2015-09-01 14:01| 来源：环球雅思 | 点击量：次
Countries are becoming more and more similar because people are able to buy the same products anywhere in the world
Do you think this is a positive or negative development?
It is said that countries are becoming similar to each other because of the global spread of the same products, which are now available for purchase almost anywhere. I strongly believe that this modern development is largely detrimental to culture and traditions worldwide.
A country’s history, language and ethos are all inextricably bound up in its manufactured artefacts. If the relentless advance of international brands into every corner of the world continues, these bland packages might one day completely oust the traditional objects of a nation, which would be a loss of richness and diversity in the world, as well as the sad disappearance of the manifestations of a place’s character. What would a Japanese tea ceremony be without its specially crafted teapot, or a Fijian kava ritual without its bowl made from a certain type of tree bark?
Let us not forget either that traditional products, whether these be medicines, cosmetics, toys, clothes, utensils or food, provide employment for local people. The spread of multinational products can often bring in its wake a loss of jobs, as people turn to buying the new brand, perhaps thinking it more glamorous than the one they are used to. This eventually puts old-school craftspeople out of work.
Finally, tourism numbers may also be affected, as travellers become disillusioned with finding every place just the same as the one they visited previously. To see the same products in shops the world over is boring, and does not impel visitors to open their wallets in the same way that trinkets or souvenirs unique to the particular area do.
Some may argue that all people are entitled to have access to the same products, but I say that local objects suit local conditions best, and that faceless uniformity worldwide is an unwelcome and dreary prospect.
2. 在第二段中，笔者表明了支持自己观点的第一个理由：这个现象会导致世界的丰富性和多样性的丧失。在这个段落中，笔者通过举日本茶道（Japanese tea ceremony）和斐济卡瓦仪式（Fijian kava ritual）来进一步论证自己的观点。
|be detrimental to||有害于； 对…不利|
|Japanese tea ceremony||日本茶道|
|Fijian kava ritual||斐济卡瓦仪式|