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More to Globalization than Meets the Eye

by Corie Brown

The term globalization is defined as the process by which businesses or other organizations develop international influence or start operating on an international scale. Globalization affects my daily life all the time. We can start by looking at the electronics that we have such as laptops and iPhones. But these devices aren’t the only factors of globalization that I take part in alone.

An interesting thing with my experience with globalization and technology is YouTube. During my free time, I watch YouTube more than I watch regular cable on my television. YouTube is a way that we can watch videos and tutorials from different parts of the world right to our own smart device. Worldwide, about 1.3 billion people use and share content on YouTube with 80% of those views coming from outside of the U.S. So from that fact alone, more people are sharing their content from their experiences and cultures to the rest of the world. This form of virtual interaction and entertainment is an example of globalization into my life.

Globalization has impacted my family in a way that they have the same devices as I do. When they FaceTime me when I am away from home on their iPhones and do their work on their laptops, they are undergoing the same effects of globalization that I go through. But for members of my family, they live and work in the Washington D.C. area. The city itself is a melting pot of cultures with people from all around the world coming to bring their own languages and cultures. So everyday, they are interacting with some form of globalization with the people the meet and share ideas and experiences with.

My overall thoughts on globalization and how I think it has affected the U.S. is that I do believe globalization has been okay for the U.S. so far. The U.S. is able to outsource services and manufacturing deals from other parts of the world like China and India. However, when it comes to receiving services and manufactured goods from other parts of the world, people that do live in the U.S. believe labor from other parts of the world takes away from domestic jobs and that receiving outside services and supplies can produce unethical practices within these countries. But overall, globalization has made the U.S. more open and diverse and has helped us with the economy as far as a wider variety of product choices with lower prices. Without globalization, American capitalism would have not managed to sustain and expand in the world economy.

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