Cultural Geography

Unit 1 Competency

Geography and Globalization are key parts of the mindset of a specific area’s people, and the difference between one country and another.

Geography and Globalization

Geography and Globalization are key parts of the mindset of an environment's workplace. The U.S. has a minimum-wage law in place, stating that you have to pay a worker at least $7.25 per hour. This is not the case in Mongolia, however. In Mongolia, China, the minimum wage for workers is $0.61, that's $6.64 less than America. Though, because of this, large companies go to Asia to set up main factories; because people will take up jobs for significantly less money. Apple, one of the largest distributors in the world, is not an exception, and has a factory in Mongolia, China. Not only that, but also in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Europe.

iPhone Production

The iPhone, one of Apple's most successful products, isn't made in the U.S. In fact, most factories are made in Asia, where no minimum wage laws are in place. It starts off in Mongolia, where they create the base of the product (i.e. the color screen, glass polishing an circuitry). And the rest of the distributors work on the gyroscope and microchips in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Europe.

After the basics are made, they ship them off to China, where workers assemble the product.

Apple Around the World:

How Apple affects Geography and Globalization

Apple's affect on globalization

Technology: The innovation of the iPhone in and of itself is technology. With engineers creating faster and better phones, and sharing them with the world, communication between countries has never been easier. But sometimes, technology cuts others off in a different way. For example, nowadays you see half the population staring at a phone while walking down the street instead of conversing with their friends right next to them. We need to be careful this technology doesn't rule over our lives.

Culture: The iPhone has wriggled its way into our culture like a tapeworm. The United States is now seen as overweight freedom-lovers who have an obsession with technology. It's good in some ways, by sharing online worldwide you can see what someone's doing in Europe, right on your phone.

Environment: The creation of the iPhone is definitely hazardous to the environment. We need to get the resources to make the phones somewhere, but digging up the earth for pieces to a microchip is not a good way to go. One main problem is pollution-energy uses oil, and oil creates pollution. One solution to this problem is to go Eco-friendly, and spend less energy using solar power to power factories.

Economy: Our economy is growing daily, and the Apple industry with it. They economy is buying, and Apple is receiving. Though, not everyone is thriving-Apple is overpowering smaller companies, like Blueberry, and they're being tossed out of the stock market as others rise to the top. Smaller companies simply cannot keep up with the larger companies.

How Globalization Affects Me;

As a citizen of this country, globalization affects me in many ways, such as companies that sway me to buy their product through ads, on the PC I bought from Microsoft. It is a never ending circle of rinse, dry, repeat. Except, in this circle, there is economy, technology, culture, and environment. As I buy products from companies, I am a part of the economy. I own technology I use to communicate with my friends. I am able to become a part of another culture with this technology, and this evolution of technology changes the Earth around me.


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