A Flat World

According to dictionary.com, Globalization is defined as the tendency of businesses, technologies, or philosophies to spread throughout the world, or the process of making this happen. The global economy is sometimes referred to as a globality, characterized as a totally interconnected marketplace, unhampered by time zones or national boundaries. The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman talks about globalization in the 21st century. He believed that there should be a level playing field for commerce which is what the title reiterates. He wants all companies to have an equal playing field amongst its competitors. Friedman believes that this can really help out the poor. It has pulled millions out of poverty in the countries of India and China. Also, it has multiplied the size of the middle class. People are no longer in that lower class because of this new business theory where everyone has a leveled playing field. The standard of living has never increased this fast in all of history. While it is increasing it is also supporting the growth of the population as well. Friedman estimated that the global economy was worth 7 trillion dollars in 1950. Over the past decade it has been equal to that even with the latest recession we have had in our economy. Thomas L. Friedman stated, “I define globalization as the inexorable integration of markets, transportation systems, and communication systems to a degree never witnessed before—in a way that is enabling corporations, countries, and individuals to reach around the world farther, faster, deeper, and cheaper than ever before, and in a way that is enabling the world to reach into corporations, countries, and individuals farther, faster, deeper, and cheaper than ever before. So he believes that globalization, if managed correctly can be the greatest thing to happen to this economy. A big positive in my opinion would have to be that consumers can buy merchandize from other countries for dirt cheap. There are countless websites that offer the same product that is sold in the US for half the price because they have outsourced workers. They pay their employees nothing so they do not have to jack up the prices to ridiculous levels. 

Along with the positives there are always some negatives and counter argument with peoples views. No one will ever completely agree with each other. A big negative about the way that he views globalization is that economies are too dependent on each other. If one economy falls the likelihood of another one falling increases dramatically. Millions of workers fear losing their jobs because companies are continuously working under competitive nature at which any point their business can go under and leave employees without jobs. Friedman views are all wrong though. He states that globalization and free markets go hand in hand when really they do not. He bases everything off of free markets but in reality we do not run free markets in our economy. The government is always coming up with a set of regulations and rules to stop the growth of a monopolistic economy. Its the survival of the fittest out in the world of business and globalization only works for the business superpowers out there. Capitalism is what America is and what America always will be. If you want to be somebody you need to work extremely hard to get there. Their are no hand outs in this world and if you are the little guy you will always remain the little guy unless you do it yourself. 

 

Cerni, P. (2012, October 8). Thomas Friedman’s Paean to Globalization ‘The Lexus and the Olive Tree’ Is Back, but We’ve Moved On | PopMatters. Retrieved from http://www.popmatters.com/review/163932-the-lexus-and-the-olive-tree-by-thomas-l.-friedman/

Manguina, R. (2010). Thomas Friedman on Globalization – Newsweek 2010. Retrieved from http://2010.newsweek.com/top-10/most-overblown-fears/globalization.html

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Digital Failures

There has been numerous times throughout history that there has been digital security failures. The biggest one that has recently happened is Heartbleed. According to the Straits Times, Heartbleed is a two-year programming flaw in something called OpenSSL, an open source consortium that builds and maintains a library of tools that essentially encrypt two-thirds of the Internet’s traffic. This means that a cyberintruder can access a computers cookies, passwords very easily. It makes the computer vulnerable to the theft of sensitive information. Knowing this, I feel that it is the responsibility of companies to report any failures in their security system. It is the ethically right thing to do because people can be getting there information stolen and they should be aware of this happening so they can be aware that all of their personal information is out on the web. The companies have a responsibility to its customers to deliver services to uphold the integrity of the company. If they were not to notify them that is how you lose many loyal customers resulting in the downfall of your company.

I believe that as a customer I have the right to know if my personal information has been accessed. This information is essential to the safety and security of my family. I am the protector of my family and if my personal emails, credit card information has been seen by a criminal that wants to steal it, I can be at a huge risk financially. There is a statistic that showed that there is on average 144 billion emails that everyday that is vulnerable to Heartbleed. That is a lot of information that you could have sent via email and it really is the responsibility of the company to tell you what has been stolen and what has not. I know it is a bad look for the company but it is what is morally right. Obviously your credit card information has to be accessed by the company so you can pay them, but if they find out that an intruder has accessed it and can use it to steal money from your account, it is their duty to come forward no matter how weak the company looks.

With all of this information that I have just found out about digital failures I am way less likely to shop online. My personal information is called PERSONAL for a reason and now that I know how easily it can be accessed by others I will refrain from shopping as long as possible. The fact that the government did not know about this flaw for two years really shows me how weak our government is and how easy it is to get things passed the government. If I desperately have to shop online I will but I will try to personally go to the store and buy it. I understand that we are not perfect and their is obviously ways to steal information from people but to know that the company would not tell the victims really frightens me. My information could be getting stolen as we speak and I would never know because the companies only care about their profits and not about the integrity of the company. For me to change my ways an shop online more their would have to be some major changes. I would want to automatically know by like a system that my information has been stolen and I would like compensation for what has been stolen. It is the companies fault that my information has been stolen so the least they can do is help the victims out. I feel that this is only going to get worse because the digital age is growing each year and with this information becoming public, people will not trust the internet anymore. I know the internet is very innovative and much easier to do things especially shop. People will have to become less lazy and go out and buy these products to prevent this from happening. The government will need more resources to prevent catastrophes like this happening again.

 

 

Fung, B. (2014, April). Heartbleed is about to get worse, and it will slow the Internet to a crawl. Retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/04/14/heartbleed-is-about-to-get-worse-and-it-will-slow-the-internet-to-a-crawl/
Straits Times (2014, April 17). What is Heartbleed and how it can steal information from you. Retrieved from http://www.straitstimes.com/news/opinion/more-opinion-stories/story/heartbleed-and-cyber-security-20140416

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Illegal downloads

I personally believe that downloading music and movies online are a victimless crime because it is not like you are hurting anybody. There is so much more crime that should be focused on more than illegal downloading. I definitely can see why people can call it a big crime though. If you are downloading movies, books and music illegal you are taking copyrighted material without the owner allowing you to do so. It is ethically not the right thing to do because it is stealing. Even though this crime is not physically hurting someone such as rape, assault and abuse, it still is not the right thing to do. Countless people download things illegally every single day and they go without punishment. It was shown in 2008 that 95 percent of all music was illegally downloaded. That is a ridiculous number that needs to decrease drastically. A counter argument for this could be that the music, movie and book industry is a huge rip off to buy when it costs nearly nothing to make and is very expensive to buy. You will always have those people with morals that are afraid and don’t want to do anything illegal. You have those loyal fans that will always buy their favorite authors, musicians and actors movies but once the older generation dies out this illegal downloading will become an even bigger problem than it already is. The older generation does not really know how to download things illegally so they still buy the CDs and DVDs. With technology nowadays the younger generation can just plug the song, book title and movie into a website and instantly get the product without paying a single dollar. The government should start cracking down on this because it is killing this area of the economy.

Illegal downloading is the same exact thing as stealing. It is just like going into the store and stealing it. People are taking away from the sales of these products by illegally downloading them. I blame this on the government because they know that these websites are running and have the power to shut them down but they refuse to do so. I feel bad for the record companies, producers and publishers that put out these products because they don’t make all the money that they are supposed too. There revenue is without a doubt cut in half due to the fact of these illegal downloads. I think that there is a possible solution and if I were these companies I would really hope they take care of this. I don’t think that illegal downloads will ever stop and it will just keep getting worse as long as these websites keep running.

 

 

Adams, S. (2009, January 16). 95% of music downloads in 2008 were illegal – DiS reacts and suggests two solutions / Music News // Drowned In Sound. Retrieved from http://drownedinsound.com/news/4136081-95-of-music-downloads-in-2008-were-illegal-dis-reacts-and-suggests-two-solutions

Goessi, L. (2009, December 16). Illegal Downloading Victimless Crime by Leigh Goessl | Inside Technology 360. Retrieved from http://www.insidetechnology360.com/index.php/illegal-downloading-victimless-crime-20385/

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Sebastian Thrun

I have recently been assigned to complete work on Code Academy. There is a section on this web site called python and this is where you practice computer coding. This is an example of Massive Open Online Courses(MOOC) and it has been a program that has evolved over the last couple of years. The internet has become an essential part of our everyday lives and to find an easier and more innovative way to teach our society is the smartest thing that we can do. These online courses are a good idea because some people are too lazy to attend school to learn these programs and also some people cannot afford to go to college. It is very important to learn how to use the internet because everything is becoming reliant on technology and if you learn how to use these programs it gives you a step up on the competition. You will have an advantage which will most likely result in the employer higher you and possibly with a higher salary. I personally believe that MOOCs are a good idea but they will not work for everyone. Many students will cheat on the assignments and not really learn the material. I am a better learner when I interact with the teacher and have the professor teach me how to use the program. When I have to learn something on my own by teaching myself it does not usually work out to well. Also, people will post all the answers online making it very easy to just search the right answers on google without even doing it themselves. I am a firm believer in this because kids will look for the easy way out. If they are offered the correct answers without doing work they will take it. Students only care about grades not about the information that they have retained. It is society’s fault we think that way because everything relies on the grades that you receive. Overall, I think that these interactive assignments are good to have as homework but for full course I think it will be counter productive. Kids learn best with interactive assignments but I am the type of student that needs to be told what to do by a superior. If I am not reminded in class about an assignment I will forget it and not complete it. 

Sebastian Thrun, founder of Udacity, attended Stanford University where he developed the belief that education should get rid of long lectures and participate in more active learning. He believes that learning this way will help students succeed not just in school but in life as well. He provided numerous online courses for students but decided that these courses were not effective for undergraduate students. He first believed that they have found the next best thing for higher education and that anyone can benefit from these courses. He recently has changed his perspective to that it is more for students that have a major in technology. Due to the high failures on his courses he realized it was not for everyone and that many students become easily distracted when they are not in class. Thrun really shifted his point of view from his high value on education to a man that has a CEO perspective and just cares about the amount of money he makes. I don’t blame in on what he recently said because I completely agree with him. He believed that it would benefit everyone but he learned from experience that it will not. I knew from the start that not everyone can benefit from online courses because there are numerous distractions when on the computer. You have social media sites and ITunes which can distract any student. 

 

 

Loucao, A. (2013, November 18). Sebastian Thrun: MOOCs Not Effective for Undergraduate Education After All… | online learning insights. Retrieved from http://onlinelearninginsights.wordpress.com/2013/11/18/sebastian-thrun-moocs-not-effective-for-undergraduate-education-after-all/

Udacity (2014, January). About Us – Udacity. Retrieved from https://www.udacity.com/us

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