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Globalisation
« on: March 14, 2007, 03:40:10 PM »
Yo what up y'all,

can someone please tell me the effect globalisation has had on businesses, employees and consumers

the positives and negatives of it and whether overall its a good thing or a bad thing

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much respect for anyone who puts down some useful knowledge for me mang, as always fully appreciated

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Re: Globalisation
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2007, 04:36:34 PM »
glabalisation in a nutshell.........

until relatively recently countries have tried to produce and do everything for themselves, however countries have certain abilities to do things better than others for example america is agood at producing hi tech things, germany is good at producing high quality mechanical products, china can mass produce things very cheaply and so on, as trade barriers are reduced countries will focus more on their specialist industries the losers will be those who can't adapt to these changes in circumstances and the winners will be those who can embrace change and look at ways to 'add value' to improve their global cometitiveness. within every country some industries will decline and some will grow arguably globalisation presents the biggest challange to the developed world because import products are becoming alot cheaper which is down to factors such as labour costs, land costs, exchange rates etc. the devloping world have the opportunity to export more products which will therefore create more jobs and revenue streams. This is evident today western economies are growing at a sluggish rate while south america, eastern europe and asia are experiencing high rates of growth, in the end things will probably even out a bit but things like job security are certainly things of the past and I hope the welfare state is too becasue ultimately it reduces international competitiveness and state run organisations are woefully innefficient.

iraq would just get annexed by iran


That would be a great solution.  If Iran and the majority of Iraqi's are pleased with it, then why shouldn't they do it?
 

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Re: Globalisation
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2007, 05:40:33 PM »
Thankyou my brother! yo that is some hella useful and helpful info you passed onto me

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Re: Globalisation
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2007, 06:01:28 AM »
Globalisation... That's an interesting issue, especially because it's unlimited in it's subjects. For example, skin whitening cream is the most sold cosmetical product in Asia, because young women out there find images of popular skinny caucasian tv-actresses projected on them all the time. They want their skins whitened and their eyes widened, so they look more like Rachel from Friends. Such are the effects of globalisation through tv.

There's really two sides to the story of globalisation. It provides entrepreneurs with endless economical possibilities and markets, while at the same time it contributes to us totally exhausting the planet and our lives on it. We've become pawns in this competitive game about who owns the largest lot and the biggest tv. The pressure we feel is self-inflicted, yet we know no better. Everyone has to work their asses off, just to keep up.
Plus, now that globalisation is so real, we're constantly confronted with the endless stream of possibilities our lives it's supposed to offer us. Yet it's a bare fact, just about nobody really 'makes' it to achieve their goals. The results? Loss of identity, loss of culture, and a global depression. Addictions, crime, violence, oppression...

At the same time, globalisation leads to a toughening of the global market. Big companies are under a constant high pressure, causing them to merge in order to keep their market share strong. In the end, this makes the big corporate heads only grow more and more, pushing the small entrepreneurs off the market. The big ones are in control of everything - including the media. They're the ones directing the global agenda, thus they literally control our minds...
 

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Re: Globalisation
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2007, 09:28:46 AM »
Great point 11z I would also add that though I agree with don's take on globalisation, the problem is globalisation leads to a mass outsourcing of manufacturing, thus we are reduced to becoming a service sector economy. This leads to firstly a dependency on other nations for our goods and secondly the real wealth is being transferred out of the country. Most service sector jobs are poorly paid because the nature of the work is unskilled. However the other problem and we are starting to witness it here in Britain right now is, because a lot of these service sector jobs are unskilled, companies have realised there is no reason why the work can not be outsourced to. Therefore we have a plethora of call centre jobs which are currently being lost to India and other developing nations, leaving the peoople in some areas of britain without employment once again. The premise that the high tech jobs go to europe is an interesting one because during a recent BBC Asia peace, it was documented that 9/10 r&d jobs are going to china. The underlying reason for this trend is simply because they are just as capable of doing their work as their european counterparts and more importantly they are paid many times less.

In addition as well as the outsourcing of jobs, we are also witnessing a loss of jobs through the introduction of more automation, which is having a big impact on tele jobs especially. As 11z has said and as of course was recognised at the time though, the globalisation would lead to mass monopolising of power and though it can be dressed up as competition, once the power is established, then all competition becomes a things of the past. The corporations are then free to abuse their position of power and consolidate even more. Thus ultimately they end up violating the notion of a free market because they abuse the power to prevent further competition.
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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2007, 10:04:31 AM »
^^ Indeed, there's so much to be said about globalisation... I like your view on how outsourcing leads to international dependance. It basically means the global economy can't go anywhere but downhill in case of a big war, because that would make trading impossible.

What's interesting though, is the stuff I heard about the functioning of England's economy. I'm currently reading this book called "Life At The Bottom", which is an account on the essays Theodore Dalrymple has written for the Manhattan Institute's City Journal throughout the years. In it, I found this essay called "We Don't Want No Education", which basically describes how the majority of the English youth consider high grades and education as something un-cool. I've noticed a similar trend in Holland, but the way it's described in this book is certainly worrying.

With England being one of the most expensive countries in the world, yet the people refuse to educate themselves, that's bound to cause trouble because of the possibilities of oursourcing. There's plenty of factory workers available in England, but their loan costs are too high. The English corporations outsource their factory work to Asia, leaving the English unemployed.
That's a serious problem in the English mentality, ending in a vicious cycle of glorifying the lower class mentality... That's more depressions, poverty, crime and violence...
 

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Re: Globalisation
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2007, 10:39:53 AM »

Yeah unfortunately there is a lot of truth to that, there is a deep underlying feeling of apathy in this country and selfishness, interestingly though in a new set of documentaries being aired on the BBC, they have said that this level of apathy and selfishness was deliberately created through a system called game theory. Which basically follows the premise that if everyone is completely selfish and self interested then an equilibrium could be created which would lead to society being balanced. In this country the typical response you hear to such issues is "i don't do politics" and therefore even when these changes affect them directly, again there is complete apathy with the response being, well we live in a small world now. Everything that happens is either forgotten about, doesn't matter or is simply compartmentalised. The book is spot on it's assertion that people are not interested in being educated, they really don't want to know, their lives are driven by the need for more material posessions and more disposable income to purchase those material posessions. There is nothing wrong with materialism but yeah.....i would say there is an almost obessionate need for materialism in most young people here and even older people to be honest and absolutely no interest in understanding, or even attempting to understand how things work, even to have a semblance of understanding.
 

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« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2007, 12:05:32 PM »
That seems so accurate to me - I talk with a lot of English people on the internet, and it seems as if their problems are one.
Around the time when Christmas is nearing, they all start feeling depressed about the pressure of massively having to buy expensive gifts for family and friends (they probably just want to keep the money for themselves). They feel the need to be drunk for three days non stop during Christmas, as if it's a culturally determined attitude. And they keep ensuring me how much fun they're having while they're drunk, behaving like savages, consuming women. A minor I know through the internet actually got a 34 year old lady pregnant this way... The problem is, these people don't want the responsibility for their actions, yet they will continue their lifestyle at all costs.

I'm pretty curious about the BBC documentaries you're talking about, I gotta see if I can find them somewhere on the internet.

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Re: Globalisation
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2007, 12:29:06 PM »

Good news for ya http://video.google.co.uk/videosearch?q=what+happened+to+freedom&num=10&so=0&start=20
it's broken down into 7 parts so that's the only bitch but you should find the complete first instalment of the documentary in the first 2 pages  :)
 

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« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2007, 10:54:05 AM »
Wow. Now I just gotta find part 2 somewhere, and not forget to tune in on Sunday for the 3rd part... But damn, that sure is a thought-provoking series. Props :)
 

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Re: Globalisation
« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2007, 06:50:35 PM »
yooooo........pleeeeeeeeeease come check my new thread i just mad mang, y'all killing it academically, im doing aight, but i hate having to start....its hard to explain, but like me, once i get into shit, im good but the gettin cracking on shit is difficult at the beggining mang....y'all give me ideas to bleed from

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