Globalization: The Super Story By Thomas Loren Friedman

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Globalization a modern day way to describe the process in which different cultures are able to interact and learn from one another, through different ideas, items and people. Coming together to reconnect humans with the rest of the world, globalization is closely looked at and studied by those who want a clearer understanding of what it takes for people to be able to reconnect with cultures different from there’s. Thomas Loren Friedman, three time Pulitzer Prize winner, and current writer for the New York Times foreign affairs column since 1995, is a famous journalist who took a closer look into Globalization. Covering the topic in his prologue “Globalization: The Super- Story,” from his book Longitudes and Attitudes, Thomas Friedman uses …show more content…
Thomas Friedman concludes his prologues by describing the third factor that the Globalization system is run by. An individual and nation states can be a very dangerous combination. It is the internet that allows for these individuals to find strength within the people. Whether it is people transferring money, or people sending one another weapons, the internet is to thank for a lot that goes on. Friedman uses an example of a woman named Jody Williams, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for creating a treaty that does not allow landmines. Though she did not have Russia, China or The U.S.A in her favor, Jody Williams won over 120 countries, and her response when asked how she was able to influence 120 countries was simply “Email.” This shows that through the internet anything can be achieved and any person can empower themselves to a threatening level. Due to such things like states versus other states, investors versus states, and individuals versus states, events like 9/11 are bound to happen. One person is permitted to have as much power as Osama Bin Laden was during and before 9/11 because the three factors Friedman listed above correlate with one another. Friedman talked about the United States and the firing of seventy five cruise missiles at Bin Laden when he wanted to bomb two American embassies …show more content…
He is able to be an effective writer by using examples like Jody Williams to give his work a greater sense of honesty. By using people and their situations to explain his point, Friedman is showing the reader that he has facts that prove his knowledge on Globalization is nothing short of right. We see Friedman do this when he talks about Jody Williams and how she used the internet to get 120 different countries in her favor for the outlawing of land mines. He does this when he says “Jody Williams used e-mail and the networked world to super-empower herself”(page 394.) By using Jody Williams as an example of how she used the World Wide Web in order to empower herself it gives me as the reader an assurance that Thomas Friedman knows what he is talking about and that he has facts to prove it. Had Friedman not used an example and had he just left it at “there are people who have used the internet in order to gain power”(page 393,) it would make me question who those people are and if they even exist. By using examples to support what he is saying, I now know that there are people who have used the World Wide Web to empower themselves. But this is not the only way Thomas Friedman proves to be an effective writer. We see how effectiveness in many more ways throughout his prologue “Globalization: The Super-

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