With a student, I am constantly learning new concepts

With society and times changing around the
world, globalization has become a term more frequently used by people to
describe the way in which we are living. In the textbook, Crossing Borders:
International Studies for the 21st Century, by authors Harry Chernotsky and
Heidi Hobbs, globalization is defined as, “the political, economic,
social, and cultural flows across the international system” (Chernotsky
& Hobbs, 2016, p. 8). To many, this definition may seem confusing, and each
person when learning and reviewing globalization, coins the definition with
their own thoughts and/or experiences. In contrast to this definition, Kate
Bradley gives a varied definition of globalization in her article posted on the
Classroom website, “The Effects of Globalization in the 21st Century”
she defines it as, “the integration of world markets and mass sharing of
information” (Bradley, n.d., para. 1). Regardless of the definition given
to globalization, it is still a subject that is evolving, at times controversial
and still being expanded upon.

            As a student, I am constantly learning new concepts and expanding
my knowledge on certain subject matters. So, when learning about globalization
my definition of the term and what it means to me is a combination of
definitions that I have come to learn. The term globalization, in my own
perspective, means the way in which the world interacts with each other (i.e.

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nation among nation) and how we as a society have become a progressive world,
where we trade, communicate, and co-exist with each other. From what I have
learned, it is inevitable that borders separate every nation, however, these
borders do not limit the interaction that occurs among each country. Thanks to
globalization and its innovations, countries are able to do things such as
trade material and merchandise and
communicate with one another. Globalization allows the world to work
effectively and continue to prosper as individual nations and nations together.

In Mike Collins’, Forbes article titled, “The Pros and Cons of
Globalization” he states, “…globalization has been a good thing for
many developing countries who now have access to our markets and can export
cheap goods” (Collins, 2015, para. 2). This reinstates the idea that
globalization has helped countries by allocating a trading system.

            When
understanding the meaning of globalization I have had to learn that there are
pros and cons to this development. With globalization comes the controversy on
whether it is proactive for countries or if it negatively affects them. One of
the main reasons for controversy on globalization in my personal opinion is the
fact that with globalization and easier access to trade comes the fear of job
limitations in America due to blue collar jobs being diminished here and moved
to developing countries where wages can be
a cheaper expense for companies. Again
in the article, “The Pros and Cons of Globalization,” Collins
confirms this by stating, “supporters of globalization have made the case
that it is good because it has brought low priced imported goods, but they have
not matched the decline of wages in the middle class and will not offset the
loss of many family wage jobs”
(Collins, 2015, para. 41). As stated above this is only one of the many
controversies that are brought up when talking about globalization.

 Because
globalization is still a developing subject matter people are still considering
and questioning whether globalization has positive or negative effects for the
countries that partake in it and opinions may continue to change as
globalization continues to evolve.

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