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ivanovic
May 11th, 2005, 03:23 PM
:D
my essay question :cool: . I've read so much on globalization in the last 2 weeks but I'm not sure wether to argue for or against it :confused: . What do you think?? :angel:

Pureracket
May 11th, 2005, 04:52 PM
It will probably be bad because the dominant culture will probably erase the subcultures.

SelesFan70
May 11th, 2005, 05:28 PM
It's bad. People that want "no borders" are simply fooling themselves into believing that we can all get along as human beings. Besides, I don't wany my country's sovereignty diminished anymore than you want your's diminished. :)

kiwifan
May 11th, 2005, 05:59 PM
It has both good and bad aspects.

Good - people who didn't used to have a choice get a variety of products and services that most people seem to want once they are aware of them.

Bad - Corps. that introduce those new products and services often undercut local products and services instead of serving as a "compliment/alternative" to local products and services.

For example you should see the lines for breakfast at McDonalds in Hong Kong. :eek: :eek: :eek:

Even within the USA there are "globalization" issues. There was a time when video (DVD now) stores were local mom and pop operation and a chain would be 5-10 stores in the same state.

Thanks to Blockbuster's business practices they forced out the most sucessful mom and pop stores and really only left room for the little shops that also have porn, as a viable alternative. :(

I know of this stuff first hand from my Pre-Law School work in the late 80s/early 90s. ;)

SM
May 12th, 2005, 06:26 AM
from an economic perspective
you probably often here stories(propaganda) how aussie jobs and companies compete with international market and there is a winner and loser, yet it is very easy to mislead when thinking about competition among countries. its not like a sports contest where one side wins and one sides loses , the OPPOSITE is true
-trade between two countries can make each country better off and hence workers (on average) better off
-trade allows ach country to speacilise in activities they do best ie most efficiently (big efficiency argument). that is, one country has a comparaive advantage over another in certain areas and can produce it it less cost and more efficiently, then they also win bc they have a bigger market in which they can sell it
- furthermore, increases variety of goods and services so consumers benefit

i recommend looking at studies of the european union as the biggest free trading block and its success when protectionist policies ie tariffs etc arent there, and goods/services and capital can flow freely between countries...

SM
May 12th, 2005, 06:28 AM
i think it has its pro's and cons. just some advice from someone with studies in economics hehe ;)

Scotso
May 12th, 2005, 09:03 AM
I did this so much in my political economy class. I don't think it's a bad thing... even if it was, there's no stopping it.

Scotso
May 12th, 2005, 09:05 AM
Bad - Corps. that introduce those new products and services often undercut local products and services instead of serving as a "compliment/alternative" to local products and services.

For example you should see the lines for breakfast at McDonalds in Hong Kong. :eek: :eek: :eek:

Sorry, but I fail to understand your reasoning. If McDonalds in Hong Kong was such a bad thing, why would there be lines?

"Sluggy"
May 12th, 2005, 09:09 AM
I believe the antiglobalisation movement is just a cover for anti-americanism and anti-capitalism and is the tool of the left wing to bring down the institution. As soon as someone suggests that they are anti-globalisation I turn and run.

SM
May 12th, 2005, 11:20 AM
I believe the antiglobalisation movement is just a cover for anti-americanism and anti-capitalism and is the tool of the left wing to bring down the institution. As soon as someone suggests that they are anti-globalisation I turn and run.
whats wrong with anti-americanism?? i can understand that some people would want to protect their cultural identity and not become 'westernised'.

for eg. in australia about 90% (or above) of our films are american at the cinemas. for tv..we have local content rules that 55% of commercial tv has to have aussie content to protect australias unique cultural idendity character and diversity...but since signing the FTA(free trade agreement) its gonna be difficult to change this figure(its frozen at current levels). it might not seem to matter but people are also moving towards pay tv these days and the level of aussie content that can be broadcast on pay tv is very low (about 20% or so i think)....

we need protection against free trade bc australian tv programs simply cant compete with american. what the yanks do is make most of their money selling it in their local market which is much bigger than ours, then they 'dump' them in our market and other secondary markets at a cost much cheaper than what we can produce at....whereas we have a small market so the price they sell them to our commercial tv is much higher, they simply wouldnt compete with american programs even if viewers preferred the local content to american, such as our local dramas which are very popular(cos its too expensive)..

that should give u ideas about a cultural argument , altho i probably ranted too much

hope u get some ideas for ur essay :) dont quote me on anything cos im going off my head :wavey:

SM
May 12th, 2005, 11:20 AM
and dont be crazy to put wtaworld in ur list of references lol

bee
May 12th, 2005, 02:10 PM
Bad for poor countries like us...
China dumping cheap goods on us...
Killing local industries... they just can't compete.

Yeah...goods are cheaper... good for consumers
But can't buy them if you lose your job...

kiwifan
May 12th, 2005, 02:56 PM
Sorry, but I fail to understand your reasoning. If McDonalds in Hong Kong was such a bad thing, why would there be lines?

Your failure is an accurate description.

Lines at McDonalds is a good thing.

Blockbusters undercutting Mom and Pop stores is a bad thing.

Cheers - :cool:

"Sluggy"
May 12th, 2005, 03:13 PM
whats wrong with anti-americanism?? i can understand that some people would want to protect their cultural identity and not become 'westernised'.

I don't understand why people feel threatened by hamburgers and French Fries? When i lived in the United States of America i drank German beer. I watched French athletes compete for positions in the NBA. I drove a foreign car. Go ahead, protect your national identity. I love those wooden dolls they make in Russia with another doll and another doll inside. Why shouldnt they market those products and sell them around the world. That is not against our values.

for eg. in australia about 90% (or above) of our films are american at the cinemas. for tv..we have local content rules that 55% of commercial tv has to have aussie content to protect australias unique cultural idendity character and diversity[font=Times New Roman][size=3]...but since signing the FTA(free trade agreement) its gonna be difficult to change this figure(its frozen at current levels).

I dont really get your point. Did you know that when our forefathers settled on the American shores, we had nothing. had to beg for loans from Holland. thanks holland for believing US. Well, we used our heads and invented lots of cool stuff. We make damn good movies and you like them. You can make as many movies as you like, and if they are good, you can market them in the United States. Remember that the US only became the Super Power post WWII, we are not the Roman Empire trying to assimilate everyone. With a little desire and know-how, im sure you can retain your cultural identity. While i live in France, i still think American, still retain the kindness of heart and thoughtfulness towards others that i learned in school. Not exactly french values. i transmit those values to my children. Its the same for you tv shows and movies. You can go your own way.

we need protection against free trade bc australian tv programs simply cant compete with american. what the yanks do is make most of their money selling it in their local market which is much bigger than ours, then they 'dump' them in our market and other secondary markets at a cost much cheaper than what we can produce at....whereas we have a small market so the price they sell them to our commercial tv is much higher, they simply wouldnt compete with american programs even if viewers preferred the local content to american, such as our local dramas which are very popular(cos its too expensive)

Protection against US? And who protects you when you need protection? :rolleyes: I heard the same thing from a hotelier in Strasbourg who said she supports far-right wing Lepen. she said we are being devoured by the Germans and the Americans. Im like fucking thank you very much, i will take my dollars elsewhere. anyway, the french have a problem. They dont market their products right. they just want to hide in a closet.

Where i do have a problem is when enormous companies force domestic producers out of business. not to point the finger but i know partially because i know people very close to big business. its not fair to keep asking for cheaper prices cause the dollars end up going to overseas countries in Asia that pay their workers less. That is the unfortunate thing about the economy. But that doesnt discourage American entrepeneurs. I know plenty of people that do it themselves, go into busines and do it their own way. IN France you hear the anti-McDonaldsists. My kids love Mcyd's and i do to. students depend on these jobs. they even stole the Mcyd's concept and now they have Quick. Same mcdy's menu but the socialists mind their business. voila

I am a registered democrat btw, always voted Clinton. But i like Mayor Bloomberg, he started that little economy company called Bloomberg i think. I could see voting for him though he is a republican.

kabuki
May 12th, 2005, 03:23 PM
whats wrong with anti-americanism?? i can understand that some people would want to protect their cultural identity and not become 'westernised'.

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I would say that there is nothing wrong with Pro-Aussie-ism.

But, Anti-Americanism on the other hand... not so much.

Lord Nelson
May 12th, 2005, 10:16 PM
Bloomberg is a great mayor. I don't care if a politician is right or left as long as he does a good job. Betrand Delanoe, the mayor of Paris has done a great job. He is Socialist and I'm more or less conservative. However the mayor of London is terrible. He wanted to get rid of historical monuments such as that of Admiral Nelson.

RVD
May 12th, 2005, 10:23 PM
:D
my essay question :cool: . I've read so much on globalization in the last 2 weeks but I'm not sure wether to argue for or against it :confused: . What do you think?? :angel:Use present-day America as your basis and BAM, you got something on which to base your argument upon. ;)

SM
May 13th, 2005, 02:35 AM
the whole point is your meant to be critical in ur essay, you should choose either for or against but always atleast acknolwedge the other arguments in ur essay. i would defintaley say for globalisation cos the economic argument imo is most important ;)