Being exposed to cultures from around the world was
always a plus. But today, attending an international graduate
programme is more crucial than ever in shaping our future. Juliet Perrachon tells us
My Facebook newsfeed used to be inundated with baby
pictures. Earlier this month, the cute baby pictures were replaced
by reactions to the horrific news coming from America on the murder of two African American
men, and then of five policemen in Dallas. The
week before that, it was all anxiety surrounding the result of the
UK's EU referendum result in
favour of Brexit, and the repercussions for the UK and its
Regardless of what you think of Facebook, the platform can
arguably serve as a barometer for public sentiment. When the public
is excited or nervous about an event, you can palpably feel it from
a quick scan of your newsfeed. Today, as our world moves towards a
global economy, through Facebook and the wider media, we can
clearly sense the growing pains that come along with that shift.
And recently, people have been exposing themselves - more than ever
- as those who welcome these changes and those who resist and fear
We cannot resist this evolution to a global market. Rapid
changes in technology over the past 15 years, with platforms such
as Facebook and Twitter, have in many ways brought people together.
Yet, the fear of cultures being washed out and personal interests
being tossed aside are rampant. While this is understandable, what
is not acceptable is the surge of violence and racism that has
resurfaced as a result. Some are prepared to do anything to defend
their turf and their identity.
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