Thomas Friedman’s book, The World is Flat, gives us a different view on what the new globalization is and how the flattening of the world starts. This flat world means the new globalization, which views the world as a “level playing field” where all countries that are competing have equal opportunity. He gives us important dates that transformed the world forever, such as the fall of the Berlin Wall on 11/9/89 or 9/11/01. The new globalization has both advantages and disadvantages. First let’s talk about some benefits. One of the most important things is that this globalization allows companies or people complete globally. Outsourcing has also been a common thing, with Friedman explaining that McDonald’s Drive Thru may be someone 900 miles away. So basically America is hiring workers from people outside the U.S. The new globalization allows any country that’s open to modernization to step up and be on equal footing with those at the top.
Friedman says that math and science are subjects that will lead to success and that India and China are the two main countries who have students that study these subjects. They suggest that China and India will provide great opportunities for the world economy. This leads us to some disadvantages that arise from this new globalization. Many countries who either have students who don’t get degrees in these subjects or have stopped getting degrees in this subject will not excel the future. Friedman explains that those who aren’t at the top have a goal to strive for, but since top countries like America are at the top, they have no goal to aim for. He says countries that don’t open up their doors to the rest of the world and try to keep their old traditions will not prosper in the world. So basically you are required to be part of the technological revolution in order to be successful. This all leads to a simple statement, that the winners of today will decide how things will be in the future.
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