Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Socratic Circle

Today, May 13th, we did a Socratic Circle in class. I learned a lot of things about how our world is connected and how technology impacts society. I heard a lot of examples of unintended consequences of technology.

  • I learned that Facebook was originally intended for people in Harvard University to learn and chat between them. It was never intended for people outside of Harvard which is why there are very little employees compared to the amount of users.
  • Ding told us that due to the addiction of cell phones, the risk of crashing has increased 23% because people text and drive very commonly.
  •  Ana mentioned that the amount of hackers have increased since social media and technology have evolved and people have a higher risk of having their phones hacked.
  • Alejandra mentioned that with the advances of technology, people can zoom in with their cell phone cameras into the credit card numbers and clone it. This technology has increased the number of cloned credit cards every year.
  • Nicolas Mejia explained that Facebook has given more jobs to people because it has gotten so big and it has to serve many people.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Pros and Cons about Globalization

Globalization can have good aspects but it can also have some negative aspects. I am going to show you some of each and then show you my conclusion of what I think about globalization.

Here are some negative aspects about globalization:
  1. Multinational corporations exploit the worst aspects of every nation's industry, economy and government. Fore example in Mexico and Nigeria, oil spills are constantly occurring whereas they could import fish or another natural resource, they export oil which impacts the environment much more.
  2. We lose parts of our culture because we constantly find "better" ways to live and do things so we adapt to those and leave our culture behind.
  3. Poor working conditions and salary are influenced with globalization. When big companies, like Nike or Adidas, are looking to build new factories, they go to countries like China or Vietnam where the minimum wage is very low and the company doesn't have to offer health insurance, which would be a waste of money for the company. The people who work in the factories, have to deal with the conditions that are offered, which overall means globalization is influencing these bad terrible working conditions.
  4. The trading of objects means a lot of fossil fuels being wasted to transport these objects. For example, if Apple wants to build another iStore in Colombia, they are constantly having to export iPads, iPhones, iMacs, etc. to Colombia which has a great impact on the environment.

Here are some positive aspects about globalization:
  1. Globalization has encouraged the reduction and sometimes removal of barriers between contries facilitating more free trade. Globalization could someday lead to the removal of the barrier between Mexico and US, which would make it easier for companies to import and export  products between these two countries which would have a really good impact for companies so they can grow their companies even more.
  2. Reduction of transportation costs, of capital controls, subsidies of global corporations and universal recognition of intellectual property laws.
  3. With globalization, in countries there are more options of goods and products. For example, if in Colombia there was only one brand of technological products 20 years ago, because of globalization there are now hundreds of stores where someone can buy a technological device.
  4. Countries are less likely to go to war if they have friendly trade. For example, if Ecuador had constant trade with Colombia, they would not want to go into war because a big part of their economies depend on each other so they are much less likely to go to war.
  5. New ideas travel to countries that help economies, companies and governments improve with these new ideas. For example, if the United States  discovers a way to make crops grow faster and the idea arrives to Colombia, coffee companies will increase the quantity of coffee beans grown and improve the companies.

My Conclusion:
I think it is good to have a globalized world because people are more connected and aware of what happens around the world. After all we live in the same world and we must learn how to solve global issues together without having any conflicts in between these countries.

Globalization and Key Vocabulary

In class today, we saw globalization with shoes. We saw international trade because the shoes came from places all over the world to Colombia and bought by the students. As shown in the chart the most common places where the shoes came from are Indonesia and China. This is because of effective labor. It is cheaper to afford labor in these countries than it is in the United States or even in Colombia. In these countries it is also cheaper to produce shoes because of the natural resources found in that country so they don't have to import so many materials. All of these are examples of international market because it shows the amount of products one country can provide to another.