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My interpretation of globalization is simple: the world adapting to the times for better or for worst. What makes the world go round now isn’t everyone getting along and being happy. It is the economy, money, power, and even possibly oil and water. This might be a little drastic or extreme but i mean that is how the real world works. How our interaction with South High can be dragged into globalization has to do with our videos. We all wrote about something that we thought was affecting everyone no matter what age. Whether it be Facebook (for good or bad), Internet, even disney movies. These all affect all of us no matter what class you are or socioeconomic class you might be in. What we all talked about had to do with our society changing, mostly for the worse. Most people today would say globalization is a bad thing due to outsourcing and our current economic uncertainty. It is what it is at this point. No matter what sector you are in, you have to make money to stay in business. Everyone has a reason and purpose for the decisions they are making. South high school is using their well known and established diversity to bring attention and hopefully donors to the school to give money. I think cultural imperialism is something that has been going on for thousands of years. You had places like Rome, England, America. All of these “empires” try to gain and control as much as they can to become world powers and be the best. There is always going to politics and someone pulling the strings for the rest of society. There isn’t a way for there not to be really. The world works on favors and doing something for someone else with the hopes of getting something out of it for yourself in the end. We all need something at the end of the day. I personally wouldn’t want to change my video essay. Yes, there is a lot of issues nationally and world wide, but it is what it is. I obviously have a Facebook like everyone else in the world but I really think it is, and has, changed the way society is run. That isn’t good! Yes, Facebook can be used for good things and help people but lets be realistic, how many times do you get on Facebook and go to a non profit page or Red Cross… exactly. Not to be pessimistic or negative, i am just honest and realistic. Facebook has changed the way my generation and other generations go about their daily lives. That is absurd. I am not perfect either but my life doesn’t revolve around stalking people, updating my status, and putting new photos up. I like talking to people, hanging out, the classic things we use to do when we were in middle school and such. I think there really is a lot of significance to that, that sometime we overlook. I don’t disagree that there are a lot of issues in the world with money, power, politics, and everything else going on. But Facebook, social media, blogging, and writing letters about them isn’t going to fix the issue. My experience with the world, South High school, Denver University, is that once again, it is what is. You can only do so much and what will happen is meant to happen. Enjoy life while you can and do what makes you happy.

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  1. November 8, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Wow, Marc, you had a lot to say about this one! I think you would be interested to know what the South students said after you’d all left. One of the students wondered, “why are all of their videos so negative?” Another asked, “Yeah, they just identified the problems but didn’t propose any solutions.” And one of the volunteers shrugged and replied, “That’s college!”

    I do think you’re right, that there is always power, money, and greed involved in how things happen; the “empires,” as you say. But I also think that things can be more or less fair to people at various times in history. Some of the statistics we’ve discussed as well as the chapter we read suggest that this might be one of those less fair times. Do you think that the U.S. was more fair in the past? If so, do you think it would be worth devoting some time in university life to thinking about how to work against that trend?

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