Globalization

Wow. Has it real­ly been that long sin­ce I last was active here? Sheesh!

During the long wee­kend that I’m cur­r­ent­ly enjoy­ing, Glo­ba­li­za­ti­on seems to be a fair­ly pro­mi­nent topic. I’ve seen two docu­men­ta­ries on TV about two sepe­ra­te aspects of it that got me thin­king hard and deep on clu­tu­ral eli­tism and euro­cen­tric views, as well as trends Euro­pe might cer­tain­ly miss if it doesn’t stop loo­king at it’s own agen­das so much. And now, going through my feed reader again, I see that one post on Joi Ito’s blog stand out to me, remin­ding me of my own expe­ri­en­ces with Ame­ri­can Express.

When I moved from Aus­tria to Ger­ma­ny, I wan­ted to take my AmEx card with me. Alas, it was a Gold card and not the nor­mal AmEx, so I wan­ted that in Ger­ma­ny as well. I tal­ked to two dif­fe­rent custo­mer rep­re­sen­ta­ti­ves on the pho­ne, but both said that they couldn’t issue me the card I wan­ted. The credit histo­ry of me in Ger­ma­ny was not good enough for me to get the Gold card. („Schufa-Aus­kunft“) I was wil­ling to give them the card num­ber of my Aus­tri­an card, but they said that they couldn’t access that data, so it wouldn’t be of any help. To make the long sto­ry short (and I do admit that I was fair­ly angry about it at that time), I signed up for a gold Visa card, got that wit­hin days and I’ve been hap­py with that ever sin­ce.

May­be I might take an inte­rest in AmEx again if they offer me a Cen­tu­ri­on card without the year­ly mem­bership fee.

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