Globalization

Below is a “wordle” created with Many Eyes, a website where you can turn your data into cool visualizations.

Method: I did a google search on globalization and copy and pasted all the content of the first ten hits to create the “wordle” below. (Click on the box, to view the wordle.)

Just for fun, I also did a wordle for anthropology based on the content found on the wikipedia entry.

I also wanted to share with you a recent lecture I listened to provided by the Templeton Foundation and relevant to anthropology in the global age. In the lecture “What Accounts for the Loss of Trust in Science,” Paul Forman details trends that have arisen in the postmodern era, i.e. the present cultural and historical time in which we now occupy.  He argues that the public’s trust in the “Governments ability to do what is right,” membership to professional organizations, clubs and associations (like bowling teams popular in the 50s) and trust in science’s ability to know the world have all dramatically decreased since the 1950s.

According to Forman, this symbolizes the disintegration of social solidarity, compromised the virtue of “truth-telling” so important to science and resulted in the lack of trust found in postmodernity.  The once detested ethic in modernity; “the ends justify the means” is ubiquitous in postmodernity, as evidenced by the justifications for torture and the willingness to abandon the constitution in the name of security.  The importance of the “means,” and the rules and procedures of science, so highly valued in modernity, have been replaced by the ethic of the “entrepreneur” who seeks to reinvent the world according to his or her vision, without attention to the consequences or impact of the “means.”  Forman concludes that in a time when mistrust is so prevelant, and social solidarity so weakened, we need the help of an institution like science, who preferences the means over the ends, disinterestedness and truth-telling, to show us the way.

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