Illustration… Globalization

Published April 15, 2012 by Dezirae Mccausland

Webster, N. (1999, Jul 17). Now the electronic herd rules: Columnist examines impact of globalization on our lives. The Gazette, pp. J.3-J3.

“The good news is that nations that are democratic, transparent and plugged in, with such basics as sound accounting, a free press and an honest legal system, are the ones best poised to benefit from the new order” (Webster, 1999).

“The bad news is that globalization, for many, means Americanization” (Webster 1999).

The transportation of information, goods, and ideas has become quite fast moving within our world. With new technologies and interconnected systems the exchange of anything is becoming very easy in today’s world. In the text, “Mediated Society: A Critical Sociology of Media”, Globalization is defined as “accelerated, intensified connections and networks in both physical and virtual senses” (Jackson, Nielsen, HSU, 2011, p.124). In Norman Webster’s article, he explains that there are both positive and negative aspects of Globalization. As shown in the quote above, nations that are financially ahead and have good systems will benefit from this transfer of goods and information. It will help to boost their economy only if it does not take away from their already established systems. On the negative side, Globalization can create Americanization for other countries. Examples from the article are “Mickey Mouse, Marriott, malls, McDonald’s and movies [from America]” (Webster, 1999). In this sense, Globalization would take away from a country’s individuality, possibly losing some of its unique qualities which help to make it the country it is. Within these countries, the ones that are in most need of development, “Americanization and environmental destruction seem to be the sad costs of getting rich” as to get rich is the number one reason a country would bring in Globalization. Webster makes a good point as he give us an illustration of what globalization could do, he quotes in his article “Touring the world will become like going to the zoo and seeing the same animal in every cage – a stuffed animal” (1999). As Globalization is an inevitable fact, which is developing more and more vastly every day, we will not see Globalization come to a halt. The world needs the transfer of goods, media, finances, and ideas in order to continue to make money, but if the world is not careful in developing the poorer countries, their individual identities could become destroyed as Americanization takes over.


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