Although I was born in the Philippines, I identify myself as being very much Australian. Australia is where I consider home to be, not only because I have been here more than 95% of my life but also because the Australian way of life is the only one I know.
Culture is best known to describe one’s way of life. Not only does culture justify the way we think and act, it is essentially a defining feature of one’s identity as it contributes to how we see our self and those around us. Shaped by traditions, celebrations, clothing, ways of living, cuisine, rituals, values, beliefs, education systems and arts, cultures are what make each country unique and different from one another.
Whilst being extremely westernised, Australia is considered to be one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse nations in the world. Due to the increase in international travel, migrant arrivals, cultural exchange and of course the medium of the internet, Australia has become a much more cosmopolitan and global society.
For some, globalisation is just another term used to define the ‘global economy’, but for others it’s an extensive international community influenced by technological development and economic, political, and military interests. According to O’Shaughnessy & Stadler (2008), “Globalisation is characterised by a worldwide increase in interdependence, interactivity, interconnectedness, and the virtually instantaneous exchange of information”.
One of the many marvels of globalisation is the shaping and forming of online communities. This ability to communicate and share aspects of our personal lives and experiences with members from all over the world has become a social norm. This utopian view of globalisation suggests that being able to connect and bring individuals together essentially decreases the distance dispersed between them (O’Shaughnessy & Stadler 2008). Although this sense of globalisation offers endless amounts of information and is easily accessible, others may characterise globalisation as a loss of meaningful interpersonal communication, which also affects traditional communities, languages and value systems.