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we should also acknowledge that this globalization is not just economic.  Communications have put us so much closer together.  So many professions are sharing data across languages and across country boundaries--medicine certainly being one.  I wonder if there is not just a certain inevitability of the world getting closer,,,,broader than the inevitability of globalization in a business sense.  In a small sense, look at us at ET--we wouldn't be dialoging like this 15 years ago.  Don't we all, at ET, get our music from around the world, read our papers from around the world?  I'm one of those that no longer gets a hard copy paper every morning--it's too narrow and too boring.  I read the local paper for the sports--but I get it online.  Even the weather I don't get from the local paper--I'm sure most of you like me get these wonderful up to date, daily, hourly weather stuff, and perhaps like me look at 5 other locations where I have family and friends.

And in a broader historical context, hasn't this really been going on for centuries?  There was a time when city-states really supported themselves, almost completely.

I too sometimes think of this globalization thing primarily in economic and business terms,,,I guess because it's in our face so much.  But when I step back and reflect, I think it's much broader.

by wchurchill on Tue Apr 18th, 2006 at 03:02:54 AM EST
Your first two sentences say it all.  The reduction of trade barriers and the arrival of the communications revolution of the last few decades has simply made globalization more obvious to us.  It's just a matter of the business side of globalization being in our faces much more today.

But isn't it good that the average Joe (Jacques) learn about international business?  Doesn't that provide an amazing educational opportunity?  I think so.

I may be in the minority on this, because I think globalization is great.  I know I'd much rather live in the Internet Age than the Iron Age.  I like being able to talk with all of you about the issues of the day.

It (globalization) is inevitable.  Globalization has been present for thousands of years -- at least since Rome.  It has already happened.  The fact that we're sitting here talking on computers connected to the Internet is all you need to examine.  Surely this is not a bad thing, is it?  I love the fact that I can jump onto the Internet and find out what happened in Paris or Tokyo or London or Beijing while I was asleep -- and in a matter of seconds.

As I've said, what form globalization takes can be altered, but the general direction -- that being towards economic and social integration -- cannot, nor, in my opinion, should it.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Tue Apr 18th, 2006 at 06:43:38 PM EST
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Drop me an email, by the way, wchurchill: jones.drewj@gmail.com

I've got some data to share, but I'm afraid I wouldn't be able to squeeze a diary out of it.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Tue Apr 18th, 2006 at 06:50:47 PM EST
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