Review of Thomas L. Friedman's The World is Flat: The Great Sorting Out by

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The Great Sorting Out Thomas L. Friedman analyses technological advances that are making a more economic level playing field with disadvantaged countries rising in knowledge and wealth before. Countries such as China and India has mastered in telephone and computer technology to make these nations become competitive economically. As we explore America’s place in the fast-evolving world economic platform, Friedman presents not only the problems we face, but also the preventative and the possible solutions. As he moves towards the end of this presentation of his theory, Friedman warns of the forces that could seriously harm or slow the flattening of the world, particularly the threat posed by terrorist networks such as Al-Qaeda. His perspective is refreshing in a media driven largely by scare tactics and fear mongering as he encourages a realistic and objective approach to this threat. However, the world is flat is the timely and essential update on globalization, its successes and discontents, powerfully illuminated by one of our most respected journalists. Friedman repeatedly uses lists as an organizational device to communicate key concepts, usually numbered, and often with a provocative label. Two example lists are the ten forces that flattened the world, and three points of convergence Thomas L. Friedman focuses on a great amount of energy in connecting the “sorting out” period that is coming to pass with his ten originals flatteners. Friedman also describes what he believes will follow the triple convergence. The triple convergence is likely to cause some chaos and confusion. Friedman offers some examples of the issues that result from the triple convergence that will have to be negotiated in the great sorting out, such as when an Indian company won the contract to upgrade the unemployment department of the state of Indiana because it was able to place a bid 8,1 million dollars lower that its competitors. As the “sorting out” continues, Friedman starts

References: The world is flat: A brief history of the twenty-first century, by Thomas L. Friedman

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