Globalisation of the Digital Age and Equality/Inequality

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Globalisation can be closely related with inequality/equality, whether it is positive or negative, meaning it can in some cases potentially help decrease inequalities, but also, in other cases can help grow the gap between developed and undeveloped countries. Globalisation in itself can be in many different forms such as, globalisation through the digital age, or through the movements and actions of transnational corporations. Due to many developments in the digital age worldwide, technology becomes a huge contributor to inequality/equality as access to it also becomes key. The actions and movements of transnational corporations is also another big factor of how globalisation can influence inequality/equality, as transnational corporations become increasingly powerful due to their size and market share and therefore their influences in underdeveloped countries can either help grow that country or the gains and profits that these corporations make can exclude these countries. Therefore, globalisation through the digital age and transnational corporations can have a powerful influence on the reduction of inequalities, but can also cause inequalities to rise. Globalisation and the digital age have a strong relationship, and in some sense, they fuel each other. The digital age has meant the introduction of the internet, many social networking sites and knowledge based search engines such as Facebook, Twitter and Google. They have led to a faster growing rate of globalisation which has now made it easier to transfer knowledge and news around the world in a matter of seconds. This can be seen recently, in the Arab Spring, in which Egypt’s uprising was greatly influenced, caused, and widened by the social networks Facebook and Twitter. In Egypt’s case, citizens were able to access information about government control in other more successful democratic countries and
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