There are many international newspaper periodicals that have already taken on those role of globalization. In fact, two that are published in the United States are in the top ten international new ranked according to circulation, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. We are all, as Americans, familiar with these titles but so is the rest of the world. Japan holds many of the top ranking circulators, as well.
Any newspaper or journalist knows that when reporting on anything, it is best to stay unbiased. Their job is to report the facts and let the reader come to their own conclusion based on the beliefs or knowledge about situations they already have. It is not always easy, but it is always necessary. As a global media, this is all the more important. When there are other people in other cultures with other laws and belief systems reading the same paper as people from complete opposite aspects, then it is necessary to be unbiased in order to stay sensitive to every reader’s needs. As an American journalist, the assignment might be to write a story on conflicts in the Middle East. Whatever the topic, it may be hard for a person, with real human emotion, to not laud American’s for their work or even inadvertently offend Middle Eastern government with even a simple comment in the article. They have to be aware that people in the Middle East may read that very same article, as well, and we cannot cater against one nationality for another no matter where the writer is coming from. In fact, America is so extremely diverse in itself that different cultures can be effected right within our own borders.
Another example that is not political is the news of the Ebola outbreak. This simply has to be reported on and has been on many international levels. After all, this is international news since it spans from Africa to the United States. Reporters have to share the alarming news without making America look incompetent for how they are handling the Ebola outbreak and without scaring people away from Africa. They have to strike a balance between awareness and hysteria. As we can see just from our own word of mouth and the oh-so helpful newsfeeds of Facebook, some people are closer to hysteria than really necessary and it is up to these types of reporters to ease that tension by correcting misinformation or just enlightening readers. If we want to be a global community, we have to unite all communities through information simply because no one can be everywhere and this gives anyone a chance to inform themselves.
This reminds me of a news report I saw on CNN today. CNN can be accessed internationally and can be seen by many people. There was a report that said American prison systems were now considering a “no-beard” policy and every inmate would have to have their facial hair shaved off before being permitted to enter into the facility. There was an uproar because there were many accusations that it infringes on people’s religious and cultural rights. Now the Supreme Court has to get involved to determine whether or not this rule should, indeed, take effect. I am sure that this “no-beards” rule came to fruition because there were significant problems with the inmates regarding facial hair, such as gang affiliations, but the stripping of that right has made an extreme case, as well. Thinking on this class as this report was going on, I thought of how this might come across in the situation of globalization. This showed a severe lack of understanding in that aspect and maybe even made the American penal system seem a little ignorant of cultures and the global agenda. I understand that these people are inmates and are serving time for committing crimes but it reminded me of when the Native Americans were forced to cut their hair against everything they believed in their culture. I cannot imagine having to be the person to shave off a Muslim’s beard and justify it as necessary. If globalization is going to be possible, there has to be an awareness of these very things. Also, globalization will be all about picking our battles. As a mother and a wife, we have to pick our battles all of the time in order not to be fighting our kids constantly. Is it really worth the fight, the backlash, the terrible image or should they simply let people keep their beards. After all, what would be next? Synonymous clothing is already in effect. Prison systems cannot implement tattoo policies and inmates, with such little resources, will always find a way to affiliate themselves with gangs.
I would like to get people’s thoughts on this particular news story and how it might relate to globalization and what we have learned so far.