Globalization is the process of integration from the exchanging and mixing of cultural aspects around the world. There are no current theories that are able to explain this phenomenon, but it has been confirmed and heavily debated by numerous experts on its importance. Experts usually claim to have noticed this phenomenon in the early 19th century, but some claim to have traced it back to prehistory. Gary Wells, a leading expert, states that “…some historians point to the voyages of Christopher Colombus in 1492 and Vasco da Gama in 1498 (which opened the spice trade to competition) as globalization's "big bang…" (3). This big bang refers to when goods and raw materials began to be circulated between the newly-discovered Americas and Europe, thus beginning the mixing of two very different cultures. Two other possible starting points are with the Industrial Revolution and the Fall of the Berlin Wall. The general view is that it most likely started in-between 1820 and 1870. Without globalization we would be without several types of entertainment, music genres, technologies, and even religion. I believe that globalization is vital to the world in order to reach a completely unified Earth and that globalization is one of the major contributors of our modern day society.
Computers and the World Wide Web are two major benefits that have been acquired due to globalization. The internet has made it possible for a myriad of highly beneficial things, including letting student’s learn through online means and enabling people to talk to other individuals from different countries. This seems to be taken for granted after having it in our everyday lives for a while, which causes us to overlook the tremendous impact this has had on us. The internet has aided globalization by enabling countries to take classes online which teach the participants about foreign material and knowledge. The internet has essentially created a “collective mind”, where different ideas, cultures, and people can interact on a day-to-day basis.
Many individuals argue that globalization is a bad thing and that it causes the loss of certain cultural aspects and traditions when two separate things, such as religion, are mixed together. While some things may be lost during the fusion, I firmly believe that some things must be sacrificed in order to continue advancement in society and avoid losing the desire to improve as a nation. We would be several years behind from where we currently are culturally and socially if globalization did not exist.
A major fear of globalization by citizens worldwide is the globalization will eventually result in a single world leader. The fear is that it is too much power for one person to handle and that individual’s ideas, religion, and culture will be forcefully imposed onto others. States are also worried that they will lose their ability to voice their opinions also. This is mostly skepticism currently however due to the lack of...