Carly B. Lyon
July 11th, 2018
There is no escape from the effects of globalization. The tag on my shirt says, “Made in Thailand”. My car, a Honda Accord, is now made in America, but first began in Japan (https://hondainamerica.com/news/2018-honda -accord-named-2018-north-american-car-year/). My IPhone was designed in California and then manufactured in China. As I drive, I put on my Ray-Ban sunglasses, which are produced in Italy (https://www.framesdirect.com/knowledge-center/where-are-ray-ban-made.html?affiliate=73). Within the first hours of my day, I am exposed to the effects of globalization because my belongings are from foreign companies, were manufactured in a different country, or the idea originally came from another country.
I see globalization through many of the material goods I own, but my mother sees globalization through communication like global companies such as CNN. My mom says that because she is so informed about the issues others face throughout the world, she is able to appreciate what she has and help others who are not as fortunate. Because of globalization, my mother was able to sponsor children in Haiti and pay for their schooling. Without the globalization of communication, my mom would also be out of touch with her family in Germany as well as her culture.
As you can see from my examples, globalization has many perks; however, when it comes to the United States, globalization is a double-edged sword. Globalization allows for large companies such as McDonalds to grow globally to places such as France, as explained in the “Drivers of Globalization” video. Walmart began importing its products from China and because of this choice, products are low priced (great for the American consumer) but 400,000 Americans lost their jobs (https://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/09/business/economy/walmart-china-imports-job-losses.html). Big companies are also crushing all the “little guys”, such as local stores. While some Americans rejoice at low prices, others are forced to close their businesses and livelihoods.