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The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman

The World is Flat

by Thomas L. Friedman

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Chances are good that Bhavya in Bangalore will read your next x-ray, or as Thomas Friedman learned first hand, “Grandma Betty in her bathrobe” will make your Jet Blue plane reservation from her Salt Lake City home. In “Globalization 3.0,” Friedman contends, people from far-flung places will become principal players in the marketplace.

In his latest book, The World is Flat, Friedman describes the unplanned cascade of technological and social shifts that effectively leveled the economic world, and “accidentally made Beijing, Bangalore and Bethesda next-door neighbors.” Today, “individuals and small groups of every color of the rainbow will be able to plug and play.” Friedman’s list of “flatteners” includes the fall of the Berlin Wall; the rise of Netscape and the dotcom boom that led to a trillion dollar investment in fiber optic cable; the emergence of common software platforms and open source code enabling global collaboration; and the rise of outsourcing, offshoring, supply chaining and insourcing. Friedman says these flatteners converged around the year 2000, and “created a flat world: a global, web-enabled platform for multiple forms of sharing knowledge and work, irrespective of time, distance, geography and increasingly, language.” At the very moment this platform emerged, three huge economies materialized -- those of India, China and the former Soviet Union --“and three billion people who were out of the game, walked onto the playing field.” A final convergence may determine the fate of the U.S. in this final chapter of globalization. A “political perfect storm,” as Friedman describes it -- the dotcom bust, the attacks of 9/11, and the Enron scandal -- “distract us completely as a country.” Just when we need to face the fact of globalization and the need to compete in a new world, “we’re looking totally elsewhere.”


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the world is flat
Reviewer james tao
 April 20, 2009
it is a ver subjective observation to the world we live yet not understand fully. I like it.

good
Reviewer franklin01
 October 05, 2008
is good

The best bits are at the end, during Q&A
Reviewer audiothink
 February 17, 2006
The World is Flat is an unfortunate title for a smart talk on disintermediation. Friedman, a NYT columnist, reflects humorously on Web 2.0 and the evolution of modern markets. Most endearing are Friedman's remarks on political philosophy, which he intelligently shares in the Q&A session.

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  • Published: 2002
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: T015577