Time passed, so fast and cheerily. These 12 weeks of BCM 111 lectures and tutorials thought me a lot of new things and made me more self confident and aware of important issues such as global media values and media bias. I learnt a completely new perspective of what happens around the world, an international perspective which will be useful for me to approach media and everyday events.
Globalization as a tool to focus on what happens and be aware of international changes and social issues. Globalization is that international community where everything comes to life and influences the events. Globalization is that global village we live in, where we think local and act global. But where we also learn to think global and live local.
Globalization means travelling around, exploring, experimenting, living life at full blast. By the way, it means inequalities and injustice as well. It means looking at our world as made up of different worlds: a first world made up of the richest countries (the G8 area), a second world which includes booming economies (BRICS) and then a third world, which was defined during the Bandung Conference in 1955 as the area of undeveloped countries. Some scholars regard the existence of a fourth world too, which is made up of sub-Saharan Africa countries, which are the poorest in the world.
Globalization means a critical understanding of social injustice in the world and a critical approach to possible solutions. Everyday we read on print or online newspapers what is happening around the globe. BCM 111 has thought me that reading news is not enough: we are part of every single events that happens and we are accountable for them. Living in a globalized world, indeed, means that the majority of the boundaries disappeared. Living in a globalized society, means living an ongoing flow of information, capitals, media and idea. Appadurai defines this phenomenon talking about five “scapes”, which are the media scape, the ethno scape, the idea scape, the finance scape and the techno scape. This definition is fundamental to define globalization in all its aspects and it is absolutely engaging for me.
Everything is flowing as fast as new technological inventions occur. When we talked about media capital flows, a Greek philosopher came to my mind. He is Heraclitus and his definition of ‘Panta Rei’:
Ever-newer waters flow on those who step into the same rivers. Everything changes and nothing remains still … and … you cannot step twice into the same stream (Heraclitus, 402 b.C: sec. A, line 8)
Globalization is that river whose water flows overwhelmingly. And we are trips in that water, we flow, we change, but our essence, our identity is what makes us different from all the other trips.
I loved this class and this was a conclusive reflection about what I learnt during these weeks and will be the basis of my future studies.
Appadurai, A. 1998, Modernity at large: Cultural Dimension of Globalization, American Journal of Sociology Vol. 103, No. 5, pp. 1411-1412
Heraclitus, 402 BCE, Cratylus