Kofi Annan, a UN diplomat, once said, “...that arguing against globalization is like arguing against the laws of gravity.” Introduction
It is very important to study globalization because understanding the contemporary international political economy is an essential part of being an informed citizen. Understanding globalization is a very important part of learning about our human involvement with the environment and society. Our daily experiences at school, work, and home are an integral part of the globalization process. We live in an independent global political economy. The concept of understanding globalization provides us with the tools necessary to be productive members of our local and global communities. The purpose of studying globalization to understand the differences and similarities of different cultures and to understand how we are connected and at the same time separated from the world. One of the other reasons to study globalization to understand the causes and effects of globalization and how its influence on politics, economics, and culture unite or divide nations around the world. What we basically come away with is the fact that the concept of globalization is not the same throughout all cultures and societies. The differences between the different aspects of globalization, such as technology, economy, and politics challenge two conventional wisdoms. It is believed that it limits the power of the government and it has not erased political, religious and economical border.
Definitions and Components of Globalization
Overall there has been very little agreement on how to exactly classify and define globalization. One way to classify globalization is as being composed of cultural, economic, political, and technological components that connect groups and individuals across the global landscape. Even though there has been a sharp increase in the technology of communication and it has basically eliminated physical distance, it has created a very different way for us to interact globally.
The main culprit of this has been the Internet. And even though the Internet has been probably the greatest invention this century, it has divided just as many people and groups as it has connected. The other fact is that local interaction between people and groups is still necessary. On the other hand the Internet has opened a huge range of choice for groups as well as individuals. This fact has offered greater depth and more opportunities to choose how much information we get as well as what kind of information we want. Digital technology has definitely changed how groups and individuals interact on a global scale.
How we study Globalization