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It's beautiful... And horrifying. 

The reason why this general page came up was because I googled "what's the symbol of globalization?" As in, I was/am looking for iconic objects that embody or represent such.  I was hoping to find a reference to sweatshops and specifically sewing machines (for a project I am working on that involves sewing machines and youth).

A well-travelled environmental lawyer friend said a globe, or something WTO/UN-ish.  Later she agreed a sewing machine would make sense, but that I'd have to add a narrative to contextualize it for those who didn't immediately make that connection.  

Of course, internet said McDonalds and Coka-Cola were examples, similar to the NatGeo page above, citing KFC.  

I found it interesting that NatGeo cited "the exportation of American brands, goods, culture" as a commonly accepted association of globalization.

But obviously I'd rest on the simple statement of "Globalization results in the expansion of international cultural, economic, and political activities. As people, ideas, knowledge, and goods move more easily around the globe, the experiences of people around the world become more similar."

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