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The World is Flat

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The World is Flat is one of those books that you read and just want to tell everyone about. The premise behind the book is simple - the Internet has made the world flat. The writer Thomas L. Friedman doesn’t mean physically flat, he’s talking metaphorically. In essence he is saying that the birth of the Internet, together with an number of related events such as the emergence of China, has meant that anyone, anywhere in the world can now do business. He argues that ten years ago a business’ competitor was often just down the street, or maybe in another town but almost certainly in the same country. Whereas today it is highly probable that workers from India, China, America and Europe are all competing for the same job. Freidman suggest that this means that if western world continues to ignore this fact and remains stationery, then they will be overwhelmed by bigger, hungrier countries.

This is essential reading for everyone.

Just one word of warning, it WILL change the way you think about the world.

  • Read wiki's bit on the book here.
  • Go here to watch a video about the book.
  • This page summaries the argument generated by the book.
  • You can buy a second hand copy here.


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