Understanding the impacts of the digital age and what to make of it with regards to globalisation is pertinent to ensuring significant and meaningful work, despite physical location.
With social practices having “emerged out of computer-related industries” (Aneesh, Hall & Petro, 2011), the internet has made fundamental changes to our lives in terms of increasing connectivity, enriching collaboration and allowing for access to a multitude of resources. As an interactive media designer, understanding the impacts of the digital age and what to make of it with regards to globalisation is pertinent to ensuring my work is significant and meaningful despite my physical location.
SO, WHAT IS GLOBALISATION?
Malcolm Waters described the term as “a social process in which the constraints of geography on economic, political, social and cultural arrangements recede,” (Flew, 2014, p. 142) and Anthony Giddens (Flew, 2014, p. 140) added that it is “influenced above all by developments in systems of communication.” My favourite synopsis was Frances Cairncross’s, who equated it with “the death of distance” (Flew, 2014, p. 141). Within this context, it is the cultural dimension (Chhabra, 2015) as well as the general “increase in interconnectedness” (Hannerz, 1996) that is of particular interest.
A SENSE OF COMMUNITY
TRAVERSING LANGUAGE AND SPACE
Hopefully this insight into globalisation as it relates to the design profession has opened your mind to some new concepts, as well as encouraged you to partake in the activities that were mentioned, if being able to work from anywhere in the world is something that appeals to you. Personally, increasing my awareness of the implications of globalisation as well as equipping myself with knowledge regarding how I can make my work more pertinent and meaningful on a global scale is incredibly empowering. Please feel free to leave a comment letting me know if you can relate or if you possess any opposing opinions, I would love to hear your thoughts.