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"In one way or another, these texts account for a turning from the world, and celebrate the local, sometimes, perhaps, sentimentally" How compelling do you find the "retreat from the global" as a response to a difficult world?

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"In one way or another, these texts account for a turning from the world, and celebrate the local, sometimes, perhaps, sentimentally" How compelling do you find the "retreat from the global" as a response to a difficult world? The concept of "retreat from the global" is one that has caught the minds of many authors, scriptwriters and academics alike. For the past thirty years, the issue has been debated regarding the direction of our society, with its ever increasing global problems and developing technologies, is turning: Back to the local, or to the homogenising global. "The Castle" portrays this way of thinking, of the retreat from the global, in a comprehensible manner that is easy to watch. Through humour and drama, the audience is introduced to certain issues and a sentimental view of the local is put forward. In this way, the responder is positioned to perceive the matter of global versus local in a particular way. Tom Morton holds a more sceptical view on globalisation and the way in which the rush back to community is perhaps not as beneficial as it seems, as described in "Beware the C-word" (Spectrum, Sydney Morning Herald, 4.11.00). This article focuses on the negative aspects of communitarianism while making commentaries on the consequences of retreating from the global. ...read more.


This gives the responder a feeling of being on an increased personal level than if it was created to Hollywood style perfection. By bringing the responder into the text and allowing them to become sentimentally involved in the life of the Kerrigans, the film celebrates the local. The first scene of the film begins with just the sound of birds and a lawnmower in the background. These are commonly accepted sounds of a local area, however even these two sounds are not exclusively local. The lawnmower is an example of the global entering and being accepted into the local, in the form of common products. The voice over of the Kerrigans youngest son begins by stating the way in which the audience will be involved with the film, on a personal level, by saying "My name's Dale Kerrigan, and this is my story". In introducing the family members and their home, the responder is drawn more into their lives and their story, thus creating a sentimental dimension to the movie. This sentimentality is particularly demonstrated in the scenes after the first court hearing in which the Kerrigans lost their case to keep their home, their most cherished possession of all. ...read more.


The author identified many problems with the concept, for example "The cult of community sanctions many forms of discrimination" and gives the example of some members of the gay community in Sydney trying to ban bisexuals from the Mardi Gras, as they are not "fully committed members of "the community".". The opposing views of this article and "The Castle" give a general idea of the arguments involved in the question of local versus global, however neither shows the evident retreat from the global to be a response to the continuing problems of the world. The way in which varying ideas on the issue of retreat from the global are put forward is as varying as the ideas themselves. Texts of every type can be found commenting on the issues involved, and in the cases of "The Castle" and "Beware the C-word", taking the position of demonstrating the advantages of a certain aspect of the argument. While "The castle" certainly portrays the local in a sentimental light, "Beware the C-word" simply states facts to shape its argument. Although retreat from the global may be a response to a difficult world, neither text attributes this reason the increasing move back towards the local. ...read more.

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