2014年6月7日G类雅思写作真题：Lifestyles and culture are very similar today around the world. Why is it? Do you think is it a positive or negative development?”
lifestyles and culture–recreational style
Never before was（倒装句） the world so globalised and assimilated as in this century. Technological advances and multinational corporationscontribute to this trend of assimilation and it is hard to tell whether it is positive or negative.
The rapid development of technology is the root cause of this worldwide phenomenon. Under the influence of technological advances, people all around the world have access to the most powerful cultures, and they will invariably（一定） be influenced. Hollywood blockbusters, for instance, have been so powerful that our lifestyles or recreational styles have been radically changed and assimilated.
Many multinational corporations have also assimilated our lifestyle. MacDonald or Starbucks, for example, are so influential that they have subsidiaries all over the world, providing services or products of all levels to many countries throughout the world.
Those who believe that this trend is positive or negative are equally justifiable. On the one hand, with countries more and more assimilated, misunderstandings or conflicts are likely to decrease and effective and constructive communications between nations are made possible. On the other, national diversities will decrease and people’s lives will become increasingly monotonous and humdrum.
Like it or not, the assimilation of lifestyles and culture, driven by the clout of technology, is an inevitable phenomenon throughout the world. While it is hard to say whether it is positive or negative, governments should try their utmost to preserve traditional lifestyles or local culture simply because it is these traditional lifestyles and local culture that distinguish and define them.