Sustainability in a 21st Century Context

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I do not believe that the world is truly flat; this is my position. I believe that there is a kind of potential for the world to be flat, but there are a myriad of social stratifications that exist across societies around the world that make "flatness" of the world unlikely. For me to side with Friedman in that the world is flat, I would need to be presented with proof that the world is more equal than it is. One of the arguments against Friedman's ideas is his lack of substantial data in his book.
Friedman's argument for a flat world reminds me of arguments for capitalism that all things, more or less, are equal such that the world becomes flat and more improved organically. I find Ghemawat's argument sound, plausible, and more realistic. A flat world is some kind of ideal for Friedman, while the non-flat world is, again, more real, and more in touch with how the world operates for most people. Neither argument is completely infallible, but Ghemawat's argument for a non-flat world appeals to me more so than Friedman's argument for a flat one.
2. Facebook is one example that supports my position that the world is not flat, more disjointed, and more disconnected than represented primarily in the media. Facebook allows people from all over the world to connect and create networks based on job experience, academic history,…

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