world? Has what was once a separate world consisting of different nations and areas becoming hurled into one large body? This distribution and pulling together of the world is referred by most as globalization. Globalization is believed by many as being the revolution of the future. However, globalization is not just in the future; it is also existent in the present day as well and is growing rapidly. (http://www.geneseo.edu/~jet4/, 2000).
As with any concept, globalization has positive and negative views upon it. These positive and negative characteristics affect many different aspects of humanity, for instance culture, the economy, education, and politics. These and many other aspects are also affected upon. (http://www.geneseo.edu/~jet4/, 2000).
It is very difficult for something as big as globalization to not have even a little affect on the culture of a region. Culture, being a way of life, will always be changing. Globalization is just one of many contributions to this. As globalization grows it pulls nations closer together. In doing this a concept called cultural diffusion or cultural blending often takes place. This can be thought of as a good thing or in some cases a bad thing also. Cultural diffusion allows a wide variety of different cultures to grow and flourish. However, since these cultures are changing so rapidly, some of the long held traditions of the past may start to die out and not be presented in the future. This of course will disagree with individuals who value these traditions.