On the Meaning of Globalization Essay

1826 Words Mar 31st, 2005 8 Pages
On the Meaning of Globalization

The technological development that characterizes the past two decades has triggered a communicational enhancement around the globe. Interconnectedness between people is greater everyday; goods, services, money, and information are exchanged between the furthermost parts of the world. International travel and communication now represent ordinary aspects of life. This phenomenon is called globalization.
The term entered common vocabulary in the 1980's and it grew so popular that the economic, political and cultural background of today is now described as "The Era of Globalization." However, this term needs to be thoroughly clarified as it means different things to different people. To some, it is a natural
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The most eloquent example is the invasion of American goods and trademarks in countries around the globe. This phenomenon expanded so much that it can be said "...globalization is in so many ways Americanization: globalization wears Mickey Mouse ears, it drinks Pepsi and Coke, eats Big Macs, does its computing on an IBM laptop with Windows 98. Many societies around the world can't get enough of it, but others see it as a fundamental threat."
Yet what the people involved in this dispute fail to understand is that nobody can win here. Arguments on what globalization really means or implies are useless, and so is the struggle to promote or prevent it from happening. Globalization merely happens as a natural and inevitable result of the evolution of humankind. It is a force that can be good

and can as well be evil. According to Thomas Friedman, "[globalization] can be incredibly empowering and incredibly coercive. It can democratize opportunity and democratize panic. It makes the whales bigger and the minnows stronger. It leaves you behind faster and faster, and it catches up to you faster and faster. While it is homogenizing cultures, it is also enabling people to share their unique individuality farther and wider." Globalization is encountered in all aspects of social activities from the economic to the political, the cultural and even the

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