Talking about Globalization, are we doing it in the right way?

This, in my opinion won’t be the usual article that can be found in this blog, it lacks resource as I couldn’t find something fitting just precisely what I’m going to explain and, it just doesn’t want to go anywhere while simultaneously trying going forward. It can be considered as an essay based on the opinion of a 20 years old with very strong beliefs on the world surrounding him.

Globalization is very fascinating, I will not focus on its features, nor its roots, nor its implications on the world as this would otherwise turn into a bad written article on a very complex matter already dealt by many people more informed and more intelligent than me; I will be focusing on a very specific “aspect” around the discussions regarding globalisation which, may be something that concerns only me or it may turn out to be shared by many other people, couldn’t really find out, I will concentrate my focus and, maybe waste a few minutes of the occasional reader of this article on the matter of how we teach and how we talk about Globalization.

Fishes (recalling a very naïve idea of the fish, which is born and dies in the water, do not bash me with comments regarding fishes living on the land, crabs or the extensive exploitation of the sea) live all their lives in the water. This is a well established fact however, if we could speak to a fish could it really say consciously that it is wet? It may do so but, if it has never experienced life outside of the water, that is in the air, does he really realize what it means to be wet? This is my main concern with the talks among young people with Globalization.

Spoiler alert: the fish part was a metaphor and I haven’t become crazy wanting to express my concern through supposedly speaking fishes. The young population, let’s say 25 and younger if we really need explanation on what I’m referring to, has lived all its life in the “higher gear of globalization” that Eriksen refers to. We have always lived in a “Globalizing” world, with new technologies coming up every few years, information travelling at the speed of electricity and being accustomed to a certain speed of things happening. Just like the fish, which has always lived and experienced water, I, as many other of my peers, have always lived and experienced globalization to some extent.

The main discussion around Globalization and, in my opinion one of the biggest braking point, revolves around the features and, the characteristics of this peculiar time in history, I often hear about the speed and the amount of information, the revolution in technology or, the interconnectedness of the economies or the increasing flows of human capital. In my very naïve opinion which very probably is completely bias to my experience, this kind of talk is wrong and doesn’t really convey what it is trying to convey, in this way globalization and, its features, cannot be fully understood by the people which have always lived “during” it. With this I’m not saying that young people do not inform themselves or rather that they don’t understand certain aspects of their lives, I just consider that there are certain things and topics which can be understood and properly internalized, only if put in perspective. I could read all day about the type of technologies used 40 years ago by people of my age and, the struggle and the embarrassment of having to call the house of the girl you like instead of her, having to talk to her parents saying that you were a friend of hers and, asking her out on the phone while hoping that your sister wasn’t listening to the conversation to not become victim of countless jokes after another rejection.

We need to create a sort of frame of reference and create more concrete comparisons, as far as I’m concern I know that decades ago information needed time and physical space to be spread but, I would far prefer to have physical and practical examples of the chances that went missing due to lack of certain technologies, while, on the other hand how and why the new technology can help us but at the same time are harming us. The argument that is often used is that our world is becoming fast, too fast, but, if in my whole life I’ve been used to expected a minimum time to get information or to get goods, or to get places my point of reference changes and I’m not scared or surprised of hearing new technologies popping out of thin air almost everyday while trying to catch up as best as I can. After all we are the sons of our times.


Tommaso Celani

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