globalization-socy101 - How are today's globalization...

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How are today's globalization processes different from those of earlier eras? Why is it important for individuals to understand globalization trends? Technology has given way to a globalized culture. As the technology available changes, the process and speed at which globalization takes place changes too. As discussed in our sociology class, “globalization is not a new phenomenon, but today's globalization is different in key respects from the globalization of earlier eras”. It is important to follow the history, change, and technological advanced of globalization in order to be able to understand the globalization trends of today’s era. To even begin talking about globalization and its history, we must first talk about what the word means. Over the years, just as how globalization has changed and expanded, so has its definition. The Encyclopedia Britannica defines globalization as, “the process by which the experience of everyday life, marked by the diffusion of commodities and ideas, is becoming standardized around the world”. In my own words, I see globalization as the spread of ideas, technology, culture, education, and everyday life, across the planet without any geographic boundaries. As I said earlier, globalization has changed dramatically over the course of human history. There really is no agreed beginning point for globalization, but we do know that
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course SOCY 101 taught by Professor Nelson during the Fall '06 term at VCU.

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