Globalisation – Welcome, or Not?

Globalisation and the global village are two of many terms used to describe the current nature of the globe and the way humans interact, whether through business, culture, or media.  As stated by Dr Sukhmani Khorana (2015), there are five ‘scapes’ which explain global culture flows. These include Ethnoscapes, Mediascapes, Technoscapes, Financescapes and Ideoscapes. Each plays a part in the way we all communicate on a global level through business, including trade and finance, entertainment, including film and music, and media, including news broadcasting and social media.

Focusing on media, the presence of globalisation has made global communication very easy for almost anyone to interact with people all around the world. An example I’d like to discuss is the use of hashtags. The ability to talk about a topic with complete strangers on the internet is one of many examples of globalisation and the resulting global village. People can interact and stay connected with global news stories, sporting events and ideas on websites such as Twitter at the touch of a button. To me, this example shows just how connected the global village has become.

Although, another idea regarding this was also mentioned by Khorana in her lecture. Instead of the global village, we are instead part of global communities, which have parts that interact with other global communities. The difference with the two is that not every person has a connection to every single person, but instead a very small proportion of the population. I think the idea of global communities is more accurate, as I don’t have access to interactions with anyone in the world, but instead those who are part of the communities that I am part of. To each person this is different, of course, as each person will have a different number of active communities, whether online or offline.

While many welcome the effects of globalisation, not all welcome this idea. There are examples of tribes around the world which operate in complete isolation from the outside world. For example, North Sentinel Island, in which India has sovereignty over, is home to a small tribe surrounded by an exclusion zone set up by the Indian government (2015). This tribe is left to fend for themselves as they have been doing for many thousands of years. Clearly the effects of direct effects of globalisation haven’t touched this isolated group. As stated in the article, there have been attempts to contact the tribe (including after the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami) but there was no sign of welcome. Therefore, it is clear that this tribe show no signs of wanting foreign interaction. Therefore, can someone who has no idea of the concepts of the outside world, or of globalisation for that matter, actively attempt to avoid it?

References:

2015, ‘Uncontacted tribe on North Sentinel Island left to fend for themselves, as they should be’, July 27, viewed 13/08/2015 < http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/uncontacted-tribe-on-north-sentinel-island-left-to-fend-for-themselves-as-they-should-be/story-fnjwl2dr-1227457943618>

Khorana, Sukhmani, ‘Week 2 Lecture’, PowerPoint, BCM111, University of Wollongong, 5/8/2015

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