Essay on The World Is Flat by Thomas Friedman
First of all, Friedman talks about the different levels of globalization. There are 3 different time periods in which the society has differed and changed, bringing us to where we are today. Globalization 1.0, which took place from 1492 to 1800, was the …show more content…
Following globalization 1.0 came 2.0. This was the time from 1800 to 2000. There were many advances in this period that drastically changed the world in which we live today. Communication, transportation, and growing trade markets influenced and brought us to multinational companies, which greatly shrunk the world down to yet another smaller size.
Today, we are in the globalization 3.0 phase, in which communication (mostly through the Internet) and transportation are at a level in which distance hardly poses any problem at all. Another very large issue in this era is the concept of outsourcing. This is the idea that if an item can be produced more cheaply outside of the company/region, it will be. The market will go to the cheapest source of production.
Many of the countries or cultures that have been transformed by the flattening of the world have been affected because of their upper hand through education. We as Americans have gotten used to being elite over the years due to our high economic standing and educational excellence, but in recent years, the educational agenda has increased in other countries, while America’s education has seemed to decline. This is an area in which we need to