That Which Makes the World go Round

We always talk about the importance of networking. If your network can extend across borders, around the world, would that not be the perfect goal?

Today we had two guest lecturers focused on developing ourselves as people and as products for companies to hire. We were also given some time to work on our final projects, focusing now on an Irish perspective. This naturally brings up questions about globalization and its place in the greater society. Globalization is the worldwide networking with families, communities, and companies that a corporation pursues. Some of the pros that result from globalization are an increase in diversity, leading to a greater cultural understanding of others, and increased economic opportunities that arise due to the passing of information. Flipping the outlook to a more negative perspective, we can still find many supporting factors. As companies maximize their profits, it allows the rich to get richer while those with a less favorable starting position find themselves swamped by the larger firms until a monopoly has formed. Another negative, one that is much more striking for Ireland, is that it can result in the destruction of culture.

When there is a Starbucks and McDonalds on every corner, what makes one country different from any other?

Ireland has seen a significant increase in tourism and technology industries as a result of globalization. The Temple Bar area has gone from slums to an iconic tourist destination where very few Irish people actually go. The Docklands have become one of the largest tech hubs in the world as companies like Google and Facebook place their EMEA headquarters there in order to access the valuable Irish workforce, and far more importantly to them, the priceless low tax rate for corporations. However, this has caused rent to spike massively in the area, forcing people to abandon their homes.

Who cares for the East Wall when there are more pressing matters?

I cannot say for certain if I support or oppose globalization. There are undeniable benefits, but also some scathing negatives. I believe it is the future though, which means that we must make a concentrated effort to care for East Wall and all the others who are hurt by the explosion.