Hello! My name is Will Brody and I am the author of this blog, “Going Global.” I received an email from Duke’s Office of Media Communications, which contained an inquiry in regards to British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC) visit to Durham. Matt Frei, a lead anchor for “BBC Americas World News”, a program directed towards a U.S. audience covering global headlines, was coming to Duke to speak with a few students about their perspective on American competitiveness. The emphasis of the discussion was placed on China as a threat to the United States, and the students were to debate their point of view on camera. Periodically Matt Frei would ask provocative questions to stir the conversation. Five individuals were chosen to take part in this event, and although I was not originally one of the students chosen, the weather was wreaking havoc on the Northeastern U.S., and thus I was asked to participate.

As far as I can remember I’ve never been chosen to take part in anything filmed for an actual audience. I vaguely recall my Boy Scout troop visiting a local TV station, however I’m not even sure if we even got airtime. So when I had an opportunity to be on BBC, one of the world’s largest news networks, I gladly accepted the invitation. Upon taking a class in globalization and competitiveness last fall, I had some understanding of the topic and was aware that many times the U.S. got a bad reputation in relation to its global policies. I thus promised myself I would make sure the U.S. was cast in a fair light. Even if China was rapidly expanding, I firmly believed (and still do) that the U.S. is the world’s preeminent superpower. As our discussion progressed it lead both me and the other individuals to discuss the U.S. position on a global setting, as well as China’s; however equally importantly, it led me to thinking that the topic at hand was definitely worth exploring even further.

As lucky as I am, my English 109 professor asks his students to create a blog. Coming off taking part in the BBC discussion, what better way for me to explore the issues of American competitiveness in comparison to China? Politically, economically, and culturally, the two countries could not be more different. I plan on looking at current trends and previous events and relating many of the prevalent issues to life at Duke. Similarly, I will weigh in with critiques and thoughts of my own. I’m excited to dig deeper into the issues that these countries currently face, because there is no doubt that any actions taken today by either nation, not only drastically affect themselves in the future, but also each other.

So look around…perhaps you will find something that piques your interest!


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