This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Dynamics Of Globalization A Perspective Through The Lens Of Ordinary People

1365 words - 6 pages

Globalization is not a process that started ‘‘overnight’’. It has a long history dating back from the High Middle Ages (Osterhammel& Petersson 2005: viii), but it is probably felt now more than ever before.
What does the globalization process entitles? According to J. Osterhammel and N.P. Petersson, the word ‘‘globalization’’ indicates change and dynamism over time. ‘‘It refers to a process or, […] to a bundle of related processes that do not necessarily progress at the same speed or move in the same direction.’’ Since the only stable thing is change, we can refer to the process of globalization through the concept of ‘‘dynamics of globalization’’. Historians are trying to make sense of ...view middle of the document...

However, internet is not the only side of technology that has facilitate information and communication. One of Appadurai’s five scape is the mediascape: ‘‘Mediascapes, whether produced by private or state interests, tend to be image-centered, narrative-based accounts of strips of reality, and what they offer to those who experience and transforms them is a series of elements (such as characters, plots, and textual form) out of which scripts can be formed as imagined lives, their own as well as those of others living in other places.’’ (Appadurai 1996: 35). With the multitude of television channels, constantly developing movie and music industry, newspapers and blogs, websites and networking channels, today people are living a different history, were, although historians can identify patterns of the past, is has no precedent. People have the possibility to interpret what already is an interpretation of events, and this is what Appadurai means when he talks about ‘‘imagined lives’’. The reality for those living it, is in most of the cases, very different than its interpretations.
Every movie and every song leaves a trace in the audience’s minds. Since movies and music are two of the most popular ways of sending messages to the world, I’ve choose to analyse a song by the French artist Zaz, titled ‘On ira’ – ‘We will go’.(Annex 1). It has almost 10 million views on Youtube and it went viral on radio stations in many countries of Europe, Africa and South America. The reason for which I choose this song is that it is promoting a certain perspective of globalization. It is audio proof of Appadurai’s statement regarding ‘‘the imagination as a social practice’’: ‘‘No longer mere fantasy (opium for the masses whose real work is elsewhere), no longer simple escape (from a world defined principally by more concrete purposes and structures), no longer elite pastime (thus not relevant to the lives of ordinary people), and no longer mere contemplation (irrelevant for new forms of desire and subjectivity), the imagination has become an organized field of social practices, a form of work (in the sense of both labor and culturally organized practice), and a form of negotiation between sites of agency (individuals) and globally defined fields of possibility.’’ (Appadurai 1996: 31). The song is presenting a possible version of the world, where the effects of globalization constitutes its basis. The rhythm is alert and the lyrics are very emotional, offering to the audience hope, promoting the desire of liberty of movement, and the emergence of what Osterhammel & Petersson call ‘‘a global consciousness’’. They say: ‘‘Even today, few people ‘‘think globally’’[…]’’. (Osterhammel& Petersson 2005: ix) Through her song, Zaz proves to be one of those few who ‘‘think globally’’. She lives the historical fact of the ‘‘world becoming noticeably ‘‘smaller’’ as distant lands are being linked ever more closely together’’ […].(Osterhammel& Petersson 2005: 3): ‘‘We’ll go...

Find Another Essay On Dynamics of globalization - A perspective through the lens of ordinary people -

Through the Lens of Biblical Truth

1786 words - 7 pages this character can be analyzed through a biblical perspective. This essay aims to provide an in-depth analysis of Lord Sexsmith and to provide detailed explanations and several examples to support the struggles this character faces with his faith. In IceFields, Lord Sexsmith seems to struggle with his faith which is not uncommon for religion as I have been taught throughout my life. In the different religious groups, such as Christian

Summary of the novel "Ordinary People"

1030 words - 4 pages Ordinary People is set in Lake Forest, Illinois, during the 1970s. The action focuses on the Jarrett family--Calvin and Beth and their son Conrad. Before the action of the book begins, there was a second Jarrett son--Buck--who was killed in a boating accident over a year before the novel begins. After the death of Buck, Conrad became deeply troubled, blaming himself. He tried to commit suicide by slashing his wrists; his attempt failed when

Remembering 9/11 through the Lens of Hollywood: A Detailed Analysis

2590 words - 10 pages . Markert, John. Post-9/11 Cinema: Through a Lens Darkly. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2011. Print. May, Lary, “Teaching American Politics and Global Hollywood in The Age Of 9/11.” OAH Magazine of History 25.3 (2011): 45-49 Academic Search Premier. Web. 30 Oct. 2013. Muntean, Nick. “It Was Just Like A Movie.” Journal of Popular Film & Television 37.2(2009): 50-59. Prince, Stephen. Firestorm: American Film in the Age of Terrorism. New York: Columbia UP

Remembering 9/11 through the Lens of Hollywood: A Detailed Analysis

1499 words - 6 pages to take any urgent steps and make decisions under such rather heart shattering pressure exerted by throughout the world. What happened on September 11, 2001 not only gave us a petrifying instance of the capabilities of the human mind, but also showed us the warmer extremity of the human race. The greatest outcome of people heading to New York to help evacuate people, restore New York City, and sympathize over the people who went through this

A Reflection of Society in Ordinary People, Frankenstein, and Antigone

2048 words - 8 pages In the three chosen works of literature, Ordinary people by Judith Guest, Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and Antigone by Sophocles, alienation, initiation, journey, suffering and reconciliation are among the themes covered by the these great works of literature. The writers through the various characters in the scripts have clearly brought out the five themes as the main themes. These works of literature act as a reflection of what

A Look at Peace, technology and the Role of Ordinary People

966 words - 4 pages Technology does not have a simple positive or negative effect on individuals in society. "Peace, Technology, and the Role of Ordinary People", is one person's eccentric view of the negative connotations associated with technology. Military technology provides us with the global power to protect citizens in the event of war. The money invested in technology is equivalent to what is used to pay workers' salaries. Economic changes in society are as

The Social Landscape Through the Lens of Jewish Identity

2623 words - 10 pages for them.La petite Jerusalem is also driven by identity and like The Governess it too mirrors the ethnic and religious divides within the unwelcoming world of the Diaspora. The film focuses on two sisters, Laura and Mathilde, in a displaced Tunisian Jewish family and their attempt to reconcile their sexuality and philosophical pursuits with their Orthodox religious tradition, yet through the underscoring this struggle for self-definition is the

British National Identity Through the Lens of British Media

3099 words - 12 pages reflection that British people view as representative of themselves is produced primarily by television as a mass medium. Through domestic news, sports, dramas, reality shows, and soap operas (EastEnders, Footballers' Wives, and Coronation Street to name a few examples), Britons watch themselves on television and recognize certain elements to be shared nationally. The confusion arises when specific symbols cannot be shared by everyone because they

Viewing God Through the Lens of Self-Discovery

1813 words - 7 pages identity (94). Maja Dekovic and Wim Meeus emphasize this concept in saying that the parent-child relationship affects a teenager’s self-concept, thus affecting this or her assimilation within his or her cluster, which ultimately shapes his or her worldview (Clark 69). For this reason, social factors contribute the bulk of the formation of the conceiving God. However, many cultural factors also exist. People who live in certain geographic reasons may

The Plight of Ordinary People during the Great Depression

978 words - 4 pages not hate them. You know as well as I do that a lot of the white people hate the colored people, so I couldn't ask just anybody like a white girl could…” ("Letters: Requests for Money "). The Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 was the New Deal for the Indian nation. The new policy was intended to ease the injustices that the Indians suffered at the hands of government. It was intended to stop the practice of forcing Indians to assimilate

How Jane Gardam Reveals the Extraordinariness of Ordinary People

2021 words - 8 pages How Jane Gardam Reveals the Extraordinariness of Ordinary People Jane Gardam uses a variety of writing styles to give the characters and narrators a sense of extraordinariness. She does this, for example, through her choice of language that gives life to the characters. Three stories in this collection that show this are The First Adam, Stone Trees and An Unknown Child

Similar Essays

Challenging Behavior In People With Learning Disabilities Through A Psychological Perspective

1712 words - 7 pages This task will be focused on a service user group, more specifically on adults. It will explain challenging behaviour in people with learning disabilities through a psychological perspective which is behaviourism, and finally discuss how a social worker could address the issue by applying a psychological intervention or approach which will be behaviour modification. Valuing People (2001) recognises that learning disability can limit a

The Impact Of Ordinary People Essay

1039 words - 5 pages As people live their daily lives, they have an effect on others whether that is knowingly or unknowingly. These effects can be positive or negative, but either way they contribute in the making of individuals identities. In Ordinary People, by Judith Guest, Conrad was an adolescent who was severely depressed until he met a psychiatrist named Dr. Berger. His psychiatrist helped transform his identity from a confused to a confident young man

The Impact Of Ordinary People Essay

1378 words - 6 pages helping others get through a hard time are much significant in peoples lives. They give others reasons to keep living, and that is one of the best gift someone can give to another person. Ordinary People by Judith Guest exemplifies the importance ordinary people have in shaping one’s identity and how much effect they have on our daily lives. Works Cited Guest, Judith. Ordinary People. New York: Viking, 1976. Print.

Through The Lens Of Poklen Propasal

2237 words - 9 pages Working Research Title: "Through The Lens of The Poklen" Student Involved: ! Detailed Research Proposal ! 1. Introduction 1.1.Background Delinquent behavior have been linked with a social group namely; Poklen. However, there has only been a vague and ambiguous definition and thought about Poklen. The proposed topic for this research is "Through The Lens of The Poklen". ! The intention of this research project is to better understand who are the