To be put simply, the idea of ‘glocality’ is both a fusion of both what it means for a place or individual to be ‘global’ and what it means to be ‘local’. The ‘global’ refers to the influence on a person or place that stems from foreign cultures and ideas whereas localities refers to what is unique to a place and the individuals that inhabit it which would likely to still exist if the place had minimal global influence. My understanding of ‘glocality’ is that is a term that is more relevant in a modern context than locality as our places are still unique but are influenced by as Meyowits describes in The Rise of Glocality, ‘global trends and global consciousness’ which is made possible by the power of today’s media and its rapid exchange of information.
To an extent glocalities have existed for thousands of years, as long as different cultures have been interacting with each other, but the influence global perspectives and realities have had on local entities has increased with the expansion and increasing diversity of media and news networks and immediacy of their mediums such as the internet. I am lucky enough to have grown up in what many would consider a very privileged upbringing and the media has allowed me to realise, in detail and diverse perspectives, the harsh realities of the experiences people outside of my locality endure such as war, poverty, starvation and persecution enabling me to have a degree of consciousness where I am sympathetic to them. It is such awareness that I believe has impacted my social identity as it has helped shape my political opinion to some extent as I believe the current ruling Australian government should be much more sympathetic to asylum seekers escaping persecution.
I remember during a discussion with my mum I asked her ‘how many people do you think live with the same privileges we live with today’ and she responded ‘half’ and I was baffled. I eventually realised that our different understandings was likely due to my formal and informal education being in a more globalised time than hers (partially by her choice) as I’ve grown up in a time where information is much more accessible and diverse.