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I define globalization as the occurrence of interconnectivity and interdependence between countries, which has gone through several stages of advancement especially after the invention of advanced technology. With the increasing usage of advanced technology that allows us to communicate and travel across borders at a speed that has never been imagined before, the world in some way is becoming standardized. It is difficult to attach a specific date to the occurrence of globalization because it is very subjective and depends on the opinion of each individual. Globalization is a very controversial concept because its effects are widely debatable. While some might say that the Colombian Exchange sparked globalization or the fall of the Berlin Wall, I argue that while the beginning may be highly debatable, there are various stages of globalization as it advances.

In my analysis of the term globalization, I find that globalization began with the Columbian Exchange and has progressed ever since with the invention of mass transportation, technology, and education around the world. The Columbian Exchange was one of the first widespread exchanges of plants, animals, diseases and technology between the Americas and Europe. The Columbian Exchange seems to embody the term globalization because even just that one event highlights the effects of globalization as a whole. It demonstrates that while there are many rewards to reap from this interconnectivity between countries, there are also many negative effects as a result. One cannot simply say that globalization is inherently bad or good without taking a look at the arguments on both sides.

The film “The World According to Sesame Street” shines an optimistic light on globalization by describing the rewards of interconnecting countries. This film depicts the cultural impact and the complexities of creating international adaptations of the children’s television show Sesame Street. Throughout the film, the...
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