Keller on the Influences on Indiana Youth

September 25, 2007 at 11:50 am

WORLD CITY-CENTERS ARE GROWING IN POWER AND CONNECTEDNESS
Globalization is making major world cities more powerful than ever. Why?

  • The mobility of capital means national governments are now virtually powerless to control the flow of money in and out of their own economies, thus greatly decreasing their influence in general. The cities are the seats of multi-national corporations and international economic, social, and technological networks. 2) The technology/ communication revolution means that national governments are powerless also to control what their people watch or learn. As a result, it is the culture/values set of world-class cities that is now being transmitted around the globe to every tongue, tribe, people, and nation. NY and LA are now far more influential in forming the culture of, say, teenagers in rural Indiana or rural Mexico than are the national or local governments or civic institutions. Sum: This is the first overall major erosion of nation-state power in 800 years.

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— Scott Greider 

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