Book Forum

Creative Destruction: How Globalization Is Changing the World’s Cultures

March 4, 2003 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EST

Auditorium/Wintergarden

Featuring the author, Tyler Cowen, George Mason University; with comments by Benjamin Barber, The Democracy Collaborative University of Maryland.

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A Frenchman rents a Hollywood movie. A Thai schoolgirl mimics Madonna. It is a commonplace that globalization is influencing local culture. But is it helping as much as it hurts? In Creative Destruction: How Globalization Is Changing the World’s Cultures, Tyler Cowen makes a bold new case for a more sympathetic understanding of cross‐​cultural trade. Cowen looks through an economist’s eye at an age‐​old question: Are market exchange and aesthetic quality friends or foes?