“Globalization: the Super-Story”: a Story for Everyone Essay

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“Globalization: The Super-Story”: A Story for Everyone In Thomas L. Friedman’s “Globalization: The Super-Story”, he examines the features of globalization from various aspects and how it helps people better understand 9/11 events. He claims that globalization is the new improved system formed in place of the old “cold war system”(102), and through the patterns of which, people observe today’s world in an integrated way. Simple short phrases, organized structure, colloquial language, and punctuation are techniques Friedman uses to create a reader-friendly, convincing essay. To begin with, Friedman uses simple short phrases to emphasize his points. He starts with an enthusiastic term “big believer” (102), which establishes the colloquial …show more content…
The strict categorization functions to outline the different traits of each system, and through which, the author leads readers to logically infer that the globalization system is “a system that…can explain and connect more things in more places on more days than anything else”(102). Later in the essay, Friedman begins using humorous and at times dramatic language. When he explains the definitions of the three balances—“nation-state”, “Supermarkets”, and “Super-empowered individual”(104), for instance—he demonstrates the tremendous impact of 2

Stephanie Liang WR98 C1 Prof.Michaud Essay 1-Final Supermarkets on worldwide connections by simply saying “Because the United States can destroy you by dropping bombs, but the Supermarkets can destroy you by downgrading your bonds”(104). The euphony in the sentence makes the statement sound musical and amusing. Another illustration would be the author’s personal interpretation of the 9/11 events as he states “The United States fired 75 cruise missiles […] at a person!”(105) by using an exclamation mark, the author strongly expresses his surprise in this unprecedented case. This sudden emotional outburst is shocking and causes the readers to reexamine the abnormal individual-nation relationship in

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