Reasons to Deplore the Global Village

There are several reasons to deplore the global village that the world has become, but I’ll limit myself to one. What I hate most about globalization is what it’s done to local talent. Every city has stunning voices, great musicians, fine actors, excellent athletes, but they are constantly compared to the super-stars of dozens of other bigger cities and found short.

Here’s an example of what it’s done to local talent

The Olympics are wonderful to watch, exciting, beautiful.  Like few other events, they appeal to the mind, the body, and the spirit altogether. That is, until you learn that scores are separated by hundredths of a second. We all know absolutely that such a number does not discriminate between the skill levels of the contestants. It has truly become a community of equals and the scores serve to ruin the beauty of the process because they trivialize the excellence of the athletes.

Yes, I know that globalization produces cheap goods, promotes cross-cultural communication, advances the arts and sciences, reduces xenophobia, and creates homogeneity, etc. The concept of the global village almost universally gets an A report card as the number one thing to some day . . . one fine sunny day . . . one millennial day . . . contribute to world peace.

The Strength of the Local

And yet . . . the point I’m coming to is this:  If there were no international media, then we’d all be out on the local ski slopes congratulating the local skiers.  We’d all be at the local theatres buying tickets to see home-grown actors. We’d all be at the concerts of local musicians. And there are so many very, very good ones.

I think about the beautiful singing voices I’ve heard in the churches of local congregations, in the little auditoriums of universities, in the amateur productions of variously sized cities.  And yet the super-star voices are hauled around the world–sometimes long after their voices have ceased to be a world wonder–and audiences pay big bucks to hear them, often more for the status of the event than for the beauty.

The Shrinking of a Vibrant Talent Pool

Here’s the thing:  TV, internet, media of all sorts, has rendered the talent pool of the world tiny because of its capacity to spread across the entire globe whatever it focuses in its glare. It’s a tragedy. Most talent is never seen or heard; they spend their lives selling insurance, driving taxis, and waiting tables to pay the bills.