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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

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