Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Nike and Indonesia

Today in class we watched a video and talked about the Nike factories in Indonesia. The man in the video was offered a job as coach at the biggest catholic soccer school in the country and the school was offered a Nike sponsorship worth a lot of money. Tis made the coach look into and eventually go to Indonesia with a woman to live in those conditions. The workers in Indonesia make only a $1.25 an hour and under $10 a week. This is truly sad that they can’t even get the things they need to keep themselves healthy. If they need medicine than they need to cut out many meals. On top of that they live in a 9 by 9-foot building sharing the bathroom with many people and the waste goes outside right next to the sidewalk to get to the Nike factory. This isn't just Nike doing this this is pretty much every large brand. If the people of Indonesia protest, then Nike threatens to leave and set up a factory somewhere else leaving them with nothing. Nike has the money to help them but instead they give million dollar sponsorships to big athletes. Nike should raise the amount of money they give them just so they can stay healthy and well.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

More to Globalization

Communication is a big part of globalization. The internet plays a large role with that with all kinds of media. The internet can get you any information the weather, the score to a football game, and it can answer any question that’s known. Annually Millions of people travel from millions of places to go other places. This spreads culture and people also tend to buy a souvenir so that’s trade which is another form of globalization. Popular culture is way more globalized than it was just a few years ago. Tons of books, shows, and movies are loved and watched in different parts of the world. The economy has become more globalized. Companies like Microsoft rely largely on international trade to make a greater profit. Many countries’ have made free trade agreements with other countries which is another reason why everything is so globalized. Cultural and economic globalization is a reason why we are connected politically.

Today in class the first thing we talked about was Americanization. It is taking out customs usual to an area like long meals with your family and and replacing it with American things like fast food so they become more and more like America. The second thing we talked about today was the Silk Road. China used to be the only place that made silk for a while. The Silk Road was a trade route that the Chinese used to trade goods. The third thing we talked about or made fun of was the gospel in places like the Philippines and without the apostle Paul the word wouldn’t have spread through the roman empire than the world. We also talked about Kenya and how if a man has a cell phone than that means there’s Wi-Fi, electricity, cell towers, and other things like chargers. So this means that even places like Kenya are becoming more modern.