Globalization: Past, Present and Future

A Picture from the past provides a vision for the future

1) What does globalization theory still provide that is useful for practitioners of international communication.

Globalization theory provides a description of modern culture post Globalization as well as a picture for the future. It also describes the nuisances of “glocalization”. Globalization can relate also to the developments in information and communication technologies (ICT’s) and the daily advances that occur to create newer and better methods for communication.

When did globalization begin? It has been a buzzword for the past two decades however the wheels have been turning for much longer, some experts date it back to the late 1900’s. With the constant development of new ICT’s it seems as if the impact will be around for a long time unless countries begin to shut themselves up like they did in the beginning of the First World War.

Hanson talks about how the development through the years with technology has advanced globalization. One example he uses is of the Namche Cyber Café at the base camp of MT Everest in the Himalaya’s. Here a trekker sits at a computer and sends an instant email to his friends and family back home and also check out the news on business and events from around the world. This is where we are today. With interconnectedness surrounding us at all times.

The path that we took to arrive here is laid out in our global histories and the past and current connection of nodes throughout the world. This map laid out is the foundation of how we go to the place we are today. We are surrounded by globalization, whether it is displayed by geo-linguistic regions or media sharing. The examples are endless.

The future of globalization can only be told by looking at the past and current situation and analyzing it for the future. Globalization is relevant to day and with the constant new developments’ in ICT’s it will be relevant in the future.

The revolution continues.
           -Elizabeth C. Hanson



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