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06 / 05 / 2004
Dominique Wolton presented his latest book the other globalization today at the forum dialogue “Interaction ’04”

The head of research at the Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in France thinks, “a political project is necessary in order to solve the problems that come out of cultural diversity.”

Much to his delight, Dominique Wolton´s “has gotten reactions.” The Other Globalization deals with the interrelation between communication, identity and culture, what Wolton calls “the explosive triangle.” In his opinion, “Europe should take the reality of cultural diversity into consideration and carry it to a political project, since technology cannot resolve the problems that stem from diversity.” The head of research at the CNRS does not position himself “against technology” but thinks that “the internet does not have a relationship with democracy and can end up leading to speculation.”

According to Wolton, the current situation is causing “the resurgence of cultural identities,” and also “creating a political problem we must react to.” The French sociologist thinks, “we must respect different linguistic identities, and that while language alone does not define a specific political culture, it is fundamental.” Wolton added that “we must stop cultural identity from closing in on itself, and therefore we must connect it to the political. Globalization should be a critical accelerator that puts culture and communication within reach.”

Dominique Wolton was receptive to initiatives such as the Forum Barcelona 2004, which, in his words, “represents a certain competition for Unesco.”

The book, published in Spanish by the publisher Gedisa, is the French sociologist’s fifteenth. Three others have been translated into Spanish as: Internet ¿y después?: una teoría crítica de los nuevos medios de comunicación, Sobrevivir a Internet y Elogio del gran público: Una teoría crítica de la televisión.