January 23rd, 2019

(no subject)

I think there was a time when the word globalism had mainly positive connotations. Perhaps not universally; perhaps just in my bubble, which was even smaller than it is now (I didn’t listen to podcasts or tap into social media back then).

I thought globalism implied unification. Nation states were getting less and less relevant; national myths were going to be discarded and replaced with an updated ideology. It seemed inevitable. To some, it still does (Harari, for example, likes to say that nation states don’t offer answers to current challenges). And the advent of the Internet heralded its coming.

Yet it seems that this idea of a unifying and equalizing global force is opposed not only by the conservative isolationist discourse, but even by the liberal discourse with its emphasis on multiculturalism and diversity. I have been following the media for far too short a time to know whether it’s a recent phenomenon, or whether it’s always been this way and this idea of a global unifying melting pot is just my personal fantasy.

I just remember my complete befuddlement when I saw tweets of a very liberal-minded tech guy who insisted that Facebook or Twitter or other modern internet giants present a threat to the cultures of small communities in developing countries. It sounded so fucking postcolonialist and antiglobalist.