questions, questions….

three questions concerning globalization that i think are most important…

1. What impacts, negative or positive, does globalization have on the environment?
      I’ve heard globalization and the environment often linked in general conversation, but not in a definitive way. When anything has a large, widespread impact on the world (such as globalization),  it is important to study its environmental impacts. Earth  is our setting, our backdrop, our home and without it we cannot survive. It is crucial that in times of rapid change we pay close attention to the environment. It is incredibly easy to get caught up in the exciting advancements of a new “age” that is coming about quickly, but we can’t forget the importance of taking care of our home.  This questions impacts everyone, and should be continually analyzed to bring about further globalization in a way that is as least harmful as possible to the earth itself.

2. How will conflict in a globalized world be different than what we’re accustomed to?
     Since we defined globalization as “the increase in interactions between people around the world that involves the sharing of ideas, goods, cultures, and businesses” we can infer that through increased interaction countries will become more dependent upon each other in several respects. What will this mean in terms of handling conflict? Will countries be more likely to avoid a conflict to protect the balance or will a world war be more likely due to the complex network of inter-dependence? How will technology and the spread of information bring more players into a conflict? With countries outsourcing business and increasingly depending on other nations for manufacturing and goods, it is important to understand how the interactions could/will change in the event of a conflict. In a “smaller” world more people can be involved in a conflict between nations and it could easily grow to a (potentially disastrous) global conflict. Conflict is fairly pervasive right now, in what some consider “the early stages” of globalization. It is important to formulate ideas about conflict in a more globalized world so that we can be prepared in the event of dispute and brace ourselves against the potential impact of a conflict spiraled out of control.

3. Does globalization pose a threat to individual cultures?
     Many people identify themselves through their customs and lifestyle. Your culture is you; the ideas, practices, traditions, and values of your society play a large part in your character.  In a world where you can get food from other countries down the street and understand pop culture references from places many miles away, is it a stretch to wonder how culture will maintain itself in a increasingly meshed world? Will people simply become more aware of other cultures while maintaining their own? Or like other facets, will culture become a single streamlined element throughout the world? To some it would be wonderful to be united in a singular culture (see my post about John Lennon’s “Imagine”) while others believe to lose sight of your own culture would be to lose sight of yourself. Are the boundaries of culture simply boundaries to be broken by globalization in order to further integrate the facets of our lives? Culture is important across the globe for many reasons, and globalization’s impact on culture is equally as important.

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