Culture is going global at the end of the 20th century. Nearly all millennium prophets, and there are a lot of them, add a strong cultural flavor to their visions and scenarios. The optimists among them draw up a global village, centered around a huge melting pot with food served for free and cooks from all over the world poring over their recipes. Most optimists describe the culinary actors as members of peacefully coexisting communities, eager to learn from each other and dedicated to the preservation of collective identities. However, pessimists conjure up a vision of a global melting pot with handles as grotesque as Mickey Mouse’s ears, frothing with soap that kills off the look and taste of the individual ingredients, whilst ethnocentric pessimists seem haunted by a nightmare scenario of five or six different melting pots contending in a clash of civilizations, with huge uniformed Muslim or Confucian armies and Christian post-modern and orthodox divisions.
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