“It’s a Flat World, After All” Analysis Essay

699 Words Apr 20th, 2008 3 Pages
In Friedman’s “It’s a Flat World, After All”, Friedman in a trip Bangalore, India accidentally “encountered the flattening of the world”. The following paper will analyze “It’s a Flat World, After All” and the flattening of the world. To conclude the paper I will summarize my thoughts on the flattening of the world.
According to Friedman globalization was classified into three time periods. Globalization 1.0 (1492 to 1800) was considered to shrink the world from large to medium due to countries globalizing for resources and imperial conquest. Globalization 2.0 (1800 to 2000) was considered to shrink the world from medium to small because of companies globalizing for markets and labor. Globalization 3.0 (2000 to present) is shrinking the
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It’s important because it allows “people to work together in manipulating and shaping words all over the world.”
Due to the flatteners, countries such as: China, India, Russia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Central Asia now actively participate in a flattened world. This is shaping global economics and politics. Furthermore, this has presented a challenge to America to build not only a strong state, but strong individuals as well. With that being said there are three gaps creating a crisis for Americans. The first gap is the “ambition gap”. According to the author, “Americans have gotten too lazy” compared to their Indian and Chinese counterparts. The second is a serious numbers gap building, meaning we are not producing enough engineers and scientists. In the past America would import Indian and Chinese engineers and scientist; however, because the world is flat they are competing from home. The final gap is an education gap. Often times CEO outsource in an effort to save on company cost by paying lower salaries and to get better-skilled and more productive workers.
After reading “It’s a Flat World, After All” I began to contemplate whether what Thomas L. Friedman was saying had a little bit of truth behind it. Surprisingly I agree with just about everything he was saying, especially with regards to the gaps. I know first hand that the education gap is real. I currently work on a grant that is charged with the task of doubling the number of African-Americans
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