The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman gives examples from the past and present to help determine how our world is becoming closer through different technological advances. With his awards in writing, not only received for this book but for his other writings in the New York Times, it can be assumed that Friedman is somewhat qualified in writing this book. The World is Flat, a book about the advancements made in the twenty-first century that will effect how business is done around the world in the future has also received awards from reputable sources such as Goldman Sachs and the Financial Times. It is with this knowledge that the idea of the world flattening “horizontally” does exist and will help humans as a whole in the future, but will also create problems for the American people.
The World is Flat gives the arguments that the world as we know it in terms of business, and economies is growing closer. With advancements in technologies and new ideas and innovations of the future, the world is becoming smaller in a sense. The knowledge of the world is at the tip of a persons finger at all times, with personal computers and cell phones with Internet capabilities that allow people to search and download information from anywhere on the globe. Friedman sums up all of this at the beginning of his book with the Ten Forces That Flattened The World. These ten forces explain in detail how the world is becoming “flat” and everything is growing closer.
The fall of the Berlin Wall marked the beginning of when the world began to flatten. Not only in Germany, but also across the world there was, in a sense, many walls falling, which meant they were opening up to other countries and new ideas. Countries opened up their economies allowing more money to flow in. This created new jobs and opportunities in which people were able to build upon for the future. This was followed u with the creation of the World Wide Web.... [continues]
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