Cultural Imperialism in the United States
I believe cultural imperialism does exist. You can go nearly anywhere in the world and see advertising of an American based corporation, or use an idea that was originated in America, or even fashion trends from the latest New York runway show. America’s impact on the rest of the world has been extremely significant ever since the 1800’s. A first example of U.S. cultural imperialism would be the known food chain “McDonald’s.” “McDonald’s” originated in 1940 when Richard and Maurice McDonald opened up a car hopping/drive-through barbeque restaurant in San Bernardino, California. This soon led to the first signature “McDonald’s” restaurant with golden arches later being made in Phoenix, Arizona in 1953. It only grew from there. Today, with over 33,000 restaurants worldwide, “McDonald’s” operates in 119 countries over six continents. This loved fast-food chain is the most popular choice of food in Europe, Australia, and many more countries. “McDonald’s” shows perfectly how the U.S. culture is being brought worldwide and growing day to day. A second example of U.S. imperialism would be Apple Inc. Apple is an American multinational corporation that was originated in California on April 1st, 1976. The famous “iPhone” and other brilliantly made inventions from Apple Inc. are still designed in California, and assembled in not America, but China. This growing incorporation sold 108 million iPhones in March 2011 in over 120 countries across the globe. Apple products have affected the lives of many worldwide. “Instagram”, an app made for the iPhone, upholds famous bloggers all the way from Norway making it to the “popular” page daily. This American originated incorporation has sold over the minds of many foreign countries, becoming the most valuable company in the world as of March 2012. These are just two important elements of U.S. cultural imperialism that have affected the everyday lives of...
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