|Cityscape - Sydney, Australia by Dan Heller (source)|
The word "Globalisation" makes me think of technology, communication and the sharing of information, products and services on a global scale. However to some extent this is my own interpretation of a word that has many meanings. Giddens (2009; 126) explains the term as 'individuals, groups and nations, becoming ever more interdependent’ on one another. However, Globalisation is not a new process, rather, it has been occurring over a longer period of human history than many people think (Giddens, 2009; 126). The concept of sharing technology and communicating cross-culturally has been around for many years, but the Internet has allowed Globalisation to advance in other ways.
|'Big Think' blog (source)|
The digital age and development of information and communication technologies ‘have intensified the speed and scope of interaction between people all over the world’ (Giddens, 2009), further enabling the Globalisation process. It is these methods that also allow the bringing together of culture, trading of goods and the positive interaction between various countries.
However, the term 'global'-isation also tends to create a false image of equal opportunity and prosperity. This inequality that still exists between developing and developed countries, means that more than one billion people worldwide still live on less than $US1 a day (Giddens, 2009;120). This is where the digital divide is obvious - although technology has helped many countries progress, but not all of them. It seems that as long as the process of Globalisation is determined by technological, political and economic advances, developing countries that lack in these areas are likely to get further left behind.
Giddens, A 2009, Sociology 6th ed, Polity Press, Cambridge, UK.
Heller, D, 2003, Sydney City Scape Aerial, digital photograph, Dan Heller Photography, accessed 15 July, 2012 < http://www.danheller.com/images/Australia/Sydney/Cityscapes/Aerials/Slideshow/img8.html>
Technology-and-human-communication image, 2012, digital photograph, ‘Big Think’ blog by Ray Kurzweil, accessed 15 July, 2012