Monday, March 22, 2004

What is globalization?

The following forward found its way into my inbox the other day:


What is the truest definition of Globalization?

Answer: Princess Diana's death.

Question: How come?

Answer: An English princess with an Egyptian boyfriend crashes in a French tunnel, driving a German car with a Dutch engine, driven by a Belgian who was drunk on Scottish whisky, (check the bottle before you change the spelling) followed closely by Italian Paparazzi, on Japanese motorcycles; treated by an American doctor, using Brazilian medicines. This is sent to you by an American, using Bill Gates' technology, and you're probably reading this on your computer, that uses Taiwanese chips, and a Korean monitor, assembled by Bangladeshi workers in a Singapore plant, transported by Indian truck drivers, hijacked by Indonesians, unloaded by Sicilian longshoremen, and trucked to you by Mexican illegals..... That, my friends, is Globalization.

Unfortunately, as with most forwards, there isn't any indication of who originated it, so--sadly--I can't give the author proper recognition. (If anyone knows who wrote the above, though, please let me know, as I'd like to give due credit.)

For a more detailed explanation of globalization, you can check out this CBC primer on the issue,'s page on the subject, and Naomi Klein's No Logo site.

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