Prompt: You have read the extract below as part of a newspaper article on the loss of national and cultural identity. Readers were asked to send in their opinions. You decide to write a letter responding to the points raised and expressing your own views.
‘We are losing our national and cultural identity.
Because of recent advances in technology and the
easy availability and speed of air travel,
different countries are communicating more often
and are therefore becoming more and more alike.
The same shopping malls and fast food outlets can
be found almost everywhere. So can the same types
of office blocks, motorways, TV programmes and
even lifestyles. How can we maintain the
traditions that make each nation unique?’
I am writing with reference to the article on the loss of national and cultural identity, published in one of your latest issues. I would like to express my disagreement regarding your opinion. I hope you will not take amiss what I am going to say.
To begin with, you claimed that because of the modern
amenities people all over the world become more and more
alike. In other words, advances in technology and the
opportunity of travelling easily and faster are
responsible for the loss of national and cultural
identities. I think it is dangerous to claim that it
would be better if not everybody has the same facilities
in order to maintain each nation unique. That would mean
a vast majority of the population has to be deprived of
progress to maintain its integer traditions.
Furthermore, I think that the cultural exchange and the
fact that communication gets more and more easy have a
positive effect on the maintenance of tradition. Because
the reason why people are travelling so much is the fact
that they want to learn about the different countries
and their cultures. Therefore, each country is
interested in maintaining its traditions, or even
better, they are pushing their population to saveguard...