IELTS Essay: Globalization
Created by Jeenn Lee Hsieh
Globalization is rapidly becoming a fact of economic and cultural life.
In both aspects of modern reality, it is easier to recognize many nice things about the process than to admit its frangibility.
As the world is going through one of the most remarkable periods of transformation in human history, it remains to be seen whether the full impact of expanding globalization is everywhere as good as hoped or as bad as feared.
For good reasons, globalization is widely in practice among many parts on the planet.
Almost all things move beyond borders--goods, services, capital, technology, ideas, information, even people, just name it.
The increased integration of the world economy has made it possible for corporations to reduce costs both in production and in transportation, resulting in lower cost goods and services that in turn benefit consumers and create jobs.
Inevitably, happening along with this economic trend is cultural influence at the very heart of globalization.
The obvious standardization of culture in popular or traditional form, for instance, is making way for dominating international television, music, customs, fashions, films, languages and food-- altogether contributing to a much richer cultural phenomenon not very unlike the emergency of a global culture or cultural globalization.
These positive changes, among others, are of course advantages of globalization.
Nevertheless, globalization has its underside.
Although rapid globalization is bringing about win-win partnership far and near, it seems that weaker economies and cultures are being put in a more vulnerable and disadvantageous position, and in an uneven competition.
From a more negative point of view, it is as if the role of globalization were to homogenize all economies and cultures, and turn them into commoditized markets, and therefore make them likely preys for global corporations to control.
Even if otherwise being the case, globalization makes no sense whatever in areas where the average person is iliterate and living on less than one dollar a day.
Furthermore, because globalization is supposed to thrive on sustained economic growth and solid cultural background, what good can it do to reportedly over one billion people on the earth not having safe water to drink?
Therefore, instead of saying that globalization can benefit all peoples, there are indeed places where globalization cannot be the option.
For better or for worse, however, globalization is here to stay, up and growing.
With political will from interested countries and with moral support from international corporations, it is generally believed that in the long run the expected benefits must far outweigh its weaknesses.
Taking time and caution, the world can be braving a new era of economic prosperity and cultural richness, thanks to globalization.