Essay about World Is Flat: Great Sorting Out

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The World is Flat: The Great Sorting Out

Summary
In this chapter, Thomas Friedman looks at how cultures and societies will have to deal with and adapt to the changes that globalization brings to the way of doing business. It affects whole companies and individuals. He gives the perception of the world is flattening by comparing the Industrial Revolution to the IT Revolution that is happening right now. The flattening process was identified by Karl Marx and Frederich Engels in the Communist Manifesto, published in 1848. Marx’s writings about capitalism state “the inexorable march of technology and capital to remove all barriers, boundaries, frictions, and restraints to global commerce (Friedman 234).” Friedman interviewed Harvard
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There are a lot of things intertwined. There are different identities in different situations. Friedman ends the chapter talking about intellectual property and “the death of the salesman.” It gets hard to tell who owns what in a flat world. He asks how they can make laws to protect intellectual property so the owner can reap its benefits but also allow people to share their information, “which is required more and more to do cutting-edge innovation (Friedman 253).” In “the death of the salesman,” Friedman talks about how hard it is to “create a human bond with e-mail and streaming internet (Friedman 257).” People are using the internet to contact each other and not doing it face to face as much or having to deal with automated messages when they need help. The human element in communication is diminishing.

Critique
Friedman makes a good point when he says Marx saw what capitalism would do. China, a communist nation, is doing business with the U.S. “Of late, a lot of state governors and mayors from the United States have ‘flocked’ to visit China (Xian 2010).” It shows how important this nation is to globalization with its massive population. The same can be said for India. In an interview with Wired magazine, Friedman said, “Indians and Chinese were going to compete for work like never before, and Americans weren’t ready (Pink 2005).” That is true because jobs are being outsourced to those places. Labor is cheaper in those areas and their population means there’s

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