Keeping a close eye on Globalisation



First I should address what Globalisation actually means, apart from the very basic knowledge I gained from high school (a lack of interest may have been why), I wasn’t aware of the words’ extensive, important role.

Globalisation refers to the international community influenced by technological development and economic, political, and military interests – From this there is an ever-growing advance in the exchange of information (O’Shaughnessy & Stadler 2012, p. 458)

I want to argue that Globalisation poses as a positive instigator for the many creations in life that allow for a better standard of living. Manuel Castells’ guide Think local and act local, I think sums up that although the fast moving pace of technology can be applied to improve human relations and global welfare, it is important to come back to your roots and the people who matter, your identity; present in the moment. However this basic guide can be easily ignored, moving away from the ease, and freedom we hoped globalisation would bring and moving closer to a dystopian reality.

A report titled Runaway Globalisation Without Governance offers some insight into how the gap between governance, a set of rules to ensure success, and globalisation could send humanity down a rocky road. Nayan Chanda explains how overtime traditional markets such as trade, travel, and communication grow in remarkable numbers that accelerate the nature of activity. For example, what it means now to be an adventurer has been sculpted by the popular, and very much expanding tourist industry, and even by the millions of immigrants who hope to find a better value of life elsewhere.

Chanda stressed that globalisation has the power to encourage beneficial change, connecting human kind all around the globe, however the power of it’s cause has great effect and consequence. The desired outcome for globalisation is to live in a global village, where freedom of speech is supported and heard. For humanity to take a step closer to this being a reality, gaps need to be closed. People must educate themselves on what is beyond their own sense of reality and start to see that many have not yet seen the advantages of globalisation – Everyone needs to be on the same page.



O’Shaughnessy M & Stadler J, 2012, ‘Globalisation’, Media and Society, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp 458 – 471.

Chanda, Nayan 2008, ‘Runaway Globalisation without Governance’, in Global Governance – A Review of Multilateralism & International Organisations, Lynne Reinner, Boulder,vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 119-126.


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