For me, globalisation arises from a set of current discoveries, inventions and their technological applications in the realm of the tangible physical matter of human beings and their environment (as opposed to the metaphisical realm of ideas and theorisations). Physical tangible innovations serve to expand and accelerate our occupational realm of production and exchange not necessarily of understanding and transforming which, if so are only an unintended effect of the enhancement of the transfer, transit, and transport process of goods and services amongst humans. An individual’s need, challenge or aspiration is rapidly matched with the invention, solution or proposition produced by another. With connections between humans running easier and faster both the economy and culture are disrupted.
Demand and offer boost at the global scale and culture trends ensue to scale up to the planetary exchange running on digital supports. However, the substance of the exchange, the values emotion stakes, and calculus of humans, the content of communication remains unchanged. All the information and communication technology pivoting on new artifacts, pushing the development of artificial intelligence and distributing chiefly through the activity of artificial persons, legal persons that are the vehicle and capacity of organisations, firms, and corporations producing and distributing innovation to the members of the public, to the people.
With the passing of decades however the nature of the content exchanged between humans begins to change too seeking to adjust to the new formats and architecture of digital, immediate and profuse new way of communication. Content starts to take the shape of the easy, fast, dematerialised mode of exchange introduced by the information and communication technology. Complex situation thorough explanations s begins to shorten and oversimplify to fit the format. Bullet-points, tags adverts, pics, and info-graphs are the core of the hyperconnected global village, efficacy becomes a creed.
Behaviour begins to change, values to shift and the disruptive technology is followed by a disruption in the economy followed by a deed cultural change. The organisation of society the search for equilibrium must be then deliberately rearranged to maintain fairness in the coexistence of individuals and predictability in their social behaviour.
Because no human tool is infallible and all inventions may suffer a diversion of purpose and misuse, the globalisation running on ITC can carry unexpected consequences such as hyper-materialism and ultra-individualism, dense social networks with little personal implication. More worrisome, the techniques and technologies available to those who can afford them are available both to the civil and the uncivil society. Results based thinking and hyper efficacity driven actors of the illicit and illegal economy, opportunists and criminals are at the forefront of the possibilities of expense fast dematerialised globalisation, operations running both through transnational organised networks of individuals and through apparent, captured or manipulated legal persons.
Unlike the force of internationalisation which depended on agreements of trade and culture exchange conceived agreed and implemented in a bilateral or multilateral sense, globalisation forces are immediate and dematerialised encompassing almost simultaneously all nations, their economies, and languages. Only those individuals in extreme poverty for whom technology is unaffordable are outsiders to the globalisation phenomenon, lagging the digital divide in education and orientation entails their pauperisation and along with their exclusion of the debates.
Progress from globalisation a mindset ingrained in polity and policy at the global and national levels of decision making needs to meet and balance with the reality of challenges others than attaining increased growth and results and pertaining more o the quality of the process, its legitimacy, transparency, integrity and fairness properties or attributions.