The price of globalization
Posted by aogWednesday, 25 June 2003 at 15:23
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I'm off on a business trip this week and I need t o get some gifts for the boys to bring back. I can think of a number of things to get but because the shops I can find here are the same as the ones back home, the question is – what is the purpose of the gifts? When I was a wee lad, it was frequently the case that gifts brought back from trips were things that were difficult or impossible to get locally. This was particularly true I lived in a relatively small town (basically the same town, actually – my current house is less than 15 kilometers from my childhood home). But the set of things for which that is true has greatly shrunk over the last few decades. It's not just the increasing ease of transport but also the rise of large chains. The gain of course is that people in smaller towns now have every day access to things that formerly were the province of large towns (or even just specific large towns). Moreover, for any particular type of thing it is generally the best of the variants across the country (or even planet) that is now available everywhere. It's a humbling thought that we have advanced to this stage, but it still doesn't solve my gift buying problem.