In 2016, America shipped over $1.45 trillion dollars worth of goods around the world, solidifying the country as one of the top exporters. But why is exporting so important, not just for the economy, but overall, on a global scale?
Usually, when you think of exporting you think of sending physical goods to other countries; things like automobiles, oil, or even clothing. But what perhaps is the most important export of all is the exporting of ideas and culture! These are the primary ways in which new ideas filter in and out of various societies, so that new innovations and inventions can be created. It is also a way for people to experience other cultures, like when we import in Indian spices like turmeric, saffron, and cumin, we are not only spicing up our foods to make them even more delicious, but we are taking part in a new culture as well.
The exporting of cultures can also be through things like television shows. Take the classic TV show, Friends. In its hay-day, it produced millions of viewers across the world, from the UK, to India, to even China. To this day, even after being off air for almost 12 years, the show continues to be highly popular, from the outfits on the show making a comeback as fashion in different countries, to the emulating of the typical “American lifestyle” portrayed by the show, by other cultures. Television shows like this allow for people in other countries to get a glimpse into the life of a person unlike them, which is the very point of globalization.