Glocalisation

Globalisation is seen as an evil word among some people. In my social science education, I have come to see it as a phenomenon, a neutral thing. It is almost irrelevant to say whether globalisation is a good or bad thing, the question is more: what is its extent?

Surely one may say that its a bad thing that everyone speaks english to the pain of the loss of culture of native nations, but we might say that not everywhere is becoming a global community. This can be expressed in many ways:

1. We may identify the disconnectedness that opposes the notion of the global
2. We may identify the local that opposes the notion of the global
3. We may identify the interconnectedness that expounds within the local by virtue of the global technologies.

Upon hearing about the notion of the geographical web, I immediately thought that the internet has come full circle. Instead of conflating the boundaries of space and time, namely, how it is easy to see an image from Australia from a monitor on Peru; or how quickly one may communicate with another through increasingly quicker ways: instead of snail mail, we phone, and instead of analogue technologies we move to digital communication, we are now rejuvinating the local, it seems.

It seems to be coming along so quickly that one almost doesn’t have a choice not to; what if one wishes to seek a privacy away from this interconnected world. It is almost becoming as brute an invitation or pressure to join this world wide web of surveillance as : all the cool kids are doing it!

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