For example, The Arab spring came out of a process of globalisation as a result of time and space compression allowing members of the public to experience events in real time, it was also encouraged by the increased use of social media.However, America could not determine the outcome of this event and it did not work in their favour.
Another reason which suggests globalisation does not always benefit US interests, is that it can also have a negative impact on the US.
The US version of globalisation has been revealed as unsustainable by the global financial crisis of 2007-08, badly damaging, for example, the status of the dollar and the relative strength of the US economy.
Globalisation can be considered as a new way to sustain American dominance in the world, and one way this is carried out is via Cultural globalisation.
Cultural globalisation is closely linked to the spread of ‘Americanisation’, in that a large proportion of global goods, films, television programmes and global celebrities are American in origin.
Another example is ISIS, their slick media campaigns and ability to encourage people across the world to join them in fighting, shows that they are another product of globalisation that do not align with America.
In conclusion, it can be argued that globalisation has been used as a tool by America to increase their influence and power in the society today.However, recent events have shown that the consequences of globalisation are not always in the favour of America and so Americanisation is not merely globalisation in disguise.Fast Globalization and interconnectivity create the major driving force in creating and enhancing chance.Globalisation has threatened authentic local cultures by imposing American values on the rest of the world.This is evident in what Thomas Friedman has described Globalisation to be,”…Globalisation is in so many ways Americanisation: globalisation wears Mickey Mouse ears, it drinks Pepsi and Coke, eats Big Macs, does its computing on an IBM laptop with Windows 98.” For example, Mc Donalds are present in 119 countries to date.However, hyper globalists argue this has benefited multiple countries and has positively created a borderless world, supported by liberals who suggest this has improved international relations.The USA has the worlds’ largest economy and they still remain a global hegemon even though their share of the global economy has fallen.As a result, they have a national interest in encouraging economic globalisation.The conditions known as the “Washington Consensus” for countries to participate in economic globalisation are set by America.Cultural globalisation has even affected Chinese societies despite the efforts of governments to prevent the spread of western values in China.The spread of American values across the world has been sped up by Globalisation but has improved international relations by spreading democracy.