Essay about Globalization : Who Decides If The World Is Flat Or Spiky?

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Globalization: Who decides if the world is flat or spiky?
Friedman (2005) and Florida (2005) present opposing ideas on the effects of globalization on America and international countries. Friedman (2005) believes that the world is flat; barriers dissolved and allowed communication between countries on one side of the world to another because of access to cyberspace. Friedman (2005) is claiming that everyone who has access to digital technology are equal and no one has an unfair advantage over the other. Florida (2005) disagrees that the world is flat. He found various locations with different types of structures he calls the “economic landscape” which are “spiky” not flat (p.48).
In their writings on globalization, both Friedman (2005) and Florida (2005) infer that the progression of globalization can cause changes in cultural beliefs, peoples demand for more education, and an increase in availability of jobs with higher wages. All of these adaptations can place a burden on the government if they are not economically sound enough to afford these changes. Globalization can have positive or negative results on a community’s financial stability; this all depends on the location and the ability to access the technology. Introducing Internet access, cell phones, and many other advances in technology into an environment, with no previous exposer to technology would be an opportunity for sociologists and geographers to study human reactions and behavioral changes in their…

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