GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS 6
Globalcommunications promote worldwide level communication on issuesregarding politics and the economy. The world is interconnected in aglobal village with technologies enabling people to send each othermessages even when they are many miles apart. This type ofcommunication has led to the empowering of the forgotten groups andvoices in international community. It has also created a platform forcontestation of new boundaries in economic, cultural, and politicalsectors. Global communications have also provided new moral spaces,enabling individuals to explore new communities. It is thereforeevident that its invention has challenged the traditional top-downsystems.
Globalcommunications has changed peoples’ way of thinking. Unlike in thepast, development of global communications has empowered the minoritygroups by giving them a platform to address their oppressions. Forexample, according to Cameron (2001), the interventions by globalmedia informed people from various parts of the world of thesufferings the black people and women in South Africa endured duringthe apartheid era. Global communications have also helped othergroups in countries like India to express their sufferings like rapeissues.
Otherthan offering a platform for the minority to air their grievances,global communications channels have become an arena for interactionbetween countries and people. It has enabled people in setting upconferences or organizations, which discuss crucial issues likeclimate change, immigration, and gender equity. Countries cometogether to find collective solutions for many problems affecting theworld as a whole. These interactions brought by global communicationshave seen countries help another to rebuild after suffering acatastrophe. According to Hollenbecket al., (2009), tradehas also increased, whereby people can order their goods online,which is convenient as one has abundant resources to choose from.Global communications also offer people a chance to learn about othercountries’ cultures. A good example is Olympic Games like the onesbeing held in Rio, Brazil, as people come from different countriesallowing them to exchange their cultures.
Globalcommunication has benefited the developing countries in a great way.They have borrowed many technological advances from the developingcountries. Social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube,and others has helped people from developed countries to interactwith those from the developing countries, which has seen themexchange skills, experience, and knowledge (Vasilchenko& Morrish, 2011).
However,apart from benefits, global communications have some disadvantages.One of it is erosion of inferior cultures. Many people, especiallyfrom the developing world have abandoned their original cultures bycopying the cultures of those from the developed countries. Forexample, many have changed their mode of dressing and other importantcultures of their communities like language. Global communication hasalso interfered with peoples’ privacy. This results from e-mailhacking and cell phone interceptions. Another disadvantage of globalcommunication is that it has interfered with interpersonalcommunications. People are communicating using machines, which hasseen them develop poor interaction skills leading to bad relationsespecially at work. Finally, some methods used in globalcommunication are expensive (Paik& Choi, 2005).For example, video conferencing requires extra costs compared toface-to-face communication. Family expenses have also increased aspeople have added internet costs to their budgets to enable them usetheir social platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
Theabove illustrations show that global communication has helped inchanging the world by improving trade, communication, and culturalexchange (Beveridge,2005).It also has disadvantages like loss of cultures and poorinterpersonal relationships. Therefore, people need to utilize globalcommunication properly to ensure they attain maximum benefits fromit.
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