"Rapid intercourse, from which the previous civilization had hoped so much, had ended by defeating itself. What was the good of going to Peking when it was just like Shrewsbury? Why return to Shrewsbury when it would all be like Peking?"
This quote made me think about corporate globalization and how you can find a McDonald's in Greensburg that's just about the same as the one in Tokyo. Commercialization, like Forster's Machine, has sort of taken over the world so that you can find the same companies almost anywhere you go. It reminded me of a documentary we watched in Thinking and Writing last semester called "Hollywood and the Muslim World." It was about how American media is so pervasive in Muslim cultures that their media and culture have started to emulate American culture in some ways. It's like how the Machine has caused everyone to form one mass culture without individual identity. I have no clue how E.M. Forster in 1909 was able to see all this in his crystal ball, but it's freaking me out!