Regardless of where globalization lands on one’s political compass, the world got a lot smaller just over the past decade. And you don’t need to be a Cold War scholar or Fortune 500 CEO to understand globalization, either. See X-Box Live, where gamers compete with their counterparts all over the world. See Facebook and Twitter. During the contested Iranian elections this past summer, protesters organized through Twitter, a social medium once thought to be exclusively for following the lives of celebrities. But globalization is more than just a novelty; it’s a coalescence of all aspects of life: economies, culture, the environment, science and technology. For better or worse.
In a sense, there is a correlation between 19th century America and the 21st century globe. The expansion across the continent into the Wild West is not unlike the expansion of international markets, sciences, workforces and ways of life. Just as America shrank, so shrinks the planet. There are certainly pros and cons about the issues. But at the heart of it, globalization is as much about competition as it is about culture and communication. Here are a few facts about the new world in which we are living.
Did You Know?
- China will soon become the largest English speaking country
- The top 10 jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004
- If Myspace, with its 200 million users, was a country, it’d be the 5th largest in the world.
To learn more about globalization, be sure to check out www.globalization101.org and learn more about its costs and benefits. The site offers expert analyses across disciplines. There is also a link for teachers who wish to incorporate these topics into their curriculum.
Also check out Douglas McGray’s “Lost in America” and his opinion about the role American public education in the globalizing world.