Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Globalization in Our Hands

I chose this picture because in my opinion, it represents the grand scheme of globalization. We as people have many things at our disposal. We can Google just about any question and get the answer right away. We can talk to someone across the globe easily. We are able to see the new advancements and be updated with the new in a single second. I think the more this world becomes technologically advanced the more we will be able to be connected and advice as individuals. In a recent reading from class, one of the authors talks about how people relate to globalization and technology, as they are one. I sometimes also have this view and technology makes globalization a bigger factor in our daily lives. I think as we continue to read the MK book I still stand where i think globalization is overall bad. I wanted to make this a more positive picture to get a better outlook on globalization. The conversation that stuck out to me the most is when we talked about the poor versus rich and how the government is controlling this. Technology and our ability to be connected to the outside world is controlled by the government. I think this picture could relate almost and globalization angle. 

I found this picture on Google: The picture was published June 10th 2015. 


Globalization in EMV Credit Cards / Chip Cards

Monday, March 21, 2016

America and the Middle East

This image was taken in the Middle East, after an American plan fired bombs and bullets all over this town. The particular article lists this picture as a reference to an article called "9/11 the mother of all Big Lies – the grandest of grand deceptions, state-sponsored criminality, the most heinous ever false flag changing everything."

This image represents globalization because the American influence is EVERYWHERE. America has been at war in the Middle East for 14 years. 6,251 soldiers, American soldiers, have died fighting for a cause that many didn't believe in. America is now seen as the terrorist around the world. President George W. Bush lied to the American people about bombs of mass destruction to obtain approval from Congress for the go-ahead for war.

Globalization is defined as the tendency of businesses, technologies, or philosophies to spread throughout the world, or the process of making this happen. The global economy is sometimes referred to as a globality, characterized as a totally interconnected marketplace, unhampered by time zones or national boundaries. According to this definition, by mandating the American presence in the Middle East, we are spreading our own ideals, using our own businesses and technologies to rebuild and our military to train these troops.

I feel that globalization affects war. I feel that technology is a part of globalization, and many of the authors that we have read have stated this as such also. Social media is a way that many extremists that are labeled as "terrorists" recruit followers, and unless they are in a nation state that doesn't allow the use of particular websites, they are recruiting followers and making plans that are not exactly kosher.

To me- this image represents a land that has been torn apart from war, whether it is justified or not, do two wrongs really continue to make a right at this point in time? 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Globalization: Linguistically Speaking

This image is from the Democracy Chronicles website and was taken in Virginia, in July of 2012.

Every one of us has briefly flipped through the instruction pamphlet that comes with a new piece of technology or hardware, searching for our own language so we can figure out how to turn the dang thing on. All those extra languages we skim past aren’t there ‘just in case;’ the product we receive has likely been marketed to people all around the world. Thus globalization is conveyed in a simple, unassuming manner - just words on a page.
Likewise, this voting sign from Virginia - once the first English colony in the world, as the British Empire began its rise - is a solid example of language use reflecting globalization. Though migration happens much more slowly these days and on a smaller scale than in the first wave of globalization, many people still take the chance of moving to a new country for a variety of reasons. According to the American Community Survey (using data provided by the United States Census), over 300 languages are spoken in the United States. Although many of these speakers are fluent in English, many are not. In cities especially, a concentration of linguistic and cultural communities is seen. Because of this, signs like this become necessary in order to get a single message across to diverse groups of people.
Additionally, this image can serve as a reminder of another component often seen as connected with the second wave of globalization - the spread of democracy. Though this image was taken in America (as evidenced by the American flag in the background), the various languages themselves reflect experiences around the world.

Personally, what I appreciate most about this image is that it neither promotes nor warns against globalization. Instead, like the instruction pamphlets, it simply serves as a practical reflection of today’s daily reality.

--Bridget Malley

Monday, March 14, 2016

The English Speaking Peoples

I got this picture from, I found it on a google search of English speaking countries, as I knew what I wanted to post about before I started searching. This map represents all the countries that use English as their main language. This is mostly a testament to the second wave of globalization that happened between 1600 - 1900 when Britain was colonizing many of its territories like the Americas Australia and India. This is not just representative of the globalization of a Language, but also of the English culture. Countries that were occupied by England during its age of colonization have to this day English-esque institutions. My inspiration for this topic comes from Winston Churchill, who is a great inspiration to me and all of western society. He wrote the book History of the English Speaking Peoples which goes into detail on this subject if anyone wants to really learn more about this.

- Jacob Addis

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Oil in the Middle East

These Images represent the Middle East tapping into their large reserves of Oil. The top image is of a modern day company in Saudi Arabia mining for oil, while the bottom image is a dramatization from the movie Day of the Falcon, which is based on the unification of Middle East Tribes on Oil. This image is a good representation of globalization because we see companies from outside the country helping the country take full advantage of the resources that they have available to them. Because of the discovery of Oil in the Middle East the countries in the area have been able to make a large profit off the land they have, which has given them a more prominent role in the world stage. We see because of this increase in income they have been able to boost their economy and better their lives by being able to import things that would normally not be available to them in large quantities. This can show how globalization can help people around the world take advantage of the resources available to them and improve their situation from a seemingly bad dealt hand.
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