Urbanization intensified human interaction exponentially overtime; interaction which has accelerated the creation and transfer of ideas and technologies. These new ideas, new inventions and new stuff prompted industrialization - Industrialization o Machines were invented to do the heavy lifting that used to require human labor, humans learned that with these machines farmers can grow food, children can make clothes and oil powered big machines can build skyscrapers and sewer systems
o This gave people in cities more time to think, interact, create and people started to become inventors, doctors, artists, engineers, scientists, industrialists, priests, etc. o People exploring these jobs is how we gained things such as electricity, the polio vaccine, the Hoover Dam, mobile phones, and computers. - The Urbanization/Industrialization Combo o Linked up the globe like never before o More humans compacted into bigger concentrated urban areas has caused even more interaction within the city, but also increasing interaction between cities worldwide. o Cities are both the engines and the nodes of globalizing forces; the conduit for transfers of ideas, money, technologies, and power, everywhere, all the time - Communication o The endgame is almost here with communication, with mobile phones, the internet, and satellite tv and radio we can pretty much transmit any time of information almost instantaneously to any part of the globe. o A more fully connected world has developed in every sense of the word, in which actions of any one person affects the lives of everyone - Knowledge is power or at least empowerment What is Geography? - The word has its roots in the ancient world, roughly translated as “describing the Earth” - Every culture and society with a written record has done that, described the Earth both physically and culturally the environment around them as they understood it
- Every individual, every place on the planet no matter where – has both physical and cultural traits that make it unique -
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