Globalization Political Cartoon & Project Reflection
For this project, we were able to chose our own adventure and write an Op-Ed about something that interested us individually. The topic had to tie into globalization. For those who don’t know, globalization is basically how the world has transformed from the cold war era to the modern day era. Globalization and concepts around it range wide and low, almost everything in today's world has been impacted in some way by globalization. For my Op-Ed, I wrote about Sweatshops. My viewpoint on sweatshops is that they should change. I am not completely against sweatshops, but I strongly feel that they need to have significant changes. Through writing an Op-Ed and drawing a cartoon, I was able to further my research skills by researching on arguments for and against sweatshops.
When first coming into this project I had no idea what globalization was. Through this project I feel I learned a significant amount about globalization and all the ways it has happened and is shaping the globe today. I have tons about world and free trade and free trade agreements. This was a very confusing subject to learn at the highschool level, but I have found it to be extremely helpful. My biggest takeaways about how globalization affects the world is how much the world has become more interconnected in the most recent years. I still haven’t been able to decided if I feel the new found interconnections is for the better or the worse.
This project was my first time ever writing an Op-Ed. Overall, I leaned a lot through this project and feel I have become a better writer. First off, the writing style of an Op-Ed is completely different than an essay. I’m not sure if I like the traditional style of essay or the multiple short paragraph style of an Op-Ed better. Other than that, I was able to really hone my in text citation skills and refine my ability to cite my sources. I also learned how to do hanging indentations which I had never done before. Although the writing was tedious and hard, I feel it was worthwhile to be able to try this new style of writing.
For me personally, I feel the political cartoon was a good challenge. It allowed me to express my opinion from my Op-Ed in an artistic way, with things like irony to aid. That being said, I feel the most challenging part of this project for me was the cartoon. It was hard for me to come up with an idea to illustrate why child labor is dangerous, wrong, and not worth the lower price. I showed this by using a picture of kids shoes on one side of my cartoon and on the other side a picture of a child worker’s feet in a morgue with a death tag on his right big toe.