Living in Ireland has shown me that there is so much out there in the world that I have yet to see. There are so many countries and regions where people live completely different lives than we live in the United States. When I first moved to Connecticut from California for school, I experienced a huge culture shock although it was still the same country. I guess I could say that I was more prepared coming to Ireland. One of the classes I am taking in Ireland is called International Marketing Environment. I have really enjoyed taking this course while being abroad because I think I am getting a different take on the International market while being in Europe. Half of the class is from Ireland, while the other half are from all over the world. The professor really uses that to her advantage by picking on students to talk about their home countries. I have learned so many great things that will be very valuable in the future by taking this class. One thing that we talked about in class that really stuck out to me was talking about what colors represent. We went through a few colors and when we got to green she asked what that color symbolized for people in different countries. Most people shared similar answers like jealousy or envy. For an American though, they would probably say the color green means money. I then realized that in no other country, their money is only green, therefore people wouldn’t think about money when they see the color green. Although this is a small example, it really shows how people can think and react based on where they live and come from throughout the world.
When watching the videos of “The Travels of a T-shirt in the Global Economy” I found it very interesting when thinking about Globalization. To start, the idea that so many shirts can be brought to 3rd world countries as if they shirts live a whole other life is amazing. Of course it was sad to watch and see that that is how people live, but it is reality. It was very interesting to think about what happens to the clothes that get donated. These people in third world countries may not be eating at the same restaurants, or buying the same electronics, but they are seeing the logos and slogans of these places all over their shirts.
Just the other day in my Food Marketing class, my professor was talking about how Irish people living in America are probably more cultured than the Irish in Ireland. She said that when people move away from their culture, they tried to do as much as possible to stay close with the culture they know best. While the Irish living here just want to be like everyone else. If they are watching a movie based in America for example, they will tend to want to be like the people in the movie and move away from the culture they are living in. The internet is another key part of globalization as it has brought the world so close and can teach people so much. Robbins talks about this when he states that, “Mobility has become ordinary in the emerging global order. But it is also possible to see the world without having to move. For now ‘the world’ is able to come to where we are” (240). It is so easy to research any topic right from a computer, which have become so accessible to people.
The picture I chose shows how the world is connected. Of course there are positives and negatives that come with this. Globalization has grown so much and will continue to grow with the help of technology. The world is connected and cultures are becoming more and more similar. Of course there are still huge differences, but there are changes for sure. A connected world through globalization can be seen in many different ways, but the easiest is being able to go almost any country and seeing a McDonalds. Restaurants like this have changed the way global markets are seen in different countries.