The term globalisation can relate to a variety of concepts and according to O’shaughnessy & Stadler 458 globalisation refers to “…an international community influenced by technological development and economic, political, and military interests…” and is “…characterised by a worldwide increase of interdependence, interactivity and interconnectedness…”. (Source)
It is argued that globalisation has a variety of both negative and positive characteristics. For example, a positive aspect would be the fast-paced improvement of technology around the globe. In the last decade alone, we have been able to access information, headlines and issues within seconds. Whereas a negative would be the “…tension between cultural (Homogenisation) and cultural (Heterogenisation)…” (Appadurai, 32).
To break these two terms down; homogenisation in Australia occurred when Captain Cook came to our shores in 1770. The enforcement of Aboriginal people out of their land and eventually ridding of their race to colonise the British redefines the concept of Australian culture.
Heterogenisation is another word for “Multiculturalism”, this means that in a new Australian society, people from other races, religions and cultures are now choosing Australia as their home. Globalisation has allowed us to become more aware and adjusted to the growth of ethnic growth and pushes the concept of “peace” amongst the globe.
My opinion on Globalisation is positive, without technology and the combining of cultures across the globe I don’t think we would be as advanced as we are now. From my perspective, we are making great progress in terms of reaching the global news and events but there is still work to be done when it comes to responding to certain cultures and religions there’s a long way to go.