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Globalization: An Obstinate Force

James Gordon

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7/11/2017

 

As the world continues to become ever more closely entwined, and as communication channels spread and connect remote communities together, the phenomenon of globalization has a profound effect on mankind. Such a pervasive force has had numerous impacts at all levels of human life and society, from the technologies we use daily to major government policy decisions.

Globalization, at the personal level, echoes in many forms. Its many facets can be seen in things so mundane as the cell phones we use or cars we drive, and do well to show that the world is more connected now than it has ever been before. For instance, I could log in to a social media account to chat with someone thousands of miles away, on a device manufactured on the opposite side of the globe. I could boot up my computer, made with Intel processors from Hillsboro (home of an Intel production line started in 2013) but memory controllers from Giheung (which houses one of Samsung’s Korean manufacturing plants)  I could climb into a Lexus made in Japan, fueled by gasoline produced in Saudi Arabia, just to get to work a few minutes away from my home in Maryland.

Personal relationships also demonstrate this idea well; my American cousin recently married a Chinese woman he met while on a tour of duty in South Korea. My friends continue to enjoy study abroad experiences in various European countries. This proves to me that the themes of globalization only continue to spread.

Globalization has, at a higher level, led to a vastly expanding global economy and brought countries from the depths of depression to prosperity. The U.S. is a prime example; only after shedding its isolationist policies for good and launching into World War II did it fully rebound from the worst financial catastrophe in its history. Now that the U.S. is a global superpower, it seems there is no stopping this paradigm.

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