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Globalization: The Force That Makes Everyday Essentials Attainable

Globalization is defined as the process by which businesses develop international influence or start operating on an international scale. This has many ramifications, both positive and negative. Globalization’s effect on myself, as well as on other college students in a similar situation is that of a positive nature. Resources that college students rely on are cheaply mass produced, making for a higher standard of living.

 

For example, Apple is able to produce and sell billions of high end electronic devices at reasonably affordable prices. Apple designs and engineers their devices in the United States and has them mass produced in more industrialized and, in many cases, less wealthy countries. The end result is increased affordability of technology. The increased affordability of technology provides users with incredible convenience and allows for a more connected society.

 

Furthermore, without globalization me and my family wouldn’t be able to live such a lavish lifestyle. My father owns a company that relies on the resale of electronics produced abroad. As a result, he is able to provide for my entire family. We all own cars, large quantities of high quality clothing, high end electronics, and every household item we would possibly need. These things wouldn’t be attainable if everything was made in the United States. American labor is exceptionally expensive. The expense of primarily domestic production would mean that fewer items would be produced, meaning that fewer people would be able to attain them.

 

The effects of globalization on the United States are generally positive. Less domestic production means less pollution in our cities. We still thrive in areas beyond mass manufacturing. Our domestic agricultural and food production market is thriving. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service, 83% of all food consumed in the United States is produced domestically. Furthermore, the decreased cost of construction and technology caused by globalization enables the creation of domestic research facilities like the University of Maryland, allowing us to become world leaders in technological discovery.

 

Created for UMD ENES464 by Jeffrey Rosen

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