>Globalization and You…and Twitter


Regardless of where globalization lands on one’s political compass, the world got a lot smaller just over the past decade. And you don’t need to be a Cold War scholar or Fortune 500 CEO to understand globalization, either. See X-Box Live, where gamers compete with their counterparts all over the world.  See Facebook and Twitter. During the contested Iranian elections this past summer, protesters organized through Twitter, a social medium once thought to be exclusively for following the lives of celebrities. But globalization is more than just a novelty; it’s a coalescence of all aspects of life: economies, culture, the environment, science and technology. For better or worse.
In a sense, there is a correlation between 19th century America and the 21st century globe. The expansion across the continent into the Wild West is not unlike the expansion of international markets, sciences, workforces and ways of life.  Just as America shrank, so shrinks the planet. There are certainly pros and cons about the issues. But at the heart of it, globalization is as much about competition as it is about culture and communication. Here are a few facts about the new world in which we are living.

Did You Know? 

  • China will soon become the largest English speaking country
  • The top 10 jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004
  • If Myspace, with its 200 million users, was a country, it’d be the 5th largest in the world. 

To learn more about globalization, be sure to check out www.globalization101.org and learn more about its costs and benefits. The site offers expert analyses across disciplines. There is also a link for teachers who wish to incorporate these topics into their curriculum.

Also check out Douglas McGray’s “Lost in America” and his opinion about the role American public education in the globalizing world.

2 Comments on “>Globalization and You…and Twitter”

  1. tapsearcher says:

    >Globalization is a false process driven by powerful forces outside the will of the people. International organizations new and old are set in place to control the flow of wealth outside of any democratic process.Free trade is a tool of Globalization to help drive the process further.It is not free or really trade as historically practiced and defined. It is primarily about moving production and factories from place to place anywhere in the world for the sake of cheaper labor. It created new economies based on making money on money as the priority instead of making things. This caused the degradation of a real tangible money standard which is the value of labor and workers. With this deflated, paper money values and all sorts of money products are affected. For years we have been told the record breaking trade deficit is not that bad and thingsbalance out sooner or later with the investments reaping the benefits for all of society. Obviously, it has failed. With the bail outs of big money and the investment commuity we find a new tariff and this tariffare the bail outs that are put on generations to come. Instead of talking about Globalization as being something real, we should be talking about the post-Globalization era that is coming. Only local value added economies work in balanced geopolitical settings with local being a city, state, nation or even a hemisphere where there is thisbalance. Local value added economies is the real base for a real Free Enterprise and it will ignite again from the lowest levels of classes. Free trade has proven to be a disaster with a new working poor class created in the more prosperous nations and a underclass of impoverished workers in the less prosperous nations. The working poor classes are finding it more difficult to afford even the cheaper imports while workers at places like Nike can not make enough money to buy theproducts they make let alone have anything left over to buy whatever countries like the U.S.A. have left to sell – seehttp://tapsearch.com/tapartnews and http://tapsearch.com/flatworld

  2. >Thanks for your comment, Tapsearcher! It's great to get other perspectives on these issues; we really appreciate your taking the time to share your thoughts!

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