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21 febrero 2007

The World is Flat

Nota: escribo en inglés sobre una charla en inglés que me ha entusiasmado.

In LearnOutLoud.com Free Resources Section I've found a really enlightening MIT World video. It's Thomas L. Friedman may 2005 lecture on his book The World is Flat.

Chances are good that Bhavya in Bangalore will read your next x-ray, or as Thomas Friedman learned first hand, “Grandma Betty in her bathrobe” will make your Jet Blue plane reservation from her Salt Lake City home. In “Globalization 3.0,” Friedman contends, people from far-flung places will become principal players in the marketplace.

In his latest book, The World is Flat, Friedman describes the unplanned cascade of technological and social shifts that effectively leveled the economic world, and “accidentally made Beijing, Bangalore and Bethesda next-door neighbors.” Today, “individuals and small groups of every color of the rainbow will be able to plug and play.” Friedman’s list of “flatteners” includes the fall of the Berlin Wall; the rise of Netscape and the dotcom boom that led to a trillion dollar investment in fiber optic cable; the emergence of common software platforms and open source code enabling global collaboration; and the rise of outsourcing, offshoring, supply chaining and insourcing. Friedman says these flatteners converged around the year 2000, and “created a flat world: a global, web-enabled platform for multiple forms of sharing knowledge and work, irrespective of time, distance, geography and increasingly, language.” At the very moment this platform emerged, three huge economies materialized -- those of India, China and the former Soviet Union --“and three billion people who were out of the game, walked onto the playing field.” A final convergence may determine the fate of the U.S. in this final chapter of globalization. A “political perfect storm,” as Friedman describes it -- the dotcom bust, the attacks of 9/11, and the Enron scandal -- “distract us completely as a country.” Just when we need to face the fact of globalization and the need to compete in a new world, “we’re looking totally elsewhere.”

You must watch it!

Update: Just 5 hours after publishing this post I've received an email from Meghan-Kiffer Press about "The World is Flat?", a critical analysis of "The World is Flat" by Ronald Aronica and Mtetwa Ramdoo. They include a link to a 13 minutes overview of this book, and another one to the interview: Aronica and Ramdoo pummel Friedman's flat world back into a sphere.

I haven't read the book so I can't give an informed opinion but some of the critics are unfair if you consider what Friedman said in the MIT lecture.

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  • Seguro que el vídeo es muy interesante, pero el libro de Friedman me pareció flojito, flojito, flojito. Cuatro ideas periodísticas manejadas de manera desaprensiva.

    Hice una lectura comparada de "La Tierra es plana" con otros autores más serios en este post.

    Por Blogger Alorza. Fecha y hora: 21/2/07 08:08  

  • Muy bueno el sitio este del MIT la verdad es que no lo conocía....

    Queda apuntado ;-)

    Por Blogger Ander Hilario Gómez. Fecha y hora: 21/2/07 09:50  

  • Alorza, recuerdo haber leído tu entrada. No puedo opinar sobre el libro de Friedman porque no lo he leído. Seguramente tienes razón cuando dices que se deja muchas cosas en el tintero, pero las que cuenta en la charla me parecen muy interesantes.

    Ander, los recursos gratuitos del MIT son impresionantes.

    Por Anonymous Jaizki. Fecha y hora: 21/2/07 10:50  

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