Globalization and Technological Convergence The rise of globalization in the past half century has altered the course of history, economics, and politics throughout the world. Important watershed events no longer happen to particular towns, states, or countries – rather any vast change in the fortunes of one constituency is likely have global repercussions. The world, for better or worse, is connected. Although globalization is not a new concept, its success as a policy in the last fifty years is attributable to one fundamental cause: the rampant advances in communications technology that attended the last quarter of the twentieth century. Interestingly, these advances are both a cause, and an effect of increased global connectivity, such...The end:
.....nified technologies on a global scale is, for any given field, inevitable. Thus the mutual effect of globalization on technology and technology on globalization will ultimately result in a common technological way of life, in which the majority of the world uses a majority of the same technology. References Jenkins, H. 2006. Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide New York: New York University Press. Print. Katz, M., Shapiro, C. Network Externalities, Competition, and Compatibility. American Economic Review, 75.3 (1988) 424 – 440. Print. Opderbeck, D. 2005. Peer to Peer Networks, Technological Darwinism, and Intellectual Property Reverse Private Attorney General Litigation. New York: Baruch College, City University of New York.