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Considering the Possibility and Practice of Global Citizenship

Information technology and globalization

Posted by anequidnimis on April 26, 2009

This video, despite having some questionable facts overall, still sums up a lot of the amazing growth in our world today.  It’s crazy to envision life before this information age, at least for young’uns like myself, and it’s even more amazing to think of what will be present fifty years into the future.  From my own very little knowledge about cosmopolitanism, I think that we’re seeing an increase in communication between people all around the world, in parallel to this technological increase.  It is becoming increasingly common for someone walking along the streets of New York to hold a casual conversation with a man in India.  This conversation between people of different cultures was discussed in Kwame Appiah’s “Cosmopolitanism, Ethics in a World of Strangers”, in which Mr. Appiah noted that these conversations across boundaries were inevitable.  Given the increasing availibility of these tools of communication, coupled with the increasing population, conversations like this really are inevitable, and indeed something to be desired!  This is only one of the ways in which technology has paralleled cosmopolitanism.  Increased mobility, people travelling so much farther than they ever have in the past!  All this technology, some may argue, is harmful for the individuality of cultures, diluting their uniqueness in the global pool, but again I refer to Appiah, who noted that this is a disservice to the strength of a culture.  I feel that we should embrace all these advancements in technology, just the same way that we should embrace other cultures–by using technology for good, and by respecting cultures as unique, yet still connected to the rest of the world.  In any case, I think I can sum this up by noting how lucky we are to be living in this world today!

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2 Responses to “Information technology and globalization”

  1. bklunk said

    Jeez, I think I have 507 in my house.

  2. byersk said

    I recall being exposed to this statistical data and predictions around a year and half ago. Yes it’s a lot of information that’s being thrown at you, but the most important part of the video was the question at the end: “So what does it all mean?” It means that the increase in information technology is widening the doorway for the cross-cultural communication that Appiah talks about. But it could also mean that the “strength of a culture” will be destroyed.

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