Thomas Friedman Interconnectivity

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ENC 1102 We are globally affected by interconnectivity. As a result of the world being interconnected, our society is becoming more fast-paced, collaboration and communication around the globe is effortless, and an interconnected world contributes to the development of the global supply chain. Interconnectedness within itself is not inherently beneficial or costly. The outcomes of living in an interconnected world becomes either good or bad once an individual makes that decision for themselves; what may considered a positive outcome for one person may be deemed completely detrimental by another person with different views . Depending on an individual’s perspective, every factor of interconnectedness has proved to be both favorable and troublesome in our global society. If nothing else, the interconnected world contributes to our fast-paced society. Richard Restak maintains, “in our contemporary society speed is the standard applied to almost everything we do” (Restak pg. 339). In our society it is intolerable to wait for any; fast food restaurants are on the rise, technology is always becoming quicker and more advanced to satisfy the desires of consumers, and human beings are forced to compete with the promptness and accuracy of machines. This notion of completing a task with optimal speed is ideal in a business setting where ultimate goal is to make a profit. Therefore, most business favors employees who are able to effectively and complete their duties at maximum speed. To the perspective of those in the business world, contributing to the fast paced world is a very positive thing. However, not everybody feels this way. Jacques Barzun, author of “From Dawn to Decadence” comments “The machine makes us captive servant- by its rhythm, by its convenience, by the cost of stopping it or the drawbacks of not using it” (Restak

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