STE(A)M

Globalization – Pros and Cons

 

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Globalization

Pros – There are no pros to globalization and I’ll explain why. Many individuals and groups have convinced themselves that this dangerous and unnatural practice of government “cooperation” or consolidation rather has several benefits. Some of the proponents talking points include the following: free trade reduces barriers, lowers prices, creates jobs, promotes economic growth, encourages competition, prosperity, democracy, “global warming” later rebranded as “climate change,” respect for human rights yada yada yada. This system of unparalleled control is nothing but a living nightmare of corruption and criminal enterprises operating in secret while masquerading as the fairytale ideal system that the Germanic Socialist Adolf Hitler himself dreamed of (Snyder, 2015). This concept of one world government in the 21st century is George Orwell’s vision “1984” on steroids due in part by the abuse of power of the deep state up to and including genocide. (Levene, 2005) The only pro to globalization that I can think of is that it’s on its way out. With the rise of a new technocratic era (Brzezinski, 1976), globalization as we know it will fall to the wayside as a primitive relic of the past. “Technology is a part of geopolitics that is often overlooked, and yet it fundamentally changes the way countries interact with one another and cope with their inherent constraints.” (Keller, 2016)

Cons – The whole notion of global governance is a con. In theory and on paper it looks great thanks to an army of lobbyists, lawyers, “philanthropists” and marketing experts. Practice is a different story however. In reality globalization is an ugly idea that has a record of accomplishment rivaling that of some of history’s most notorious mass murderers. When civilians are in trouble there are few places they can receive aid from other than different governments around the world. To merge these governments under one power would provide no escape from absolute power and subsequent tyranny. As we all know (or should by now) “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” (Acton, 1887) The dark side of globalization is rarely talked about because of the magnitude of scandal surrounding human trafficking and how globalization is “fueling its growth.” (Loring Jones, 2007)

 

 

 

References

Acton, J. E. (1887). The meaning and origin of the expression: Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely. Retrieved from The Phrase Finder: http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/absolute-power-corrupts-absolutely.html

Brzezinski, Z. (1976). Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technetronic Era. Penguin Books.

Collins, M. (2015, May 5). The Pros And Cons Of Globalization. Retrieved from Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/mikecollins/2015/05/06/the-pros-and-cons-of-globalization/#3c2d9a17ccce

Keller, R. (2016, June 7). Why this era of globalization is coming to an end. Retrieved from Market Watch: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-this-era-of-globalization-is-coming-to-an-end-2016-06-07

Levene, M. (2005). Genocides Share Nine Common Features. In M. Levene, The Meaning of Genocide (pp. 35-89). London: London: I.B. Retrieved from Center on Law & Globalization.

Loring Jones, D. W. (2007). Globalization and Human Trafficking. Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, 107-122.

Snyder, T. (2015, September 16). Hitler’s world may not be so far away. Retrieved from The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/16/hitlers-world-may-not-be-so-far-away

Watson, G. (1998, November 22). Hitler and the socialist dream. Retrieved from Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/hitler-and-the-socialist-dream-1186455.html

 

 

STE(A)M

Final report of the Media 299 Honors Capstone Assignment

Cory Castillon – Creative Director

Inspiration –

I was inspired by the notion of STEAM which was presented in a class I took a while back based on web design. We worked as a group to build websites with code to highlight the importance of adding art and design to the standard educational model known as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.) As an artist, I see the importance of infusing every field of study with creativity so this really resonated with me and I wanted to find a way to share it with others while getting Peninsula College onboard as well.

Process (How did it change and why?) –

Initially I had aimed to host the event in a community setting as opposed to on campus. Due to budget constraints, I opted to host the event in the PUB to compensate for any hiccups in the operation of the pilot pop up. I also modified the menu.

Challenges (How did you deal with them?) –

My biggest challenge was getting approval for funding. Not only did I have to develop a template budget for future events to be held in community venues, but I also had to make the pitch to the ASC (Associated Student Council) who all loved the idea but the devil was in the details amongst a slashed budget. Through direct negotiation with local businesses I could reduce the cost of food from an estimate given by the school of over $200 for 75 sandwich wraps to a whopping $75 for 100 high quality sliders with a variety of meats cheeses and sauces as well as hand-crafted bread courtesy of Bell Street Bakery located in Sequim, WA.

Goals (How well did you achieve them?) –

My goal was to bring artists of all discipline together and provide them with agency over their careers. I wanted to give them the platform to show and sell their work while highlighting the importance of art in all educational fields. We’re all artists in our own right and I wanted the students to know what they do is art worthy of monetization and appreciation. I also wanted the College to find a path for streamlining artists into their careers by offering their work to the community. Another major goal was boosting local business and infusing them with the pop up spirit. I believe I’ve accomplished all my goals with this project besides one. I really wanted to see the event thrive within the local community. Thankfully, everyone I spoke to thought there should be another pop up after this. I look forward to seeing where it will be held. My personal goal, is to be able to use this template to help inmates get their artwork out into the community and I firmly believe it’s within reach. Especially after presenting the idea to Ray Pulsipher (an educator who works with the game design program at Clallam Bay Correctional Center) and receiving extremely positive feedback. It’ll take some string pulling but it WILL happen.

Most important lessons learned? –

The most important lesson I took from this project is to think big. The only thing that limits potential is lack of imagination. Big dreams create big things. I also learned how big of an impact I can make with a few words of encouragement. People like being part of a project with a vision.

What would you do differently if given the opportunity? –

If given the opportunity I would have presented this project to the students of Clallam Bay and allowed them to participate. It may take time but I won’t give up. I’d like to do this as a personal project in the future. I’d also emphasize the importance of instructors in this project to help find artists. It would have been wise to secure the artists sooner but it all worked out none the less.

What ideas would you like to explore further? –

Like I said, I’d like to explore the possibility of presenting the work of student inmates to the community in a similar format. They need the opportunity as much as the world needs their art.

How does your project contribute to the body of knowledge of one or more academic disciplines? –

I believe the business and marketing departments can take a lot from the knowledge gained in this project. Art is big business and the business students would benefit greatly by learning to work with artists symbiotically to create opportunities and maximize profit potential.

Reflect on your experience in the honors program (What value did you find in the experience and how will it contribute to your future learning formal/informal?) –

I gained so much confidence from this project. It really showed me that true power of potential lies in acting with purpose, without hesitation or arbitrary timelines. It also showed me how to create a cohesive collaborative effort, organize an event, and work for something greater than myself. I learned how to balance “The needs of the many” with the strength of the individual thanks to the teachings of Professor Brock.