American Cultural Imperialism

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American Cultural Imperialism: The Dominance of American Culture by Chad Smith SOC 101: Intro to Sociology 11/07/2009 Dr. Jonathan Brooks The world of today appears for the most part to be American dominated. American movies are run in cinemas in the far corners of the globe, the music of Britney Spears can be heard playing in Japan, and everywhere you look people are striving to dress "western". Why then should America not strive to be the global super power if their influence on the world is so great? Yet, one needs to remember that there has not been a world leader as great as this, since the Roman Empire. Rome proved to be a regime that stayed on top of the weaker states below it but was eventually ruined by a combination of inside decline from the volume of inescapable tasks to run a world empire and outside attack from those who didn't approve. Therefore, America should not aspire to be the Global super power because of the vast unpopularity towards such a world and the damage such power could cause to the state of America. Firstly, leaders in most of the countries of the world favor a world with many powers cooperating to deal with international issues, and greatly contest a world dominated by one country. In fact, two-thirds of the world see American domination as a threat to their ways of life. Asia, Europe, and the Middle East to name a few, regularly protest that America is too arrogant when talk of the USA is brought up. Europe feels the need to balance out American power, which is not a new response to the idea of America as the world's leader. In the eyes of these regions a multi-powered world is necessary to manage international affairs if only to keep America's arrogance under watchful eye. They are tired of America "speaking on behalf of the international community" because America is putting words in their mouths. A British diplomat once
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