Saturday, July 21, 2007

Developing world having "second thoughts" about globalization


"Globalisation did what it was supposed to do - what it said on the tin if you like - and what it did was, we told developing countries if you integrated, if you do trade liberalisation, you let in foreign capital, you tie into global markets, it's going to make you richer, it's going to make you bigger and more successful economies.

"That's exactly what it's done, but the economies in the rich world are turning around and thinking, 'well, we sort of knew it was going to do this, but we didn't know it was going to do this quite so successfully - and wait a minute, this is having some unforseen implications that maybe we're not that comfortable with'."

Mr Thirlwell says both the US and Europe are becoming worried about their dwindling power base in favour of China and India.

read the whole article here:

Developing world having "second thoughts" about globalization


Ruby said...

Hey Dude, Did you ever hear about Tetrad Management? It was McLuhan's probe into human technology and can be applied to any artifact.

The tetrad asks four questions to determine the effects of a new technology in order to prepare for the changes, and even determine whether or not one should introduce a new tech into culture.

The probes are:

ENHANCE What does it enhance?

OBSOLESCE What does this obsolesce?

REVERSAL What does it flip into when taken to an extreme?

RETRIEVAL What does this retrieve that was previoulsy obsolesced?

According to McLuhan, the services and disservices of any new creation of mankind live in the tetrad.

Try those questions on Globalization.

If only the titans of commerce were wise enough to care of the effects of their creations.............

Ruby said...

ps You can find more on tetrads and lots of examples in McLuhan's Laws of Media

Dude said...


I hadn't read about McLuhan's tetrad before, thanks for directing my attention.

Ruby said...

Dude, Check out that book, Laws of Media. It's pretty heavy, with a whole history of science in the beginning, but well worth the time spent reading it, and with your kind of background (i.e., no less than Plato's philosophy!) I have no doubt you can get through it.

Laws of Media was McLuhan's attempt to make "scientific" his ideas on media and technology and their effects on culture. He spouted out so much stuff ("you don't like those ideas? - i've got others.") that worked so well, that made sense, and were logically consistent, but was not scientifically based, that he got a boatload of criticism for it.

McLuhan liked "to explore, not explain", nevertheless his attempts at creating a scientific platform for "the medium is the message" yielded a tremendous breakthrough in Laws of Media.

I guess you can tell, I've learned alot from studying McLuhan and he answered so many questions for me. For instance, I had always wondered, why did white people conquer the world? Like why was it that Europeans went out and just subjugated all the peoples that they came across. Well I heard things like "it was cold up north, and they needed things that would keep them warm", or, "white people are naturally bloodthirsty", and the like - none of which makes sense. I am white, and I don't consider myself naturally bloodthirsty, or, cold.

But in studying McLuhan's Media:Extensions of Man and Gutenberg Galaxy, I learned that the sun never set on the british empire because of a simple technology that started Western civilization on the path of domination beginning in ancient times, and by that I am talking about the phonetic alphabet! I'm serious! McLuhan makes the case, and it's a darned good one, that all of Western civilization is derived from that simple technology early on!

I know it sounds nuts, but if you go through the McLuhan's argument, you will find that it's a pretty tight hypothesis. I won't go through the argument here, but i think you would definitely find it pretty interesting.