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Globalisation or is it just the Truman show

by on December 1, 2013

truman showGood morning and just in case you are reading this some other time,  good afternoon good evening and goodnight. Globalisation is undoubtedly a contested term. It has numerous definitions. Professor Fredric Jameson  describes the concept of globalization  as something that “reflects the sense of an immense enlargement of world communication, as well as of the horizon of a world market, both of which seem far more tangible and immediate than in earlier stages of modernity”.[1] Whereas Roland Robertson, labels  globalisation  as a “concept refers both to the compression of the world and the intensification of consciousness of the world as a whole”[2]. But what if this all was globaloney . It seems that the image of globalisation has been dictated by Multinational Corporation  who have created this image for the pursuit of wealth  but, what has globalisation done for us as an individuals ? Ours clothes have conquer more seas then we will ever see in our lifetime and yet the world we live in is now describe as borderless?  We live in a world much like the Truman show where the globalisation debate has created a fictional world in which respected thinkers like  Thomas Friedman with his book the world is flat has become the director.  It is time to exit stage left.

The main protagonist who illustrated how  we are truly experiencing globalisation  is Mr Pankaj Ghemawat. Mr Ghemawat has revealed numerous facts on global integration. One for example is the fact that only 2% of students study out of their native country, in addition to this only 3 percent of people on this planet live away from the country that they were born in. This may all sound trivial and most globalist will argue that America has numerous transnational organisations, that is globalisation. However a study revealed that less than 1% of American companies have any foreign operations.globaloney

Supporters of globalisation also claim that social media has made the world a more global place. They claim that we can now communicate with different people all across the world. This is true but we do not do  it.  Statics show that less than 15% of people on your Facebook  live in different countries, and roughly 25% of followers of Twitter users, on average, are located outside of a user’s home country.[3] In addition to this when it comes to delivering and receiving mail from different countries only 1% of post is sent  out internationally. Furthermore, only at 5 percent of phone calls are made internationally.

The globalisation debate is one in which people have accepted without looking at the facts. This blog is not denouncing globalisation existence because that would be a  foolish thing to do. But the world since the ending of the cold war has not fully integrated and  the world is not flat.  We must question what we are told about globalisation, and query whether it has truly affected our way of living as much as we are led to believe.  Failing to this will leave us within the Truman show.

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2 Comments
  1. themanisred permalink

    An interesting blog that has got me thinking. It seems that people have just accepted globalisation as a positive concept without focusing on just how much it benefits those who are already in favorable positions. The stats you mentioned do nothing to demonstrate any positive change on democracy for example. Economic prosperity definition does not make up for lack of social prosperity.
    P.S. I liked the Truman Show reference, Jim Carrey is the man!

  2. Hi,

    It can be argued that globalization is more about the fact that time is collapsing. We can order stuff on Amazon from one part of the world and have the next day delivered. It might be only 2% of people studying abroad but globalization keeps the education systems up to date. Students know about the latest events, technologies, discoveries, etc. Universities in the developed countries can offer their knowledge to the Universities in the less developed countries through partnerships, etc. Thanks to the globalization governments are able to work together towards common goals, there is a greater awareness of issues. People also have a greater access to foreign culture in the form of movies, food, clothing, etc. However there are negative aspects as well. When it comes to economic issues there have not been good results especially in the poor countries. The gap between rich and poor people had been constantly rising.

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