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INFLUENCE OF WESTERN CULTURE /OPEN AIR CULTURE/ WESTERN CULTURE (Paragraph / Composition / Essay)

Updated: Apr 24

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Cultural Assault

Cultural assault means bad influence of foreign cultures on any native culture. Some cultures have profound impact on other cultures that might be harmful and then it will be a cultural assault. In the present global world it is quite tough to impede this cultural aggression. With the development of hi-tech media, it has been very easy for a society to be infiltrated by alien cultures. Many of the cultural elements may be influenced in this way. Our Bangladeshi culture is mostly affected because of cultural assault of other countries. Our dress pattern especially for teenagers and young generation has altered a lot. Now people like pop song and band music sung in the western style and with western musical instruments. Besides, our eating habits are also being changed. Today many of us like to take fast food outside home using chopstick, fork etc. Now our young generations prefer celebration of 31 December to that of Pahela Baishakh. They never mind celebrating the Valentine’s Day. However, to get rid of the invasion of alien culture, we should be very much strict to exercise our own culture and flourish our cultural elements. We can rightly boast of an affluent cultural heritage. We have our own cultural traits and its identity. In addition to that, we have to accept miscellaneous alien cultures selectively, which will make our traditional culture more affluent.


Bangla Translation:






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INFLUENCE OF WESTERN CULTURE


Culture involves the total way of living and is the result of progress. Our culture is our sense of life. In the deeper sense, culture is the refinement of taste and attitudes. Culture develops in the light of education and civilisation. But in the hours of satellite cultures we are facing two phases of cultures known as the eastern and the western cultures. The eastern culture is old, ancient, obsolete and outdated but the western culture is modern upto date and fashionable. So great differences remain or exist between the two cultures.

Western culture is in many ways different from Eastern culture. Eastern culture is based on religious beliefs like Islam, Hinduism, Jainism and the Buddhism. The followers of these religions are quite reluctant to do anything or to follow any other dictate, culture and instruction neglecting the dictates of the above religions. But western cultures is an individually oriented culture.

We can never deny the impact of western culture at the present time. We must adopt what is logical, rational, reasonable and truthful in western culture. Our sacred scriptures have emphasised on the values of truth and work. We must, therefore, adopt meticulous behaviour, technical aptitude and swiftness from the western culture. We should not accept decline of moral values. But, unfortunately our young generation are fond of western culture for they watch and enjoy violence, fighting, wrestling, boxing and naked/blue films on T. V. through the satellite channels. They neglect, hate and ignore our culture but welcome the western culture. They intend to live a western life avoiding eastern culture. People of eastern culture are not accustomed to western culture


but the influence of western culture cannot be denied. We should rather pick all the gems of western culture like a swan. Our young generation can thrive on our own culture if they assimilate the picked pearlsfrom western culture in our social and cultural environment for the sake of building up a better society and nation.


OPEN AIR CULTURE

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Present day culture is an open air culture that is also called dish culture. Dish culture grips our life span and we are surrounded with the environment of displays of satellite channels. This open air dish culture seeks to enliven our health and nourishment of mind. Again our minds are poisoned with unhealthy elements generating distortion. Having the merits and demerits of dish antenna we hardly detach ourselves from seeing it or its impact. In fact, dish culture is inseparably related to our life.

Introduction of dish antenna in Bangladesh was in force just more than a decade ago. Once this miraculous instrument was very costly in Bangladesh. Now it is within means of middle class people. And people of urban and rural areas are having the taste of satellite culture with the help of dish antenna.

In this age of mechanization recreation, studies are being availed along with the international world. Dish antenna has become the modern media of mobilising those facilities. Dish channels not only broadcast recreational programmes but also play the role of fostering merit and intellect. Dish channels also bear the stamp of progress in merit and intellect in the developed countries. Everything has its positive action and negative reaction. Naked films, dance shows and music shows are on the air and accessible to the soft hearted youths through dish antenna. Most of the times TV ads are displayed in distorted forms. Amoral displays are more eye-catching than instructive programmes to the teenagers. Young generations are misguided by these programmes. Alien cultures are intruding into our native cultures and native cultures may be endangered by them. Shamelessness, nakedness are noticed among the boys and girls nowadays and. needless to say, this is the result of prevailing infectious dish culture.

Our religious values are declining under the impact of open air culture. Drug addiction, terrorism, violence, family detachment, indifference to moral

education, sexual perversion, rape, killing, trafficking, dacoity are the results of thrilling. ludicrous and panicky displays of dish channels.

Dish antenna is the gift of ultra-modern technology. We should discard the demerits of dish culture and utilize its merits for our recreation and welfare in our individual and national life. 


 The Impact of Western Culture

Kipling once stated, “East is East and West is West and never shall the twin meet.” He was right. There are some fine points of difference between the Eastern and the Western cultures. Both have their shortcomings and advantages.

The Western Culture is individual oriented. The needs, rights and privileges of the individual are of utmost significance. Man has learned to master the forces of nature under Western cultural influence. Western culture is materialistic. It is not satisfied with whatever has been gained by the individual. There is always lust for more and more. The mind therefore, remains unstable and shaken. The Western influences make the person more logical, calculative and rational. He forgets the taboos and useless preconceived notions which are normally associated with Eastern culture. Let us take an example. In the Eastern societies, dating would mean that a boy and a girl would meet each other and would try to understand each other. They would remain friends without any physical interaction. They would meet most probably to plan their life together but that may not always be necessary. However, in Western parlance, dating would mean that a boy and a girl share physical intimacy. They would remain husband and wife without marriage. After some time, they could part company and could find a new friend for each other. This attitude towards love, sex and marriage is not acceptable in Eastern culture.

In the recent times there have been certain incidences which are scars on our cultural harmony and communal homogeneity. Our young generations are being influenced greatly by western cultures. From their haircut to dress, they are trying to follow the culture they notice in western films. Girls are being influenced by foreign films. Day by day we are losing our interest in our native songs and the ways of singing. Western pop music have taken their place replacing our indigenous cones. In the case of dress, we are being influenced by the culture of other countries. When the young generations watch the actors and actress in the films wearing short dresses, they take it as a fashion and want to follow it. And thus our culture is being influenced by exposure to other countries. Such incidences are the consequences of narrow minded and fascist forces. All of us have a responsibility to honour the socio-cultural and religious sentiments of various communities of the country.

It is the opinion of the great philosophers that a simple life without much ambition is worth living and enjoying. Eastern culture does not support the ambitious behaviour. In western culture, however, growth is the only sign of life. We should adopt a delicate balance between the two. Like a swan, we must pick all the pearls of the Western culture and should assimilate them in our social and cultural environments for the sake of a better society and nation.


The Impact of Western Culture

“Culture” is one of the most frequently used expressions in the though a very vaguely defined idea. Perhaps, it means a nation’s or an individual’s way of looking at things or general approach towards life as a whole. More concretely speaking, a nation’s culture is something that represents the spirit and the ideals of its time-honoured institutions and usages and all its achievements, both past and present, in different spheres of life.

Bangladesh culture, as it has developed through the ages, has always had its basis in a state of piety in man. It has ever insisted on the cultivation of qualities by individuals conducive towards the growth of such as state in them. Purity of character and devotion to truth has always been given priority among human virtues which the Bangladesh educational system from very ancient times has taken care to develop in young pupils. Love of mankind is another virtue, the cultivation of which has also ever been encouraged on the soil of this sacred land.

Again, love of beauty, or rather, worship of Beatitude, is one of the basic principles of Bangladeshi culture. Bangladeshi literature and Bangladeshi culture teach this principle and insist on the observance of it in actual life, in no vague terms. Bangladeshi architectural and sculptural works and Bangladeshi paintings of all periods in history embody this principle in a very remarkable degree. “Truth is Beauty and Beauty is truth” is a doctrine, which though universally accepted seems yet to represent the spirit of Bangladeshi culture more than that of any other. The significant message of Bangladesh culture enjoining the worship of Beauty and Truth which and also the source of all good in the world.

An outstanding characteristic of Bangladeshi culture is its gospel of Tolerance and Liberalism. In religion as also in social dealings, a Bangladeshi has ever been ideally tolerant and liberal. To him it has ever been a crime against his own God to ignore or disregard God as worshipped by another of a different faith. Again, with all his patriotism and sense of national glory, it has never been for him to prove uncharitable or inhospitable to people of a different nationality or culture.

But in the recent times there have been certain incidences which are scars on our cultural harmony and communal homogeneity. Our young generations are beings influenced greatly by western cultures. From their haircut to dress, they are trying to follow the culture they notice in western films. Girls are being influenced by foreign films. Day by day we are losing our interest in our native songs and the ways of singing. Western pop music have taken their place replacing our indigenous cones. In the case of dress, we are being influenced by the culture of other countries. When the young generations watch the actors and actress in the films wearing short dresses, they take it as a fashion and want to follow it. And thus our culture is being influenced by exposure to other countries. Such incidences are the consequences of narrow minded and fascist forces. All of us have a responsibility to honour the socio-cultural and religious sentiments of various communities of the country.

As time winds its way though the cosmic clock, cultures fall asleep, fade or die. But Bangladeshi culture shall never die. This makes our culture unique.

 

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