British High Commissioner Tim Stew
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Globalisation having negative impact in Caribbean
What does globalisation mean for the Caribbean? Though globalisation is inevitable, it has its advantages and disadvantages. For the Caribbean, I believe the disadvantages outweigh the advantages.
This multifaceted region that many foreigners visit because of its lovely beaches and warm people, is a victim of bullying (by the Global North). I view globalisation as a weapon used by the Global North (American/Europe) to subliminally enforce their culture on ours. Firstly, for example in T&T, we are seeing the trend of Halloween parties, Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday sales. If my memory serves me correct, there was never an affinity for these things in the Caribbean—particularly in T&T. Sooner or later these activities will spread throughout the Caribbean.
Secondly, most of our television channels are of the Global North and help to perpetuate their music, fashion and ideas. Children who are growing up have an affinity for things of the Global North than the Caribbean. Recently, I heard a little boy speaking in an American accent. When I asked the parents why he spoke like that, without concern they said it was the Disney channel shows he watched. As time progresses the Caribbean is quickly changing. We, as Caribbean people, need to be cognisant of what is happening around us before it is too late.