How Social Media Has Contributed To World GlobalizationBy Toby Tunwase
The world has become one big localized community thanks to the internet. While at a time in human history, we would have had to wait for months for news from the other side of the world to reach us via sailors or letters, now, with one click, we can read on and see all the news that occurs thousands of miles away from us.
One significant implication of this reach and connection that the internet and other forms of advanced media and technology have given us is that problems, opportunities, and ideas are now global. A teenager in America can be deeply affected and feel committed to a cause in Africa. A young woman in Ghana could feel the sights and sounds of the #blacklivesmatter movement very profoundly.
Yet perhaps nothing has completely turned the world into a global village-like social media and messenger platforms- Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp, and the rest have thoroughly integrated individuals from various parts of the world.
With these platforms, not only do we see and watch what happens across the world, we can now have personal and intimate conversations with people miles away from us. We can participate actively in their lives and even actively call them – “friends.”
With social media, globalization has advanced to even more personal and intimate levels, and now we can engage, work with and connect with real people we would otherwise never meet. Now, a kid in Canada could cultivate a blooming, beneficial relationship with another in Japan without ever physically meeting – thanks to Instagram and Whatsapp.