Globalization Group / First Responses

Lucia, Nozomi, Tamaki, and Hang!

Please post your responses to this article from our readings:

Spiritual Perspectives on Globalization by Ira Rifkin

Please post one response, and please post a reply to one of your classmates’ responses. (Post these responses and replies to this blog post)

Responses should be written according to the characteristics on page 14 in our textbook, using one of the techniques on page 14 and 15 of our textbook, and using the two steps on page 17 in our textbook. Please read these sections of our textbook before starting or finishing your response.

Please read your classmates responses, and post a reply to one of their responses. If a classmate’s response already has a reply, please reply to a different classmate’s response.

Also, please read World Publics Welcome Global Trade – But Not Immigration by the Pew Global Attitudes Project, and write at least 4 good questions in the margins as your read. Also, please highlight 4 sections or more in the article that are of interest to you, or ones that have a connection to an experience or similarity from your life.

Have a great weekend!


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7 Responses to Globalization Group / First Responses

  1. Hang Le says:

    After reading ” Spiritual Perspective on Globalization” by Ira Rifkin, I can learn more information about globalization. As ” On an individual level, globalization is …. , and that being well connected is more important than being deeply connected.”, globalization has many good sides, however, we can’t let it control and attach to us more deeply because it will make the distance between rich and poor people more bigger and clearer. Also, because of globalization, we can learn and share our culture to people in the world, and we have ” open market” that make changing life specially for undeveloped country. However, everything has two sides as same as globalization, so we can make good side more growing and better. For bad side, we can control or decreas the bad effect of globalization to our life. Specially, culture of one country will disappear, if that country don’t have ways of controlling the growing of globalization.

    • tamaki says:

      You got the point about “the promotion of consumer values”, and it helps me to understand this awkward article.
      Maybe I could add to your comment with regard to plight indigenous cultures that the culture is not always disappeared into the global integrating stream. For instance, here Hawaiian culture was brought to the public (from its prolonged depressed history) by foreign tourists who had been fascinated in their cultural heritages.

    • luciakye says:

      I agree to you that we should keep the good and control the bad of globalization.
      my conflict is:
      If I don’t know Starbucks(lack of information), I am out-of-date
      and If I’m only hanging around there, then I’m loosing my regional identification.
      What shall I do?

    • Nozomi says:

      Hi, Hang. I agree with your idea, because Globalization has two aspect. Although cultural and economical transformation has led us to be close each other, it causes economical gap and other severe problems around the world.

  2. luciakye says:

    first response 3/16/13

    In “Spiritual Perspectives on Globalization”, Ira Rifkin writes that many people, even who speculated for good, encounter negative aspects on globalization as it is unfolding. global economic institutions such as IMF and the World Bank cause international polarization besides their financial aids for poorer countries and cultural globalization kills regional and traditional expressions. also new media and new modes of transportation enable people to cope up with distance and speed for exchanges without knowing where it is heading to.

    In the history of globalization it has mainly been occurred with capital and information. as it proceeds humanity is left behind for its abstractivité.
    For example, the development in trade is not to compare with that of in immigration.
    To complete the process of globalization it should be included humanity and spirituality for the next generation.

  3. tamaki says:

    One idea from “Spiritual Perspective on Globalization” is that the globalization entails threats to innumerable indigenous societies’ privileges. Rifkin writes, “(G)lobalization refers to the spread of what has been pejoratively termed ‘McWorld’ – shorthand for the Western-oriented (many say American) global mono-culture.” He also writes, “that is burying countless regional and even national cultural expressions in an avalanche of MTV…, McDonald’s style fast food.” In other words, the worldwide companies having a certain influence on peoples’ lifestyle lead to an entirely simple world on earth.

    While I partially agree with his point, we need to come to mind a fundamental question: How these companies make their profits? Every ethnicity has a sense of moral, which is based on absolutely his or her lifestyle included a daily consumption. In an initial phase, McDonald’s style seemed to be perfect for everywhere. In fact, however, they have faced decade-long declining of sales figure. Concerned with healthiness and what we are going to afford to, we changed to not select to consume them. Although I have to mention that these companies have contributed to make job opportunities for those have not trained special skills, still yet, the situation is far from a real happy life. After all, we want to keep our lives being along with our ethicality, regardless a certain amount of business efforts.

  4. help2013rick says:

    In discussing about Globalization, I learned both of positive and negative aspects of it.
    Firstly, I think Globalization refers to economical and cultural transformation in the international community. And it has been bringing us great opportunity to travel abroad, learn new culture or language and buy exported goods easily. On the other hand, I believe that it has been created by power game or power balance, because both of cultural and economical transformation are dominated by western countries. For instance, while IMF and International Bank for Reconstruction and Development has been set up to help economically poor countries, the global capitalism has dominated the world economy afterwards. I think it is one of the westernization and enormous nations has acutely been competing to acquire technical skill, natural resources or weapons in the world market. Thus, I think globalization is partly westernized world.
    Although this is my idea inspired from the discussion, I would like you to tell me your idea or give me some advices.
    Thank you for your time

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