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Thomas Friedman’s The World Is Flat

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In Thomas Friedman’s The World Is Flat he presents his idea of the globalization of the world in all areas; from economic to communication with other countries. Friedman is a journalist from the New York Times and most of his work focuses on economic and technological innovations and advancements, and furthermore how they are associated to history. The ideas he presents in this book are both plausible and convincing. The main focus is whether the world is “flat“. The answer to this question depends on the readers’ political, economical, and technological opinions. Friedman does however present evidence in many situations where the globalization of the world is clearly evident. This essay will explore these different scenarios, as well as present an opinion on globalization in the world’s economic and technological fields.
Friedman first discovers the flattening of the world while interviewing well respected Nandian Nelekani, Indian CEO of Infosys Technologies Limited. This intellectual businessman had been the first to expose Friedman to this new era of globalization. Stating to Friedman that “ the playing field is being leveled” ( Friedman 7). It didn’t take long for him to realize that Nelekani didn’t actually mean the world was flat in the physical sense ,but it was being leveled so that countries around the world could compete and challenge each other in various fields. This new globalization was something to be embraced by countries all over the world in order to succeed and grow stronger economically, both collectively and as a single country.
According to Friedman presently our stage is globalization 3.0 which is “…shrinking the world from size small to a size tiny and flattening the playing field at the same time” ( Friedman 10 ). This implies that the word is becoming more industrious and leveled, allowing more people to communicate, collaborate, and compete, instead of companies doing it for them. This is related to technology and outsourcing as a by product of this new technology. The personal computer allowed more and more people to engineer their own life digitally. They could now send pictures, media, data, messages, and even market new products due to a little thing we call the internet. Over the years it has developed in ways that would have been unimaginable in the past. All due to thin tubes of glass that transmit electrical signals efficiently and speedily. Because of their thinness many are able to being clumped together allowing more information to be sent in bulk. These cables came to be known as fiber optic cables. Outsourcing, the practice of sending work to other non local companies to be finished, edited, or for other various reasons, was made possible due of the internet and new technologies such as these fiber optic cables. It also allowed more communication between foreign countries, such as India ;which was a very significant outsourcing center in the world due to cheap labor and...

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