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The World Is Flat

The World Is Flat

Song"It's a Small World"its a small world after all its a small world after all its a small world after all its a small, small world its a world of laughter and a world of tears its a world of hopes and a world of fears there's so much that we share that is time we're aware its a small world after all its a small world after all its a small world after all its a small world after all its a small, small world there is just one moon and one golden sun and a smile means friendship to everyone though the mountains divide and the oceans are wide its a small world after all its a small world after all its a small world after all its a small, small world

Thomas L. Friedman

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BlurbAmerica. Ambitious, brutal, and left behind. In a world of technology and innovation, the playing field is being leveled and the twenty-first century is when everything changes. Award winning novelist, Thomas L. Friedman, illuminates the emerging flat world and the intricate maze required to overcome its obstacles. The World Is Flat is a basic survival guide on how to stay afloat in a storm of fast paced modernization and exploration. Anything that can be done, will be done and it’s up to you to do it!

Quotes“Engines can now talk to computers, people can talk to people, computers can talk to computers and people can talk to computers farther, faster, more cheaply, and more easily than ever before. And as that has happened, more people from more places have started asking one another the same two questions: can you hear me now? Can we work together now” (Friedman 198-199)?“If Americans and Europeans want to benefit from the flattening of the world and the interconnecting of all the markets and knowledge centers, they will all have to run at least as fast as the fastest lion – and I suspect that lion will be China, and I suspect that is will be pretty darn fast” (Friedman 150-151).“The way to succeed is not by stopping the railroad line from connecting you, but by firing up your imagination, by upgrading your skills, and by adopting those practices, rules, policies, and educational institutions that will enable you and your society to claim a healthy slice of the bigger but more complex pie” (Friedman 277).

CitationsBlue Map of the World. Graphic. n.d. Good Ground Communications. Web. 17 Dec 2014.Friedman, Thomas. The World Is Flat. New York: Picador, 2007. Print.Goetz, Ashley. Hand Drawings. Illustration. n.d. Ashley Ellen. Web. 17 Dec 2014.[Minute MBA by]. 28 May 2013. Why Outsourcing is Bad for Business [Video file]. Retrieved from, Alan. Outsourcing. Illustration. 13 Oct 2012. The Cagle Post. Web. 17 Dec 2014.Powell, Dwane. Taking NC back to the flat Earth era. Illustration. 21 June 2014. News Observer. Web. 17 Dec 2014.Sherman, Richard, and Robert Sherman. “It's a Small World.” Disney. 1964. Web.[YaleUniversity]. 29 Apr 2009. The World Is Flat [Video file]. Retrieved from

Paragraphs (In order from left to right) The first picture shows relationship between people across the planet using work flow software. Anyone from anywhere can connect and share their ideas as if they were sitting face to face. The second picture shows businesses off-shoring production to poorer eastern countries only to sell their products back to their richer western homeland. The third picture shows what happens when countries open themselves up to free trade. Friedman talks about this in flattener #6 of his book when he recalls China joining the WTO. The fourth picture is not a globe but rather a flat map. Every country is on this map and every country has theses connections to every other country. Finally, the fifth picture shows people on all ethnicities (meaning countries) holding America up because America cannot support itself as it is in the flat world. The first political cartoon (on top) shows how politicians have wanted the world flat all along. In a flat world, they make more money and so do the people that they represent. The reason politicians are used instead of economists or regular people is because politicians are frequently portrayed as selfish people who have lots of power. A flat world is not in the best interest of a lot of Americans but that doesn’t matter to these men. The second political cartoon (on bottom) shows the relationship between in-sourcing and outsourcing. The people in the small rickety boat are people who are looking for job in their country (In-Sourcing). The giant air buses represent all the jobs that are leaving the country (Out-Sourcing). There are far more jobs leaving than there are jobs staying in the country and judging from the expressions of the in-sourcing sailors, they know the jobs aren’t coming back. The song “It’s a Small World”, written by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman, illustrates how the flat world really is small and connected. The lyrics “There's so much that we share / that it's time we're aware” (line 8-9) alludes to how Friedman talks about how the flattening of the world happened through global cooperation “while [he] was sleeping” (Friedman vii) and now he feels like it’s time everyone knew. The song goes on to talk about the physical barriers that seemingly make the world big but in reality do not matter. In the lyrics “Though the mountains divide / and the oceans are wide” (17-18) the addition of the word though and the reinforcement of the small world idea demonstrates that people can be connected even if they are far away. The first separate media piece is a Youtube video of Thomas L. Friedman, the author, speaking to students at Yale University. In this video he gives a general synopses of his book and explains the first part of his book, including the ten fatteners that he wrote about in chapter two. The second separate piece of media is a Youtube video by Minute MBA explaining why outsourcing is bad. The video brings up valid anti-out-sourcing points and supports theirs claims with evidence. The video can be used as another perspective to chapter two, flattener #5, of The World Is Flat.


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