Americanization

"If you ask me to name the proudest distinction of Americans, I would choose- because it contains all the others- the fact that they were the people who created the phrase "to make money." No other language or nation had ever used these words before; men had always thought of wealth as a static quantity- to be seized, begged, inherited, shared, looted or obtained as a favor. Americans were the first to understand that wealth has to be created."
Ayn Rand



People have always been interested in money. As a little girl I learned
about the gold rushes in California. I was read stories about hidden treasures on deserted islands. I even believed stories about gold being at the end of the rainbow. As a child I learned that it was good to be rich. As a young adult I still receive this message on a daily basis. I read in the newspapers and magazines about the newest person to become a millionaire. I see stories on the news about the poor who cannot afford to give their children a traditional Christmas. As a college student I know what I feels like to be almost twenty thousand dollars in debt. I struggle to choose between getting a job and concentrating on my studies. The allure of money is a powerful thing. Our culture stresses that in order to be perceived as success you need to have money. I believe this quest for riches is the real reason behind the globalization and Americanization of the world.
To globalize is to make worldwide in scope or application (www.webstersmerrian.com). It makes sense that globalization has occurred throughout history because of migration and trade. Many of the cultural traits of specific European countries meshed together till they reached the point where their origin could hardly be distinguished. The same holds true for countries in South America and Asia. Unless someone is educated in the country\'s heritage, that person would be unable to tell to specify if something was European or Italian. Traders were able to pick up both symbols of other countries cultures as well as their traditions as they explored countries during their travels. I consider this to be the first sign of globalization. Things have changed greatly since the days where communication had to be done face-to-face.
Today we are no longer limited by geography because of the technological society in which we live. In addition to having a having a two-way communications system, such as the telephone, we also have a advanced mass media system. All the new technologies have greatly accelerated the globalization process. The rate at which we can communicate with others half way around the world is mind-boggling. The United States, as well as other countries, can now export ideas through mass media in seconds with the touch of a button. Cultural globalization implies a two-way relationship. However this does not tend to be the case. An Indian novelist commented, "I have yet to hear that there is any writer in the West who is waiting with trepidation to hear what a critic in India has to say about her/him" (Thussu, 181). This also tends to happen with the other forms of media.
The idea that United States is the most important producer and critic of entertainment also holds true in mediums such as television and film. Because of the volume of material that the United States exports, our efforts are often called attempts to Americanize other cultures. Americanizing means to conform to American characteristics, more specifically to bring an area "under the political, cultural, or commercial influence of the United States" (www.merriamwebster.com). There are many reasons that other cultures have begun to assimilate the United States. The amount of high quality entertainment and merchandise that is exported from the Unites States has allowed other countries to follow the trends of the American popular culture.
The United States has the ability to reach so many different people because of the number of foreigners that speak our English. Since the beginning of the twenty-first century English has "topped the hierarchy of international languages, being the main language of multinational interactions and the United Nations system, transnational corporations, international media, including the Internet and scientific and technological publishing (Thussu, 181). British leadership